The Battle Cats

Slightly Bad
Price: Free
Ads: Yes
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 107 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 52 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


20 votes
3 votes
Playing by Appointment -
20 / 3 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

20 votes
3 votes
Daily Rewards -
20 / 3 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

21 votes
3 votes
Grinding -
21 / 3 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

19 votes
3 votes
Wait To Play -
19 / 3 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

17 votes
6 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
17 / 6 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

9 votes
14 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
9 / 14 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

1 votes
20 votes
Advertisements -
1 / 20 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 166 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 85 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


24 votes
Premium Currency -
24 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

22 votes
1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
22 / 1 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

23 votes
1 votes
Pay to Skip -
23 / 1 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

21 votes
1 votes
Recurring Fee -
21 / 1 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

25 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
25 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

15 votes
8 votes
Pay to Win -
15 / 8 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

13 votes
9 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
13 / 9 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

12 votes
11 votes
Waste Aversion -
12 / 11 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

6 votes
15 votes
Accidental Purchases -
6 / 15 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

5 votes
17 votes
Power Creep -
5 / 17 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

22 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 22 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 22 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 143 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


11 votes
12 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
11 / 12 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

10 votes
14 votes
Competition -
10 / 14 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

1 votes
23 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
1 / 23 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

23 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 23 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

23 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
0 / 23 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

24 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 24 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

24 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 24 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 88 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 74 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


22 votes
1 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
22 / 1 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

21 votes
2 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
21 / 2 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

20 votes
3 votes
Variable Rewards -
20 / 3 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

20 votes
4 votes
Complete the Collection -
20 / 4 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

3 votes
20 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
3 / 20 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

1 votes
22 votes
Illusion of Control -
1 / 22 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

1 votes
22 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
1 / 22 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 17,957 votes.
Google Play:  (4.51) with 253,319 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Premium Currency reported on May 3, 2024
Yes, you can buy catfood
Badges / Endowed Progress reported on May 3, 2024
Yes, these are usually for treasure completion, specific stage and chapter completion, and the obtaining of specific units or items
Grinding reported on May 3, 2024
In the early gane you have to beat stages over and over to get treasures, and later you can grind to get tickets for the free gatcha, upgrade items, and exp to upgrade units
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on May 3, 2024
It's a gatcha game, this is expected
Infinite Treadmill reported on May 3, 2024
It gets so many updates that if you somehow got to a near end state, another update will come out soon after adding more stages, forms for units, and units
Recurring Fee reported on May 3, 2024
Yes, it can give in game currency and a permanent speed up along with an upgrade to make the speed up faster
Invested / Endowed Value reported on May 3, 2024
Kinda, if you gst far into the game it can you've put a lot of work into the game, plus if you uninstall the app without transferring data, you lose all of your progress
Wait To Play reported on May 3, 2024
Energy can be an issue in the early game, however later one can bypass this for free, but sending out an explorer known as gamatoto to get items takes time, and the otto corps take time to upgrade the base using materials.
Artificial Scarcity reported on May 3, 2024
Yes, there sre collabs that are on for a limited time, banners that are quite rare, and purchasable offers that can give units on the rare occasion, but usually just in game currency or items
Aesthetic Manipulations reported on May 3, 2024
The sound effects used for roll the gatcha can give you a dopamine hit.

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Screenshot -= Weirdly Cute Cats rampage across the world! =-
Command your Cats with simple controls in a battle through space and time! No need to register to develop your own Cat Army! BATTLE WITH ALL THE CATS!!

=Super Simple Battle System=
Just tap on the Cat you want to fight for you!
Fire the Cat Cannon to blast baddies getting too close to your base! Overcome weird enemies with the right Cat squad and take down the enemy base!

=Super Simple Leveling System=
Clear stages to get XP and items to level up the Cats! What will they evolve to at level 10? Can you unlock their True Form?

=Super Simple Fun!=
Collect glorious treasures while you take over the world!
Recruit dozens of rare and exotic Cats(?) and create the ultimate feline army!!
Hundreds of stages across three Story Mode adventures and the Legend challenges.

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