Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector

1.43
Slightly Good
Price: Free
Ads: Yes
In App Purchases: Yes

iOS App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 25 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 47 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.27

7 votes
3 votes
Daily Rewards -
7 / 3 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

5 votes
4 votes
Wait To Play -
5 / 4 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

5 votes
5 votes
Playing by Appointment -
5 / 5 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

3 votes
8 votes
Advertisements -
3 / 8 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

3 votes
8 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
3 / 8 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

1 votes
9 votes
Grinding -
1 / 9 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

1 votes
10 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
1 / 10 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 13 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 101 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

3.13

10 votes
1 votes
Premium Currency -
10 / 1 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

3 votes
6 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
3 / 6 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

9 votes
Pay to Win -
0 / 9 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

11 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
0 / 11 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

9 votes
Pay to Skip -
0 / 9 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

10 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 10 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

11 votes
Recurring Fee -
0 / 11 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

11 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
0 / 11 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

11 votes
Power Creep -
0 / 11 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

11 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 11 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

11 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 11 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 0 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 77 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

5

11 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 11 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

11 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
0 / 11 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

11 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 11 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

11 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 11 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

11 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 11 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

11 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
0 / 11 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

11 votes
Competition -
0 / 11 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 23 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 51 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.05

8 votes
2 votes
Complete the Collection -
8 / 2 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

6 votes
3 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
6 / 3 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

4 votes
7 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
4 / 7 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

3 votes
8 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
3 / 8 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

2 votes
9 votes
Variable Rewards -
2 / 9 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

11 votes
Illusion of Control -
0 / 11 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

11 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 11 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 40,037 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Wait To Play reported on Jul 24, 2022
After putting out food you have to wait for cats to show up.
Variable Rewards reported on Jul 24, 2022
The amount and type of fish cats give when they leave is random, with gold fish being more rare obviously.
Premium Currency reported on Jul 24, 2022
Gold Fish (though they can be obtained naturally at a reasonable rate)
Can't Pause or Save reported on Jul 24, 2022
Well, saving is automatic but once you put out food, cats are going to show up until it runs out. So you can't "pause" that.
Playing by Appointment reported on Jul 24, 2022
Cats show up and leave whenever they want. Some cats are rarer than others so you don't want to miss them.
Complete the Collection reported on Jul 24, 2022
The whole point of the game is to see every cat and collect their mementos.
Invested / Endowed Value reported on Jul 24, 2022
Collecting a lot of cats probably does this.
Premium Currency reported on Jul 4, 2022
The game allows you to buy its premium currency, Gold Fish, but Gold Fish can also be obtained by exchanging the game's regular currency (500 Fish for 10 Gold Fish)
Variable Rewards reported on Jul 4, 2022
The daily passwords do give somewhat random rewards.
Daily Rewards reported on Jul 4, 2022
The game has a daily password that they can input to work towards a reward. There isn't really a detriment to missing the daily password though, aside from working at the final reward slower


Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot "Playing Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector is as easy as one, two...and that's it!
Step 1: Place playthings and snacks in your yard.
Step 2: Wait for cats to visit!

Attract cats with food and then watch them romp with your toys! More than 40 varieties of cats—white and black, tabby and calico—might stop by. Rare cats are rumored to roam the neighborhood too, but you'll need particular items to entice those elusive felines. Each visitor is logged in your Catbook. Become a master kitty collector and fill it up!

You can even make albums of your cat photos, or save them to your device and use them as wallpaper!"



If you've found a bug or have other concerns, please contact our technical support team.

[Technical Support]
support-cat@hit-point.co.jp


We may wish to respond to your inquiry. If you're using an e-mail spam filter, please disable it before you contact us, or add @hit-point.co.jp to your list of allowed addresses.