Pocket Mystery

Price: Free
Ads: Unknown
In App Purchases: Yes

iOS App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 251 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 399 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


78 votes
Grinding -
78 / 0 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

88 votes
Advertisements -
88 / 0 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

85 votes
Wait To Play -
85 / 0 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

104 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 104 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

117 votes
Daily Rewards -
0 / 117 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

89 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
0 / 89 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

89 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 89 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 0 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 0 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


No Monetary Dark Patterns have been reported for this game yet. Are you familiar with this game? Please review it.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 0 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 616 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


67 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 67 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

96 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
0 / 96 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

111 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 111 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

83 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 83 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

84 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 84 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

99 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
0 / 99 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

76 votes
Competition -
0 / 76 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 0 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 631 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


92 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
0 / 92 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

89 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
0 / 89 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

111 votes
Complete the Collection -
0 / 111 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

90 votes
Illusion of Control -
0 / 90 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

63 votes
Variable Rewards -
0 / 63 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

114 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
0 / 114 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

72 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 72 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 731 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Grinding reported on Aug 26, 2019
The game is so basic, that it feels like tedious tasks.
Advertisements reported on Aug 26, 2019
Very aggressive ads and the game isn't really that fun.
Wait To Play reported on Aug 26, 2019
There are constant ads that you have to sit through, even just to return to the homescreen.

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About Pocket Mystery
Pocket Mystery is an authentic mystery genre game that everyone can enjoy in just a few minutes.
Challenge easy-to-understand, and yet curious mystery games of various complexity!
All you need to solve each case is in its crime scene…

Case Files in Mystery Shorts
Many more case are available!
About 400 questions, all free to play!

How to Play
1)Read a case description & question
2)Look for an answer to the question in its crime scene
3)Tap the part which describes your answer, and confirm your answer

Clues & Correct Answers
Clues and correct answers to all cases are included, but beware! One look, and all the mystery will be gone…!