Clash Royale

Price: Free
Ads: No
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 253 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 284 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


105 votes
Daily Rewards -
105 / 0 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

85 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
85 / 0 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

61 votes
Wait To Play -
61 / 0 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

1 votes
101 votes
Grinding -
1 / 101 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

1 votes
82 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
1 / 82 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

1 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 1 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

100 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 100 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 500 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 567 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


94 votes
Premium Currency -
94 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

95 votes
Pay to Win -
95 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

106 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
106 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

107 votes
Pay to Skip -
107 / 0 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

95 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
95 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

1 votes
85 votes
Recurring Fee -
1 / 85 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

1 votes
83 votes
Power Creep -
1 / 83 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

1 votes
87 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
1 / 87 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

111 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 111 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

85 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 85 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

116 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 116 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 403 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 171 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


120 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
120 / 0 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

87 votes
Reciprocity -
87 / 0 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

61 votes
1 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
61 / 1 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

70 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
70 / 0 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

65 votes
Competition -
65 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

105 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 105 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

65 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 65 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 683 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 3 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


119 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
119 / 0 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

99 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
99 / 0 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

102 votes
1 votes
Complete the Collection -
102 / 1 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

117 votes
1 votes
Illusion of Control -
117 / 1 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

64 votes
Variable Rewards -
64 / 0 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

71 votes
1 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
71 / 1 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

111 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
111 / 0 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 1,224,411 votes.
Google Play:  (4.54) with 26,460,802 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Infinite Treadmill reported on Aug 23, 2019
There is no end to this game. You can play new battles forever.
Wait To Play reported on Aug 23, 2019
You have to wait for a timer to open your treasure chests.

Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Enter the Arena! From the creators of Clash of Clans comes a real-time multiplayer game starring the Royales, your favorite Clash characters and much, much more.

Collect and upgrade dozens of cards featuring the Clash of Clans troops, spells and defenses you know and love, as well as the Royales: Princes, Knights, Baby Dragons and more. Knock the enemy King and Princesses from their towers to defeat your opponents and win Trophies, Crowns and glory in the Arena. Form a Clan to share cards and build your very own battle community.

Lead the Clash Royale Family to victory!

PLEASE NOTE! Clash Royale is free to download and play, however, some game items can also be purchased for real money. If you do not want to use this feature, please set up password protection for purchases in the settings of your Google Play Store app. Also, under our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you must be at least 13 years of age to play or download Clash Royale.

A network connection is also required.

Duel players from around the world in real-time and take their Trophies
Earn chests to unlock rewards, collect powerful new cards and upgrade existing ones
Destroy opponents towers and win Crowns to earn epic Crown chests
Build and upgrade your card collection with the Clash Royale Family along with dozens of your favorite Clash troops, spells and defenses
Construct your ultimate Battle Deck to defeat your opponents
Progress through multiple Arenas all the way to the top
Form a Clan to share cards and build your very own battle community
Challenge your Clanmates and friends to a private duel
Learn different battle tactics by watching the best duels on TV Royale

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