Clash Royale

Price: Free
Ads: No
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 300 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 313 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


114 votes
2 votes
Daily Rewards -
114 / 2 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

94 votes
2 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
94 / 2 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

69 votes
3 votes
Wait To Play -
69 / 3 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

7 votes
5 votes
Playing by Appointment -
7 / 5 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

7 votes
105 votes
Grinding -
7 / 105 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

8 votes
86 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
8 / 86 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

1 votes
110 votes
Advertisements -
1 / 110 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 584 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 610 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


105 votes
1 votes
Premium Currency -
105 / 1 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

105 votes
2 votes
Pay to Win -
105 / 2 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

117 votes
1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
117 / 1 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

118 votes
1 votes
Pay to Skip -
118 / 1 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

104 votes
3 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
104 / 3 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

8 votes
90 votes
Recurring Fee -
8 / 90 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

7 votes
89 votes
Power Creep -
7 / 89 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

9 votes
89 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
9 / 89 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

6 votes
115 votes
Accidental Purchases -
6 / 115 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

2 votes
95 votes
Pay Wall -
2 / 95 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

3 votes
124 votes
Waste Aversion -
3 / 124 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 446 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 207 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


128 votes
3 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
128 / 3 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

96 votes
2 votes
Reciprocity -
96 / 2 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

80 votes
2 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
80 / 2 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

76 votes
1 votes
Competition -
76 / 1 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

64 votes
9 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
64 / 9 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

2 votes
114 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
2 / 114 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

76 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 76 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 731 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 37 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


128 votes
3 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
128 / 3 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

108 votes
3 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
108 / 3 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

116 votes
6 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
116 / 6 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

109 votes
6 votes
Complete the Collection -
109 / 6 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

121 votes
8 votes
Illusion of Control -
121 / 8 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

72 votes
4 votes
Variable Rewards -
72 / 4 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

77 votes
7 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
77 / 7 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

App Store Ratings

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

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Aesthetic Manipulations reported on Jan 5, 2023
Sad sounding music when losing, Happy sounding music when winning, Slot like sound effects when opening lootboxes, Happy sound effects when gaining a big reward from a loot box.
Anchoring Tricks reported on Jan 5, 2023
Lootboxes with really bad item pools are right next to the better ones in the ingame shop
Waste Aversion reported on Jan 5, 2023
Limited lootbox slots that require payment to speed up in return for an open slot
Illusion of Control reported on Jan 5, 2023
Occasionally places you against weak opponents despite the skill-based matchmaking
Fear of Missing Out reported on Dec 21, 2022
River race is a joint clan effort. So missing it can have consequences depending on the clan structure.
Infinite Treadmill reported on Dec 21, 2022
There also seems to be an algorithm in place that will keep you treading water forever if you don't invest real money in the game.
Anchoring Tricks reported on Dec 21, 2022
there are bundles.
Can't Pause or Save reported on Dec 21, 2022
The matches are short but you can't pause or save an online battle with – presumably – another person.
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior reported on Dec 21, 2022
The selection of emojis is clearly aimed at frustrating and provoking the opponent.
Wait To Play reported on Dec 21, 2022
River race has a fixed schedule. Once you have finished your matches you have to wait. You can always play the other modes.

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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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