Clash Royale

Price: Free
Ads: No
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 375 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 347 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


129 votes
3 votes
Daily Rewards -
129 / 3 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

108 votes
4 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
108 / 4 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

83 votes
5 votes
Wait To Play -
83 / 5 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

12 votes
15 votes
Playing by Appointment -
12 / 15 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

21 votes
107 votes
Grinding -
21 / 107 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

19 votes
91 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
19 / 91 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

3 votes
122 votes
Advertisements -
3 / 122 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 716 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 652 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


122 votes
1 votes
Premium Currency -
122 / 1 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

122 votes
2 votes
Pay to Win -
122 / 2 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

133 votes
1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
133 / 1 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

132 votes
4 votes
Pay to Skip -
132 / 4 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

119 votes
4 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
119 / 4 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

23 votes
90 votes
Recurring Fee -
23 / 90 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

18 votes
94 votes
Power Creep -
18 / 94 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

21 votes
93 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
21 / 93 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

11 votes
124 votes
Accidental Purchases -
11 / 124 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

6 votes
106 votes
Pay Wall -
6 / 106 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

9 votes
133 votes
Waste Aversion -
9 / 133 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 518 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 243 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


142 votes
5 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
142 / 5 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

112 votes
2 votes
Reciprocity -
112 / 2 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

93 votes
4 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
93 / 4 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

92 votes
1 votes
Competition -
92 / 1 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

72 votes
16 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
72 / 16 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

6 votes
125 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
6 / 125 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

1 votes
90 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
1 / 90 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 803 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 74 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


142 votes
5 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
142 / 5 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

122 votes
4 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
122 / 4 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

121 votes
10 votes
Complete the Collection -
121 / 10 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

128 votes
17 votes
Illusion of Control -
128 / 17 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

85 votes
7 votes
Variable Rewards -
85 / 7 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

124 votes
13 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
124 / 13 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

81 votes
18 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
81 / 18 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

Invested / Endowed Value reported on May 19, 2024
Yes, but that's the case with any progression based game, isn't it? Kind of a stupid category tbh.
Infinite Treadmill reported on May 19, 2024
Seasons reset every moth, but that's only an issue if you are top 5000-ish
Variable Rewards reported on May 19, 2024
Chest and lucky drops
Premium Currency reported on May 19, 2024
Gems are the premium in-game currency.
Pay to Win reported on May 19, 2024
Card levels can be aquired faster by paying, and they give quite a large advantage. There is no p2w exclusive content, everything that is available for purchase can be grinded out f2p.
Social Obligation / Guilds reported on May 19, 2024
There are clans that participate in inter-clan ,,games", though whether you are pressured to participate them depends on the clan.
Reciprocity reported on May 19, 2024
Yes, in a 1-1 trade using tokens obtainable f2p.
Recurring Fee reported on May 19, 2024
Pass royale, battle pass tiered kind of subscription.
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on May 19, 2024
Chests drop random cards.
Badges / Endowed Progress reported on May 19, 2024
Yes, but they are locked away in a seperate tab and are gained passively, it's not feasible to actively grind them out and you aren't rewarded for having them all.

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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