Pokémon Masters

-1.45
Slightly Bad
Price: Free
Ads: No
In App Purchases: Yes

iOS App Store
Google Play App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 50 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 38 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.87

12 votes
1 votes
Daily Rewards -
12 / 1 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

12 votes
1 votes
Grinding -
12 / 1 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

12 votes
1 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
12 / 1 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

11 votes
1 votes
Wait To Play -
11 / 1 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

2 votes
9 votes
Playing by Appointment -
2 / 9 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

1 votes
12 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
1 / 12 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

13 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 13 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 75 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 53 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.92

13 votes
Premium Currency -
13 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

13 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
13 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

10 votes
1 votes
Pay to Win -
10 / 1 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

12 votes
1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
12 / 1 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

11 votes
2 votes
Pay to Skip -
11 / 2 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

7 votes
2 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
7 / 2 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

5 votes
7 votes
Power Creep -
5 / 7 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

2 votes
9 votes
Accidental Purchases -
2 / 9 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

1 votes
9 votes
Recurring Fee -
1 / 9 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

1 votes
11 votes
Pay Wall -
1 / 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 10 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 79 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

3.15

8 votes
5 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
8 / 5 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

2 votes
10 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
2 / 10 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

13 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
0 / 13 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

13 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 13 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

13 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 13 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

13 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 13 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

12 votes
Competition -
0 / 12 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 46 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 34 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.82

11 votes
Variable Rewards -
11 / 0 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

11 votes
1 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
11 / 1 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

9 votes
3 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
9 / 3 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

8 votes
3 votes
Complete the Collection -
8 / 3 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

5 votes
6 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
5 / 6 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

1 votes
10 votes
Illusion of Control -
1 / 10 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

1 votes
11 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
1 / 11 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 17,566 votes.
Google Play:  (4.04) with 64,667 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Fear of Missing Out reported on Dec 22, 2022
Most of the best units in the game are or have been available only once
Complete the Collection reported on Dec 22, 2022
Units will only have all their abilities if you obtain at least 3 copies of them
Power Creep reported on Dec 22, 2022
Older units are almost completely useless
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on Dec 22, 2022
Some of the worst gacha banners and rates I've ever experienced. The only units worth pulling/releasing are 5* (the highest rarity) 95% of the time. Even if a unit isn't very good, it will still be a 5*. Despite this 3* and 4* units still flood the available units with much much higher rates despite having no value beyond rare, niche support to much better 5* units.
Aesthetic Manipulations reported on Dec 22, 2022
Its pokemon
Artificial Scarcity reported on Dec 22, 2022
Most of the best units in the game are or have been available only once. Not only that, but if multiple new units are released alongside each other, and they always are, the new units will not be available in the same banner. So you if you want them, you need to get lucky enough to pull them, sometimes multiple if you want them to be full power, and still have enough currency to make and attempt for the other units
Pay to Skip reported on Dec 5, 2022
energy purchase
Premium Currency reported on Dec 5, 2022
gems, esp. the paid/non-paid gems system
Badges / Endowed Progress reported on Oct 19, 2022
Maxing out a Sync Pairs star count gives you an alternative skin for most 5 star pairs that you can display. Additionally, regular events have badges you can disply on your profile earned by completing missions.
Daily Rewards reported on Oct 19, 2022
Standard log-in bonuses are administered on a weekly basis, in addition to additional event log-in bonuses.


Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Start a new adventure in the Pokémon world! Explore the all-new island of Pasio!

There’s a tournament of 3-on-3 battles being held on Pasio called the Pokémon Masters League. Aim to become its champion as you battle with famous Trainers and make a dream team of friends on the way!

Form a team with three Trainers and their Pokémon to target your opponents' weaknesses and deal big damage!

Enjoy co-op play with friends all around the world! In co-op play, three players team up for fun, exciting battles! Work together to emerge victorious!


・iOS 11 or higher / 64 bit
Note:
・We recommend a device with at least 2GB of RAM.
・We do not guarantee functionality on all devices listed above.
・There may be cases where the app does not function properly due to your device’s capabilities, specifications, or particular conditions for using apps.
・It may take time to become compatible with the latest OS.