Pay to Skip

Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

There are a number of ways that this dark pattern can be used, but they all rely on spending money to skip over something in the game that you don't want to do.

1) You may have a limited amount of "energy" or "turns" that you can use before you are no longer allowed to play the game. You then have to wait for that energy to recharge, or you can pay to instantly recharge it.

2) You may start an activity in a game (building, researching, hunting, etc) and the game starts a timer that indicates how long it will take for this activity to finish before you can collect the rewards. You have to wait, or you can pay money to skip the timer and collect the rewards right now.

3) The game show you advertisements, but will allow you to spend money to skip the ads. This is how you can trade money for your attention.

In these examples, a game designer intentionally puts an undesirable blockage into the game that prevents it from being played unless you wait or pay money. This causes the player some discomfort which can be overcome by paying money. If the player chooses to wait instead, this turns into a different dark pattern called Wait to Play.


Purrfect Tale Purrfect Tale
"Only the game currency but you can buy that currency with real money so I count that- it's to speed up the timer on the vegetables you grow to complete cooking orders to make your cats happy and to level up their affection with you to get hearts to unlock the next chapter in the storyline which is the only reason I got this game"

Crush Crush Crush Crush
"You can pay in-game currency to skip waiting or upgrade the amount of waiting time to be shorter."

Clash Royale Clash Royale
"You can pay with gems to open chests quicker"

BitLife - Life Simulator BitLife - Life Simulator
"pay to get rid of ads"

Puzzle Page Puzzle Page
"Playing a puzzle costs between 10 and 20 tokens, and you can buy more tokens to play more puzzles."

Merge Mansion - Mystery Game Merge Mansion - Mystery Game
"You can spend money on energy and on gems, which you can use to skip timers."

"several modes of the game have limited lives that replenish over time, others have limited lives per play. both give you the option to watch an ad or spend in game currency (which can be earned by playing but tend to be fairly scarce w/o paying) to get a life back if you lose them all"

Rise of Cultures Rise of Cultures
"Almost anything in the game can be sped up with premium currency."

ExoMiner - Idle Miner Adventure ExoMiner - Idle Miner Adventure
"You can skip a lot of things by spending gems which, most of the time, can be gotten only by spending real-world money"

Bingo! Absolute Bingo Games Bingo! Absolute Bingo Games
"You can collect a small amount of coins and an even smaller amount of power-ups every four hours. If you want to play more than a couple of times a week, you can buy endlessly to receive coins and power-ups to keep playing."