Merge Dragons!

Slightly Bad
Price: Free
Ads: Yes
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 367 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 398 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


104 votes
3 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
104 / 3 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

104 votes
Wait To Play -
104 / 0 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

103 votes
10 votes
Advertisements -
103 / 10 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

23 votes
67 votes
Daily Rewards -
23 / 67 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

19 votes
104 votes
Grinding -
19 / 104 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

11 votes
119 votes
Playing by Appointment -
11 / 119 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

3 votes
95 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
3 / 95 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 689 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 487 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


107 votes
Premium Currency -
107 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

108 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
108 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

112 votes
Pay to Skip -
112 / 0 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

97 votes
4 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
97 / 4 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

122 votes
3 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
122 / 3 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

100 votes
12 votes
Waste Aversion -
100 / 12 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

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

11 votes
125 votes
Pay to Win -
11 / 125 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

10 votes
103 votes
Recurring Fee -
10 / 103 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

10 votes
116 votes
Power Creep -
10 / 116 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

1 votes
113 votes
Pay Wall -
1 / 113 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 217 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 344 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


110 votes
6 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
110 / 6 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

75 votes
16 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
75 / 16 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

8 votes
10 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
8 / 10 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

6 votes
12 votes
Reciprocity -
6 / 12 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

14 votes
109 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
14 / 109 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

4 votes
95 votes
Competition -
4 / 95 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

96 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 96 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 418 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 366 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


132 votes
1 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
132 / 1 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

122 votes
5 votes
Complete the Collection -
122 / 5 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

135 votes
2 votes
Variable Rewards -
135 / 2 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

9 votes
11 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
9 / 11 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

11 votes
114 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
11 / 114 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

5 votes
112 votes
Illusion of Control -
5 / 112 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

4 votes
121 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
4 / 121 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 135,383 votes.
Google Play:  (4.50) with 516,381 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Recurring Fee reported on Feb 10, 2023
Season reward chains that change monthly require buying a “pass” for each one to access better rewards
Grinding reported on Feb 10, 2023
You have to tap an item to create an item to merge into higher level items. If you can only access the lowest level item, you may be required to do this THOUSANDS of times
Complete the Collection reported on Feb 10, 2023
That’s the whole point of the game. They also don’t have storage, so in order to have more land area to fit things on you have to collect dragons to increase your “dragon power” score
Advertisements reported on Feb 10, 2023
Luckily they are optional, but they’re there
Reciprocity reported on Feb 10, 2023
You can send gifts to friends, but only 5 per day, so if someone sends you one of their ~limited~ gifts you should send one back
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on Feb 10, 2023
End of events offer a random duplicate if you pay premium currency, recently introduced loot boxes that randomly spawn offer chance rewards (one is literally called the Chance Chest and appears as a roulette wheel)
Infinite Treadmill reported on Feb 10, 2023
Recently gotten worse adding new items to collect
Wait To Play reported on Feb 10, 2023
Levels have a variable cost that resets 1/hr to a max of 7, dragons have to recharge, tappable items have to recharge, special areas either reset or require recharging “entry fees,” timed loot chests
Artificial Scarcity reported on Feb 10, 2023
Limited time item bundles and 30-day reward chains with “premium” options if you pay
Invested / Endowed Value reported on Feb 10, 2023
The item chains take so much time to get that I feel my game is more impressive than a new player solely based on the collection

Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Discover dragon legends, magic, quests, and a secret land of entertainment and mystery in the world of Merge Dragons! where you can combine everything into better and more powerful items for your journey.

In a mystical world hidden among the clouds, the vale of Dragonia flourished. Then evil Zomblins cast a void across the vale. The only hope to heal the land rests in YOUR magical power to MATCH ANYTHING -- dragon eggs, trees, treasures, stars, magical flowers, and even mythical creatures.

Match eggs to hatch helpful dragons, then evolve them to discover more powerful dragons! Encounter and solve challenging puzzle levels: match the Gaia statues to win, then bring rewards back to your Camp to collect and grow.

Match even more with daily quests and rewards with Kala. Take part in brand new themes every two weeks with a cool puzzle for you to complete- can you match and collect the brand new dragons, too?

Discover as you match your camp to perfection and nurture your dragons in Merge Dragons!


== Match Objects ==
Discover over 500 fantastic objects to match and interact with through 81 challenges!
Freely drag objects around the beautiful world and match 3 of a kind evolve them into more superior items!
Match Life Essence and tap it to unleash power to heal the vale!
Discover the Gaia statues stuck in each levels cursed land. Match them to solve the puzzle and create life!

== Collect New Dragon Breeds ==
Discover 37 brand new dragon breeds who live in the vale, and evolve them through 8 growth stages for new dragons!
Match eggs to hatch helpful dragons who will roam the vale and harvest objects for you to use or match.

== Tricky Puzzles ==
Almost 900 quests to challenge your mind!
Test your puzzle solving skills in more than 180 tricky levels filled with new quests and rewards to help you build your dragon camp!
Match nearly anything - plants, buildings, coins, treasures, fallen stars, magic objects, mythical creatures, and more! How many combinations can you make from 1600+ objects that come before you?
Discover hidden levels - can you find them all?
On your puzzle journey, you may cross paths with evil Zomblins. Watch out and be careful!

== Camp Building ==
The evil fog has taken ahold of the main camp, fight off the fog and heal the land to restore and take back the dragons home!
Collect dragons eggs, hatch them in the main camp, and earn dragon power to fight off the evil fog.

Download now and discover where Merge Dragons! will take you!

Merge Dragons! is brought to you by Gram Games, the studio behind the top hit titles 1010!, Merged!, Six!, Bounzy!, Merge Town!, Merge Farm!, Paint Tower!, and Merge Gems!

Optimized for Tablets. May be played without an Internet connection.

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