Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 74 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 69 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


25 votes
1 votes
Daily Rewards -
25 / 1 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

14 votes
3 votes
Grinding -
14 / 3 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

15 votes
3 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
15 / 3 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

15 votes
3 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
15 / 3 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

3 votes
18 votes
Playing by Appointment -
3 / 18 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

1 votes
19 votes
Wait To Play -
1 / 19 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

1 votes
22 votes
Advertisements -
1 / 22 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 99 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 105 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


18 votes
Premium Currency -
18 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

28 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
28 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

21 votes
3 votes
Pay to Win -
21 / 3 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

13 votes
3 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
13 / 3 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

7 votes
12 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
7 / 12 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

2 votes
6 votes
Power Creep -
2 / 6 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

2 votes
6 votes
Pay Wall -
2 / 6 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

5 votes
17 votes
Recurring Fee -
5 / 17 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

1 votes
7 votes
Waste Aversion -
1 / 7 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

1 votes
27 votes
Pay to Skip -
1 / 27 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

1 votes
24 votes
Accidental Purchases -
1 / 24 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 96 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 63 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


20 votes
Competition -
20 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

20 votes
2 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
20 / 2 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

19 votes
3 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
19 / 3 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

17 votes
2 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
17 / 2 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

16 votes
5 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
16 / 5 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

4 votes
24 votes
Reciprocity -
4 / 24 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

27 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 27 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 122 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 39 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


22 votes
1 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
22 / 1 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

26 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
26 / 0 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

17 votes
2 votes
Complete the Collection -
17 / 2 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

23 votes
4 votes
Variable Rewards -
23 / 4 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

24 votes
3 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
24 / 3 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

6 votes
13 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
6 / 13 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

4 votes
16 votes
Illusion of Control -
4 / 16 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 223,711 votes.
Google Play:  (4.34) with 12,733,777 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Accidental Purchases reported on May 21, 2024
When purchasing heroes, the button to purchasing them through Diamonds (which is the main in-game currency, which is acquired by exchanging for real life money) is more prominent them buying them through Battle Points (in-game currency acquired by just playing it).
Artificial Scarcity reported on May 21, 2024
Several events, which sometimes are really time-limited and others that have recurrence albeit unscheduled.
Pay to Win reported on May 21, 2024
The game states in it's ToS that match-making is also based on spending habits. Although most of the purchases are cosmetics, some of them gives a tiny amount of extra points to star-up or other in-game currency that will help the paying player progress.
Premium Currency reported on May 21, 2024
Diamonds are a direct or indirect in-game currency to purchase skins and other things.
Optimism and Frequency Biases reported on May 2, 2024
But you can hide it tho to be fair
Fear of Missing Out reported on May 2, 2024
Limited time event
Recurring Fee reported on May 1, 2024
There's a lot of monthly passes in this game, everything completely optional. It doesn't really provide much value for a casual player either. It's just there for spenders to spend more. However, there's a "Weekly diamond pass" that is advertised as a "Super mega alternative" to buying normal diamonds. It forces you to log in everyday, and gives you like 300% more diamonds than an equally priced normal diamond bundle.
Playing by Appointment reported on May 1, 2024
There's a constant stream of events that just don't seem to give me a break. And every event usually gives you these tokens, that you can use to collect free stuff, by logging in and completing minuscule tasks like "Play 1 game with friends", "Win 2 games", and so on. So, yeah, it makes it so that I'm forced to play 2 games even on my hardest days, just to make sure i dont miss any tokens, thus missing my free stuff.
Competition reported on May 1, 2024
It's a MOBA game, so, yes.
Fear of Missing Out reported on May 1, 2024
I gave up on this game like 6 years ago, when i was still a minor btw, cause I gave in to the "1 diamond for using 1000 promo diamonds" scam and ended up becoming a regular spender. I came back, because I now am able to keep myself in check, but I can't help but be afraid of leaving again, knowing how much I missed out in the 1st 6 years i left.

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1. Classic MOBA Maps, 5v5 Battles
Real-time 5v5 battles against real opponents. Fight over 3 lanes to take the enemys tower. 4 jungle areas. 18 defense towers. 2 Wild Bosses. Complete reproductions of classic MOBA maps. Full-on 5v5, Human vs. Human battles. A triumphant return to genuine MOBA gameplay.

2. Win with Teamwork & Strategy
Block damage, control the enemy, and heal teammates! Choose from Tanks, Mages, Marksmen, Assassins, Supports, etc. to anchor your team or be match MVP! New heroes are constantly being released!

3. Fair Fights, Carry Your Team to Victory
Just like classic MOBAs, there is no hero training or paying for stats. Winners and losers are decided based on skill and ability on this fair and balanced platform for competitive gaming. Play to Win, not Pay to Win.

4. Simple Controls, Easy to Master
With a virtual joystick on the left and skill buttons on the right, 2 fingers are all you need to become a master! Autolock and target sifting allow you to last hit to your hearts content. Never miss! And a convenient tap-to-equip system lets you focus on the thrill of battle!

5. 10 Second Matchmaking, 10 Minute Matches
Matchmaking only takes 10 seconds, and battles last 10 minutes, glossing over the quiet early-game leveling up and jumping right into intense battles. Less boring waiting and repetitive farming, and more thrilling action and fist-pumping victories. At any place, at any moment, just pick up your phone, fire up the game, and immerse yourself in heart-pounding MOBA competition.

6. Smart Offline AI Assistance
In most MOBAs, a dropped connection means hanging your team out to dry, but with Mobile Legends: Bang Bangs powerful reconnection system, if you get dropped, you can be back in the battle in seconds. And while youre offline, your character will be controlled by our AI system to avoid a 5-on-4 situation.

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