Choices: Stories You Play

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Cheesy stories require players to choose between options.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Though there's reading involved, this app wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Easy to play. Tap when the app says tap, and make a storyline selection when it prompts you to make a selection.

Violence

Mild fantasy cartoon violence described in written content, not animated.

Sex

Content varies by story. Lots of sexual innuendo in many stories. Some sexy dialogue in some stories ("You lean forward and press your lips playfully against his." "Ever wanted to hook up on an airplane?" "Taylor unbuttons the last button on Quinn's blouse.")

Language

Content varies by story. Profanity in some stories like "hell," "ass," and "bastard."

Consumerism

Ads appear in between chapters ("This chapter is sponsored by Panda Pop!"). In-app purchases required for "Premium Choices," which pop up in the middle of stories preventing you from moving forward in certain directions or uncovering clues as quickly unless you pay. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Content varies with story. Some characters talk about alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Choices: Stories You Play is an interactive storybook app for teens like High School Story (made by the same developer) or Episode -- Choose Your Story. As the stories progress, readers choose between pre-written scenarios to move the stories in different directions. Characters earn points for saying or doing things that make people like them, and readers get reward points for finishing chapters. Some series-based stories are updated weekly, in-app purchases are required to access some story options, and ads appear between chapters. In many stories there's some sexual innuendo and swearing, and there are some messages around dating and appearance that some parents may not love. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

Adult Written byConcerned and O... March 4, 2018

Alert! SCAM! Do NOT allow your children to download this app!

As stated in previous reviews, it is incredibly difficult to earn diamonds and keys if you are playing the game as intended. This is INTENTIONAL. When you searc... Continue reading
Adult Written byPam M. February 1, 2018

Most expensive way to read a story!

You cannot progress very far into a story without having to pay for characters clothing options and using purchasable diamonds to select choices or buy keys jus... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bychocolatecake123 July 20, 2017

Overpriced & mostly boring, with few merits

First things first, this game may be trash but it's still far better than Episode. At least actual effort was put into the art and storylines. Regardless,... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDravenW August 6, 2017

Addicting, but Cheesy

This game is really addicting, but it is super cheesy and you can tell how a story will play out. Some stories can be a bit unpredictable but not much. There is... Continue reading

What's it about?

To play CHOICES: STORIES YOU PLAY, first choose your genre and book. Read the information on the screen and tap one of the optional choices. Or, once you've completed reading text with no choices, tap anywhere on the screen to move to the next scene. All dialogue and choices appear on-screen.

Is it any good?

Teens looking for some interactive stories may find this fun, but the cheesy lines, sexual innuendo, consumerism, lack of positive messages, and inability to create content make it a lesser choice. Choices: Stories You Play includes different genres of books -- Romance, Fantasy, Mystery -- and some come in series of books updated weekly, which is nice for fans who get hooked on certain storylines. Because the visuals don't change much, a lot of what's happening in the stories has to be described in the written text ("Dom is attracted to you." "You knock the sword out of his hand.") without any corresponding visuals. This often feels stilted and weird. And getting from one piece of dialogue to the next can be slow. The points come slowly, and some choices are off-limits until the player earns enough points or purchases them via in-app purchase. If the messages were more positive or teens could contribute stories, there would be more to recommend. As it stands, though, there are better choices for this type of app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the concept of making choices that change the outcome of a story in Choices: Stories You Play. Are choices in real life as clear cut as they are on this app?

  • Talk about earning points for making choices that cause other characters to like your character. When does it make sense to make a choice based on how others will feel about you, and when shouldn't that matter at all? 

  • Discuss the ways dating and appearance are portrayed, since girls at the target age are especially susceptible to messages around body image and healthy/unhealthy relationships.

  • Encourage teens to create their own stories with apps like StoryCorps.

App details

For kids who love storytelling and teen apps

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