Parents' Guide to

HOOKED - chat stories

By Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Lackluster text-message stories feature lots of violence.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Books
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+


Waiting 15minutes just to watch three minutes more of the scene is ridiculous. To even think that the 7 day trial is good but then you have to cancel everything before, and after that you are stuck with waiting 15 minutes to watch the rest or spend a ridiculously large amount of money to not for short times.
age 18+


They stole my money from me when they said a 7 week FREE trial it asked if it wanted me to pay for more weeks and i said no then in took $96.00 US from my bank account!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (4):

The concept is fun and fascinating, but clear navigation is lacking, there are no filters, and almost all the stories rely heavily on clichéd formulas, graphic violence, and cliffhanger endings. Stories come across as intentionally manipulative, like scary campfire stories. Also, the comments are often downright hostile or no more constructive than "Ooh, nice!" or "This sucks," making it a poor choice for beginning writers to share their work. Aside from the content itself, the app's navigation and functionality are confusing, and there's no tutorial or guidance about how to find what you're looking for. At the time of review, it appears that all content is free, but the app store stays there's a subscription plan, so users may have to pay for content. While it has potential to be an interesting tool for teens to explore a unique type of writing, there are far better examples of text-/chat-style writing out there for young readers and even far better bite-sized cheap thrills for suspense and horror fans.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling
  • Skills: Creativity: making new creations, producing new content, Communication: multiple forms of expression
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($2.99/week, $7.99/month, or $39.99/year)
  • Release date: April 15, 2016
  • Category: Books
  • Version: 2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: February 15, 2020

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