Serial Box

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Mostly mature serial stories accessed via audio or text.

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Educational Value

Users can work on their reading skills or their listening comprehension. 

Ease of Play

Navigation is straightforward.


Fighting with weapons, tales of murder, ghost stories, etc. 


Explicit sex scenes, some risky behavior (i.e. meeting a stranger in a hotel for sex).


Repeated use of four-letter words (in particular f*ck) and other vulgar language. 


First chapters are free, but additional content must be purchased. In-app purchases have no parent gate

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Abuse of alcohol; likely other drugs and tobacco.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Serial Box is a collection of serial stories geared toward adults that can be purchased by the chapter (usually $0.99-1.99) or via subscription to a season (around $10). The themes are often mature, including murder, vulgar language, and explicit sex, and some of this content appears in the free previews. There is no parent gate for in-app purchases. Users can choose whether to listen to the book or read the text, but they can't do box at the same time. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

SERIAL BOX is a growing collection of serial stories that can be purchased by the episode or season. The stories cover a range of genres, including romance, sci fi, horror, historical fiction, suspense, adventure, etc., but all of them are geared toward older audiences. Readers can enjoy the stories as an audio book or as a traditional text. First chapters are free for each tale, but some samples are more extensive than others. Users can also access the publisher's blog from within the app.

Is it any good?

Though the quality of the stories can vary, the ability to read or listen to a wide variety of stories in chunks using a simple interface is appealing. While some of the stories are written by unknown authors, others were created in conjunction with organizations like the Associated Press. Some of the sample chapters are too short to determine if it would be an enjoyable read, while others are extensive. The narration has a likewise variance in quality, but many users will appreciate the option to decide between the audio book version and the text. Both are included with the subscription, making it easy to alternate between as your needs change. The serial nature of the stories means that some of them go on for several seasons without any logical conclusion which can be a joy or frustration depending on the subject matter. So while Serial Box doesn't contain earth-shattering content, it's entertaining and easy to use. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stories that involve sex like those in Serial Box. How might the stories contradict more balanced and positive messages about sex and relationships? 

  • Discuss in-app purchases and how/if kids can request purchases from an adult. What are the family rules?

  • Talk about the scary stories and horror in general. Do you have a limit around what's too scary or gory? When does it feel like it's too much?

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