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About Choices: Stories You Play
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What is Choices: Stories You Play?

Choices: Stories You Play is an app that allows players to travel through stories or adventures of their own making. Players choose the story in which they want, ranging in themes from capturing a kingdom to capturing a fugitive, and travel through the experience by answering a series of questions throughout. 

Choices is similar to The Sims, in the sense that players take on the personality of their character and make decisions that influence how the story plays out. Stories are updated weekly, keeping the games interesting for avid players.

While free to download, Choices: Stories You Play is driven by in-app purchases and in-app advertising. The developer’s previous apps of similar concept, High School Story and Hollywood U, have reviewed better than Choices. The largest complaint is the expensive nature of this app. 

Users can play without spending money, but must wait two hours between each chapter in order to gain a key to proceed. Chapters are unlocked with keys, which can be purchased for uninterrupted play, and each book averages around fifteen chapters.

Another common complaint among teen users is that Choices becomes expensive to play if users want a more interesting experience. Additional story options are available for those who chose to purchase those features, rewarding paying players with more interesting game play. 

While Choices is billed as visually appealing stories, the reality is that each chapter is comprised of still graphics with text dialogue; the text is what drives the stories.

Is Choices: Stories You Play safe for my kids?

Choices: Stories You Play is rated for teens, story lines are geared toward female, teen users. Parents should be aware that there is a heavy emphasis is placed on dating, flirting and appearance throughout the game. Romance aside, characters are rewarded by earning points when other characters “like” them. Points can then be redeemed to unlock additional story options or choices.

Parents may be interested to note that teen players have expressed frustration with the lack of actual choices within the game, as the preset story options are pretty black and white.

In addition, players are not given a chance to truly contribute to their game, like suggesting story lines. This, paired with the expense of have a truly immersive and inclusive experience, makes Choices: Stories You Play rank low among games of this type.

In terms of content, parents should know that Choices stories may contain mild profanity, place an emphasis on appearance and people-pleasing, may reference drinking or partying, emphasize romantic relationships and also includes sexual innuendos. 

Perhaps the most redeeming quality of this superficial game, apart from the diversity amongst characters, is not the game itself, but its developer, Pixelberry Studios. Pixelberry has donated over $350,000 to The Cybersmile Foundation, and partners with the National Eating Disorders Association.

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Choices: Stories You Play Parent Rating

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    Reviews: 2

  • Terry M.

    Mostly okay, but the dating stories are not appropriate for our family

  • Reba L.

    Kinda cool idea. My daughter reads stories here, but there's a lot of dating stuff so better for older kids.