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Best Interactive Story Apps with the Least In-App Purchases

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Best Interactive Story Apps with the Least In-App Purchases
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This story is not new. You must've seen ads for them on social media. At this point, it seems like they're everywhere. Interactive stories are becoming more popular with each passing day. In reality, they have been around for decades - coming into being even before the advent of computers. Books and tales that would allow you to choose your own path and find a happy (or not so happy) ending for the protagonists have sparked the imagination of millions for decades.

As we see now, this amazing idea has also brought forward an almost endless array of games and apps. We have decided to have a bit of fun, explore the most popular titles, and see which ones are worth spending your time on. We say time because frugal as we are, we will always make sure that you don't have to spend much (or any) money!

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick Chapters: Interactive Stories Chapters: Interactive Stories Runner Up OXENFREE OXENFREE Also Groovy Tabou Stories®: Love Episodes Tabou Stories®: Love Episodes
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
Our Pick

Vampires! Lots of them.

  • Pick Your Story: Unlimited Romance, Drama, Love & Vampire Stories to Play Now
    4.2 Ratings 532K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Ok, it's not just vampires. In fact, the stories are so diverse, you will be spoiled for choice.

Why we chose Chapters:

  • In-app purchases are in no way necessary for you to progress through each story
  • A selection of different genres to fit every taste and preference
  • Exciting narratives available in no less than 9 languages
  • Easy to play yet always exciting, with unexpected twists and turns galore
  • Vampires, lots of vampires

This game will easily capture your imagination (and hold it hostage, if we may say so) in the months, if not years to come.

Read Chapters's Full Review
Runner Up

A chilling tale

Romance is great but what about a tiny bit of horror? We are always partial to some gloom and dread - and this interactive story has got it in buckets.

Why we chose OXENFREE:

  • Upfront purchase of $4.99 gives you all of the riveting content with no other paywalls
  • A well-crafted, immersive, chilling storyline
  • Brilliant graphics and dialogue narrated by professional voice actors
  • Complete freedom from ads

Even if a single story (as opposed to a collection of them) may seem a bit limiting at first, this is such an engaging modern tale that you simply won't be able to put it down.

Read OXENFREE's Full Review
Also Groovy

Love is in the air

  • Choose Your Romantic Chapter
    4.0 Ratings 70K+ Reviews
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Traditional novels and light erotica definitely have a worthy successor in this amazing interactive app.

Why we chose Tabou Stories:

  • A beautiful romance novel you can take full control of
  • No need to spend any money if you don't mind a slower pace through the stories
  • Lots of steamy stuff that, luckily, never crosses over into plain vulgar
  • Inclusion of interesting LGBT-themed stories
  • Substantial weekly updates that can bring new chapters as well as brand new stories

If you want something intriguing, mysterious, yet also genuinely fun and titillating - this is sure to be your fave.

Read Tabou Stories' Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Choose your story with Chapters, the interactive story game that lets you choose your path in every story. Read through pages and pages of fun interactive stories that fit your mood, from romance to suspense!

    Choose your story from our top collection of romance, fantasy, sci-fi, young adult, comedy, and drama series! Chapters combines a unique style of choose your own story gameplay with fiction stories from our top authors that you simply can't put down!

    YOU get to make the choices in each story. Decide on hard life choices such as falling in love, discovering secrets, or unravelling deep mysteries! Make your choices wisely; every ending is different!

    Chapters Features:
    - Choose your story! Dive in and start making choices that affect the overall outcome!
    - Adventures start with you choosing your name and style to reflect your personality.
    - All stories come with info directly from the author!
    - You can even create and publish your own interactive stories: https://ugc.crazymaplestudios.com

    Our exclusive collection of choose YOUR story games include:

    Hit Series by #1 New York Times & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author- Billionaire Next Door
    - Your new neighbor, Tag Crane, is always the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running a luxurious hotel empire, after all. So what happens when he wants to take you with him? This Billionaire Next Door is ready to sweep you off your feet! Are you ready for the ride?

    USA Today Bestseller PARANORMAL ROMANCE - HIT SERIES "VAMPIRE GIRL"
    -A deal with the devil sealed your fate long ago. Now, the seven Princes of Hell have come to collect!
    - Some of these devilishly handsome demons will try to charm you, and the others have darker deeds in store.
    - The fate of your mother's soul hangs in the balance – are you ready to rule the underworld?
    - CHOOSE your groom and let your reign begin!

    DRAMA SUSPENSE LGBT - KIDNAPPING THE PRINCESS
    - Choose your life as a supermodel by day and a kidnapper extraordinaire by night.
    - Make the choice to play as the hero or villain who kidnaps the only heir to a whole country.

    UNFORGETTABLE ROMANCE - THE BOY I HATE
    - To get to your BFF's wedding, you'll have to drive from sunny California all the way to New York City... with her totally off-limits and drop-dead gorgeous older brother!
    - Tristan is the guy every girl wants and every man wants to be... Can you resist his charms long enough to reach your destination?

    Chapters Original Story: ROBIN HOOD
    - In our first, official Chapters Original story— a hero will rise. Giving a modern twist on a classic tale, become the vigilante of Sherwood Forest who steals from the rich and gives to the poor.
    - Join us in our first original tale of love and adventure, fantasy and romance. Chapters presents— ROBIN HOOD!

    And more interactive story games with fun choices!
    Weekly updates on Monday and Thursday!

    Chapters: Interactive Stories will bring a unique and fun twist to choose your own story adventures. Whether you're an avid reader of drama, comedy, fantasy, sci-fi, young adult, romance, or even a gamer, you’ll love making choices in this interactive story game!

    Download Chapters today to discover the unforgettable stories where YOU get to make the crucial choices.

    Please note that Chapters: Interactive Stories is an online game that requires an internet connection to play.

    Follow CHAPTERS:
    facebook.com/ChaptersInteractiveStories
    instagram.com/chapters_interactivestories
    twitter.com/chaptersgame
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
    $0.99 - $39.99 per item
  • Runner Up

    OXENFREE

    4.0 Ratings 6K+ Reviews
    Play the opening for free. In-app purchase of the full game. Choose your fate in this critically-acclaimed supernatural adventure. -- “Oxenfree takes the best parts of supernatural 1980's teenage horror films and combines it with believable characters, beautiful set pieces, and a haunting VHS synth-pop soundtrack to create a masterpiece.” - 10/10 from CGMagOnline "What “Stranger Things” was to Netflix, “Oxenfree” was to the video game world." - LA TIMES "Oxenfree stands firm as a smart supernatural tale that crawls to a chilling end." - KILLSCREEN “There’s no filler here, just an increasingly fascinating, emotional story steeped in the paranormal. Night School Studio’s first effort is a brilliant one.” - FORBES -- Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. Play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenager who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you. Determine every aspect of Alex's story while exploring Edwards Island, uncovering the base's dark past, and changing the course of your friends' lives. -- • Oxenfree can be played in both touchscreen and controller modes, allowing you to switch between play styles seamlessly. • An intelligent conversation system changes the story and your relationships based on every decision. • The unique radio mechanic allows Alex to communicate with mysterious spectres and manipulate her world. • Multiple mysteries to unravel, spanning decades and lifetimes.
    Cost
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $4.99 per item
  • Also Groovy

    Tabou Stories®: Love Episodes

    4.0 Ratings 70K+ Reviews
    Have you ever imagined yourself as the main character in your favorite romantic movie? Tabou Stories lets you do just that! Make choices that matter – wear beautiful outfits, navigate the drama, and fall in love. In Tabou, you make your secret dreams come true! • Customize your avatar – you choose what you want to look like • Wear the outfit you like best from a wide variety of choices • Develop relationships with other characters in the story – will you be friends, enemies or lovers? • Make choices that will affect the ending of the story – you are the master of your destiny! Flirt with celebrities, become famous, and find your perfect match in Matchmaker! In an unexpected turn of events, you've ended up on a famous reality show. With contestants including a bad-boy singer, a famous Hollywood actor, and your model ex, things are about to get interesting! Are you going to be a flirt that wraps everyone around her finger to win the show, or are you looking for true love? Are you a good girl or a scandal queen? YOU choose what you want to do! In Billionaire's Darling, you are a normal college girl until you meet billionaire Henry Lockwood. You get an offer to be his fake girlfriend… an offer that sounds too good to be true. Henry is a complicated man and his family is full of secrets… Can you find out the truth? Are his feelings for you real, or is it all just for show? Take part in high society, wear expensive outfits, experience thrilling moments and uncover mysteries, all in one story! Your new boss is arrogant, but incredibly handsome and charming. How long until the sparks start flying? Find out in Office Affair! Can you keep things professional? Are you going to focus on your law career, or on your gorgeous boss? Or maybe it's your kind-hearted client who caught your eye instead? It's your choice! Be a lawyer superstar, fight for justice, help people, and maybe even find your happy ending! And that’s just the beginning! We are constantly working to bring you new and exciting stories. Whichever story you choose, hours of fun are guaranteed! Download Tabou Stories now, and start living your secret life! UNLIMITED TICKETS SUBSCRIPTION • You can subscribe for unlimited tickets, allowing you to play as many chapters as you like during your subscription period. • Subscriptions are $2.99 weekly and $7.99 monthly*. • Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase • Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off for at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. • Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of renewal • Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase. • You can read our privacy policy and terms of use at http://support.nanobitsoftware.com/privacy.htm • Purchased subscriptions continue for the duration of the subscription period. • Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable. * Prices shown in $USD. Prices may vary by region in accordance with the App Store Pricing Matrix Terms of Use: https://www.nanobit.com/terms-of-service/ Privacy Policy: https://www.nanobit.com/privacy-policy/ FOLLOW US: Instagram: @tabou_game Facebook: facebook.com/taboustories
    Cost
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $1.99 - $39.99 per item
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The 411 from our Appventurer

Stefan Racic
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Stefan Racic

My phone tends to be filled to the brim with apps I am either trying on for size of using on a regular basis. I use them for a variety of tasks, including sketching and creating art, keeping in touch with friends, being up to date with the latest news, learning about diverse spiritual practices and, of course, playing games!

With over 10 years of experience as a translator and writer, I channel my creativity into writing about things I enjoy. My education in business (I hold a bachelor's degree in operations management) is but one part of expertise. I have worked for art magazines, spiritual blogs, news and business sites, and now I explore the fascinating world of apps.

My previous work is as diverse as my interests. Fresh out of college, I was employed as a translator and interpreter at the fringes of the corporate world and the NGO sector. After switching to writing, I first focused on business news, then shifted to working for a series of art magazines (WideWalls perhaps being the most well known), and even wrote content for a couple of spirituality-focused apps for Labyrinthos Academy. Little did I know that I would eventually devote a good chunk of my time to writing about all sorts of interesting new apps out there.

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