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Okay, I just wanna start out by saying this app was in my ads almost daily. I thought about downloading it multiple times, but figured I wouldn't have much time to read anyway. Finally, I was convinced & decided i'd try it. I loved it at first, and by "at first", i mean the first 3 minutes. Then, out of no where, the app crashed. I waited a minute & got back on, & was getting into the story(which btw, i think the story was very entertaining & well written), then it crashed again. After 3 more times of that I was done with it. Also, I don't like how you have to wait 15 minutes randomly throughout. What is the point of that? I read for 2 minutes & have to stop in the middle of it for a 15 minute intermission? I'm suppose to stop in the middle of reading to be told that I can buy a 15 dollar subscription if I don't wanna wait 15 minutes every 2 minutes to continue my story? No thanks! Do you even know how long it took me to get to the 15 minute intermission mark without the app crashing a million times!? I get the app has to make money. Which is why not seeing the images dosen't bother me or other little things like that. I mean you could change it to where you have to be a member to write stories, see images, choose your own stories, things like that. Honestly, the stories are so good, people might actually not mind paying! But to stop the story every 2 minutes seems selfish & frankly, annoying. Theres plenty more reading apps, I can just download one of those.
You could watch more of the shows from the app on ads than you can watch in the actual app without a subscription. I decided to download the app (again from 2 years ago, it looked like it had improved [it hadnt]) was forced to choose between romance and horror (okay whatever) chose romance and immediately it started playing Trevor and the Virgin (without my permission) WITHOUT A BACK BUTTON OR AN ESCAPE BUTTON and then not even FIFTEEN SECONDS pass and it says “you have to wait 5 minutes to resume the show or purchase the full version. Like what? How am I supposed to even know I want to watch the show in a 15 second blip? I have literally seen longer clips of the show from AN ADVERTISEMENT than I got to see on the actual app. They shouldn’t even waste their time making a “free” version at this point. Just tell people it costs money instead of making them so angry from the interruptions and lack of choice that they either delete the app or angrily purchase it. Terrible setup and I would not recommend to anyone. The only reason this app even has positive ratings is probably because the app said “give us a 5 star rating and we’ll remove your wait time for one time only.” Bologna if you ask me. This app actually got worse. At least I used to get to click through a minutes worth of texting before the ad popped up. Worst app in the history of apps. Don’t corner people, Hooked. It’s lame.
I had at first deleted the app about 2-3 years ago since it was boring and I didn’t like how you had to pay to see the pictures. No biggie. I then repeatedly see a bunch of ads specifically about “Trevor and the Virgin” and all the ones about the whole “don’t let mom in” and “grab the mysterious shotgun that you never knew about”. I got curious and decided, “hey. Some of the stories look cool.” So I downloaded it and it asks me if I want to choose between TWO genres of stories: horror or romance. Keep in mind it’s almost 4 am and I really don’t want to be reading horror right now and I’m not in the mood for romance so I HAVE to choose one of them. I decide romance and I was getting ready to pick my story that I was going to read. I get in he app and it instantly puts me in some video. I was watching Trevor and the Virgin. Not the best choice but whatever. Literally 8 seconds in it says “You can either wait 15 minutes or pay $7-8 a month with a thirty day free trial.” I’m not waiting FIFTEEN MINUTES to watch a FIFTEEN MINUTE VIDEO. I don’t see the point in that. I really think that you should be allowed to pick what you want to read and have more options for the different types of genres. Sure, horror and romance probably are the most popular but not EVERYONE likes it. I also think that the whole fifteen minute wait time or pay up is absurd.
This review will be updated pending a response from customer support. The ads are so misleading. I got this app on a whim, watched a couple videos and realized it was stupid. The content is targeted towards an immature preteen audience and the plot lines of every story were annoyingly cliche and cringey. The app had very limited selection of content for each genre and only a few videos for each, the rest were all audio. Just get an actually interesting audiobook from the library for free people! So I deleted the app. Unbeknownst to me, I was automatically subscribed and was being charged EVERY WEEK. I happened to stumble upon the information in my settings just by chance. I don’t even splurge on a Netflix subscription, which is so much better and is way cheaper ($5 every week for an extremely limited selection of content aimed at a very specific audience?? And if I recall, the app still had ads on top of that. Get over yourselves developers.) I wish I’d gotten at least some kind of notification that I was being charged. Even Netflix has the courtesy to send out email reminders before a trial ends and a subscription renews so you can cancel if you don’t want to pay. I contacted costumer support and explained this, so I’ll remove this if they work with me. But as of right now I’m really annoyed I wasted money on nothing.
I have several complaints about this app. First of all, you only get to view the story for like 2 minutes. After around two minutes, you have to wait FIFTEEN to be able to read again. Also, to skip the break, you have to purchase a membership. I am NOT such a big fan of that. Please either decrease the duration of the break or just get rid of it as a whole. Secondly, you have to get the full version to view the pictures, and that's around $11. Seriously, $11 just to view pictures? I WILL NOT accept that. Decrease the price of the full version, please, and allow everyone to see the pictures without purchasing the full version. Third and foremost, the text messages appear too slowly. This means that instead of viewing like 2 minutes of texts, I'm looking at around 1:40. Please increase the pace at which the text messages appear. Short summary: I have several complaints. First of all, you only get to view the story for 2 minutes, then it's a 15 minute break. To skip the break, you have to purchase a membership. Secondly, you have to purchase the full version to view pictures, and the full version is around $11, which I WILL NOT accept. Third, the messages appear too slowly, decreasing the amount of messages that I could potentially view.
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HOOKED has 53 244 user reviews.
HOOKED has an average rating of 4.1.
The latest version of HOOKED (4.5.0) was released on Jan 22, 2020.
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