Laughter may be the best medicine, but how does one cure a lame sense of humor? With Paper People Jokes by Paper Brain Productions Inc, we run into such a conundrum, for here we are plagued with the desire to praise creative concepts and artwork in spite of an exceptional lack of amusing content. While Paper People Jokes promises a plethora of hilarious jokes that will get your gut bursting, we find that the only laughable aspect is the fact that such material costs $1.99.
Users will be greeted by a screen that says, “The joke’s on you.” (And after taking time to sift through a great many of these jokes, you may just realize that this short sentence may be the biggest joke of them all.) The main screen displays the most recently added jokes, going backward chronologically as you navigate through the pages using the arrows all the way all the bottom of the page. With over 85 animated jokes, and more clips being added each week, users will certainly have their work cut out for them.
Choose any jokes you like and tap the video to watch the animation play. After viewing, you may add those you enjoy most to your list of favorites and give the clip a five-star scale rating. All favorites will appear under the Favorites tab in the bottom navigation bar. The Categories tab allows users to choose from various subjects. From Bathroom Humor, to Blondes, Historical/Political to Silly, Paper People Jokes covers most of the common joke types. Paper Cuts, which seem to be plentiful, highlights the rejected jokes people have sent in to the series. Unfortunately, when dealing with an application full of jokes that make you want to hit your head against your desk, the only way you can tell the rejects from the accepted is by the quality and completeness of the animation.
Under Settings, users can adjust what types of jokes come up during their search. Users may turn the Dirty, Paper People and Paper Cuts Jokes on or off. Users may also adjust the video quality, choosing from Low, Medium and High, as well as adjust their joke organization by rating or date. Also, under the Submit a Joke tab, users can either tell or type their own joke in hope of having theirs accepted and turned into a new animation. Of course, for all these functions, users must have an Internet connection.
While the animation style stands out as something different and creative, the actual joke content leaves much to be desired. The developers and artists deserve tons of credit for their admirable and impressive artistic style, but when one purchases a joke application, the material acts as the main attraction. Unfortunately, Paper People Jokes fails to deliver. Each joke has been recorded and submitted by members of the application’s audience, serving as a collaborative effort between the users and the artists. And while one can credit these contributors for providing all of the lackluster jokes, one also has to realize that all submissions must meet the approval of the developers before they ever become illustrated and published to the app itself. This application appears to be a physical manifestation of your most annoying friend’s sense of humor, leaving you to groan and smack your forehead. (You know what I mean.) And then, just when you think you’ve smacked your forehead as hard as possible, each joke clip ends with the most irritating sound you’ve ever heard. While I applaud the developers’ effort to create a new platform for both art and comedy, their application can only be as good as the material they approve, for content quality is how all will measure that price tag.
For a preview of what Paper People Jokes’ animation looks like, click here.
Paper People Jokes [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone (3G, 3GS and 4G), iPad and iPod Touch (4G only). A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.