By Christopher Healy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Parade of "fail" photos contains loads of crude content.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Easy to scroll through photos.
Violence & Scariness
You will see many photographs of people getting hurt, usually intended as humor. These may be people falling off high places, crashing bikes, having a skateboard accident, etc. Some make you wonder how badly the person got hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are loads of sexual images among these photographs. Most are comical images that are not inherently sexual in nature, but look sexual based on the context or the angle of the photograph. Others are blatantly sexual, and some even contain partial nudity.
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In randomly browsing the photos, you can come across images containing just about any swear word you can think of. Profanity is not involved in the majority of the images, but you never know when it will pop up.
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Products & Purchases
Ads run across the bottom of the screen constantly.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
You might see images of people smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages. In some pics, it is either implied or stated that the subject of the photo is drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Epic Fail is one of several mobile apps to post an ongoing slideshow of "fail pics." Fail pics can be defined as photos of mistakes -- whether spelling errors on signs, poorly dressed people, ridiculous comments on Internet message boards, people falling and getting hurt, vehicular accidents, or any other kind of event that shows a lapse of judgment. Often these photos contain sexual jokes or innuendo (occasionally some nudity). And while many may be humorous, just as many feel cruel in nature. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.
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Videos and Photos
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Is It Any Good?
Some of the photos you'll find on EPIC FAIL will give you a good laugh -- bizarre signs, badly worded newspaper headlines, etc. Others just seem like bullying jokes against unwitting people, such as the many, many pictures of overweight people with nothing inherently strange about them. There's also a "should I laugh or should I be concerned" feel with many of the pics of vehicular accidents, like a truck on its side or a plane that slid off the runway. Will you like Epic Fail? Depends on what you like to laugh at.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 13, 2010
- Category: Lifestyle
- Publisher: StuckPixel, Inc.
- Version: 2.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later, Android 1.6 and up
- Last updated: August 23, 2016
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