App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Some gags may be funny, but few are appropriate for kids.

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Ease of Play

It's very easy to use. Perhaps too easy. Even if you decide to lock the category wheel onto "For Kids," kids can very easily tap to unlock it.


Some of the jokes contain descriptions of slapstick violence (people getting hit, falling, etc.)


Many jokes contain sexual innuendo. Nothing explicit seen, but sexuality is referred to in vague ways or with double meanings.


No profanity seen, but there is a good deal of negative, insulting language used.


One ad runs at the bottom of the screen, but it is a non-commercial ad. The app supports a charity that aids fishermen in the Gulf Coast. There is also a button at the bottom of the page that will bring you to a list of the company's other "shake" apps for purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are many jokes that involve drinking alcohol. One entire category is "Bar Jokes."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that shakejoke is a compendium of jokes, gags, and one-liners that is far more adult-oriented than kid-friendly. There is one category that is labeled "For Kids," and the jokes within appeared to be acceptable for young audiences. You can "lock" the app onto one category, but it only takes a touch to unlock it, even accidentally. So be aware that children using the app can very easily see jokes that are inappropriate for them -- which would be most. There are (mostly non-explicit) sexual jokes, religious jokes, "Yo Mama" insult jokes, and plenty of jokes that make fun of a particular group of people (blondes, Irish, "rednecks," etc.).

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Is it any good?

The content in SHAKEJOKE could certainly make some people laugh, while others will likely find it mostly mean-spirited. But humor, of course, is subjective. A bigger problem with the app is that, while on the surface it gives the impression that there will be millions of jokes available to you, it doesn't feel that way when you use it. Within a period of only a few minutes, you can easily see the same joke four or five times; once the same joke appeared three times in a row. That kind of defeats the whole purpose of the "joke roulette" idea.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 30, 2010
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Publisher: iShake, LLC
  • Version: 2.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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