On the Apple App Store the Viz Profanisaurus Das Krapital is given a 17 rating for frequent, intense mature suggestive themes and frequent, intense profanity or crude humour. Thankfully it lives up to both of these warnings admirably.
The Profanisaurus is a long running spin off from Viz magazine and is essentially a guide to profane words and expressions written in the style of a high brow dictionary. It's supposedly compiled by Roger Mellie, a TV presenter character from the magazine, hence it's original name of Roger's Profanisaurus, a reference to Roget's Thesaurus.
If you want to find many different and more colour phrases for the art of making love or relieving yourself of trapped gas, then it's the definitive reference guide. The original book simply listed phrases alphabetically, but now with this new iPhone and iPad version there are many more ways to peruse its filthy definitions.
For example, there's a search box so you can quickly look up words or phrases, or you can hit the Random button to find new random profanities to add to your own lexicon. Naturally there's an A-Z index , but there's now also a categories view allowing you to browse through the list by headings such as Drink, Flatulence and Romance. And finally there's the Daily Profanity – which the app is set up by default to produce a notification of – something you might want to turn off if you share your iPad with others.
There isn't really that much more to the app than the mere presentation of the profanities. Viz has added a bar at the side with an animated Roger Mellie, but all he does is take a drag on his cigarette when you tap on him. You can save definitions to a favourites list, though, and there is a button for posting them to Twitter and Facebook or sending them via email. Viz has also separately added a postcard feature that creates a postcard image with the selected definition on it that you can either send as an image via email or save to your photo gallery.
In truth, the lack of fancy extras doesn’t really matter that much, simply because the app has so many different definitions for phrases and profane words – over 12,000 of them – and the vast majority of them are very funny indeed.
Viz Profanisaurus Das Krapital Verdict
The presentation may be a bit simplistic, but what matters is that the Profanisaurus is as funny as ever and as the app is cheaper than the book, it represents good value too.