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App review: FaceRig

App-Review: 4.5

Would you like to slip into the role of a dinosaur? In that of a panda, an elf or a politician? No problem with the FaceRig app. (free, with expanding in-app purchases)

FaceRig is one of the now quite numerous apps that allow you to change your face in real time. However, the app goes a little further than some of its competitors:

On the one hand, you can use FaceRig to give your face "masks". Some of these are attachments such as beards, ears and glasses. As well as virtual make-up that transforms your face into that of a tiger or a demon, for example.

But even more exciting is the possibility of using “avatars”. This means 3D figures that you can control in real time. Simply by moving your head and facial expressions. For example, if you look to the side or open your mouth, the avatar does the same. You can choose from a panda, an elf, a cat, a cheeseburger and Hillary Clinton, among others.

Last but not least, the app offers a function for swapping faces. FaceRig can handle up to five faces. The results, however, are somewhat below our expectations.

Share - and buy - avatars

So that none of this remains a fleeting pleasure, you can capture your masked face or the avatars in the form of photos and videos (including sound) - and share these recordings from the app, for example via messenger or social networks with your amazed friends.

In principle, using the app is free. However, you then only have seven avatars to choose from. If you also want to use the others, you have to spend “credits” for them. On the one hand, you receive these credits (in small amounts) for regular use of the app. On the other hand, you can also spend real money to buy credits. An avatar typically costs 99 cents. (On some smartphones, however, you don't get that far at the moment - because the app crashes when you try to use the internal shop.)


FaceRig is a lot of fun. However, the number of free usable 3D avatars is so low that the desire quickly arises to spend some money on additional facial transformations.

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Hartmut Schumacher editor

Hartmut is very fond of smartphones and tablets. However, he also thought digital watches were a pretty great invention. He sees dashes as a useful means of structuring - and only occasionally writes about himself in the third person.