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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Fighting is not very difficult at all, though you can raise the difficulty level to make it more challenging.
Violence & Scariness
With fists and feet, players beat opponents to a pulp. Opponents have photo-realistic faces -- and can be photos of friends or family members -- and as players hit them, they develop broken noses, fat lips, black eyes, bruises, and other types of physical damage. Power-ups allow players to beat opponents with things like a guitar, a chicken, or a high-heeled shoe. Scoring a "fatality" may cause a boulder to smash opponents, crush them between two spiked walls, or allow a shark eat them.
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Products & Purchases
You can buy several new "character packs" through in-app purchases (via your iTunes account) for $0.99 to $1.99 each.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that as brutal as Face Fighter is when using its pre-made characters, the overall experience can be more disturbing when using custom-created fighters as opponents. Kids can upload a friend, teacher, or family member's face to the game and then watch themselves beat that person black-and-blue. You don't need to play this way, but the option is available and promoted within the app.
Is It Any Good?
Technologically, FACE FIGHTER is impressive. The way it allows you to place, say, your brother's face onto your virtual opponent -- and then alters your brothers face by, say, knocking loose teeth, fattening a lip, breaking a nose, and blacking an eye -- is a definite feat of programming prowess. It's also kind of creepy, though. Putting that questionably feature aside, Face Fighter is a standard first-person boxing-type game with ugly characters made uglier over the course of the fight. There's a novelty to it at first, but that wears off after a few bouts.
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