A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that FaceGoo is an entertainment app that allows kids to manipulate a photo into something utterly silly. Users can distort faces and apply "stickers" like hats, horns, and lizard eyes on top of pictures. Parents should note that even in the paid version of this app (a free lite version is widely available) several sticker collections must be purchased within the app. Teens or parents of younger kids can share the creations on Facebook or Twitter.
What's it about?
Kids can stretch, shrink, and manipulate photos by pinching and swiping the screen to create funhouse-mirror like versions of themselves or others. The distortions can be in a \"gooey\" style or \"bouncy\" style; the \"bouncy\" style can be manipulated by tilting the device. By selecting a stock photo (or one from their phone or tablet's photo library) or taking one themselves, they can create funny, silly or truly strange alter-images. Kids can also pick still or animated \"stickers\" from the top menu to add features to photos. Once completed, the photo can be saved or shared.
Is it any good?
FaceGoo might not be an app that teaches anything or serves a higher purpose, but it sure can be a lot of fun. The variety of odd and funny faces that can be created is endless, and it's especially fun to distort pictures of friends, loved ones and pets.
The lack of a good tutorial is a bit upsetting, though, since some people won't figure out all of the app's features. And having to purchase stickers when you've already paid up to $3 for the app reeks of developer greed. The app is also something of a one-trick pony, so users might become bored with its tricks fairly quickly. Try before you buy.