In the rush of the holidays, sales and pigging out, you may have missed the release of a new camera-based party game for the iPhone titled Face Race. The game comes from indie Canadian developer We Heart Games and it looks like a lot of fun.

The concept is fairly simple. Players are presented with series of six words from an expression list (of over 1000 words) and then they must each make a funny face or pose that best represents each expression and take a picture of it. These expressions could be something crazy like “Getting sprayed in the ear with a water gun” or “Your barber cut your hair too short”. Then its up to the rest of the crowd to vote on which of each of the pair of photos is the funniest. The “Race” part comes into play as bonus points are awarded for taking your six pictures as quickly as possible. Only one iPhone is required, but any size group can play with two players going head to head in random match ups, until all players have had a chance to pose.

After the game, all the photos which were taken can then be shared directly on Facebook right from within the app. Even better is the fact that you can easily tag your friends in the photos so when they get uploaded to Facebook, all their friends can see the hilarious photos as well (depending on your Facebook security/sharing settings).

Plans for future updates include:

  • Networking: Using two iPhones, take pictures of both players simultaneously
  • Word List Editor: Create custom word lists

Unfortunately iPod Touch users are out of luck, because of the integral camera usage, an iPhone running OS 3.x software is required.

Face Race really looks like it would be a blast to play with a group of friends, or even just for a family game night at home. For those not ready to commit yet, we have some good news. We Heart Games has actually JUST released a FREE lite version so now you can try Face Race out at your next gathering and see if you want to buy the full version for just $2.99.

We Heart Games is also currently running a contest where you have a chance to win a bunch of popular card and boardgames. Details are available here:

SALE ALERT: As of Jan 7th, We Heart Game’s has put Face Race on Sale for $0.99 for a limited time to promote their contest!
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