Grimace shows you what emotions look like. Pick from joy, surprise, fear, sadness, disgust and anger and set the intensity for one emotion or a combination of your choosing. The facial expression immediately changes to show what the emotion looks like.

Facial expressions are the universal language through which we communicate how we feel. They are understood worldwide and hardwired into our brains from birth.

For artists, Grimace can serve as reference library for facial expressions. Grimace may help those with Asperger syndrome or other conditions on the autistic spectrum to better understand emotions. It can help anyone become more empathetic by becoming a better observer of their peers.

We use a simple comic style and only show facial features that convey emotions. The most important ones are the eyes, eyebrows, the mouth and the wrinkles that form when facial muscles are contracted. We leave out as much as possible so you can focus on these key features and you can see the emotion more clearly. The design is based on the book Making Comics by Scott McCloud.

What’s New

Version 1.2.4

This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

Improved compatibility with iPhone 6/6S and 6/6S Plus.
Bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Wimmmmmm ,

Great value!

Very handy to practice drawing facial expressions!
I also like the random button, gives me more combo's to draw than I could come up with ;-)

Info: the app now clearly shows an icon to tilt into landscape mode.

Arielledross ,

Great app. Fun and useful.


I heard about this app at a Scott McCloud talk and was fascinated by the concept of being able to break down all facial expressions into such a small number of emotions. As an artist, I think it's a useful tool but I can see how people with Aspergers or other autism spectrum disorders might find this useful as well.

The one downside is that it took me a while to figure out that you need to tilt the screen into landscape mode to access the facial controls. That should be made clearer. Other than that, awesome app!!!

Manic Folklore ,


I also found this through Scott McCloud's "Making Comics". The app itself is a clean interactive version of my favorite part of Scott's book. I'll definitely be using this as an art tool. Thank you so much for your great work on this app.

App Privacy

The developer, Oliver Spindler, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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