How to Play
Welcome to Celebrity Goo Game, where famous faces have been distorted into caricatures, such as the example at right. The objective is to identify as many of the celebrities as you can.
You'll earn badges for solving goos, in a variety of categories. On the final day of the current season (December 2), whoever has the most badges will win the game and receive a prize, and then the game will start over again the next day with a new season and all badges reset.
Each celebrity goo comes with a clue to help you solve it, and a category that represents the celebrity's primary claim to fame. Each goo also has a difficulty rating that affects its value. This difficulty rating is estimated by Scott Hardie, who runs the game, and your opinion of a goo's difficulty may differ from his. There are five difficulties: Very easy goos can usually be solved on sight by most players, easy goos can usually be solved with a single search online, medium goos can usually be solved within a few searches online, hard goos usually require more intensive searching and/or lateral thinking, and very hard goos usually remain obscure even after much research.
Alternative spellings are usually accepted as answers. For a complete list of what guesses are accepted or not, see the Advanced Rules. If you enter a spelling that is not recognized, your guess will be marked "pending" until Scott has a chance to review it and deem it correct or incorrect.
A new goo is published every day, except for four days a year: the final day of each season, which is always a Saturday. Once published, each goo will remain active for seven days, during which time players may enter guesses. After seven days, the goo will expire and the answer will be revealed. If a player solves a goo after the end of the season, it does not count towards badges, either for the concluded season or for the next season.
Each day, one player is selected at random in a lottery drawing. If that player solves that day's goo on that day (ie. within the first 24 hours), it's worth another badge all by itself, in addition to the normal badges earned by solving a goo. The further behind a player has fallen in collecting badges, the better that player's chances of winning the lottery. Only badges earned by activity on expired goos will count towards determining a player's odds, not activity on still-current goos, so players cannot improve their chances of selection by waiting until the final day to guess goos.
On the final day of the current season (December 2), the player with the most badges will automatically be declared the winner on the Badges page, and Scott will send that player a $50 Amazon gift card by email later that day. In the event that multiple players are tied for the same number of badges, whichever one of them has the lowest average solve time across the season will be declared the winner, but the runners-up will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card (up to a maximum of four runners-up). If there are any pending guesses on the final day, a winner will not be announced until they are reviewed.
After a winner is named, the game will start over again with a new season the next day (Sunday) with all badge collections reset. Guesses for the previous season's still-active goos will not count toward's the new season's badges, but will count towards each player's lifetime scores.
To help him run the game, Scott invites players to create their own celebrity goos. After a player submits a goo this way, Scott will review it to style the text like the rest of the site (and on rare occasions alter the goo's solvability if he thinks it's warranted), and then the reviewed goo will enter the queue for future publication. Each goo published is worth a badge to the creator. Players can submit as many goos as they wish, but at least one week must pass between the publication of each one, and player-created goos are subject to the same randomized process as all goos (the site chooses each day's goo at random with an emphasis on variety of category and difficulty).
Players cannot guess or solve their own goos. Scott solves these player-created goos himself for fun, but does not earn badges and cannot win a prize. For more information, visit the page for creating a goo.
Besides winning the game, a number of other achievements are honored, such as solving every goo in a single season and being the only player to solve a particular goo. There's also a Hall of Fame that honors the game's very best players.
Some rules in the game are too obscure to list here, since they come up only under very rare circumstances. See the advanced rules for a complete list.
Celebrity Goo Game is run by Scott Hardie, who reserves the right to take any steps to preserve fairness if cheating is apparent, an error occurs on the site, or other unusual circumstances occur. The game is part of Funeratic, a web site with other games, contests, movie reviews, blogs, and a discussion forum. A Funeratic account grants access to all sections of the site.
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Get started with the current goos. Good luck!