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 points for every goo that you solve. The more points that you acquire, the higher you'll place on The Pagoda that keeps score. On the final day of the current season (August 29), whoever has the highest score will win the game and receive a prize, and then the game will start over again with the scores 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, to the best of his ability. There are five difficulties: Very easy goos (30 points) can usually be solved on sight by most players, easy goos (60 points) can usually be solved with a single search online, medium goos (90 points) can usually be solved within a few searches online, hard goos (120 points) usually require more intensive searching and/or lateral thinking, and very hard goos (150 points) 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 for points.
Solving goos is not the only way to earn points. As you play, you have a daily chance of receiving help from one of nine Lucky Cats, who choose to help players with their different abilities. The further down the pagoda you are, the more likely that a cat will come to your aid, helping to keep the game competitive for all players.
Each cat can only help one player at a time, and each player can only have one cat at a time. Once its ability is used, a cat will leave its owner and start looking for someone else to help. It might be in your interest not to activate a cat right away, but be careful, as a cat will leave you after four days if you haven't activated its ability.
On the final day of the current season (August 29), the player with the highest score will be declared the winner, and receive a $50 Amazon gift card by email. In the very unlikely event that multiple players are tied with the highest score, the one with the highest combination of goos solved and goos created in the season will be declared the winner (and any further ties will go to the player with the highest lifetime score), but any players tied for the highest score who are not declared the winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card as a consolation prize. The maximum sum of all prizes is $250 per season, after which no further prizes will be given. The scores are compared at exactly midnight. If there are pending guesses after the season ends, the winner will not be declared until the pending guesses have been resolved.
After a winner is named, the game starts over again the next day (Sunday) with everything reset: Scores are all returned to zero, the lucky cats leave their owners, and the lucky cat abilities that were previously activated are reset.
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 100 points to the creator. Players can submit as many goos as they wish, but at least 15 days 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 points 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!