Hiram – Let’s face it. We live in a celebrity-obsessed culture. We’re fascinated by Justin Bieber’s love life, Lindsey Lohan’s rehab sessions, the Obamas’ dog, and Taylor Swift’s song lyrics. Even in a tough economy, celebrity magazines continue to enjoy robust sales, as Americans just can’t seem to get enough of their favorite stars.To celebrate that obsession, there’s Celebritease!, an outrageous fast-paced game that tests players’ knowledge of celebrities. Think of it as part Charades, part Trivial Pursuit. Celebritease! was created by the Communications Factory, a creative boutique located in Hiram. “Surveys show Americans can more readily name celebrities than important people who have tremendous impact on our lives, like Supreme Court judges,” notes Brad Turner of the Communications Factory. “This game is a natural extension of our fixation with celebrities. And it’s a great gift this holiday season, as friends and families plan to spend time together eating, drinking, talking…and laughing.”
Celebritease! is designed for players age 12 and older. It comes in a colorful tin (referred to as the “Hollywood Bowl”) and consists of a 60-second timer and 244 celebrity and wildcard chips. The object of the game is to accumulate the most celebrity chip points by the time the “Hollywood Bowl” is empty. The leader, or “teaser,” of the starting team selects a celebrity chip from the Hollywood Bowl, while someone else starts the timer. The teaser then has one minute to give clues – singing, dancing, drawing, acting out or speaking – to help his or her teammate identify as many celebrities as possible in that time. Clues can include anything except the actual name of the celebrity.
“Celebritease! features the famous from all walks of life – Hollywood, the sports world, politicians, musicians, even well-known writers and fictional characters,” Turner explains. “So, regardless of your interests, it’s as simple as it is fun. And since the game play is different each time, players will enjoy playing again and again.” According to Turner, the fun doesn’t stop with just this version of Celebritease!, however. “Future editions, such as a children’s version, sports eras, Biblical characters, history, and more are already in the works.” Celebritease! is manufactured and assembled here in Northeast Ohio, and is available for between $20-25 at amazon.com, as well as several other outlets across the country, including locally at the Hiram College Bookstore. For more information about Celebritease!, or to order your own copy for the holidays, visit www.playcelebritease.com.