Camouflage (2007 game show)

Camouflage (2007 game show)
Format Game show
Directed by Rob George
Presented by Roger Lodge
Composer(s) Scooter Pietsch
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 40[1]
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Barry
Terrence McDonnell
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original channel GSN
Original run July 2, 2007 – July 27, 2007

Camouflage is a television game show airing on GSN. Hosted by Roger Lodge, and billed as "the hidden word game where the answer is always right in front of you", Camouflage originally aired for 40 episodes from July 2 to 27, 2007. The show is a word game, with contestants searching for a hidden word or phrase in a string of jumbled letters.

Originally, two shows aired per night at 7:00 and 7:30 PM Eastern time. However, on July 30 the second run was removed and replaced by Lingo while the airings moved to weeknights at 1:30 AM Eastern. On January 5, 2009, Wheel of Fortune took over its time slot.



Three contestants are shown a jumble of letters which contains the answer within, spelled out in correct order (albeit with intervening or "decoy" letters). A clue is also provided to aid the contestants with the puzzle, but the clue is often indirect; most clues involve some sort of word play. Similar to Jeopardy! the show features puzzles titled "double" and "final" Camouflage.

As each puzzle is played, decoy letters are removed one at a time, making the answer easier to discern. (The process stops once there are no more decoy letters remaining.) Each letter that drops out reduces the value of the puzzle by 10 points. A player may buzz in at any time during a puzzle to give an answer. If correct, the answer is revealed, and the player is credited the point value of the puzzle at the time the guess is made. There is no point penalty for a wrong answer, but a contestant who is incorrect may not make any more guesses for that particular puzzle.

The game is played in three rounds. Gameplay is identical in each round, but the difficulty of the puzzles increases. Each puzzle in the first round has a starting value of 100 points, and each answer consists of a minimum of one word. The second round's puzzles are worth 200 points to start, and each answer consists of a minimum of two words. In addition, the first two letters that drop from each puzzle do not affect its value (they are "free letters"). In the third round, puzzles have a minimum of three words with a starting value of 300 points. Also, the first five letters drop from the puzzle without decreasing its value. At the end of the third round, the player with the highest score moves on to the endgame. If there is a tie, a tiebreaker puzzle is played using the Round 1 format.

All correct answers to all puzzles have letters that read from left to right.

Examples of puzzles

The following are actual puzzles used on the show and their original air dates.

  • Round 1: Letters: MYNAMEISEARL Clue: "twang!" Answer: nasal
  • Round 2: Letters: AMSTERDAM CLEAVERFAMILY Clue: Cruising altitude? Answer: Sea level
  • Round 3: Letters: IFTHEYREBOUNDING AROUNDTHEIR PARENTSTIELEASHES Clue: Television show about hyperactive children? Answer: The Young and the Restless (July 2, 2007)

Double Camouflage

One puzzle in each round is designated as a "Double Camouflage" puzzle. The first part of these puzzles is played identically to the others. However, the player who solves the puzzle can double the point value by solving a secondary puzzle. The secondary puzzle is "camouflaged" inside the answer to the primary puzzle and involves a new clue. The player has ten seconds to solve the puzzle without the benefit of removing letters from the puzzle. To counter this disadvantage, players may guess as much as they wish without penalty, and the secondary clues are generally more straightforward than in the main game. If a player solves the secondary puzzle, the player is credited with double the value of the primary puzzle; if incorrect, the player still retains the value of the primary puzzle.

Final Camouflage

The endgame revolves around solving a "Final Camouflage" puzzle. The contestant gets a certain amount of help based on his or her performance in a speed round. The player is given 45 seconds to solve as many puzzles as he or she can. Decoy letters automatically drop from the puzzles one at a time. As in a "Double Camouflage" puzzle, a player may make as many guesses as he or she wishes at each speed round puzzle. When time expires, the "Final Camouflage" puzzle is revealed to the player. For each puzzle solved in the speed round, a decoy letter is dropped from the final puzzle. The player then has 15 seconds to solve the final puzzle, giving as many guesses as he or she wishes. A player who correctly solves the final puzzle wins $5,000; a player who fails to solve the puzzle is given $250 for each puzzle he or she solved during the speed round.

Interactive play has a smaller, modified version of the game that can be played on an Internet-connected computer.


  1. ^ Listing of "Camouflage" episodes

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