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What are levels, badges, points, quests, items, challenges, and awards? What is a "Badge of the Day"?

What are levels used for? 

Two words: bragging rights.

What are badges? 

Badges are added to games with high ratings that have implemented our high-scores API. Unlike challenges, badges do not expire, though games with achievements may be removed due to unforeseen circumstances. Your badges are displayed on your profile.

You can find your earned badges listed here; for searching tips, click here.

What kind of Badges are there?

Badges have four levels of difficulty: easy, medium, hard, and impossible. They award 5, 15, 30, and 60 points, respectively. We are not responsible for any mouse, keyboard, or emotional damage that may occur while attempting "impossible" achievements.

What is the "Badge of the Day"?

Every day we pick an existing badge to be the Badge of the Day. If you earn that badge before midnight (Pacific time, UTC-8), you’ll get double the Kongregate points! So if you earn an easy Badge of the Day, that’s 10 Kongregate points. Even if you have already earned the badge, you can still get in on the action. Just load up the game; your Kongregate account will receive its extra points.

(You can also earn PowerUp Rewards points for completing the Badge of the Day; go here for more details.)

What are points?

You accumulate points to get to a higher level on the site. Each level is harder to earn than the one before; getting from level 1 to level 2 takes 50 points, but getting from level 64 to level 65 takes 1705 points. There are currently no levels higher than 75, and no current plans to raise the level cap.

Want more information? Go here for a cool user-created graph.

You can find your earned awards listed at the following link - http://www.kongregate.com/accounts/username/points

How can I gain points?

There are several ways to earn points: uploading games, rating games, completing achievements, and inviting friends. See the table below for exact numbers.

Action Points earned
Upload your game Bonuses for the rating of the game
Complete an achievement 5, 15, 30 or 60 points depending on difficulty
Refer a friend 15 points upon sign-up
Referral moving up one level Up to 13 points as they level up, up to level 10
Rate a game 1 point, maximum 50 per day


"Bonus points for uploaded games based on rating? Explain!"

If your game has a rating of at least 2.5 stars on the 50th rating, you receive 50 bonus points ("good game bonus"). If the score is at least 3.0 on the 100th rating, you will receive 75 bonus points ("rad game bonus"). The "totally awesome game bonus" awards 150 bonus points if your game has a score of at least 3.5 stars on the 200th rating, and the "legendary game bonus" awards an unbelievable 300 bonus points if your game has a score of at least 4.0 stars on the 500th rating.

You cannot lose points if the rating for your game falls, and note that these points are ADDED to what you already have. Uploading a game with a rating above 4.0 could therefore earn a total of 575 points. This is, however, pretty rare, as Kongregate users can be pretty picky with their ratings of 4 and

What are awards?

Awards can be earned by completing certain objectives and goals on the site, like quests and entries into sweepstakes.

You can find your earned awards listed at the following link - 
http://www.kongregate.com/accounts/username/awards

What are quests?

Quests are a collection of badges; each quest is worth an additional set of points.

Quests can be found here.

You can find your earned awards listed at the following link - 
http://www.kongregate.com/accounts/username/items

What are items?
These are in items that can be retrieved and used in-game. 

 What are challenges?

Challenges are time-limited achievements, typically beginning on Friday afternoon and lasting for one week. These challenges typically award either points or items/perks in one of our many multiplayer games. Current challenges are featured under the "Achievements" tab at the top of the page and can also be found here.

Loot challenges are like regular challenges, except that you earn an award for your profile and a chance to win a real-world prize. Typically, each person completing the challenge is entered in a drawing to win a gaming system or other prizes. If there is a current loot challenge, it will be displayed here and usually also promoted on the homepage.

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