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Monday, February 29, 2016

Simon (1978)

Simon (1978)

Ratings

4.22657 out of 10 with 741 ratings
Board Game Rank: 13927
Children's Game Rank: 650

Description

Simon is a large round electronic box with four player 'press pads' on top. Each of the pads lights up and plays a tone.

The game is basically a memory game. Simon lights one of the coloured pads and sounds a tone, then two, then three, etc. Players attempt to match Simon by pressing the pads in the proper sequence. If someone fails, they get a 'raspberry' and are out of the game. Of course Simon speeds up as the game progresses so it becomes increasingly more difficult.

For a little less randomness, players can set the game to ignore the computer and perform the sequences themselves adding one colour to each play. Player 1 can press "Red", Player 2 then must press "Red" and then adds another "Red", player 3 then must press "Red, Red", and then adds "Blue", etc.

  • Designer: Ralph Baer, Lenny Cope, Howard J. Morrison
  • Publisher: Estrela, Hasbro, John Sands Pty Ltd, MB Jeux, Milton Bradley
  • Year Published: 1978
  • Number of Players: 1 - 4
  • Suggested Number of Players: 4
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 7
  • Playing Time: 30
  • Suggested Ages: 3
  • Language Dependence: No necessary in-game text
  • Honors: 1979 Spiel des Jahres Recommended
  • Subdomain: Children's Games
  • Category: Electronic, Memory, Real-time
  • Mechanic: Memory
  • Family: Simon
  • Alternate Names: Genius, Mini Senso, Pocket Simon, Senso, Simon, Simon Air, Simon Trickster

Reviews

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Great memory game. Fun solitare or multiplayer!

10 out of 10
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Good fun in early e-games. Why is Google Chrome using it as their logo?...

8 out of 10
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It's not a game so much as it is a toy. It's an electronic solitaire puzzle, really... and a pretty good one at that, if you like that sort of thing.

4 out of 10
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VERY basic memory game, but still pretty good in it's own way.

2 out of 10
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This isn't a bad idea for a game, but I tend to quit before I lose, and have no desire to fire one up ever again. Overall, it's a pretty stressful experience, and I'm not looking for that in a game.

5 out of 10
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Lots of historical enjoyment in this game. I will play this sometimes with my 8 year old niece for variety.

4 out of 10
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I played this as a kid and enjoyed it, but calling it a game is a stretch.

3 out of 10
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I wouldn't consider this a board game but I would consider this a fun challenge.

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04.03.01.04

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04.02.02.03

3 out of 10
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The perfect mix of two of my most disliked mechanisms: reflexes and memory.

6 out of 10
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I only ever had pocket simon when I was a kid... I recently picked up this Gem on ebay :)

4 out of 10
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thank you for making the colors blink....because being color blind can really blow at times.

6 out of 10
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Space encounters of the third kind/solo/flashing lights/bleeps... Whats not to like?

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Heidi's thrifted original in good working order.

7 out of 10
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I can't believe this is at the bottom of the BGG list. I had to rate this somewhat high because if I'm looking at my games & I'm by myself I'll often pick up Simon & play for a few minutes & I've never beaten the top level.

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I actually got pretty bored as a broke teenager and got into the rhythm of this game... Not breaking any records, but I did get pretty good.

4 out of 10
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Played a couple of times. It's a somewhat novel memory game. Worth playing once, but that is about it.

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This is the Star Wars version

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Oooooh the memories! I wish I still had one! (the great big honkin' one!) I don't think this belongs on this website since it's not a board game or card game and I don't want to see electronic games cluttering up the geek!

3 out of 10
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I remember playing this years ago. For about two weeks it occupied me and my brothers' time. Then it got shelved and hasn't seen the light of day. Now that I'm writing this I see I need to clean house. Quantity is far less important than quality in game collection. :-)

3 out of 10
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I used to have a Simon clone, and it was fun for a while, until I realized that no one ever really wins -- they just last longer. I got a copy of the real Simon from a thrift store in March 2008.

5 out of 10
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Enjoyable for a few minutes, then becomes more frustrating than fun.

1 out of 10
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This is not a game. This is a device... a very very irritating one.

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how is testing your memory a "game"? is it the annoying musical tones and pretty flashing lights?

3 out of 10
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A classic!

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box has damage ripped corners and wear unit looks great.

7 out of 10
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a good memory game

6 out of 10
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Our version has to be from 1980's. It's built like a tank. That alone recommends it for me. You can do the same thing with a few dozen lines of code, but the physicality of the object makes this game kinda special.

8 out of 10
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I love this game!

2 out of 10
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This game exists solely to demonstrate the limitations of one's memory. Cruelty ensconced in plastic. Five year old VS eighty-five year old, folks! Place your bets.

4 out of 10
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I remember playing this in the dark as a kid. Fun factor was pretty low though.

1 out of 10
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I can still hear it......BBBNNNNNNNGGH. The sound of failure.

4 out of 10
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Meh...something one plays when one wants to kill time and nothing else is available. Licensed out in numerous ways, I've played versions of this in pizza parlors as an upright, and so on. Nothing spectacular, but not deserving of heavy derision either.

2 out of 10
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I was so horrible at this

5 out of 10
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Classic Memorization game

5 out of 10
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Good for a bit of diversion once in awhile -- I enjoy puzzle type games and this one fits the bill ... but only in small quantities. Had a great time with this when I was a kid, but over time it shows it's age. Hyper Slide has some similar ideas, but turns them into a better game.

7 out of 10
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Fair condition. Missing box and 'instructions' Battery door requires tape to stay attached.

7 out of 10
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Never really considered Simon to be a board game, but here it is. Whatever it is, it's awesome, enchanting and iconic.

4 out of 10
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Back in the Atari days, before every home had a computer, this game was a huge hit. Basically a memory dexterity game. But only good for a few minutes, because it gets boring fast.

2 out of 10
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DIGITAL PLAY: iPad Air Memory game. When it first came out, I was intrigued....but it was the new tech that I was excited about. Several apps on iTunes, I play iMimic. Out of my collection

7 out of 10
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We have Simon Air.

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Batteries

2 out of 10
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I hate this game with a passion. I know it's probably good for your brain, but it just stresses me out to no end.

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Children's: 642

7 out of 10
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# 10473

5 out of 10
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Was that Blue, Green , then Yellow, or Red, Yellow then Green? Not much more to it than that.

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Complete 1978

6 out of 10
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Yes, it looked like an album cover for the Electric Light Orchestra, but it was a fun, if limited, game. Almost more of a mini-console videogame than a board game, but a fun diversion in its day.

3 out of 10
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I once played a single error-free game of this for three and half days straight... until the batteries ran out.

4 out of 10
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Good game to test your memory.

6 out of 10
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a fun solo memory game.

1.2 out of 10
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Too noisy. Waaay too noisy.

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$16.98 Collectible-Very Good Amazon

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My copy is the 1980 Edition. Same Box art.

6 out of 10
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This is the perfect game to play while taking a shit.

2 out of 10
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Poor.

5 out of 10
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But really, is there a point to rating Simon?

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Minor corrosion to battery compartment (cleaned as best I could); works in great condition. *Donated*

4 out of 10
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Can only take this for a little while. Played a version in a Little Caeser's once, won a free soda for getting to level 10.

3 out of 10
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Twitch game that I am hopeless at, my wife loves it.

4.75 out of 10
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Genius

3 out of 10
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Would play with a family child if they pleaded. Anyone else's child would have to choose a better game.

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recuerdo de la infancia.

5 out of 10
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I was far too amused by this as a child.

3.5 out of 10
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It's a stretch to call this a board game, but it's kind of fun, especially when played as a 2-player game. Good for children or adults...just don't mix the two.

6 out of 10
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In storage in basement. Not on active shelf.

5 out of 10
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Simon is the ubiquitous bleep-bloop light machine game from the 1970s, that EVERYBODY has played with. It still has some great charm, and is an involving, easily replayable game. I'll always have a soft spot for the challenge and visual aesthetic of Simon.

4 out of 10
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I used to beat this thing up cause it made me mad. It was an ok game for it's time.

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Classic!

3 out of 10
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Non game. Goes on the Give-away pile.

1.3 out of 10
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Memory game for kids. Memorize sequence of flashes. The number of which increases each round.

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Brasil

5 out of 10
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Musicians will always win. Play by sound, not sight.

5 out of 10
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Meh. It gets tough once you get going far enough into it. Good for a few minutes entertainment at most. One of those things that are good for long road trips to prevent the kids getting bored. Ours is a new travel version not listed in the BGG database.

1 out of 10
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A clasic of my childhood

6 out of 10
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Radio Shack version

4 out of 10
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Star Wars Simon

3 out of 10
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The forerunner for Bop-It. Kind of annoying lights and sounds but good for hand eye co-ordination, reactions and memory rather than a game as such. Loved it as a kid until my brother conducted 'electrical experiments' with it and blew it up. Brat.

5 out of 10
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beep boop beep beep bwap...

5.5 out of 10
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Ok, so the last time I played this was in the 80s.

1 out of 10
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By God I hate this game! Not fair because it is all memory.

2 out of 10
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Electronic device that should not be included on board game geek.

4 out of 10
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I have never been very fond of memory game. But this one is simply way too annoying for my test.

5.5 out of 10
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Bright lights of my youth Faster faster mocking me No C cells for you

9 out of 10
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This game is addicting as hell. Wish I were playing it right now. Beep. Beep. Beep boop. Beep boop.

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simon tricks hasbro/mb

2 out of 10
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I just suck at memory games, really.

2 out of 10
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STRESS.

8 out of 10
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12-15-15: 8

5 out of 10
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great electronic game from the 80s

4 out of 10
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Surpassed by the measurably more annoying Bop It!

2 out of 10
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Uncontested skill contest. Not an interactive game

2 out of 10
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[children's game - rating 4] A memory game not worth playing...especially if you have a bad memory, but seriously, good for young kids otherwise much better memory games are available

4 out of 10
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Loose

4 out of 10
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An ELECTRONIC game here on the geek!?! What have we come to?

4 out of 10
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A memory game about remembering which buttons to push. Solo play is best. But it is still boring.

5 out of 10
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A good memory game for your children.

5 out of 10
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While not really a boardgame in the strictest sense, the German version did get nominated for a Spiel des Jahres. Good party fun, and not bad if you have a good memory, but there are much better party games out there.
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