Simon Game History
Although a video game in the classic sense of the phrase, Simon can be considered a true “classic” electronic game of its era. The marketing phrase behind the game was; Simon's a computer, Simon has a brain, you either do what Simon says or else go down the drain.
The History of Simon: Pop Culture Icon
The electronic memory game Simon was the invention of Ralph H. Baer, Howard J. Morrison and was programmed by Lenny Cope, and first saw the light of day in 1978. The game was manufactured by Milton Bradley.
The unit had four different coloured lights, these were green, yellow, red and blue. The objective of simon was simple, the player or players had to follow the sequence of lights that the computer sets. The more the game went on, the longer these set sequences were.
There were different switches on the unit that could be set to change the games variations and difficulty settings. Simon could be a single or multi-player experience. In the multi-player game up to four players could take part. Each player would select a colour, then when Simon would initiate the sequence for that player, they would have to complete it correctly or face elimination.
This was carry on until there was only one player left standing, and they would be deemed the winner. Since the original release in the late 1970s, the company Milton Bradley have now been taken over by Hasbro, and so the game has been re-released on numerous occasions.
There have been many variations of the game, including versions made for keyrings and watches. In 1980 there was a “Super Simon” released, which had eight lights, instead of the original four. Simon is still popular today, 30 years after its first release.
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