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Simon Air Game from Hasbro Gaming

£15.81
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If you loved the original Simon, then you will love this game. Just go in with an open mind, and remember this is a modern version with a few exciting twists, not a carbon copy!

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Jennifer Watts

25th July 2016

By Jennifer Watts

Mum, Wife, Gadget Lover & Foodie


The original Simon game was invented just a few years before I was born, but I was probably at just the right age for it when it hit its peak in the 1980s. I have vivid memories of getting Simon and it was ‘the future’. Game nights when I was a kid meant board games, so when an electronic game came out it was a pretty big deal. Simon Air probably won’t have quite the same impact as the original, but I still think this game pushes the boundaries and takes gameplay to a level that we haven’t seen before. Exciting!

First Impressions

It’s big! Simon Air was a lot bigger than I was expecting, and definitely a lot larger than the original Simon. I have to admit that, at first, I wasn’t too impressed because it seemed tricky to get it right. The kids picked it up a lot quicker than I did which annoyed me a little too! I think it’s because I had a preconceived idea of what I thought I should be doing and they were coming into this with fresh eyes.

The weird thing with Simon Air is that you don’t have to touch the game. It’s the same concept where you have to copy the pattern, but you hover your hand up above the green at the top to trigger the green, you move to the sides to get red and yellow, and you put your hand through the middle of the circle to get blue. Once I got the hang of it, I started to enjoy the game a lot more. What helped was one of the kids saying ‘think of it like a drum’, because the types of movements you’ve got to do are a bit like playing air drums. The ‘swipe’ movement was the trickiest, and I still haven’t quite got that down yet!

Game Modes

Before I bought Simon Air, I read that there were 2 game modes, but there’s actually 3. You can play this in solo mode, where you just play by yourself, in two-player mode where you play with a friend, or in ‘classic’ mode. The two-player mode is the same as the solo mode, except you get bigger combinations, like all 4 lights will be lit up all at once, so you need two pairs of hands to get it right. The classic mode didn’t really seem that classic, it just means that there’s no fancy hand movements involved. It might have been nice if the colours were buttons so you could play a more classic type game if you wanted.

Play Considerations

This is more of a ‘permanent’ game than what you may be used to. The original Simon, and the ‘Simon Swipe’ game were both quite portable, but you’re a bit restricted in where you can play this because of the base which doesn’t stand up too well on carpet. You need a solid surface to play. We’ve put a small table in the kids’ playroom where we keep this so we know it’s always ready to be switched on.

Price

I was so impressed with the price I paid for this because it wasn’t that much more than an original Simon game and that’s been around since the 1970s! For a new game, the price is great, and I really don’t mind paying this sort of money to give my kids a toy that feels quite sentimental to me. It’s like I’ve got a chance to share the fun from my childhood with my kids in a way that’s fun for them. They haven’t really been too impressed with other toys from when I was a kid, like my Space Hopper and Teddy Ruxpin.

If you loved the original Simon, then you will love this game. Just go in with an open mind, and remember this is a modern version with a few exciting twists, not a carbon copy!

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  • Age: 8+
  • Weight: 581 g
  • Batteries: 3 x AA (included)
  • Players: 1-2

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