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Simon

This was so high tech when it first came out, and reminded me of the spaceship from the film Close Encounters Of A Third Kind. It was a saucer shaped unit, with several segmented colours on the top. These colours were linked to a corresponding sound, and the idea of the game was that Simon would play a selection of colours and tunes, and you and your friends had to copy it 100 percent. Failure to do so will give you a death buzz, and you have to start all over again.

The way to copy was to press the colour when it was your turn, this will give the sound, and the next person has to play the first note. This was a bundle of fun, it really was. I remember spending hours in the 70s with kids and grown -ups trying to go as far as we could, it was always very important NOT to be the one that made the mistake.

The segmented colours to hit were Red, Yellow, Blue and Green. Nothing complicated like today’s computer games, but guys believe me it was such fun in those days.

“Simon’s a computer, Simon has a brain, you either do what Simon says or else go down the drain.”

70s Toys & Games

Remember the old retro toys you used to play with? Did you bounce about on spacehoppers, play pong or ride around on your cool Chopper? Can you recall the heroes Twirling Tim and Hurricane Hank, and who they used to do battle with in the arena? Did you used to come home from school with bruised knuckles from trying to beat 100 clacks on your Klackers? Or was you the studious type carefully making lovely patterns with your Spirograph which, no matter how careful you were, always seemed to cut through the paper turning your masterpiece into a mess.

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