Until this came out, the only Simon toys still available in stores were the tiny keychain versions, which I didn't care for. This new one is full-size, and boasts a number of improvements.
First and foremost, instead of having buttons that actually press down mechanically, the four colored things are now like mini touchscreens, meaning you put your finger on it and it registers as a press. They look really shiny and nice and work great.
Second, there are now three game modes. The first is the classic Simon everyone knows and loves, where you must repeat an ever increasing sequence. The second is like the first, only instead of the computer choosing the new color that gets added on, you add it yourself. While the temptation to make easy sequences (like the same button over and over) is too strong to make this fun for a single player, it really shines as a multiplayer game, where one player tries to challenge another as much as possible by making the sequence harder to remember. Finally, game three is a party mode, where players each select a color (or two, if there are two players) that only they press, and if they do not press it when they are supposed to, or press it when it is not their turn, they are eliminated.
Another new thing is a little lcd screen that shows the game mode selected, the high scores, the current round number, and little game over animations. While not essential, it is a welcome addition.
Finally, the sounds are loud, clear, and pleasant to the ear. Also of note is that the game uses three AA batteries, which are included.
In conclusion, this is a great return to form for Simon, and I am very satisfied with my purchase.
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