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Simon says is a game for three or more players (most often children). One of the people is "it" – i.e., Simon. The others must do what Simon tells thith a phrase beginning with "Simon says". If Simon says "Simon says jump.", the players must jump (players that do not jump are out). However, if Simon says simply "jump", without first saying "Simon says", players do not jump; those that do jump are out. In general, it is the spirit of the command, not the actions that matters; if Simon says "Simon says touch your toes.", players only have to show that they are trying to touch their toes. It is the ability to distinguish between valid and invalid commands, rather than physical ability, that matters here. // Simon Says (film) Simon Says is a 2006 horror/thriller film directed by William Dear (Angels in the Outfield, Harry and the Hendersons A teen horror genre movie that is suppose to be release in 2006. ... Simon Says was an alternative rock band from Southern California. ... For other uses, see Game (disambiguation). ... Simon is a common name, from Hebrew שִׁמְעוֹן (Shimon), meaning hearkening or listening.[1]. Simon can refer to: // Simeon II of Bulgaria Simon of Bet-Titta, a Christian martyr Simon of Bet-Parsaje, a martyr of Iran with Mana of Bet-Parsaje Simon of Sudbury Simon, Metropolitan of Moscow Simon...

It is Simon's task to try to get everyone out as quickly as possible, and it is every one else's job to stay "in" for as long as possible. The last of Simon's followers to stay in wins (although the game is not always played all the way through).

It is considered cheating to give impossible commands ("Simon says 'lift your left leg'. Simon says 'lift your right leg'. Simon did not say 'put your left leg down'!") or phrase the commands in such a way that the other player has no option but to 'go out' ("Simon says 'jump up'. Come down."). However, at least in some versions, it is allowed for Simon to eliminate players by asking them to do something seemingly unrelated to the game (example: "Anyone remaining join me up here.")

The name of the game also inspired a classic 1980s electronic toy named Simon by computer games inventor Ralph H. Baer.[1] It is a circular electronic game featuring four colored quadrants. The game will flash quadrants in turn and expect you to repeat the sequence. If you get the sequence correct, the game will respond with a longer sequence. There is also a classic Simon Says-like mode called Tricky Mickey in the 1989 Milton Bradley game of physical skill Mickey Says, which features Mickey Mouse as its host. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... A modern version of Simon. ... Ralph H. Baer (born March 8, 1922) is a German-born American inventor, noted for his many contributions to games and the video game industry. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... For the Oakland Athletics outfielder, see Milton Bradley (baseball player) The Milton Bradley Company is an American game company established by Milton Bradley in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1860. ... Games of physical skill or dexterity test the body more than the brain, although strategic thinking may be required. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ...


Non-English Versions

The game exists in a number of non-English speaking countries. While some also use the name Simon (such as the Spanish "Simón dice" and "Símon segir" in Icelandic), others use different formulas: for example, "Jacques a dit" ("Jacques said") in French, "הרצל אמר" ("Herzl said") in Hebrew, "Deir Ó Grádaigh" ("O'Grady says") in Irish, "Kongen befaler" ("the king commands") in Norwegian, "Kapteeni käskee" ("the captain commands") in Finnish, "老師話" in Cantonese, and "O macaco disse" ("The monkey said") in Brazilian Portuguese. Jacques can refer to: People with the surname of Jacques and Richard Jacques, a British composer Hattie Jacques, a British comedy actress People with the given name of Jacques Jacques Rougeau, a Canadian professional wrestler Jacques Chirac, a French politician Jacques-Yves Cousteau, a French underwater explorer Jacques Sylla, the... Theodor Herzl Theodor Herzl (May 2, 1860–July 3, 1904) was an Austrian Jewish journalist who became the founder of modern political Zionism. ... The word Hebrew most likely means to cross over, referring to the Semitic people crossing over the Euphrates River. ... Look up king in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is on all of the Yue dialects. ... Brazilian Portuguese (Português Brasileiro in Portuguese) is the group of dialects of Portuguese written and spoken by virtually all the 190 million inhabitants of Brazil and by a couple million Brazilian immigrants, mainly in the United States, Portugal, Canada, Japan, and Paraguay. ...

Cultural References

The villain Simon Bar Sinister in the animated series Underdog would always issue orders to others starting with the phrase "Simon says..." An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Underdog Underdog was an American animated television series that debuted on October 3, 1964, on the NBC network and continued in sydnication until 1973 for a run of approximately 120 episodes over NBC, and occasionally, CBS. // In 1960, handling the General Mills account as an account executive with the Dancer...

The bubblegum pop band 1910 Fruitgum Company had a hit in 1967 with the song "Simon Says". The lyrics explained the rules of the game. However, the lyrics contain the phrase "do what Simple Simon says", which confuses the game with the Simple Simon nursery rhyme. Bubblegum pop (bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, youth music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music. ... The 1910 Fruitgum Company is a bubblegum pop band of the 1960s, the name of which is from a wrapper which lead singer Frank Jeckell found in his attic. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... William Wallace Denslows illustrations for Simple Simon, from a 1901 edition of Mother Goose Simple Simon and the pie man, according to Denslow Simple Simon is a nursery rhyme which begins: Simple Simon met a pieman Going to the fair; Says Simple Simon to the pieman, Let me taste...

The rapper Pharoahe Monch also made a famous song called "Simon Says". Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... Pharoahe Monch (born Troy Donald Jamerson on October 31, 1972 in Queens, New York) is an American hip hop artist. ...

The villain Simon Phoenix in the film Demolition Man often used the phrase, and other characters occasionally mentioned it. Demolition Man is an American science fiction-action film released in 1993. ...

Was an alternate title for the Movie Die Hard: With a Vengeance. Die Hard: With a Vengeance, the third film in the Die Hard series starring Bruce Willis as policeman John McClane, adds Samuel L. Jackson as Zeus Carver, Willis reluctant partner. ...

- Who is this?
- Call me Simon.
- What do you want?
- I want to play a game.
- What kind of game?
- Simon says. Simon's going to tell McClane what to do... and Lieutenant McClane is going to do it. Noncompliance will result in a penalty.
- What penalty?
- Another big bang in a very public place.

Simon Says is a character in Shrek 2. Shrek 2, which was released in the United States on May 19, 2004, is the 2004 sequel to the 2001 computer-animated DreamWorks Pictures film Shrek. ...

Simon Says is a horror film by director William Dear. // Simon Says (film) Simon Says is a 2006 horror/thriller film directed by William Dear (Angels in the Outfield, Harry and the Hendersons A teen horror genre movie that is suppose to be release in 2006. ... William C. Dear is a well-known Dallas-based private investigator. ...

Simón dice is a TV spot in MTV Latin America aired on 2006 with a doll called Simon talking about diverse controversial subjects, is subversive and uses a dirty vocabulary.[2] A television advertisement or commercial (often called an advert in the United Kingdom) is a form of advertising in which goods, services, organizations, ideas, etc. ... MTV Latin America (also known as MTV Latino or MTV Latin) is a cable television network aimed at residents in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and the others Latin American countries. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Doll (disambiguation). ...

Simon Says is a cheat in the PC game "Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds". You get the special unit "Simon the killer ewok", who makes plenty of damage, by typing this cheat into the game's chat-box.

A character named Simon appears in the theme park show "Let's Have a Ball," in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park. The show officially opened October 1, 2006. During the show, guests are invited to play fun, themed party games, as instructed by the hostess Lady Lucinda. Her assistant, Simon, ultimately persuades his boss to let him teach the guests how to play his new game: Simon Says. The game is a success and is added to the official list of "Happily Ever After Party Games."

Simon Says is the name of a Swedish progressive-rock band that released two albums: "Ceinwen" (1998) and "Paradise Square" (2002). It is also the name of a Californian Metal band featured on the Beerfest and Varsity Blues soundtracks, for which they received a gold record from the RIAA. It is as well the name of a dance music Moroccan act that had a local smash hit entitled "Karima".

One of the highlights of the 1970s version of the made-for-TV athletic competition called Superstars was a round of "Simon says" conducted by an adept player. Skier Alain Baxter competing in the gym tests Superstars is an all-around sports competition that pits elite athletes from different sports against one another in a series of athletic challenges resembling a decathlon. ...

Possible origin

Simon means “hearkening,” “listening," and "he [God] has heard.” This makes sense as Simon says is a listening game.


  1. ^ Edwards, Owen, "Simonized: In 1978 a new electronic toy ushered in the era of computer games", Smithsonian Magazine, September 1, 2006 (URL retrieved September 13, 2006).
  2. ^ Simon says, TV spot in MTV Latin América

Smithsonian is a monthly magazine published by the Smithsonian Institution of the United States in Washington, DC External link Smithsonian webpage Categories: Smithsonian Institution | United States magazines | Stub ...

Other references

  • Arnold, Arnold, The World Book of Children's Games, World Publishing Co., 1972, ISBN 0-529-00778-9.
  • Bancroft, Jessie H., Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium, The Macmillan Co., 1914.
  • Forster, Sally, Simon Says... Let's Play, Dutton Chilren's Books, 1990, ISBN 0-525-65019-9.
  • Grunfeld, Frederic V., Games of the World: How to Make Them, How to Play Them, How They Came to Be, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1975, ISBN 0-03-015261-5.

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Simon says - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (338 words)
Simon Says is a game for three or more players (most often children).
It is Simon's task to try to get everyone out as quickly as possible, and it is every one else's job to stay "in" for as long as possible.
The last of Simon's followers to stay in wins (although the game is not always played all the way through).
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