Fans of the original blinking and beeping Simon game can now face new challenges with Simon Flash. Recommended for players age 8 and up, Simon Flash consists of four electronic game cubes, one for each of the classic Simon colors: red, blue, green and yellow. There are four different game options (each game is linked to a specific colored cube) involving various memory and speed skills: Simon Shuffle, Lights Off, Simon Secret Color and the classic Simon game of repeating patterns. Between the four cubes, Simon Flash requires eight AAA batteries, so if your family is voracious about playing, make sure to stock up. A couple of Amazon.com reviewers recommend investing in rechargeable batteries if the game is going to get regular heavy play.
Reviewers generally say that it's a fun modern update of the old favorite, with most ratings coming in the 3- to 4-star range. Those ratings seem a little more forgiving than the actual user comments are, however. Several owners lament the number of batteries the game requires, while other users complain that the game isn't all that challenging
One user posting at Amazon.com sums it up thusly: "As an electronic game, Simon Flash does not entertain for very long… [because kids] quickly comprehend the device, play with it for five minutes, and then move on." Another parent complains that the instructions are unclear and adds, "Once they got the rules down, they played each game one time. Then they were done. That's it."
Among more favorable reviews, it's the memory-training aspect that appeals to parents. "I really like this game," says one owner, "because, even with the sheer simplicity, it encourages the child to focus, think and plan his next move. The feedback is immediate and it works very well in a solo or multi player mode. I was amazed at how quickly the kids were able to remember very long sequences."
Parents like how portable Simon Flash is, but a few note that the piece can be easy to misplace and that the game won't function without all four cubes attached. Still others complain that unlike the original Simon game, which had a distinct tone for each color, the Simon Flash cubes all make the same sound. Finally, multiple reviewers question the game's value at its suggested retail price of $30.
Though it's recommended for ages 8 and older, parents find that younger children enjoy playing with Simon Flash. In fact, it may be best suited to them, since older kids appear to lose interest once they figure out how to play. For children too young for any of the games, they can still use the cubes for color and pattern recognition.
Overall, however, the reviews for Simon Flash are middling at best, and the number of owners reporting that kids lose interest quickly suggests that you may be better off spending equal money on a game that is more engaging over the long term.
More than 25 customers review Simon Flash on Amazon.com and none give it less than a 3-star rating. Reviewers say it's a fun game for both kids and adults, and they like how it's small enough to be packed for road trips. Many also comment on the different game options and say that children younger than the recommended age of 8 can play the easier games. A select few are concerned about the amount of batteries Simon Flash uses; if the game is played a lot, having to consistently replace eight AAA batteries can be costly and frustrating.
Review: Simon Flash, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 15 customers review Simon Flash on Walmart.com and most give it a positive review. Both parents and their kids enjoy playing the different games, though some say that they lost interest once mastering all four game options.
Review: Simon Flash, Contributors to Walmart.com
Bridgette Duplantis is a writer and mother who maintains The Not-So-Blog, where she reviews various products related to parenting. A fan of the original Simon game, Bridgette says she likes the new Simon Flash and is impressed with the technology that allows the game cubes to communicate with each other. As part of the review, Duplantis plays the game with her two children. Her 6-year-old catches on quickly and enjoys playing all four games, and while her 3-year-old is too young to grasp the gaming concept, Bridgette likes to use the cubes to work on color and pattern recognition.
Review: Hasbro's Simon Flash (Review and Giveaway), Bridgette Duplantis, Dec. 9, 2011
Robyn Wright is a blogger who covers various topics of personal interest, including products for family life. In her review of Simon Flash she says that all of the game options are fun to play, though some are more challenging than others. She also notes that there is a way to mute the sound; a feature that other reviewers have missed. She thinks the game is more appealing to children than to adults, and says that kids under the recommended age of 8 will still get enjoyment from playing it.
Review: Simon Flash Game Review and Giveaway, Robyn Wright, Dec. 6, 2011