► One Simon (the controller)
► 3 – 4 gullible followers
2. He will stand apart from the group, facing the players.
3. Simon will give a series of commands to the group.
4. Each player from the group needs to follow these commands promptly.
5. If a player fails to carry out the given command, he or she will be eliminated from the game.
6. The game continues until only one player remains. That player is declared as a winner.
★ A player who does not follow the valid command is eliminated from the game.
★ A command that does not have the phrase ‘Simon Says’ is an invalid command. So, a player posing as Simon might ask other players to “Jump. Clap your hands. Arms up.” However, these commands are not to be followed.
★ A player following such invalid commands is eliminated from the game.
★ Simon cannot give any impossible commands like “Simon says, lift both your legs up at a time!” Players cannot carry out this task, which leads to an elimination.
★ Likewise, Simon cannot give commands in which players do not have any option but to get eliminated. For example, “Simon says, jump up. Come down.” In this command, ‘jump’ is the valid one as it follows the phrase, and ‘come down’ is the invalid one as it does not follow the phrase. However, it is not physically possible for the players to jump up and stay in the air. They are bound to get down. In such cases, they are eliminated.
★ A large group always helps! Playing this game in a larger group is fun as it is hilarious to see everyone following silly commands. It is always easier for players to hide their mistakes if they do or do not follow certain commands in a bigger group.
★ A player posing as Simon can give a series of complex and confusing commands to trick the players. For instance, an invalid command can immediately follow a valid command to fool the players into doing it.