Picture of Arduino - Simple Simon Says Game
In this instructable, I will show you how to make a simple Simon Says Game using an Arduino. it's not just simple but we can get a psychological benefit. I have a bad memory to remember something fast or a new things. So this project really suitable for someone like me. hahaha

We're gonna using some basic electronics built on top of an Arduino. When the project is finished you will have a working simple circuit that fun to play.

This is the video of my Arduino - Simple Simon Says Game
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Step 1: Parts and Tools

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Here is all you will need:
(1) Arduino UNO R3
(4) LEDs (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow)
(4) Push Button (small)
(1) PCB Matriks / Perfboard
(1) Speaker 8 ohm (0,5 watt)
(4) 100 / 330 ohm resistors
(1) 9V battery
(1) 9V battery box with on-off switch
(4) Spacer 0,5 cm
(1) Project enclosure (I'm using "Kitchen Ware" box)
- Breadboard
- Shrink tubing
- Jumper wire
- Rainbow wire (optional)
- Male header extended
- Blackhousing / female 1x1 header (optional)

- Soldering iron
- Solder
- Hot glue
- Mini drill
- Pliers
- Cutter
- Helping hands (if you don't have it, you can build it from my helping hands instructable )

Nice work, I'm going to try it..Thanks buddy..I will post it when I finish it.

mnajjar1 month ago

in Arduino 1.6.0 and 1.6.1, there is not working

any help to make it work ???

TheFR4NC1SC02 months ago

Hey Good Proyect
I have a little problem, in Arduino 1.0.6 Work very well, but in Arduino 1.6.0 and 1.6.1, there is not working

JonoJ2 months ago

hey, nice project.

i am following your instructions step by step.

code loaded fine, but when i switch it on, i have no LEDs turning on. but the opening tune works fine, just dont see any lights or hear the sound of the first led light going on?

Any help?

What are the jump wires at the top for? (running along + and -)

DonaldJ1 made it!7 months ago

I made this today, but with modifications for using LED Tactile switches which light up as you press them.

However, I did have some issues getting the code to work. The file does not compile with the tone library. However as the tone functionality is now available within the latest version of Arduino (1.0.6), I modified your code to make use of this. It does however require the user to pick up the pitches.h file as used in the toneKeyboard example

prettygalanna9 months ago

codes pleaseeee :D

Z7Z1 year ago

Hey! I have a quick question, the game seems to be working fine but the LEDs are INSANELY glitchy. Only the outside two ever light up, and occasionally the middle ones light up when I press it, making it nearly impossible to play. They are all in the right places so I have no idea what is causing this.

faziefazie (author)  Z7Z1 year ago

Are you building the circuit on protoboard first or already soldering it on perfboard?

how do I change the code so that after 10 rounds a particular event occurs? For example a pin is set to High?
dbrewer41 year ago
How do you run and install the "tone" app for the arduino?
faziefazie (author)  dbrewer41 year ago
you can go to to learn how to install the library tone.
Dylon1241 year ago
Please tell me you made a stand alone arduino!
faziefazie (author)  Dylon1241 year ago
I'm sorry but I didn't make a stand alone arduino. I'm using Arduino Uno as you can see from my pictures.
Please! Make a stand alone arduino! It is so easy and cheap for about $5, what a steal!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can show/ make an instrucables if you want?
faziefazie (author)  Dylon1241 year ago
okay, please show me how :)
athirauv1 year ago
faziefazie (author)  athirauv1 year ago
Hi. I voted for you... Nice work..

I dont know nothing about arduino but i have made some proyects in the past with boards..

I want to make this proyect to work with children with special needs.. But they used to throw away things.. So i will need to be with bateries inside.... Could you please explain to me how to conect the bateries to arduino?.. Thanks..
faziefazie (author)  El Colombiano1 year ago
Thank you so much, really appreciate it :)

you can connect the battery and Arduino in a way that has been described in the picture. Then you can put the battery inside the box, and put the switch outside the box (make a hole in the enclosure for put the switch)

I hope it's help, thank you once again :)
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Is this the only way to add an on/off switch?
faziefazie (author)  botgames1 year ago
hmmm I think it's the simplest way to put the switch. but maybe there is another way, but I'm still learning about electronic too, so far it's the only way that I can answer.
I got it to work! Yeah it was simple. Thank you for such an easy to understand instructable.
faziefazie (author)  botgames1 year ago
You are welcome, it's my pleasure to help.

don't forget to vote for me if you like my instructables :)
alihureiby1 year ago
dari kota mana mas? salam kenal yaa, saya masih newbi untuk masalah arduino nih.
faziefazie (author)  alihureiby1 year ago
Maaf saya bukan mas. hehehe

Saya dari Jakarta, lagi kuliah di Bandung. Saya juga masih newbie kok ttg arduino, sama2 masih belajar hehehe...
irsyakdiah1 year ago
you really ended up exploring your arduino, well done. i gave you my vote already xD
faziefazie (author)  irsyakdiah1 year ago
hehehehe thank you so much chair mate :D
I couldn't reply your comment :P,
take a look to this tutorials they'll help you, you can either use the ATMega with or without external oscillator
faziefazie (author)  mpacheco1211 year ago
ohh okay, thank you so much :)
Verny nice project! i voted for you in all contests and i also made my own game with a atmega328p without all the arduino board, only with the chip. greetings from colombia
faziefazie (author)  mpacheco1211 year ago
Wow that was awesome man, I want to make an Arduino standalone too, can you tell me what should I need to make the circuit without the Arduino board?

Btw, thank you so much for the votes, appreciate it greatly :)
Dude this is very, very, nice! I gave you votes for all contests and good luck!
faziefazie (author)  FoamboardRC1 year ago
Thank you so much, my friend :)
mazza081 year ago
Very nice! When I saw your project I took out the little material I had and I did it!
Thank you!!
(from Italy)
faziefazie (author)  mazza081 year ago
That's awesome! You are most welcome :)
Diljot1 year ago
Oh my god! This is soo cool!! But is there any way that you could post the code as a word file or a website, cause i'm not able to open any of the files on my computer.
faziefazie (author)  Diljot1 year ago
As your request, I already add the sketch with txt format. Have fun and tell me how it goes.

Thank you anyway :)
ynze1 year ago
What a nice project to get started with Arduino! Well done!
faziefazie (author)  ynze1 year ago
Thank you so much :)