The classic children’s game, which Hasbro makes about the size of a laptop, has been built to sit at 20 feet by 20 feet, which Guinness World Records will recognize as “World’s Largest Electronic Memory Game” after it opens in the Redmond Downtown Park Pavilion. The design was led by gaming industry veteran Matt Wilson, and was constructed by volunteers with the Northwest Art Center. Taking two years to build and weighing over 2,500 pounds, it was constructed to scale and looks identical to the design debuted in 1978.
OneRedmond is a 501 (c)(6) organization that operates as Redmond’s Chamber of Commerce and public foundation. Partnering with Northwest Art Center, a non-profit created in 2006 to introduce more visual art education to the greater Seattle area, the two organizations built the largest Simon game to be enjoyed by the entire community. OneRedmond is currently drawing up future plans to move the game to other localities in the region to inspire some friendly community competition.
Contrasting the iconic handheld game, this gigantic version is meant to be played by jumping on the different buttons. Unless an individual is looking for an intense cardio workout, this adaptation is best played with friends.
OneRedmond is hosting a tournament Sept. 13 and 14 as an opening celebration event. Thirty teams of eight from companies and organizations in the community are set to participate, along with numerous families and individuals. Other games and activities will be provided by Northwest Art Center during the event.