Thanks to Julio Marchi for this space in MSX All


  Recreation of famous toy in the 80's for MSX 2.

  1. Introduction
  Genius was a famous electronic game manufactered by Estrela[1] on 1980's. This game was a brazilian version from the original Simon, created and manufactered by Hasbro.
  Unfortunetelly, many 80's electronic games and toys from Estrela were discontinued, like Pegasus[2], Colossus[3], Genius and others.
  The brazilian magazine Micro Sistemas #63 published in 1986 a version of this game in Basic for MSX 1, as seen below on screenshots section.
  In February 1999, I decided to upgrade this Genius version to MSX 2. I draw the screens and added some palette resources, to make lenses brightness seems real.
  The Genius magazine version was quite simple, where only one game mode and difficulty were available. In fact, the original Genius had 3 games and 4 skills.

  [1]- Brand of brazilian toys factory (
  [2]- Remote control car
  [3]- Remote control car

  Genius game modes and skills:


  1- Repeat the sequence
  2- Make your own sequence
  3- Repeat the sequence, being only one color


  1- 08 repetitions
  2- 14 repetitions
  3- 20 repetitions
  4- 31 repetitions

  In 2004, I decided to recreate this game from the scratch, in order to be the most similar to the original. In other words, the magazine game was completely abandoned and a new project started.

  2. How to play
  Press number 3, "(3)- JOGAR", to play.

  Genius begins. This time, you can press these letters:

  J - Change game mode
  D - Change skill level
  U - Repeat last sequence
  M - Repeat the longest sequence
  S - Start

  As Genius starts, only arrows works. Rotate in your mind the keyboard 45 degrees left. This means:

  UP - Green len
  LEFT - Yellow len
  DOWN - Blue len
  RIGHT - Red len

  The games are:

  GAME 1 - Repeat as long as you can, according the skill level you set. It starts with 1 blinking len. Repeat that len. Then, it will repeat the first len and add one more. Repeat this sequence and so on.
  If you press a wrong len, it will end the game, by long blinking its yellow len. If you succeed, it will shot 6 blinking green.


  Genius - "G"
  You - "G"
  Genius - "GG"
  You - "GG"
  Genius - "GGY"
  You - "GGY"

  GAME 2- Now, Genius gives you only the first blink. Repeat that and add one more. Then, repeat all and add one more.


  Genius - "R"
  You - "R"
  You - "RG"
  You - "RGG"
  You - "RGGB"

  GAME 3 - Similar to game 1. Now, you press only one len (yellow) and "virtual players" press the others. Only wait for your time to press!


  Genius - "B"
  VP1 - "B"
  Genius - "BG"
  VP1 - "B"
  VP2 - "G"
  Genius - "BGY"
  VP1 - "B"
  VP2 - "G"
  You - "Y"  

* R, G, B, Y stands for Red, Green, Blue and Yellow, in this order.

  3. Download
  Minimum requeriments:
  - MSX 2 or better
  - 128 KB VRAM

  Download the game:
  Genius 2004 - The game and sources in Basic.

  4. Screenshots
Micro Sistemas Magazine (1987) MarMSX version (1999)

MarMSX version (2004)

Marcelo Silveira
Systems and Computing Engineer
Expert in Image Processing and Artificial Intelligence
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