DIstributed SImulation & Online gaming Workshop

Research Article

Simon says the color: the digital evolution of an outdoor kids game

        author={Claudio E.  Palazzi and Dario  Maggiorini and Andrea  Burattin and Riccardo  Ferro},
        title={Simon says the color: the digital evolution of an outdoor kids game},
        proceedings={DIstributed SImulation \& Online gaming Workshop},
        keywords={Mobile Games Mobile Devices Games Wireless},
  • Claudio E. Palazzi
    Dario Maggiorini
    Andrea Burattin
    Riccardo Ferro
    Year: 2010
    Simon says the color: the digital evolution of an outdoor kids game
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.SIMUTOOLS2010.8719
Claudio E. Palazzi1,*, Dario Maggiorini2,*, Andrea Burattin1,*, Riccardo Ferro1,*
  • 1: Dipartimento di Matematica Pura e Applicata, Università di Padova, via Trieste, 63, 35121 Padova, Italy.
  • 2: Dipartimento di Informatica e Comunicazione, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Comelico, 39, 20135 Milano, Italy.
*Contact email: cpalazzi@math.unipd.it, dario@dico.unimi.it, burattin@math.unipd.it, rferro@studenti.math.unipd.it


In the last decades mobile phones have evolved from simple instruments to make calls to complex and powerful devices. Following this trend, a popular application as gaming has extended its domain from home computers and consoles to the mobile realm. Mobile games represent now a killer application for smart phones and are attracting millions of subscribers worldwide. Nowadays, the challenge is that of creating a new generation of mobile games proposing something more than just a tiny version of home entertainment blockbusters; the ubiquitous use and the interesting features (camera, gyroscope, connectivity, GPS, etc.) of mobile phones should be fully exploited to generate a completely new kind of gaming experience. To this aim, we have created an application for mobile phones exploiting new features available in every modern mobile phone (in particular, bluetooth communication and camera), to digitally replicate and enhance an outdoor game for children that would not be playable (with fun) on an desktop PC.