Assembling the Cyber City Circuits Genius Game Kit

Last month I received the February subscription box from Cyber City Circuits. This time the crew at Cyber City Circuits shipped what they call the Genius Game Kit. This nifty little kit is a kind of a hat tip to the old Simon memory game many of us loved (or hated) as kids. In this post, I will share my build for this kit.

The Genius Game Kit

Genius Game Kit contents.

The kit includes everything necessary to build the memory game. An Arduino Nano clone controls the game. This kit provides an excellent opportunity for those new to soldering to learn how to solder header pins into a board and a microcontroller.

Cyber City Circuits has posted an excellent tutorial and video explaining how to assemble the kit. The video is of great value to those relatively new to soldering, as you can pick up hints and tips about how to proceed.

Since the crew at Cyber City Circuits has provided such great instructions, I won’t blog about assembling the kit. But I will note that I soldered the battery clip wires on the opposite side of the board of what their instructions say. Doing so allows me to mount the battery underneath in a case.

Here is what the board looks like after being soldered.

Genius Game Kit soldered. Note the battery clip leads are coming out the bottom of the board.

3D printed case

I have big hands, so playing this game on a PCB is a bit of a pain. So I decided to hop into Fusion360 and create a case. I also wanted the case to hold the battery. Here is the 3D printed case I designed. I did make the clip for the battery a little taller than it should have. But it still functions nicely.

Genius Game Kit case 3d printed.

I sliced this print in Cura 4.8.0 with the standard .2mm PLA profile. The filament Real Orange PLA from 3D Solutech. I printed this on my Ender 3 Pro with a hotend temp of 210 C and bed temp of 60 C. If anyone is interested, I posted the STL on Thangs.

Before mounting the PCB onto the case, make sure to connect the battery and clip it into place. The model does give more play on top of the battery than I intended, but it still holds the battery sufficiently tight.

Clip the battery into place.

I used four M3x10 screws to mount the PCB onto the case. Shorter M3 screws probably would work, but I wanted to ensure a secure connection. Also, note that I removed the Nano from the socket to get that screw in.

Complete Genius Game Kit with case.

Demo video

Here is a short video showing me use the memory game. I usually do better than this… really! But trying to play the game and hold the camera was more complicated than I thought it would be.

Final Thoughts

This kit was yet another fun project from Cyber City Circuits. Projects like these are great for learning or improve soldering skills. In my case, I used to solder quite a lot many decades ago when I was a bench tech. But now that I have gotten somewhat older and have very shaky hands, I find soldering has become somewhat of a chore. So I use kits like these to work out how to solder with trembling hands and hopefully not get too much solder on the joint (which happens a lot).

Song of the day: Glory Days

Playing with this kit brings me back to growing up in the ’80s. And of course, we have The Boss speaking about memories:

Bonus Song: All Summer Long

Here is a great memory song from Kid Rock. Man, I can’t wait to sip some whiskey out of the bottle this summer…

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