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Mousetrap Game (2005 Edition)

by Hasbro
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  • Contraption-building table game that pits players against each other as mice trying to navigate through a complex mousetrap
  • Race to the finish and nab your opponent's mouse before your own gets caught
  • Develops fine motor skills; skills in counting & cooperation
  • For 2 to 4 players ages 6 years and older
  • Instructions in English and Spanish
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 10.6 x 3.5 inches ; 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00000DMFD
  • Item model number: 4657
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
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Product Description


Build a better mousetrap? We dare you. Naturally, the object is to trap mice in the mousetrap, while avoiding getting trapped. By rolling the die, you proceed around the game board, collecting cheese pieces and building a mousetrap bit by bit. Once complete, you set the wheels in motion, as it were, to try to capture the opposition's mice. But this is no ordinary trap. With this contraption you start by turning the crank, that rotates the gears, that push the lever, that moves the shoe, that kicks the bucket, that sends the ball down the stairs and into the gutter, that leads to the rod that releases a second ball, that falls through the bathtub and onto the springboard, that catapults the diver into the washtub, that causes the cage to fall and--whew!--hopefully, capture a mouse. The last "mouse" left uncaptured wins --Alison Golder

Product Description

Build this crazy contraption piece-by-piece as you race around the track! It is fun to build this comical wonder but woe to the mouse that gets caught under the trap. Includes game board, 4 plastic mice, 2 metal marbles, 25 mouse trap building parts and accessories, and 52 cheese pieces. Instructions in English and Spanish. Made in USA with some small parts made in China.

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Customer Reviews

This game is fun to play with your kids.
Future Mum
It's not worth saving a couple of bucks to have the game arrive with the box smashed and the game itself opened and parts missing.
J. Morris
A piece broke during assembly (everything made of flimsy plastic).
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 111 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 2001
I usually groan when my first grader pulls out this game, because I know pandemonium will follow -- but it's always a lot of fun!!!!
This game needs to be heavily supervised. Even if you child can read (and kids on the younder end of the spectrum won't be able to), assembling the mousetrap requires a certain amount of fine motor skills and an understanding of how things fit together. My son has yet to play it with a friend without serious assistance! Even when I play if with him, it is a crisis if my younger child is around. He is too young to play the game, but he loves to play with it and work the trap -- usually right in the middle of the game!
Notwithstanding all of this, the game is a blast. It's a good introduction to engineering concepts. Most board games are pretty similar -- you go around the board and whoever gets to the end first wins. This isn't that simple - you don't know who is going to win until the end. Furthermore, the best fun of the game is the process of reaching the end, since most turns involve a child adding another piece onto the trap.
My only real complaint about the game is that it needs to be sturdier. My board is taped together, and I am about to order a replacement thing-a-majig (that's really the name of the piece) from Hasbro.
If you don't mind supervising the game, it's a great game.
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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 10, 2003
I know that "Mousetrap" is a game in which players take turns trying to capture an opponent's mice, but I am going to take a radical position and say the whole point here is to build this Rube Goldberg version of the proverbial "better mousetrap" and get it to work. Yes, the first time or two that you play this with your kids you can follow the rules and declare a winner. But from then on the fun is just putting this contraption together and getting it to work. The important thing here is that they understand the whole idea of a "Rube Goldberg machine" (he was the inspiration for this toy, even if he does not get the actual credit) and to appreciate the idea of taking a simple every-day real-life problem such as catching a mouse and solving it with a complicated mechanical solution such as what we have here, where you begin with a shoe kicking a bucket and eventually, if everything works correctly, ends with trapping a mouse.
This is a game where the way it really works is that young kids want to learn how to put the "Mousetrap" together and get it to work. After they master that skill they will become bored with it, at which point you simply discover some new kids who have yet to be exposed to this unique, classic game. There are certain games that every kid should be exposed to and "Mousetrap" is on that short list of classics.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Parents or playmates, who give unfavorable reviews of Mousetrap, have expectations beyond reality. This is a family game--at least for the first 3 to 4 games. Play as a family, at first, helping your children learn to assemble the "trap". New games and toys are especially more fun if a parent(s) participate in learning game rules and strategy. How fun it is when 1 of my 4 children challenge me to a game I have taught him/her to play. I usually get smeared! A little bit of initial instruction and patience will take you, as a parent, a long way. The investment will pay off as the kids challenge other friends to play along. In return, Mom sips her coffee and enjoys the activity.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dan Reynolds on December 24, 2005
My 6-year-old daughter was delighted to receive this game for Christmas. I have to admit, it looked like it would be fun to watch the whole contraption work.

Apparently, the poor design and flimsy construction are somewhat intentional - i.e., the mousetrap isn't SUPPOSED to work all the time. See, Mr. or Ms. Consumer, that's part of the fun!!! Yeah... But it was excruciating to try and get any one part of it to work at all. First, a little hand crank is supposed to propel a boot into the bucket holding Steel Ball #1. As my daughter turned the plastic hand crank in earnest, the gear teeth slipped and the whole mechanism bent under her crushing 6-year-old grip. The boot remained motionless, but in her attempt to rotate the crank, my daughter inadvertently moved the game board - and the slight motion sent Steel Ball #1 through its zany maze. Fortunately, because the mechanism that sets off Steel Ball #2 is so poorly designed, Steel Ball #2 just sat motionless on its perch. Family fun a-plenty.

On our next attempt, with my wife holding the hand crank mechanism and game board firmly in position, my daughter was able to turn the crank without breaking anything. The boot kicked the bucket (yeah!!), Steel Ball #1 dropped out (all right!!!) and went through its maze (woo hoo!!!). But again, it failed to trip Steel Ball #2, so that was the end of that. We finally gave up and operated the second half of the game manually so my daughter could see it work, at least.

When the moon is just right, the stars align and you wiggle the game board at the right moment - but not too much, 'cause then you will set off the mousetrap or break off some flimsy piece - it almost works like it is supposed to. Otherwise, keep your blood pressure medication on hand.

Maybe the educational value is in seeing how poor design and construction can lead to product failure...?
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