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Mousetrap Game

by Hasbro
431 customer reviews
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  • Scurry-to-the-finish game challenges you to get your mouse around the board without getting trapped
  • Race to the finish and nab your opponent's mouse before your own gets caught
  • Includes gameboard, 4 plastic mice, 2 metal balls, 25 mouse trap building parts and accessories, rubber band, 52 cheese pieces, die and instructions
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CHOKING HAZARD -- This toy is a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Run, little mice, run! Build this fun game's crazy Mouse Trap contraption, but then, beware - you definitely don't want your mouse pawn to get trapped by it. Race to the finish and don't look back!

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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

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  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 10.6 x 3.5 inches ; 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic 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.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00000DMFD
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: 4657
  • Our recommended age: 6 - 10 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
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119 of 125 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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109 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance 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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59 of 64 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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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 21, 2000
A piece broke during assembly (everything made of flimsy plastic). I glued it back together with a little J.B. Weld and tried again. Well, as a game it's completely worthless. But my 5 yr. old and 7 yr. old boys get some amusement out of playing with the assembled contraption, although it's very frustrating to them because it's so flimsy it generally doesn't work. Supposedly the little man is intended to be catapulted into the pool but that never happens, so the mousetrap "basket" rarely comes down. There must be better things to spend money on than this.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By kih on July 20, 2007
Several other reviewers have commented that Mousetrap is all about the contraption: I agree. The contraption has a certain charm, if you can tolerate the frustration of occasions when it just won't work. But playing it as a game holds little interest; instead, I, with some help from the kids, put the contraption together, and then the kids try triggering it off (lots!) of times -- then we're done. Whether you really like Mousetrap, or despise it, will probably depend on whether the Rube Goldberg aspect of the Mousetrap charms you or leaves you cold, and whether you enjoy putting all the pieces together (and then the suspense of whether or not you can actually get it working that day).

For a similar-in-spirit contraption incorporated into a much better playing game, take a look at the Ratatouille Kitchen Quake game, DISNEY PIXAR RATATOUILLE KITCHEN QUAKE GAME.

Mousetrap (M) vs. Ratatouille (R)

Contraption theme
M: Nostalgic (for those of us who grew up with it); wild Rube Goldberg variety of parts.
R: Limited to kitchen utensils, to fit in well with Ratatouille movie.

Contraption number of individual parts:
M: about 25
R: about 15
Note that the contraptions have the same sort of underlying structure; the difference is that in Mousetrap things like "bases" are constructed from lots of separate parts, where the analogous piece in Ratatouille would have an integral base. So the overall contraption in Ratatouille doesn't really seem less complex or interesting -- but the construction has fewer pieces/is simpler.
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