Pros: Lots of bright shiny parts.
Cons: Lots of bright shiny parts.
I was first introduced to this interesting game when I babysat a little boy as a teenager. He loved it, but I just didn't see the fun in it. It seemed like such a lot of work setting up all the pieces into an intricate contraption. And the game itself was dull and slow-moving, with no major goal at the end, I thought.
The game comes with a colorful game board and a TON of small pieces of various shapes, colors, and sizes. Now that I have kids of my own, I can just picture what it would be like if we had this in the house -- I'd be finding these odd-shaped pieces with my bare feet in the dark of night. Ouch! After buying one of those jumbo buckets of lego's, I have definitely learned my lesson well.
Each player has a little plastic mouse as their pawn, and play is determined by rolls of the dice. I found that even though the child I babysat for had played this game over and over, he still had to read the instructions every time in order to set up the mouse trap contraption properly. And if you're off just a little bit with the setup, the gadget won't work and you have to bat it with your finger in the end. That's not much fun! I'd rather get a toy that works properly with much less hassle.
Mouse Trap looks cool to kids seeing an exciting tv commercial, but in reality it's a bit dreary and even frustrating, especially for little ones (and their parents) who need to figure it all out before getting to enjoy it.