Pros: It's fun to capture the mice!
Cons: Directions too complex, many pieces to the game that can get lost.
After seeing many commercials for Mouse Trap last year on television, my oldest son decided that he must add this game to his ever so fast growing toy collection. No problem I thought. I remember playing this game as a child by a friends house. I was never 'fortunate' enough to own it. But now I see why my parents never bought me this game. It's a disaster and annoying when you lose some of the main mechanicals and you cannot catch a mouse at the end of the game.
Mouse Trap is a board game with a twist. As you move around the board with the roll of the dice, you get to build a part of the mouse trap. That is if you were lucky enough to land on a square that tells you to do so. There are also squares on the board that tell you to take a piece a cheese. After all what is a mouse without his cheese?
Mouse trap comes with directions obviously. But every person I played this game with growing up all had their own set of rules. Same goes for my son. The directions were really too complex for him, so we made up our own rules. In our version of the game, we build the mouse trap first and then go on to roll the dice and make our way around the board. But the basic rules apply. To be the only uncaptured mouse at the end of the game.
The game comes with a bunch of plastic pieces and such for the building of the trap. Part of your trap will include a bath tub, a stop sign, a diver, stairs, 1 marble, a few other pieces, and of course the cage to get the mouse. It also comes with 4 different colored mice so that up to 4 people can take part in this game. It comes with dice, cheese, and a 10 page booklet of directions. As with all games, try not to lose any of the plastic pieces for your mouse trap. If you lose 1 or 2 pieces, you can still get by. You would just have to aid your trap into working. But lose anymore pieces, then I suggest you just go by another game. This way you now have, once again, the complete set of tools needed for building the mouse trap, along with some extras.
I still think that the building of the mouse trap may be too hard for 5 & 6 year olds. There are many small parts and the trap does connect to easily. The directions may seem simple to an adult, but not to clear to a child. You will probably have to help your child with the building part.
Despite what my review may look like, I still like this game. It is not too expensive and it is fun to watch the mice get captured. I think the best part of the game for any child is to build the mouse trap and watch the invention you built go into action. If you have little ones at home, then be sure to put this game out of their site. It does come with many small pieces that can be a choking hazard.