Pros: The fun of building, then using the mousetrap!
Cons: Hard to do without an older child or adult to help!
When I was a child we played a lot of board games ~ we did call them bored games as that is when we seem to think of playing them!
Since cable, VCR's and DVD's weren't around, we would kill time by playing games. One of our favorites was Mouse Trap.
It was MY game and I can still remember how excited I was to get it! It was at Christmas and the TV had played ad's for the game all season long and they had me on the very first commercial!
Fast forward a few years (okay A LOT of years) and I am now a Mom shopping for a new family game and there on the shelf stood my old friend ~ Mouse Trap! I HAD to have it all over again!
I am pleased to report that the Mouse Trap game is still the same ~ no changes in the board and/or the game. But, I do NOT remember it being as hard to put together or it NOT working 1/3 of the time which seems to be the way it is now! Selective memory I guess!
The idea of the game is to construct a Mouse Trap piece by piece as you go around the playing board. Once construction is completed, you want to use this Mouse Trap to trap the mice of the other players. If your mouse is the last one on the board, you win!
BUILDING THE MOUSE TRAP
You build the Mouse Trap by landing on a Build Space squares on the playing board. Each of the Build Spaces has a number code on it (2, 2-3 or 2,3-4) which must match the number playing in order for you to be allowed to add a piece to the Mouse Trap.
For example ~ If there are only 2 playing, they can add a piece EVERY time they land on a Build Space but if there are four playing, a player must land on a Build Space that says 2,3-4 on it in order to add a piece.
ALL Parts must be taken and built in numerical order!
The Mouse Trap is slowly built by placing each numbered part in its proper position following the Building Plan found in the instruction booklet.
Every time you get to add a piece, you also get to take a Cheese Card.
When you land on the Build Space around the Cheese Wheel section of the board, you'll get to add two parts of the Mouse Trap and take two Cheese Cards.
At the end of the board are six squares (from Safe to Cheese Wheel)forming a Loop All players circle around the Loop until the Mouse Trap is built and only one mouse remains on the board.
LANDING ON OTHER SQUARES
Besides the Build Space there are five other types of squares you can land on.
There are the GO BACK, MOVE AHEAD and GO TO CHEESE squares which direct a move for the players mouse. They will vary (go back 3 spaces, move ahead 2 spaces) but the idea is the same. If you land on one of these squares, you simply do what the square says.
The other two are the TAKE CHEESE and LOSE CHEESE squares. When you land on one of these spaces the player either takes or returns the indicated number of Cheese Cards. Most of the time this is from Cheese Card Pile but some of them have you taking cards from the other players.
You want to get a lot of Cheese Cards as they will come into play when you get to the end of the game!
TRAPPING THE MICE
Now, the FUN part! When a player lands on the TURN CRANK space and there is another players mouse on the Cheese Wheel space you can TRY and capture that mouse and put the player out of the game. To do this you get ONE chance to turn (slowly in a clockwise direction) to set the Mouse Trap in motion.
IF the trap operates CORRECTLY, the mouse will be captured! The player will be out of the game and all of their Cheese Cards will be turn over to the player that captured her mouse.
IF the trap FAILS, the player immediately moves his mouse to the SAFE space. When a mouse is on the SAFE space the other players cannot move it to the Cheese Wheel or take any of their Cheese Cards.
If there are no mice on the Cheese Wheel, when a player lands on the TURN CRANK space they can use their Cheese Cards to get one there!
First a the player on the TURN CRANK space selects which player they want to move. They first return a Cheese Card to the pile and then throw the dice. They then move the other players mouse the indicated number of spaces.
They can continue doing this as many times and to as many of the other players as you want as long as they have enough Cheese Cards!
If a player lands on the TURN CRANK space and another player is on the Cheese Wheel, a player may still you their Cheese Cards to get MORE mice on the the Cheese Wheel square and TRY to capture them at the same time. ALL of the mice on the Cheese Wheel are either captured or moved to the SAFE space together.
Once the Mouse Trap is operated, the player who was on the TURN CRANK space must reset it for the next player.
Whoever is last mouse standing, wins the game!
THINGS TO NOTE
While this game can be a lot of fun it is not one that younger children can play by themselves. Some of the pieces have to be SHOVED or manipulated into their slots. If these are not put together snugly, not only will the Mouse Trap not work, it can fall apart while it is being built. Add to this that there are 28 Mouse Trap building parts and accessories and you can see how fast this game could jump from fun to frustrating!
This is easily fixed if an older child or adult is supervising the building of the Mouse Trap though and therefore I would recommend this as a FAMILY game!
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