Pros: Very entertaining IF you can get it working
Cons: VERY difficult to get put together - too time consuming
I remember being little and begging my mother to let my older brother and I play Mousetrap. On very rare occasions she would relent and bring out the game. After an hour the same old scenario would erupt- we would become frustrated and whiny over putting such little complicated pieces together, praying that no pieces were missing from the last time we played.
Funny how your childhood memories become distorted. When I saw Mousetrap at my mother-in-laws, I insisted that we bring it out and play with my 6 yrs old stepson. Well, needless to say the game has not changed one iota. And, in fact, it became worse. My mother was very careful not to lose any parts. My stepson's game had very few of the vital parts.
My stepson became upset after looking forward to such a "neat" game. But by the time you get these game together, you're practically too tired to even play. And even after putting this game together (with all of its pieces)it sometimes still does not function right. It is a complicated, awkward game that easily entices but very rarely satisfies.
This is not a good game for young children. It is too frustrating for them to put the many tiny pieces together and too difficult to keep all the pieces intact. It is not worth investing money or time into it. I dont understand how it has remained on the market all these years.