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Mouse Trap- The Game

(And How I Learned To Play Correctly)

Quick question... does anyone have any true memories of playing Mouse Trap?I mean the actual game?

I don't. All I remember is ripping  open the box and immediately attempted to put together the Rube Goldberg contraption.

Only recently did I realize how the game is truly played. You build the contraption as you go! Yeah - seriously.  That's the game. Go figure. Am I in the minority here?

One time I saw some kids playing mousetrap but the contraption was only half built. I scooted one of the little ones over and asked them what they were doing? They said playing Mousetrap. I told them they were clearly playing wrong then proceeded to build the rest of the contraption for them.

I even made sure to position the swimmer backwards
on the see-saw. Then, when everything was teetering
in place , I cranked that puppy up.  

It worked perfectly. 
The boot.The zig zag table.
Even the tub ball drop. 

It was one of the best runs I had ever seen. But, when it finished, the kids started to cry. At first I guessed them to be tears of joy - moved by the beauty of such a flawless run. But I came to find that these kids had been playing religiously for 2 months . The PROPER way! Never once building the trap and running it outside of the game rules. 

 Nope - these kids were pros. They just kept playing the game - faithfully waiting for the one day when they would witness the machine in all it’s glory.

Then - they met me...


  1. I totally remember this game being a dud. And if you lost one piece, you basically couldn't play anymore.

    I remember a game that had an equally silly setup - The Grape Escape. If you didn't play it. Look up that monstrosity.

    1. Ah yes, The Grape Escape. Another one of those games that was visually appearing - but horrible to play.

  2. I played it the "right" way, the couple times I did play. I was an only child, but people gave me board game anyway, even none of the adults really wanted to play them with me.

    1. I'm impressed, Jennifer. I never met anyone who actually played it the right way.


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