Mouse Trap game

Mouse Trap game Share your own memories of this toy

This memory was added on: April 19, 2007

With really frugal parents, I never got this game, but played it at friends' homes. What a blast! But the closest I ever got to getting "Mousetrap" was when I got a cat and his name was "Mousetrap"!


This memory was added on: March 22, 2007

I originally came across the Mouse Trap apparatus sometime in the late 1960's to early 1970's at my grandmother's house in Battle Creek, MI. As a pathologically-curious kid on the order of 8 years old, it was quite the fascination. We never played the game, just built and tried operating the trap. We later had one when I was something like 14, only it wasn't the same. Feeling particularly retro lately, I bought a new set for $15.99 at K-Mart and just set it up the other night. The tough part has always been getting the ball from the rain trough to hit the shaft that goes to the helping hand in the correct way, to push the other ball into the bathtub. I remembered this problem from when I was young, in doing the latter-day one.

Raymond B.

This memory was added on: December 31, 2006

I bought this for my son and the instructions are have been lost. We just want to know what the numbers on the squares are supose to mean and what the heck you do with the pieces of cheese. Ok, one more thing....when's the game over? By the way... our trap doesn't work either! But he still loves to set it off.


This memory was added on: October 25, 2006

My best friend and I would play Mouse Trap when we were young. We did some crazy things with the game, like put water in the little tub the man hopped into, we'd hide the mouse in the cage and he'd fall with the cage, we'd use real cheese, we'd try to drop the little man through the tub hole, we'd block the marble's path with things heavy or lightweight to see if the marble would push it, we'd tighten the rubberband so that the foot would pop real hard and sometimes send the marble flying. This game stimulated our creativity. We always made up our own rules to games. We'd play the right way, but always decided our rules were more fun. The most aggravating piece was the plumbing...hooking that little piece and telling our little guests, "DON'T BUMP THE BOARD OR IT WILL POP OFF!!!" Thanks for stimulating my memory...I'd forgotten. I'm 41 now and played when with my friend when I was age 6 to 10. Now I play with my boys. I lost the directions, went to search for them, and found this site. HOORAY FOR GAMES! - RSF-Virginia


This memory was added on: October 21, 2006

We DID play the game thru, believe it or not---we were babysat by an aunt who was into that sorta thing. Really funky kinda game, Rube Goldberg time stuff. Good fun too.


This memory was added on: October 12, 2006

this was a hard game but my dad would play it with me and get the whole trap to work....that was so awesome! I have great memories of my dad taking the time to play this with me and I treasure those days. I love my dad.


This memory was added on: September 24, 2006

i never owned the game never played the game but i know the commercial by heart so i guess you could say it's left an impression on me


This memory was added on: September 22, 2006

Never played it right just built the trap and set it off. The stupid ball would never land on the see-saw but I still loved it anyway.


This memory was added on: August 29, 2006

I don't think ANYONE has really played the full game of Mousetrap. I guessing about 99.9% of the people just play with the trap itself over & over again. I do remember , which are just cheese cards now, the the cheese was madeo ut of small plasic yellow chunks of cheese like pieces. I have an up to date version and my kids love it as much as I did back then !


This memory was added on: June 21, 2006

I just loved to set it up and watch it over and over. I would get aggravated with the ball balancing up on top b/c it would always fall and I'd have to reset everything.


This memory was added on: June 15, 2006

Mousetrap was a cool game, man. I remember the original TV commercial. Many years later, I got a newer version of the game for my kids, and they always liked playing it. The newer version had "cheese cards", which was probably an improvement in the play, but the old board had more charm. For those who lost the rules, the trap is built DURING play. Each player adds a piece as he or she takes a turn. And yes, I agree, that "lamp post" was a little too fragile for normally rough kids. No, it was not the best board game ever invented, but it sure was (and apparently still is) DIFFERENT! And for sheer nostalgia, it's hard to beat.

Ken Coates

This memory was added on: June 11, 2006

Wow. I had so much fun with his when I was a kid. And I think I still have some of the peices. XD


This memory was added on: May 20, 2006

Did anyone ever actually play the game? It seems to me we would always spend about 30 minutes trying to set the thing up and then just set it off without actually playing the game!


This memory was added on: March 10, 2006

it's a awsome game and it's amazing how the trap works


This memory was added on: March 9, 2006

I think the game was strategically had to be. Any time you spend well over 15-20 minutes trying to put the damn thing together so the pieces fit like they were supposed to and then when u finally set the thing off, the "fun" only last...30 seconds. That's some bull. You mean to tell me I spent all this time putting this thing together for the thing to do barely nothing in a short amount of time? I think me and my cousins put the game together maybe twice before we took the individual parts and used them for our G.I. Joes or Barbie dolls. The tub was always good for Barbie bathtime.

B. Easy

This memory was added on: February 17, 2006

What I want to know is do you put the mousetrap together before you play or while you play? We lost the rules somewhere. I gave the game to my grandkids but they lost the rules.


This memory was added on: January 8, 2006

Well this game shows that not all things retro were good. My friend got this at christmas, and after the usual big present unwrapping was over, we turned back to Mousetrap,

It just didnt work!, n matter how hard we tried, we spent more tome flicking it because it had stuck, or retrieving the ball from under the table where it had jumped off the game.

I still wouldnt buy this even today. I have no Idea how it is still for sale!.


This memory was added on: December 24, 2005

Mouse trap... I mean... it's really more of a complicated Heath Robinson sketch than a board game. I can't for the life of me remember the rules..these days I just watch people playing it.