Mouse Trap Game (nowadays called Mouse Trap) is a board game first published by Ideal in 1963 for two or more players. Over the course of the game, players at first cooperate to build a working Rube Goldberg-like mouse trap (see: Rube Goldberg machine for more info). Once the mouse trap has been built, players turn against each other, attempting to trap opponents' mouse-shaped game pieces.

The original version, designed by Hank Kramer of Ideal Toy Company, allowed the players almost no decision-making, in keeping with other games for very young children such as Candyland, or Chutes and Ladders (Snakes and Ladders). In the 1970s, the board game surrounding the Mouse Trap was redesigned by Sid Sackson, adding the cheese pieces and allowing the player to maneuver opponents onto the trap space.

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What's your 'Mouse Trap Game' worth? Here are some recently sold items (UK):

Picture Title Date Sold for
Cbs Coleco Vision Video Game System Plus 06/2019 £ 155.00
Keychain Miniature Board Game Hasbro 07/2019 £ 82.40
Cbs Colecovision Video Game System Mouse 08/2019 £ 57.00
Mouse Trap Board Game By Ideal Complete 07/2019 £ 49.99
Mouse Trap Board Game By Ideal Complete 08/2019 £ 49.99
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1 comment

Craig - February 3, 2013

I have just recently purchased the "new" Mousetrap game and found that this version in comparison to the version i had as a child doesn't work as well due to the changes to the helping hand which used to be spring loaded, it now relies on placement within the plumbing, which isnt real reliable.Also the change in the size of the ball that drops from the thing-a-ma-jig, the larger size ball worked much more successfully.Why do things have to change when original works best.I am disappointed in the new version which i have purchased.
►reply: Sorry to hear that... It's usually the case with games, the quality tend to worsen. You could contact Hasbro (owner of MB) or buy a 'vintage' version of Mouse Trap.