Flashback Friday: Mouse Trap

If you build it, they will squeak
If you build it, they will squeak

No, I’m not referring to the Agatha Christie play. I’m not that old. I’m referring, instead, to that awesomest of awesome board games.

I was originally going to do this entry on a variety of board games. I used to have a nice little collection, including several from the series of board games based on video game classics, such as Donkey Kong, Pac-man, and Frogger. Of course, I had Hungry, Hungry Hippos, but that’s a game that I daresay most formerly fat kids hate in a very special way. I also had a Clue knockoff called Mystery Mansion as well as Uncle Wiggly and classics like Life, Parcheesi, and Monopoly.

The problem, though, is that I hate board games. I was an only child and, after the two families nearby with children my age moved away when I was 11, I was pretty much left to my own devices. I played a game every now and then with my parents, but it’s not quite the same as playing with someone your own age. So the board games sat in my closet or under my bed, providing shade for the dust bunnies while I retreated into my internal imaginary worlds.

But Mouse Trap was different. This was the one game I pulled out on a regular basis, not to play it but because I wanted to build it. Truth be told, I never once actually played the game. But I wore the board out, piecing together the trap. Maybe this game is the root of my lifelong love of building things and taking things apart. Who knows? All I know is that I could spend hours just tinkering with all the pieces, figuring out the “how” of it all. No wonder Velma Dinkley was always my favorite Mystery Inc. member 😉

While looking for a photo of the version of the game that I remembered, I came across the following video of people building a life-sized version of the Mouse Trap for a charity event. Could this be any more awesome? Also, check out the hat that the guy at around the 57-second mark is wearing: That’s what the little mice looked like in my version of the game! Good times 🙂