Monday, April 04, 2016

Mouse Trap

Billed as "old in style but brilliant in design" is Micro-Value's 1987 platformer, Mouse Trap which is based on the original Acorn Electron game. You will get to take on the role of Marvin The Mouse who desperately wants to win back the heart of his ex-girlfriend that left him for another. She must be quite a materialistic female because he has had to come up with a cunning plan to get her back - scrounge dozens of rooms looking for precious items...

Each screen is a separate room and you cannot progress to the next until all items are collected and, only then, may you scurry away to your mouse hole exit. This is a cruel and unforgiving game, if you make a mistake, then it usually too late to go back and often results in a life lost! Completing any screen is a matter of working out the best route rather than what simply looks like the quickest. There's also a time limit, so I advise hitting the 'F' key to pause and then you are free to examine the map and determine which route you should take.

Mouse Trap has some of the most curiously weird baddies I have ever seen in a platformer. Check out the old man with the big nose who appears on level two - I hear you should hide behind a wall and avoid him at all costs. Others are just plain crud, like the floating skulls with their awful design yet somehow it works. Initially, I found the joystick controls a little fiddly and perplexing. For example, if you're facing left and then turn to the right, little Marvin will not only turn around but he also annoyingly walks a couple of steps in that direction. However, the game's only true failing is the lacking save game feature. I'm baffled by this!

This is a crude, yet charming platformer which makes you stop and use a little of the old grey matter before you act. Progressively challenging and very, very addictive - Mouse Trap is a blummin' excellent platformer!


 - Check out my video recording. I did pretty good too!!
 - Mouse Trap can be installed onto your hard drive thanks to D-Bug and 8BitChip.
 - Or grab the floppy disk image using Old Games Finder.
 - Look at this, my current Hi-Score :-)