Weekend Fun: Full Scale Mousetrap Game
Originally introduced at the 2005 incarnation of Burning Man, this life-sized version of the classic Milton Bradley game will be on display May 19th and 20th at the Maker Faire. This full-sized version of the classic Mousetrap game is fully functional and includes all of the wacky icons from the boardgame including the old-fashioned bathtub and rickety staircase.
The 25,000 pound kinetic sculpture also features a flame-throwing lamppost, careening bowling balls, and a hand-built, 30-foot-tall crane capable of lifting and dropping 5 tons! According to the developers, the object of this vaudevillian encounter is to “accomplish by complex means what seemingly could be done simply.” The lucky players get to lift a 400-lb cast-iron bathtub 13 feet into the air, crank cranks, load springs and turn impossibly huge gears, all in a supreme effort to crush a trinket of meaning under a falling 2-ton bank safe! Hmmm, this would make a good scene in the next Max Mad sequel…
More information on seeing the Life Sized Mousetrap Game at this year’s Maker Faire at the San Mateo Fairgrounds.