A better mousetrap? There’s an app for that

The first computer game I ever loved was Mousetrap. On rainy days, my sister and I would spend hours playing this game on our Atari computer, and not much less time loading it from a cassette, holding our breath to see if it would once again crash 26 minutes into the 28 minute procedure.

The final level. I never made it quite this far, but man, that music brings back some memories…
It occurred to me last night that someone might have converted this classic game into an iPhone app. Sadly, it was not to be – but I did find this gem instead:
I’ve heard people say that the invention of the touch screen signals the death of the mouse, but I don’t think this is quite what they had in mind.
I’m thinking – on an infraconscious level, of course – that I might just have stumbled upon the most useless app of all time. (I’d love to hear of any challengers to the title, though).
Then again, if you can persuade people to pay 99 cents for a black screen, well, fair play to you.

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6 Responses to A better mousetrap? There’s an app for that

  1. Bob O'Hara says:

    Perhaps it works by attracting cats.

  2. Cath Ennis says:

    “This video has been removed by the user”, but I can guess the content.
    The iPad-mini hasn’t had any effect at all on my cats, although they do like playing with the headphones.

  3. Ken Doyle says:

    Outstanding! Not priced as attractively as the “I am rich” app, but still entertaning.

  4. Bob O'Hara says:

    Oh bum. Try this version instead.

  5. Samantha Alsbury says:

    I’d started to think no one else remembered the days of loading computer games from a cassette – those were definitely not the days!

  6. Cath Ennis says:

    Ken, I hadn’t heard of that one, so I looked it up. Wow! There’s one born every minute, eh?!
    Bob, squeeeee! That cat looks just like Google. Maybe a bit brighter though.
    Sam, oh, I remember all right! The only upside was that when a game actually loaded without crashing, you were completely overjoyed.
    A couple of Christmases ago, my nephews each got a game that was encoded into a joystick. You just plugged the joystick into the TV and were playing away within a few seconds. I thought of the Christmas we got the Atari… it took my parents hours and hours to set it up. By the time they had it up and running, my sister and I were on the stairs, completely engrossed in our slinkies and no longer all that interested in investigating the expensive new computer!

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