Welcome to the third installment of Brett’s Old School Bargain Bin, where I direct you to games worth playing that won’t send you to the poor house.

This time the spotlight is on the Atari 2600 version of Mouse Trap, which is good despite its shortcomings, and Ms. Pac-Man: Maze Madness for the Nintendo 64, which is more expensive than most games this column will cover since desirable N64 carts tend to be a little pricey. Both are from one of my favorite genres: the maze game.

MOUSE TRAP ($5 CART ONLY, $10-15 COMPLETE) – ATARI 2600 Publisher: Coleco Developer: Coleco.
Maze, 1 Player, 1982

Based on the 1981 Exidy coin-op game, Mouse Trap, not to be confused with the popular board game of the same name, features one of the oldest rivalries known to man. You are a mouse, and your enemies are cats. Your job is to maneuver around a maze, eating all of the cheese. When all cheese is gone, you move on to the next maze, which is the same in design.

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Brett Weiss Brett Weiss (11 Posts)

A full-time freelance writer, Brett Weiss is the author of the Classic Home Video Games series, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, Encyclopedia of KISS, and various other books, including the forthcoming The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A–M). He’s had articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Game Informer, Classic Gamer Magazine, Video Game Trader, Video Game Collector, Filmfax, Fangoria, and AntiqueWeek, among others.  Check him out at www.brettweisswords.com