Tom & Jerry are up to their usual tricks. Find household items to use as weapons and beat the living daylight out of one another.
Description Type: Action
Platform: Playstation One
Players: 1 - 2 players
Age: 3 plus
Game Time: 2 hours
Developer or Designer: Warthog Games
Can be enjoyed with two players
Unlock new weapons and rooms
If you've ever wanted to be in a Tom & Jerry cartoon, you can't get much closer that playing Tom & Jerry in House Trap - even the title is in keeping the format of episode opening credits. Released in 2000 for the Playstation One, it allows you to take on the roles of these battling twosome.
The 2D side-scroller is in a split-screen format whether you are in multiplayer or single player mode. This allows you to see where in the house the other character is located.
In each level the aim is to travel around the house and pick up items that you can attack the other player with. The character whose life meter runs out first loses. There are different types of items, for example, some are throwing (fishbowl, cake, vase, etc), others are for whacking (rolling pin, golf club, fly swatter, etc), and some are for planting (bombs and dynamite). There are also interactive items in the background which you can use as traps, such a vacuum cleaner, radio, TV, and freezer.
When playing against a friend, this game of cat and mouse never gets old, but when in single-player mode, the repetition can get a bit tedious. That's why each level brings in new features. New features may mean you've unlocked different weapons (bowling ball, nails on the floor) or it could open up another part of the house (garden, upstairs, street).
The game also has the equivalent of boss levels that crop up. These levels have slight different goals. For example in the first 'boss' level it is Tom's goal to catch and cook three Yaki Doodle ducklings. In contrast, Jerry has to save Yaki Doodle by returning him to the garden pond.
In the next 'boss', Jerry is trying to wake up Spike the dog, whereas Tom is trying to keep him asleep.
Tom & Jerry in Mouse Trap is a fairly short game and should not take more than a couple of hours to complete, but it does benefit from its replayability, especially if in two-player mode.