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Monster Trap

Monster Trap

Spring 2017 Games
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $34.95

In this fun-filled innovative competitive and cooperative game, players use vertical and horizontal sliders to maneuver monsters through the maze and into the trap. Monster wranglers work quickly to catch as many monsters as possible before time runs out.

There are cards to shuffle and tokens to place. In the six round game for two players, each player moves all four sliders and are given twice as much time per round. And in the twelve round team play, one player controls the vertical sliders and the other the horizontal ones. Each player plays on two teams of two: one team is made up with the player on the left, the other with the player on the right. Experienced monster catchers can up the challenge with variations as noted in the instructions.

After reading the directions through twice, and getting the hang of using the sliders, our testers were ready to play. There were hoots and howls, cries of victory and defeat, and happily lots of laughter.

Parents' Choice Foundation's PlayAbility Scale® rates Monster Trap very strong on building communication, collaboration, problem solving, gross motor and hand-eye coordination skills.

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