Mousin' Around!

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This game received 144 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.627 /10


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This game ranks #139 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.841

Artwork: 7.359

Sounds/Music: 6.905

Other Aspects: 7.791

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7 months ago
Underated system 11. Love the theme, playability and more inportant lastability. Just a great game all around and it will not be leaving my collection any time soon. If you can find one buy it!
9 months ago
Mousin' Around was a game I picked up from a local arcade when it went for sale. During it's time there it was never in very good shape, so when the opportunity came up for me to buy it and fic it up, I jumped on it. Now, about two years later, I'm glad I did!

Playfield design: It's a lot of fun to shoot, with lots of flow. The left and right ramps can be pretty tough to hit consistently, especially the left one, which can be a bit frustrating at times since the game relies on being able to combo those ramps. The left orbit is also hard to hit, but that makes sense since getting extra balls would be too easy if it were easier. The toys are what make the playfield really shine though. The two mouse trap locks are pretty clever and fit the theme perfectly. The mouse hole is also a super clever way to theme the ramp that goes behind the back panel, and I really enjoy how it makes the right ramp a bit more difficult to hit when it's lit for big points. The lowering target bank in the center is the cherry on top. When it lowers it allows you to shoot the center ramp which is a lot of fun. My game didn't actually have the center ramp when I first got it, so I played it without this feature for a little over a year, and still found the game lots of fun. I definitely prefer the game with the center ramp enabled though!

Ruleset: It seems pretty unique to me for a System 11 game. Rather than just trying to start multiball as many times as possible like on most System 11s, this game also requires you to first build up your jackpot. Spell CHEESE by shooting any ramp or the right lane spot target, and then shoot the ball into the mouse hole for a "cheesy bonus" and increase the jackpot. It can be a bit grindy at times, but thankfully this is helped by a few other game features you'll want to pay attention to as well as the fact skillshots also increase the jackpot. The double scoring feature in particular will have you stop combo-ing the right ramp to try and activate it. The center ramp will also light "spell MILLION" lights which you can use to work towards a million point shot. Once in multiball, getting the jackpot is a good challenge so it's always exciting to earn it, and even more so when I get more than one in a single round! You can even use the double scoring feature to double the jackpot, which is something I've only done once. Ultimately I really enjoy the ruleset on the game and I wouldn't change much if anything. I don't even think the center ramp is overpowered like a lot of people tend to complain about. It might be a bit unbalanced for competition play, but if you want to get the highest score possible, you're going to need to get some jackpots!

Presentation: This is the game's weakest point, mainly in the art area. The music and sounds are very good, not my favorite System 11 tracks, but still really catchy. They get an extra point for how they interact with each other and the lights though. Many sound effects transpose themselves to match the current key of the music, and many light effects are also synced with the music. I'm a big fan of those sorts of features as they really help pull the music, sounds, and lights together. The lightshows are also solid. I particularly like when all the lights "spin" around the playfield whenever a ball is locked. It's a great effect. The artwork leaves a lot to be desired though. The playfield artwork is pretty fun, and I enjoy the comic book style, even if it feels a bit empty in places. The cabinet has a nice logo on it, but for some reason it's mirrored near the top like it was originally drawn too small and needed to be stretched out, and it doesn't look good. The translite is pretty good overall, but it loses a point for the awful cat-lady on the top right. I covered that part up on mine, I just can't stand it, haha. McMahon needed a good horny bonk when he drew that monstrosity.

Summary: Mousin' Around is a solid System 11 game that I highly recommend purchasing if you have at least one other game in your collection. Having had it for a couple years I feel like it will probably be the first game I end up trading, but that's not to say I haven't enjoyed my time with it! Plus, getting the center ramp up and running definitely breathed some new life into the game. Just make sure it's not set up too easy or else it could get old pretty quick. Make sure the flippers are strong as well, otherwise the mousehole shot will be next to impossible, which will also make the game pretty unfun.
9 months ago
I have owned this game in the past,my family and i really enjoyed it .the multi balls are crazy fun.there is a lot to shoot at.very fun game but i had difficulty keeping this game in working order
9 months ago
I've owned Mousin' for a few days but feel like i can provide a good rating.

Mousin' Around is quite a fast playing pinball when setup right. Has good flow. the mouse trap ball lock is one of the unique features of the pinball. Mostly fun because it plays pretty fast.
can be a bit hard for beginners but overall still a very good pinball.
1 year ago
Pure system 11 goodness. Unique, quirky, fun, lots of replayability, and built like a tank.
1 year ago
Mouse traps on a pinball playfield? Yes, please!

It has a nice cartoonist touch to the artwork if your into that sort of thing.

The playfield has the usual features of pops, top lanes, and some targets. But there are plenty of unique features such as the two ball locks, a challenging jackpot shot that brings the ball up high and around back of the playfield. Finally front and center is a motorized target bank revealing a half pipe ramp. If you've played Who Dunnit? this will feel familiar but on a smaller scale.
1 year ago
I've owned Mousin' for about two months, and I feel ready to provide a rating.

Mousin' Around is very fast playing when setup right, and will make you a better player. Has good flow, but the outer left and especially outer right shots can be frustrating to make at times. The theme-integration is great--I love the mouse-trap ball locks, and the mouse hole in the back of the playfield. Shooting the locks or mouse-hole always feels good. The center-visor is a drain monster, as is the game in general. It's very fast and brutal, but also very fun. Rules are good, but probably too simple, and the jackpot is hard-to-attain. Would probably work better in a larger collection, rather than a small one. Has lots of nice ramps and plastics everywhere. Has a lot of charm.

Must-Have Mod: Remove the end-of-ramp gates to increase the speed and flow of the game. At first you'll barely make shots that come off the ramps, but after a while you'll get used to the speed and it will feel normal. Game is definitely more fun for me without the ramp gates.

EDIT: Forgot to add that it has a good skill shot. You have to actually change how you plunge to get it, depending on which lane is lit. Far left lane=full hard plunge, Middle lane=standard strength plunge, Far right lane=soft plunge.
2 years ago
Mousin’ Around is one of those games that seems like it shouldn’t have made it off of the drawing board. It has a very bare bones theme featuring three hip mice and a crusty fat dude that wants to kill them… “Those darn mice!”. That’s all you get. There’s no plot or hidden story… no meaning or thought provoking lesson. But I think because there’s no complexity in the theme/story, it’s the simplicity that makes it so charming and fun. It’s not overthought nor does it take itself seriously whatsoever. Trap the mice, get the cheese, send them home.

I love the simple yet challenging goals and I love this game. Shots to the trap locks are unbelievably satisfying. The ramps are smooth, the shots have a purpose, and most important, it’s fun! It even looks fun with the halftone “Sunday Funnies” aesthetics and bright primary colors. The music actually has a lot to contribute as well. It's very upbeat and adds to the excitement when you get the ball speeding through loops and ramps. This definitely stands out among the quirky Sys11 games of the late 80’s. If you want a game with a deep ruleset that could rival the likes of ‘Inception’, this ain’t it. If you want to simply laugh and clap your hands, Mousin’ Around is a game to check out! “YEAH BABY!”
2 years ago
A fun game for a family young and old.
2 years ago
Great game when dialed in correctly.
Plenty of ramps to shoot for and of course the ball lock should be a Mouse Trap.
The artwork leaves a bit to be desired but the gameplay makes up for that.
2 years ago
Great game, alot of fun for the family. Must have strong flippers, freshly waxed.playfield, and dialed into be fun. When I first got it the game was terrible. After some tweaks and new flipper rebuild kits she plays like a champ. Will get old in a smaller collection like I have but the kids love it and rules are easy to learn. I'd give it a 7.6. the only think it lacks is modes
2 years ago
Fun shots... intuitive rules.
2 years ago
Fast game with a fair amount of flow and variation for a sys 11-game. The playfield toys and ramps are really good.
Biggest drawback is the art - which looks terrible.

If not a keeper- then at least a good Sys11 that deserves attention if youre into late eighties-machines from Bally/WMS.
3 years ago
Longest owned pin in my collection. Always a good one to go back to.
3 years ago
Decent game. Center shot is too easy. Scoring a big jackpot is fun. Overall doesn't get me too excited.
3 years ago
I enjoy shooting this game, too bad the sound is so lo-fi and the art belongs in a Chuck E. Cheese. Probably my best bet for a re-theme since I like the layout but don't care for the aesthetics.
3 years ago
The mouse traps are an incredible idea for a ball lock. The music sounds like the Beach Boys put it together and what a great Jackpot that's one of the tougher System 11's to accomplish.
3 years ago
Really fun game. Great art and great sounds and music. It’s really fun to hit the center shot over and over and multiball is really fun. Just make sure your flippers are strong enough to hit it up the ramps.
3 years ago
High Level Players might get tired of the ruleset, but for mid level and below, the multiball is one of the more difficult Sys11s out there. Center ramp needs to be nerfed with extra thick rubber to make this a fun shooter, but the mouse hole integration is great! Get that Cheese yo!
3 years ago
I've played several of these in wild, and a common issue is that the flippers lack the power to make the middle ramp and the right ramp (to the top to collect the cheese). It is still a popular favorite in the places near me even though these shots can't be made. Collecting the letters, cheese and multiball is fun enough by itself. Very family and kid friendly theme.
4 years ago
under rated system 11. good flow and great rules with a lot of options in the menus. Don't forget Pemberton (fathom's creator) made this game. ^^
4 years ago
Recently purchased. Great game with a smooth playing play field, really like the cheezy music that plays along with the game. After losing, the music is an 80's reggae song. The clear ramps make it easy to see everything. Objectives are somewhat easy to figure out. Make it into the mouse hole! I think the hardest part is getting the right mouse trap. Very well lit if bulbs are replaced with LED's. The knocker is very loud, it scares everyone. Solid game!
4 years ago
One of the better system 11.....great flow...somewhat brutal...jus all around fun....
5 years ago
I played this game at a local bowling alley, I was surprised with how much fun I had. The center ramp was cool and the mouse theme works. Solid game.
5 years ago
Played it at a meet. Not a fan of the theme or the sound. Not a bad game
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