Whack-a-Mole is one of those great games that are now making use of the new "plug-and-play" technology.
What this means is that all you have to do is plug the game unit into the proper outlets on your television, and you're all ready to play. No complicated setup required.
In the traditional game, either in an arcade, or as a tabletop game, players took turns using a mallet to "whack" as many moles as they could when they popped their heads out.
In this new, updated version, which incorporates the television, you place the unit on the floor in front of the TV, and hit the places on it that correspond to what is happening on the screen.
You can choose to be one of 4 different mole characters, and go on 7 different "wacky" mole adventures.
The first 6 unique "mole-ventures" must be completed in order to collect enough virtual tickets, to progress to the 7th and final stage - the Carnival! Some of these first 6 are the Mansion, the City, the Beach, the Winter, etc. What also sets this game apart from the traditional version is that there is much more to the gameplay than just "whacking". For instance, in the Winter stage, you cause snowballs to hit the moles, in the Beach stage - water, balls in the Mansion, etc. There is enough variety here to keep your kids interested, and it has great replay value,
It is made by Milton-Bradley for ages 6 and up. It cost me $29.99 at Meijer's, and I had to also buy the (4)-"AA" batteries that are required.
The graphics and sound quality are excellent, and the unit is very well made and built to last. The only negative is that it's only a 1-player game, but as many as you want can take turns playing; just keep track of your scores and see who has the best!