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MicroMacro: Crime City (2020) is a puzzle brain game where you solve crimes by discovering clues hidden in black and white pictures. You solve a series of cases that relate to different large pictures you lay out on the table between all the players. The novelty is that the picture includes multiple time zones so you can piece together the sequence of what happened and who is guilty.

Once you have chosen your case and laid out the photo, the Lead Investigator player reads out the scenario on the first Case card. The card describes a crime and shows you what the victim looks like and where the crime happened on the map. The subsequent Case cards direct you through the investigation: finding the scenes, identifying clues and deducing who did it.

As this unfolds, you have to scour the map picture for intricate clues. You also have to figure out the order of events you see on the map happening at different times. This means you can follow people, cars, items and objects around the map.

The result is much more than a hidden object game. What starts off as a confusingly busy map, soon gives way to all sorts of stories. Not only are there all the layered clues for the different cases, but also a rich level of activity that both distracts and intrigues players. Particularly for families with players of different ages, this works well. You can give it a go with the online demo.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked MicroMacro: Crime City 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Narrative elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room. Best with 3 or fewer.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 10 minutes to learn. It's a simple premise but you need to take care not to see any solutions while you set things up.

If you play with lots of players of different ages, the following is a good idea:
  • Use the magnifying glass to really dig into the detail.
  • Use tokens (supplied yourself) to keep track of the different things people are finding.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete. You can power through the investigations more quickly if you really apply yourself. The scenarios take longer as they get more obscure and difficult. The base game includes 16 cases for you to solve.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Provided younger players are happy to cooperate and share with other players they can enjoy this game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 12+ years-olds. The game describes different crimes and other activities. "Deadly secrets, sneaky robberies and cold-blooded murders are commonplace," as the publisher states. In one a piano is dropped on someone, killing them. There's a car accident, a dead cat, people disappearing and being dragged off and dangerous hobbies. There are affairs, drugging people and stalking. These are generally light-hearted textual descriptions matched with the black-and-white cartoons.

The Full House version of the game includes themes of mugging, guns, hired thugs and dead bodies in the canal.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
You can purchase MicroMacro: Crime City - Full House (2021) for 16 more mysteries to solve and a new map. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2020, updated in 2021

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing and Narrative

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Board and Cards

Developer: Spiel Wiese (@SpielWiese)

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