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Make Your Peepers Pop in MicroMacro: Crime City

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: MicroMacro: Crime City
German publisher Edition Spielwiese has an unusual offering coming out on October 12, 2020 — MicroMacro: Crime City from designer/artist Johannes Sich.

At first glance, MicroMacro: Crime City looks like Where's Waldo? in a game box. The components of the game are minimal: 120 case cards that are divided into 16 envelopes, a magnifying glass, and an incredibly detailed black-and-white city map that measures 75x110 cm² (roughly 30"x43").

Here's a tiny sampling of the map:

Board Game: MicroMacro: Crime City

And the entire thing with people included for scale:

Board Game: MicroMacro: Crime City
Lollipops not included

To start a case, one player — the lead investigator — reveals the top card from that case's envelope:

Board Game: MicroMacro: Crime City

Then reads the back of the card and shows it to everyone:

From gallery of W Eric Martin

Thereby revealing the top of the next card and your initial task:

From gallery of W Eric Martin

Once you discover where you think the pub is, you identify its location — using the grid coordinates on the perimeter of the map — then the lead investigator looks at the back of the card to confirm this detail. If correct, the lead investigator will read and reveal that card, then you'll be off to find something else. The introductory case doesn't have a difficulty level, but the other fifteen cases — such as "Leo Moustache", "Death From Above", and "The Masked Avenger" — are rated from 1 to 5 stars in difficulty.

If you want to get a taste of MicroMacro: Crime City, you can play a sample case — "Hot Chips" — on an excerpt of the map on this dedicated website. Happy sleuthing!

Board Game: MicroMacro: Crime City
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