Welcome to Crime City dear investigator.
Is this your first day in the city of crime? Let me explain how we operate here.
You will gather as a team to try to solve the 16 cases I’m going to assign to you and try to understand the unfolding of each crime.
You get the idea? Good, then it’s time to get started.
4 pages is the size of the rule booklet.
1 page is enough to really explain how to play the game.
No need for examples, the rules are clear, concise and detailed.
Instead, the game tells you that it’s best to start with the introductory case so that you assimilate the rules properly.
You will find 16 cases to resolve in the box. They are of increasing difficulty, which is indicated by the number of stars on the cards. It is recommended that you play them in the order listed, but it is up to you to choose in the end.
Ready to investigate, Sherlock? Then unfold the huge map of the city: put it on your biggest table, on the floor, or even hang it on a wall.
You choose who will play the Lead Investigator. He will be in charge of reading the text on the case cards and will lead the investigation. And off you go!
Read the first card, it will give you an overview of the crime to be solved and will show a picture of the main character: the victim.
Each card will ask you to answer a question related to the crime in order to trace the origin of the murder. For example: where did the victim live, where was he going, why was he killed, …
Nothing could be simpler! Arm yourself with your magnifying glass and your eagle eye to look for clues in the lively city that is Crime City !
As soon as you think you’ve found the right answer to the question thanks to the clues found, the Lead Investigator will turn the card over and see if the scene found on the map is the solution.
From there, there are two possibilities:
As you will have understood, the investigations are performed in a succession of card draws. Each mini scenario is of increasing difficulty and duration.
The game also offers an advanced version, which consists of reading only the first card and then trying to trace the crime from beginning to end without looking at the other cards of the investigation.
Once the 16 investigations are completed, the game invites you to extend a little bit the life of the game with 4 questions of the kind :
As I write these lines, the publisher provides for free 4 additional investigations available on the official website of the game: https://www.micromacro-game.com/en/extracontent.html
Micro Macro crime city has an air of déjà vu. Who hasn’t played to Where’s Wally ? It does not reinvent the wheel, but it improves it with a card-based investigative mechanic, coupled with the lively story of the characters you can follow.
You get caught up in the game, you get lost in this vast city to find out what happened to this or that character.
In the end, we had a very good time around the table. It is a game that we can take out at any time and play with anyone, young or old. I can’t wait for more investigations!