Map-searching puzzle game MicroMacro: Crime City has been named this year’s winner of the Spiel des Jahres, the major German ‘Game of the Year’ award.
A combination of visual puzzle book Where’s Wally? (or Waldo) and mystery games such as Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, the co-op game by designer Johannes Sich tasks players with scanning a detailed fold-out map of the titular metropolis to solve a number of crimes by spotting details, suspects and important locations as prompted by cards for each case.
MicroMacro saw off competition from fellow Spiel des Jahres nominees The Adventures of Robin Hood - a co-op board game by Legends of Andor creator Michael Menzel, which features a dynamic world via use of an evolving board - and Annick Lobet’s family-friendly legacy game sequel Zombie Teenz Evolution.
Also announced during the awards ceremony was the 2021 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner, the counterpart ‘Expert Game of the Year’ prize that recognises board games of a higher gameplay complexity than the Spiel des Jahres’ typically family-friendly fare.