July 19, 2021 – In a major announcement this morning, MicroMacro Crime City the Spiel des Jahres 2021. According to some experts and user comments, this title was coming into the event hot, so it is no surprise it took home the main prize.
According to the jury, the reason is A large black and white poster and a few cards – that’s all “MicroMacro: Crime City” needs to cast its spell over. When the players bend over the table to sink into the scenery, there is crackling tension in the room. All eyes flicker over the city map to elicit new information about the crimes. When one thing joins the other in a lively discussion about motive and sequence of events, the game creates unforgettable moments.
This is largely in line with expectations. This poll over at board game site Board Game Atlas showed that game with 69% of the vote. Other nominess for the award, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Zombie Teenz Evolution both tied with 15% of the vote.
The Spiel des Jahres is the most prestigious board game award in the world and dates back to 1979. The last few years saw the game being awarded to Pictures (2020), Just One (2019), Azul (2018) but you can check the full list of winners and nominees from over the years here.
In addition to the main award, the winners were also announced for the Kennerspiel des Jahres (strategy game of the year) and the Kinderspiel des Jahres (Kids game of the year). The latter being announced a few weeks ago with the former being announced in association with the Spiel announcement today.
The awards are usually tied to Spiel, one of the biggest gaming trade shows of the year, but given the weird pandemic world we are living in, things are a bit different. You can see on the list of 2021 board game conventions, that dates are all screwed up. At least we will still get the award.
The nominees for this year were originally announced on May 17, 2021.
About Spiel des Jahres 2021 Winner – MICROMACRO CRIME CITY PALEO
Happy people in cafes. Children who want a scoop of ice cream from the market stall. Art lovers at a vernissage. But with our trained detective eye, we can see through this supposed harmony of the residents of Crime City. There are more than a dozen murders and deaths to solve on the bustling and huge city map in hidden object style. Who had a motive for sticking a knife in the back of the skateboarder? Why was the mayor spotted on the harbor bank with a large suitcase of money before his death? Clues and traces give us clues about the course of events and this creates an exciting reconstruction, completely without text and with a minimal set of rules. Jealousy, deceit and resentment are the central themes in this cooperative hidden object game.