Micron is a unique fusion of puzzle and rhythm gameplay. Place pieces on the board to deflect bullets of energy that fire to the beat. Guide the bullets to the exit through 51 challenging levels — and 12 bonus levels — featuring a variety of distinctive soundscapes. Your solutions create the music.
User reviews: Very Positive (65 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 23, 2014
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Micron is a unique fusion of puzzle and rhythm gameplay. Place pieces on the board to deflect bullets of energy that fire to the beat. Guide the bullets to the exit through 51 challenging levels — and 12 bonus levels — featuring a variety of distinctive soundscapes. Your solutions create the music.

Award-Winning Design


Micron began as a game created for Kongregate's 'Project Eden: Experience the Music' game contest, in which it won 2nd place. The judges included Tetsuya Mizuguchi, creator of REZ and LUMINES, and representatives from Ubisoft, Gamespot, and Kongregate.

Classic visual like the Famicon but experiencing the process of sound effects evolving into the music felt really good. The harder the game, the more exciting the music gets — this was blended perfectly.” — Tetsuya Mizuguchi

Key Features

  • Test your puzzle-solving skills with 63 levels
  • Experience 7 level themes each with unique music and sounds
  • Play levels created by the community on the Steam Workshop
  • Create your own levels with the included level editor (Windows only)
  • Control the game with a mouse, keyboard, or controller — also works on touchscreens
  • Supports controller vibration for the Xbox 360 controller (Windows only)

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics (256MB)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics (256MB)
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics (256MB)
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Excercise your critical thinking skills in this fun puzzle game. With its simplistic design and musical sound effects I found it quite enjoyable and would highly recommend it. The concept is simple. Balls are shot from an opening and you must place angles and or portals to get it to open doors and get them to the end. The difficulty is you must put them in the proper spot at the proper time to achieve your goal.

It is a great game for all ages however those under ten may need help to finish it unless they are unusually patient. A great game to play with your children though. Get their little problem solving wheels turning! The game has some difficult levels but not overly so in my opinion. I did however cheat on one of the bonus levels and look for the answer elsewhere.

There are a number of free levels for download in the steam workshop as well. Just subscribe to them and they will be downloaded the next time you start the game.

I did not find any bugs and was not able to complete any level using less than the full complement of pieces provided. My only issue was it is supposed to come with a level editor and it is not in my tools and i see it listed nowhere in the game menu or on the steam workshop. If anyone knows how to get the level editor for the game please contact me.

In my opinon it would be worth the full price of $4.99 or even better to purchase it on sale! However I prefer to let the gamer decide how much a game is worth as it is a subjective matter. Hope this review helped.

Enjoy your Gaming!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
Another interesting puzzle game. You guide colored balls to the goal using a limited number of guide pieces that control where the balls bounce to. There's a lot of trial-and-error involved, but it's fairly rewarding when you finally figure out the solution. You can even download additional levels via the Steam Workshop.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
A delightful game. An awesome music serving a minimalistic but powerful gameplay. The tutorial is 5 seconds long, you'll need no explanations to understood what you are supposed to do, and the puzzles provide some challenge but not up to frustration. After a few tries you'll eventually find the solution and enjoy a good moment. The life duration is short, but worth it.

Game: 7.0/10
Graphic: 5.5/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Micron is a decent game, short and reasonable. I would consider it purely average, providing good gameplay with fair polish, but treading familiar ground.

I was expecting some rhythm elements, but they really don't exist. Each level has sounds associated with bullet reflections, which helps to generate the music. Nothing is really based on acting to the beat, and some puzzles require actions between the beats. Most levels don't require speed, but a few require timed actions to catch bullets at the right time. The difficulty curve varied widely due to these timing-based levels, forcing several restarts to complete. Still, the game is quite easy.

The music is fair, but is not a real gameplay element. Most levels are short and can only be solved in a certain way, so replayability only comes from Workshop levels. Puzzles were interesting but not hugely satisfying. Later levels became more frustrating, as one mistake meant a full restart. By the time levels featured over 10 objects, I was wanting an Undo button. Granted, it didn't take long, but the short game length could mean that 20% of your time is spent restarting and rebuilding levels.

Micron didn't do anything bad, but didn't inspire me much. It's a decent game at a fair price, a nice way to spend a few hours but not really compelling you to challenge your mind. I would recommend a sale above 50%, below 2.50USD is a good time-value. If you are looking for rhythm gameplay, you will not find it here.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Nice little game. Works nice on Windows tablet.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
This is a very clever puzzle game. I enjoyed the music while solving the puzzles. Definitely a game worth playing if you like your brain challenged.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Note: My actual playtime is far less than what my displayed playtime is. I accidentally left the game running for two days, so my real playtime is probably around 3-4 hours.

Micron is a puzzle game where the goal is to guide streams of bullets towards the exit by placing pieces that the bullets can bounce off of. It's a very simple concept that is immediately understandable, but it turns out that some very interesting puzzles can be created with it.

A number of obstacles present in the levels create the challenge of the game. Present in every level is a barrier that requires four bullets shots to destroy. These do not make much of a difference in the early levels, but create much of the challenge in the later levels where you are forced to cut off the source of your bullets in order to complete the level.
Gates which are initially closed also appear, and they must be opened by a bullet hitting the correspondingly colored switch. In levels with multiple switches of the same color, bullets must hit the similarly colored switches at the same time in order for the gate to open. Finally, there are barriers which only bullets of the same color can pass through.

Later on in the game, portals which the bullets can travel through are introduced. These are a nice addition that add further complexity to the game, but they also make you wonder whether there is anything else that could be added to the game, as they are the only pieces you can place that aren't ones that the bullets bounce off of. Why not have a "vortex" piece that always makes a bullet turn left or right? How about a "splitter" piece that duplicates a bullet? There is a lot of potential for the concept of this game, and I feel that it is not always realized fully.

The game is also rather short, with only 51 main levels and 12 bonus levels. Most of these are easy and can be solved within a few minutes, although a select few of the later levels are quite difficult. Steam Workshop support helps alleviate this a bit, but currently there are not many user levels available.

Despite this, for $4.99 ($1.49 in the current holiday sale), the game is cheap enough to warrant a purchase for any puzzle game fan interested. The game seems to take a "quality over quantity" approach, and for what the game is, that's perfectly fair.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Fun little game. If you like Ichi or other motion puzzlers, you will enjoy this one as well.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
What is Micron?

Micron is a 2D puzzle game where you have a grid of tiles and need to set diagonal or horizontal/vertical tiles in a way that balls - shot out by non-movable cannons - reach the exit. While this is easy at first, the puzzles get harder continuously, although only few are really difficult. Some can however be described as tricky - if you don't pay attention to the setup and pieces you have, you can't solve them, as you might need to use pieces for more than one purpose.

After all, it is a nice little game I would recommend for a price of maybe 1.50 to 2 Euro, as it will take you around two hours to solve everything, unless you get stuck on difficult puzzles.

A smaller version of the game is available for free on Kongregate.

Recommended: For puzzle-fans.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2014
While very confusing at first this game quickly becomes more and more addictive to its cute puzzle type.

(Tip : have maybe 2 hours so far i think but steam did not record since my internet goes off and on so i did play this game and reached far : ) )

With the great 8bit Soundtrack that is very retrolike ( i think ) and very great and funny :).

you basically just make the way for the bullet to reach the end by placing boarders of different shapes, the game keeps getting harder and harder the more you progress with it, and needs a bit of fast thinking in most levels.
i think there is about 60+ levels and with steamworkshop you can even find more and create your own levels, i really like that about puzzle games because there are a lot of very creative people out-there that can make a very intelligent and challenging levels, so having Steam Workshop is always a plus for puzzle games in my opinion.

The achievements are pretty reasonable nothing too complicated just basic stuff, that you can get by finishing the entire game.

if you like a funny type puzzle game that packs a challenge For 4,49$ im completely satisfied with it.
and hopfuly if they add trading cards that would just attract more and more Players because currently they are a big deal ( trading cards ) for people to buy small games.

Also the game works with (Touch) tablets and whatnot so thats also pretty cool : )
i for myself perfer a mouse altho it also works with a controller so it supports it all.
Windows, linux and mac ? Thats also admirable : ) 10/10 for the entire game.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Great puzzle game!

It has clean, nice, minimalist visuals and smooth, chilling tunes. The rules are simple and I solved most of the levels under 3-4 minutes but some of them will make you think for a while for sure. Even if you are good with puzzles I think it will take at least 3 or 4 hours to solve them all. The price is fair and Steam Workshop is integrated so there are more user made content after the retail levels.

Smart, quality game. Recommended!
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Micron is an amusing puzzle game that's good for a couple of hours of fun. Admittedly, it's not very long and not too hard but it's at least on par (content-wise) with a few other puzzle games in the same genre and price range.

Honestly though if the Devs wanted to immensely increase the longevity and overall value of the game, they should add in workshop support. This game seems like a great fit for it. If they do end up adding it, I would have to rank this game a lot higher among my favorite puzzle games (along with LYNE for example).
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
A simplistic and well designed puzzle game with a good range in difficulty across 77 levels. At least half of which should pose a good challenge; even for puzzle solving veterans.

The main game took me about 4 hours to complete, but there's also a good amount of user created levels in the workshop for the game, which might extend that further for those interested. I haven't tried the level editor since it's exclusive to the Windows version of the game, but I did look at the tutorial and it seems pretty straight forward to use.

Overall I really enjoyed the game and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others looking for a good puzzler.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2014
+ Mix of rhythm/music and puzzle games
+ Good amount of levels
+ Mixes things up in the later levels for extra variety and difficulty
+ Excellent music

- Kind of short (even though it has Steam Workshop support)

[Rating: 78/100]
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
One of the best rhythm games, seriously.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
Micron is a deceptively simple puzzle game where you guide colored balls to the exit in each level using reflectors and portals. While it starts out easy the later levels, especially the bonus levels get quite complex. Rules are straightforward and easy to understand and the game uses a pleasing minimalist style. The note on the store page about combining puzzle and rhythm gameplay doesn't make much sense though since the music has no effect on gameplay, it is just generated by how you place blocks.

While the game is short, comprising 63 levels plus workshop support, it has a small price tag to match. Definitely recommended for anyone who likes puzzle games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
A fun addictive game. It's has a very simple goal of getting a bullet to the exit. There are some levels that can keep you busy for a while and then there are the ones where you can guide the bullet to the exit in mere seconds. Music is very nice and goes well with the game setting. The game has a level maker so you can make levels and publish them on steam workshop or download levels somebody else made. I really enjoyed this game as i like puzzle games. A recommendation to those who like a fun short puzzle game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
I started playing this game thinking "Oh, look... ANOTHER place-elements-here-and-there-to-move-a-ball-from-A-to-B game... YAWN... I'll be playing something else in 5 minutes".
35 levels and almost 90 minutes later I must admit I was this wrong.
Yes, you still have to place elements to let balls move from some starting point to some ending point but there are too many positives in this game to balance the banality of the base concept:
- levels are really well designed, often tricky;
- graphics is minimalist without being pretentious;
- simple, chilly music that really fits the visuals.
There's only one bad thing about this game: the fact that there's no way to remove an element after you've placed it. This menas that if you placed an element in the wrong spot (either because you didn't get a thing about the whole level or simply you just misclick a square) you have to reset the whole level.
At the end of the day I think Micron is a solid 8/10 game. Certainly recommended.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
I like this game. It's a decently difficult puzzler with nice music and sound effects for the different things that the balls do. It's pretty short, though, and, just like most other puzzle games, once you beat it, it has essentially no replay value. There are some bonus levels that get unlocked once it's beaten, though, and with the Steam Community adding puzzles to it, this game's only shortfall is mostly neutralized. And for the price, should for whatever reason you not like it, there's really no loss.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect with this game. The preview seemed minimalistic in art design and pretty simple for gameplay as well. As it turns out, simplicity is what you get, and that is not a bad thing.

There are very few mechanics in this game. You have some slanted walls and eventually you can get a straight reflective wall and portals. For a game with only 4 placeable objects it is incredibly interesting. Each puzzle has a different goal-- A method of discovering a new way of thinking through a puzzle, and while the game is fairly short (I finished all of the achievements in 2 hours) it was definately worth my time. Additionally, the music for the game changes based on your actions which left me absolutely giddy for the first few stages.

If you enjoy a solid puzzle game and a conceptually magical soundtrack I would definately get this game.
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