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.
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Very Positive (116 reviews) - 94% of the 116 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 23, 2014

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“It's got style… It gets you thinking. It gets your toe tapping as well because the music in this is fantastic… This is a clever reintroduction of puzzle and rhythm fusion.”
8.0 Marissa / 8.0 Victor – Reviews on the Run

“Micron presents a perfect blend of aesthetically-pleasing visuals and head-bopping music that is sure to leave you thinking about the game long after you’ve completed it.”
4.5/5 stars – Operation Rainfall

“Micron is more of an interactive audio-visual experience than just a simple puzzle game, and if you're at all into retro styled games and music this is a puzzler you just can't miss.”
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About This Game

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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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
Micron is a fun puzzle game consisting of 51 levels (plus 12 bonus); the objective in each level is to guide a stream of balls towards the exit by placing some special obstacle tiles that change the stream’s direction: there are vertical/horizontal blockers, diagonal ones and teleporting gates (that are unlocked during mid-game levels).

The first half of the game is fairly easy, the puzzles are not very complicated and have nice solving ideas that sometimes can seem to be repeating a bit too much, but this wasn't an issue for me. However, the last few levels are pretty difficult and the bonus levels are extremely challenging to the point of frustration because you might find yourself trying to come up with a solution for hours and you simply can’t find any. For those that want to obtain all the achievements in this game, this might be a bit annoying unless they resort to consulting a guide.

Also be warned that some of these puzzles are timed; you need to coordinate to the second the timing of placing the special blockers on the board. This again requires a lot of trial and error.

I’ve also tried a few levels from the workshop and they’re nice and enjoyable; I appreciated that the game automatically downloads the workshop items that I’ve subscribed to, without needing a restart.

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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
MICRON on PC / Steam
Score 9 / 10

Emerging from the fuzzy morning brain I grabbed a hot cup of java and slipped into this light and esthetic puzzle experience. Toe tapping to gentle ‘chillout house music’, I choreographed bouncing balls in 2D Minimalist geometric mazes and helped them ‘exit’ to the next levels. Sixty-three puzzles, six hours, 6 minutes a puzzle: Nice.

Game score 9 / 10
10 / exemplary execution of the genre with compelling innovation
9 / exemplary execution, don’t miss out; for fans of the genre and the curious alike
8 / for well done not a must play, fans of the genre and newbs will be happy it is well done
7 / for calibrated expectations only, fans of the genre would not miss out if they skipped this
6 / only for serious fans of the genre for whom game play with bugs is acceptable
5 / enough bugs to make me unhappy

May 2016
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
"Bullet redirector 1.0"

Nice little puzzle game in the style of itchi (another great game). You have one or many different colored sources of bullets. Activate switches, use portals, redirect them with placeable bumpers and finally they'll go to the target. 51 levels + 12 Bonus levels is the right amount to entertain you for a few hours. Also nice: SoundFX.
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2015
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. Note: This is edited because I could not find the level editor. I did find the level editor it is in your steam files.

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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Micron is masterfully done puzzle game with beautiful music and sound effects that really bring you into the experience. Guide at least one micron to the final exit, to complete each level while listening to the effect your placements have on the music.

This game was quite fun. New mechanics are introduced from time to time, and they have you master those before bringing in a new mechanic. When your microns 'hit' objects, they produce a sound effect that meshes directly into the background music. Musically inclined players will get hints in the harder levels if they are on the right track as the effects will confirm their ideas with proper inclusion in the background music.

Sound: The background music is very relaxing and is conducive to puzzle solving. Combined with the sound effects as your actions affect the microns, it's a very well done auditory experience.

Graphics: Simple and elegant. Nothing overly elaborate, but again, unneeded for this type of game. Colorblindness was not an issue for me with the red/green in the game, so they must have been far enough apart.

Gameplay: Simplistic and easy, when using the mouse. I tried with the controller which it supports but the d-pad movement is too fast, and the analog is a bit slippery. Could be my controller. Keyboard mouse was much easier for this. Difficulty doesn't scale too quickly and you have 51 primary levels to beat. Beat those and there are an additional 12 levels to bang your head against.... while enjoying the music.

Overall: 7.3/10 - If you like puzzle/logic games, this is a definite must have. Challenging in the later levels, and may take a few tries to really get it, but you will get there eventually. Price tag of $5 isn't too bad for what it is. Personally I like discounts and this has been in several bundles. Will likely reappear in one, so if you see it there, be sure to grab it. Or just pay for it. If you get a coupon for 50% most people won't complain over that price tag for what the game is.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
One of the best rhythm games, seriously.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 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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-C0ZEN-
2.0 hrs
Posted: July 25
A short but very difficult puzzle game.
I loved it with all the pain it provide !
If you like to use your brain when playing, buy it, it worth it.
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antonuuu
0.5 hrs
Posted: July 10
You get a great feeling when you've almost completed a level and hear an amazing set of sounds occurring out of nowhere.

Buy for great feelings and fun puzzles!

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Pschiu
4.0 hrs
Posted: July 5
Some games have learning curves so gentle, they never really take off before you get bored.
Some games have learning curves so steep, you start floundering five minutes in.
Some games have levels that look like they were pulled out of a random level generator.

But this, my friend, is game design done right. So right that it brings a tear to my eye and chills down my spine.
When I am on my dying bed thinking about the few regrets that I had in my life, I will say, "At least I played Micron."
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Red Spot
3.5 hrs
Posted: May 21
Micron is a short game, but a fun one.
Solve a few puzzles bouncing balls, with a bit of sound to support it.
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ChrisBalderst0n
3.7 hrs
Posted: April 8
Very enjoyable puzzle game! Deceptively simple. I got it on sale, and enjoyed the amount of content I got for the lowered price . Fun!
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- Aro -
1.7 hrs
Posted: February 22
I enjoy puzzle games of all kinds, I especially have a soft spot for those with simple design mechanics, Micron definitely fits this criteria, however, for it's price I can't recommend it.

The gameplay is incredibly simple, it's a "bullet redirector", bounce incoming bullets off of strategically placed mirrors to get them to your desired location or to hit particular switches in a certain order which opens up the exit door. Very simple mechanics indeed, but the levels are all incredibly easy offering no real challenge, aside from a small handful (let's say 10). I managed to complete all the stock levels (including the 12 bonus missions) in less than two hours.

Micron is a decent game, but has very little to offer for it's price tag. Buy it during a sale for a quick puzzle fix, otherwise, I'd advise looking elsewhere this time.
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NinjaFatKid
2.1 hrs
Posted: February 19
A very fun and interesting puzzle game. For the most part, the difficulty is appropriate. Some levels are pretty simple while others can be pretty challenging. But my favorite aspect of this game is how the music and sound effects all tie together... the ambience it all gives is relaxing and enjoyable. Honestly, my only complaint is that I don't get to listen to the music long enough for the shorter/simpler levels.

Definitely worth the investment.
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Tenpou Gensui
3.6 hrs
Posted: February 13
Great little puzzle game that doesn't overstay its welcome. (3hrs to complete the main game minus bonus levels)

+ liked the minimalistic approach to music. It felt just right.
+ oveall pixel-y design is very serviceable, doesn't feel bare
+ level editor for moar levels

- not a big fan of precise timing required for some levels (just a handful, though)
- not a big fan of having to reset a level if you misclicked in placing a piece

However, I completely understand both "-" as valid gamedesign decisions, which make this game "not another game with lasers". For the sale price, I've had zero regrets and pleasant time.
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