Micro Sapiens is a game with both arcade and word puzzle elements. A game is played in several rounds. Each round begins with an arcade sequence where the player must pick up letters while dodging a monster. When the player has been captured by the monster (or when all the letters have been picked up), the word puzzle start: players have 30 seconds to find the best word possible with the letters they picked up (some letters are worth more points than other). The player with the best scoring word wins the round.