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Undoubtedly the most successful edutainment franchises, the Where in [xxx] is Carmen Sandiego? is Brøderbund's flagship series that has spawned numerous sequels, TV shows, and even board games. Premiered in 1985 with Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, subsequent releases have sold millions of copies collectively worldwide. But until multimedia CD-ROM versions of the game appeared in 1995, the individual Carmen Sandiego titles were not all blockbusters.
The premise behind every Carmen Sandiego game is identical: starting out as a rookie detective, your job is to track down a gang of thieves who are stealing the world's (or the galaxy's/USA's/Europe's/history's as the case may be) most precious treasures. After each assignment briefing, you are given a deadline to capture the thief. Then it's off to the travel screen, where you pick the next destination to track the thief. At each location, you must interpret various clues from a number of sources (informants, etc.) to figure out the thief's next stop, as well as his/her identity. Your mission is a success when you track the thief to the right final hideout (plus time period, if you are playing Where in Time version) with the arrest warrant issued for the correct suspect before the deadline. Missions are progressively more difficult as you solve cases and win promotions.
Every Carmen Sandiego game contains hundreds of clues, attractive graphics and cartoons, and fun gameplay that will captivate kids and adults alike.
Between the original 1985/86 CGA versions and after 1995 (where CD-ROM era began), Carmen Sandiego games can be categorized into 2 groups, each based on the underlying engine: the first group comprises "VGA enhanced versions" releases between 1989 and 1992. In this group, in the order of release, belong Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?, Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego?, Where in America's Past is Carmen Sandiego?, Where in The World is Carmen Sandiego? (Enhanced), and Where in The USA is Carmen Sandiego? (Enhanced). The second group are games released between 1992 and 1994 that are based on the improved game engine that offers high-res VGA graphics, thousands of clues (as opposed to hundreds), and a more polished interface. These include Where in The World is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe Edition, Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego?, and Where in The USA is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe Edition. Of all these games, Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego? and Where in The USA is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe Edition are the hardest to find.
All 8 aforementioned releases are now available for download from this site, as a tribute to one of the best edutainment series ever made. Whether you have a kid in your house or not, Carmen Sandiego games will glue you to the screen for hours on end if you have even a slight interest in geography, history, or trivia in general.
Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego? (Deluxe) is an educational, yet fun, video game. It is one of many in the Carmen Sandiego series, which I just love. It was released in 1992 by Broderbund Software—which is known for wonderful educational software. This version is an upgrade of the original U.S.A. game that was released in 1986.
When you first play the game, you are a rookie detective who receives a case from the Chief. Not much is known about your suspect. You must hurry and track down the criminal before your deadline is up.
Repeating your actions or traveling to the wrong place will waste time, so try not to make mistakes.
You start the case in the state where the crime took place. The villains seem to commit farfetched crimes. One has stolen Lincoln's Log Cabin, Seattle's Space Needle has been swiped, the OK Corral isn't OK anymore, and for a really outlandish one—Mt. Rushmore is missing.
You travel throughout the specific city you are in. You have to ask people if they have seen anyone suspicious. Some people will tell you a physical description of the suspect, what he/she is wearing, or hints on where the suspect is headed off to next. When you get these clues, you need to put them into a specific warrant file. Then
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when you get enough information you need to have a warrant issued. If you don't have a valid warrant, the thief can't be arrested.
The game has you traveling in all 50 states. To make it a bit easier on you, the states are narrowed down to just a few when it's time to travel to another state. If you select the wrong state, the locals who you talk to won't have any information for you. If you chose the correct state, then you will see bumbling criminals running around.
Every few cases that you solve, you will be given a higher rank. As you go up higher, so does the level of difficulty. When you solve your final case—catching Carmen Sandiego - you will be entered into the Hall of Fame.
This game features a database of information about all of the states. There are tons of facts about each state's geography, landmarks, history, economy, and culture. There are also photos, video clips, maps, flags, and music.
You will enjoy all of the Carmen games if you love geography, history, and crime. I suggest downloading all of these games on this website so you can have loads of fun catching these villains and their leader.
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