This time you continue to catch Carmen Sandiego and her american gang in the U.S.A. Breaking from jail somewhere in Europe, she comes to yankees to steal their treasures. You as ACME detective have to travel from town to town on the tail of suspect, using clues and collecting evidences, which allow you to put suspect to jail finally. The words of witnesses are clues for you only if you have basical geographical and historical knowledge.
This version is enhanced with VGA graphics, Network support, mouse and joystick support, and detailed descriptions of suspects. Also you have to answer correctly the doc check question to acquire a new rank.
Brøderbund brought us several high quality games (such as Lode Runner, Karateka, Prince of Persia, Stunts), but I guess their most successful series is without a doubt Where in ___ is Carmen Sandiego?
After you've chased Carmen down in Europe and locked her up, she escaped and is now on the loose in the USA.
This game already features VGA graphics, with animated V.I.L.E. henchmen, but the sounds are still quite dull. You can use the mouse to control the game, or stick to the keyboard. Actually this is not the original game, but the enhanced version. You see the Carmen Sandiego games were so popular, that enhanced and then deluxe versions were released later on (and they were all remakes of the original games Where in the World, in Europe, in the USA...).
This time you will travel through all 50 states of the USA, trying to capture the gang of Carmen Sandiego and finally her as well. Again you need to find clues to the next location of a culprit who stole a valuable piece from a city and you need to find the identity of this culprit to get a warrant for the arrest.
I must admit I know far less about the USA as I do about Europe, so I did use Google for some references and I have to admit there are a few things I learned. Still I found some inaccuracies as well. I mean, do you really expect me to believe that in a populated city you get to see a mouse standing in mush without any building in site? Also it's somewhat irritating to read that the suspect went to Aspen for skiing, but you're taken to downtown Denver instead (with ski slopes there instead of a city). I can understand that it would be too much to cover every city and that the travels are therefore limited to state capitals, but why did they have to write clues that point to other places? I mean all you need to do is locate the state the clue points to and go to its capital, so why not point at the capital directly (or actually add some more cities to each state)?
Anyway, it's a solid edutainment game and the game most similar to Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego (gameplay and graphic wise). As usual I really loved the animated villains and their sad faces while they were dragged off to jail. Part of the Carmen Sandiego Series.
Undoubtedly the most successful edutainment franchises, the Where in [xxx] is Carmen Sandiego? is Broderbund'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.
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