Rehash of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, featuring high-resolution VGA graphics, digitized sound effects, and new locations.
The life cycle is self-explanatory: sign up for a case, travel between locations questioning witnesses, obtain warrants, and make arrests, and you have approximately a week to do so. The options you can do in each location are the same: you can question witnesses, look up evidence reports, or contact Crime Net to receive additional information about the suspect such as features, hair and eye color, auto, and sport. If you're lucky, you can contact other informants like Bart Samson and Vinnie the Squealer.
Once you get enough information about the suspect, you can transmit this information to Warren the Warrant Robot to make him get a warrant for you. If you're not sure about the information you've entered, you can look up the dossiers on each suspect.
Unlike the rest of the Carmen Sandiego games, you're given a quiz just before you get promoted, requiring you to look up the reference that came with the game. If you keep get promoted, you may find yourself in the hall of fame.
Locations include (but not limited to) Kathmandu, Dar-es-Salaam, Baghdad, Manila, Lima, Port Moresby, Singapore, New Delhi, and Tokyo. You can also travel to ACME HQ in San Francisco, but the only thing you can do is start a new case, or assign a new detective.
Tired of the geography questions of Trivial Pursuit? Looking for something that's actually a challenge? Then this game slaps the glove straight in your face. Although it is an educational game, and thus aimed at kids, it poses a decent challenge to everybody and is probably too hard for children. Nonetheless, it's worth playing.
Where in The World is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe is a remake of a remake of the classic game. In contrast to the previous versions, the effort on the audio-visual part was greatly increased with this one. The entire game is now made as if it's played on a high-tech phone. Well... high-tech for 1994.
All animations in the game are in cartoon style and mostly take place on the phone's video screen. It's a slight breach of style from the full-color photos in there that show scenery specific to your current location. By checking options on your notepad, you check places and people for evidence and hints as to where the criminal has gone. If you're at the right place, you'll get a zany little animation showing that the culprit just left or is still there. Other animations play when you've caught the right criminal or when you are using the phone.
When using the phone, another big change is evident: full speech, with a text box that shows what's being said. The quality of the speech is pretty high for the time and the resources used, and is all in all a pleasant addition. The music is nice but stays in the background. That way, it never gets annoying.
Another feature worth mentioning is that you can keep a list of the criminal's characteristics and have the game look up who could be the culprit, and then issue a warrant for that person. If you're not sure about it, you can search through the dossier with all possible criminals. Also, as an additional aid, you've got a list of countries at your disposal with some basic information about each, a map, and a list of the surrounding countries.
All in all, you can hardly recognize the first version in this game, although it followed the same concept. That's not a bad thing, though, as the changes didn't affect the game itself, but made it far more fun and easier to use. Two thumbs up for the remake.
The game works even in Windows XP, but you'll only hear the PC-speaker, so it's best to try playing it in DOSBox or with VDMSound.
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.
This is a remake of one of the first games made by Brodenburd software dating all the way back to somewhere in 1985. The idea itself is very original and it puts you in position of an Interpol detective.
Your task is to hunt down criminals. During your investigation, you get to fly around the world, travel to different cities and investigate many places in them. You get different kinds of clues, based on which, you can issue an arrest warrant and track down the criminal you're after. The game progresses in such a way that you never get the same case twice! The potential is limitless.
As for the graphics, there are plenty of very nice pictures representing different towns and the introduction is just satisfactory. The only thing that could have been done better are the sounds which tend to repeat themselves frequently and are pretty annoying. Of course, we have to take into consideration the fact that making PC speaker sounds manually is both time consuming and difficult.
Finally, the navigation through the game is simple and straightforward so there shouldn't be any problems with that. All in all, this classic is a must.
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