Carmen Sandiego, international fugitive and head of V.I.L.E., has hatched a brand new scheme. Using her latest invention, the Babble-On Laser, Carmen seeks to destroy communication by rendering languages into incoherent gibberish. The ACME Detective Agency, once again attempts to stop Carmen Sandiego by finding the location of the Tower of Babbel. Already twelve Agents have been lost and only Agent 13 remains to put together clues using Acme's latest interface, the CyberCom 2000.
As Agent 13, your main goal is to rescue the previous 12 agents and stop Carmen Sandiego. You do this by gathering individual keys to rescue each of the agents. These keys in turn are guarded by several passwords, all of which must be decoded. These passwords are decoded by discovering "clues" in Carmen's hideouts which then launch anyone of 5 mini-game..
These mini-game sequences are the following: Code Breaker: Using a series of letter tiles, the player must spell specific words already chosen (Searcher Mode) or create new words that are present inside Word Detective's dictionary (Builder Mode). Fusion Chamber: The player must find the meaning of a core word, the meaning of a prefix or suffix, and the meaning of the combined word. Micropix: The player is given a page of text with several nouns, verbs and adjectives missing. The most logical choices must be placed in these missing areas. Power Pack: Words must be placed in alphabetical order to form a tower on the right side of the screen Spellanyzer: The player is given an audio recording of a word, as well as it's usage in a phrase and must either unscramble or spell the indicated word.
Progress for individual or total players is kept and may be printed out or compared as an aid to teachers.
In Carmen Sandiego Word Detective, by Broderbund, you are on the trail of that criminal mastermind Carmen Sandiego once more. Not only does this game allow you to track her and her minions, but it also reveals some of her background. Apparently, Carmen was herself an Agent of ACME and partner to Chase Deveraux before deciding her talents were better used for crime.
Now, she has decided to steal language itself by use of her Babble-On machine, which scrambles the speech and thought centers of the brain so all that comes out is babble.
Passwords to the key stashers that will free the other agents that Carmen has captured are hidden in the hideouts of her henchmen. The password can be encrypted in one of five ways.
In the codebreaker, you need to find hidden words in stacks of tiles. In the searcher encryption, you need to find words from a set list. All letters must touch each other to be valid. In Code Builder, there are no set words, and you can make them up on your own. You can also change letters on tiles if you are really stumped.
In the fusion chamber, you create words from pieces, picking a word and a prefix or suffix and then matching it to a description.
In Power Pack, you must arrange a series of words into alphabetical order on the right of the screen. You can only move one word at a time, and words must always be stacked in alphabetical order.
In Micropix, you must repair a damaged microfilm by replacing nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs and punctuation. When you have replaced all the parts correctly, the password is decoded.
Finally, in the Spellanyzer, you need to repair missing, damaged or scrambled words. The voice says the word and you must spell it correctly to fix it. after you type, hit the "check" button or the enter key. After a set number of correctly spelled words, the password is decoded.
After you have freed all twelve agents, you need to do one last thing, which is to decode the self-destruct sequence for the Babble-On machine.
Also included is a Training Simulator, which allows you to practice on the types of problems you will encounter, and a Progress Tracker, which shows parents how well the child is doing against the various types of problems. You can also set the custom spelling lists.
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