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Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego - PC

by Encore
Windows Vista / 2000 / XP
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Designed for ages 8 to 12

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  • ASIN: B000SQKC4A
  • Item Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,205 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Carmen Sandiego is up to her thieving high-jinks again. While children travel the globe to track her down they learn about geography, history and world cultures.

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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful
By Xoandre
Format:Video Game
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
For those of us who played the classic APPLE IIe version of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" this game is a far cry different than the original. In the original, and most of the remakes, the format was the same with a full selection of ten to twenty V.I.L.E. Henchmen, as well as Carmen herself. The format used a random selection system with an anonymous villain with random loot from around the world. The game-play was slightly repetitive, with nearly unlimited cases to play over and over, but still with a very addictive style - and fun!

The game being sold in this YELLOW jewel-case (AND the BLUE jewel-case that is a mirror image of the cover of the yellow one) is a modernized story arc that is very linear. The only villain is Carmen herself. There are six main cases which flow continuously into one another, without room for a pause. The seventh case is more of a comprehensive collection of all of the stolen artifacts from the previous six cases being bundled into a story wrap-up...

I played through this the first time and it only took about five hours from install to end credits. For kids, I am sure this simplified version can be fun, but once played to completion, it's kinda boring the second time around.

Sure, I may be well beyond the age market for this game, but I still enjoy the downloaded DOS version that is an exact replica of the APPLE IIe version of the original...

Overall, if you are looking for a cool game that reminds you of your own childhood, this is not the case for you.

Try the versions in the GREEN box or the TAN colored box - anything by Broderbund is more like the original, and far superior.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I used to play this game in the early 90s, and had fond memories of it. I now have a daughter and tried to introduce it to her. The game is now totally different. The progress through the cases is not based on knowledge anymore but on guesses. It was not interesting to my daughter, and she gave up after about 5 minutes. I stuck to it a little longer to see if it got more interesting with more difficult cases, but eventually gave up as well. This new version is boring at best. It seems it is a dumbed down version of the original.

I tried to identify what had happened to the original games. The truth came out on Wikipedia. The company that produced the original series of game, all multiple prize winners, sold the games to another company, who rewrote what they are today and did not bother to change the names. That is pathetic marketing!!!!

Another major issue with the program is that it does not install easily. Out of 4 computers, all updated XPs, only one took it cleanly, the oldest and slowest one that I don't really use anymore. After some work, I got it installed on another one, but it crashed regularly. After investigating the issue, it looked like other people had the same problem. You would tend to think that the bugs of a 20 year old program would have been worked out by now.

I ended up returning the product.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vista and Carmen Sandiego July 6, 2008
Format:Video Game
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
It's a little frustrating trying to get "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" to work in the Windows Vista environment. Here is a useful workaround.

Go to the Start Menu and select "Control Panel". Click on "Programs". Under Programs and Features, choose "Use an older program with this version of Windows" and select "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" from the list of programs. You will now have several options as to how you want the game to run. I found that the game worked best in the Windows 98 environment, with the display set to 640x480 with 256 colors. When you're done setting the game up, right click on the Carmen Sandiego shortcut and select "Run as Administrator". Wallah!

The game itself is fun (once you get it to run). I was expecting a more modern version of the game (i.e. similar to what I found in the Elementary Advantage software pack) but for the price, it's not bad.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After lots of years Carmen is still going strong! September 26, 2007
By Nonnie
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased this "Where in the World..." version for my grandsons to play when they visit. It is every bit as much fun for them as it was when their mother's played it. Updated but as educational as ever! The best part is that the kids are learning and don't even realize it!! Thanks - Carmen!!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't find Carmen SanDiego January 7, 2008
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
The manufacturer says the game is compatible with Windows XP, but it's not. I have been dealing with tech support since before Christmas trying to get it to run with no success. I can't get past the log in screen for players. The program shuts down saying there is an error. Although the game was cheap, this purchase was not worth the time and money spent. I can't find Carmen Sandiego and at this point I don't want to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A game all will enjoy! January 1, 2008
Format:Video Game
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
We have a wide age range in our family. Our oldest is married and our youngest is 5. When our two oldest were in third or fourth grade we began buying the Carmen Sandiego games. The girls loved the challenge and it helped them learn a lot while having fun. This Christmas we again purchased a version for our current computer and our 8 year old is constantly asking to use the computer and play Carmen. Thanks for a faithful product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Educational
Fun and challenging. My daughter uses it as part of her homeschool curriculum on "light days". A fun way to learn geography!
Published 14 days ago by Crystal-Rain Love
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Haven't downloaded it yet.
Published 28 days ago by Narnia
4.0 out of 5 stars good purchase
good old game for the kids
Published 1 month ago by countersniper82
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
put disk in computer and it never worked
Published 3 months ago by rocknrollgirl704
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, no problem
Perfect, no problem. Delivered on time. Thanks.
Published 4 months ago by Tadeusz Szyszka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item received quickly in perfect condition. Exactly as pictured. Can't ask for more.
Published 9 months ago by Marissa Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Game from Childhood!
It was just like I remember from when I was a wee lass! Much harder though. Probably because I have forgotten a lot of the world! Sometimes the clues just did not make sense.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
My children loved these and now my grandchildren love them. This item arrived on time and is an excellent purchase. I like it very much and am VERY glad I ordered it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Victoria A. Pettit
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the version I expected
This is not the version I was expecting but its still fun and harder than I though it would be:)
Published 16 months ago by Sarah Anne Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars It Don't Workl
Too old. It won't load on to the computer. It was a waste of money because it can't be used.
Published 18 months ago by Robert Flater
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