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Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Classic

Platform : Windows Me, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Mac OS 9 and below, Windows 2000
3.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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  • The infamous Carmen Isabela Sandiego has run off with a rare edition of The Travels of Marco Polo worth millions. You'll work with crack detectives to uncover clues that will help find her!
  • Interact with two crack detectives as you use incredible gadgets to uncover important clues
  • Use your talking translator to make your way through 13 countries, with as many different languages
  • Travel around the globe without a passport as you collect clues in 50 countries
  • Solve puzzles and brainteasers from around the world while studying journal notes and sketches for clues
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Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? 2002 Edition takes young people on a thrilling adventure around the world as they chase the famous criminal! Skills taught include - geography, cultures, landmarks, foreign languages, history, reasoning & map reading Ages 8 to 12

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Get ready to travel the world, encounter exotic sights and sounds, meet unusual people--and arrest them! Carmen Sandiego's international crime ring is furiously filching world treasures ordinary thieves wouldn't dare tackle. We're counting on you, Gumshoe. So, when you think you've got the goods on the bad guys, submit your evidence, make the collar, and go to court. But beware! Your evidence must be airtight or your suspect will go free! (Ages 9 and older)

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B00002SANG
  • Item model number: WCS3744AE
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 10, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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As a teacher, I love to see kids getting an opportunity to play fun educational games on the computer. However, it is difficult to find many edutainment software titles that are age-appropriate for 9 - 12 year olds. Good, learning-focused software for this age group is often competing with the endless world of games - Playstation, X-Box, etc. Programs that will appeal to kids in this age range have to be entertaining and visually sophisticated, as well as provide educational value. "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?" does this and does it quite well. Featuring sophisticated graphics and a compelling storyline, Carmen delivers an energetic mix that combines solid, skill-building activities with an intriguing plot.
Carmen offers kids an exceptional method of learning about the world in an educational but entertaining manner. The game will really test their skills as geographers. While trying to hunt down bad guys, they learn about cultures, history, languages, and locations. Because the kids are exposed to geography facts within the framework of adventure, the learning opportunities are fantastic. While kids learn key facts about 50 countries - their geography and history - they also read maps, exercise deductive reasoning, develop reading and research skills, follow directions, and collect data. It is easy to recognize the program exercises their higher-level thinking skills.
I found this program reinforces the very skills I am trying to teach - how to get kids to think and apply the higher-level thinking skills. Beware! They learn to think! They have fun! It is the best of both worlds for them and me, and I love it!!
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This game is hokier than the classic version. The dialouge between the ACME agents is somewhat painful, albeit usually educational. For those who are looking to walk down memory lane, you may be disappointed. Unlike the old games where you would hunt down minions, & work your way up the ranks to hunting Carmen herself, this is 1 overarching case made up of several mini missions. I actually like that take on the game. The interface is completely different now as well. Rather than questioning witnesses and getting clues of the next step, the game mostly requires the agents to click on hotspots and retrieve scraps of notes that are, well, rather blunt. Gone are the days of a slow-build to revealing the solution with a broad clue that applies to a region and more specific clues that eventually narrow down the location you need.

Each mini-mission takes approximately 30 minutes and there is apparently no way to save the game until the mission has been completed. For that matter, even after certain missions have been completed, the game will not save. It could not be more frustrating to keep replaying the same missions over and over.

In sum, this game appears to be dumbed down quite a bit from many of the other mystery/problem solving games out there. The key clues needed to solve many of the puzzles are automatically put front and center after the puzzle has been selected so it takes little thought to solve them. It's also impossible to lose Carmen's trail. All the player has to do is contact the chief and she just point blank tells you "Go here. Do this." I think the game would be more challenging (and educational) if the Chief would give hints, perhaps for security purposes.
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this is awful!!!
I had played the original game -- about fifteen years ago I think-- which was a very intelligent set of geography puzzles and hours of fun.
This "new version" has taken a great concept and destroyed it by thinning the content to a point of triviality and replacing it with a mindless cartoon storyline that often goes into repeated inanities and makes no sense whatsoever.
Where in the World is the REAL Carmen Santiego???
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i have this software about 7 years ago and my nephew was only 8 years old then but he just loved playing the game. he used to play it everytime he comes home from school that he soon got to learn about the different places in the world, learn about world geography:the peoples, cultures & products of the different countries. and most of all, he just loved catching the crooks and really had a fun time with the game. even his mother and my other sister also enjoyed playing the game with him. two years after that however, a virulent virus "killed" my software of carmen sandiego and so my younger nieces didn't get the chance to enjoy it as much as their older brother did. i've been looking for this kind of software ever since but i guess it was not just available here in our country (or maybe it's just very difficult to look for one here). i've found out that it is available at amazon.com and, boy, i'm so glad!
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By A Customer on October 15, 2001
This game really tests your skills as a geographist! Learning about cultures, history, locations all while trying to hunt down the bad guy. If you don't know your facts, look it up. But becareful, because you only have a certain amount of time before your translater loses it's battery! And when you don't feel like chasing the crooks you can travel the world with a guide to show you around the neighborhood! Bon Voyage!
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