Trivia / Carmen Sandiego

  • Dated History: When Where in Time/Great Chase was released, the manual states Mona the model in the Leonardo da Vinci mission was a fictional character and the inspiration for the painting, let alone whether or not Leonardo actually used a model for the creation of the Mona Lisa, was (at the time) unknown. In 2005, it was discovered that the Mona Lisa depicts Lisa del Giocondo, meaning the game was actually right to depict her as a real person. Of course, the depiction of her as a surly model posing for Leonardo is still completely fanciful, especially considering he spent years working on it.
  • Executive Meddling: The spin-off series like Word Detective and Math Detective only really took off when a complex series of transactions brought Carmen Sandiego to a new owner.note 
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: There is an obscure early Carmen Sandiego game that's focused on the State of North Dakota called Where in North Dakota Is Carmen Sandiego? Have a look here and here.
  • No Export for You: There was a Nintendo DS game named Mais où se cache Carmen Sandiego? Mystère au bout du monde.translation  It was released in Europe and Australia in 2009, and even though the ESRB had rated the game (and subsequently yanked said rating when it got accidentally leaked), it never got an American release. Considering the less than favorable reviews the game got, like this one, it may have been a blessing in disguise.
  • Technology Marches On: When Gnash steals alphabetical order in ThinkQuick Challenge, it's talked about the impact this will have on card catalogs. Yeah, the two or three libraries which still use them.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: All over the place with the various editions of the games, given that they first came out in the '80s and The Great Politics Mess-Up happened not long after.
  • What Could Have Been: There were rumors of Sandra Bullock starring in a potential Carmen Sandiego movie around the late 1990s.