Video Game / Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

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Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is a 1985 educational computer game released by Brøderbund Software and the first entry in the Carmen Sandiego franchise. In the game, you must travel around the world to pursue and capture Carmen’s henchmen and, ultimately, Carmen herself. Each location has witnesses and clues that provide information about the culprit’s appearance and location. Your task is to piece together the clues and arrest the correct suspect before the in-game deadline.

The 1996 version featured Lynne Thigpen as The Chief from the game show with the same name.

This game provides examples of:

  • Acme Products: You are a sleuth at ACME Detective Agency in the 1996 version.
  • Multiple Endings
    • Issue an incorrect warrant, fail to even send one, or in the CD-Rom version, trying to arrest the wrong person, gives you the bad ending where the jury rules the crook innocent. In the CD-Rom version, a spinning newspaper appears with a dramatic fanfare, followed by an audience booing.
    • Correctly filing a warrant will give you the good ending. The jury finds the crook guilty and gets sent to jail. In the CD-Rom version, the ACME Good Guide for the country you're in captures the crook, usually in a comedic fashion, followed by the newspaper reporting on the capture of the crook with the sounds of applause.
  • Victory Dance: After you capture Carmen, a marching band parade plays Stars and Stripes Forever.
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