Classic Computer Magazine Archive CREATIVE COMPUTING VOL. 11, NO. 8 / AUGUST 1985 / PAGE 68

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (evaluation)

In this intriguing game your mission is to track and apprehend one of ten thieves who has stolen a well know landmark. Your starting point is the scene of the crime. On the screen is displayed your present location, the day, and the time. As you travel from city to city, you can investigate any (or all of three locations in the city such as a museum, library, hotel, market, or airport. At each location you may pick up a clue to the identity of the criminal or where he is headed.

The clues that you pick up must be interpreted--and therein lies the real fun (and challenge) of the game. For example, the bank manager may tell you that a person with red hair just changed currency into forints. It is up to you to determine that forints are the currency of Hungary and the next destination of the thief is Budapest. Lucky for you, Broderbund has packaged a copy of The World Almanac and Book of Facts with the game.

Also at your disposal is the Interpol Crime Computer with which you can narrow down your list of suspects. When you have pinned down the identity, Interpol will issue an arrest warrant. Now you are ready to make an arrest as soon as you catch up with the susupect.

This exceptionally well-designed game combines the elements of graphic adventures, trivia games, mysteries, with even a bit of arcade animation thrown in. With ten suspects, 30 cities, and nearly 1000 clues, you're sure to get a different game every time you play. Highly recommended for both youngsters and adults.

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