Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego (1993)

I’ve been digging up ancient games for about a year now. So far I’ve found and played Mortal Komat (the all time fav), Lemmings (the predecessor of Sims, imo), Cyber Empires (An awesome game – I should do a post on this game sometime), Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier and a few more. Today I found “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” from the early ’90s. I hadn’t played this version of the game but played the later version which came out in ’96.

This is a detective game where you have to track criminals by following clues they left in different countries. The clues point to the next destination of the thief and also help identify which thief it is. It’s got Colombo as a destination, check out this pic with the wrong Independence date πŸ™‚ (Sri Lanka, known earlier as Ceylon gained independence in 1948. It changed its name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka in 1972)

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego

If you hadn’t already noticed it’s got the good old VGA graphics – the joy of pixels. Anyway, I started playing and boy it’s a pretty hard to work out clues. Since I know very little about the world, I had to rely on Prof. Wikipedia to get through just a couple of missions in the game. Even so, it is still a good learning exercise.

It’s a bit sad that such games are almost extinct today. The last game in this series had come out in 2001. I guess the market calls for more Shoot-em-up games with blood and gore rather than anything where you have to actually use your brain. 😦

Anyways, if you want to give it a go you can download the game from here. Simply unzip the archive, run ‘snes9x.exe’ and from the file menu load the game.

Controls: Space bar (select), β€˜v’(enter), and arrow keys.