Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
February 26th 2009 22:00
Back in 1985, in a stroke of genius, Brøderbund Software made the only educational game on earth that managed to suck me into its gameplay.
You started out as a gumshoe investigator working for the ACME Detective Agency and over time you worked your way up the ranks to Private Eye – although I always thought it was cooler being a Super Sleuth. Following those guys around the world, I soon became an expect on flags, thanks in part to the childrens book, Richard Scarry's Busy Busy World, which had all the flags of the world on the back – that won me plenty of games.
They often stole absurd things as well, including the World Trade Centre in one case!
Either way, the game sold a stack and spawned a million sequels, a cartoon and even a live game show.
Somehow though, Brøderbund Software still went belly up and the game is now considered ‘abandoned ware’, so you can go chase Carmen and the rest of her V.I.L.E. agents in all its retro glory for free HERE
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