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Era of Invention is the seventeenth case in the adventure game Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time.



"Speaking of electricity, you're headed for the Age of Invention: Menlo Park, New Jersey in the 1870s. There should be a buzz about the electric light bulb by now, but I hear someone's blown a fuse. Better see if you can illuminate the problem.

And you'd better take Ivan Idea as your Good Guide. He's great at inventing ways to take on trouble. Good luck, Inspector! And don't forget to turn out the lights when you leave." -- The Chief


  • Obtain cotton thread for Edison
    • Trick the surly guard using Joe’s voice
  • Destroy the forefield surrounding Cryption


  • Phonograph
  • Light Bulb

Carmen Notes[]

Liberate a famous sphere; Electric glow I find quite dear!
Don’t let ACME on your tail, or your next job will be in jail!
In Ed’s invention wait for me: it starts newfangled Model-T.

Scrap Locations[]

  • On the window in Edison’s laboratory
  • On the corner outside the cotton shop
  • Where Edison was standing after he leaves

Thief's Location[]

  • Behind an Alkaline battery


“Your hacking days are scrambled for good Dee!” -- Ivan Idea

“Yeah, yeah. You may have crashed my code, but you won't get Carmen." -- Dee Cryption

"Yea for you!

You engineered an elegant solution to that problem! Dee Cryption is in the cooler, and Edison is in the history books, thanks to your fast thinking.

Because of you, Time Inspector, the world is a brighter place 24 hours a day!

Looks like you've caught all of Carmen's creeps. But...there's still a major problem dead ahead. Can I put you on a very big new case, pronto?" -- The Chief