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Where in the U.S.A is Carmen Sandiego? is a point-and-click puzzle adventure game, and is a remastering of the game of the same name in 1986.




The Chase

Like the 1996 version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, the image of the locations take up most of the screen, with the game options only taking up the bottom third of the screen. Each location had an elaborately painted backdrop that could be scrolled around a full three hundred and sixty degrees. Each location provided clues in the form of several bystanders and scraps of paper lying on the ground. The scraps of paper exclusively provided clues about the suspect's appearance.

The bystanders, on the other hand, could either be asked where the suspect went, in which case they would provide a geography clue, or what the suspect looks like, in which case they would make a casual comment about one of the suspect's physical attributes, i.e. "His hair reminds me of Dracula’s cape." or "Horizontally speaking, he’s hardly there." Although speech balloons were still used on them, bystanders spoke their dialogue aloud as well. The text of notes and of bystanders' dialogue could be dragged into an "electronic notepad" in the bottom right corner of the screen for reference.

The Warrant and the Arrest

Like in the World counterpart, the player is not given dossiers describing the members of V.I.L.E. and that all the clues given about the suspect are physical traits, enabling the player to identify the crook on sight. This means that the player will have to compile a full warrant rather than one of just enough traits to distinguish which crook is responsible. In the final destination, the crook is seen walking around the location with several innocent bystanders, meaning the user will have to use the warrant to identify which person is the criminal. The crook's name is only given after the arrest, in which a newspaper (USA Someday) appears with a headline declaring the criminal has been captured. If the person arrested does not match the warrant, they will be found innocent and released just as they would if the warrant were inaccurate or not issued. Eight of the thirty-nine crooks captured over the course of the game each provided a single line of verse. These eight verses, once pieced together, created a poem that read as follows:

Dear RoboCrook,
Soon we’ll pull of the perfect theft, A scheme of great design.
The greatest treasure in the states, Will very soon be mine.
When we convene for our exchange, Don’t get caught by surprise,
Be sure you don’t forget that I’m, A mistress of disguise.
I’ve made myself look shorter, And that’s harder than it sounds.
I’ve transformed by slender size, By putting on some pounds.
Around my waist an apron’s tied; My slipper hide no socks.
Beneath my red bandana, Is a wig of golden locks.
Signed, Carmen Sandiego

Upon reaching the final destination of Washington D.C. the Chief will call the player to inform them that the culprit is Carmen Sandiego. However, the poem reveals that she is in disguise and her appearance will not match the warrant. So the player must use the clues to figure out the disguise and arrest Carmen. But after the player exposes her, Carmen tears off her disguise and takes off with RoboCrook on a gigantic driller into the ground. The Good Guides give chase and discover that Carmen has stolen the Declaration of Independence. They continue and find her secret hideout, where she is about to add the document to her collection. The Good Guides quickly knock out RoboCrook and detain Carmen in a capsule, retrieving the document.  Afterwards, the player is later inducted at the ACME Detective Hall of Fame on the World Wiz Database and retired. If the player accidentally catches the wrong character, Carmen will escape and break three of her criminal henchmen out from ACME prison, immediately producing three more cases for the user to solve.


The ACME Good Guides from World return to reprise their roles, providing information about the state the player is currently in and verifying warrants.

The Good Guides

The ICK brothers and Carmine also return to indicate if the player has chosen the right state to search for crooks. RoboCrook joins the group of V.I.L.E. lackeys to indicate to the player that they are in the right state where the crook is to be arrested.


The following members of V.I.L.E. are criminals that the player must catch for each of the cases and each of their crimes:

Suspect Pun Gender Hair Color Height Weight Wearing Captured by
Ann Arky Anarchy Female Grey Medium Heavy Glasess Ivan Idea
Barnie Cull Barnacle Male Brown Short Average Hat Ivan Idea
Beau Zoe Bozo Male Black Tall Heavy Hat Renee Santz
Bee Smirch Besmirch Female Red Medium Average Glasses Dee Plomassy
Ben E. Ficiary Beneficiary Male Red Short Thin Hat Kim Yoonity
Belle Igerent Belligerent Female Red Medium Skinny Hat Dee Plomassy
Billy Flop Belly flop Male Black Tall Thin Camera Ivan Idea
Bob Sled Bobsled Male Black Tall Thin Watch Rock Solid
Boone Doggle Boondoggle Male Brown Tall Thin Hat Herman Nootix
Buck Aneer Buccaneer Male Blond Average Heavy Hat Dee Plomassy
Buzz Ward Buzzard Male Blond Tall Heavy Glasses Ivan Idea
Carrie Kature Caricature Female Black Short Thin Glasses Kim Yoonity
Cassie Nova Casanova Female Brown Short Thin Watch Kim Yoonity
Charlie Horse Charley horse Male Red Short Heavy Glasses Rock Solid
Clement See Clemency Male Blond Short Average Glasses Ann Tickwittee
Cliff Hanger Cliffhanger Male Blond Tall Heavy Camera Herman Nootix
Cora Spondent Correspondent Female Black Short Average Hat Ivan Idea
Dan Gerous Dangerous Male Red Medium Thin Camera Dee Plomassy
Deb O’Nare Debonair Female Black Tall Thin Glasses Rock Solid
Dee Linquent Delinquent Female Blond Short Average Watch Ann Tickwittee
Diane Toshop Dying to shop Female Red Medium Thin Camera Ann Tickwittee
Emma Welcher I'm a welcher Female Grey Short Heavy Glasses Rock Solid
Gil Tee Guilty Male Grey Short Heavy Camera Kim Yoonity
Hope Less Hopeless Female Blond Tall Average Glasses Herman Nootix
Ivana B. Rich I wanna be rich Female Blond Average Heavy Watch Ann Tickwittee
Joy Ryder Joy rider Female Grey Medium Average Hat Dee Plomassy
Kat Astrophic Catastrophic Female Brown Short Heavy Watch Kim Yoonity
Kay Os Chaos Female Red Tall Thin Glasses Ivan Idea
Les Ismore Less is more Male Grey Medium Average Glasses Ann Tickwittee
Lilly Livered Lily-livered Female Blond Tall Heavy Hat Renee Santz
Luke N. Ferloot Looking for loot Male Brown Tall Average Camera Renee Santz
Mandy Lifeboats Man the lifeboats Female Grey Tall Average Hat Renee Santz
Noah Clue No clue Male Red Short Heavy Hat Rock Solid
Paul Lution Pollution Male Blond Medium Skinny Watch Dee Plomassy
Perry Syte Parasite Male Blond Tall Average Glasses Herman Nootix
Rhonda Voo Rendezvous Female Blond Tall Heavy Camera Herman Nootix
Rob Burr Robber Male Red Med Heavy Camera Ann Tickwittee
Robyn Steele Rob and Steal Female Red Tall Thin Watch Renee Santz
Tim Tation Temptation Male Red Short Average Watch Rock Solid


Locations visited in the game:

Region State (Location visited)
New England Connecticut (Mystic), Maine (Portland), Massachusetts (Cambridge), New Hampshire (Canterbury), Rhode Island (Newport), Vermont (West Arlington)
Mid-Atlantic Coast Delaware (New Castle), New Jersey (Cape May), New York (Ellis Island), Maryland (Baltimore), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Washington D.C. (Between the United States Capitol and the Washington Monument)
South Atlantic Florida (Kennedy Space Center), Georgia (Atlanta), North Carolina (Chapel Hill), South Carolina (Charleston),  Virginia (Williamsburg), West Virginia (Harper's Ferry)
East South Central Alabama (Montgomery), Kentucky (Louisville), Mississippi (Natchez), Tennessee (Nashville),
West South Central Arkansas (North Little Rock), Louisiana (New Orleans), Oklahoma (Indian City, USA), Texas (San Antonio)
East North Central Illinois (Chicago), Indiana (Indianapolis), Michigan (Greenfield Village), Ohio (Cleveland), Wisconsin (Hayward)
West North Central Iowa (Des Moines), Kansas (Flint Hills), Minnesota (Minneapolis/St. Paul), Missouri (St. Louis), Nebraska (Omaha), North Dakota (Bonanzaville), South Dakota (Mt. Rushmore)
Mountain States Arizona (Sedona), Colorado (Aspen), Idaho (Snake River Plain), Montana (Glacier National Park), Nevada (Las Vegas), New Mexico (Taos), Utah (Zion National Park), Wyoming (The Grand Tetons)
West Coast Alaska (Sitka), California (Yosemite), Hawaii (Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park), Oregon (Portland), Washington (Seattle)

List of Stolen Items

Item Stolen State of origin
Rocket City Alabama
Alaskan Oil Pipe Line Alaska
The O.K. Corral Arizona
The Dripstone Trail Arkansas
Hollywood's Walk of Fame California
Pikes Peak Colorado
All the hour hands at The American Clock and Watch Museum Connecticut
Incorporation Certificates Delaware
The Countdown from the JFK Space Center Florida
The recipe for Coca-Cola Georgia
All the sand on Waikiki Beach Hawaii
America's first ski lift Idaho
The checkered flag for the Indy 500 Indiana
Chicago style pizza recipe Illinois
Field of Dreams Iowa
Little House on the Prairie Kansas
Abraham Lincoln's Cabin Kentucky
Louisiana Purchase receipt Louisiana
All the lobster bibs Maine
The Mason-Dixon Line Maryland
Boston Red Sox's socks Massachusetts
Hand crank from first Model T Michigan
The Mall of America Minnesota
The Delta Queen Mississippi
The Trail head for the Oregon Trail Missouri
Continental Divide Montana
Chimney Rock Nebraska
Hoover Dam's drain plug Nevada
The ballot boxes for the Presidential Primary New Hampshire
Jersey Turnpike New Jersey
Bottomless Pit from Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico
Time Square electronic billboard New York
Wright Brothers’ runway at Kittyhawk North Carolina
The entire town of Rugby North Dakota
Pro Football Hall of Fame Ohio
John Wayne's boots from the Cowboy Hall of Fame Oklahoma
Crater Lake Oregon
Valley Forge Pennsylvania
Breakers Mansion Rhode Island
Fort Summers’ flagpole South Carolina
The Mitchell Corn Palace South Dakota
Graceland gates Tennessee
The Dallas Cowboys’ playbook Texas
Morman Tabernacle Choir's organ Utah
Entire supply of maple syrup Vermont
Monticello Virginia
The Space Needle Washington
Card Catalog from Library of Congress Washington D.C.
Seneca Rocks West Virginia
The recipe for sharp cheddar cheese Wisconsin
Schedule for Old Faithful Wyoming



External links

Where in the U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego? (1996) on Wikipedia