Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is the first Carmen game available.


Carmen's Gang has committed another caper! And it's up to you to crack the case...

The player takes on the role of a rookie detective in the ACME Detective Agency. Carmen's V.I.L.E. underlings are stealing national monuments, artifacts, and other treasures, and it's up to the player to investigate areas, find clues, and ultimately get a warrant for the thief, track them down to their hideout, and arrest them. As the player successfully solves cases and captures crooks, they will receive promotions, which makes the challenge greater. If the player takes too long to catch up with the crook, or catches up with the crook without a warrant or with an incorrect warrant, the crook gets off scot-free.

After enough cases have been solved successfully, Carmen Sandiego herself will commit thefts. If the player successfully manages to apprehend her, she will be placed behind bars and the player's career will end as an master detective.


The original version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? was ported to many different systems. Among them were the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, NES, SEGA Master System, SEGA Genesis, Super Nintendo, and TurboGrafix-CD. There were some minor differences between them, especially as far as graphics, but they played the same way. The console versions used a password system to allow the player to save their progress.



  • ACME Headquarters
  • New York City, USA
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Lima, Peru
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • London, UK
  • Paris, France
  • San Marino, San Marino
  • Rome, Italy
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Athens, Greece
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Baghdad, Iraq
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Bamako, Mali
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Moroni, Comoros
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • New Delhi, India
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Peking, People's Republic of China
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Sydney, Australia




  • This is the first game with this name to come out.
  • The ACME Detective Agency does not appear in this early versions of this game. Instead, the player works for Interpol. Later versions use the ACME Detective Agency.

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