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Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? is a 1996 educational video game and the third version of the 1985 game Where in the Word is Carmen Sandiego? and its 1992 Deluxe version. It was released shortly after the fifth and final season of the PBS TV series came to an end.




The Chase

Unlike in the previous games, the image of the locations took 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. "You'd lose sight of her if stepped behind a lightpost." or "His height wasn't standard for basketball, but it was perfect for miniature golf." 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

Another change is that 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 user 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 player 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 (The Worldly Blab) 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:

I'll steal the planet's treasures till there's nothing precious left.
I never wear a watch because it's always time for theft.
Loot is on my mind, though something else is on my head.
Why should I take a picture, I'll just steal the scene instead.
I always hide the things I steal regardless of their size.
And I don't wear any sunglasses to protect my eager eyes.
A special Trophy will be mine, the plan is now in motion.
I adorn my neck with loot I stole from oysters in the ocean.

Upon reaching the final destination on the final case, the Chief calls to inform the user that the culprit is Carmen Sandiego and that the poem indicates she is wearing a pearl necklace. The player then finds the location inhabited by several women resembling Carmen, but that only one of them is wearing pearls. After the player and all the seven Good Guides successfully capture Carmen and the ICK Brothers, The Chief informs the user that Carmen's ultimate plan was to "steal" ACME Headquarters (the "Trophy" in question) and that the player has therefore not only captured Carmen herself, but saved ACME itself. 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 breaks three of her criminal henchmen out from ACME prison, immediately producing three more cases for the user to solve.


The ACME Good Guides are a group of colorful characters who, if called upon, provide information about the current country and the direct surroundings. If the player calls an ACME Good Guide during a case, that guide will call back later to inform the player whether or not their warrant has any errors. If the player wishes to take tours with the Good Guides and travel to countries without the inconvenience of having to track a crook, "explorer mode" is available.

The Good Guides

The ICK brothers, Rick and Nick, and Carmen's pet cat, Carmine, appear on-screen if the player correctly chooses the country where the crook went to.


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
Anita Bath I need a bath Female Red Medium Thin Hat Ann Tickwittee
Art Schrival Archrival Male Grey Short Thin Hat Kim Yoonity
Auntie Matter Antimatter Female Grey Medium Average Glasses Ann Tickwittee
Barb Dwyer Barbed wire Female Black Medium Average Hat Ivan Idea
Barry Koodah Barracuda Male Blond Medium Heavy Hat Ann Tickwittee
Buzz "Ted" Loose Busted loose Male Black Tall Heavy Glasses Herman Nootix
Dee Pockets Deep Pockets Female Red Tall Average Watch Renee Santz
Dinah Myte Dynamite Female Blond Short Average Watch Kim Yoonity
Don N. Hout Down and out Male Brown Short Heavy Camera Rock Solid
Flo N. Eddy Flo and Eddie Female Grey Medium Heavy Hat Ann Tickwittee
Hal E. Tosis Halitosis Male Grey Short Heavy Glasses Kim Yoonity
Harry Bacque Hairy back Male Red Tall Average Camera Renee Santz
Herb Aside Herbicide Male Blond Tall Thin Camera Herman Nootix
Indy Slammer In the slammer Male Brown Medium Thin Watch Ivan Idea
Ivana Steele I wanna steal Female Grey Tall Average Watch Dee Plomassy
Jack Cheez Jack cheese Male Red Medium Average Camera Herman Nootix
Jerri Riggs Jury-rigs Female Black Medium Heavy Glasses Herman Nootix
Jonah Fark Joan of Arc Male Grey Short Average Hat Kim Yoonity
Kay Serrah-Serrah Que Sera, Sera Female Brown Medium Average Camera Ann Tickwittee
Ken U. Sparadigm Can you spare a dime? Male Black Tall Thin Watch Renee Santz
Leia D. Land Lay of the land Female Red Medium Thin Camera Herman Nootix
Les Cash Less cash Male Black Medium Thin Camera Ivan Idea
Lisa Carr Lease a car Female Brown Short Heavy Watch Kim Yoonity
Lou Pole Loophole Male Blond Tall Thin Hat Dee Plomassy
M.T. Pockets Empty pockets Female Blond Tall Heavy Camera Dee Plomassy
Mac R. Roni Macaroni Male Brown Tall Heavy Camera Dee Plomassy
May K. Deal Make a deal Female Brown Tall Average Glasses Renee Santz
Meg Maidey Make my day Female Grey Short Heavy Glasses Rock Solid
Mel Function Malfunction Male Red Short Heavy Glasses Rock Solid
Miss Ann Stuf Missing stuff Female Black Tall Thin Hat Renee Santz
Olive Yermunny All of your money Female Red Tall Thin Watch Renee Santz
Penny Pincher Penny-pincher Female Black Short Thin Glasses Rock Solid
Phil O. Dendron Philodendron Male Brown Tall Average Glasses Herman Nootix
Rob M. Blind Rob 'em blind Male Red Medium Average Glasses Ivan Idea
Ruth Less Ruthless Female Blond Medium Heavy Glasses Ivan Idea
"Shaky" Al LeBye Shaky alibi Male Grey Short Thin Glasses Rock Solid
Skip N. Skule Skipping school Male Brown Short Average Watch Rock Solid
Stu L. Pidjin Stool pigeon Male Blond Tall Heavy Hat Dee Plomassy
Tsu Mi Sue me Female Brown Short Thin Watch Kim Yoonity


Countries visited on the third edition of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

Continent Countries
North America Canada, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, United States
South America Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru
Europe Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Asia Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam
Africa Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania. Zaire
Oceania Australia, New Zealand

List of Stolen Items

Item Stolen Country of origin
Khyber Pass Afghanistan
The steps to the Tango Argentina
Uluru Australia
The baton used to lead the Vienna Boys Choir Austria
The fish from half of Lake Titicaca Bolivia
The plans for this year's Carnival Brazil
The Silver Pagoda Cambodia
The game winning puck from the first Stanley Cup championship Canada
The Strait of Magellan Chile
The keys to the Forbidden City China
Havana's best Cigars cigars Cuba
The writing desk of Hans Christian Andersen Denmark
The Nile River Delta Egypt
The gargoyles from Notre Dame Cathedral France
The keys from Beethoven's first piano Germany
The Olympic Flame Greece
The best coffee Guatemala
All the goulash Hungary
Geysir Iceland
Gandhi's glasses India
The island of Bali Indonesia
The Presidential Palace's finest rug Iran
The salt from the Dead Sea Israel
The Sistine Chapel's ceiling Italy
The snow from atop Mt. Fuji Japan
Nairobi International Airport Kenya
Every last drop of salsa Mexico
The entire city of Casablanca Morocco
The Abominable Snowman Nepal
The dykes The Netherlands
All the kiwi birds New Zealand
The delta of the Niger River Nigeria
K2 Pakistan
The controls for the Panama Canal Panama
The headwaters of the Amazon River Peru
A monkey-eating eagle The Philippines
The Trans-Siberian Railroad Russia
The middle of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline Saudi Arabia
The statue of Sir Stamford Raffles Singapore
The Cape of Good Hope South Africa
The secret recipe for kimchee South Korea
The bulls from Pamplona Pamplona Spain
The court stage from Drottningholm Palace Sweden
The Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania
King's Siamese cat Thailand
Every anchovy from the Black Sea Turkey
The keys to the Tower of London The United Kingdom
The Statue of Liberty's torch The United States
The Mekong River Vietnam
The Zaire River Ferry Zaire



External links

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1996 video game) on Wikipedia