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Where in America’s Past is Carmen Sandiego?

Most people familiar with older computer games have heard of Broderbund’s 1985 classic “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” While walking through a local thrift store this box jumped out at me — it’s the Apple II version of one of the game’s many sequels, “Where in America’s Past is Carmen Sandiego?”

I knew Broderbund released several Carmen Sandiego games, but I had no idea how many: 17, according to Wikipedia. Along with hiding in the world and America’s past, Carmen also spent time hiding in Europe, Space, and even Time. Carmen Sandiego was very good at hiding, but not very good and staying hidden apparently. Here’s the complete list of Carmen Sandiego games:

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985)
Where in the U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego? (1986)
Where in Europe Is Carmen Sandiego? (1988)
Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? (1989)
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe (1990)
Where in America’s Past Is Carmen Sandiego? (1991)
Where in the U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe (1992)
Where in Space Is Carmen Sandiego? (1993)
Carmen Sandiego Junior Detective Edition (1995)
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1996)
Where in the U.S.A. Is Carmen Sandiego? (1996)
Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? (1997)
Carmen Sandiego Word Detective (1997)
Carmen Sandiego Math Detective (1998)
Where in America Is Carmen Sandiego?: The Great Amtrak Train Adventure (1998)
Carmen Sandiego’s Great Chase Through Time (1999)
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Treasures of Knowledge (2001)

Here’s some video from the game’s opening, uploaded to YouTube by Leonia109.

7 thoughts on “Where in America’s Past is Carmen Sandiego?

  1. Drahken says:

    I played world, time, and USA when I was in high school, never knew of any of the others. (Except for the reissues of the above 3. Also, space sounds familiar, I think the school had it, but I never played it.)

    I always found time & world much easier than USA, even though I’m american. The reason for that is because the differences between different times or parts of the world are way more pronounced than the differences between parts of the USA, which makes it much easier to guess at answers that you don’t already know.

  2. mwentworth says:

    I never played any of these, but own a few for the C64 now, so I should check them out. I did enjoy watching the early ninties game show version with my kids. I guess I must have imagined the “Where in the H E Double Hockey Sticks did Carmen San Diego Put the TV Remote?” Version??

  3. I’ve only seen Where in America’s Past is Carmen Sandiego? once before, so either it’s a rare game in my geographic area or it’s a rare game, period!

  4. I used to play WITWICS on an Apple II at school during lunch with a teacher. She had one in class back in 5th grade. I was in Heaven! (1987–88)

    This one looks way better! And why are you referring to wikipedia?!? FLACK, this knowledge should already be in your head ;)

  5. Remember playing he games ob Apple Ii and IBM PCs. Wasn’t there a Carmen Sandiego tv show on PBS for awhile?

    Derek

  6. Dar says:

    Great games.

    According to MobyGames, there was also a “Where in North Dakota is Carmen Sandiego?”????

    How, why, what….I don’t know.

  7. @Dar Whaaaa? I had never heard of that title, but now I really want to give it a try.

    According to a comment over on MeFi, it was the “only licensed state-based version of CS”.

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