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Advertisement in COMPUTE, October 1990:

    Trench Coat Optional. Fun Included.


    The notorious Carmen Sandiego is on the loose. She and her gang are swiping precious landmarks and treasures all over the map. They're filching everything from the Mona Lisa's smile to the Statue of Liberty's torch.

    Squads of ace detectives are already in hot pursuit: intrepid investigators like those pictured here. But Carmen's not easy to nab. She's a very furtive fugitive.

    So there's plenty of challenging excitement waiting for you.

    So much fun it ought to be illegal

    The Acme Detective Agency will quickly assign you to a case. Then get ready for a whirlwind chase.

    Start at the scene of the crime, questioning witnesses. To help you decipher the clues you uncover, each game comes with a reference book packed with information about the cities and countries you'll need to visit.

    Tracking down the culprits, you'll pick up all kinds of fascinating facts about geography, history and other important topics. At the same time, you'll strengthen your deductive reasoning skills as you sort through the clues.

    Collar the right rascal and you'll be on your way to a promotion... and new and tougher cases.

    Listen to this eyewitness testimony:

    "I've loved Carmen from the very beginning! My 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter, and even the neighbors, love to play, too. My kids are always trying to catch up with me! (But they never will!)" -Karen Drellich

    "It's a great trivia game. I've always liked history and geography. But even so, I keep running into things I've forgotten - or never knew." -Wayne Bulette

    "It's a funner way to learn geography," reports 10-year-old Detective Christina Brassey. Eighth-grade sleuth Josh Pedroli agrees. So do reviewers:

    Carmen is a smash hit," reports Newsweek.

    "If kids get addicted to a game, it would be nice if it was one like Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?,"
    says Peggy Charren, President of Action Television, in TV Guide.

    The Carmen Series has won a dossier full of awards. To learn why, conduct your own investigation at your favorite software store.

    Four ways to start chasing Carmen's gang:

    Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Travel to exciting cities around the world, from Budapest to Bangkok. Includes The World Almanac.

    Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego?
    Carmen's on a crime spree again... in our own backyard! Includes Fodor's USA Travel Guide.

    Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego?
    Gadzooks! Now she's plundering the 33 nations of Europe. Includes the Rand McNally Concise Atlas of Europe.

    Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?
    This time, your pursuit will take you across the centuries, from A.D. 400 to the 1950's. Includes The New American Desk Encyclopedia.

    Carmen Sandiego programs are available for most popular home computers at suggested retail prices from $34.95 to $49.95. Carmen World, USA and Time support Ad Lib, Sound Blaster, and Tandy 3-Voice & Digital Sound. Now available for IBM 640K hi-res VGA: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe Edition $79.95 suggested retail. More villains, more clues, more FUN!

    Contributed by Belboz (6581) on Oct 10, 2001.

From the Brøderbund Software Catalog 1987-1988:

    Track this master thief across the United States!

    Master thief Carmen Sandiego is on the loose and out to steal some of our most precious national treasures. Her gang of eccentric con artists has grown bigger and more outrageous than ever. Can you catch them?

    You'll start by gathering all the facts at the scene of the crime. Then you'll be off on a wild chase across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As you travel north, south, east and west, you'll learn about America's cities, coastlines, mountain ranges, lakes, deserts, history, and more. To help you, the program includes Fodor's USA travel guide - and you'll need it!

    Sixteen suspects, 50 states, and 1,500 clues will keep you busy for a long, long time as you work your way up through 10 detective ranks. The more you play, the more challenging the clues become, truly testing your detective skills - and the more knowledge you'll have about our fascinating history.

    • 16 suspects, 50 states and 1,500 clues.
    • Learn American geography and history.
    • As challenging for adults as for children.

    Contributed by Belboz (6581) on Sep 02, 2001.

Back of box - US:
    Crime Doesn't Pay in the USA!

    WANTED: CRIMEBUSTERS Candidates should have an inquisitive mind, an adventurous spirit and an uncanny knack for interpreting clues.

    The security of America is at stake.

    The international community breathed a sigh of relief when Carmen's last heist landed her behind bars. Now Carmen has escaped and is intent on furthering her dastardly career in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    Which treasure will be the first to go? Maybe the Washington Monument or the Liberty Bell - cracked though it may be. Absolutely nothing is sacred to the vile but glamorous Sandiego and her gang as they attempt to steal from under our noses the very treasures that make America so American!

    It's a dirty job, but somebodys got to do it.

    Your assignment at the Acme Detective Agency is a simple one: Stop these criminals in their tracks! At the scene of the crime, you'll gather all the facts. Then, while the trail is hot, you're off on a chase across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    Does the crook have an interest in shipwrecks off Cape Hatteras and you've never heard of the place? Don't worry. A quick check in your trusty Fodor's (R) USA travel guide will tell you Cape Hatteras is in North Carolina. And while you're thumbing through Fodor's, you'll pick up geographic and historical facts as well as impressive trivia tidbits.

    You know something they don't know.

    Carmen's secret scrapbook, containing clues about the gang's appearance, hobbies and more, has been acquired by Acme. Match the clues you've collected with the suspected criminal's description and use the Crime Computer to obtain the proper arrest warrant.

    Who's the villain this time? If he was seen eating tacos he might be the hypnotic Sven Galli who has a craving for Mexican food. Or maybe the suspect was overheard asking for a book on spelunking. That could be a tip-off to B.B.D. O'Brien, amateur cave crawler.

    Your special skills are needed and there's no time to lose. So get ready for instant action as you set out to prove that crime doesn't pay in the USA!

    Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego? (R) By Ken Bull, Gene Portwood, Lauren Elliott

    • Exciting sequel to "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?"

    • Crimebusters become familiar with U.S. geography in an exciting game situation.

    • Menu-driven; no tiresome typing.

    • Game combines best elements of graphic adventures, trivia games, mysteries and arcade animation.

    • Crimebusters research clue information in Fodor's USA travel guide which provides maps of each state as well as specific state-by-state descriptions and more.

    • Total of 16 suspects, 50 states plus District of Columbia, more than 1,500 clues, 10 detective ranks to climb, thousands of random games, and save-game feature.

    Contributed by Peter Hall (150) on Oct 19, 1999.