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Carmen Sandiego is a master thief who leads the criminal organization V.I.L.E. This organization specializes in stealing the world's treasures without a trace. Alarmed by this, the A.C.M.E. Detective Agency makes it their personal mission to foil Carmen Sandiego's plans.

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is a game that tests the player's knowledge about geography and general knowledge about different countries. Missions will begin with a treasure being stolen and the player flying to that location. A time limit counts down while they must search the area and interview witnesses to find enough clues to figure out what country the thief flew to next. The player always has a limited selection (usually three or four) of flights available in any given country. This process is repeated until either the villain is found or time expires and they are able to get away.

Along with finding out where the thief has headed, the player must discover who the thief is, by best matching personal characteristics (gender, hair color, eye color, hobbies, notable features) to dossiers on Carmen's gang. There must be enough characteristics matched in order to obtain a warrant, which is essential to legally arrest the suspect once they have been found. Progress in arresting VILE members will expose other members, eventually leading up to Carmen Sandiego herself.


Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Commodore 64 Headquarters
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Commodore 64 Greece.
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Commodore 64 Mali.
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Commodore 64 ...and police are after him

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Alternate Titles

  • "Wo in aller Welt ist Carmen Sandiego?" -- German title

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Computer Gamer May, 1987 81 out of 100 81
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Commodore User Jun, 1987 7 out of 10 70
Tilt Jun, 1987 13 out of 20 65


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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, in the follow-up to his 2004 documentary Supersize Me, drew inspiration from this game's name, theme and interface aesthetic for his 2008 movie Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
Katakis | カタキス (39490) added Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (Commodore 64) on Jan 07, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Olivier Masse (450), Kabushi (209748) and Terok Nor (26757)