Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? If you were a kid in the 1990s these seven words might set your heart racing. The iconic video game, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, got children (and adults) racing around the world looking for the perpetrators of a series of spectacular thefts.
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If you can’t remember the details, the game involved players who were working for ACME investigation and used clues found on their travels to track down the henchmen working for VILE. Where was your favorite destination?
A fun introduction to geography
The game opened the world to children in a time before the internet. But now the internet makes the game even cooler. In collaboration with the games original creators, Google Earth is launching a new series of games that take advantage of the powerful mapping resource. Called the Crown Jewels Caper, the game is a true homage to the original that we know and love.
“It’s for all those gumshoes who grew up with the chase, and for the next generation feeling that geography itch for the first time,” says the Google Earth blog post. To play the game simply open GoogleEarth on your device and look for the special edition Pegman icon.
Carmen Sandiego turns 30
Carmen Sandiego originally launched way back in 1985 and GoogleEarth has does a great job retaining the vintage look to the game. It seems that Carmen is enjoying a resurgence in 2019. Netflix made a series of her recently that cast the lady in red not as a villain but as a hero. A shock to us all!
This isn’t the first TV spin of from the game since the 1990’s the Carmen Sandiego franchise has spun off to include three television shows, books and comics, board games, a concert series, two planetarium shows, and two music albums. Google Earth is a fantastic resource that allows you to explore in high resolution almost the entire earth surface. Travel to see the salt lakes of Bolivia or the Atlas Mountains.
Fans of Google Earth have discovered many tips and try on how to get the most out of it. One particularly overlooked item is the Google Earth flight simulator. Created way back in 2007 the simulator can be accessed by clicking [Tools] –> [Enter Flight Simulator]. There are a variety of resources and plugins available online to help you get started as it can be a little tricky to get everything working initially.
Another popular game spun off from GoogleEarth is Geoguesser, the totally addictive game sees an anonymous location appear on your screen from Google Street view. Players are then required to make a guess about its location before the real coordinates are revealed. Players accumulate points for the correct guesses they give. The game is a fun way to travel around the world from the comfort of your living room.