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Solve the greatest crimes of all time in Electronic Art's new "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?," the one - player role - playing game that puts you at the center of a mystery novel.

Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? is based on one of the most popular computer game series ever, and the hot new PBS game show. This 8 meg version is just as addictive.

You're the newest member of the Acme Detective Agency, struggling to survive all 80 missions and reach the highest rank, "Retired Super Time Sleuth." To make those promotions, you have to track down the elusive Carmen and send her up the river for good. But before you can capture Carmen you have to catch her gang of surreptitious sneak thieves first.

That's easier said then done, because Carmen and her V.I.L.E. henchmen have the ability to travel backwards and forwards through time. So when they steal priceless objects from around the world, they can escape into another era and disappear. Not only don't you know where they are - you don't even know when they are. And if you don't find them, they can change the course of history. Where would we be if they stole Paul Revere's Horse before he took his patriotic ride?

Fortunately, there's help. First, the Chronoskimmer 325i. It takes you back and forth through 1500 years of history. It scans the various crime scene for clues on where and when you can find the criminal. And it translates what the witnesses - and pigeons who squeal - can tell you about the identity of the crook you're trailing. A main source of information is The New American Desk Encyclopedia (don't worry - it comes with the game). Use it to check out leads and save yourself valuable time on the Chronoskimmer.

So how does the game play? The only thing it lacks is action. You'll spend a lot of time using the Directional Arrows to select menu options, but otherwise your hands will be at rest. Not your brain, however. That'll be working overtime.

Working against a time limit, you'll search location after location, checking out clues to the identity of your crook and his whereabouts, That encyclopedia comes in handy. But the clock is ticking better hustle.

This game will have your brow sweating. Your gut in a knot. But you won't be able to rest until you discover where in time Carmen Sandiego is hiding. With 80 missions to complete, you could be buried in this game for - well, maybe centuries.

She's back with her pesky gang, stealing important goodies from all over the world. As a member of the Acme Detective Agency, you must track down Carmen Sandiego and her V.I.L.E. henchmen and retrieve the purloined items.

Although there are only 30 cases (compared to the 80 in Where in Time...), we still found the game had plenty of challenge. We also found the graphic quality, music, and sound to be slightly better this time around. Check out the travel screen and the great jet effects.

Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? rating

Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? system requirements:SystemP-100.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? supports single modeSingle game mode

2017-08-10 Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego? game added.