Decades ago, the educational “Carmen Sandiego” games gave me my first excuse to mess with my parents’ computer, which eventually led to me getting hooked on video games.
So naturally, the news that Google was releasing a new “Carmen Sandiego” minigame for its Google Earth app triggered waves of nostalgia.
Earlier this week, Google unveiled “Carmen Sandiego: The Crown Jewels Caper,” the first in a planned new series of “Carmen Sandiego” games coming to its mapping application. You can play the minigame for free on PCs and mobile devices.
For the uninitiated, “Carmen Sandiego” stars a legendary burglar known for leading a global criminal organization. Players use clues to track Carmen and her cohorts around the world, testing their knowledge of world places and landmarks in the process. The geography-based trivia of “Carmen Sandiego” is a great match for the global perspectives offered by Google Earth.
“The Crown Jewels Caper” stars the same animated version of Carmen Sandiego that you’ll see in the the new TV series Netflix released in January. The games are being created in collaboration with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the primary publisher of the Carmen Sandiego franchise.
Here’s what the game’s like:
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