Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? On Facebook!

Written by Nelson Hernandez

As a kid I remember tuning into channel PBS 13 to watch one of my favorite shows, and also a mini CSI for kids, “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?”. There was no gore or violence, it was simply a detective type of show where contestants from around the globe or maybe just the United States could have a chance at finding her and bust her ass for doing major crime!

Summary of the TV show

The television show was about finding clues to Carmen’s whereabouts after she has gotten away with stealing something worth thousands or millions of dollars. An agency by the name of Acme Crime Detective Agency, head by an angry black woman, hires three agents (contestants) to find Carman and her henchman and recover the awesome looking loot. The kid who catches the crook is then given a chance to locate and capture Carmen by locating countries on the large map of a continent placed on the floor. (My favorite part of the show). The show had 5 seasons at 295 episodes stretched from 1991 to 1995.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and The Learning Company are releasing a new line up of math-focused games with the iconic character Carmen Sandiego. The first game in the series, Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Lady Liberty Larceny, is the first of 5 new Wii and Wiiware titles. You are the Acme Detective Agent on a mission to recover the world’s landmarks that Carmen has stolen. Basically the same as the show series. In the first game, her henchmen sneaks into New York City to take the Statue of Liberty. In order to bring the villains to justice, the player must solve 10 different math puzzles throughout the game. It fascinates me till this day how Carmen was able to steal big monuments, artifacts, and whatever else that weighed tons. She was an alien species.

Did you know Carmen Sandiego started out as a computer game 30 year ago? It was made into board games, books, and now a Facebook game.


To play Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? on Facebook for free, view here and like the page:http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=165841450104312


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