3 out of 5
The first in a long and beloved edutainment series
Carmen Sandiego and her lost in the world blues began its life in 1989 and even back then it showed the promise and the kind of gameplay that would soon become a staple of the genre. Carmen Sandiego is an adventure game of sorts, with bits of puzzles, portions where you need to use your math skills, other bits where memorization is important, and other bits where you simply have to look very hard to find objects in the background. The story, while not central to the game is used as a means to teach children how to read maps, how to use referencing to ease their way towards a location and other skills of the same nature. Carmen is a villain and a thief and it is you who has to find her, as a member of the ACME detective agency. But Carmen is by no means easy to find and she always seems to escape capture. Well, this is how the franchise got started; it's not the best game in the series but certainly not the worst. However, for 12 year olds and up, it might appear a little too boring, unless they get stuck in the controls and the less than easy to use interface.