Solid update to a great edutainment adventure
The notorious thief and cunning criminal Carmen Sandiego has thrilled and perplexed gamers for years now, in an extensive series of edutainment titles that has included the likes of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? and Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego? Most of the games follow a similar pattern and aim to teach younger players about geography, history and other such subjects by putting them in the role of a detective on the trail of the elusive Ms. Sandiego and her henchmen. This deluxe version of one of the earlier adventures is basically a flashier update that adds in a few features to an already good game, but if you have played it before there isn't that much new to interest you. The story remains the same and sees the player chasing Sandiego around the world, following the clues that lead them to another criminal and eventually they should be able to issue a warrant for their arrest. A time limit adds to the challenge while other features like promotions and geography quizzes add to the appeal. The changes to the gameplay are fairly superficial, with things like an altered interface and changed animation, while bonus material includes the likes of photos from National Geographic magazine and music from the Smithsonian archives. Some new locations are thrown in as well, which increases the already not inconsiderable challenge of the game. While the additions might not be earth-shattering stuff, they do improve what remains an enjoyable slice of puzzling which is perfect for families to check out together.