Well, what do you know? Google actually wants you to find Carmen Sandiego who is lurking around Google Earth in a new Google Earth-based game. And yes, there are games on Google Earth. Well, sometimes they do. What’s the purpose, you ask? I have absolutely no idea. Marketing, perhaps? Anywho… if you did not grew up in Stateside or Europe, chances are, you won’t know who the heck is Carmen Sandiego. So here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia to bring you up to speed.
“Carmen Sandiego is a series of American educational mystery video games which spawned an edutainment franchise of the same name. The game released in 1985, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, triggered both the video game series and the franchise as a whole, which has continued up to the present day. Each game of the series has a particular theme and subject, where the player must use their knowledge to find Carmen Sandiego or any of her innumerable henchmen. This series was originally owned by Brøderbund, but is now owned by The Learning Company, whose latest release was Carmen Sandiego Returns in 2015. Since its initial release the series has won over 125 awards and accolades.”
Still don’t know what the heck Carmen Sandiego is all about? Never mind. Neither do I. All need to know is, you need to scour Google Earth to find the mysterious digital lady in scarlet coat and fedora. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to get started because, you will be guided along the way. Also, you will need Google Chrome browser to play the game.
The game, the first in a series of Carmen Sandiego games in Google Earth called The Crown Jewels Caper, was created in collaboration with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (that’s the publisher, btw) that pays homage to the original. Good for time killing, I guess. Enjoy!