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Get ready for your next assignment gumshoe: Carmen Sandiego is traveling Google Earth

Looking for a little old timey computer nostalgia with a dose of espionage and a taste of geographical flavor?

Well, gumshoe, you are ready for your next assignment from the ACME detective agency. This time Carmen Sandiego is sneaking around the world via Google Earth.

The Crown Jewels Caper is the first of a series of new Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? games being developed by Google Earth in partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Yup, you still fly around in chase, question local witnesses, and, of course, respond to questions about geography, history and culture as you gather intel about Carmen’s location. But this time you get the way-better-than-DOS ability to zoom in and explore the sites. Coming soon are The Tutankhamun’s Mask and The Keys to the Kremlin capers.

I am old enough to remember watching students chase Carmen on MECC / Broderbund 5 1/4 floppy disks in the classic globetrotting geographic trivia game. Some of you may remember Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? as a cartoon with a snappy earworm theme song.

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Of course, Carmen’s not the only opportunity for adventure sneaking around in Google Earth.

Check out the wealth of exciting, interdisciplinary, geospatial storytelling and instructional resources at Google Earth’s new Voyager with its additional games and quizzes as well the magnificent VR/AR field trips made available by Google Expeditions and the creative possibilities of Tour Builder.

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But back to Carmen.  If you can’t wait for other capers, or if you prefer to share the more classic style of Carmen’s 80s and 90s iterations, visit the DOS versions of the game at the Internet Archive.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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