27 June 2013

Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?

I was actually following the RT's & Kim Dotcom's live tweets yesterday as they tracked the entire Snowden's fiasco. It was comedy gold as a plane load of journalists took off to the sky towards Havanna.....

..... without Snowden.

Kwa kwa......

Anyway, I am not here to write about Snowden's adventures. The media does a good job cover that already.

All these actually reminded me of a computer game that I used to play when I was a kid.

"Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego" (1985) by Broderbund (the same good people who gave us Choplifter, Karateka and Prince Of Persia).

Good news is that there is a Java-emulator DOS version available on the web for you to relive those childhood memories.

The one I played, when I was a kid, was the Apple ][ version. The game play is identical except that this DOS version has colour. I don't think I got sound from the emulator though.

Go ahead and try it! -->

p.s. One of the destinations in the game was Singapore and the short write-up introducing the country was that we were a population of 2.5 million (the game was dated 1985). Looking at the current overcrowded Singapore (and going to be even worse when we hit 6.9 million), I couldn't help but felt a stab in my heart.

- Voxeros


Anonymous said...

Seeing that screencap of the game does bring back great memories:) Interestingly enough, Carmen's physical appearance in that game never focused on the fact that she was a female spy. I guess our childhood imaginations need not have been so outwardly teased back then:P


JayWalk said...

Arrenn: Well, the name Carmen did suggest that she was a female spy but you are right, we never did bother with her appearance. In fact, it was later on when the cartoon series came on air that we finally had an idea what Carmen Sandiego looked like.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the link to the game no longer works, coz of some Java errors. I wonder if I'm the only one facing this issue...


JayWalk said...

Arrenn: Yeah. I tried it with Chrome, IE and Firefox. Some Java error. Check back some time later. Hopefully by then, the web admins would have it sorted out.