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Apple II Software Game - 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego', 3½" Floppy Disks, 1992 Object Reg. No: HT 13534

Software game called 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?' It was available in Macintosh, Apple II and IBM compatible versions. This version was for the Apple IIgs, which could run 3½" floppy disks.

It was collected because it is representative of the use of the graphic user interface (GUI) introduced in 1983, even though various versions of the game were introduced in subsequent years.

'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?' is the title of several edutainment computer games in the Carmen Sandiego series that teach geography. The 'Where in the World' versions of the game achieved greater prominence than the other versions.

The donor was a secondary school teacher who used this game in his classes.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.

The following is an edited extract from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Sandiego, accessed on 21 May 2007

Carmen Sandiego was originally conceived in 1983 by Brøderbund Software. To inspire kids to learn geography, the creators wanted a "heroine" whose name sounded exotic but was unmistakably easy to pronounce.

The first Carmen Sandiego software game, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, was released in 1985 for the Apple II computer and was subsequently ported to other systems. The other games included:
Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego? (1986)
Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego? (1988)
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? (1989)
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe (1990)
Where in America's Past is Carmen Sandiego? (1991)
Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego? (1993)
Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego? (1994)
Carmen Sandiego: Junior Detective Edition (1995)
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (1996)
Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego? (1996)
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? (later retitled Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time) (1997)
Carmen Sandiego Word Detective (1997)
Carmen Sandiego Math Detective (1998)

The first game in the series, 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?', established a formula that was followed in all Carmen Sandiego products for over ten years. This formula involves a series of missions in which the user tracks and apprehends each of Carmen's underlings. Each case begins with the user being alerted that a ridiculously spectacular theft has been committed. Immediately transported to the scene of the crime, the user must find clues to infer the suspect's next stop and to create a warrant describing the guilty party's attributes. The culprit travels through a series of different destinations in an attempt to shake off any pursuers so the user will have to continue tracking the thief for some time. The game continues in this manner until the user catches up with culprit, at which point the thief is arrested and, if the warrant is correct, put in jail.
Two 3½" Floppy Disks
Acquisition Information:
Donation from John Strachan, 2006
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: computer games, computer software, computers, computing, entertainment
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - Corporate Rise 1977-1983, The Apple Computer Story - The Graphic User Interface 1983-1984, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: software
Manufacturer: Brøderbund Software, San Rafael, California, United States of America, 1992

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