Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? - Manual
The Chase is On...
Monday, 5 a.m. A ringing sound jars you awake. You grope for the
phone and drop the receiver on the floor. Out of the darkness
comes the voice, of the chief: "Wake up, kid. Got an assignment
You stumble out of bed, turn on the flight and grab your brand
new detective's notebook.
"Just got a call from Interpol, "says the chief. "Looks like
Carmen's gang has pulled another caper."
"Any leads?" you ask.
"Not with this bunch. They're too slick. Can't give you any
more details on the phone. Better get down to the office double
quick. It's going to be a rough one."
As your trembling hand replaces the phone on its cradle, you
wonder why you ever got into this line of work. Before this
morning, Carmen Sandiego and her Villains' International League
of Evil (or V.I.L.E.) were just sensational headlines in the
newspaper. For more than five years, Carmen and her gang of
felons had managed to stock pile the world's most valuable
treasure, hwil outwitting every so-called "crime expert" from New
York to Sydney. Now they've struck again. And you, the newest
employee of the Acme Detective Agency, have been given the
near impossible assignment of tracking them down.
Loading the Program
Turn on your computer. Insert the WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN
SANDIEGO? program disk into the disk drive (Amiga 1000 users will
have to insert the Kickstart disk first). Double-click on the
disk icon, then on the "Carmen World" icon when it appears on the
workbench. The program will load itself into your computer and
an animated title sequence will appear. Click the left mouse
button to stop the animation and begin the game.
Installing the Program on a Hard Disk:
All files must be copied to the hard drive using the CLI. See
your Amiga computer manual or the "Read me first" file on your
program disk for more information about this procedure.
Using the Program
Except for entering your name into the Acme Crime Computer, your
keyboard need not be used at all when playing WHERE IN THE WORLD
IS CARMEN SANDIEGO?. However, if you enjoy using the keyboard,
you may press the Return key instead of clicking the mouse
whenever you see the prompt, "Please, click here to continue."
In addition, you may type in Y for Yes and N for No instead of
clicking the mouse on the appropriate button. You may also
simply press the RETURN key to signify a "Yes" response.
Amiga Note: Whenever you see the prompt, "Please click here to
continue, "you must click the left mouse button or hit Return.
The menu bar is hidden while playing the game. In order to see
the menu options and make a selection, click the right mouse
To Catch a Thief
The investigation begins at the Acme Detective Agency. your home
base. Type your name into the Crime Computer and then press
Return. Once you've signed in, the Acme Crime Computer will
display your current rank as a detective and give you the
details of your assignment. These include what treasure has been
stolen, where it was stolen from, whether the thief is a male or
female, and your deadline for arresting the criminal. When
you're read to continue, simply click the mouse or press Return
and you're on your way.
Resuming a Saved Game
If a game has been previously saved under the name you type into
the Crime Computer, you will be asked if you want to resume that
game. If you do, the Crime Computer will refresh your memory on
the state of the game as you left it. If you don't resume the
saved game, it will be lost when a new game is begun under the
same name. For information on how to save a game see the File
menu, page 8 under "The Menus". To speed the scrolling text,
simply press the F1 key.
The thief is hiding out in one of 30 cities. Your job is to
track him or her down, using clues you unearth along the way.
Clues can lead to the city itself or the country in which the
city is located.
Clues to the identity of the thief will be given to you as you
pursue the villain from city to city. You'll log these clues
into the Crime Computer. When the identity of the suspect has
been established, the Computer will issue an arrest warrant.
Obtaining a warrant is very important. If you don't have one,
you won't be able to arrest the thief once you catch up with him
There are 10 possible suspects, any one of whom could be the
thief. Carmen Sandiego is the most elusive of the lot. During
your search, the Police Dossiers menu allows you to select the
individual crime file for any of the suspects. The crime files
are also available at the end of this manual in a slightly
As a new detective, you begin at the Rookie level. As your
investigative skills improve, you climb your way up through the
ranks - five levels in all - until you reach Ace Detective. The
higher your rank, the tougher the case you'll be assigned.
The Crime Computer, THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS, and the
Police Dossiers will all be useful in unravelling clues.
Work quickly. You have only a limited amount of time to solve
the case. The Crime Computer will let you know what your
BEGINNING THE SEARCH
Your starting point is the scene of the crime - the city where
the thief swiped the treasure. You should refer to your Official
interpol Map (in this manual, pages 10 and 11) to orient yourself
geographically after arriving at this city or any of your
The main screen always gives your present location and tells you
what time it is and what day of the week it is. As you arrive in
each new city, be sure to read the descriptions that appear on
the screen. The description contain information that will be
useful in pursuing Carmen and her gang. The pictures themselves
- notable landmarks or typical scenes from that country - may
also come in handy.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
The icons in the lower right of the main screen provide the means
to locate and arrest your suspect.
The menus across the top of the screen provide useful information
about both gang members and crimefighters.
Clicking of this icon will show a list of all the possible
destinations reached by connecting flights from your present
It's a good idea to do this first to see where the thief might
have gone. Clicking the mouse on the icon a second time will
hide the list from the screen.
NOTE: If you double-click on one of the listed destinations you
will immediately travel to that location. This provides a
shorcut alternative to clicking on the "Depart" icon described
Clicking on this icon lets you unearth clues within each city so
you can track the suspect to the next destination. A window will
be displayed containing three specific locations for you to
investigate. Simply click on the one you desire.
Visit as many or as few locations as you wish, but remember that
the more investigating you do, the move valuable time you lose.
Use THE WORLD ALMANAC to help unravel the clues you dig up.
Clicking on this icon lets you depart for the city of your choice
once you're ready to take off after the suspect. A map will be
displayed on the screen with a blinking dot at your current
location. Simply click on the city to which you want to travel.
When you think you've gathered enough clues to identify the
criminal, click on this icon and the interpol Crime Computer will
be displayed. The Crime Computer lists various identifying
characteristics on its screen. Click on each characteristic
repeatedly to cycle through the available choices.
When the characteristics you want are displayed, click on
"Compute" and the Crime Computer will search through all known
facts about each possible suspect. A warrant will be issued if
the characteristics you entered into the Crime Computer fit the
profile of only one suspect. If the characteristics fit more
than one suspect, the names of all possible suspects will be
displayed. In this case you'll have to gather more clues before
a warrant will be issued. To return to the search, click on any
icon below the Crime Computer.
The Police Dossiers menu contains a crime file on each of the
members of the Carmen Sandiego gang. Each file contains the
identifying characteristics of a particular criminal.
The Game menu contains the Hall of Fame which lists all the
crimefighters that have managed to capture Carmen Sandiego
herself. The menu also contains the Acme Detective Roster which
provides a list of all crimefighters and their current rank.
The File menu allows you to begin a new game by selecting New
Game. Your old game will be lost when you do this. Selecting
Quit from the File menu lets you leave the program. After
selecting Quit the current game, if a game is in progress, will
automatically be saved.
The Edit menu is not used at all in Where in the World is Carmen
Sandiego. It is provided only so that you can use it with the
Macintosh and the Apple IIGS Desk Accessories.
USING THE WORLD ALMANAC
Your most important investigative tool is THE WORLD ALAMANAC.
Here you'll find information about nations of the world plus
other facts you'll need to catch your suspect. Start at the
index, located in the front (not the back) of the book to find
the country or other subject in question. Remember: Clues may
point to either the connecting cities or other locations within
Examples for Using the World Almanac
What country uses keroner as its currency?
1. Check your connections to find out which cities the thief
might have fled to. The possible connections could be Montreal,
London and Osla.
2. Check your Official Interpol Map to identify the countries
where each city is located. You'll find Montreal in Canada,
London in the United Kingdom and Osla in Norway.
3. Locate these countries in the index and turn to the
4. By looking under "Finance: Currency" in the section
describing each country, you'll discover that the kroner is used
in Norway, the dollar in Canada and the pound in the United
Kingdom. Looks like Norway is where you should head!
Where does the King cobra live?
1. Again, first check your connections, then use your Official
Interpol Map to identify the countries where these cities are
2. Think of the general category in the World Almanac where yo
umight find information about king cobras - in this case, snakes.
3. Look up "Snakes" in the index, and turn to the appropriate
4. Find "King Cobra" under "Snakes." From the description, you
now know that its home is South Asia. If one of the connecting
citeis were Bangkok, the capitol of the Southeast Asian nation of
Thailand, this city would be a good place to go!
The thief cleverly stays in hiding, and orders a crony to check
you out. When you see a suspicious person run across the screen,
you know you're on the right track.
No thief worth his or her salt gives up without a fight. The
closer you get, the more dangerous your situation becomes.
Use the Crime Computer sparingly or you'll use up valuable hours.
And don't waste time playing tourist or aimlessly crisscrossing
the globe. Instead, use the World Almanac to decipher clues and
keep your investigation time down.
Be sure you've been issued an arrest warrant by the Crime
Computer before you catch up with the thief. If you don't have a
warrant, issued for the correct suspect, you can't make an arrest
and the thief will slip through your fingers.
Every case is different. Whenever you begin a new assignment,
you start at a new city. You'll be looking for a new stolen
treasure, and a new suspect.
If you've reached the top of the detective ranks and have been
retired, you can get back on the job by picking an assumed name.
Your real name could be on a hit list!
For Official Detective and Police Use Only.
The following information has been gleaned from Interpol's files
and our field agents. While brief, these descriptions may
contain valuable clues to be used in tracking down and
identifying members of the V.I.L.E. organization.
OCCUPATION: A former spy for the Intelligence Service of Monaco.
MISCELLANEOUS: Carmen Sandiego (known to the inner circle as
"Buffy") is reported to be an agent, double agent, triple agent
and quadruple agent for so many countries that even she has
forgotten which one she is working for. The auburn-haired
founder of the Villains' International Legion of Evil (V.I.L.E.)
has recruited the most cunning and resourceful band of thieves in
history. During her years as a Monacan secret agent, she
generally posed as a tennis pro and always travelled to and from
the matches in her 1939 Packard convertible. Carmen has a
fondness for tacos and never appears in public without her famous
ruby necklace "The Moon of Moldavia."
OCCUPATION: Ms. LaRoc is a freelance aerobic dancer.
MISCELLANEOUS: For the past five years, this brunette beauty has
been travelling around the world with a mobile health spa to
conduct exercise classes for the extremely wealthy. Rumor has it
that this is merely a cover for her criminal activities. When
she isn't pilfering the treasures of the world, Merey can usually
be found participating in the good life. A world class mountain
climber, she has a mania for fancy jewelry and spicy foods. Her
favourite mode of travel is in the back of a fancy limousine where
she can relax and plot her next job.
Dazzle Annie Nonker
Proprietress of the toughest yogurt bar east of Suez.
MISCELLANEOUS: Born sole heir to the fortune of the shoelack
king, Baron Franz von Nonker, Annie was quickly disinherited when
she ran off with a Croation tennis pro. Cast adrift when she
failed to make the cut for the Davis Cup mixed doubles, she was
forced to live only by her wits and the paltry $3,000,000 she had
been able to save out of her allowance. With this modest
windfall and her innate grit, the blond bombshell was able to
open Chez Acidophilus. Frequented by the dregs of humanity, Chez
Acidoplilus has become the headquarters for V.I.L.E. Annie is
rumored to have a tattoo and craving for shellfish. She is known
to drive a Bugatti limousine.
Lady Agatha Wayland
A colorful character with a predilection for sensible shoes, Lady
Agatha is a reader of mystery stories set in upper-class English
MISCELLANEOUS: Lady Agatha has no ability at solving murder
cases but is very interested in amassing great wealth. A
compulsive lawbreaker, she loves to exceed the speed lmit in her
Denghby super-chauvinist speedster. Red tresses streaming in the
open air, she drives through the countryside looking for great
Mexican restaurants. An avid sportswoman, Lady Agatha has been
know to pick up a few extra dollars on weekends trouncing
unsuspecting locals or the local tennis courts. She is reported
to have a diamond ring the size of a small grapefruit stolen from
the Royal Treasury of Graustark.
Len "Red" Bulk
OCCUPATION: Ex-professional hockey player and compulsive
gambler, Len was barred for life from playing when he was caught
trying to bribe himself.
MISCELLANEOUS: Bitter and unemployed, Bulk was forced to turn to
crime in order to support his gambling habit. He swears he will
quit just as soon as he "winds the big one." Because of an
unfortunate habit of blocking toom many shots with his head, Len
will occasionally think he is a Big Horn sheep and begin climbing
the nearest peak. Cannot fit into any car that has a top, loves
seafood and tries to impress strangers by showing them the tattoo
of a mermain on the thumb of his right hand.
OCCUPATION: Scar plays the role of a mild-mannered folk
guitarist, while in reality, he is a complete plug-ugly.
MISCELLANEOUS: Graynolt made a fortune selling reflective
headbands to Scandinavian basketball teams to allow them to play
outdoor games for the first time during the winter months. A
super athlete, Scar plays killer croquet for money. One of his
prize possessions if a five-carat pinky ring he won from Ihor
Ihorovitch in a marathon match that lasted three days. Rarely
seen in public, he rides around in a limousine with shaded
windows with his trusted man-servant, a 6'8" sherpa, as his only
companion. He is said to have red hair.
OCCUPATION: Hard-boiled ex-private eye, ear, and nose and
MISCELLANEOUS: The only things that interest Nick are fast cars
and faster women. He'll never turn down a caper that permits him
to live in the fast lane. An avid mountain climber, Brunch was
last seen roaring through an Alpine village on his Kamikaze-1250
motorcycle. He generally wears a soiled trenchcoat, snap-brimmed
fedora and sports a Dick Tracy Crimefighter's ring on his left
hand. A close friend of Scar Graynolt, they share a common
interest in Mexican Food. Brunch has black hair, brown eyes and
a seedy mustache.
Fast Eddie B.
OCCUPATION: A world class croquet player, he always carries his
custom-made set of mallets in the trunk of his convertible.
MISCELLANEOUS: Gentleman thief and society cat burglar, Fast
Eddie mixes easily with the jet set and can usually be found at
one of People Magazine's top 10 play-grounds for the rich.
Impeccably groomed at all times, he once fought a duel with a
waiter in his favorite Mexican restaurant who spilled a drop of
hot sauce on his white linen suit. His most famous crime was the
theft of a damask tablecloth. Posing as a waiter, Fast Eddie
removed it from the table during a state dinner for the
Ambassador without spilling a deop or breaking a plate. In fact,
the theft wasn't even noticed until dessert was served. This
raven-haired criminal master-mind always leaves a diamond
stickpin at the scene of the crime as his trademark.
OCCUPATION: Pretender to the Czarist throne and a lot of other
things, too. Ihorovitch has an amazing ability to disappear from
sight for varying amounts of time.
MISCELLANEOUS: He seems to have a great fascination for very
large marsupials. A likeable brute, Ihorovitch provides an
additional hand for the mob's nefarious activities. Blond and
sporting a strange Ukranian tattoo, he has been known to eat the
contents of an entire lobster tank by himself. Ihorovitch has a
color television set installed in his limousine so he doesn't
have to miss the Saturday morning cartoon shows.
Katherine "Boom-Boom" Drib
OCCUPATION: Three-time winner of the Trans-Siberian motorcyle
race. Drib is the official hostess for V.I.L.E.
MISCELLANEOUS: The brunette beauty - a one-time centerfold for
Popular Mechanics magazine - is a fanatic about health and
fitness. Although she has never actually attended a meeting,
she is a charter member of Merey LaRoc's aerobic class. A
gourmet cook specializing in seafood dishes, she is also
fascinated with the concept of mountain climbing. She has a
tattoo of an eagle on her left bicep.
LAST MINUTE FACTS ABOUT THE ELUSIVE CARMEN SANDIEGO
How to catch Carmen Sandiego faster if you have a hard drive or
expanded memory on your Amiga computer.
Hard Drive Installation
Turn on your computer and hard disk. Double-click the icon for
your hard disk to open the hard disk window. Create a new drawer
by choosing New Drawer from the Workbench menu. Rename the
drawer Carmen World. Insert the Carmen World disk into your
floppy disk drive. Double-click the Carmen World icon. Drag the
drawer icon named Carmen World Data and the program icon named
Carmen World from the floppy disk to the new drawer on your hard
drive. Double-click the Font Mover icon. Click the button that
represents the destination to where the Font Mover should copy
all of the fonts on the Carmen World program disk. You should
select the font directory on your hard disk or the font directory
on the workbench floppy disk that you usually start up your Amiga
Hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor over the
fonts that you want to copy to the destination directory. You
should select all of the fonts on the Carmen World program disk.
The highlighted fonts will be copied to the destination
Click the Copy gadget to initiate the copy procedure. After the
Font Mover has finished the copy, click the Close gadget in the
upper Left hand corner of the Font Mover window.
Using Expanded Memory
If you have one megabyte or more of memory you can run Where In
The World Is Carmen Sandiego? faster by telling the program to
use more memory. The program will use about 512K of additional
memory. To run the program using additional memory you will need
to change the N to a Y in the tool types of the Carmen World