Keys to the Kremlin

No, it’s not an election campaign.  It’s another game of Carmen Sandiego playable on top of Google Earth.

Like the previous games, it’s written and played like the original game from years gone by … just in or on Google Earth.


In a Candy Crush world, it’s wonderful to see a throwback to the screen resolution and fonts that we grew with in personal computers.

The game remains the same – follow the villain, oh so VILE,  around the world using the hints given by people that you run into.  They’re pretty cryptic but will get you thinking.  (I asked all the people I ran into just in case I jumped to the wrong conclusion.)

What I especially like was the integration with Google Earth.  You’ll be dropped into places that you might find yourself but the developers have done wonderful job of placing you at just the right angle to fully appreciate what you’re looking at.

Give it a play at the link above and marvel at how far we’ve come with graphics and how far more sophisticated technology enables games these days.

Just give honour to those early developers that started it all.

Where in the world is …

… Carmen Sandiego?

No, this isn’t a post best written for a Sunday morning.  It’s a revival of the fun game from years gone by – now appearing in Google Earth!

The premise is the same – a crime has been committed and you’ve been recruited to see if you can solve it.  You get clues by visiting locations around the world in Google Earth and interviewing people.  Based upon your understanding of the clues, you move to the next location and continue.

What really struck me was the combination of the old and the new.


Vintage players will recognize the Apple II-ish font from the interaction on the right.

Contemporary computer users will recognize the latest 3D images from Google Earth on the left.  It’s a interesting combination.

It doesn’t take long to play this mini-game and it remains as interesting as it ever was from years ago.

It’s also a reminder of what used to pass as educational software.

You owe it to yourself to play the game; it won’t take that long – it’s kind of a miniature version of the original and there is a promise of more episodes in the future.

The whole game really shows off 3D imagery in Google Earth nicely.  After successfully winning the game, I replayed giving wrong answers to see what else was available for viewing and enjoying.