13 Mar, 2019FORTUNE.COM
Put on the Carmen Sandiego theme song, pull up Google Earth, and get ready for your first assignment. It’s time to get to work, gumshoes.
Google Earth dropped a welcome surprise Wednesday: A new version of the classic ’90s game Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
The trailblazing PC game--which made its debut in 1985--taught children (and adults) about geography as they traversed the globe, chasing clues, and the game’s eponymous villain.
But for a modern way to access its nostalgic fun, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeked for a special Pegman icon in Google Earth on the Chrome browser, or in either its Android and iOS apps. That’s right--the new Carmen Sandiego is an Easter Egg inside Google Earth, not an app of its own. Need a clue? Here’s where super sleuths can find their first assignment: The Crown Jewels Caper.
Google worked with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the owner of the Carmen Sandiego brand, to create a game that would do justice to the bold, red bandit.
After seemingly giving up a life of crime two decades ago, Carmen Sandiego is seemingly enjoying a bit of a resurgence in 2019. A Netflix show starring Gina Rodriguez made its debut in January. But this time, instead of positioning Carmen as a villain, the show focuses on her backstory, and casts the famous lady in the red coat in a new light--this time as a bit of a hero. What in the world?