My 7 year old daughter and I have a great time playing this Carmen San Diego board game. She loves discovering who, took what, to where! The game is fully equipped with everything you need. I like that the passports that you use to keep track of the suspects are dry erase, no wasted paper. When we first played, I was stumped because the die had no numbers on it. There are stickers to add the numbers onto the die.
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- Play as Carmen Sandiego as you travel to exotic locations on the hunt for the lost loot.
- From Italy to Australia, to the coasts of San Francisco, you will need to examine the cards from your fellow players to deduce the who-what-and where of this criminal affair!
- Think you know who stole the loot and where? Hustle over to the Isle of V.I.L.E. to announce your suspicion and stop the bad guy in his tracks!
- Based on the incredible new animated series from Netflix, Carmen Sandiego: ACME's Most Wanted is the mystery solving game you've been waiting for. Originally based on the character from the show "Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego"
- For 2-4 players, ages 7 and up.
|Assembled Product Weight|
5 - 99 Years
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)|
17.00 x 11.00 x 0.25 Inches
Aww cue the nostalgia of playing this game on an old computer as a kid. I cannot even remember all those details but it made me buy this board game. It feels a lot more basic than that computer game ever was, but that might just be from the perspective of an adult looking back.
Overall, this game was a lot of fun. Super easy to set up. Reminds me of the game clue. You try to figure out 3 main things:
1. Who stool the loot
2. What the stolen artifact was
3. Where it took place
The 3 cards are stored in a special envelope. And you have to make accusations and eliminate possibilities. My 6 year old daughter learned it fairly quickly and really enjoyed playing.
One tip, if you don't have a full fledged reader (she has started to read but is definitely still learning), they can still play. She is able to mark off her cards easily by matching up the words.
But when somebody makes a guess, it helps to either make a copy or use the extra passport (if you only have 3 players), to tick off the boxes on the passport. This way your child can see relative to what they have ticked off without having to show his or her cards to anyone.
The game also helped with teaching our daughter strategy. Letting her know you could ask someone if the crime was committed somewhere knowing that 2 of the 3 criteria were false because you held the cards instead of only asking complete unknowns.
I highly recommend. Great family game. Play time was about 30-45 minutes.
The best game ever!
We play this game several times a night! I got it to have something to do when it's too cold or wet to play outside. It quickly became our nightly game. After supper, we sit around the ottoman and we play. We play and play until bedtime. The game is fairly easy but requires strategy. My youngest is 9, but she was the first one to win. We didn't understand what to do with the unused viles, and use used them as skip a turn and choose a location. Then we understood that they were probably invisible and only the green vile worked like that. Guess it doesn't matter but either way has worked for us. The different Carmens are hard to distinguish in our dim living room. We used nail polish to paint the bases so they are easier to see. To reduce noise and stop our dice from rolling off the surface, we put it in a container with clear lid. Easy to shake and it stays in place. The markers dry out very fast but that hasn't stopped us. We use the passports as a guide to create our own notes on a separate sheet of paper. The mini envelope is so cute, but it tore already. We put packing tape on the on the top to stop it from tearing more. It's an awesome game.
We enjoy family game nights and are always on the hunt for something different. This game fun and everyone from the 7 year old to the 55 year old was very excited to play it. The reusable boards and dry erase are great no waste of paper and quick to erase and start over if you change your mind as more clues are revealed. We didn't think it was a favorite must play but it was fun and we are glad we have it. I think this is a great game for any collection everyone at our house found it just the right amount of challenge vs fun to keep us all entertained for a couple hours away enjoying each others company with no electronics.
Fun mystery game
This is made in Guangdong, China. This game is for ages 8 and older. This game comes with cards, Carmen game pieces in 4 different colors, the confidential answer folder, the passports for the clues and the dry erase markers.
First off, let me says that I love that there is dry erase markers and no paper. This is so brilliant! There is no waste playing this game and replacement markers can be bought at dollar store for 1.00. I love this!
This game is fun and reminds me a lot of clue. It is different in the fact that you are asking opponents any of the 3 clues. You have to constantly be on the move. Once you are on a country, you can only ask one question and then must move to another location. In order to solve the mystery, you have to be on the Isle of Vile.
It was a neck and neck game to get to the space to give the answer! It was fun. Although this game is for 8 and older, I played with children 6 and 8 and it went well. I think it depends on your child's desire to play and ability to read.
Interesting, But not Simple
The Carmen Sandiego board game was easy to assemble, taking about 15 minutes to go over the instructions. You must make an effort to keep track of all of the pieces to the game, as it is easy to lose parts. The game was certainly too complicated for my six year old daughter, who is familiar with the character and theme of the Carmen SanDiego Netflix series. She lost interest quite early on in the game. She did quite enjoy using the dry erase markers to trace the different trails on the board game's playing surface. I think the average 8 year old (8 is the minimum recommended age) will not be too interested in this game if they did not know the series. I did find the game to be very useful for teaching young people critical thinking skills.The player needs to be able to read and should have some organizational skills to fully enjoy the game. I would highly recommend educators consider Carmen Sandiego board game as a good alternative to teaching critical thinking skills and deductive reasoning. It is even a good learning tool to pick up information about different parts of the world, as Carmen, like it says on the box, “Travel(s) to exotic locations.”
Interesting, Not Simple
The Carmen Sandiego board game was easy to assemble, taking about 15 minutes to go over the instructions. You must make an effort to keep track of all of the pieces to the game, as it is easy to lose parts. The game was certainly too complicated for my six year old daughter, who is familiar with the character and theme of the Carmen SanDiego Netflix series. She lost interest quite early on in the game. She did quite enjoy using the dry erase markers to trace the different trails on the board game's playing surface. I think the average 8 year old (8 is the minimum recommended age) will not be too interested in this game if they did not know the series. I did find the game to be very useful for teaching young people critical thinking skills.The player needs to be able to read and should have some organizational skills to fully enjoy the game. I would highly recommend educators consider Carmen Sandiego board game as a good alternative to teaching critical thinking skills and deductive reasoning. It is even a good learning tool to gather information about different parts of the world.
For Carmen San Diego fans!
My girls were excited to play this board game. They are huge Carmen San Diego fans. They have watched every episode and were a huge help in figuring out how to play the game. I must admit I had to read the directions a few times to understand the concept. I kept referring back to the directions during the first round. Although, I don't really see the point of the dice other than to find out who goes first. I don't understand why we have to roll it each time it is our turn. The number we get after we roll stands for nothing unless it's a six which means we can fly anywhere. Other than that we can only move diagonally on the map. Another thing that was confusing to me was distinguishing the differences of the Carmen San Diego's figures. The white and the tan colors are hard to tell apart. I suggest the Figures be made of different poses of Carmen than just the different colors on the edges of the figure. It would help distinguish where each player is without questioning. Nevertheless, we had a great time figuring out the Vile, loot, and location. We loved declaring our suspicions and getting tips from other players. It was interesting and kept us entertained. I recommend that all players be fluent readers to keep the game going smoothly because one the person who helps that player will have more insight than the rest of the players. Which is why the game is made for 8 year olds and over. I love that it is not a game that will last a long until there is a winner. Overall, we had a fun time playing. I recommend this game, especially at family gatherings to keep the kiddos entertained and having a good time.
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