Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media’s Carmen Sandiego can be found on Google Earth in a series of adventures inspired by the original educational games.
The first game, “The Crown Jewels Caper,” was released Wednesday with two additional capers to follow in May and June.
The games will be available in Google Earth for Chrome, Android and iOS—complete with a Sandiego version of the app’s Pegman.
Just like the classic games, the Google Earth series will let players interact with dozens of “witness” characters in cities worldwide, who will offer clues about Sandiego’s whereabouts. Players then track Sandiego across the globe to try and catch the elusive heroine. Chromosphere, the designer of the “Carmen Sandiego” series on Netflix, has created custom characters for the Google Earth game.
“Given Carmen Sandiego’s computer game roots, Google Earth is the perfect place to track down this super-thief in her new, 21st-century incarnation, no matter where on the globe she goes,” says Caroline Fraser, head, HMH Productions, and executive producer, “Carmen Sandiego” on Netflix.
“Many of us on the Google Earth team grew up with Carmen Sandiego–she was a big part of our geography education,” says Vanessa Schneider, program manager, Google Earth. “It has been so special for us to collaborate with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to bring the magic of this game to Google Earth, to global explorers of all ages.”