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Carmen Sandiego Math Detective
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Developer(s) Br├Şderbund
Series Carmen Sandiego
Platform(s) Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) Winter 1998
Genre(s) Educational
Mode(s) Single-player

Carmen Sandiego Math Detective is a 1998 Carmen Sandiego video game. It is similar in structure to Carmen Sandiego Word Detective, which was released a year before.

Plot and Gameplay

Carmen Sandiego has shrunk famous landmarks into crystals using the Quantum Crystallizer machine, which the player must restore to their full size. The player travels to different hideouts, and plays maths-related minigames such as Atom Smasher, Crimewave Sensor, and Microchip Decoder, which when completed provide passwords. Once the player has enough passwords, they can get keys which allow them to free crystals from the machine. The game comes with "over 400 word problems, a strategy guide, glossary of math terms and progress reports". There are 3 levels of difficulty.

The game teaches skills including: word problems, estimation, geometry, equations, modelling, whole numbers, money, fractions and decimals. These are presented as activities that help solve the game's puzzles rather than tiresome, repetitive exercises.

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Commercial performance

Around the year of its release, the game series had sold 6 million copies (40,000 in elementary schools).

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