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Carmen Sandiego Returns
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Developer(s) The Learning Company
Publisher(s) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Series Carmen Sandiego
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows,
Release date(s)
  • Microsoft Windows
  • May 14, 2015
  • iOS
  • November 18, 2015
Genre(s) Puzzle, adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Carmen Sandiego Returns is a 2015 social studies puzzle adventure video game, part of the Carmen Sandiego franchise. It is developed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and uses Intel RealSense Technology in order to enhance the immersive nature of player interaction. The educational game aims to teach players about world geography and culture to its 10–14 year old target market.

A different game was released on the iOS platform under the same name. This game marks the franchise's debut onto the smartphone market, and has a target market of people aged 9–11.


Players have to travel across the globe, uncovering clues to work out where crooks are hiding. In each location, the player hunts for clues using their naked eye, an x-ray, and ultraviolet light, similar to a hidden object game. Players undertake a street racing minigame when chasing down the crook. Each case has a time limit, with hours being used whenever the player goes to a new country. They can use coins to speed up this travel time. The game comes with an encyclopedia to help players who cannot decrypt a clue.

Intel RealSense Technology allows players to use gesture control to do things like pick up clues and fly a plane. The use of puns, which is a staple of the series, is continued here, with names of crooks including "Hal Apenyo" and "Bea Carefull".

The free version of the game contains Pack 1: Museum Heist! (5 missions), while Pack 1: Museum Heist! (5 missions) and Pack 2: Monumental Emergencies! (10 missions) can be purchased together.

In the iOS version, each level sees the player start a case, travel the world, collect clues, fill out a warrant, and finally chase the crook. Players can track their progress on the leaderboard via the Apple Game Centre. In this version, players have two travel options: normal, and express, the latter of which takes up in-game currency. In each location players search for clues via their fingers' manipulation of the touch pad, and as witnesses offer them information, they can start to build up their warrant.

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