Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time
|1997 - 1999||Brøderbund|
|1999 - present||The Learning Company|
|Mac OS (Classic)||1997|
|Controls||Point and select|
Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time is a 1997 point and select educational adventure game in the Carmen Sandiego series developed by Brøderbund. A more traditional game in the genre compared to past franchise entries, the player, an ACME Agent, must travel through time to capture Carmen Sandiego and her V.I.L.E. henchmen before they permanently alter the course of history. The game itself is partially based on the PBS game show Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? and features its theme song.
This game was originally released in 1997 as Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? and is titled as such in-game. It was rebranded by The Learning Company in 1999 as Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time.
- Game manual (as Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?)
Configuration file(s) location
Save game data location
- Save game file is mostly encrypted; the only parts of the file that are not encrypted are player names.
|Widescreen resolution||The game runs at 640x480.|
|4K Ultra HD|
|Field of view (FOV)|
|Windowed||See the glossary page for potential workarounds.|
|Borderless fullscreen windowed||See the glossary page for potential workarounds.|
|Anisotropic filtering (AF)|
|Vertical sync (Vsync)|
|60 FPS||Full-motion video cutscenes are 10 FPS.|
|Color blind mode||The colors of kimono jackets and linings in Case 4 are described on mouseover.|
|Keyboard and mouse||State||Notes|
|Remapping||See the glossary page for potential workarounds.|
|Mouse input in menus||A mouse is required to play the game.|
|Mouse Y-axis inversion|
|Controller support||See the glossary page for potential workarounds.|
|Separate volume controls||On/off switch for sound and music. Sound only turns off speech, not sound effects, and does not affect the FMV cutscenes.|
|Subtitles||Is turned on by default. FMV cutscenes do not have subtitles or captions.|
|Mute on focus lost|
Game appears mostly black
- An issue when running the game on a modern OS is that scenes in the game show up in black except in areas where some sprite suddenly shows up or moves over the black area, such as a character, subtitles, the cursor, or the Chronopedia. Using Windows Compatibility Mode settings does not fix the problem.
Players will have to get around this by opening the Chronopedia after every scene change, then clicking and dragging the Time Cuffs around the border where the Chronopedia couldn't reach (since the sprite area of the Time Cuffs is bigger than the cursor). Even then, the Time Cuffs are unavailable in the final case. Since it will happen each time the scene changes, this workaround can quickly get very tedious.
Installing on a 64-bit OS
- Recommended only if you do not have access to a virtual machine with an older OS (see Issues unresolved).
When attempting to install the game on a modern 64-bit OS, the
SETUP.EXE Autorun from the CD's base folder does not work, as it is a 16-bit program.
|Install on 64-bit OS|
- Case 16 has a music sheet-reordering puzzle that requires players to listen to parts of the openings to Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth symphonies, which can be difficult for players with hearing problems like that of the composer himself.
- Enabling "Hearing-impaired assistance" in the game options will change the descriptions of the different-colored sheets from their colors (written as "[Color] Score", e.g. "Blue Score") to their correct ordered positions (written as "[Ordinal Numeral] Sheet", e.g. "First Sheet"), allowing deaf or hard-of-hearing players to complete the case.
|Operating system (OS)||3.1, 95|
|Processor (CPU)||66 MHz 486DX or faster|
|System memory (RAM)||8 MB||16 MB|
|Hard disk drive (HDD)||5 MB|
|Video card (GPU)||SVGA video card 640x480, 256 colors||DirectX 3.0b compatible|
|Sound (audio device)||Windows compatible|
|Other||2X CD-ROM drive or faster|
|Operating system (OS)||7.1.2|
|Processor (CPU)||PowerPC required|
|System memory (RAM)||9.5 MB|
|Hard disk drive (HDD)||5 MB|
|Other||2X CD-ROM drive or faster
13-inch or larger color monitor, 256 colors