Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums Image

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  • Summary: Join A.C.M.E. agent-in-training, Cole Gannon, along with Jules Argent and Shadow Hawkins, in an all-new action adventure on the trail of Carmen Sandiego--the world's greatest thief. This case takes Cole around the world: from a museum in New York and the beaches of New Zealand to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. While on the case, you'll need to use acrobatics, stealth, martial arts, and most of all, your wit, to stop Carmen from unearthing the drums and making off with the lost treasure. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. As a game that balances so many forms of gameplay successfully, Carmen certainly earns my respect. For younger gamers (especially those with only an Xbox) this is a must buy.
  2. With a sparse Saturday-morning-cartoon look, the game can become a drag for the adult eye, but just like the best of those cartoons, a certain charm bubbles below the surface. [Jan 2004, p.65]
  3. 56
    Worth your hard earned cash? Well, if you’re a major fan of the television show and PC games, then no. If you’re a gamer looking for sweet platforming action, then no.
  4. Maybe little kids would like it. But do kids really want a game where you sneak up on dull robots because you're not allowed to kill anything? [Feb 2004, p.82]
  5. It's not that Carmen is a failure - it just aims low in the first place. [Mar 2004, p.95]
  6. A mediocre game across the board, offering nothing new or even remotely entertaining and instead putting you through the paces of Generic Platformer 101.
  7. From the gameplay to the graphics, this game screams budget title. It not only looks generic but it acts generic. The developers really missed the mark with this one.
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  1. MarkH.
    May 7, 2005
    PS2 Graphics, poor camera that gets stuck on things, or prevents you from seeing what you need to see when you're in a corridor- wobbly character control (makes jumping a real chore in this platformer)- and poor pacing. There's not much of a story- the characters are bland- there's not much going for this boring laborious game. Collapse