Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums

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Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums
Carmen Sandiego The Secret of the Stolen Drums.jpg
PAL region cover art
Developer(s) Artificial Mind and Movement
BAM! Entertainment
Publisher(s) The Learning Company
Platform(s) Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
  • PAL March 5, 2004
  • NA September 8, 2004
GameCube & Xbox
  • PAL March 5, 2004
  • NA September 13, 2004
Genre(s) Action-adventure, Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player

Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums is a 2004 video game of the action-adventure genre released by A2M. The game is based on the Carmen Sandiego series and features Cole Gannon along with Jules Argent, Shadow Hawkins and the Chief of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Treasures of Knowledge.

This game is the first in the Carmen Sandiego series to give the player complete control of a character in a 3D world. The avatar, ACME agent Cole Gannon, must maneuver through multiple stages including a museum in New York City, the beaches of New Zealand, the palace in Bangkok, Machu Picchu, and five other exotic locations. The player fights against Carmen's robots and spirits to prevent her from stealing a beautiful diamond, the repository of all the knowledge of the nations. The game also features an in-game PDA system in which Shadow and Jules can send you "video mail".

Locations[edit]

Chapter 1 - New York City, USA
Chapter 2 - Rotorua, New Zealand
Chapter 3 - Machu Picchu, Peru
Chapter 4 - Arundel, England
Chapter 5 - Paris, France
Chapter 6 - Lhasa, Tibet
Chapter 7 - Bangkok, Thailand
Chapter 8 - New Orleans, USA
Chapter 9 - Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

Reception[edit]

The game received a mixed to negative response. It has a score of 57 on Metacritic for the Gamecube version [2] and 53 for the Xbox version [3].

A review for Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums was average. The closing comments were: "Is Carmen Sandiego: the Secret of the Stolen Drums 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...It may [however] entertain the kiddies for a while. Otherwise, simply rent it if you’re curious." The game was given a rating of 5.6/10 (Mediocre). [4]

Scores
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings PS2: 53.2% (13 reviews) [7]
GCN: 56.7% (9 reviews) [8]
Xbox: 54.8% (5 reviews) [9]
Metacritic PS2: 53% (8 reviews) [10]
GCN: 57% (9 reviews) [11]
Xbox: 53% (7 reviews) [12]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 4.7 / 10 [1][2][3]
IGN 5.6 / 10 [4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Navarro, Alex (2004-09-08). "Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums Review for PlayStation 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  2. ^ Navarro, Alex (2004-09-13). "Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums Review for GameCube". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Juan Castro (2004-09-03). "Carmen Sandiego: Secret of the Stolen Drums - PlayStation 2 Review at IGN". Ps2.ign.com. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  5. ^ Juan Castro (2004-09-03). "Carmen Sandiego: Secret of the Stolen Drums - GameCube Review at IGN". Cube.ign.com. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  6. ^ Juan Castro (2004-09-03). "Carmen Sandiego: Secret of the Stolen Drums - Xbox Review at IGN". Xbox.ign.com. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. 2004-09-08. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums for GameCube". GameRankings. 2004-09-13. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  9. ^ "Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums for Xbox". GameRankings. 2004-09-13. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  10. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/ps2/carmensandiegothesecret
  11. ^ "Search Reviews, Articles, People, Trailers and more at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  12. ^ "Search Reviews, Articles, People, Trailers and more at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2010-10-02.