Growing up, I was much more familiar with the Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego game show's Rockapella theme song than I was with the Broderbund edutainment games that spawned them. Last year, Netflix launched a new animated reboot of the franchise simply called Carmen Sandiego, and now it's joining the list of Netflix shows that are getting a special interactive game episode, coming back full-circle to its '80s origins.
Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not To Steal, will follow Carmen on a mission to save her allies who have been captured by V.I.L.E., the evil organization that gave Carmen her education in thievery. Like Black Mirror's Bandersnatch and the adaptation of Minecraft: Story Mode before it, choices are presented to the player on screen with a countdown timer.
Basically, this'll be a slickly produced Carmen Sandiego FMV game, which (given the series' history) could prove to be a better fit for Netflix's established game format than, say, the Boss Baby game that's also on the way. It would be amazing to see an FMV game with Henry Cavill's Geralt, though, wouldn't it? One can dream.
Especially if you have kids, the Carmen Sandiego game and the episode TV that precede it could be worth your time—the first season currently sits at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. The Netflix show fleshes out Carmen (voiced here by Gina Rodriguez), V.I.L.E., and other characters a lot more than the '90s cartoon or games did, without entirely trading away the educational content for spy thriller plotting. Also, if you're on the older side and demand to be pandered to, the trailer for To Steal or Not To Steal does end with a reference to Rockapella's Carmen Sandiego anthem.
Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not To Steal will debut on Netflix on March 10, meaning you'll be able to play it on pretty much any device that can stream video.