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ZOOM Carmen Sandiego Word Detective
$9.95 (Win95/98/Me/XP/Mac) (Jewel Case) (CARWORDDJ)

Publisher: Broderbund


Ages: 8 to 14

Grammar, Spelling & Vocabulary All-in-One

Word is out! In an unspeakable attempt to turn the English language on its ear, Carmen Sandiego has invented the Babble-On Machine, a diabolical device that transforms language into utter nonsense. As Agent 13, your mission is to free a dozen babbling ACME agents by completing over 60 activities that will further develop your spelling, grammar, and vocabulary skills. Good Luck!

Fun, Educational Activities Help You Learn

Spelling - Practice spelling in activities that appear in each mission, or go to Practice Mode, where you can access any or all of the spelling lists.

  • Practice up to 10,000 words
  • Create custom spelling lists
  • Singular & plural
  • Learn 50 common spelling rules
  • Identify correct spellings
  • Fill in missing letters to form words
  • Unscramble letters to form words
  • Spellcheck up to 100,000 words

Vocabulary - Expand your vocabulary by learning new:

  • Word definitions
  • Greek & Latin word roots
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Use of words in context

Grammar - Discover fun facts you never knew about Carmen through 18 original stories that help you better understand:

  • Parts of speech
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence structure
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Over 100 grammar rules


  • Strategy & logic
  • Alphabetizing
  • Dictionary & reference skills

One of the ACME Good Guides accompanies you on every adventure - and provides helpful hints when you're stuck.

Enter Carmen's World!

The Power of Speech is at Stake. Uncover clues in Carmen's mysterious and dangerous hideouts. As you solve activities that develop language skills, you'll collect keys to free 12 ACME agents who've been "babblized" by Carmen.

Meet Chase Devineaux - A mysterious new agent with the critical clues you need to track down Carmen Sandiego.

Spellanyzer - Helps kids master spelling by practicing up to 10,000 words.

Code Breaker - Find or create words from the jumbled letters displayed.

Micropix - Choose correct parts of speech to complete a variety of fun stories.

Fusion Chamber - Expand your vocabulary by choosing prefixes or suffixes to create new words - then match them to the correct definition.

Power Pack - Use strategic thinking in this challenging alphabetizing game.

Dictionary and Reference Skills - Our easy-to-use electronic dictionary defines over 3,000 words, explains over 100 important grammar rules and helps develop language reference skills.

Practice Mode - known as Training Simulator - features thousands of exercises that develop spelling, grammar and vocabulary proficiency, along with 18 fact-filled stories that shed light on science, history, geography, and even the elusive Carmen Sandiego.

Educational Benefits:

  • Over 60 different activities
  • 3 levels of difficulty
  • Thousands of exercises
  • Electronic dictionary with over 3,000 words
  • Customizable spelling lists
  • On-screen Progress report
  • Practice Mode


Windows - Windows 3.1 or Windows 95/98/ME, 66MHz 486DX or faster required, 8MB RAM (16MB for Windows 95/98/ME), 25MB hard disk space, 4x CD-ROM drive, SVGA video card, 640x480 256 colors (High and True Color supported), Windows compatible sound device, video and sound card compatible with DirectX 5.0.

Tested OK using Windows XP on our test system. It may not work on all XP systems.

Macintosh and PowerPC, System 7.5.1 or higher, 20MHz 68040, 6MB RAM free (16MB for PowerPC), 20MB hard disk space, 4x speed CD-ROM drive or faster, 640x480 display, 256 colors.

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