Contestants pursue the thief and her cohorts through time by answering questions about history.




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In this game show, Carmen Sandiego's gang has expanded their operations as to stealing things throughout history. The young contestants pursue the crooks as time pilots operating their own time machine as they answer questions about history for the "fact fuel" needed to continue the chase. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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7 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Time Pilots, (Insert Crook's Name Here) has stolen something from the past.
16 July 2003 | by (Colorado Springs, Colorado) – See all my reviews

This sequel to original Carmen Sandiego game show on PBS was to focus on historic trivia with some geography tucked in. Here are rules to this version.

Pre-Game: Carmen sends one of her crooks back in time to steal something of historic importance thus putting history and time in danger.

Round 1: Begins with three contestants who are called Time Pilots. Like in World they are shown skits, songs, and cast portraying important historic people. In each segment important clues are given. After which three choices are shown and now the contestants must lock in an answer on their podiums rather than using cardboard in the previous show. The first round also has tossup elements too including Data Boosts, and Global Pursuit (similar to "The Chase")

Round 2: After getting the loot back form Carmen's crook. The two top scoring players are given eight events and must put them in order of the most recent event to least recent event. The events are related to the item that was stolen earlier. The time pilots take turn in attempting to navigate though the events correctly. A mistake along the way, and the plot loss the turn and his/her opponent gets a crack but returns to square one (starting with the most recent event). Whoever completes the game restores history and has chance to chase the crooks.

The Trail of Time (End Game): In the Trail of Time the winning time pilot must go though several time portals (they resemble arcs from different time periods) within 90 seconds. In each portal the time pilot must press a button alerting Carmen Sandiego herself that they are ready for her question on history (it's usually related to what was discussed on the program already). The questions are a 50/50 multiple guess. If answered correctly the gate on the portal automatically opens and the pilot can pass and move on. If they miss the question then they must use a hand device (each portal has one just in case) to open the gate which can waste valuable time. If the pilot can beat Carmen then she will be captured and the Time Pilot wins a personal computer. Escapes into time if time runs outs. However the personal boom box is not a bad constellation prize either.

This show only ran for two seasons, and Thigpen was the only pickup from the previous World version. The game play is good but the rest of it falls show still not bad.

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