What I’ve been working on: Oregon Trail and Carmen Sandiego!

by Darius Kazemi on January 26, 2011

in games,work

I can finally announce that I’ve been working on The Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? for Facebook! The Learning Company is publishing the game and Blue Fang Games is developing it.

I loved both of these games as a kid (my favorites were Where in Space…? and Where in the USA…?), and one of the main reasons I took the job at Blue Fang was to get a chance to work on these awesome titles.

Trailer for The Oregon Trail (to be released Feb 2):

Trailer for Carmen Sandiego (to be released Feb 9):


Kelly January 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

That. Is. Awesome! I was just thinking about Carmen Sandiego two days ago actually and how I used to love to play it on my tiny, old Macintosh nearly 20 years ago. We played Oregon Trail even longer ago than that!

Alex Schwartz January 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

Wow, talk about nostalgia! Pretty sweet, Darius. I also remember playing Carmen on an oold Mac :) Good times.

Erin January 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

I am very excited. I played both games on my Commodore 64 for many multiple hours. Well, the Oregon Trail was actually a knock-off called Expeditions, but there was pemmican involved, so it’s the same.

Cat Wendt January 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Fantastic! Congrats! I remember playing both back in 7th grade homeroom. Ah, memories.

Jill Duffy January 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

How official is this official announcement? I see it already on Edge…

Paul January 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I just hope that both of these games are not the type where you have to wait a set number of days and then go back to it.

Christine January 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm

ZOMG sooo excited! Much time wasting predicted! I refuse to admit my age….LOL

Sheri Rubin January 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I can’t see trailers :(

Michael January 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Next up: Zoombini’s!!! XD


Lexie January 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Please! Zoombini’s! I had them all over my math book when I was in grade school. Good times. Carmen Sandiego is still my favorite, and Oregon Trail? Right up there with Logic Quest.

Jen February 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I never even met anyone before who’d heard of the Zoombinis. >.< I owned it, but it was my mother who was addicted to it.

BrunoMais January 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

For me this one of the most expected games of 2011 ( other is Suoer Street Fighter IV on Nintendo 3DS)
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Shannon January 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm

So excited to get nothing done but playing these games! It brings me back to the days of my Apple 2GS, it going to be weird to play the games without having to change disks!

Peter Smith January 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm

This is great news! I loved, Loved, LOVED both of these games!

Farrrokh January 27, 2011 at 1:23 am

Darius! You are the man, I am proud of you.

anju January 27, 2011 at 4:44 am

i m really excited

Becky January 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

I am sooooooooooooooooooooo excited!

Courtney January 27, 2011 at 11:53 am


Marie January 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm

This is so freaking awesome!!!!

Ellie Di January 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Craaaaaaap. Now I’m going to have to play Facebook games (I’ve resisted until now). Curse you!

Bonnie L. Snyder February 8, 2011 at 12:03 am


By any chance, will your versions of the two games be accessible to screen readers for the blind? I know many blind people (my former students) who would love to play those games!

Katharine Memole February 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Just signed up. Any chance that a facebook version of “Storybook Weaver” might be in the works since The Learning Company is behind this? Pick scenes, characters, accessories, type your story and get a cheesy computer voice to read it all in collaboration with your friends!

Hannah May 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Darius, another one asking if your games will be accessible to the blind. I am blind and I would sooo much like to play Origon trail, but my screen reader hates it..the thing just freezes up

Darius Kazemi May 5, 2011 at 6:35 am

Hi Hannah, unfortunately these Facebook games are not blind-accessible. Sorry. I did make a text adventure game recently that I believe is blind accessible, although I have not tested it. You can play it at the following URL: http://tinysubversions.com/game/scurvy/play.html

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