Edison in the Industrial Era
Case 17 USA 1879
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Menlo Park, New Jersey


Time Inspector

Good Guide

Ivan Idea


Thomas Edison
Surly Guard
Big Boss Joe

Stolen item

Electric Light Bulb

V.I.L.E. Thief

Dee Cryption

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Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time

Era of Invention is the seventeenth case in the adventure game Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time.



"Speaking of electricity, you're headed for the Age of Invention: Menlo Park, New Jersey in the 1870s. There should be a buzz about the electric light bulb by now, but I hear someone's blown a fuse. Better see if you can illuminate the problem.

And you'd better take Ivan Idea as your Good Guide. He's great at inventing ways to take on trouble. Good luck, Inspector! And don't forget to turn out the lights when you leave." -- The Chief


  • Phonograph


"Yea for you!

You engineered an elegant solution to that problem! Dee Cryption is in the cooler, and Edison is in the history books, thanks to your fast thinking.

Because of you, Time Inspector, the world is a brighter place 24 hours a day!

Looks like you've caught all of Carmen's creeps. But...there's still a major problem dead ahead. Can I put you on a very big new case, pronto?" -- The Chief

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