Carmen Sandiego and her gang are loose once again, and it is the players job to capture her! This time round the player not only has to find where she is, but also when she is. Traveling to various locations, they need to assemble clues by questioning witnesses and searching locations to close in and capture Carmen Sandiego. Included with the game is The New America Desk Encyclopedia to help make clues more meaningful (and act as a form of copy protection!).
This version is a multiplatform video game where players have to travel through time to collect the clue and the warrant necessary to capture Carmen Sandiego or one of her henchmen. Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego, a game show which was formerly broadcast on PBS, was loosely based on this game.
The goal of this game is to track Carmen's villains through history and arrest them and ultimately arrest Carmen herself. Similar to the original Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, the player has to use the clues given to them on where the crook went to, and physical attributes or interests of the crook in order to secure an arrest warrant.
This was the first game in the series to establish that ACME Headquarters is located in San Francisco, California.
In 1991, Konami released a port of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego for the Nintendo Entertainment System which included a small, paperback encyclopedia as a free pack-in. Hi Tech Expressions later created a port for the Super NES. Electronic Arts also created a port for the Sega Genesis.