Zoombinis Logical Journey - PC/Mac
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Journey into a mind-bending puzzle-packed epic adventure. Not long ago, the Zoombinis enjoyed the good life. Tragically, they misplaced their trust in diabolical Bloats, who take over Zoombini Isle. Lead the Zoombinis on a dangerous quest to a new utopia. Develop math and logic skills on your expedition across puzzle-packed terrain. Each perilous puzzle you solve leads to another, more difficult challenge. Skills: Algebraic Thinking Data Analysis Graphing and Mapping Logical Reasoning Pattern Finding Problem Solving Statistical Thinking Theory Formulation and Testing
Go on an epic adventure of math and logic. Embark on a dangerous quest to a new Zoombini homeland and learn critical logic and mathematical thinking skills. Trek across treacherous terrain strewn with perilous mind-bending puzzles. Learn important life skills such as deductive reasoning, pattern recognition, hypothesis testing, and more, while leading the Zoombinis to freedom. This entertaining adventure is a journey into the math of the information age. Develop the cognitive mathematical thinking skills used in writing computer programs, organizing spreadsheet data, and searching for information on computer networks.
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The best-known, most-respected, and most-successful educators tell us that education for children (and for adults, for that matter) is most effective when it is fun, when it involves guided self-discovery, when it transparently and automatically adjusts the level of difficulty to match the learner's skills, and when it gives immediate feedback, especially when the emphasis is on positive feedback to the extent possible. Zoombinis excells in all of these areas.
My 9-year-old son has become engrossed by the game, and now spends time helping his 6-year-old sister. They LOVE the silly aspects of the Zoombinis ("hip, hip, zoombini!!!"), and are completely unaware that they are learning some rather complex logic and mathematical concepts. I was amazed when I overheard my son explaining to his sister how to solve the logic puzzles.
I tried playing it myself, and found that the animation and characters are not annoying, cloy, or childish, but possess just the right amount of levity to keep it interesting. I've found that after just a few hours of playing it, my son is already faster than me at figuring out the puzzles. He is now doing it at an intuitive level, while I still have to think it through step-by-step.
Unlike other software, which usually follows a fairly simplistic, linear algorithm that is easily defeated by simple trial-and-error (click everything until it works, then memorize the right pattern), the Zoombini puzzles/problems require the learner to internalize generalizable, transferable problem-solving methods.
Sorry if this sounds like mumbo-jumbo. The bottom line is that this is an outstanding educational product that teaches remarkably complex thinking skills to children while seeming to be nothing more than a really fun computer game. Buy it! You'll be happy you did.
Like many others I was having trouble installing Zoombinis on my PC running Windows XP. Below is a step by step work around (fairly basic) on what I did in order to get the game to work.
Step 1: Remove the program -> If you've previously tried installing the game, you may want to double check to make sure the game has been removed, and start with a clean slate. Go to the start menu, control panel, add/remove programs, scroll down to the bottom and double check to make sure Zoombinis Logical Journey is NOT installed. If the game does show up on the list, click "change/remove", and click yes to uninstall the game.
Step 2: Insert disc.. -> Insert the game into your CD-ROM drive
Step 3: Install DirectX -> You will first need to install the DirectX version required by the game. Click on the start menu, open My Computer, double-click on the drive in which the game disc is inserted in. Click on the "Install" folder, "DX", "DX8", then "dxsetup" click "Yes" at the prompt, then click on "Install".
Step 4: Install the game -> Install the game WITHOUT the compatibility wizard. To do so go back to My Computer, and double-click again on the drive the game disc is in. Click on the "Setup" icon and follow the prompts to install the game.
Step 5: Set the compatibility settings -> You will now need to locate where the game is installed, which is most likely the default location on the c:drive. To get there open My Computer, C:Drive, Program Files, The Learning Company, Zoombinis Logical Journey(TM), Right-click on the Zoombinis Logical Journey icon, click on Properties, then click on the Compatibility tab at the top. Check the box for "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and on the drop down menu select "Windows 98 / Windows Me". Last check the box for "Disable visual themes". Click apply, and the game is ready to be played.
Side Note: I've also read of people having to exit the game using Ctrl + Atl + Delete. Although the game does have an options menu, Ctrl+Q can be used as a shortcut to quit the game.
I hope this helps out, and if anyone has questions please feel free to reply and I'll do my best to get back with you.
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Why was disc opened and scratched though? Idk thanks!