Zoombinis Logical Journey - PC/Mac
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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.Read more ›
First you choose 16 of these creatures called Zoombinis, and you are supposed to take them out of their island so they can be free. Of course, on the way to their new home, there are several tests to go through. Each single game is excellent, and each one of them demands logic and brain use while you have fun. You enjoy so much this game that you don't know how much time passed and you keep playing it for hours.
It is not easy to finish the game: it takes a lot of time -and a lot of Zoombinis- to finally get them all to their new home and through each game. This is one of the best parts of the game.
Because of the creativity displayed inside this game, the smartness the creators had to make it real, the challenge well put for people of every single age.... I take off my hat (although I don't have one on :-) and my applauses go to the people who created this game.
Whoever they are, thanks a lot. God bless you and to all the readers, enjoy Logical Journey of the Zoombinis!
PS: I also recommend Zoombinis Mountain Rescue.
A few months ago, we saw this on amazon.com and were delighted! Of course we ordered another copy. Being older (14 1/2, 12, and 10 1/2) we had learned more math and were able to get to the higher levels. That's where we started having problems with it.
The levels go from extremely easy to ridiculously difficult in so little time. It would be better if they spent more time on each level and worked your way up gradually, or if they didn't even get to levels that are so difficult. Not one of us (including my oldest sister, now 17) has won Zoombinis. This isn't even because we haven't figured out how to solve the highest levels, because we have. It's because of another problem with the game. You have to get way too many Zoombinis to Zoombiniville (over 500, I think). Each trip, which can take about forty-five minutes, transports only sixteen Zoombinis. After maybe ten max trips, you're on the highest level. That's pretty hard, and you get bored with doing the same things over and over. As it is, none of us have gotten very many past 200 to Zoombiniville. We simply get bored.
Plus, it says that the age range is 8 and up. Don't let this fool you. A very intelligent 8-year-old would probably be able to figure out the level-one and level-two puzzles, but not many puzzles on higher levels.
My final verdict is: Great game, lots of fun, but gets too hard too easily and would take too long to actually win.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The game is great, I had it years ago. For some reason however, this disk keeps quitting. I haven't been able to play. Very disappointing. The other game I bought works great.Published 28 days ago by Annie Fife
It is just wrong for this company to sell what looks like was a wonderful game. It will NOT work on either Mac or Windows XP and certainly
no PC OS higher than XP. Read more
The graphics suck and its a little harder than i remember (i tried it out before my son) but what can you expect from an old game.Published 4 months ago by amber roush
Played this game as a kid and I always said, when I have children, I want them to play this game as well. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful throwback to my childhood. So happy I could relive it through this game!Published 9 months ago by Gaia
It wouldn't work correctly on my computer during beginning of game. It would go slow then work then sound would fade in and out. Once going in the game it was fun. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Zippie
Such a good game for kids and grownups alike. My kids had it when they were young...now this one is for my granddaughter!!Published 10 months ago by Terry