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Zoombinis - Logical Journey

by The Learning Company
Windows 2000 / XP, Macintosh
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Platform:    Windows 2000 / XP, Macintosh
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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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

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Product for almost any age June 11 2003
I've been teaching "information design" at a major University for the past 5 years, which means I teach others how to teach or instruct in various media. Before this, I spent 16 years designing computer software interfaces, web sites, and instructional material, including dozens of national and international awards for my work. As such, I am keenly aware of both the theoretical and practical issues and difficulties in designing instructional games for children.
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.
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879 of 893 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Product for almost any age June 11 2003
By Pooh Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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I taught "information design" at a major University for over 10 years, which means I teach others how to teach or instruct in various media. Before this, I spent 16 years designing computer software interfaces, web sites, and instructional material, including dozens of national and international awards for my work. As such, I am keenly aware of both the theoretical and practical issues and difficulties in designing instructional games for children.

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.
217 of 225 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is not enough for Zoombinis! The best game ever!!!!! Aug. 26 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I cannot believe I am so in love with a computer game. My brother started playing it when he was 2 years old, and now his best skill is logic and mathematics -thanks to Logical Journey of the Zoombinis. This game is seriously a challenge for everyone that plays it. Even my mom, who is a very busy 37 year old full time educator, makes time to play this game (she says it makes her relax). We even take it to summer holidays to play it! Me -I am 16 years old- and my 18 year old sister also never get enough of Logical Journey. And I have been playing it for 6 years!
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.
125 of 130 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This lost a star for the difficulty of the higher levels. Dec 4 2001
By FH7 - Published on Amazon.com
My younger sisters and I have been homeschooled for years, and our math teacher makes a point of bringing math computer programs for us to play durig the week. She brought us "Logical Journey of the Zoombinis" a few years ago, and we all became hooked. Even my older sister gave it a try. Once we figured out how to solve the puzzles, we had so much fun. Then we lost the CD and couldn't find it anywhere.
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.
66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great game thats different July 25 2001
By Rosanne - Published on Amazon.com
Even through it is for ages 9+ my four year old has been able to play on her own and has really enjoyed the game. It involves thinking logically and is totally different to most of the other software available for children. I also found the game very enjoyable and a challenge at the hardest levels, my four year old plays on the easy level, my seven and six year old are at the second level. The game advances with the child. The child has to successfully complete a path of three games with all 16 zoombinis for a total of four times before the game progresses to the next level so they do not get moved up to quickly. They love making there zoombinis as they can pick the eyes hair feet and nose colour of each zoombini. Some of the puzzles are based on the zoombinis appearence, There eyes hair feet or nose help you decide the bridge/path/seating position etc and no two games are the same. Then there are the games that are not based on the zoombinis features such as deciding what toppings you put on the pizzas so that each of three characters gets the pizza it likes, which path the frogs can take based on colour or leaf shape or pattern on a leaf, which row and colomn you splash mud on that will bounce your zoombinis over the wall. There are a total of nine different games. This game is different from most I have seen in that it requires a different type of thinking. The games are quite different than the ones you find in a lot of other software. This is quite a hard game to describe. For a game that makes a child think and be observant while having fun this is one game that you should have in your childs game collection. It is also a game that will last with your child getting years of use.
52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb, fun educational software April 5 2004
By audrey - Published on Amazon.com
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Zoombinis Logical Journey is everything that educational software should be. It is entertaining, compelling and teaches unobtrusively. Your child will learn mathematical and logical concepts while they are enjoying themselves!
The Zoombinis are little creatures who vary in 4 features: hair, eyes, nose and feet. They lived happily until some bad guys came to their village, and now they're trying to make their way to Zoombiniville, a new place where they can be happy again. Along the way they will need to solve puzzles to advance along the path. These puzzles are fun and involve determining which characteristics (hair, nose, eyes and feet) allow certain Zoombinis to cross a bridge, for example. Or you may have to figure out what toppngs need to go on a picky ogre's pizza. These tasks teach problem solving, logic, set theory, sorting, mapping, hypothesis testing and pattern comprehension. The narration is funny and you'll hve a good time playing.
I bought this for a 5-year old, and while the tasks are generally too difficult for a preschooler, we play together and some concepts are taking hold. And, I have to admit , sometimes I keep playing on my own!
We own over 60 children's software titles, and some we are exceedingly fond of, but if I could keep only one game, this would be it. Terrific!
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