Pick This updated
reissue of a software classic is being released along with a
sequel, Zoombinis Mountain Rescue. Though the basic game is the
same, this upgrade boasts an interesting enhancement for Windows
users--tactile feedback--and a few add-ons.
fabulous adventure stars unusual and endearing little blue
creatures called Zoombinis. The Bloats have taken over Zoombini
Isle, and players need to lead bands of Zoombinis to freedom.
Along the perilous path, challenges in the form of logic puzzles
must be overcome. All center around the Zoombinis' four
features--hair, eyes, "feet", and noses--which vary from
Zoombini to Zoombini. The puzzles are exciting and exercise kids'
logic and mathematical thinking without dealing with numbers.
Children form and test theories, identify patterns, collect and
use evidence, and even work with functions and mapping--skills
essential to the computer age.
beauty of this title is its equal balance of education and
entertainment, with both factors sky-high in value. The puzzles
are enormously addictive, and the range in difficulty makes the
title appealing to children as young as 7 and as old as 77. Each
puzzle exercises logical thinking skills in different ways. One
has kids attempting to appease a troll with the perfect pizza.
Figuring out the right toppings is an exercise in trial and error.
Another involves matching the features of Fleens with those of the
Zoombinis, and determining which feature matches the other is the
title is enhanced with Immersion's TouchSense technology. Shakes,
buzzes, and springs accompany hotspots for tactile feedback. Kids
feel the bridge collapse in the Allergic Cliffs activity as they
see it onscreen, for example. As well, printable activities are
now available for away-from-the-computer fun.
title is a must-have software program, especially with its focus
on computer logic skills. Besides that, it is enormously
- Excellent practice with
logical thinking skills
- Addictive and
- Its amount of content
and enormous appeal ensure its long life.