love the Zoombinis. Not only are these little blue creatures
endearing, they take kids on amazing journeys that truly work
their brains. Yet it doesn't always feel like "work".
This third title in the series sometimes does, however. That is
not to say it isn't exceptional, because it is. But it is
A very welcome new feature allows children to adjust the
difficulty levels of the activities downwards while they stay in
adventure mode. Of course, the practice mode feature is still
available (this allows kids to pick and choose their activities
and difficulty levels).
Once the activities are understood (and many of them take quite
some effort to truly "get"), they are very compelling.
The goal of the game is to lead Zoombinis through various
challenges in order to reestablish the food chain for the Zerbles.
The Bloats have devastated the island and the ever-courageous
Zoombinis are ready to turn it around again. Kids will choose 12
Zoombinis per batch this time around and they engage in fewer
challenges altogether. Also different is the fact that most
activities don't really directly involve the Zoombini characters.
Much of the time, one of the party of Zoombinis just holds watch
over the activities. Also new is the overall theme -- while the
journey involves plenty of the series' trademark logic puzzles,
there is a science spin to Island Odyssey. Bits of Astronomy,
Physics, Social Sciences, and so on, are featured. Nevertheless, I
would still consider this game to be predominantly a logical
thinking software title.
If you are new to the series, absolutely start with Zoombinis
Logical Journey. It is the easiest to "get into" and
master. If you've already played that game, then you will most
definitely want more, and both Zoombinis
Mountain Rescue and Zoombinis Island Odyssey will
deliver just that.
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For more information, user reviews, or to
buy: Zoombini's Island Odyssey