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Zoombinis

Zoombinis

Spring 2016 Mobile Apps
Ages: 9 & Up
Developer: TERC
Download Price: $4.99
Platform: iPad
Review:

The Zoombinis are tiny creatures on a mission to find a new, safe home. To get there, they have to cross an island filled with strange adventures. To pass through each place, the player needs to solve a logic puzzle. Sometimes too many mistakes are made, and a Zoombini is sent back on the path. With careful consideration, one may get all sixteen Zoombinis to each resting place along the way, but if not, it's time to put the Zoombinis to bed and go back to bring another team along.

Most of the puzzles require looking for clues to determine which of the Zoombinis' four attributes are of interest to the other characters or the contraptions in the minigame. There are twelve games on four levels, each level more difficult than the last; even on the easiest level, most players will still have to pay close attention. Don't expect instructions; players first test out the games in a practice mode before attempting the full journey. The games require creative and sometimes almost sideways thinking.

Our favorites included a maze that kept changing (so the order of the Zoombinis going through was important) and a mudball wall (requiring the player to throw paint on a wall, Battleship-style, until the pattern of hits is clear).

Parents will love seeing the "A-ha!" moments as their children catch on to the trick of each level. Zoombinis will become a quick favorite -- kids and parents alike will want to sneak in a few extra minutes to get the crazy creatures a little further along the path.

Emily Crawford   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Look for this product at:
FableVision Studios
http://www.zoombinis.com
Available on iTunes

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