History VideoGame / LogicalJourneyOfTheZoombinis

8th Jul '17 1:54:21 PM Miss_Desperado
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* LivingCrashpad: Defied - if a Zoombini is loitering where another Zoombini is about to fall, the first Zoombini will scramble out of the way.
6th Jul '17 11:47:08 PM Miss_Desperado
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* GlassSmackAndSlide: If you get mismatched images on the central crystal of the Mirror Machine, the crystal will lower into the path of the unfortunate Zoombini, who will smack face-first into the crystal and tumble into the abyss.



* NightmareFetishist: Implied with the crystal puzzle. Some Zoombinis scream in terror as they hurtle over the gap, others whoop in delight.

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* NightmareFetishist: Implied with during the crystal Mirror Machine puzzle. Some Zoombinis scream in terror as they [[RollercoasterMine hurtle over the gap, gap in the tracks]], others whoop in delight.[[note]]Assuming you matched the images correctly, that is...[[/note]]


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* RollercoasterMine: The Mirror Machine puzzle features carts that Zoombinis have to ride. There's a gap in the tracks that each Zoombini has to fling themselves over - whether or not the central crystal has matching images determines whether the Zoombini makes it across with the cart or [[GlassSmackAndSlide gets knocked off into the abyss]].
6th Jul '17 5:46:11 PM Miss_Desperado
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* NightmareFetishist: Implied with the crystal puzzle. Some Zoombinis scream in terror as they hurtle over the gap, others whoop in delight.


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* ThePratfall: Often (but not always) accompanied by [[CirclingBirdies stars circling the unfortunate Zoombini]].
** How Zoombinis land after being catapulted over Mudball Wall.
** The most common result of the actions taken in VideoGameCrueltyPotential.


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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Some Zoombinis do not sound happy about the prospect of being catapulted over Mudball Wall.
30th Jun '17 8:55:30 AM Miss_Desperado
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* CirclingBirdies: Zoombinis that have recently [[ThePratfall taken a tumble]] will have stars circling their heads for a moment.


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* GravityIsAHarshMistress: Gravitational cognizance variety at Hotel Dimensia. When a platform yanks itself out from underneath a Zoombini, the Zoombini won't fall until after he/she has [[OhCrap looked down]].
20th Apr '17 9:52:54 PM Isaac_Heller
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* BlatantLies: Captain Cajun opens up his level with "Well, sit wherever you want to, I don't really care." [[SuperOCD He cares.]]
2nd Mar '17 2:36:35 PM N.Harmonik
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* In ''Island Odyssey'', the Zoombinis discover the Bloats have since abandonded Zoombini Isle, leaving it an ecological wasteland. The Zoombinis send a team to survey the damage, revealing the local Zerble moth population to be on the verge of extinction. The Zoombinis set out to restore the Zerbes and restore the ecology of Zoombini Isle.

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* In ''Island Odyssey'', the Zoombinis discover the Bloats have since abandonded Zoombini Isle, leaving it an ecological wasteland. The Zoombinis send a team to survey the damage, revealing the local Zerble moth population to be on the verge of extinction. The Zoombinis set out to restore the Zerbes Zerbles and restore the ecology of Zoombini Isle.



* TrialAndErrorGameplay: The minigames require various amounts of trial and error in order for you to collect enough information to solve the puzzle. One of them (specifically, [[spoiler: Fleens!]]) appears to be a member of this contingent, but can be figured out before sending any Zoombinis if you pay careful attention to the puzzle.

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* TrialAndErrorGameplay: The minigames require various amounts of trial and error in order for you to collect enough information to solve the puzzle. One of them (specifically, [[spoiler: Fleens!]]) [[spoiler:Fleens!]]) appears to be a member of this contingent, but can be figured out before sending any Zoombinis if you pay careful attention to the puzzle.
2nd Mar '17 2:00:27 PM luiginumber3
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''The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis'' is the first and most well-known in a series of {{Edutainment Game}}s. The Zoombinis, an idyllic race of cute blue {{Waddling Head}}s live in peace on Zoombini Isle, until a race called the Bloats comes in and offers to improve their trade routes and infrastructure. But the Bloats are really just looking for an excuse to gain access to the resources of the island. The Zoombinis find themselves enslaved, and so they set out to find a new homeland across the sea.

The puzzles in the game are mainly based off of the appearance of the Zoombinis - various hairstyles, nose colors, etc - which was customizable at the start of each trip. Often, the puzzles would require trial and error in order to figure out the rules. The puzzles themselves ranged from braving difficult terrain (crossing bridges over allergic cliffs or traveling over a watery chasm in a bubble) to getting past the locals (like pizza trolls, or Fleens - a related species to the Zoombinis who were mutated by a bad batch of mousse) to simply getting them all in the right place (in their seats on a barge, or in rooms in a hotel).

At the very end, the Zoombinis that were successfully led through the dangers would find themselves in Zoombiniville, where they would build greater and greater monuments as the population grew.

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''The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis'' is the first and most well-known in a series of {{Edutainment Game}}s. The story focuses on the Zoombinis, an idyllic race of cute blue {{Waddling Head}}s Head}}s, each with different appearances and personalities, who live in peace on Zoombini Isle, until Isle. One day, a race called the Bloats comes came in and offers offered to improve their trade routes and infrastructure. But the Bloats are really just looking for an excuse to gain access to the resources of the island. The Zoombinis find soon found themselves enslaved, enslaved to the Bloats, and so they set out to find a new homeland across the sea.

The puzzles in the game are mainly based off of the appearance of the Zoombinis - various hairstyles, nose colors, etc - which was customizable at At the start of each trip. Often, trip, the player can customize (or randomly generate) a group of 16 Zoombinis. The puzzles would often involve the Zoombinis' features - hair, eyes, noses, and feet - and often require trial and error in order to figure out the rules. The puzzles themselves ranged range from braving difficult terrain (crossing bridges over allergic cliffs or traveling over a watery chasm in a bubble) bubble), to getting past the locals (like pizza trolls, or Fleens - a related species to (such as the Zoombinis who were mutated by a bad batch of mousse) Pizza Trolls or the Fleens), to simply getting them all in the right place (in their seats on a barge, or in rooms in a hotel).

At the very end, the Zoombinis that were successfully led through the dangers would find themselves in Zoombiniville, where they would build greater more and greater monuments as the population grew.
grows.



Had 2 much less famous sequels called ''Mountain Rescue'' and ''Island Odyssey''.

In ''Mountain Rescue'', after a group of Zoombinis get lost exploring a mountain, they come across another group of explorers, a tribe called Boolies (named after Boolean data) who have also lost their way from their hometown of Booliewood. It turns out they were looking for their leader, the Grand Boolie Boolie, so the Zoombinis decide to find the other 400 Boolies needed to summon their leader.

In ''Island Odyssey'', the Zoombinis discover the Bloats have since abandonded Zoombini Isle, leaving it an ecological wasteland. The Zoombinis send a team to survey the damage, revealing the local zerble population is on the verge of extinction. This causes the Zoombinis to send more teams out to try to restore their food chain and get them to begin reproducing, along with the eventual restoration of Zoombini Isle itself.

In 2015, a [[UpdatedRerelease remake]] of ''Logical Journey'', simply titled ''Zoombinis'', was successfully funded on [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zoombinisgame/zoombinis?ref=category Kickstarter]]. It was released on [=iOS=] and Android shortly afterward, with computer ports in the works.

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Had 2 two [[FirstInstallmentWins much less famous sequels called ''Mountain sequels]], ''Zoombinis: Mountain Rescue'' and ''Island ''Zoombinis: Island Odyssey''.

* In ''Mountain Rescue'', after a group of Zoombinis get lost exploring a mountain, they come across another group of explorers, explorers from a tribe race called Boolies (named after Boolean data) Boolies, who have also lost their way from their hometown of Booliewood. It turns out they were looking for their The Zoombinis must help rescue the Boolies to return the Boolies' leader, the Grand Boolie Boolie, so the Zoombinis decide to find the other 400 Boolies needed to summon their leader.

Boolie.

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In ''Island Odyssey'', the Zoombinis discover the Bloats have since abandonded Zoombini Isle, leaving it an ecological wasteland. The Zoombinis send a team to survey the damage, revealing the local zerble Zerble moth population is to be on the verge of extinction. This causes the The Zoombinis to send more teams set out to try to restore their food chain the Zerbes and get them to begin reproducing, along with restore the eventual restoration ecology of Zoombini Isle itself.

Isle.

In 2015, a [[UpdatedRerelease remake]] of ''Logical Journey'', simply titled ''Zoombinis'', was successfully funded on [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zoombinisgame/zoombinis?ref=category Kickstarter]]. It was released on [=iOS=] and Android shortly afterward, with computer ports in the works.
and later on Windows and Mac (through Steam) and Kindle.



** All of the Zoombiniville monuments have this in spades. Even the verb describing how the monument was built is alliterative with the building itself more often than not.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Arno, Willoaen and Shyler are trolls, but they resemble [[WhenTreesAttack walking trees without leaves]]. They also love pizza and sundae, but are '''''extremely''''' fussy about their toppings.

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** All of the Zoombiniville monuments have this in spades. Even the verb describing how the monument was built is often alliterative with the building itself more often than not.
building's name.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Arno, Willoaen Willomaen and Shyler are trolls, referred to as "Pizza Trolls," but they resemble [[WhenTreesAttack walking trees without leaves]]. They also love pizza and sundae, sundaes, but are '''''extremely''''' fussy about their toppings.



** In the Kickstarter campaign for the reboot, the lowest-tier rewards were "Just the toppings", "Come on, more stuff!", and "The perfect (digital) pizza". All of which were based on lines from Arno the Pizza Troll.

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** In the Kickstarter campaign for the reboot, remake, the lowest-tier rewards were "Just the toppings", "Come on, more stuff!", and "The perfect (digital) pizza". All pizza", all of which were are based on lines from Arno the Pizza Troll.



* BeeAfraid: Apparently, bees have no problem with Zoombinis. [[SynchronizedSwarming They do have a problem with Fleens.]] Then again, the Fleens are the ones who disturbed them first.

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* BeeAfraid: Apparently, bees have no problem with Zoombinis. Zoombinis, [[SynchronizedSwarming They but they do have a problem with Fleens.]] Fleens]]. Then again, the Fleens are were the ones who disturbed them first.



* BlackBeadEyes: The remake changed one of the eyes options to this so that some of the Zoombinis now have this for eyes.

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* BlackBeadEyes: The remake changed one One of the eyes options to this so that some of the for Zoombinis now have this for eyes.in the remake.



* CastOfSnowflakes: In the original, half the Zoombinis are different in appearance. The other half are twins of the first half. This is different in the remake; while most zoombinis are different, it is possible to have more twins now, just [[ObviousRulePatch not on the same crew anymore]].

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* CastOfSnowflakes: In the original, half the Zoombinis are different in appearance. The appearance (the other half are twins of the first half. This is different in half's twins). In the remake; while most zoombinis are different, remake, it is possible to have more twins now, than twins, just [[ObviousRulePatch not on the same crew anymore]].



* EvilCounterpart: The Fleens may well be this to the Zoombinis. [[spoiler:On easier difficulties, each trait they have even directly corresponds to a Zoombini trait. On harder difficulties, their traits correspond to another Zoombini trait.]] Also, apparently, the Fleens used to be an offshoot of the Zoombinis until they were mutated... by bad hair products.

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* EvilCounterpart: The Fleens may well be this to the Zoombinis. [[spoiler:On easier difficulties, each trait they have even directly corresponds to a Zoombini trait. On harder difficulties, their traits correspond to another Zoombini trait.]] Also, apparently, ]]
** Apparently,
the Fleens used to be an offshoot of the Zoombinis until they were mutated... by bad hair products.



** Mudball Wall. Each colour and design corresponds to a different point in the grid.

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** Mudball Wall. Each colour color and design corresponds to a different point in the grid.



* InherentlyFunnyWords: Snozzleberry.

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* InherentlyFunnyWords: Snozzleberry."Snozzleberry" in ''Island Odyssey''.



* LargeHam: The narrator, and Arno the pizza troll.

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* LargeHam: The narrator, and Arno the pizza troll.Pizza Troll.



* TrialAndErrorGameplay: Half of the minigames require various amounts of trial and error in order for you to collect enough information to solve the puzzle. One of them ([[spoiler:specifically, Fleens!]]) appears to be a member of this contingent, but can be figured out before sending any Zoombinis if you pay close and careful attention to the puzzle.

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* TrialAndErrorGameplay: Half of the The minigames require various amounts of trial and error in order for you to collect enough information to solve the puzzle. One of them ([[spoiler:specifically, (specifically, [[spoiler: Fleens!]]) appears to be a member of this contingent, but can be figured out before sending any Zoombinis if you pay close and careful attention to the puzzle.



* TwoGirlsToATeam: There are 3 male Zoombini hairstyles and 2 female ones, though their actual genders are ambiguous.
* UnexplainedRecovery: While the Zoombinis surviving failing most challenges to try again later are {{Hand Wave}}d in the manual by saying they're resourceful, Bubble Wonder Abyss shows Zoombinis being sucked into a black hole and vaporized onscreen if you fail. And yet, they're right back at Shade Tree afterwards. There's also the easter egg of [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential throwing Zoombinis into the chasm in the Lion's Lair]]; they fall right back where they started, apparently from the ceiling.

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* TwoGirlsToATeam: There are 3 three male Zoombini hairstyles and 2 two female ones, though their actual genders are ambiguous.
* UnexplainedRecovery: While the Zoombinis surviving failing most challenges to try again later are {{Hand Wave}}d in the manual by saying they're resourceful, Bubble Wonder Bubblewonder Abyss shows Zoombinis being sucked into a black hole vortex and vaporized onscreen if you fail. And yet, they're right back at Shade Tree afterwards. There's also the easter egg of EasterEgg if you [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential throwing Zoombinis throw a Zoombini into the chasm in the Lion's Lair]]; they fall right back where they started, apparently from the ceiling.



* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Of course there's the obvious way intentionally getting things wrong, but in examples that you ''[[KarmaHoudini won't]]'' be punished for, you can electrocute a Zoombini in Stone Rise by dragging them onto an unavailable space, and in the Lion's Lair, you can throw them into the chasm instead of placing them on the path. They [[UnexplainedRecovery wind up back where they started]], but still.[[note]]In fact, the latter is [[NotTheIntendedUse the safest and most reliable way to determine what voice a given Zoombini has]].[[/note]]
* VideoGameLives: In certain areas, the number of "chances" you have are represented by things like pegs keeping a door or bridge from collapsing, to the number of Zoombinis on a tree branch, or a clock that ticks down to midnight.
* WaddlingHead: The Zoombinis have no arms, and move stuff around by carrying it on their heads or pushing it with their heads. One of the stone guardians calls them "little pebbles". They do, however, have legs connecting their feet to their bodies, if they have feet.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Of course there's the obvious way intentionally (intentionally getting things wrong, wrong), but in examples that you ''[[KarmaHoudini won't]]'' be punished for, you can electrocute a Zoombini in Stone Rise by dragging them onto an unavailable space, and in the Lion's Lair, you can throw them into the chasm instead of placing them on the path. They [[UnexplainedRecovery wind up back where they started]], but still.[[note]]In fact, the latter is [[NotTheIntendedUse the safest and most reliable way to determine what voice a given Zoombini has]].[[/note]]
* VideoGameLives: In certain areas, the number of "chances" you have are represented by things like pegs keeping a door or bridge from collapsing, to the number of Zoombinis on a tree branch, or a clock that ticks down to midnight.
* WaddlingHead: The Zoombinis have no arms, and move stuff around by carrying it on their heads or pushing it with their heads. it. One of the stone guardians Stone Guardians calls them "little pebbles". They pebbles." The ones that have feet do, however, have legs connecting their feet to their bodies, if they have feet.
bodies.
2nd Mar '17 11:42:59 AM N.Harmonik
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* DoesNotLikeSpam: The Pizza Trolls have certain toppings that they hate. Another thing to note is that [[spoiler: each topping is favored by only one troll, the others hate it]].
* EvilCounterpart: The Fleens may well be this to the Zoombinis. [[spoiler: On easier difficulties, each trait they have even directly corresponds to a Zoombini trait. On harder difficulties, their traits correspond to another Zoombini trait.]] Also, apparently, the Fleens used to be an offshoot of the Zoombinis until they were mutated... by bad hair products.

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* DoesNotLikeSpam: The Pizza Trolls have certain toppings that they hate. Another thing to note is that [[spoiler: each [[spoiler:each topping is favored by only one troll, the others hate it]].
* EvilCounterpart: The Fleens may well be this to the Zoombinis. [[spoiler: On [[spoiler:On easier difficulties, each trait they have even directly corresponds to a Zoombini trait. On harder difficulties, their traits correspond to another Zoombini trait.]] Also, apparently, the Fleens used to be an offshoot of the Zoombinis until they were mutated... by bad hair products.
2nd Mar '17 7:45:44 AM luiginumber3
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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: All of the Zoombiniville monuments have this in spades. Even the verb describing how the monument was built is alliterative with the building itself more often than not.

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Many of the puzzle names: Pizza Pass, Titanic Tattooed Toads, Mirror Machine, etc.
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All of the Zoombiniville monuments have this in spades. Even the verb describing how the monument was built is alliterative with the building itself more often than not.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: Shyler the pizza troll; his ShrinkingViolet persona doesn't stop him from getting violent with the Zoombinis when they can't get his pizza right.
* BlackBeadEyes: The remakes revised one of the eyes option such that some of the Zoombinis have this for eyes.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Shyler the pizza troll; his ShrinkingViolet persona doesn't stop him from getting violent with the Zoombinis when if they can't don't get his pizza right.
* BlackBeadEyes: The remakes revised remake changed one of the eyes option such options to this so that some of the Zoombinis now have this for eyes.



* DoesNotLikeSpam: Arno and the other Pizza Trolls have certain toppings that they hate. Another thing to note is that [[spoiler: each topping is favoured by only one troll, the other two hate it.]]
* EvilCounterpart: The Fleens may well be this to the Zoombinis. [[spoiler: On easier difficulties, each trait they have even directly corresponds to a Zoombini trait. On harder difficulties, their traits correspond to another Zoombini trait.]] Also, apparently, the Fleens used to be an offshoot of the Zoombinis until they were mutated by... bad hair products.
* EvilLaugh: One of the several snippets of narration that can play at the Shade Tree rest stop includes the narrator bursting into one for no particular reason.

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* DoesNotLikeSpam: Arno and the other The Pizza Trolls have certain toppings that they hate. Another thing to note is that [[spoiler: each topping is favoured favored by only one troll, the other two others hate it.]]
it]].
* EvilCounterpart: The Fleens may well be this to the Zoombinis. [[spoiler: On easier difficulties, each trait they have even directly corresponds to a Zoombini trait. On harder difficulties, their traits correspond to another Zoombini trait.]] Also, apparently, the Fleens used to be an offshoot of the Zoombinis until they were mutated by... mutated... by bad hair products.
* EvilLaugh: One of the several snippets of narration that can play at the Shade Tree rest stop includes the narrator bursting into one for no particular apparent reason.



* FloatingInABubble: This allows your Zoombinis to cross the Bubblewonder Abyss. Of course, there are going to be many obstacles in the path...

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* FloatingInABubble: This allows your Zoombinis to cross the Bubblewonder Abyss. Of course, there are going to be many obstacles in the path...way...



* GoodHairEvilHair: The Zoombinis have kid's hairstyles and they're the good guys. The Fleens, on the other hand, have punk/gangster hairstyles or headwear and they're evil.

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* GoodHairEvilHair: The Zoombinis have kid's hairstyles and they're the good guys. kids' hairstyles. The Fleens, on the other hand, Fleens have punk/gangster hairstyles or headwear headwear, and they're evil.



** The Titanic Tattooed Toads can be easier on Oh So Hard than on Not So Easy. Thanks to the new lilypad-swapping wand, you have more options for solving the puzzle and can recover if you accidentally put a toad on the wrong path.

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** The Titanic Tattooed Toads can be easier on Oh Oh, So Hard than on Not So Easy. Thanks to the new lilypad-swapping wand, you have more options for solving the puzzle and can recover if you accidentally put a toad on the wrong path.



* OrphanedSeries: The ChainOfDeals that publisher Broderbund went through was not easy on the Zoombinis at all. See [[Trivia/LogicalJourneyOfTheZoombinis the trivia page]] for details.

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* OrphanedSeries: The Before the Kickstarter revived it, the ChainOfDeals that publisher Broderbund went through was not easy on the Zoombinis at all. See [[Trivia/LogicalJourneyOfTheZoombinis the trivia page]] for details.
27th Feb '17 2:20:19 PM luiginumber3
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* TwoGirlsToATeam: Technically, the proportion of the populations are of the 3:2 gender ratio in that there are 3 male hairstyles and 2 female ones, though their genders are ambiguous and their hairstyles may not reflect their genders.

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* TwoGirlsToATeam: Technically, the proportion of the populations are of the 3:2 gender ratio in that there There are 3 male Zoombini hairstyles and 2 female ones, though their actual genders are ambiguous and their hairstyles may not reflect their genders.ambiguous.



* WaddlingHead: The Zoombinis have no arms, and move stuff around by carrying it on their heads or pushing it with their heads. One of the stone guardians calls them "little pebbles". They do, however, have legs connecting their feet to their bodies, at least when they have actual feet in the first place.

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* WaddlingHead: The Zoombinis have no arms, and move stuff around by carrying it on their heads or pushing it with their heads. One of the stone guardians calls them "little pebbles". They do, however, have legs connecting their feet to their bodies, at least when if they have actual feet in the first place.
feet.
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