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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, each with different appearances and personalities, who live in peace on Zoombini Isle. One day, a race called the Bloats came in and offered to improve their trade routes and infrastructure. But the Zoombinis soon found themselves exploited as underpaid laborers for the Bloats, and so they set out to find a new homeland across the sea.

At the start of each trip, the player can customize (or randomly generate) a group of 16 Zoombinis. The puzzles 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 range from braving difficult terrain (crossing bridges over allergic cliffs or traveling over a chasm in a bubble), to getting past the locals (such as the 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 find themselves in Zoombiniville, where they build more and greater monuments as the population grows.

[[TheWikiRule Unsurprisingly]], the series has [[http://zoombinis.wikia.com/wiki/Zoombinis_Wiki a Wiki]].

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

* In ''Mountain Rescue'', after a group of Zoombinis get lost exploring a mountain, they come across another group of explorers from a race called Boolies, who have also lost their way from their hometown of Booliewood. The Zoombinis must help the Boolies by bringing them back home in order to summon the Boolies' leader, the Grand Boolie Boolie.

* 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, who discover that the local Zerble moth population is on the verge of extinction. The Zoombinis set out to help the Zerbles and restore the ecology of Zoombini 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, and later on Windows and Mac (through Steam) and Kindle.

!!Tropes in the game:

* HundredPercentCompletion:
** [[CosmeticAward A new monument is built in Zoombiniville]] the first time the player completes a path on a new difficulty setting without losing any Zoombinis. As noted below, some paths are harder than others.
** There's also the task of bringing every Zoombini to Zoombiniville. Should you succeed, [[spoiler:[[AWinnerIsYou the narrator will loop through the generic "success" messages whenever you're in the Zoombiniville area]]]].
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Many of the puzzle names: Pizza Pass, Titanic Tattooed Toads, Mirror Machine, etc.
** All of the Zoombiniville monuments have this in spades. Even the verb describing how the monument was built is often alliterative with the building's name.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Arno, Willomaen and Shyler are referred to as "Pizza Trolls," but they resemble [[WhenTreesAttack walking trees without leaves]]. They also love pizza and sundaes, but are '''''extremely''''' fussy about their toppings.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The Zoombinis are blue and the Fleens are green, though neither of them are particularly humanoid.
* AntiPoopSocking: One of the narrator's lines in Zoombiniville reassures the player that they've done enough for now and they should go get some fresh air.
* ArmlessBiped: Some Zoombinis. The rest don't even have legs, bouncing around on springs or floating around on propellers.
* AscendedMeme:
** In the Kickstarter campaign for the remake, the lowest-tier rewards were "Just the toppings", "Come on, more stuff!", and "The perfect (digital) pizza", all of which are based on lines from Arno the Pizza Troll.
** The trailer for the campaign itself also included several. It started off with Arno shouting "MORE TOPPINGS!!" The trailer then goes on to say, "More fun! More ways to play! More graphics and sound! More adventure! MORE ARNO!!"
* BeeAfraid: Apparently, bees have no problem with Zoombinis, [[SynchronizedSwarming but they do have a problem with Fleens]]. Then again, the Fleens were the ones who disturbed them first.
* BeefGate: The second half of the game ramps up the difficulty of the puzzles; the Fleens minigame specifically seems to exist to punish players who "cheated" some of the earlier games by creating twins, as you have to find the three Fleens that will trigger the [[BeeAfraid swarm]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Shyler the pizza troll; his ShrinkingViolet persona doesn't stop him from getting violent with the Zoombinis if they don't get his pizza right.
* BlackBeadEyes: One of the eyes options for Zoombinis in the remake.
* BlatantLies: Captain Cajun opens up his level with "Well, sit wherever you want to, I don't really care." [[SuperOCD He cares.]]
* BleakLevel: The last three puzzles are all in a cave and have gloomier music and creepier ambient sounds compared to the rest of the game. It's also the only leg of the journey where you don't meet anyone new.
* CastOfSnowflakes: In the original, half the Zoombinis are different in appearance (the other half are the first half's twins). In the remake, it is possible to have more than twins, just [[ObviousRulePatch not on the same crew anymore]].
* CirclingBirdies: Zoombinis that have recently [[ThePratfall taken a tumble]] will have stars circling their heads for a moment.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Bloats came off as malignant business owners, which fit in with the game's description of Zoombinis and them with business-like manner. Two major examples being exploitation of Zoombinis as menial laborers and turning their island into wasteland ''Island Odyssey''
* {{Cyclops}}: Some of the Zoombinis only have one eye.
* DigitizedSprites: The first game uses pixel art (and the remake uses vectors), but the two TLC games have pre-rendered CGI images.
* 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.]]
** 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 apparent reason.
* ExcusePlot: The Zoombinis need to make it to their safe haven, and only you can help! Are you a bad enough dude to help the Zoombinis?
* FloatingInABubble: This allows your Zoombinis to cross the Bubblewonder Abyss. Of course, there are many obstacles in the way...
* GiantEnemyCrab: Harder difficulties of the Titanic Tattooed Toads level have these coming out of the water to block the way.
* 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.
* GoodHairEvilHair: The Zoombinis have kids' hairstyles. The Fleens have punk/gangster hairstyles or headwear, and they're evil.
* 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]].
* GridPuzzle
** Mudball Wall. Each color and design corresponds to a different point in the grid.
** Hotel Dimensia/Didimension Hotel is one with how the rooms are laid out.
* GrowlingGut: It happens mostly to Shyler the Pizza Troll when he's hungry.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Though [[DownplayedTrope not very obvious due to her apron]], Ulla Instantaneous, the innkeeper of Hotel Dimensia/Didimension Hotel, doesn't wear pants.
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: From "Not So Easy" to "Very, Very Hard".
* IdleAnimation
* InherentlyFunnyWords: "Snozzleberry" in ''Island Odyssey''.
* JetPack: Some of the Fleens have them in place of feet.
* LargeHam: The narrator, and Arno the Pizza Troll.
* LivingCrashpad: Defied - if a Zoombini is loitering where another Zoombini is about to fall, the first Zoombini will scramble out of the way.
* LuckBasedMission: The Fleens puzzle can easily become this [[NoFairCheating if you use twins]]. You may well be leaving some Zoombinis behind at Hotel Dimensia/Didimension Hotel if you place your first Zoombini in the wrong room on Very Hard.
* TheMigration: The Zoombinis flee Bloat-controlled Zoombini Isle and seek a new place to settle.
* NightmareFetishist: Implied during the Mirror Machine puzzle. Some Zoombinis scream in terror as they [[RollercoasterMine hurtle over the gap in the tracks]], others whoop in delight.[[note]]Assuming you matched the images correctly, that is...[[/note]]
* NonIndicativeDifficulty:
** 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.
** Fleens! can be harder on Oh, So Hard than on Very Hard because only four Zoombinis can fit on the tree branch at once instead of the usual six. Since it takes three Zoombinis to lure the necessary Fleens down, you can only afford one wrong guess before you start losing Zoombinis.
** Hotel Dimensia can be harder on Very Hard difficulty than on Very, Very Hard due to the boarded-up rooms. On Very Hard, you can leave some Zoombinis with no place to go if you place the first ones wrong, and it's not easy to tell before you screw up irreversibly. Very, Very Hard adds more rooms, but none are boarded up, so perfect completion is always possible.
* OrphanedSeries: 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.
* 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.
* TheQuincyPunk: The Fleens are, for the most part, a bunch of little green WaddlingHead Quincy Punks.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The Zoombinis.
* RockMonster: The Stone Guardians and the Allergic Cliffs.
* 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]].
* SolveTheSoupCans: The game is practically built on soup cans. Some of them make more sense in the context of the story than others, but they're all fairly outlandish. Slips into AlphabetSoupCans at some points.
* SpeakingSimlish: The {{NPC}}s speak English, but the Zoombinis and the Fleens communicate in nonsensical chatter.
* SuperOCD: Captain Cajun will not let you sit on his boat if you don't share a similar attribute with the people next to you.
* ThereAreNoTents: Hotel Dimensia is a hotel in the wilderness run by a kind squirrel named Ulla Instantaneous. It's a safe place for the Zoombinis to stay in for the night, but ''getting into the hotel'' is a puzzle in itself.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Some Zoombinis do not sound happy about the prospect of being catapulted over Mudball Wall.
* ToneShift: With possibly a hint of CerebusSyndrome. The first leg of the journey is bright and silly. However, once the player passes Shade Tree, things get substantially darker (in terms of lighting and content) and more serious.
* 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.
** At least, so long as you didn't [[spoiler:make all or most of your Zoombini party out of sets of twins]], which takes it past TrialAndErrorGameplay and into LuckBasedMission territory. For that matter, even if [[spoiler:you just have a few duplicate Zoombinis, if one ends up on the branch then it's impossible to tell which twin you need to send out before trying it]].
* TwoGirlsToATeam: There are three male Zoombini hairstyles and 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, Bubblewonder Abyss shows Zoombinis being sucked into a vortex and vaporized if you fail. And yet, they're right back at Shade Tree afterwards. There's also the EasterEgg if you [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential throw a Zoombini into the chasm in the Lion's Lair]]; they fall right back where they started, apparently from the ceiling.
* UpdatedRerelease: Thanks to the dedication of TERC and the fans on Kickstarter.
* 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, 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. One of the Stone Guardians calls them "little pebbles." The ones that have feet do, however, have legs connecting their feet to their bodies.