YMMV / Logical Journey of the Zoombinis

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Bubblewonder Abyss theme, very chilling and fitting for a final stage where Anyone Can Die. It's one of the reasons why the level's listed under Nightmare Fuel, after all.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Arno, probably due to him being a Large Ham. Possibly the Fleens as well.
    • Lampshaded in the Kickstarter trailer, with all of the new features of the game being labeled as "More [whatever]", ending with "MORE ARNO!!"
  • First Installment Wins: Logical Journey is much more famous than Mountain Rescue or Island Odyssey.
  • Game Breaker:
    • Designing the Zoombinis in your groups to be as similar as possible will make puzzles based on their features significantly simpler. In some cases (particularly with Captain Cajun's Ferryboat), it can become literally impossible to mess up.
    • In the original version of Logical Journey, you can have groups where every Zoombini had a twin, halving the difficulty of nearly all feature-based puzzles. The Fleens do become harder to deal with since you may have to guess the right one twice, but you can avoid them by taking the northern route. Not possible in the remake, since you can't have twins in the same group any more.
  • Genius Bonus: For a children's game, it teaches surprisingly deep lessons on logic, set theory, and linear algebra. (If you aren't guessing randomly, that is.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Arno and his pizza machine are this with Let's Pizza.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks: A complaint several people have about the remake is that saving only 400 Zoombinis is required for the game to consider it 100% Completion rather than one for every possible feature combination, equaling 625note  like the original.
  • Love It or Hate It: This is the general feel you get from the pizza trolls, once there's more than one of them.
  • Memetic Mutation: "FLEENS? You're not Fleens! Whatever you are... MAKE ME A PIZZA!"
    • Actually, pretty much everything Arno says.
    • The narrator's hammy line "Hip hip, ZOOMBIIIIIINIIIIIII! Hip hip, ZOOMBIIIIIINIIIIIII!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Much of the game, due to the eerie music and often surreal visuals, but especially the final leg through the mountain caves, and especially Bubblewonder Abyss, which has a dark atmosphere, creepy sound effects in the background, and the ability to vaporize any Zoombinis who take the wrong path through the maze (sure, you get them back, but that didn't make it any less scary!).
  • Periphery Demographic: A significant portion of the fanbase are in their twenties; partially due to being young during the initial release, and partially because it still poses a challenge even to older audiences.
  • Recycled Script: The two TLC games have various puzzles that are obvious retreads. Jarringly, there's even a retread of Pizza Pass in Mountain Rescue featuring new creatures called the Norfs.
  • That One Level: Pretty much everything on Very, Very Hard. Hotel Dimensia and The Lion's Lair deserve special mention. The hotel has literally 125 rooms, meaning it's Trial-and-Error Gameplay here more than ever. And there's no clock to gauge how many chances you have left. If you can't figure out where each one goes in the time allotted, then too bad. As for The Lion's Lair... in this level, you'd get some sort of hint as to how to properly order the Zoombinis. Your hint here? You don't get one. This basically makes it like Hotel Dimensia with less chances to screw up; after your sixth wrong placement, the gate slams down and you can't take anybody else through.
    • Hotel Dimensia on Very Hard is worse. A number of the 25 rooms are boarded upnote , meaning that if you place the first Zoombini in the wrong room, you've just irreversably screwed any chance you had of continuing with a full team without knowing it. At least on Very, Very Hard you can place a Zoombini in the right room without it being boarded up, even if there are 125 different rooms.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: While the remake has been well-received in general, and the dev team has done their absolute best to avert this to the point of even keeping the original sound files, there have been some complaints. One thing people bring up is the zoombinis' rounder redesign; this was actually a return to their original concept. The "eggplant" shape used in 1996 was a result of Executive Meddling by Brøderbund.
  • Uncanny Valley: The CGI graphics of Island Odyssey.

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