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  • Executive Meddling: The Zoombinis were originally supposed to be as round as their remakes' counterpart, but Brøderbund made them "eggplant" shaped.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Averted, barely, after a decade-long legal tangle; the 2015 remake almost wasn't possible. Between it and the original 1996 release, the Zoombinis bounced between quite a few companies, as explained in this USA Today article. After TERC marketed it to the original publisher, Broderbund, it was annexed by TLCnote , which was then annexed by Mattel to disastrous results, which bounced it into a private firm, and then into Riverdeep Interactive Learning. In 2006, the game stopped being produced once Riverdeep aquired Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. So yes, there were quite a few hurdles for TERC to jump through to re-obtain the rights in what essentially amounted to Loophole Abuse. And even then, Harcourt stood their ground; it wasn't until their attempted reboot of Carmen Sandiego flopped that they decided they didn't want anything to do with it anymore and handed over not only the rights, but the source code and original assets to all three Zoombinis games.
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