Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
Windows - 1996
Also available on: Mac
Description of Logical Journey of the Zoombinis Windows
Logical Journey of the Zoombinis is a video game published in 1996 on Windows by Brøderbund Software, Inc.. It's an educational and strategy game, set in a math / logic theme, and was also released on Mac.
A recreation of the game has been made by TERC, available on Steam, Android, iOS, Kindle, you can get it here: https://external-wiki.terc.edu/display/ZOOM/The+Game.
How to play Logical Journey of the Zoombinis Windows
Game was made for Win3.x or Win95. You can run it by installing these systems in DOSBox, and it's quite complicated to do.
On Windows 7 (and probably on Win8.x), the game will work also by following these steps:
- Install a software to mount ISO files, you may use Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel (follow instruction in the readme file)
- Run the setup, install Quicktime, but SKIP the system check of Quicktime (it may crash). If the quicktime setup crashed, launch it again from the CD (right click, open, then go into folder QTWSETUP)
- Open start menu, find the game shortcut, right click one it then click on Properties. In the Compatibility panel, enable Windows 95 Compat. and Run in 640x480 resolution
With VirtualBox and Windows XP
I've been able to run the game in VirtualBox with Windows XP (can be useful for other games), you can try to follow these steps (not every detail is given) :
- Install VirtualBox
- Download the Windows XP image file and open it with VirtualBox, follow steps to add it
- Run Windows XP in VirtualBox, and get the ISO file of the game in Windows XP (Devices > Shared Folders settings)
- Install a software to mount ISO files, you may use Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel (follow instruction in the readme file)
- Mount the ISO file, run setup from the CD, install the game then Quicktime
- In the start menu, right click on the Zoombinis shortcut, click on Properties, then go to the Compatibility panel, enable Compat. Mode for Windows 95 and in Display settings, enable Run in 640x480 resolution
- Enjoy the Zoombinis!
You can play without enabling the Win95 compatibility, press the Windows button then go back to the game by clicking on it in the taskbar.
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Comments and reviews
Jessica Wood 2017-08-26 0 point
The game is very good, i've played it once when I was in kindergarten so I know, and I want to play it again
hippymom 2017-07-28 0 point
I,m 60yrs old, played it on PC years ago loved it why it,t good for mind. Ha why don't,t ya have it on tablet they got everything else wanted my 8 yr old granddaughter to play I want to again too
PsycoPants 2017-04-09 3 points Windows version
im having trouble getting it to run on my comp. i have windows 10 and im not super knowledgeable when it comes to this kind of setup. is there a simpler way i coud be doing this? please help.
siren-girl 2017-03-12 0 point
I would be keen to go so far as to say that this is the best children's puzzle game ever made. I still play this game now. It does reach a difficulty point that is tricky, even for adults.
TheoX 2017-01-28 1 point Windows version
Commenting to say that I was able to run the game perfectly using VMWare in Windows 7 by following the instructions posted by user "ENT" lower down. I copied the instructions down; if anyone can't find the comment or it gets deleted, email me at jtbswartz ((AT)) yahoo ((dot)) com and I will send the instructions to you.
Cheers ENT, I'm playing Zoombinis again. HIP HIP ZOOMBINI!
SnickerDoodle 2017-01-24 2 points Windows version
I got this working nicely in DOSbox.
It basically went down like this.
1. I mounted the iso directory of zoombinis in DOSbox, it gave me an error saying I needed Windows installed.
2. I then found a Windows 3.1 set of floppy disk images, I extracted them all into a single folder, mounted that folder in DOSbox in its own C directory and then successfully installed Windows3.1 within DOSbox.
3. I then remounted the Zoombinis iso image to the D directory, then I started up Windows3.1 and used the file explorer to run the Zoombinis installer. It installed itself and the quicktime runtimes.
4. After running the shortcut created within windows, another error, this time about a lack of sound drivers, after fixing that it will complain about SVGA drivers. I found this wonderful guide which addresses both of these issues.
After that you can play flawlessly with no weird compatibility issues.
Ally 2016-11-17 -1 point Mac version
it won't work on my Mac! any suggestions on how to get it to work!?
Daniel B 2016-09-07 -1 point Windows version
Too poorly done to play on anything modern without huge headaches, sadly. DosBox doesn't do anything for me, neither does VM. Lame.
Anna 2016-08-23 0 point Mac version
Yo yo yo, this game be dope yo! Lav it! Giv us sum suga Zoombinis!
SortingHat 2016-07-03 1 point
Make me a pizza! Poof your a pizza now! *Tree Stump looks like pizza*
Kyle 2016-07-03 0 point
Your link to the Windows XP only leads to links for Windows 10. All Microsoft links now only force you into doing Windows 10 now.
Windows 10 SUCKS at any backwards compatibility and spits out CD-Roms unless it's the latest AAA game.
Windows 10 wants it so you do online gaming only where you can't do anything offline in your own private sphere. If Microsoft could they would partner with Google and make you always online with no choice.
branspar00 2016-06-01 0 point Windows version
Where is the image file? I don't see any listed as a .iso
Ent 2016-05-20 9 points Windows version
Easiest way to play this game is in a Windows 98 Virtual Machine. Here's how I did it, works flawlessly;
1. Install VMWare Player (free)
2. load this pre-made win98 Virtual Machine https://winworldpc.com/download/3DD43CC6-18DA-11E4-99E5-7054D21A8599
3. Once running win98, on VMWare toolbar click Player Removable Devices CD/DVD settings
4. under connection in cd/dvd settings, tick 'use ISO image file:' and select zoombinis image, click ok.
5. Go to Player Removable Devices CD/DVD and click connect
6. install zoombinis
7. Right click desktop properties settings tab and set color to 256 colors
Morty 2016-05-19 0 point Mac version
Love this game, I got it working on windows 3.1 in dosbox but it always seems to crash on me after I loaded the game. I have tried burning it to cd or even mounting img file still not working not sure why. Anyone have any suggestions?
Lainee 2016-04-22 0 point
I used to play it all the time until my computer broke so I remembered the name and I couldn't stop playing it!
player12345 2016-02-16 1 point
Please make a video explaining how to install the game, I hope you read the comment and also thanks for share this awesome game
Lav 2016-02-15 0 point
I'm over 40 (OK, 50), and I've been enjoying Zoombinis since they came out. GREAT game!
Cheer Bows 2016-02-07 0 point
I am trying to play this game on my computer with the old disc I have but when I put the disc into my computer, a thing pops up and I click on it and then it asks if I want to install it and I click yes but then it never installs and I don't know what else to do!
cryptyknumidium 2016-01-11 2 points
So. The Version of this file is not compatible with your windows version just continuously pops up. for everything.
Portalsrule123 2015-11-22 0 point
used to love this game! could never understand the patterns of some of the levels though. Would Recommend for anyone wanting a semi-challenging game with about an hour of game play.
Kare 2015-10-26 -5 points
I clicked on the Windows download link, and it gave me a .zip file with the Mac version...
stephen kibozi 2015-10-08 0 point
I loved this game it played zoombinis when I was in elementary school.
King Bob 2015-10-02 -1 point
I played this game on my friends IPad and Loved it!
The puzzles are so clever! I am trying to Download it on my Computer, but am having a hard time...Any tips?
Foxxick 2015-09-27 0 point
For the life of me I cannot get it to work on Windows 10. Tried everything I could but to no avail... Apparently The Learning Company version works just fine, but this older release by Broderbund does not. I wish I still had my copy of this game, damnit. I wanted to screw around and have a nostalgia trip with my friends at ungodly hours of the night but I guess I'll have to nab a copy on amazon or something instead...
Soapy Foten 2015-08-02 -8 points Windows version
I tried so hard for hours to get this game to work. I followed your instructions to a t. when the first method failed i tried the second. everything was working until the part where i had to run the game installation. i cant get the quicktime to install form the zoombinis installer nor does downloading it separately work. no matter what i do it always says i need quicktime 2.1
All i wanted was to play this stupid game and instead i've merely wasted hours of my life i could have used to do something productive with my life. I hope for very unpleasant things to happen to whoever wrote this page and it's horrible time stealing lies!!!
Eilee 2015-07-28 0 point Windows version
in primary school i remember crowding around the the old mac computers with the colored backs playing this game. so many memories
Peathbydeas 2015-07-18 0 point Windows version
I loved this game when I was younger, I couldn't wait to play it again when I saw this, I think I'll be much better at it too. Oh God... I just remembered the pizza level, that was SUPER hard to figure out. Trial and error, mostly error.
Kiki 2015-07-11 0 point Windows version
Thank you so much!! I made a lot of mistakes and couldn't figure some stuff out so it took forever to install but I finally got it and it works great :) Btw I have windows 8.1 and I used the virtualbox + windows xp method
James 2015-07-02 0 point Windows version
This game is so cool. I used to play at school in the late 90s.. still love it now.
Nike girl 2015-06-23 0 point Windows version
This games.was such a good game. Challenges your logical and analytical abilities. It needs to be an app
Batfink 2015-06-16 1 point Windows version
I got it running natively in Windows 7 64 bit.. It won't install.. The installer will not work in a 64 bit os, so I installed it in a virtual os windows 2000 then copied it to the real Windows 7 64.. Used Daemontools to mount the iso as drive Z and modified the path in the zoombini cfg file to point towards drive Z:.. Then you just run the Zoombini executable file.. The whole game is 95 meg.
gabby 2015-04-06 7 points Windows version
Me and my sister use to play this when we were little we loved it but when we got older we could never remember the name. We have been searching for ever
RandomEntity 2015-03-12 -3 points Windows version
I have managed to get this running on a Windows XP 32-bit virtual machine run through VirtualBox on Windows 8.1. I had no success with windows 3.1 through DOSBox.
zoombini 2015-02-20 -3 points Windows version
Game is installed on Windows 95 on Virtual Box, but video card settings are apparently screwy: apparently, not SVGA 256 color, or the wrong resolution. The Struggle.
the681 2015-02-07 -2 points Windows version
cant get this to work on windows 8 can somone please help with exact step by steps
rodrichu 2015-01-16 -2 points Windows version
It's really that dificult to play this game on modern OS? I'm pretty sure I played it at my Windows XP, but I have the orginal PT-BR version.
Captain_Trina 2015-01-15 0 point Windows version
I gave up on VirtualBox, but I can confirm that running Win 3.1 in DOSBOX will work.
shane 2014-12-20 -6 points Windows version
hi I'm trying to use this on mac OS X using dosbox but it is saying file doesn't exist can anyone help thanks
Captain_Trina 2014-12-16 -1 point Windows version
So I've managed to get the game installed on a VirtualBox running Win95, but it says there's no sound devices, and now that I've installed the sound card it keeps crashing??? And the game won't run without sound. I'm SO close to playing it.
admin 2014-12-04 0 point Windows version
Game was wrongly labeled as DOS, it's a Win 3.x and Win 95 game. You'll have to install Windows in DOSBox or VirtualBox, check the how to page.
Kristen 2014-11-24 0 point Windows version
I just tried downloading this file twice. The first time Boxer could not open it because there were no DOS files. The second time, it unzipped and had the MAC version instead. Please help!
S 2014-11-24 1 point Windows version
Okay, so I have downloaded, and am trying to open in my dosbox. What file command do I do? (setup? autorun?)
Alcheman 2014-11-08 -10 points Windows version
It said It needed a Zoombinis Disc to be inserted to play, any fix?
* 2014-10-31 -1 point Windows version
I have been wanting to find this game for forever!! Thank you thank you thank you for putting it up I loved this game when I was little!
Jack 2014-10-23 -2 points Windows version
Oh my god this is so great guys I was dreaming of playing this again
ttkeya 2014-10-10 0 point Windows version
this is such a fun game. it gives you challenges that are super epic. you have to be pactient but you will get the zoombinis there new home.
Frustrated 2014-10-05 1 point Windows version
Same issue as a few people have mentioned already, running Windows 8 and using DOSBOX in latest version of D-FEND RELOADED and it's unable to locate an executable. Used windows 8 auto mount in the extracted file location but you can't launch from there, and D-FEND won't allow a profile to be created (or I don't know how to do it) is there a workaround for this on windows 8?
Any replies gratefully received
The Nichi 2014-10-04 0 point Windows version
Use a VM or DOSBox. Your 64 bit machine isn't going to run this natively.
moogotmilk 2014-09-11 0 point Windows version
some please help me how to get this game working getting so frustrated!!
clarbear 2014-07-25 -1 point Windows version
so this wont mess up my computer? iv made the mistake of downloading something that brings a virus with it one too many times
AJ 2014-07-07 0 point Windows version
Can't seem to get it I'm on windows 7 home premium I've played this game since I was about 6 so about 5-6 years ago my sister is now 17 and she wants to play it again so do I even though I'm only 10
AJ 2014-07-07 0 point Windows version
Me and my sister Have loved this game forever and really want to play it again because It's so Awesome
mayoyayo 2014-05-26 0 point Windows version
doesn't work - the zip contains no executable file for DOSBOX to run
Andrea B 2014-05-22 -1 point Windows version
Can anyone tell me how to get this working on Dos-box/D-fend? When I try to add the file to D-fend, it says there is no executable file in it. If I try to add Play.exe to D-fend, it acts like it is opening it and counts it as opened, but nothing happens. Program does not run. We do not have windows XP any more.
MissTaurus87 2014-04-26 0 point Windows version
This needs to be configured for macs... I was really excited to show my bf a math game that I'm actually good at. boo.
Gorshin 2014-04-20 3 points Windows version
So I mounted the iso but when I try to install the game I get an error message. Anybody know how to fix this? I'm on Windows 7 64 bit.
SHERRERA7 2014-04-14 0 point Windows version
Want to download this game just for memories of my childhood :)
Aldina69 2014-04-10 0 point Windows version
Just been reminded about this really cool and fun adventure game, finding ways to save all those funny creatures
C 2014-04-03 0 point Windows version
i downloaded the file....now what
the game doesn't pop up. there are a bunch of folders and weird .INF and .CFG things
how do i run this game
Dave 2014-03-27 0 point Windows version
I had the game burned onto a CD but when I went to install it I couldn't it wanted me to go to troubleshooting guide what do I do to fix this problem
S 2014-03-04 0 point Windows version
I have tried to run this in compatibility mode, windows XP mode, DOSbox, and DFend Reloaded and none have worked. DFend says the folder contains no executable files. Compatibility and XP mode simply say unable to continue and to consult troubleshooting guide. DOSbox says it cannot run it in DOS mode. I've been working on trying to get this to run for almost three weeks. Some serious updates/fixes are needed!
nigger 2014-01-28 0 point Windows version
I am in possession of both Mountain Rescue and Logical Journey Discs that we ordered back when i was in primary school (im 2nd year UNI now). It seems that even with the disc the game freezes upon clicking "Yes" on the installed. Im running a 64-bit Alienware 17R5 so specs arnt the problem. I think it may have something to do with the fact that the launcher/installer runs 32-bit. Ive also tried running in compatibility mode for XP, 98 and 95 but nothing works.
qwert 2014-01-15 0 point Windows version
I got to installing it. It's an ISO file so you will need a virtual drive(daemon tools or the likes).
There is still one problem. It needs a CD when you start. Even when you have mounted the ISO, it still needs a CD to run. I think the virtual drives i tried did not emulate the protection still on this ISO.
Yathena 2014-01-07 1 point Windows version
I downloaded this one twice (just to make sure the first didn't screw up) and both times I get the message that it contains no executable files. I know this was just put up, so it could be that it just needs an update. I was so excited to play this! Please fix it!
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