Hey everybody! It's Sensei, posting from his marvelously outdated Windows XP computer. Why? Because we're playing shit so awesome Vista just can't handle it.
Those of you who played this game are certain to remember it. If you haven't, you should still enjoy the LP- it might be considered a kid's first introduction to surrealism. We'll be escorting culturally diverse blue beans with faces called Zoombinis on a pilgrimage of 48 (DEADLY!) logic puzzles. And when I say deadly, I mean it nearly gave me nightmares when I was eight- don't let the cover fool you, this game can be rather grim (or so I remember) if you think about the fates of the Zoombinis.
Before we get started let's look at the history here: Zoombinis was released in 1996 by Broderbund, a massive developer/publisher at the time. Remember them? Anyway, my particular copy came in a plastic sleeve (it's the older Quicktime version, not the 2001 DirectX version), and it advertises a free AOL trial inside. It's labeled as being sold by SmartSaver, apparently a group (according the the slip in the CD packet) which sells old, best-selling games at low prices, so mine must have come from later than 1996. Other advertised SmartSaver titles include: Barbie Magic Fairy Tales, Oregon Trail II, Kid Pix, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 8, and Arthur's Teaching Trouble. Alright, that should be enough nostalgia wankery.
Anyway, I'd really like to do this LP... if someone knows how to get decent screenshots from the game running under quicktime. Right now, they come out looking hideous, and I don't own the directX version of the game. For that matter, if I could run it on Vista too, it'd be nice (I managed to install the relevant quicktime on Vista, but the game just refuses to run claiming quicktime is not installed).