You know what’s hard? Keeping a good secret. It’s been a rough several months trying to keep everyone quiet at the Studio, but the wait is finally over. We can finally share the big news: Zoombinis is coming back!
The FableVision team of artists, animators, and developers has been working hard to relaunch the beloved ’90s math and logic game for today’s generation. So what does this really mean? Released as a CD-ROM in 1996, the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis wasn’t built for tablets or today’s CD-free computers. But it is still an awesome learning/adventure game with a ton of fans. So, FableVision, TERC, and the Learning Games Network (LGN) decided to join forces and rebuild the game.
The FableVision team has been hard at work updating the backgrounds, reanimating Arno and Zoombinis alike, working with the LGN development team on the puzzles, and then plugging all the pieces into Unity in preparation for the game’s release this summer. We could go on and on about the behind the scenes of the Zoombinis but, instead, we’ve decided to show you!
Over the next few months, the entire Zoombinis team will be sharing developer diaries – little peeks behind the scenes – covering art and animation, design and development, and overall production. Check out the first one shown above. As the videos are posted, we’ll make sure to post them on the blog, but keep an eye on the Zoombinis’ Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages .
If you can’t tell we are pretty excited! Because, hey, who doesn’t love the little blue Zoombinis? Did you play Zoombinis when it first came out? Share your favorite memory!