The tiles that you place on the board have been improved too. They have gone from paper bits glued on to cardboard to paper glued with cruddy glue to shoddy foam to laminated paper glued with good glue to nicely cut foam board. The difference in the hand feel and appearance is pretty substantial.
Plus the new version is actually water resistant so people don't have to worry so much about ruining it... and I don't have to cringe every time someone waves a drink around near the game, threatening hours of work.
Arts and crafts basic lessons, being slowly learned somewhat later in life than usual.