Meet new people and make new friends in this child-friendly virtual world game
Explore the whole island to find treasures, and set off on exciting story-based adventures
Design your own outfits and customize your penguin to your liking
Club Penguin Island is the successor to the highly popular child-friendly virtual world game, Club Penguin. Developed by Disney, this game aims to not only replace Club Penguin but also provide a whole lot more improvements that are necessary to attract and engage the young, “modern” and gadget-savvy player.
To play, you’ll first need to sign up for a Disney account and confirm it. Without the confirmation, you won’t be able to enter the game. Once you’re in, you’ll be guided through the control basics via a small quest whereby the pirate ship you arrive to Club Penguin Island in had scrapped a rock protruding from the waters and is taking in water. Thankfully, you are around to lend a hand and save not only Captain Rockhopper but also his beloved ship.
After the whole scene, you are given the chance to create your own penguin. There isn’t a lot of customization at first. You can only pick the color of your penguin. However, as you advance through the game, you’ll be introduced to the game’s outfit-designing aspect, which will allow you to create your own custom outfits using fabrics, decals and blueprints you have collected. That said, unless you are a paying member of the game, you won’t be able to put on the outfits you’ve created.
In fact, many of the game’s most interesting features are locked behind a subscription paywall. Unless you cough up the subscription fees, you will only get to explore the island, interact with certain interactives on the island, play the only mini-game available, and chat with other players. Subscribers, on the other hand, will not only get to enjoy playing the game’s many adventures (Chapter 2 is coming soon); they will also have access to ziplines, special tools like the jackhammer and musical instruments, start parties, buy items using game coins from vendors, earn rewards from every level-up, go fishing, as well as have the ability to dress their penguins.
If you’re interested to give the membership a try, you can. Disney offers a 7-day trial for potential subscribers as long as they input their credit card information. Once the 7 days are up, the card will then be charged.
With that out of the way, we’ve still got to say – Club Penguin Island is a pretty impressive virtual world game that provides a pretty large world for players to explore. The game created a center stage at the Beacon Boardwalk that will change from being just a floor into a trampoline or even a dance floor. There is even a jumping puzzle at the waterfall, as well as a swimming maze and a timed race track in the underwater world at The Sea Caves.
As you explore, there are also many interactive items along the way. Some are mainly there for you and your friends to use, such as the cushions at the picnic area or the foldable chairs at the beach. However, for others, like the coconut trees and flower-covered bushes, these can be instead interacted with so you can collect their respective collectibles. These collectibles can then be turned in at the Exchange Machine located in the Boardwalk for some game currency.
The coins you’ve earned can then be spent at the various in-game shops in Club Penguin Island. Most of these shops sell party stuff, and virtual food and drinks for virtual money, but there are some like the Disney shop which sells a wide variety of Disney-themed costumes from movies like Frozen, Finding Dory, Zootopia, Monster Inc, Toy Story, and Elena of Avalor for real cash. Take note that costumes can be bought and worn by members only.
In terms of controls, the game can be a bit hard to get used to, especially for kids with little to no experience with playing a mobile game that allows 3D movement. Being a newly released game, Club Penguin Island still has its fair share of bugs as well. There are times when the game will crash as it’s loading. The Daily Challenges tab is not working either, so you basically can’t see the challenges you can complete to get experience points and more coins.
That said, it’s great that the game keeps its child-friendly aspect by providing regulated chat. Club Penguin island also has admins check through every username created just so there isn’t any foul language used. That’s why you’ll start off with a computer-generated code as a username, despite the fact that you’ve already created your username - The admins need time to go through every single username.
Being a Disney game, Club Penguin Island has superb graphics (animations, models, and the like) as well as a cheery and brightly-colored art style. The music and sound effects used are perfectly suited to the game as well. We particularly love the part where every sound effect your penguin makes at the Sea Cave has an echo. The attention to detail is simply amazing!
All in all, Club Penguin Island is a fun and child-friendly virtual world game that has plenty to offer to its paying members. Non-subscribers can still have a fun time in the game, but honestly, if you enjoy the game so much, it might be best to just get the subscription. The content in Club Penguin Island may seem a bit lacking at the moment, but with time, we’re sure Disney will add in more exciting updates and eventually unlock the entire island for the players to explore.