Flash(back) Club Penguin #3: Sled Time, All the Time

It seems to be that no matter how often the Club Penguin universe changes, sled racing always sticks around. Sled racing in Club Penguin history has evolved and jumped to different platforms.

Sled Racing: The First to Start it All

No Club Penguin player should ever forget Flash Club Penguin’s classic multiplayer mini-game, that was, Sled Racing. It came all the way from beta testing in 2005 and became the fundamental experience of classic Club Penguin for over 11 years, before the Flash-based game closed. And those old blue penguins clapping endlessly for all the finishers (until Flash CP shut down) will always be remembered. The gameplay was super simple, just use the arrow keys to move to the left or right in order to avoid obstacles which are all obvious, and speed up using ice patches. This sled game was the standard in Club Penguin culture and still is, even if we cannot play it anymore. It has paved the way for new sled racing experiences in the future, which we will explore up next.


Test Run: Sled Racing’s EPIC Extension

Thought Sled Racing was too easy? Then try out Test Run, which literally tested your ability to sled. This was a fun part of Mission 2 of the Penguin Secret Agency, released in 2006. You used the mouse to control your maneuvers to the left and the right. Extra obstacles attempted to knock you off the sled. On top of that, the obstacles appeared much quicker than in the multiplayer mini-game that the CP team based this fun, little game from. So, you had to react much quicker. If you hit enough obstacles, you will crash right there and then where you last hit one. Even if you are a pro at this game, you will eventually crash at the end. I remember entering PSA Mission 2 just to play this game. Sometimes, I made it to the end and sometimes I didn’t. Test Run was a second-person player game (I think), which means you controlled your sled as if you got caught in all the action right behind your sled, rather than from a bird’s eye view from Sled Racing. This made the Test Run gameplay exciting, fast-paced, and full of thrills!


Sled and Slide: the Overlooked Sledding Game

Both of these images came from Club Penguin’s commercial for their Game Day video game for the Nintendo Wii. In the first image, who do you think is more determined to win, the kid on the left or the right? Or maybe the question should be who is the better actor for the commercial?

When Club Penguin players talk about mini-games, I believe that those from the Game Day video game are often overlooked. Sled and Slide is a mini-game from the Game Day Nintendo Wii video game, released in 2010, that allowed players to have the only bobsledding experience that Club Penguin had ever offered. The gameplay involves moving the Wii remote to the left or right to move in the direction where you want to go in the bobsled.  It is definitely different from other sledding games. First, this is an exclusive for the Nintendo Wii. Second, this is a teamwork-based game. Your team members participate in your bobsled race. Everybody should do a good job in order to achieve the fastest time. Third, at the start of the race, you have to run with the bobsled by furiously shaking the Wii remote to get it going before you could hop in and start steering. Fourth, the obstacles includes things like large snowmen and ice sheets. Fifth, you have very long tunnels to ride through. There are more differences, but I think I have covered the majority. It is a challenging game that provided Club Penguin fans a different type of sledding experience.


Sled Racer: More Than Just a Jump to Mobile

Let’s fast forward to the era of Club Penguin history in which the great emphasis on the mobile platform was beginning. Sled Racer was an app all on its own, launched in 2014 for iOS and 2015 for Android. It was still a part of the Club Penguin universe, but could not be played in the Flash version of Club Penguin nor the Club Penguin app. Sled Racer maximized the potential of sled racing. Simple sleds and downhill slopes were not enough. You had to deal with avoiding sabertoothed Fluffy fish, cacti, and other crazy obstacles. Logs just did not cut it. The game had no end, so you could go as far as you could before you crashed into something. It was a second-person game like Test Run. What made this game very special from other Club Penguin games was that although you could not ride alongside other players, there were public leaderboards showing players’ best scores. You could even earn the Golden Goggles for being at the top of the Friends’ Leaderboard. You could wear this special item on your penguin in the Club Penguin game and show off just what an amazing sled racer you were. The gameplay, in my opinion, was superior. The controls were simple and easy to use. You also had exciting and absurd power-ups (just for the members) that could help you on your danger-filled and thrilling sled race. It was one of Club Penguin’s several apps that they stopped developing due to Club Penguin Island.


Club Penguin Island’s Response to Sled Games

After classic Club Penguin closed its doors earlier this year, so did the old Sled Racing game that was more than a decade old. No fear! Your thrills down the mountain slopes as a Club Penguin player did not leap off the cliff into extinction. The latest Club Penguin Island update brought the sled racing experience back, here in 2017. I don’t know if there is an official name for it, but the sign in the game placed before the sled racing says “Tube Races” so I’m just gonna call it that. I’m sorry, but I am not a fan of the gameplay part of Tube Races.  Here is my opinion and explanation from my Mt. Blizzard review:

The tubing game is only okay, in my opinion. This is because the controls are not as friendly as they could be. Think of the old Sled Racer app’s controls. They had left and right arrows to steer. You have a trackpad on CPI, which makes it harder to control the tube. That being said, I never was cut out for mobile platform gaming. I would love to play this tubing game on a computer (oh, how I miss you, arrow keys) or even a gaming controller. Still, it is a very fun game and a fantastic way to spend time on the island and make friends. The tubing competition could get hot for such a cold place. 😉

The best parts of Tube Races are the multiplayer experience and ease of access. You can play with as many players as you want and enter the game smoothly and quickly. Gameplay is only acceptable; partly due to reasons that I stated above from my Mt. Blizzard review and that there are not any obstacles that actually slow your speed down very much. You depend on maneuvering quickly through turns. There could be more strategies, but I’m not aware of any others, at this point. But what makes this game stand out from any of Club Penguin’s other sled racing games is the fact that you can wear all your clothes while you are playing. And that’s seriously awesome! Riding with style. You also have an assortment of tubes to ride. They are all the same speed, but they have a different personality and appearance for each one.


Sled racing has come a very long way. Starting from a humble, little, Flash game called Sled Racing from Club Penguin’s beta party, and now to the Unity 3D, fast-paced, and quite different Tube Races of Club Penguin Island, sled racing has undergone changes for Club Penguin players throughout the years. This Club Penguin activity has kept up with the times and let the fans have constant fun, whether it be on a computer, a mobile device, or even a Nintendo console. Despite the evolutionary changes to sled racing, what has remained is competitive fun and challenges for players (oh, and snow and tubes/sleds. Can’t have sled races without them.)

What is your favorite Club Penguin sled race game? Will there be new ones in the future?

I have an idea for a belly slide sort of game. Penguins in real life are known for belly sliding, but Club Penguin has not made this action evident for its penguins. What if there were to be a belly slide game someday?

Island Inhabitant #3: CPI is More Similar to CP Than at First Glance

Some say CPI is super different from CP, but I think that statement needs looking into. Club Penguin Island is arguably similar to its predecessor: classic, Flash Club Penguin. A couple of hints are obvious; perhaps with the ability to fish, original mascots starring in adventures, and other traces from our previous home. How else is Club Penguin Island more similar to the original Club Penguin than at first glance?

I hope I do not spoil this for you, dear reader, but while I was playing this swiping game in the Aunt Arctic adventures, it reminded me of a particular Ye Knight’s Quest game from the Medieval Parties from the old Club Penguin.

From CPI’s Aunt Arctic adventures.

From Quest 2 of Ye Knight’s Quest (CP Medieval Parties).

Both require the swiping/sliding of an object or objects in order to get to a specific destination for the game to be won. Both require strategy and problem-solving. “If I need to get this object to that place, then which steps do I take to move it there?” I am not surprised if Club Penguin Island will contain more similar games in a similar fashion as this example.

Another reminder of the old Club Penguin is the soundtrack. Some musical pieces are like remixes of original songs, others are exactly the same as they were in classic Club Penguin.

Here is CPI’s version of Operation Blackout:

Here is the original Operation Blackout song that most players are familiar with:

The following song was not changed when it moved to Club Penguin Island. (It is also one of my favorite CP songs ever. I do not think it was played often enough during the original CP, so I am glad it is being played in CPI!):

These are just some instances of wonderful reminders of our first home through the power of music.

What is another tie to classic Club Penguin? Landmarks and objects here and there! Need examples? The Lighthouse (which is currently under dilapidation, just like from classic CP) and green buoys scattered around the island. Another well-known example is the belt that helps the ski lift run, which was present in old CP and now in Mt. Blizzard.

I agree that in quite a few aspects, Flash Club Penguin and Club Penguin Island are different. However, between the two, there are more similarities if you look carefully. Admittedly, key elements are missing from CPI, such as Puffles, igloos, and mini-games to earn coins. We should give the Club Penguin team time though. They would never reject the crucial features from our old home that contribute to Club Penguin’s essence!

Island Inhabitant #2: Mountain Blizzard Review

I will leave it up to you for finding out what Club Penguin Island’s new area, Mt. Blizzard, features (and hides). I have been doing some exploring, including during the time while the update was out for only some Android players.

Here is what I have to say about this place:

The tubing game is only okay, in my opinion. This is because the controls are not as friendly as they could be. Think of the old Sled Racer app’s controls. They had left and right arrows to steer. You have a trackpad on CPI, which makes it harder to control the tube. That being said, I never was cut out for mobile platform gaming. I would love to play this tubing game on a computer (oh, how I miss you, arrow keys) or even a gaming controller. Still, it is a very fun game and a fantastic way to spend time on the island and make friends. The tubing competition could get hot for such a cold place. 😉

When finishing the tubing game, you are ranked with trophies based on your completion time. Here is an idea to make the game even more of an incentive to play: as rewards for getting fast times, you could earn XP points, exclusive items, and special tubes! Like this idea and you use Twitter? Retweet this tweet in support and hopefully, the CP team will take it into serious consideration…

The climbing wall game (where you jump on trampoline targets to climb up) is a little bit frustrating to play, for me. Again, arrow keys are where it’s at. I would prefer doing other things around Mt. Blizzard than this. However, if I come with friends, it is way more enjoyable. 😀

Mt. Blizzard, without a doubt, brings back the cold, snowy atmosphere of the old Club Penguin, making it a nostalgic place, filled with wonder. I think of this area like the upgraded, more vibrant, exciting combination of old CP’s Ski Village and Ski Hill. It has ski lifts penguins can actually ride (unlike the old island), loads of snow, enormous trees, tubes all around, and much more. Overall, Mt. Blizzard reminds me so much of the classic Club Penguin, with additional things to explore, such as a waterfall, a climb up the mountain, new tube tracks, more discreet hints lying here and there, and too much to say in sentence!! The winter wonderland magic is back.

Ending off this post with a tweet and picture of Mt. Blizzard by @TorqueCP!

Flash(back) Club Penguin #1: Snow Place Like Home

Welcome to my first-ever post in my new Flash(back) Club Penguin series! Read more about this new blog series.

What makes our original home quite different from Club Penguin Island, so far? It’s definitely the environment. By that, I mean the weather and even the seasonal feel. Thriving in our home, it seems like winter is a year-round thing, isn’t it? Waddle outside and guess what you will always see? Snow, snow, and more snow! Even the beach and cove is snowy. You don’t make sand castles, you make SNOW castles. That, or the snow is actually very white sand. But I still think it’s snow.

In my eyes, one of the most significant differences between classic and Island is the weather and seasonal atmosphere. So far, there are two outdoor rooms on Island: the Beacon Boardwalk and the Coconut Cove (I just realized alliteration seems to be the thing, uh oops, got off track again). Both of these rooms have a very strong summer vibe. These rooms filled with yellow sand, the ocean, and more. Plus, what you can do on Island pretty much supports this year-round summer party town, like swimming, using an pool inner tube (you can use this anywhere, in or out water!), collecting seashells and seaweed, fishing, and more! However, we can still throw snowballs from anywhere, just like our old home.

On our classic island, it feels like that is where a penguin would actually live, if you consider how the majority of real-life penguin species thrive in cold, snowy environments. Perhaps penguins of Club Penguin Island now represent those lesser-known, real-life penguins that live on beaches.

I understand, though, that CPI is very new and will have new rooms that could closer resemble our former home. For now, though it’s more like a place where penguins would go for a holiday! This is especially because it makes sense that the first rooms would be on the shoreline, the initial places we inhabit upon arrival. Let’s see those new rooms with winter theme, extra cold, and more snow! Then our new home will feel even more like home for us penguins.

Island Inhabitant #1: Top 5 Reasons to Buy Membership

This is the first post of one of my new series called Island Inhabitant! Read more about my two new blog post series.

As you probably know by now, Club Penguin’s worldwide release of Club Penguin Island has been… rocky. (Sorry, Aunt Arctic adventure reference, :P). Unfortunately, Club Penguin Island is currently disliked by many for several reasons, such as being buggy, membership for almost everything, simply being a poor replacement for classic Club Penguin, and more. I believe most of these negative reviews are unfair, because I sense bias and preconceived notions. Also, some people are resistant to change.

I disagree with most of the negative criticism that CPI is receiving. It deserves more time to improve. CPI is already a very gorgeous place with stunning graphics, new activities, and never-before seen challenges that are actually fun. I think the Club Penguin Island team should be VERY PROUD of their new game! Of course, there is always room to make it better. It isn’t as good as classic Club Penguin and has multiple flaws, in my opinion, but I hope it will come at least near to its predecessor in the future . However, they need money in order to continue with CPI.

Why should you buy a membership for Club Penguin Island?

  1. Help the Club Penguin team. Give them an opportunity to make changes and add things to improve our new home. They have carried out our suggestions before, and they can do it again and again. Remember, classic Club Penguin started out simple, needing more. Please understand that this new island follows the same way.
  2. Membership prices are cheaper. Compare the classic, Flash Club Penguin 1-month prices to CPI 1-month prices. In each region, the CPI prices are less than the original game’s prices. (Thanks to the CP Wiki for the classic CP pricing.)
    • USD
      • CP: $7.95
      • CPI: $4.99
    • CAD
      • CP: $7.95
      • CPI: $6.49
    • GBP:
      • CP: £4.95
      • CPI: £3.99
    • EUR:
      • CP:  €4.95
      • CPI: €4.49
    • AUD:
      • CP: $8.99
      • CPI: $6.49
    • NZD:
      • CP: $8.99
      • CPI: $6.49
  3. Membership is your unlimited access to everything that Club Penguin Island offers. I know that the CPI team keeps stressing this statement of persuasion, but it’s true. You don’t have to worry about running into any kind of restriction. Then the gameplay experience will be MUCH better and you can fully enjoy it. That way, your opinion of Club Penguin Island is more accurate.
  4. By having membership, you encourage other players to get membership. This means increased revenue for the CPI team! If he or she has membership, why don’t I have it, too?
  5. If you don’t buy membership, we will never have an actual home again. Keep in mind that Club Penguin Island right now is Club Penguin’s only product. If this game were to fail and close, we will never be penguins living together ever again. Of course, there are means of being social through networks like Twitter, but it’s not the same.

The heart of the matter is this… if you can afford a membership, I ask you to pitch in, at least for one month. The community and the team defines the Club Penguin universe, but funds are required to support any home where we may inhabit.

Thank you for reading.