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!

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Flash(back) Club Penguin #2: Sub-Communities

Ah, the Club Penguin community. It’s a virtual community that lives and breathes like communities in real-life. There’s happiness, moments of celebrations, drama, and more. We have always treasured the Club Penguin community as a whole and that will always remain true for the Club Penguin fans. 🙂

Having said that, I do not think sub-communities have enough recognition, especially with the absence of original Club Penguin. Sub-communities are intricate, vital parts of the complete Club Penguin community. What do I mean by Club Penguin sub-communities? These are communities within the main community that contain unique qualities and penguins thrive in this smaller community that supplies support for the main community. You may know what I’m talking about when I bring up examples: pookies, CPMV (Club Penguin Music Video) creators, armies, and more.

I strongly believe Club Penguin Island has so much potential for greatness and even a revival in another heyday era of CP history. However, I am afraid of a possible result of this progress: the decline or even the end of some sub-communities. As with progress, it is inevitable that new things come about while some old things are left in the dust. It has happened in history so many times… languages, civilizations, and social structures have disappeared from modern people’s knowledge.

Okay, I think I am starting to get very serious on this topic here! But it is an analogy to try to help you, the reader whom I appreciate reading this far and hopefully to the end of this post, comprehend my concern for the existence of older sub-communities and compare them to history you may have learned in school. Anyway, I completely understand such happenings in history. I also understand that, again commonly found in history and Club Penguin is no exception, there are beginnings of new sub-communities as a result of the new game, CPI. Nevertheless, I hope that sub-communities that have ultimately depended on classic Club Penguin to log on and run will continue on Club Penguin Island. Or at least be remembered if they have ceased running.

To get the community more involved, I went to Twitter to ask others sub-communities that they remember. Thank you for your numerous responses! I have included the tweets they have sent to me. There are so many sub-communities, some well-known, some obscure. I don’t think I could include all. Definitely though, here are lots…

A huge thank you to Athena for providing an insightful and detailed history of some major sub-communities, and even how some affected others. Some of you older players remember her as Cw700, Swan, an amazing graphic designer, a CPMV maker, and a cheeky girl. And remember when “thanks cw” was a thing? If you don’t know the significance of this statement, let’s just say we basically overused it a lot. Uhh, whoops, back to the sub-community subject. Anyway, she granted me permission to have the history she kindly explained on here for you to read and learn!

As you should know by now, sub-communities immensely comprise the classic Club Penguin community. Some will come to Club Penguin Island, some will not. As time goes by during the era of Club Penguin Island, will we see any old sub-communities make a return? Time will tell.

The quality and extensiveness of this post would not be possible without the Twitter sub-community. 😉

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.

Announcement: TWO New Blog Post Series!

Classic, Flash Club Penguin has closed their doors and is forever officially unplayable. Meanwhile, a brand new game has made its debut worldwide, allowing us to have different adventures in store: Club Penguin Island. I want to celebrate our future together AND keep the memories of our past alive.

I am very proud and happy to announce that my blog will have TWO, NEW, ORIGINAL blog post series: Flash(back) Club Penguin in regard to our original game… AND the other is called Island Inhabitant in regard to our new game.

Flash(back) Club Penguin aims to explore the old Club Penguin, even after inaccessible for the players, bring about memories, and suggest classic features to add to CP Island.

Island Inhabitant is written by… a Club Penguin Island inhabitant! This other series is focused on reviewing the game, stating activities to do (in case you’re bored on there), provide suggestions for this young game, and MOST of all, supporting the Club Penguin team all the way. Because they had a rough start with CPI, I am trying to help them with this series by believing in that they will improve the game in ways that will satisfy lots of people!

There will be a few new graphics for my blog design and the blog post series, as well. I can’t wait to continue my hobby of Club Penguin blogging with you all!

Tech70’s Club Penguin blog: Classic Club Penguin + Club Penguin Island