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!

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