Island Inhabitant #5: How Games in Club Penguin Island Can Improve

Club Penguin Island is getting a start as a game-filled island. As an avid gamer, I see that there is much room for improvement with games. That is understandable because CPI is in its early stages, just as the Flash version was, so don’t be too hard on CPI. Based on the status of CPI’s games at the moment, please read the following advice I would like to suggest to the Club Penguin team. 🙂

Suggestion #1: User input outside trackpad and action button: There are several games in CPI currently: Ink or Swim, Tilt-o-Tube, Marble Hunt, Sea Cave Races, and Tube Races. Even though they are all very different and distinctive games, they all have one thing in common: players use the trackpad and/or the action button to play. I feel quite limited since there are just two user inputs. The exception is the Crate Co snowball game that uses the snowball button too. However, I still feel limited with user input. Let’s move outside of these buttons. There are many possibilities for user input, so I feel this is the greatest fault for current CPI games.

Suggestion #2: Leave the island world: The games of CPI all occur while you are on the island, in the rooms. Let’s leave the rooms for an environment made just for the game. To clarify, it would be the likes of Cart Surfer, Jet Pack Adventure, Bean Counters, etc; you are actually leaving the rooms so you can be enclosed in the game. Creating games with their own atmosphere will take much more time for the CP team. However, it is more interactive and immersive for the player.

Suggestion #3: Incorporate games that get jobs done: Role-playing has always been a CP standard. Why not continue to role-play with games? Games include making pizza, serving food, mopping the Migrator decks, inflating tubes that have gone low with air, etc. There are many ideas to make the island an even more lively place with games.

Suggestion #4: Have several levels in the game: Make the games more of a challenge and fun to last a long time! Introduce difficulty levels and modes.

Suggestion #5: Have achievements available: This is pretty much a throwback to stamp books in the old days. I mean, I will be frank, who does not want to show off what cool things they have accomplished in the games? Plus, players will have more incentive to play and improve themselves.

You may have noticed that all of my suggestions are simply common attributes of Flash Club Penguin mini-games. It’s true, these are what made them great, memorable, and super fun. I have strongly felt that the gaming experience of Flash CP has surpassed CPI by a landslide.

See, I am a bit confused. Are CPI games trying to be different from CP games? Or is there simply not enough time to create full-scale games in CPI? Anyway, I completely understand that CPI is only a couple of months old for the public. I hope to see these improvements with CPI games in the upcoming months. 🙂

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Island Inhabitant #4: Losing My Marbles Over Marble Hunt

Is there a such thing as limitless parties on Club Penguin Island? If you ask me, I don’t think so. As if this place couldn’t any more party-amplified, well guess what? Marble Hunt introduces a new type of party supply called Games. Learn more about Marble Hunt here.

Games definitely enhance the experience you can have on Club Penguin Island. Marble Hunt has started off Games in a very nice fashion. What makes Marble Hunt so great?

  • Play multiplayer
  • Make new friends
  • Earn Rookie XP points quick (if you win)
  • It presents challenges for both the hider and the seeker. Who will outsmart the other and be victorious?
  • Players stay online for longer sessions because of this game. Great news for the Club Penguin team’s player statistics!

Because Marble Hunt costs 75 coins, which can be considered kind of pricey, and only members can purchase it, then there could be a swarm of players trying to join your game if you host it. This makes Marble Hunt even more exciting.

There were quite a few bugs that caused irritation, especially the one wherein the seeker cannot move after the hider finishes their job. Therefore, the hider would always win, in this case. These bugs have annoyed me and many other players. However, I am not letting them ruin the Games experience.  If you overlook the hindrances that the bugs have caused while Marble Hunt was new, Games in CPI have so much potential.

I am looking forward for what is in store for Games. I hope there will be classic games from Flash Club Penguin returning to CPI, such as Find Four and Mancala. And with Marble Hunt being a brand new game, it will be no surprise to see new games the community has never played before to be initiated into Club Penguin Island.

Bring on the Games, Club Penguin team! As an avid gamer, I am totally pumped up for additional games that present real challenges, following in the footsteps of Marble Hunt.

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.