Club Penguin Island

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
Club Penguin Island App Poster Image

Product no longer available

New version of kids' community fun, falls short of original.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn the very basics of social networking and communicating effectively in an online community.

Ease of Play

Generally easy to use. Controls and condensed area may take a bit of getting used to for former Club Penguin fans.

Violence

Penguins get shot out of cannons for fun.

Sex

Filters in place to help block inappropriate chat. Content in chat is user-generated. No sexy stuff observed during review.

Language

Filters in place to help block inappropriate chat. Content in chat is user-generated. No inappropriate language observed during review.

Consumerism

Free version contains many promos for subscription. Earning coins is a big part of gameplay. No substance use observed during review.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Filters in place to help block inappropriate chat. Content in chat is user-generated.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Club Penguin Island is a downsized replacement for the once-popular, now-defunct Club Penguin website and app. The app is free with limited features; players must pay the $4.99/mo. subscription for full access. A seven-day free trial is available. The filtered chats, coins, parties, snowballs, and penguin fashions are reminiscent of the old Club Penguin, but some of the beloved details like puffles and many of the popular games and community features aren't available on Club Penguin Island. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

Wondering if Club Penguin Island is OK for your kids?

Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byXyz R. June 5, 2018

Good game

I dropped my rating from a four to a two. It's an addicting game but lately have been having connection issues. Will raise rating when the issues are res... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous February 19, 2018

I give it three stars...

I couldn't play on my computer while I could on my tablet but... Unfortunately membership can't be bought on my country which is worse than needing me... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRobotRates April 21, 2017

You need a member ship to do that!

Now if you dont feel like reading my whole review ill give you it

its junk not worth it a waste of time and money


Disney just wanted money and people to buy... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byytg001 March 10, 2018

Why???

I think it is made so that the Club Penguin guys could get some money out of it... You see you need to buy the membership to buy most of the stuff and if you a... Continue reading

What's it about?

To play CLUB PENGUIN ISLAND, tap the play icon and listen to the intro story. Move the penguin by touching the on-screen track pad and tap the icon to interact with the character who gives you a task. Next, create an account before you can do the task. Enter your name, a parent's email address, a username, and a password. Once you get your penguin and complete the task (to repair holes in a pirate ship), you can begin to explore the island, chat with others, collect coins, and more.

Is it any good?

While some old features have moved to this new app, play is not as fun on the island as it was on the iceberg. Yes, Club Penguin Island includes lots of cute penguins flying out of cannons, soaring down zip lines, swimming, and more. There are filtered chats (a lot of which include not very meaningful "friend me!" and "hey!" messages), cute emojis, quest-like tasks, coins, concerts, food stops, and a fun countdown clock with surprises at the end. Yet Club Penguin fans will notice a lot missing, including puffles, more authentic community features, and depth of play.

Many Club Penguin loyalists may find that the 3D animations and high-quality graphics here are the only features that are better than those in the original website and app. That said, there's far more to do on Club Penguin Island for members than for users playing for free, so the $4.99 monthly subscription (or the seven-day free trial) may be worth it for players who want to try the app's full features. For kids not familiar with the original Club Penguin, Club Penguin Island may be lots of fun -- because they won't know what it's missing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to have a fun, friendly chat in an online community like Club Penguin Island. Talk about online safety (never give out personal information) and fun ways to express yourself safely and meaningfully.

  • If your kid was a Club Penguin original fan, talk about the similarities and differences.

  • Talk about free trials for app subscriptions. How does your family keep track of when a free trial ends so there are no surprise automatic charges if you choose not to subscribe?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively
    Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
    Tech Skills: social media
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($4.99/month)
  • Release date: March 29, 2017
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Size: 498.00 MB
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: October 14, 2019

For kids who love social networking and virtual worlds

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate