Club Penguin Island

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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New version of kids' community fun, falls short of original.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 28 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLaura S. December 8, 2017

Waste

This game was a waste. I’m a young adult and if I had kids, I would not let them play this game. You can’t do anything without the monthly subscription.
Adult Written byLara C. October 8, 2017

Nothing On Club Penguin

In comparison to club penguin it's no where near as good but as far as app games go it's not to bad good graphics the island is pretty sweet however g... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bywizardortitan April 10, 2017

Fake Club Penguin! Sad!

Have your child play on a moderated private server like Club Penguin Rewritten, recreating the original joy of CP in an absolutely free format. This may not be... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bycupycakies April 12, 2017

IM OLD AND I STILL PLAY THIS

dearest kids of this generation, im sorry to say that part of my childhood revolved around the magical island where penguins waddle freely and party all they w... 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
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Subscription price: $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

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