A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
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?
- 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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