nullPoptropica Counterfeit Island is your 10th island grand adventure in the game. It launched in early access mode in late Dec, 2009 and was freely offered in January. The storyline of Counterfeit Island is that a well known art thief may be preparing to steal a particularly key art work from the Counterfeit Island art museum. You are required to uncover the plot and also make an effort to stop the burglar. Along the way, you’ll meet lots of interesting figures and encounter many twists and turns in the mystery of the stolen art. Here is a complete walkthrough for Counterfeit Island.
Arriving on the Island
The first thing to do is to use the Poptropica map to travel to Counterfeit Island. Your balloon will park next to the art museum on the island. Start running all the way right and head to the Downtown area. Bobo’s Clown shop should appear immediately once you arrive in Downtown. It’s a clown store! Walk inside. You’ll see several colored balloons inside. Select a green balloon and then walk outside the store.
EXTRA: hop up onto the top of the store and you’ll find Bobo standing alone on the roof. He’ll explain why he’s hiding up there. It’s not necessary to talk with him to complete this quest.
Now we’re off to the country side. Quickly go to the right and run to the end of the area to go there. A few steps into this spot you’ll see a young girl along with a crying boy. Click on the sobbing kid and you’ll give him your green balloon. When he tales it fom you, he’ll lift up into the sky. Poor little dude! Oh well, he’s not your problem right now. You need to head back to Main Street now, which is two zones over to the left. As soon as you arrive on Main Street, go inside the building named the Web Browser Internet Cafe. Once you’re inside, walk to the right and talk to the bearded guy wearing the hat and camera. The poor guy lost his tunnel tour tickets. He would like you to help him find them and if you do, he’ll give one to you. While you’re here be sure to look at the TV behind you. You’ll see balloon boy flying way up high in the sky. He’s on the news! Now walk outside and run to the right to go Downtown.
Your next stop is the garbage can just to the right of the entrance to the underground tunnel tour. Click on the garbage can and a screen will appear showing all garbage inside. Click on each piece and counterfeit island drag it away from the center. You’ll soon spot the tickets that were lost. Click on the tickets and they’ll go into your backpack.
Now run back to Main Street and the Internet Cafe. Go inside and stand next to the man who lost the tickets. Open up your backpack and find the tickets and then click on “Use”. The guy will thank you for finding them and just as he promised, he’ll give one back to you so that you can use it to take the underground tunnel tour.
EXTRA: Before you go on the underground tunnel tour, stop at Bobo’s clown shop to pick up a second balloon. This can make part of the tunnel tour easier but it is not required.
OK, head back Downtown and go to the entrance to the underground tunnel tour. There’s a woman standing outside wearing a green beret. Stand next to her, then open your backpack and click “Use” on the ticket inside. Next, click on the gate behind you to start the tour.
Fortunately the tunnel tour is very easy to follow. When you get to the bottom, you’ll see a lightbulb hanging down from a cable in the middle of the tunnel. Jump up onto this cable and climb to the top. Over to the right, you’ll see a torn piece of the picture lying on another cable. This is part of the torn picture that you’ll need to unlock the secret door to the museum later in the quest. Once you’re at the top of the cable, jump off to the right. As you fall over the torn picture, you will pick it up and it will go into your backpack. Keep following the main tunnel until you see a stone staircase heading up out of a door. Go up the stairs to leave and finish the tour.
The Mysterious Man
Once you finish up the tour, step outside and you’ll spot a strange man wearing sunglasses and an overcoat waiting outside. Click on him and you’ll hear his tale. He’ll then ask you to get a job over at the island museum and he wants you to meet back with him at this location later tonight. OK, the next thing to do is walk a little bit over to the right, where you’ll see another torn picture piece. Pick this one up. The third torn picture piece is over to the left on top of the mast of the fishing boat. Go over there and pick it up. Now that you’ve got both the torn picture pieces from here, go back to the right and go to Main Street and then walk into the museum.
Inside the Museum
When you get inside the museum, talk to the security guard who is standing there. He will tell you to speak with the assistant curator. You’ll find the assistant curator standing right above on top of the staircase. Walk up the stairs and click on him. He’ll tell you that he needs some help with some paintings. They have been placed in the incorrect spots and he needs you to help put them all in the right places. In each of the different wings, one of the paintings on the wall will come off and you’ll be able to carry it. Here’s where all the paintings should go.
- Move the painting from the cubism wing to the impressionism wing.
- Move the painting from the impressionism wing to the expressionism wing.
- Move the painting from the expressionism wing to the realism wing.
- Move the painting from realism wing to the cubism wing.
Now that you’ve got all the paintings placed correctly, walk back to the stairs and talk with the assistant curator. He’ll give you the job and will take you to start your training. The first stop is inisde the Forgery Detection Lab. Talk to him once inside and he’ll ask you to select a training station. Start at the first desk on the left by clicking on it. Use the X-Ray device and drag it over each of the paintings until you find the painting with the sketching underneath it. You can use the arrows at the top of the screen to move between the different paintings. Then you click on the one you think is the real deal.
Now comes the next test. In this one, you need to use a magnifying glass to attempt to determine the fake in a group of paintings. Take a peek at the corners of each painting and locate the signatures. One of the signatures is slightly different than all of the others. The one with the different signature is the forgery. Good job!
The next training exercise is to examine a photograph and find the area that proves it is a fake. Look up on the left side where you seen the moon. Click on the dark part of the moon. If this was really a picture of the moon, there would be no stars on the dark side of it.
The next step to to go to the desk on the right, which is where the staff performs chemical analyses of paint samples. In this training exercise, you select a paint sample and then it will be placed inside the beaker. You’ll see a red bar go across the screen. When it reaches a square, it will light up with a color. When that happens, click on the corresponding color beaker while the square is still lit. If you do it correctly and in time, a green check mark will appear over the square. Keep going until all four squares are done correctly. Now repeat the whole process for the remaining two paint samples. Once you complete this experiment, your schooling is finished and the assistant curator will offer you a key to the supply closet.
Walk outside the lab and go right. Follow all the signs you see to the statue room and then the security office. Walk left past all of the statues and follow the sign that directs you to the security office and supply closet. Walk all the way to the left and you’ll find the door to the supply closet. Inside your backpack you’ll find the poptropica key that the assistant curator gave to you. Use it to unlock the door and go inside. Once you walk in, you’ll find the sixth and final piece of the torn picture, which will complete to form the image of a gargoyle head.
Next, come out of the closet and head back through the statue room. Follow the sign to the main hall and then exit the museum. You’ll see that night has fallen. Go back to the city docks, which are over to the left. The mysterious guy in the hat and sunglasses will still be standing where you left him. Return into the gate to the underground tour area and then take the tunnel all the way until you get to the wood ladder. Climb the ladder and then click on the hatch at the top. You’ll see the hatch cover appear. It’s got a very familiar picture of a gargoyle head. Re-arrange the pieces on the hatch to match the version you see in the torn picture. You need to get all of the facial features on the hatch gargoyle to exactly match the picture. When you’re done, the hatch will open and you can proceed up through it.
When you get through the hatch you will find youself back in the museum supply closet. Use your supply room key to unlock the door from the inside and then go into the hall. Watch out because the shadow of the security guard will walk by the window to the security office. Wait for her to go by and then run past the window all the way to the statue room door. Go inside and then move across the room carefully, avoiding the laser beams. To avoid being spotted by a laser beam, hide behind either the plants or statues. Once you arrive at the far end of the room, exit to go to the main museum hall.
Now walk left and up a little. You’ll arrive in a spot where you can see the famous painting of the Scream hanging on the wall. Click on the top of it and you will jump up onto the light hanging above it. All of the sudden the museum alarms will go off and the police will arrive. This doesn’t look good! Next you’ll find yourself inside the jailhouse being interrogated by the police. The first thing you have to do is undergo a lie detector test. It’s very easy to pass. Then you’ll be asked to join the chief inspector over at the museum security office.
While you are walking back to the museum office, go into the clown shop. Here you will see the security guard from the museum. Click on him to ask him why he left his post and you’ll get his time card. After you get it, head to the museum and go up to the security office. Once you arrive, walk to the right and click on the big computer. You’ll automatically check the security camera footage and because you have the time card from the security guard, you’ll know where to look. The mystery man from the docks will show up on screen and walk to the painting. You can get a print out of the security camera footage by pressing the print screen button on the computer. Then go over and talk to the investigator. She will tell you to show the picture to the people in town. Leave the museum and head right towards Bobo’s Clown Shop.
When you arrive outside the clown shop, show the surveillance video screen print to one of the mimes. The mime will pretend to play music, which is a clue that the mysterious guy you’re looking for is hiding in the jazz cafe. Go right and then enter the cafe. Once you get inside, move to the right and you’ll see the strange guy you’ve been looking for. He will run away from you. Go out the door he ran through to start the big chase scene.
During the chase scene, you’ll be riding on a scooter trying to catch the mysterious guy. You don’t really need to catch him during this part. What you need to do is to keep away from all the roadblocks and obstacles that you’ll pass during the chase. The chase lasts for a minute or two and you’ll arrive at the Docks. The thief will escape in a waiting motor boat but will drop a key card which you will pick up.
Your next stop is the museum. Once you enter, you’ll see the assistant curator standing there. He’s waiting with a package that was addressed to you. Inside the package is a painting of Starry Night along with an X-ray device just like the one you used in your training. Open your backpack and find the painting. Click on the examine button to inspect it. Pull the device over the painting and it will reveal a hidden message from the curator telling you to come to the Pop Art Museum on Early Poptropica island. This is a fun part where you now have to leave Counterfeit Island and go to Early Poptropica. Walk out of the museum lobby into the street and then get back inside your Poptropica balloon. Click the balloon to travel and then when the map appears, choose Early Poptropica as your destination.
When you arrive in Early Poptropica, go to the left and enter the Pop Art Museum. You’ll see a woman wearing purple. Click on her to hear her story and then she will give you a key. Go back outside the museum and get on your balloon again. Now return to Counterfeit Island.
You’ll return to Main Street in Counterfeit Island. When you get there, jump down out of the balloon and walk to the right. Keep going until you get to the Countryside. You’ll find a house belonging to the chief inspector here. Use the key that the Curator gave you to sneak into the house. Head upstairs and you’ll see a painting hanging on the wall. Click on it to remove the canvas and you’ll see that it’s hiding the stolen painting from the museum! Next thing you know, the lights go dark and you are knocked out.
When you awake, you’ll be deep inside an underground hideout. Both you and the mysterious thief will be tied to chairs and you are captives of the Black Widow, the world’s greatest art thief. The Black Widow leaves the room and then you learn about how you were set up because the mysterious guy tells you his story. The guy asks you to move your chair closer to where he is so that he can free you. To move your chair, click and drag your mouse to the left. Inch by inch, you’ll get a little closer each time. Once you get next to him, you’ll both escape the chairs and he’ll suggest that you both go after the Black Widow. Head out of the room to the right.
You’ll show up in the next room of the hideout. Run all the way to the left and then jump up on the boxes while avoiding the guards. One of the most difficult guards to get past is the one walking on one of the platforms above. Wait until he reaches the end of the left side and then switches direction and starts going to the right. Don’t waste any time. Immediately jump up and follow him for a few paces until you get to a couch. Jump onto the couch and the springs will propel you to the platform above and to the left. There’s a door with a security access panel here. Use the key card you got at the end of the scooter chase at the Docks. Now step through the door to enter the last room. Next, walk to the left to start the final battle.
The guy will move to the left and climb up onto a giant platform that is operated by a handle. You need to turn the handle to raise the platform up so that he can catch her. But once he does that, the Black Widow will start dropping art onto the ground, destroying it. Now it gets more complicated. You must try to catch the artwork as she throws it down while always attemping to turn the handle so that the platform will rise and the mysterious guy can get to the top. This is a very difficult battle and requires good reflexes and timing. You’ll see a counter on the screen when the Black Widow starts breaking the art. If more than $1 million worth of art is destroyed, you’ll have to start over the battle. But after every four pieces you save, she’ll get really mad and then you have a few seconds to run over to the platform to turn the handle. But watch out because after a few seconds, she’ll throw a bomb towards you. You need to avoid getting hit by the exploding bomb and then return to the middle to try and catch four more pieces of art. Keep repeating the cycle until you raise the platform all the way to the top.
Once you’re done, the Black Widow will be captured! In the next scene, you’ll climb up out of the hideout into the Interrnet Cafe and the museum curator will be standing here. She’ll tell you to meet her at the museum. The curator will show you that the museum has actually been a secret safeguard for some of the world’s most important works of art. She’ll then present you with the medal for completing the Counterfeit Island quest. Hooray!