Poptropica Counterfeit Island is the most recent island grand adventure in the popular online game. It was unveiled to Early Access players on December 21, 2009 and became available to all people in early Jan, 2010. The island’s story is that a notorious art thief has hatched a plot to steal some very important art from the island’s museum, but no one knows who the thief is or when the heist will happen. It’s up to you to save the day. Along the way, you’ll meet lots of interesting figures and encounter many twists and turns in the mystery of the stolen art. This is a step-by-step walkthrough of the entire quest with all the secrets for Counterfeit Island.
Your Arrival On Counterfeit Island
Follow the map to Counterfeit Island. You’ll arrive by balloon next to the museum. Once you land, just head to the right side and visit Downtown. When you arrive, the first store you’ll see is called Bobo’s Clown Store. Go inside. There are many different colors balloons here in the shop. Grab a green balloon and then go back outside.
The next stop will be the gorgeous country side. Go right and follow the signs there. A few steps into this vicinity you’ll notice a young lady with a crying boy. You can cheer him up by giving him your green balloon. Click on the boy to give it over. When he tales it fom you, he’ll lift up into the sky. Poor balloon boy! You don’t need to try to save him, though. Head back to the left to go Downtown and then run all the way to the left of that zone and go into Main Street. As soon as you arrive on Main Street, go inside the building named the Web Browser Internet Cafe. There’s a guy who looks like a tourist and has a hat and camera. Go up to him and talk to him. He’ll tell you that he lost his tunnel tour tickets and that if you can find them, he’ll give you one. 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.
Look for a garbage can that is right next to the entrance of the Tunnel Tour. Click on the garbage can to peek inside and see all of the garbage. Exciting! Move all the garbage pieces away from the middle by clicking and dragging them. Soon, you’ll reveal the lost tickets that are buried inside. Pick up the tickets.
Now run back to Main Street and the Internet Cafe. Head inside the cafe and go to the tourist who lost the tickets. Open up your backpack and find the tickets and then click on “Use”. The man who lost the tickets will be really happy that you found them and will give one to you as a reward.
Return to the Downtown area and walk up to the entrance of the tunnel tour. You will see a woman with a green hat standing right in front of the entrance. While you are standing near her, open your backpack and find the ticket. Click on the “Use” button on the ticket Next, click on the gate behind you to start the tour.
Fortunately the tunnel tour is very easy to follow. You will see a lightbulb on a cable down in the middle of the tunnel at the bottom. 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. Of course this is another piece of the torn picture that you are collecting all over the island. Climb all the way to the top of the cable and jump to the right. This is really easy if you’re carrying a balloon from Bobo’s Clown Store. As you fall over the torn picture, you will pick it up and it will go into your backpack. Now get back on the tour and keep following the main tunnel until you get to a set of stairs that head up to a door. Walk up the staircase to go outside and end the underground tunnel tour.
The Strange Guy
When you wrap up the tour and head out the exit, there’s a guy with sunglasses and an overcoat waiting just outside. Listen to his story. He’ll then ask you to go apply for the open security job at the museum. He also wants you to come back here to the Docks and meet him at night. Next, go back up and to the right. You’ll find one more piece of the torn picture. Grab this picture piece. Before leaving this area, run across the docks to the left and jump up to the top of the mast on the fishing boat to find your third piece of the torn picture. 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.
In the Museum
Speak with the guard who is standing by the door inside the museum and he’ll tell you to go upstairs and talk to the assistant curator. You’ll find the assistant curator standing right above on top of the staircase. Go up to the top of the stair case and talk to him. He will tell you that four paintings have been placed in the wrong wings of the museum and that he needs you to put them in their correct spots. In each wing, you can pick up one painting on the wall (the others won’t move) and take it somewhere else. This guide tells you where to put all the paintings so that they are in the correct places.
- The painting in the cubism wing goes into the impressionism wing.
- The painting in the impressionism wing goes into the expressionism wing.
- The painting in the expressionism wing goes into the realism wing.
- The painting in the realism wing goes into the cubism wing.
When you’re done placing all of the paintings, go back and speak to 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. Speak to him and then he’ll tell you to select a station to begin your training. Choose the first desk and click on it. You’ll get a special X-Ray device that you can use on the paintings. Use it on each one until you find the canvas with the sketches underneath the paint. Use the arrows at the top to switch between the paintings and then click on the one you think is the real painting below.
You next training test will be to figure out which painting is a fake. You’ll do this using a magnifying glass. Examine the corners of every painting to look for the signature. You’re trying to find out which one is different than the others. This one is the forgery.
The next training exercise is to examine a photograph and find the area that proves it is a fake. Move up to the left to where the moon is and click on the dark side of the moon to prove that this photo is a fake. If this was really a picture of the moon, there would be no stars on the dark side of it.
Now go on to the next station to continue your training. Here you will learn how to do a chemical analysis of a painting. In this test, you select a paint sample and then it drops into the beaker. A red bar moves across and when it reaches a square, that square lights up with a color. Click on that color beaker above while the square is lit to add it into the test solution. 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 test, your schooling is finished and the assistant curator will grant you a key to the supply room.
Leave this room and then walk right following the signs that direct you to the statue room and then into the security office. Walk left past the statues and follow the sign 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 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.
Now walk back to the right and go back through the statue room. Follow the sign to the main hall and then exit the museum. Once you get outside, you’ll discover that night has arrived. Head left and go to the city docks. The strange and mysterious man will be standing right where you saw him last. 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. Use the mouse to move all the pieces on the hatch to match the version from the torn picture pieces you collected. You need to get all of the facial features on the hatch gargoyle to exactly match the picture. Once you’ve got it exactly right, the hatch opens up and you can climb 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. Be careful because the security guard can be seen pacing back and forth inside 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. You are safe from being spotted by a laser beam when you’re hiding behind something, like a statue or potted plant. Once you arrive at the far end of the room, exit to go to the main museum hall.
From here, go up and to the left to where the painting of the Scream is located. 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. You’ve been framed! You’ll be placed in jail and then questioned 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.
On your way back to the museum, make a quick stop at Bobo’s. Inside you will find the museum security officer. Talk to him and ask him about why he left his post. He’ll turn over his time card to you. After you get it, head to the museum and go up to the security office. When you’re inside the office, head over to the right of the room and click on the large computer. Because you have the time card that the security guard gave you, you’ll know where to look when reviewing the footage. You will see the mysterious guy appear and walk up 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. Her advice will be to show the picture around to the citizens of the island. Leave the museum and head right towards Bobo’s Clown Shop.
After you get to the clown store, use the security camera printout and show it to the mime by the door. The mime knows who it is and she will pantomime music playing. This is a clue that the person you’re trying to find is inside the jazz cafe. Go right and then enter the cafe. When you arrive inside the cafe, walk to the right and the mysterious man will be there. As soon as he sees you enter, he’ll make a run for it. Follow him out the door to chase after him.
The chase scene begins here and you’ll be riding a motorized scooter in your see page attempt to catch the bad guy. You don’t really need to catch him during this part. All you need to do is avoid the different obstacles that appear in the road as you go by. The chase goes on for a while and then you’ll wind up at the Docks. The mysterious guy will escape in a boat but as he departs he’ll accidentally drop a secret key card that you’ll be able to pick up from the ground.
TIP: keep an eye out in the beginning of the chase for Balloon Boy. He will appear up in the sky between the buildings in the background.
And now it’s time to go back to the museum. When you arrive in the main lobby, the assistant curator will be waiting for you and give you a package that arrived 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. Drag the x-ray device over the painting and you’ll see a secret message from the curator telling you to meet at the Pop Art Museum in Early Poptropica island. This is a fun part where you now have to leave Counterfeit Island and go to Early Poptropica. Go outside the museum and get back into your balloon. Choose Early Poptropica on the map.
Once you arrive in Early Poptropica, just go to the left and go into the art museum. You’ll see a woman wearing purple. Click on her to hear her story and then she will give you a key. Exit the museum, go back to your travel balloon, and head back 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. The inspector’s house is located here and the key to the door that the Curator gave you will let you get in. 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! But then the lights will go out and you’ll be knocked unconscious.
Once you come to, you discover that you’re deep underground in some sort of secret hideout. You and the mysterious art thief guy in sunglasses and a trenchcoat are tied up together in a chair and the Black Widow is here. She has captured you! The Black Widow will leave the room and then you and the mysterious guy will talk about how you were both set up by her. He’ll tell you to move your chair close to him so that he can untie you. To move your chair, click and drag your mouse to the left. It will slowly move towards the guy. Once you get next to him, you’ll both escape the chairs and he’ll suggest that you both go after the Black Widow. Leave the room to your 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. Leap onto the couch and then use it to bounce up and left. Here you’ll see a special access panel. Use the key card you got at the end of the scooter chase at the Docks. Go through the door to enter Black Widow’s private gallery. Next, walk to the left to start the final battle.
The mysterious guy will run and jump onto a platform with a handle. Your task is to raise him up to the top by turning the handle. But once he gets on the panel, the Black Widow starts to destroy all the art she has stolen by hurling it down at you. 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 certainly one of the hardest boss fights in Poptropica. 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. Here’s the key trick: after every four pieces of art you catch, the Black Widow gets steaming mad and pauses for a few seconds. This gives you the chance to turn the handle a few turns. However you need to move very quickly because after just a couple of seconds, she tosses a bomb at 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. You just need to keep doing this same cycle over and over until you get the platform with the guy on it all the way to the top.
Once the platform gets to the top, the guy runs off it and apprehends the Black Widow. In the next scene, you’ll be in the Interrnet Cafe along with the Museum Curator. She will ask you to meet up with her over at the museum. When you arrive, the curator will show you a secret about the museum. It has been quietly hiding many famous works of art from around the globe. Along with her thanks for saving the day and capturing the Black Widow, you’ll receive the island medallion. Well done and congratulations.