Poptropica Counterfeit Island is the 10th island grand adventure in the game. It was released to Early Access gamers on December 21, 2009 and has become available to every person in early January, 2010. In this encounter, you are required to expose the thriller in regards to a piece of stolen art in the Counterfeit Island museum. The island is very mysterious and anyone could be a suspect as you try to figure out what’s going on. Counterfeit Island is fun to play but can be pretty challenging at times, so here is a full walkthrough for the adventure.
First Steps on the Island
Follow the map to Counterfeit Island. You’ll arrive by balloon right next to the museum. Your first stop is Downtown. Start walking right and follow the signs. When you arrive, the first store you’ll see is called Bobo’s Clown Store. Go inside. You’ll see plenty of balloons, all in different colors, around the store. Select a green balloon and then walk outside the store.
SECRET: you can jump up on the roof of the store to talk with Bobo the clown. He’ll tell you why he’s up on the roof. It’s not necessary to talk with him to complete this quest.
Now go completely to the right and go into the Country side area. Walk a little bit further right and you’ll find sobbing boy as well as a young woman carrying poptropica counterfeit island cheats a red balloon. Click on the weeping kid and you’ll give him your green balloon. When he tales it fom you, he’ll lift up into the sky. Poor balloon boy! 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. When you get to Main Street, look for the Web Browser Internet Cafe and go inside. Once you’re inside, walk to the right and talk to the bearded guy wearing the hat and camera. 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! Next, walk outside the Internet cafe and then run to the Downtown zone to the right.
Your next stop is the garbage can just to the right of the entrance to the underground tunnel tour. Click on the garbage can to look inside and you’ll get a new screen that shows you the contents of the garbage can. You can rearrange the garbage pieces by clicking on them and dragging them. Try to move them all away from the center of the can. After you move a few pieces of garbage away, you’ll find the tickets! Click on the tickets and they’ll go into your backpack.
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 tourist will be so pleased that you found the tickets that he will give you one as a thank you for returning them.
SECRET: 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.
Return to the Downtown area and walk up to the entrance of the tunnel tour. There’s a woman standing outside wearing a green beret. While you are standing near her, open your backpack and find the ticket. Click on the “Use” button on the ticket You’re ready to begin the tour. Click on the gate to the entrance behind you to start it.
The tunnel tour is very easy to do, because there’s just one path 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. This is part of the torn picture that you’ll need to unlock the secret door to the museum later in the quest. 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. Go up the stairs to leave and finish the tour.
The Strange Gentleman
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. Next, go back up and to the right. You’ll find one more piece of the torn picture. 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 head back to Main Street and enter the museum.
Within 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. The assistant curator is standing right above you on 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. Here’s where all the paintings should go.
- cubism -> impressionism
- impressionism -> expressionism
- expressionism -> realism
- realism -> cubism
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. Talk to him once inside and he’ll ask you to select a training station. Click on the first desk to get started. 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.
In the next test, you’ll use a magnifying glass to try and figure out which painting is a fake. Look in the corners of each painting to find the signature and figure out which one is different than 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 top left where the moon is. Click on the dark side of the moon. If this was really a picture of the moon, there would be no stars on the dark side of it.
Now move to the next station, where the museum does chemical analysis of paint samples. In this test, you select a paint sample and then it drops into the beaker. You’ll see a red bar go across the screen. When it reaches a square, it will light 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. Repeat this exercise until all four of the squares are done right. Now do it all over again for the other two paint samples. Once you conclude this experiment, your coaching is finished and the assistant curator will give you a key to the supply room.
Leave the forgery detection lab and walk right and then follow the signs to the statue room and security office. Walk left past all of the statues and follow the sign that directs you to the security office and supply closet. Go left to the end and you’ll arrive at the supply closet door. 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.
OK, now head back over to the right side and then go back through the room of statues. Follow the sign to the main hall and then exit the museum. Once you get outside, you’ll discover that night has arrived. 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. Use the mouse to move all the pieces on the hatch to match the version from the torn picture pieces you collected. All of the features have to match the picture exactly. Once you’ve got it exactly right, the hatch opens up and you can climb through it.
You’ll arrive inside the supply closet in the museum. 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. Enter the statue room and then move to the right slowly and carefully while avoiding the moving laser beams you see there. You are safe from being spotted by a laser beam when you’re hiding behind something, like a statue or potted plant. When you get across the room safely, go outside into the main 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. You’ve been framed! 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. Next you’ll be invited to speak with the chief inspector back inside the museum office.
On your way back to the museum, make a quick stop at Bobo’s. Inside you will find the museum security officer. Click on him to ask him why he left his post and you’ll get his time card. Once you have the time card, leave the clown shop and go to the security office in the museum. Once you arrive, walk to the right and click on the big computer. Because you have the time card that the security guard gave you, you’ll know where to look when reviewing the footage. 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. Walk out of the museum and head back to the outside of the clown shop.
Once you get to the front of Bobo’s clown store, show the printout from the security camera to the mime on the left. 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. After you enter the jazz cafe, walk to the right and you’ll spot the guy wearing sunglasses and a trenchcoat. Once you arrive, he’ll run out of the cafe. Go out the door he ran through to start the big chase scene.
This is where the scooter ride chase scene begins. You’ll both be riding scooters. 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 fierce moon chase goes on for a while and then you’ll wind up 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. 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. It’s a painting of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and there’s also an x-ray device included. Open your backpack and click on the Examine button on the painting to take a closer look. 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. Walk out of the museum lobby into the street and then get back inside your Poptropica balloon. Choose Early Poptropica on the map.
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. Exit the museum, go back to your travel balloon, and head back to Counterfeit Island.
When you arrive back in Counterfeit Island, run all the way to the right 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 the painting and you will remove the canvas. Look! It’s the stolen painting of the Scream. Next thing you know, the lights go dark and you are knocked out.
When you awake, you’ll be deep inside an underground 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 leaves the room and then you learn about how you were set up because the mysterious guy tells you his story. 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. When you get close enough, you both are free from your bonds. The mysterious guy has an idea that you should both go after the Black Widow. Leave the room to your right.
You’ll arrive in the next room. Run all the way to the left and then jump up on the boxes while avoiding the guards. The hardest guard to sneak past is on one of the platforms right above you. You need to wait until he gets all the way to the left and then turns and starts walking 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 cushions and then use them to bounce upwards and left. There’s a door with a security access panel here. Use the key card you found when you were chasing the mysterious guy before to open the door. 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. Your task is to raise him up to the top by turning the handle. 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. Of all the final boss battles in Poptropica, this is one of the most challenging. If more than one million dollars of art breaks, you’ll fail and have to start this part over again. 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. Move away from the bomb before it explodes and then get back to the middle of the room to resume catching falling 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 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 will ask you to meet up with her over at the museum. Go there and then the Curator will show you that the museum has been the secret hiding place for some of the most famous works of art in the world. You’ll receive the medallion for finishing Counterfeit Island. Great job!