Poptropica Counterfeit Island is the new island grand adventure in the well-liked online video game. It launched in early access mode in late December, 2009 and then was openly obtainable in January. 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. The island is very mysterious and anyone could be a suspect as you try to figure out what's going on. Here is a complete walkthrough for Counterfeit Island.
Your Arrival On Counterfeit Island
The very first thing to do is to use your Poptropica map to travel to Counterfeit Island. Your balloon will park right next to the art museum on the island. Start running all the way right and head to the Downtown area. 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.
The next stop will be the gorgeous country side. Go right and follow the signs there. Walk slightly further to the right and you'll discover crying boy and a young girl carrying a red balloon. You can cheer him up by giving him your green balloon. Click on the boy to hand it over. When he tales it fom you, he'll lift up into the sky. Poor balloon boy! Don't worry about balloon boy for now. Your next stop is Main Street. Start running back to the left and pass all the way through Downtown to get back there. When you arrive at Main Street, go inside the Web Browser Internet Cafe. 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 talking to him, look up at the TV behind you. It's balloon boy 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 and a screen will appear showing all garbage inside. Click on each piece and drag it away from the center. Soon, you'll reveal the lost tickets that are buried inside. Pick up the tickets.
OK, now run back to Main Street and enter the Web Browser Internet Cafe again. 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 tourist will be so pleased that you found the tickets that he will give you one as a thank you for returning them.
OK, head back Downtown and go to the entrance to the underground 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 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. This is part of the torn counterfeit island picture that you'll need to unlock the secret door to the museum later in the quest. Now jump to the right to catch the piece of the torn picture. When you pass over the torn picture, you'll pick it up. 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 Secret Gentleman
Right after you exit the tour, you'll meet a mysterious man standing next to the exit. He'll tell you a story and ask you to get a job at the museum, then meet him in this same spot after nightfall. Next, go back up and to the right. You'll find one more piece of the torn picture. Grab this picture piece. Now run over to the left of the docks and leap up onto the top of the fishing boat, where you'll see the next torn picture piece. Now head back to Main Street and enter 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. The assistant curator is up the stairs right above the entrance. 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 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
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. Speak to him and then he'll tell you to select a station to begin your training. Click on the first desk to get started. Use the X-Ray device and drag it over each of the paintings until you find the painting with the sketching underneath it. The arrows up to allow you to move between the different canvases. Click on the one you think is real.
You next training test will be to figure out which painting is a fake. You'll do this using a magnifying glass. 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!
Now you'll do a test with a photo where you need to locate the area in the picture that demonstrates that it's a complete 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.
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. A red bar moves across and when it reaches a square, that square lights up with a color. When that happens, click on the corresponding color beaker while the square is still lit. If you're fast enough, you'll see a green check 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 finish this test, your coaching is finished and the assistant curator will offer 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. In here you'll see that sixth piece of the torn photo. Now that it's put together you'll see it forms a picture of the head of a gargoyle.
Next, come out of the closet and head back through the statue room. Walk back into the main area and go outside 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. Go back inside the tour through the gate. Walk through the tunnel until you get to the wooden 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. 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. Watch out because the shadow of the security guard will walk by the window to the security office. Stay put until she passes and then dart past the window and keep going until you reach the door to the statue room. 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.
Next walk up and left until you get to the spot where the painting of the Scream is hanging. Click on the top of the painting and you'll leap up to the light fixture hanging right 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. You will take a lie detector test which is very easy to pass. Next you'll be invited to speak with the chief inspector back inside the museum 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. 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. Next talk to the chief 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 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. Follow him to the right to begin a big chase.
This is where the scooter ride chase scene begins. You'll both be riding scooters. You don't actually catch him during this scene. 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 thief will escape in a waiting motor boat but will drop a key card which you will pick up.
SECRET: keep an eye out in the beginning of the chase for Balloon Boy. You can see him for a short bit up in the sky near the buildings in the back.
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. When you open up the package, it reveals a painting of "Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh. And there is also an X-ray device inside. 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. Now you get to do something pretty neat. You're going to temporarily leave Counterfeit Island and go to Early Poptropica for a bit. 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. Walk a little bit to the left and you'll find an older woman wearing purple clothes. Talk to her and she will explain a little bit about what is going on and give you a key. Go back outside the museum and get on your balloon again. Now return to Counterfeit Island.
Once your balloon returns you to Counterfeit, jump down and then go right all the way 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. Walk upstairs and you'll find a painting decorating the wall. Click on the painting and you will remove the canvas. Look! It's the stolen painting of the Scream. But then the lights will go out and you'll be knocked unconscious.
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. Moving the chair can be a little tricky. To do it, click and drag the 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.
Here's one of the last rooms to get through and it's guarded. Run all the way to the left and then jump up on the crates. You need to avoid the guards while you do this. One of the most difficult guards to get past is the one walking on one of the platforms above. 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 and the springs will propel you to the platform above and to the 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. 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. 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 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. 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. She'll then present you with the medal for completing the Counterfeit Island quest. Hooray!