Poptropica Counterfeit Island is your tenth island mission in the game. It was released to Early Access gamers on Dec 21, 2009 and has become obtainable to all people in early January, 2010. The storyline of Counterfeit Island is that a infamous art thief might be organizing to steal a really valuable painting from the Counterfeit Island fine art museum. You must expose the conspiracy and also attempt to stop the burglar. You’ll encounter many odd people as you try to solve the mystery and run into many different plot twists as you play. Counterfeit Island is fun to play but can be pretty challenging at times, so here is a full walkthrough for the adventure.
Your Arrival On Counterfeit Island
Certainly, first things first. Make use of the map to travel by balloon to Counterfeit Island. You’ll show up by balloon right next to the museum. Start running all the way right and head to the Downtown area. The first store you’ll see Downtown is a shop called Bobo’s. Walk inside the store. You’ll see plenty of balloons, all in different colors, around the store. Grab a green balloon and then go back outside.
Your next stop will be the lovely country side. Go right and follow the signs there. There’s a crying kid here with his mother (or sister?). The kid is really distressed about a problem. You are able to cheer him up by giving him your green balloon. Click on him to give it over. 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. 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. 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 talking to him, look up at the TV behind you. It’s balloon boy on the news! Head back out of the cafe and then go to the right and go to 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! Click on each piece and drag it away from the center. You’ll soon spot the tickets that were lost. Pick up the tickets.
Now run back to Main Street and the Internet Cafe. Go inside and stand next to the man who lost the tickets. Find the tickets in your backpack and click on Use to give them to him. 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.
The tunnel tour is very easy to do, because there’s just one path to follow. At the very bottom of the tunnel, there is a lightbulb hanging down in the center. It’s attached to a long cable. 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. The paper is another piece of the torn picture that you’re trying to collect. Now jump to the right to catch the piece of the torn picture. 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. Follow the stairs to leave the tour.
The Secret Gentleman
Right after you exit the tour, you’ll meet a mysterious man standing next to the exit. 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. more Now head up the sand to the right and you’ll see another torn piece of the picture. Pick this one up. 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 of 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 standing right over you upon the staircase. Go up 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. Follow these instructions to get all the paintings in the right places.
- Take the painting that’s inside the cubism wing and take it 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.
Once you have finished returning the paintings to their proper places, head back and talk with the assistant curator. He’ll tell you that you are hired and will take you inside the Forgery Detection Lab to begin your training. Now speak to him again and he says to pick a station to start the training. Start at the first desk on the left by clicking 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. 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. That is the forged painting.
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. The reason you know this is fake is that if it were really a picture of the moon you wouldn’t see any stars here because the moon would block them out.
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 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. Click on that color beaker above while the square is lit to add it into the test solution. If you’re fast enough, you’ll see a green check appear over the square. Repeat this exercise until all four of the squares are done right. Now repeat the whole process for the remaining two paint samples. Once you finish this experiment, your schooling is finished and the assistant curator will grant you a key to the supply room.
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. 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. You’ll see that night has fallen. Now remember that you need to meet the strange guy. Go left to get to the city docks. 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 up to the top and then click on the hatch you see above. 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. When you’re done, the hatch will open and you can proceed up through it.
You’ll arrive inside the supply closet in the museum. Use the key again to unlock the door and then walk out into the hallway. Be careful because the security guard can be seen pacing back and forth inside 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. 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. This doesn’t look good! 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. Next you’ll be invited to speak with the chief inspector back inside the museum office.
On the way back to the museum office, stop inside Bobo’s clown shop, where you’ll find the security guard from the museum. 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. You will see the mysterious guy appear and walk up to the painting. Press the print screen button to get a surveillance video screen print. 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.
When you arrive outside the clown shop, show the surveillance video screen print to one of the mimes. 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. Walk a little bit to the right and then go inside the cafe. Once you get inside, move to the right and you’ll see the strange guy you’ve been looking for. As soon as he sees you enter, he’ll make a run for it. 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 actually catch him during this scene. What you need to do is to keep away from all the roadblocks and obstacles that you’ll pass during the chase. After about a minute of chasing, you’ll both end up at the docks. The thief will escape in a waiting motor boat but will drop a key card which you will pick up.
EXTRA: when the chase begins, look for Balloon Boy. You can see him for a short bit up in the sky near the buildings in the back.
And now it’s time to go back to the museum. Once you enter, you’ll see the assistant curator standing there. He’s waiting with a package that was 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. 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. Head back outside and return to your travel balloon, which is just to the right of the museum entrance. 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. 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. You’ll see the Inspector’s house here and you can use the key that the Curator gave to you to get inside. 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.
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 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.
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. 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 found when you were chasing the mysterious guy before to open the door. Now step through the door to enter the last room. Then walk to the left to begin the final confrontation with Black Widow.
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. You need to catch the artwork so it’s not destroyed but also keep turning the handle on the platform. This is certainly one of the hardest boss fights in Poptropica. 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. But watch out because after a few seconds, she’ll throw a bomb towards 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! You’ll appear inside the Internet Cafe and the Curator will be there. 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. You’ll receive the medallion for finishing Counterfeit Island. Great job!