Counterfeit Island will be the 10th adventure in the well-liked on line video game, Poptropica. It started in early access mode in late Dec, 2009 and then became freely offered 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. This is a step-by-step walkthrough of the entire quest with all the cheats for Counterfeit Island.
Your Arrival On Counterfeit Island
The very first thing to do is to use your Poptropica map to journey to Counterfeit Island. You’ll arrive by balloon next to the museum. Your first stop should be Downtown. Start walking to the right and observe the signs. The first store you’ll see Downtown is a shop called Bobo’s. Walk inside the store. There are many different colors balloons here in the shop. Select a green balloon and then walk outside the store.
Now we’re off to the country side. Quickly go to the right and run to the end of the area to go there. There’s a sobbing kid here together with his mother (or sister?). The kid is really distressed about a problem. Click on the crying kid and you’ll give him your green balloon. When he tales it fom you, he’ll lift up into poptropica the sky. Poor balloon boy! You don’t need to try to save him, though. 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. He explains that he lost his tickets for the underground tunnel tour and that if you can help him find them he will 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! Next, walk outside the Internet cafe and then run to the Downtown zone to the right.
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. You’ll soon spot the tickets that were lost. 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. Find the tickets in your backpack and click on Use to give them to him. 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.
The next thing to do is to go back Downtown and walk up to the entrance for the underground tour. You will see a woman with a green hat standing right in front of the entrance. Stand next to her, then open your backpack and click “Use” on the ticket inside. You’re ready to begin the tour. Click on the gate to the entrance behind you to start it.
Just keep moving along the single pathway in the tunnel tour. You will see a lightbulb on a cable down in the middle of the tunnel at the bottom. Jump up and grab the cable and then climb to the ceiling. 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. 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. Follow the stairs to leave the tour.
The Strange Guy
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 up the piece of the torn picture. 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. We’re done here for now. Go to Main Street and then enter the museum.
Inside the Museum
Speak with the guard who is standing by counterfeit island walkthrough the door inside the museum and he’ll tell you to go upstairs and talk to 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 of the four wings, you’ll be able to remove one painting from the wall and carry it to a different wing. Follow these instructions to get all the paintings in the right places.
- cubism -> impressionism
- impressionism -> expressionism
- expressionism -> realism
- realism -> cubism
Once you have finished returning the paintings to their proper places, head back and talk with the assistant curator. He’ll hire you on the spot and tell you to start the training. Follow him into the Lab to begin. 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. Use the arrows at the top to switch between the paintings and then click on the one you think is the real painting below.
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 third test is a photograph and you need to click on the area that shows 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 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. 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 do it all over again for the other two paint samples. Once you conclude this test, your schooling is complete and the assistant curator will offer 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. Walk all the way to the left and you’ll find the door to the supply closet. Use the key from your backpack to unlock it and get 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. Walk back into the main area and go outside the museum. Now it is night time outside. 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. Go inside the gate to the underground tour area and then follow the tunnel back to the wooden ladder. Climb up to the top and then click on the hatch you see above. The hatch cover will appear on screen and it has a gargoyle face on it. 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. 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. 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. Enter the statue room and then move to the right slowly and carefully while avoiding the moving laser beams you see there. To avoid being spotted by a laser beam, hide behind either the plants or statues. When you get across the room safely, go outside into the main 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 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. You will take a lie detector test which is 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. 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. Next talk to the chief investigator. Her advice will be to show the picture around to the citizens of the island. 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. He will run away from you. Follow him out the door to chase after him.
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 chase lasts for a minute or two and you’ll arrive 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.
Now you want to head over 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. 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 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. Now you get to do something pretty neat. You’re going to temporarily leave Counterfeit Island and go to Early Poptropica for a bit. 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.
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. Go back outside the museum and get on your balloon again. Now return to Counterfeit Island.
When you arrive back in Counterfeit Island, run all the way to the right 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! But then the lights will go out and you’ll be knocked unconscious.
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 will leave the room and then you and the mysterious guy will talk about how you were both set up by her. 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. 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. 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. Wait until he reaches the end of the left side and then switches direction and starts going to the right. Jump up immediately and follow him a few steps until you see 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.
Your new friend the guy in the trenchcoat will go to the left and jump onto a mechanical platform that has a big handle on it. 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 really tough part to finish! 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. 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. Keep repeating the cycle until you raise the platform all the way to the top.
When you get the platform all the way up, the guy captures her. You’ll appear inside the Internet Cafe and the Curator will be there. She’ll tell you to meet her 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. Well done and congratulations.