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Club Penguin Is Dead, Long Live Club Penguin Island

Dave Parrack 30-03-2017

Club Penguin, Disney’s social network/virtual world/MMO, is no more, with Disney having shut it down on March 29, 2017. However, Disney has already launched Club Penguin Island, its mobile-only replacement for the much-loved original. Club Penguin is dead, long live Club Penguin Island!


In February 2017, Disney announced it was shutting down Club Penguin Club Penguin Dies and Generation Z Cries With the passing of Club Penguin, the world will lose one of the first online communities Generation Z forged in its own image. Albeit with penguins. Read More . For the uninitiated, Club Penguin was a virtual world filled with humans masquerading as penguins. This made Generation Z, which populated Club Penguin, sad. But they needn’t have worried, as Club Penguin Island has now opened its doors.

Welcome to Club Penguin Island

Unlike the old 2D Club Penguin, Club Penguin Island features 3D graphics optimized for mobile devices. It adds MMORPG-style quests, the chance to customize your character, and more besides. Unfortunately, everyone joins at the same level, so any progress made or items acquired over years of playing Club Penguin is meaningless.

Club Penguin Island looks to be a solid replacement for the original Club Penguin. It has been built from the ground up with smartphones in mind, comes laden with stuff to do, places to play, and things to see, and adds some fantastic new elements for those willing to pay.

The move to mobile will annoy some, but the same people who spent their formative years messing around in Club Penguin now spend all day, every day on their phones What Your Smartphone Is Doing To Your Body & Mind Smartphones are changing us -- is that a good or a bad thing? Find out what science has to say. Read More anyway. And Disney has hinted at the possibility of bringing Club Penguin Island to the desktop in the future.

Paying for Penguin Privileges

Club Penguin Island is available right now on Android and on iOS. It’s free-to-play, but most of the good stuff is reserved for those willing to pay for the privilege. In other words, feel free to try it, but don’t dive too deep in unless you’ve happy to pay for a monthly subscription.


Did you ever join Club Penguin in the 12 years it was open? What’s your abiding memory of the experience? Are you sad to see Club Penguin shutting down? Do you understand Disney’s decision? Will you be trying Club Penguin Island? Please let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: MMO Games, Mobile Gaming, Online Community.

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  1. Shamus The Brute
    March 31, 2017 at 2:41 am

    It's too bad that Disney continues to implement a "pirate-y" theme into every (trending) game platform they deem as important considering back in 2012 & 2013, Disney chose to ignore some 3,000+ signatures acquired to petition Disney alone to keep such a game open because of said interest. RIP "Pirates of the Caribbean Online," shuttered by Disney on September 19, 2013.
    ~ CP fans, sorry for your loss but Disney wants you to enjoy OUR island-quest adventures!

  2. Princessica4
    March 31, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I can't remember when I got my Club Penguin account, it was probably around 9 years ago. It was my first virtual world game and I played it with all my friends. I'm 18 now and I went on a few months ago to see what it was like and say hi to my beloved puffles. I didn't even know it was closing until this morning and now I wish I could have seen my puffles one more time :(