Counterfeit Island is the 10th quest in the popular internet video game, Poptropica. It launched in early access mode in late Dec, 2009 and became freely available in January. In this encounter, you have got to discover the thriller regarding a piece of stolen artwork in the Counterfeit Island art gallery. Along the way, you'll meet lots of interesting figures and encounter many twists and turns in the mystery of the stolen art. Here is a complete walkthrough for Poptropica Counterfeit Island.
First Steps on the Island
Naturally, first things first. Use the map to travel by balloon to Counterfeit Island. Your balloon will park right next to the art museum on the island. Once you land, just head to the right side and visit Downtown. Bobo's Clown shop should appear immediately once you arrive in Downtown. It's a clown store! Walk inside. You'll see plenty of balloons, all in different colors, around the store. Click on the green one to pick it up and then leave the clown store.
SPECIAL: 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. This counterfeit island on poptropica is just a fun little joke on the island and you don't have to visit Bobo to complete the mission.
Your next stop is the wonderful country side. Go right and follow the signs there. There is a crying kid here along with his mother (or sister?). The boy really is annoyed about an issue. He will quit crying if he gets a green balloon. Fortunately, you have one so click him to give it up. 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. 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 get to Main Street, look for the Web Browser Internet Cafe and go inside. Look for a guy wearing a hat and camera over on the right and then speak with him. He'll tell you that he lost his tunnel tour tickets and that if you can find them, he'll give you one. A neat little thing in this mission is that while you're talking with him, you can see balloon boy flying in the sky on the television behind you. 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 to peek inside and see all of the garbage. Exciting! Move all the garbage pieces away from the middle by clicking and dragging them. 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.
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. 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.
OK, head back Downtown and go to the entrance to the underground 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 Ready to begin the poptropica cheats and secrets tour? Just click on the gate behind you to get going.
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 onto the cable and then climb up until you get to the very top. You'll see a torn piece of paper on top of another cable just to the right. This is part of the torn picture that you'll need to unlock the secret door to the museum later in the quest. Once you're at the top of the cable, jump off to the right. When you pass over the torn picture, you'll pick it up. 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 Mysterious Gentleman
When you wrap up the tour and head out the exit, there's a guy with sunglasses and an overcoat waiting just outside. Listen to his story. He'll then ask you to go apply for the open security job at the museum. He also wants you to come back here to the Docks and meet him at night. Now head up the sand to the right and you'll see another torn piece of the picture. Pick this one up. 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.
Within the 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. You'll find the assistant curator standing right above on top of the staircase. Go up and talk to him. He says that there are four paintings inside the museum that someone placed incorrectly. He'd like you to help fix every thing and place the art in the correct 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
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. Start at the first desk on the left by clicking on it. 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. That is the forged painting.
The next training exercise is to examine a photograph and find the area that proves 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 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. 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. 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.
Leave the forgery detection lab and walk right and then follow the signs to the statue room and security office. Walk left past the statues and follow the sign to the security office and supply closet. Go left to the end and you'll arrive at the supply closet door. Use the key from your backpack to unlock it and get 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.
OK, now head back over to the right side and then go back through the room of statues. 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 strange and mysterious man will be standing right where you saw him last. 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. 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. Once you've got it exactly right, the hatch opens up and you can climb through it.
You will appear back inside the museum supply closet. Use the key again to unlock the door and then walk out into the hallway. 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 caught red-handed! 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. Then you'll be asked to join the chief inspector over at the museum security 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. Ask him what time he left his post and he will give you 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. Press the print screen button to get a surveillance video screen print. Now go speak to the lead 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.
After you get to the clown store, use the security camera printout and show it to the mime by the door. 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. Follow him out the door to chase after him.
During the chase scene, you'll be riding on a scooter trying to catch the mysterious guy. You don't really need to catch him during this part. What you need to do is to keep away from all the roadblocks and obstacles that you'll pass during the chase. The chase goes on for a while and then you'll wind up 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. Once you enter, you'll see the assistant curator standing there. He's waiting with a package that was addressed to you. Inside the package is a painting of Starry Night along with an X-ray device just like the one you used in your training. Open your backpack and find the painting. Click on the examine button to inspect it. 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. Walk out of the museum lobby into the street and then get back inside your Poptropica balloon. Choose Early Poptropica on the map.
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.
You'll return to Main Street in Counterfeit Island. When you get there, jump down out of the balloon and walk to the right. Keep going until you get 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 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 wake up, you find that you are underground in some sort of 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. 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. Head out of the room to the 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. 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 cushions and then use them to bounce upwards 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 mysterious guy will run and jump onto a platform with a handle. You need to turn the handle to raise the platform up so that he can catch her. But once he gets on the panel, the Black Widow starts to destroy all the art she has stolen by hurling it down at you. You need to catch the artwork so it's not destroyed but also keep turning the handle on the platform. This is a really tough part to finish! 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. 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. 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. She'll then present you with the medal for completing the Counterfeit Island quest. Well done and congratulations.