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Counterfeit Island Walkthrough

Poptropica Counterfeit Island is the most recent island escapade in the well-liked online video game. It launched in early access mode in late December, 2009 and then became openly available 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. Along the way, you'll meet lots of interesting characters and encounter many twists and turns in the mystery of the stolen art. This is a step-by-step walkthrough of the entire quest with all the secrets for Counterfeit Island.

Your Arrival On Counterfeit Island

Follow the map to Counterfeit Island. Your balloon will park near the art museum on the island. When you land, just head to the right side and visit Downtown. 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.

EXTRA: 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 is just a fun little joke on the island and you don't have to visit Bobo to complete the mission.

Now go completely to the right and enter the Countryside area. A few steps in to this area you'll notice a young read here woman along with a weeping boy. He'll quit crying if he gets a green balloon. Luckily, you've got one so click on 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. Head back to the left to go Downtown and then run all the way to the left of that zone and go into Main Street. 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. 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. 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.

Your next stop is the garbage can just to the right of the entrance to the underground 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. Soon, you'll reveal the lost tickets that are buried inside. Click on the tickets and they'll go into your backpack.

Now run back to Main Street and the Internet Cafe. Head inside the cafe and go to the tourist 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.

SPECIAL: On your way back Downtown to go to the underground tunnel tour, you can stop in at Bobo's Clown Store again to pick up another balloon. I think it makes getting the torn picture in the tunnel a little bit easier, but this is optional.

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 Ready to begin the tour? Just click on the gate behind you to get going.

The tunnel tour is very easy to do, because there's just one path to follow. 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. There is a torn piece of paper sitting on another cable over to your right. Of course this is another piece of the torn picture that you are collecting all over the island. 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

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. OK, the next thing to do is walk a little bit over to the right, where you'll see another torn picture piece. 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. Now that you've got both the torn picture pieces from here, go back to the right and go to Main Street and then walk into the museum.

Within 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'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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

In the next test, you'll use a magnifying glass to try and figure out which painting is a fake. Look in the corners of each painting to find the signature and figure out which one is different than the others. This one is the forgery.

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. Look up on the left side where you seen the moon. Click on the dark part 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.

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. 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. Keep going until all four squares are done correctly. Now do it all over again for the other two paint samples. Once you complete this experiment, your training is finished and the assistant curator will grant you a key to the supply closet.
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 the statues and follow the sign to the security office and supply closet. Go left to the end and you'll cheats for poptropica arrive at the supply closet door. 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. Follow the sign to the main hall and then exit 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 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. 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.

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. Wait for her to go by and then run past the window all the way to the statue room door. 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.

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 your way back to the museum, make a quick stop at Bobo's. Inside you will find the museum security officer. Click on him to ask him why he left his post and you'll get his time card. 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. She will tell you to show the picture to the people in town. 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 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. When you arrive inside the cafe, walk to the right and the mysterious man will be there. 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.

The chase scene begins here and you'll be riding a motorized scooter in your attempt to catch the bad 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 thief will escape in a waiting motor boat but will drop a key card which you will pick up.

SPECIAL: 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. 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. The painting is in your backpack. Find it and click on Examine to have 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. 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.

Walk left to the Pop Art Museum and then go inside. 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 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. Next thing you know, the lights go dark and you are knocked out.

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 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. 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.

You'll arrive in the next room. 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 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. Next, walk to the left to start the final battle.

The mysterious guy will run and jump onto a platform with a handle. Your task is to raise him up to the top by turning the handle. 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 art to keep it from breaking while continuing to try and turn the handle to raise the platform. 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. But watch out because after a few seconds, she'll throw a bomb towards 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'll tell you to meet her 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. You'll receive the medallion for finishing Counterfeit Island. Congratulations!

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