Counterfeit Island is the 10th adventure in the well-known web-based video game, Poptropica. It was revealed to Early Access players on December 21, 2009 and became accessible to everybody in early January, 2010. The storyline of Counterfeit Island is that a infamous art crook may be intending to take a incredibly valuable piece of art from the Counterfeit Island art museum. You have to reveal the conspiracy as well as make an effort to hinder the thief. 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 cheats for Counterfeit Island.
First Steps on the Island
Obviously, first things first. Use the map to travel by balloon to Counterfeit Island. You will begin right nearby the museum on Counterfeit Island. But its not necessary to go indoors at this time. When you land, just head to the right side and visit Downtown. When you arrive, the first store you’ll see is called Bobo’s Clown Store. Go inside. You’ll see plenty of balloons, all in different colors, around the store. Grab a green balloon and then go back outside.
Now we’re off to the country side. Continue to the right and run to the end of the zone to go there. A few steps into this spot you’ll see a young lady and a weeping boy. Click on the sobbing kid and you’ll give him your green balloon. When he tales it fom you, he’ll lift up into the sky. Poor little dude! You don’t need to try to save him, though. 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. Once you’re inside, walk to the right and talk to the bearded guy wearing the hat and camera. 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.
Look for a garbage can that is right next to the entrance of the Tunnel Tour. Click on the garbage can and a screen will appear showing all garbage inside. Click on each piece and drag it away from the center. After you move a few pieces of garbage away, you’ll find the tickets! Pick up the tickets.
OK, now run back to Main Street and enter the Web Browser Internet Cafe again. 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 tourist will be so pleased that you found the tickets that he will give you one as a thank you for returning them.
Return to the Downtown area and walk up to the entrance of the tunnel tour. There’s a woman standing outside wearing a green beret. Stand next to her, then open your backpack and click “Use” on the ticket inside. Ready to begin the 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 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. This is part of the torn picture that you’ll need to unlock the secret door to the museum later in the quest. Climb all the way to the top of the cable and jump to the right. This is really easy if you’re carrying a balloon from Bobo’s Clown Store. 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. Follow the stairs to leave the tour.
The Strange Gentleman
Once you finish up the tour, step outside and you’ll spot a strange man wearing sunglasses and an overcoat waiting 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. Next, go back up and to the right. You’ll find one more piece of the torn picture. 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 of the Museum
Talk to the security guard inside the museum and he will tell you to go speak with the assistant curator. You’ll find the assistant curator standing right above on top of the staircase. 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 different wings, one of the paintings on the wall will come off and you’ll be able to carry it. This guide tells you where to put all the paintings so that they are in the correct places.
The painting in the cubism wing goes into the impressionism wing.
The painting in the impressionism wing goes into the expressionism wing.
The painting in the expressionism wing goes into the realism wing.
The painting in the realism wing goes into the cubism wing.
Once you have finished returning the paintings to their proper places, head back 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 over each of the paintings until you find the one with the sketch marks underneath the painting. 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. Look in the corners of each painting to find the signature and figure out which one is different than 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. 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 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 do it correctly and in time, a green check mark will appear over the square. Keep going until all four squares are done correctly. Now repeat the whole process for the remaining two paint samples. Once you complete this test, your coaching is finished and the assistant curator will give 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 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. 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. 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 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. 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.
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. Watch out because the shadow of the security guard will walk by the window to the security office. Wait for her to go by and then run past the window all the way to the statue room door. 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. 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 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. You’ve been framed! 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. Then you’ll be asked to join the chief inspector over at the museum security office.
While you are walking back to the museum office, go into the clown shop. Here you will see the security guard from the museum. 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. 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. 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 will pretend to play music, which is a clue that the mysterious guy you’re looking for is hiding in the jazz cafe. Walk a little bit to the right and then go inside the cafe. When you arrive inside the cafe, walk to the right and the mysterious man will be there. Once you arrive, he’ll run out of the cafe. Go out the door he ran through to start the big chase scene.
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.
SECRET: 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.
And now it’s time to go back to the museum. When you go inside, the assistant creator is there. He’ll give you a package that was delivered with your name on it. 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. Walk out of the museum lobby into the street and then get back inside your Poptropica balloon. Choose Early Poptropica on the map.
When you arrive in Early Poptropica, go to the left and enter the Pop Art Museum. Walk a little bit to the left and you’ll find an older woman wearing purple clothes. Talk to her and she will explain a little bit about what is going on and give you a key. Exit the museum, go back to your travel balloon, and head back to Counterfeit Island.
Once your balloon returns you to Counterfeit, jump down and then go right all the way 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. 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. But then the lights will go out and you’ll be knocked unconscious.
Once you come to, you discover that you’re deep underground in some sort of secret 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. 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. Inch by inch, you’ll get a little closer each time. 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 show up in the next room of the hideout. Run all the way to the left and then jump up on the boxes while avoiding the guards. The hardest guard to sneak past is on one of the platforms right above you. 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 got at the end of the scooter chase at the Docks. Go through the door to enter Black Widow’s private gallery. 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. 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. Of all the final boss battles in Poptropica, this is one of the most challenging. 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. However you need to move very quickly because after just a couple of seconds, she tosses a bomb at 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. In the next scene, you’ll be in the Interrnet Cafe along with the Museum Curator. 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. She’ll then present you with the medal for completing the Counterfeit Island quest. Great job!