Poptropica Counterfeit Island is your tenth island grand adventure in the game. It launched in early access mode in late Dec, 2009 and became openly offered in January. In this encounter, you must reveal the thriller in regards to a piece of stolen fine art in the Counterfeit Island art gallery. 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.
First Steps on the Island
The first thing to do is to use the Poptropica map to travel to Counterfeit Island. Your balloon will park right next to the art museum on the island. Your first stop should be Downtown. Start out walking right and observe the signs. 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. Select a green balloon and then walk outside the store.
Now we’re off to the country side. Proceed to the right and run to the end of the area to go there. There’s a weeping boy here with his mommy (or sister?). The boy really is distressed about a problem. He will stop 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 little dude! 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. When you arrive at Main Street, go inside the Web Browser Internet Cafe. There’s a guy who looks like a tourist and has a hat and camera. Go up to him and talk to him. He’ll tell you that he lost his tunnel tour tickets and that if you can find them, he’ll give you one. 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! 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! You can rearrange the garbage pieces by clicking on them and dragging them. Try to move them all away from the center of the can. Soon, you’ll reveal the lost tickets that are buried inside. 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. Open up your backpack and find the tickets and then click on “Use”. 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.
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 Next, click on the gate behind you to start the tour.
Just keep moving along the single pathway in the tunnel tour. At the very bottom of the tunnel, there is a lightbulb hanging down in the center. It’s attached to a long cable. 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. Of course this is another piece of the torn picture check this out that you are collecting all over the island. Once you’re at the top of the cable, jump off to the right. As you fall over the torn picture, you will pick it up and it will go into your backpack. Keep following the main tunnel until you see a stone staircase heading up out of a door. Walk up the staircase to go outside and end the underground tunnel tour.
The Secret Person
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. Now run over to the left of the docks and leap up onto the top of the fishing boat, where you’ll see the next torn picture piece. We’re done here for now. Go to Main Street and then enter the museum.
Within 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 will tell you that four paintings have been placed in the wrong wings of the museum and that he needs you to put them in their correct spots. In each wing, you can pick up one painting on the wall (the others won’t move) and take it somewhere else. Here’s where all the paintings should go.
- cubism -> impressionism
- impressionism -> expressionism
- expressionism -> realism
- realism -> cubism
Once you have finished returning the paintings to their proper places, site web head back and talk with the assistant curator. He’ll tell you that you are hired and will take you inside the Forgery Detection Lab to begin your training. Now speak to him again and he says to pick a station to start the 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. You can use the arrows at the top of the screen to move between the different paintings. Then you click on the one you think is the real deal.
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.
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 top left where the moon is. Click on the dark side 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.
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 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. 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 finished and the assistant curator will provide you a key to the supply closet.
Leave this room and then walk right following the signs that direct you to the statue room and then into the security office. Walk left past all of the statues and follow the sign that directs you to the security office and supply closet. Go left to the end and you’ll arrive at the supply closet door. Inside your backpack you’ll find the key that the assistant curator gave to you. Use it to unlock the door and go 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.
Next, leave the supply closet and walk back to the other end of the statue room. Follow the sign to the main hall and then exit the museum. Now it is night time outside. Go back to the city docks, which are over to the left. 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 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. When you’re done, the hatch will open and you can proceed up 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. 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. 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 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. The first thing you have to do is undergo a lie detector test. It’s very easy to pass. Next you’ll be invited to speak with the chief inspector back inside the museum 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. Click on him to ask him why he left his post and you’ll get his time card. Once you have the time card, leave the clown shop and go to the security office in the museum. 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. 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.
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 to the right to begin a big chase.
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 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. 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. 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. This is a fun part where you now have to leave Counterfeit Island and go to Early Poptropica. Go outside the museum and get back into your balloon. Click the balloon to travel and then when the map appears, choose Early Poptropica as your destination.
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 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 it to remove the canvas and you’ll see that it’s hiding the stolen painting from the museum! Next thing you know, the lights go dark and you are knocked out.
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 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. 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. 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 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. 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 certainly one of the hardest boss fights in Poptropica. 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. 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. 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. She’ll then present you with the medal for completing the Counterfeit Island quest. Hooray!