Product Type: Disney PC games
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Disney Club Penguin (PC)
Member Name: -becky-
Disney Club Penguin (PC)
Advantages: Fun, safe.
Disadvantages: You have to pay to do some things.
When I was younger, as I go on Facebook and Dooyoo 24/7 now, it used to be Club Penguin! Club Penguin is a virtual online world for 6-14 year olds with 2 different safety modes to ensure your kids are safe online.
When you first sign up, you get to choose the name of your penguin, your password and the colour of penguin you want. You also have to fill out the parent's email address and wait for the parent to confirm that their child is alowed to play on the site.
The first safety option is 'Ultimate safe chat' where your child can only communicate to other members by using phrases, questions, answers and jokes that are pre-written and they just get to choose which one they would like to put. The other option is to let the child type in what they want to say, but as the site needs to be safe for everyone to use, it blocks certain words and personal information. If the kids feel threatened in any way by another user, they can report them: when they first sign up it should tell you how to report members on screen.
As soon as you have chosen your penguin name, colour and safety option and confirmed the email, you can start playing! Your penguin will be given a small igloo, which you can decorate and furnish to your choice if you become a member (I'll write detail about becoming a member further down).
If you click the map, you can visit lots of different places, the main ones being:
In the town there is a coffee shop. There are a few different things you can do in there which involves playing a game called Bean Counters, where you have to catch the big bags and stack them up while dodging all of the other falling items. Upstairs you can play a game called Mancana with other members of Club Penguin. Next to the coffee shop is a night club. Downstairs is the dance floor and you can make your penguin dance, and in the corner you can buy tracks (if you're a member). If you go upstairs there are two different games, Thin Ice and Astro Barrier. Any of the mini games that you play earns coins for you penguin to spend. The last place in the town is the Gift Shop. You can buy clothes, wigs, for your penguin, change the colour of your penguin, change the background of your profile card and buy other things here, most things you will need to be a member before you can buy.
The pet shop where you can buy pets called Puffles, non members can buy two, members can buy upto 18 puffles. There is a mini game there to 'Round Puffles'. You can also buy accessories for your puffles here. The stage is for performances and you can buy outfits from the costume box inside! Next door is the Pizza place where you can have a job making pizzas and earn yet more coins to spend on your penguin!
There are also other places like The Beach, The Dock, The Ski Village, The Stadium, The Forest, and many many more. All with hidden mini games to play and for the kids to hang out and chat safely with other members.
Now, being a member. Most things in the game - buying clothes for your penguin, getting to higher levels on the games, decorating and upgrading your igloo means you will have to pay to do these. You can either pay online or buy gift cards from places such as Sainsbury's, Argos, WHSmith and probably a few more. I think it costs about £3.95 a month or £19.95 for 6 months so it's pretty expensive, my Dad would never let me spend my money on being a member and I still got plenty of enjoyment out of the game.
In lots of shops you can now find merchandise that have been released by the makers of Club Penguin: Penguin or Puffle toys with a coin hidden inside to unlock something on the game, DS games Nintendo Wii games and a lot more of that type of thing. I think these can also be bought online from the Club Penguin shop itself although I'm not completely sure.
Overall it's an enjoyable game for young kids, I don't play it anymore as I'm too old and spend most of my time on Facebook and Dooyoo haha! If you have kids... it's one of the only safe and fun websites out there and they should give it a go. :)
Summary: Great game for young kids. :)