Hey everyone! This is the grand scheme review of Club Penguin’s parties in 2014, also probably my last post of 2014! Without further ado, let’s begin! *Warning- my loudmouth opinion starts to get heavier throughout the post.
We started off in January when I was a newbie blogger (aww). The Prehistoric party kicked off the new year. Before the party, we did have the Spoiler Alert going on, along with #WaddleOn, both discontinued for unknown reasons. I did get to meet a bunch of moderators behind the scenes of Waddle On, which was totally awesome and kicked off my blog.
(I’m scrolling through my blog archives as I type. I don’t even know what I did. I’m a little embarrassed.)
Dino puffles were introduced to the island and the puffle digging game (like Treasure Hunt) came back from the year before. If you put the treasure hunt game in your igloo, you would be on a list of “digloos”. Most of the prehistoric island was the same decorations and set up as the year before. We could transform into dinosaurs, also like the year before.
To sum up January, we could say that it was totally psyching us up for a letdown of a party year. All the parties this year, no exception, either introduced new puffles or had something you could put in your igloo to show up on a special list. Had the Prehistoric Party been the only party with that setup, it would have been excellent. Score for January- 7.5/10. Again, the rooms were lacking new design but this was the first party with the game-or-puffle setup, making us think it would be the only party like it. Wrong.
February introduced a new concept of ~shockingly~ having a Fair in the Winter! The Fair is- or was- traditionally held in September, hence the name “Fall Fair”. This year, the Fair got an upgrade with a new color scheme and FANTASTIC (quoth the 9th Doctor) new graphics. The Penguin Style rocked a mix of old and new items, bringing my vision of the perfect CP together.
Club Penguin also released a new quiz for Safer Internet Day, which you could get the Safer Internet sweater for all penguins. I’m really big on staying safe online and cyberbullying, as I have been a victim as well. Naturally, when CP did this, I was excited to see that CP was trying to help out online.
As for the actual party, it was great! The only downside was it was REALLY hard to earn tickets, and the prizes were SUPER pricey. I ended up with only 5 items, and I still really want that green motorcycle. The graphics were on point and sharp. I loved the roller coaster and the Ferris wheel. For me, this was really the height (and leading to the downfall) of Club Penguin this year. Score for February- 8/10. The only thing I didn’t like was that the island wasn’t decorated, which killed the vibe of having a party.
March was probably, I hate to say it, one of the worst parties I’ve ever seen. It was supposed to be the Muppet’s World Tour, which was an awful movie to start with. This party was really risky because if the CP team had executed it wrong, it could have came off as racist and offensive. Most of the island was decorated, but there was practically nothing to do. After you picked up the “special item” and did a “special dance” you were awarded with a hat. Really, a hat? The member advantage was the special item, but anyone could join in on the dance. When you finished the whole quest, you could watch the cheesy Muppet performance at the stage. Totally NOT CP’s best.
At least the Penguin Style was nice.
There was also a LOT of hacking in March/April. I have no idea why, I just know it did happen. This would lead to more hacking later on in the year, to the point where people were hacking Parent Accounts.
Anyways, the EPF HQ was finally updated after
a few millennia years, and CP welcomed Russian players! Total score for March- 3/10.
April was a fair month, I would say. The whole Puffle Party kicked off the idea of releasing new puffles practically monthly, as we got cat and dog puffles. We also got the Puffle Park, and Club Penguin became available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Not too bad. The party itself was good, but it was a little boring because there was nothing to do really except collect items. The items were nice, but basically useless. That’s really all there was to April. Score for April- 6/10.
May was the Future Party! But before this party, CP had a mini-party for crazy hats! I’ve been collecting silly hats on CP for a while, so it was good to put them to use. There were free hats and a background for everyone. As for the Future Party… it was okay. We could transform into robots and throw snowballs to stop metors to save CP. When you blasted a metor, you could get points to buy costumes with. The whole island was decorated with a set color scheme, which was really nice to see. Personally, I didn’t find it all that exciting and wanted it to be more Doctor Who-ish. Score for May-7/10.
In June, we had the Penguin Cup, which was really good because everyone could relate to it internationally! Again, before the Penguin Cup, we had a Prom/Graduation mini party, which is mostly an American thing. Some international penguins were confused as to what exactly prom is. I thought it was fun, but I don’t really know what the CP community thought of it.
As for the actual party, it was sort of biased and obvious that blue would win Again, the whole island was decorated with a certain color scheme, which made it look nice. We did get a cool minigame for playing soccer with other penguins, kind of like the Muppets takeover. I had fun because the mods were also active on CP that month, and I got to meet Ninja! Score for June- 8/10.
July was another one of those months where they psyched us up over a poorly made party. The Music Jam was basically a hidden Disney stars takeover. If there’s one thing I absolutely hate, it’s probably the Disney channel for personal reasons. I don’t feel like ranting now. Anyways, the DJ3K got revamped and replaced with SoundStudio, which we could also play in our igloos. If we put the SoundStudio in your igloo, you would be on a special igloo list. For the party, part of the island was decorated and we had a cruise ship that was supposed to be fun but really wasn’t. To unlock items, we had to watch the
stupid singer perform, then we would get the item. The only thing I really liked was the night sky transition, but even that was cheesy. Score for July- 2/10.
The August party was, simply put, an epic fail. It was supposed to be Frozen, but the whole thing felt too last-minute-put-together. As if Frozen wasn’t already over-commercialized. Sigh.
There was also a race car mini party, but that wasn’t too good either. Like Frozen, it felt like a last minute backup plan or something. Score for August- 1/10.
Oh gosh, September. The party was so awful I didn’t even blog it. The color scheme was all over the place, another unnecessary room was added, and everyone thought CP was going to end. That’s how bad it was. The whole “Club Penguin is fun for everyone” vibe was lacking. Score for September- 0/10.
October was CP’s chance to recover from their fail of a Summer. I have no idea how they did financially during those months, but probably not to well. Did CP take a chance to recover? Absolutely not. The party was nothing special, and all the rooms were reused from last year. It seems like little to no effort was put in, except for the anniversary party. The fun part for me in October was that I got to serenade my love for Doctor Who on my blog (sorry not sorry). Score for October- 3/10.
November was okay, but it felt like the party’s concept was reused from part of the Fair. We had a Pirate Party, and dressed up as pirates to battle crabs for coins. The whole thing was pointless, and the mini-game glitched up my computer big time. To recover from this, CP finally released their app for mobile, along with the new game Puffle Wild, which is like Candy Crush. If you ask me, CP was more Puffle Wild-centered than the actual party this month. I think either A) They could have had a Medieval party instead or B) Saved the Puffle Party for later and have the Puffle Wild game tied in somehow with the Puffle Party. Score for November- 5/10
The CP community thinks that December went terrible party-wise. This year, CP released a very unique TV special on Disney Channel, which I thought was really cute. You could tell a lot of effort and time was put into the animation. As for the Merry Walrus party, it was a tacky attempt at avoiding Christmas commercialism. It was kind of like “hey, we celebrate a very Christmas-y holiday with a Santa-ish thing, but it’s NOT Christmas, nope!”. I didn’t buy it at all. We did get puffles, enhancing the whole (no longer) special puffle-or-igloo-item-or-game-or-item concept. I’m starting to hate that concept. Score for December- 5/10
Total score for the year- (5+5+3+0+1+2+8+7+6+3+8+7.5)12 over 10 times 12, so 55.5/120. Phew. If someone could convert that into a percent, that would be wonderful.
Basically, this year earned less than half of a positive rating. I think to improve CP, the CP team needs to stop releasing puffles monthly and vary up their prize-giving-getting methoods. If everyone is right, CP could possibly be meeting their tragic ending.