As we come to the end of 2014, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about how Club Penguin did this year. To start off, there were 12 big parties, and 6 mini parties. For most of of the parties this year, Club Penguin has used a system that in my opinion, is ruining the parties as a whole. I call this system, the “task and item”. During a party, Club Penguin would give you very, very simple tasks to do. From throwing snowballs at an obvious target, to extremely easy 2 minute scavenger hunts, and even sometimes just clicking the claim item button. Not to mention there were 24 Puffles released this year, which breaks last year’s record which was… 2 Puffles. Do you see a problem there?
The year started out with the Prehistoric Party. Since this is the second Prehistoric party, I would expect some new things… Right?
Prehistoric Party 2014
The ONLY new thing you could do during this party was adopt Dino Puffles. Club Penguin had you playing the same little mini game that was taken from the first Prehistoric Party. There were only 7 brand new party rooms. The rest were reused from the first Prehistoric Party.
The Fair 2014
In February, The Fair made a return, but this time, it was totally different. We could go on RIDES for the first time ever. A brand NEW theme park called the Amazement Park opened up. There were three areas of the park. Pirate Park, Tumbleweed Town, and (my favorite), Galaxy Park. In each area there were different rides and games. Some penguins didn’t like this because the Amazement Park was literally the ONLY portion of Club Penguin that was decorated. Every other room just had the sky changed. Although the Amazement Park was the only thing, I really liked this party. (At least when compared to some other parties this year). The prizes were good, the audio was epic, and the rides were so awesome.
A few things did have a negative impact on this party. Some being the extremely high cost of prizes. Another being that there were no new fair games… Only the artwork was changed. Another thing that I REALLY liked about this party was the Daily Spin. See, this is sorta like what Club Penguin has been doing the entire year, but better. Club Penguin wants you to keep coming back every day to do the simple 30 second task. Well, they did the same thing here, but I found the Daily Spin to be MUCH more enjoyable.
Muppets World Tour
In March, Club Penguin had its first takeover party of the year. Muppets… I personally am not a fan of the muppets, but I put that aside hoping the party would be good. Unfortunately, it was not. Content wise, the only thing you could do was again, simple 30 second tasks. This time around, you had to equip an instrument, and find another player who had the same instrument, and play together. That’s it. These tasks took around 30-50 seconds to complete. Despite the lack of content, this party had 13 rooms decorated. And the party rooms were pretty nice. Most rooms were based on a different country. I really liked France.
My favorite thing during the party would have to be The Stage. During the party, me and a few friends would pretend to play charades. One person would stand on the Stage and act something out, and the others would sit in the chair. It worked really well and was a ton of fun. The BEST part however, was when the Muppets show came on. We would all go up to the muppets and attack them. I even put on my snow launcher and went all out. It was really fun, lol.
Puffle Party 2014
Alright… The Puffle Parties used to be my FAVORITE type of party Club Penguin threw. Until this year’s. There were technically 13 rooms decorated, but two of those (Being some of the most popular rooms, the Town and the Plaza), only had a new walkway. So in my opinion, only 11 rooms were truly decorated. This party like most parties of the year, was based heavily on Puffles, and the “task and item” party system. The Puffle Park & Puffle Tricks were also introduced. This may seem like a lot of content, but it didn’t get that far for me. And in my opinion, if Club Penguin is going to add an entirely new room, I would think they would decorate it in the future, but sadly, this isn’t the case. After a new room is added, it begins collecting dust.
My favorite room that was decorated during the party was the Forest. I really think Club Penguin should’ve made this the permanent design for the Forest. I really like the river and the fish that swim, the help booth is a nice addiction, and there is even a little picnic area. Compare this room to the normal Forest room. Now tell me, what design would you prefer?
This was an entirely new party. It wasn’t a great party, nor was it a horrible one. There were 10 rooms decorated, and the main objective was to hop into a Starship and shoot lasers at meteors in space. You would earn points which you could then trade in for items. That’s it. During the second week of the party, you could battle Protobot, but it was the same thing. You would just attack him with lasers, and after a few hits, he would be finished. The Future Party also followed the rest of the parties of 2014, as it had the “task and item” system.
We are now halfway through the year! Could things get better the second half of 2014? Well, see for yourself. The Penguin Cup took place in June. There were 9 rooms decorated, but the Town only had some minor flag and color changes, so I’m not counting that. 8 rooms were totally decorated. The main thing you could do during the party was play a little mini game called Shootout. The goal was to click the mouse every time the target aligned with the circle.
You could get upgraded shoes as you played though, and the more you played, the more items you would earn. Playing that game was the ONLY thing you could do. I would say it took 5 minutes to get all the items. However, this party had a sprinkle of that world aspect that Club Penguin needs so badly. Penguins could join a team and every time they played a Shootout, they would earn points for their team. This brought a little bit of competition into the party. I would say the competitiveness was the best part of this party.
Music Jam 2014
The WORST party of the year by a LONG RUN is the Music Jam. I wouldn’t even call it a “Music” Jam. There was NOTHING to do. 7 rooms were brand new decorated rooms. This party also had the “task and item” system inforced. But do you want to know what the task was? Simply clicking the “Claim Item” button. That was the task. Are you kidding me? I remember it was the last day of 6th grade, and one of the Music Jam’s was starting the same day. I was so excited to get home and see the party. The entire island was decorated, and it was just plain awesome. The memories…
Club Penguin released a new mini game called SoundStudio during the party, and it was good, but that doesn’t make up for how horrible this party was. I mean, Club Penguin ruined the Music Jam name. Every Music Jam before this was actually a “Music Jam”. A ton of rooms were decorated, there was a decent amount of content, it felt like an actually jam. Here however, it felt like I was forced to play SoundStudio for the entire duration of the party.
Club Penguin released one of the most asked for parties of the year, Frozen. There were 8 rooms decorated, and 7 of the 8 rooms had a winter state, which I count as an entirely new room. That brings the total number of decorated rooms to 15. The Frozen Party was a neutral party. I felt like Club Penguin could have done SO much more with it, but simply did not. The main thing you could do during the party, was find these magical snowflakes. Now at first, you may be thinking, “Oh cool, it’s a scavenger hunt.” Well, this isn’t the kind of scavenger hunt you are thinking of. The snowflakes were so easy to find, that it took me maybe 2 minutes to find them all.
I know this was designed for little kids, but I could see an 8 year old finding all the snowflakes in maybe 4 minutes? You would earn items as you collected the snowflakes. Again, the “task and item” system is present. After you collected all the snowflakes, you would be able to transform into a few Frozen characters like Olaf and Marshmallow, adopt a Snowflake Puffle, and have the ability to “freeze” rooms.
School & Skate Party
This party wasn’t the best. In fact, it didn’t have much to do at all. It copied the same type of scavenger hunt that the Frozen Party had. Although it was a tad bit harder to find the items. There were 7 totally new decorated rooms. The party was heavily based on the new Skatepark which in my opinion, is totally useless. When they first announced this party, I thought we would be able to do all sorts of tricks, but unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. When you were in the Skatepark, you simply equipped the skateboard, and watched your penguin skate. That was it. It MIGHT of been a bit more fun if we could actually COMMUNICATE properly.
Halloween Party 2014
Finally! We made it to the Halloween Party. This year’s Halloween Party was no doubt the best party of 2014. There were a whopping 29 decorated rooms. Some rooms like the Lighthouse, Pool, and Ski Hill were decorated. Just a little note, the Pool, nor Ski Hill had been decorated at all this year up until this party. Anyways, this party was so good when compared to the rest of this year’s parties, because it had content, replay value, a little story, and more!
Gariwald, Gary’s ghost hunting great uncle, was alerted that there were some suspicious paranormal activity going on at the Puffle Hotel. Turns out that the Puffle Hotel was really haunted! The hotel was turned into a 13 floor mansion. The bellhop, (who later turns out to be a ghost) works in the hotel and helps you throughout your journey. Each day, you had to do a new task. Yes, this party does have the “task and item” system, but the tasks were not as simple as some other past parties tasks. There was also a new Puffle, being the Ghost Puffle.
This party was a very boring party. There were 7 rooms decorated. There were two things you could do. Both were EXTREMELY boring and repetitive. You could duel your friends, and crabs. Basically you played rock paper scissors, and whoever picked the correct move, won. It was all luck based. As you continued playing, you would earn points which could then be traded in for items. When you battled the crabs, it was the same exact thing. This party had no storyline, nor replay value. It truly was a very boring party. It would have been so cool by the time we were going to battle the final crab, Rockhopper had rebuild his ship and we would battle the boss crab out at sea. Sadly, this never happened.
I have to point this out though. The Forest looked amazing. The colors really blended in well, and I just love every small detail. 🙂
Merry Walrus Party 2014
One of the most disappointing parties of all year, is the Merry Walrus Party. Being a holiday party, (which is Club Penguin’s BIGGEST party all year) it only had 11 decorated rooms. Out of those, 6 were rooms reused from last year’s Holiday Party, and simply recolored. That means that there were only 5 totally brand new rooms decorated for Club Penguin’s BIGGEST party of the year. Past Holiday Parties had 20+ rooms decorated. This makes absolutely ZERO sense. There is hardly anything to do as well. Club Penguin gives you these tasks that literally take 20 seconds to complete, AND there are only four of them.
Another Puffle, the Blue Crystal Puffle is also made available. The last thing we needed was another Puffle. Club Penguin ruined one of their most beloved parties.
That is all the major parties of 2014. HOWEVER, there were still a few new additions to the island. Sled Racer, (one of the few things that actually FELT new) was released on iOS, Puffle Wild, a puzzle game was also released on iOS. And finally, the Club Penguin App made its way onto Android devices.
And THAT my friends, is Club Penguin’s 2014. In my opinion, it was their worst year. The majority of the 12 parties were pretty darn bad. Another thing that REALLY bothered me is that there wasn’t an EPF Party! EPF Parties are in my opinion, the BEST type of party. They have awesome visuals, a great amount of content, and most importantly, a STORYLINE.
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Now the question is… “How can 2015 be better than 2014?”
Well, I think if Club Penguin greatly improves on their parties, social features, and the overall quality of the game, then the year shouldn’t be that bad… Also, Club Penguin needs to release the next installment in the Card Jitsu series, and bring the EPF back to life. I wrote many Club Penguin discussions about parties and chatting. You can check those out by clicking here. Club Penguin should know by now what needs to be improved on. The fate of the game is at stake.
Thanks for reading my thoughts about Club Penguin’s 2014. Please tell me what you think about this year by leaving a comment below. I read all the comments I get. 🙂
Here’s to a great 2015! 😀