This video game faithfully recreates the online world and casts you as a penguin who waddles around this icy world, going on missions and solving mysteries. The world is full of other penguins to talk with, businesses and locations to explore, and minigames to play.
Once you have selected a color of penguin to represent you, the game encourages you to explore and interact with other penguins in this open world. Early on, you'll be recruited to join the super-secret, super-selective, spy agency called the Elite Penguin Force (EPF). As a member of the EPF, it is your job to keep order by going on missions.
To get through these missions, you get trained in how to use the cool spy gadgets that are at your disposal, including a special decoder and a two-way communicator. You are also trained in how to use Spy Puffles, little pet-like bundles of fur with special abilities. For example, when encountering an unattended campfire, you can blow into the DS microphone to call on Bouncer Puffle, who will throw a snowball at the fire to put it out.
In addition to the fun secret agent storyline, kids can also help other penguins with mysteries and play six minigames. Some of these minigames are similar to those made popular on the website, including flying with a jet pack strapped to your back and fishing under, the ice. But others are unique to this DS game, such as snowboarding and a dance challenge memory game. Playing the games earns you coins which you can spend on new clothes and accessories for your penguin. And if you have an online Club Penguin account, you can even upload those coins to be spent online.
What makes this game stand out from other DS games is that the storyline is humorous and intriguing; and it incorporates fun minigames. You can talk to any penguin you meet, and some are hilarious, like Agent Dot, who has a propensity for hiding inside snowmen. Kids love to solve mysteries, and between the spy missions and neighborhood mysteries, there are 23 in all.
Also excellent is a special Command Coach mode, which allows one player to help another if they both own the game. The player who hosts plays as the secret agent and chooses a mission. The other player joins as the Command Coach, and he or she can see things the agent can't, and can then help by circling and drawing hints on his or her screen which will show up on the agent's screen. This is an excellent way for parents to play with their children, or for two friends to play together. Two to four players can also play minigames together.
Fans of the website will feel right at home in this DS game and will be excited by the new locations only found in the DS game. Plus, the DS game comes with a special code that will unlock unique items in the online world. But you don't need to be a fan of the website to enjoy this game. Its quirky sense of humor and exciting missions make it worthy of playing, regardless of your exposure to the Club Penguin website.
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