Counterfeit Island

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Island Extras: Desktop Wallpaper & Art Museum Tour

Some of the world’s most famous artwork is on display at the Island’s museum, but rumor has it someone’s out to steal it. Can you explore the dark and dangerous side of the online virtual world Counterfeit Island and save the day in the cracking canvas caper?

Counterfeit Island


These pictures are collected in your Poptropica photo album in the profile section. Click to enlarge.


  • Counterfeit Island is Poptropica’s 10th island. An Early Access pass was made available for 500 credits in the Store on December 21, 2009, and anyone who completed the island within the early access period won 200 credits for free. It was released on January 4, 2010 for all.
  • Master Mime, a Poptropica Creator alias, is based on the mimes in this island.
  • The Scream, a painting by Edvard Munch, plays a big role in this island. There are many other famous works of art featured in the Museum Fantastique, including The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh and Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet. For the whole list, check out the PHB post Ancient Artworks of the Counterfeit Island Museum.
  • During the quest, players travel to the Pop Art Museum on Early Poptropica Island. This is the only island quest to feature inter-island travel.
  • Common room: Moldy Baguette Inn
  • The villain, Black Widow, reappears in Super Villain Island. Her design is based on the black widow spider. She is also a Poptropica Creator.
  • There is a sign at the inspector’s cottage (“Veuvre Noire”) that reveals the villain’s name (“Black Widow”) in French.
  • The scenery of Counterfeit Island is inspired by the country of France.
  • Balloon Boy, who floats away after you give him a balloon, is based on the Balloon Boy Hoax of 2009. Balloon Boy also appears as a running gag elsewhere on Poptropica, such as on a TV screen on Reality TV Island.
  • The underground tunnels may be based on the Catacombs of Paris, which are real underground tunnels containing human remains.
  • The artist on Main Street beside the easel you can draw on is based on Bob Ross, who hosted a TV show about painting.
  • There’s a game you can play on the computers inside the Web Browser Cafe. The objective is to bounce all the red balls, while the yellow ones are for bonus points. It’s just for fun and doesn’t affect the quest.
  • During the quest, the curator sends you a package with Van Gogh’s Starry Night in it. However, that painting also hangs in the Counterfeit Island museum – and the Early Poptropica one! Which is the real one?

Video Guide

For a written walkthrough with pictures, click on Guide at the top of this page.

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37 thoughts on “Counterfeit Island

  1. Slanted Fish says:

    Some of the world’s most famous artwork is on display at the island’s museum, but rumor has it someone’s out to steal it. Can you explore the dark and dangerous side of Counterfeit Island and save the day in this crackling canvas caper?

    Discuss Counterfeit Island here!

  2. PricklyPopper/PawPtropica says:

    Awesome! I beat it without using any cheats! (I only use cheats when I am desperate) I think this is the best and most exiting island yet! (and I am not just saying that!) P.S. in the cave the light switch never does any thing.

  3. Blue Ninja says:

    I know how you can costumize the evil black widow. On your internet if you have a thing to maximize it use it. Use it when your in the black widows hideout before you are about to defeat her. Then use the maximizer and cosumize her then.

  4. PurplePaw/PricklyPopper/PawPtropica says:

    Help with the paint board (infront of the multiplayer room on Counterfeit island)
    Q: How do I select a color?

    A: Click on one of the globs of paint on the side of the board. Black and white are below the other colors.

    Q: How do I get different shades of a color?

    A: There is one big paint glob for each color. Around each one, there are 2, 3, or 4 little splatters. Each splatter gives you a different shade of the color of the glob they are around.

    Q: How do I get colors other than the 6 main ones?

    A: In between 2 colors, there is a little thing connecting them that fades from one color to the other. Click where you want to get the color/shade you want.

    Q: How do I know what color what color I am using?

    A: At the bottom, there is a glob that is the color of the paint you are using.

    You can change the brush size at the bottom where it says brush size. You can change the transparency at the bottom where it says transparency. You can print your picture by clicking print, or clear the board and start over by clicking clear. Hope this helped! 🙂 ~PP

  5. Yay4Pop/Popyay4 says:


    Go to Counterfeit Island.
    Go to the underground tunnel entrance.
    Inflate the Birthday Balloon from the store.
    Do the ctrl-shift-s glitch until the balloon sting is like two strings and your balloon is upside-down! 😆
    Do the glitch again to remove it.

    Have fun with your silly balloon! 🙂

  6. Elle says:

    I need help!

    kay, it’s like this…. I’d collected all of the torn pictures and made it into the museum at night through the secrets passage. I decided to save and continue the game the next day. So I did. The next day when I logged back in I was outside the museum at night and 2 pieces of the torn pictures missing!

    Now I’m stuck since I cant enter the secret passage without the whole picture and I can’t retrieve the pieces as one is in the museum which is closed for the night.

    I can’t finish the island now T____T !

    Please help anybody!

    • Director snowball is having fun today at the pool in the secret nanabot hide out where only nanabots know where it is. says:

      Dear ppl. I’m French, and english so understood what the boy said. XD

      • Director snowball is having fun today at the pool in the secret nanabot hide out where only nanabots know where it is. says:

        Just joking :p

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