The Club Penguin logo after partnering with Disney.
|Developer||New Horizon Interactive Studios|
|Publisher||Disney Online Studios (Kelowna, British Colombia, Canada)|
|ESRB rating||Mild Cartoon Violence|
|Date released|| August 22, 2005, |
October 24, 2005
Club Penguin is a online-based, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (abbreviated as a MMORPG) created by New Horizon Interactive on October 24, 2005. It involves a virtual world, featuring a large range of minigames and other online activities, and is based on a snowy island, after which the game is named. Players control cartoon, penguin avatars to move about the island and interact with one another. Club Penguin has been noted as sharing similarities with other popular browser-based online environments such as RuneScape and Habbo Hotel, such as the use of an in-game currency to purchase virtual items and pets, named "puffles". The game is specifically designed for players within the ages of 6-14, thus child safety is a vital responsibility of the game's developers. Club Penguin's official business Number is 1-888-861-4111. Their customer support e-mail address is email@example.com. The game was founded by Lance Priebe, who uses the account name rsnail and Lane Merrifield, who uses the account name Billybob. It is now estimated that over 90 million people worldwide play the game, which was originally built on a Smart Fox Server.
The Walt Disney Company purchased Club Penguin from New Horizon Interactive in August 2007, for the initial price of 350 million United States Dollars, with an additional 350 million dollars in bonuses provided specific targets were met by 2009.
Club Penguin has partnered with Marvel Comics, Disney's Shake It Up, and Innocent Fruit Smoothies.
Club Penguin has sold many merchandise such as stuffed plush penguins, and stuffed puffles, mix and match figures (in which head, body, some items, and lower parts of a penguin come off to mix with another set or another penguin in the same set) and Card-Jitsu cards; including Card-Jitsu Fire and Water cards.
These toys can be bought at many stores worldwide, but are most notably found at Toys 'R' Us.
Ten books, such as "The Ultimate Official Club Penguin Guide Volume 1", "The Official Stage Playbook", "Secret Agent Handbook", "Stowaway! Adventures at Sea" and "Waddle Lot of Laughs", The Great Puffle Switch, Dancing with Cadence, Shadow Guy and Gamma Gal: Heroes Unite, Stuck on Puffles, and The Card-Jitsu Handbook are all created by the Snowball Press, also known as Club Penguin Headquarters.There is also a Club Penguin annual that comes out every year. It is only available for a limited time on the book codes page.
TV Series and Animated Features
Recently, Club Penguin has started a YouTube channel. An Internet Club Penguin Animated Short series began on December 3rd 2011. It sometimes airs on Disney XD and Disney Channel. An animated TV series is set to premiere on Disney Channel on October 24, 2012.
- Club Penguin's Business Number is 1-888-861-4111. And their email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Penguin is currently available in five different languages.
- English (American)
Club Penguin has been recognised with the following rewards:
- 2009 Webby Awards
- Wired Kids- Best of the Web Award 2009
- Parents Choice Recommended- Gold Award- 2008
- Children's Technology Review- Editor's Choice
- N.A.P.P.A. Gold 2008
- Kidspot- Best of 2008
- Entertainment Standard of Excellence- WebAwards- 2009
- BAFTA Awards- Nominee
- Better Business Bureau - Kid's Privacy Seal of Approval.
- Better Business Bureau- 2008 Torch Award
- ESRB Rating- E for Everyone
- Club Penguin Island.
- Club Penguin History.
- Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Nintendo DS).
- Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert's Revenge (Nintendo DS).
- Club Penguin: Game Day! (Nintendo Wii).
- Puffle Launch App (Apple/Amazon)
- Card-Jitsu App (Apple/Amazon)
- Play Club Penguin.
- The official game tutorial.
- Wikipedia article on Club Penguin
- Club Penguin's website prior to its purchase by Disney.
- Club Penguin's pre-Disney introduction video.
Sites supporting Club Penguin
Club Penguin can be played via six different websites: