It’s no secret that we love Disney’s Club Penguin. It is a wonderful game full of spacious igloos and penguin adventures, which is probably why it is ranked the top virtual world for kids. It’s that good!
And it is about to get better.
By now you are probably asking, “What? How is that possible?” and you are most likely beside yourself with giddy anticipation and wonder. It happens.
Here’s how: The free Club Penguin app has been updated, and the island will never be the same.
“With the launch of the virtual world experience on iPad, we bring with us nearly a decade of experience and investments in safe online play, as well as an audience of millions who have been asking us for a way to play on their mobile devices,” said Chris Heatherly, head of Club Penguin. “By offering simple, ongoing subscriptions within the app, we’re making it easy and comfortable for parents to pay for the experience their kids love.”
Chris Heatherly and the awesome team at Club Penguin aren’t messing around.
The updated app will allow players to enjoy many of the gameplay and social features that they know and love from the virtual world, which allows the iPad experience to be comparable to the one found on their computer. Additionally, the Club Penguin app now offers parents an opportunity to purchase recurring in-app subscriptions that work across both the app and online environments, and that’s new!
Parents can rest assured that the app contains the same safety technologies and industry leading chat systems found in the virtual world.
This week Club Penguin will start to introduce the map from the online virtual world onto the mobile version, then they will being to add new locations, which will expand the online experience available via the app. The new areas will allow penguins to hangout and role play just like they do online. They will also be able to teleport directly to other rooms, their igloos, or wherever their friends are playing in the app — and that’s pretty exciting!
Club Penguin app updates include:
- Addition of the world map with frequent location and content updates
- Recurring in-app subscriptions
- Increased socialization, including locations such as the Town, Dance Club, Clothes Shop, and Coffee Shop where up to 40 penguins can interact
- New games, including Pizzatron 3000 and Smoothie Smash designed for mobile play
- Teleporting to friends, in-app
Needless to say, my kids are thrilled. And just in time for Christmas!
Whit Honea is the author of The Parents’ Phrase Book (January, 2014/Adams Media). Read more at his site Honea Express. You can follow Whit on the Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).