The Art And History of Club Penguin Part 1: Pre-Classic

BLIZZARD, Shamrock Bulletin Headquarters – Club Penguin is a game we still play to this day. Have you ever wondered how the game grew into the Club Penguin we know?

Club Penguin, what a place! Born in 2000 as Experimental Penguins and closed in 2017. Truly a franchise that endured time and changing trends until its demise.

Nowadays, we play on Club Penguin Private Servers, otherwise denoted as CPPSes. Many troops, including myself, weren’t there for the heyday of Club Penguin. I’ve taken it upon myself to research and inform you of some of the lesser appreciated parts of Club Penguin, from both its past, present, and future.

Experimental Penguins 

Experimental Penguins were the original iteration of Club Penguin. It was created by Lance Priebe, better known to me and you as Rocketsnail. In it was the very fundamentals of what we know today – Penguins, a snow filled world, and yet more penguins. However, these Penguins looked a little different.


Experimental Penguins - YouTube

Web Architecture of the early 2000s!

The game itself was wildly different too, and a lot more basic. To be expected for something called Experimental Penguins.

Club Penguin Rewritten Cheats™: Experimental Penguins (2000)

The wonders of programmer art

After a while, the game grew wildly popular, averaging 25,000 people a day, all of which spent 20 minutes or so on this new game. Experimental Penguins then won an award – Cool Site Of The Day – which set a trend for the award winner Club Penguin would become.

With growing costs, popularity, and comedic uses of bandwidth, only one thing was obvious: a new site, and while we’re at it, why not a new game?

Penguin Chat(s) 1 – 3

In July of 2001, a site for a new game based off Experimental Penguins was put up. It was called Penguin Chat and contained many elements of what we saw Club Penguin become.

For a start, we see what resembles the Penguins we know and love today.

Did you know these guys have eyelids?

Tutorials (Episode 5) | Play Experimental Penguins (Offline Mode) and Penguin Chat 3 (Online Mode - Not Available) in 2020! | Club Penguin Rewritten Cheats™

Similar to the game we see today!

Ninjas and Penguins — RocketSnail

Does he have a sword?!

Penguin Chat 3, the final in the PC Series, was officially closed on October 28, 2005.

Five days later, something took its place.

Something big.

Something we know today as

And we still play it today!

Join me, Pungu the Penguin, next time as we look into the Classic era of Club Penguin. There we will see Parties, Penguins, and other such Psurprises(…?? ran out of rhymes…)

What do YOU think about the history of Club Penguin? Let us know in the comment section down below!


ACP Major & Shamrock Bulletin Reporter

4 Responses

  1. Fantastic post Pungu!!

  2. Well done !!!!!

  3. This post is amazing! Can’t wait for the next part ❤

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