About Club Penguin
Before Club Penguin, there was something called Penguin Chat (2005). You used to be able to play it on RocketSnail.com (Yes, that’s what rsnail stands for), but as of now, they have closed down the site so everyone visits ClubPenguin.com instead. Penguin Chat 3 was very fun, to tell you the truth.
Back then, the whole thing was free and there were things on it that the Club Penguin Team never put back onto Club Penguin.
It was actually very similar to Club Penguin, except there was only one place you could go to, the Town. There wasn’t a Cove, Snow Forts,Dojo, or your own home or anything else, but the Town. In fact, the Town looked very similar to how it looks now, but there was more chairs and tables outside the Coffee Shop, and a few other different details. Oh, and it snowed in the Town!
And there were no coins or ways of earning coins. And if you tried to walk to the left of the town, you’d go to an area of nothing but snow (and a few decorations), if you went to the left of that (through a ’secret hill’), you would be up in another bigger area of snow with a pretty blue sky. In this specific area, you might see a bunch of penguins in snowcats driving around. Then if you went left again, there would be a bunch of penguins just walking around with hard hats on that are probably drilling the ground (with construction gear and railings all over the place and a crane in the distance), and then if you went left again, you’d be back at the Town(so it was kinda a circle). And you could also do the same thing if you started off going right from the Town.
In the toolbar, there was only the chatbox, the snowball button, the actions button, the emotes button, a ‘Tell a Joke’ button, and the enter button. To change color, you would click a Color change button on the chatbar, and select a different color. There was no map.
The Night Club was incredibly similar. The major differences were that the Band played on the stage, rather than the DJ thing with the speakers (but there were Speakers there). And there was no green puffle dancing on the speaker, and there were no stairs leading to the upper floor (there wasn’t an upper floor). And you could get to the secret Boiler room by walking onto the wire of the lower righthand Speaker. The point of the game was just to throw snowballs, dance, and chat.
Talking about snowballs, in Penguin Chat, snowballs were a little bit different. No, they looked the exact same, but when you threw them at people, sometimes you would miss horribly. The radar that shows up when you push the Snowball button in Club Penguin was different in Penguin Chat.
The Coffee shop was somewhat boring, there was no upper level, and you couldn’t play Bean Counters there. Back then, everyone used to pretend they were Coffee Shop waiters or waitresses.
Now, have you ever heard someone ask how you become a ninja? Well, this is where the myth started before Club Penguin let you become a ninja! In Penguin Chat 3, when the color select window popped up, if you click the ‘n’ in ‘Select your new penguin.’ in that window, you would become a ninja. Being a ninja was pretty cool, you had a ninja suit with a sword on your back and if you tried dancing as a ninja, you wouldn’t dance but you’d become transparent/invisible.
You could also be a Hard Hat Worker. You had to click on the Hook of the Crane in the sky (the Crane was behind a fence in the back) in the snowfields right of the Town to get the hard hat (you didn’t have a player card back then so you didn’t really get a hard hat, you just wore one). And if you danced, you would be drilling the ground. And if you went into the middle snow fields, you’d be driving a snowcat!
As for the Gift Shop, if you tried walking into it, you’d be transported to a page in RocketSnail.com where you can buy merchandise like real life keychains and T-shirts (using real life money though, Penguin Chat didn’t have coins, remember?)
And that’s just about all there was to Penguin Chat 3!
Now here’s the sad part. One day, the Rocket Snail team announced they were creating something called Club Penguin. When I went to the site ClubPenguin.com, all that was on its site was the logo and it said it was Under Construction. Then they closed Penguin Chat for a while, so I had nothing to do but play Mancala, Ballistic Biscuit, and a few other games on RocketSnail.com
After waiting the rest of the summer for Club Penguin, I finally stopped checking the site everyday. When I looked again in late October, I had missed the Grand Opening, the Beta Tests, and everything else.
Also, there was a Club Penguin BETA testing. That was basically to try out the new Club Penguin beforehand. Beta testers got one month of free Club Penguin membership, they got to keep their party hat from the very first Club Penguin party ever, and 2,000 coins.
Finally, don’t be fooled by this: PenguinChat.com This is not the Penguin Chat I was speaking of. Its a FAKE. The real Penguin Chat was only accessible on http://rocketsnail.com