CP Knowledge: Aqua Grabber

Welcome to another post of the series CP Knowledge. This is a series where I will talk about every single minigame on Club Penguin, continuing today with Aqua Grabber. The posts include how you play the game, its history, stamps, trivia, high scores, and a personal review of the game! Hope you enjoy it!


Aqua Grabber is a single-player game created by Gary the Gadget Guy and is accessible through the Ice Berg. The goal of the game is to collect treasures using the submarine Aqua Grabber 3000, and not die in the process. The submarine takes in small amounts of water, a few seconds after it is full you lose one of your lives. The amount of lives you have depends on what level you are playing. It takes one minute and 45 seconds to lose a life. To get air and empty the Aqua Grabber 3000 of water you can either go above the surface or into bubbles, which are created by a bubble generator located in the middle of the level. Additionally, you lose air every time you bump into something, such as a wall or a fish, if you are holding something you will also drop it.


There are two different areas of the sea you can play in – Clam Waters and Soda Seas. There are also five different levels per area – to find the main treasure, to find the rare treasure, to finish the game without losing a life, a time trial mode, and a compressed air mode. The main mission for the Clam Waters level is to collect the grand pearl, from one giant clam. The rare treasure of the level is the black pearl, which is hidden inside one of the five small clams. The other ones contain a white pearl. In the Clam Waters time trial mode you have one minute to get the main treasure. The difference between compressed air mode and the normal mode is that the submarine is much faster, and every time you bump into something, you lose a life.

   The main mission for the Soda Seas level is to first get all the cream soda barrels to clean the ocean. By doing so, some anemones will rise and allow you to reach previously inaccessible areas. Then you can find the main treasure, the amethyst, which is guarded by pufferfish. The rare treasure is the emerald, to get this you have to let the crab take all of the gold, instead of taking it yourself. Then, it will give you the rare treasure. In the Soda Seas time trial level, you have three minutes to complete the main mission. The compressed air mode is the same thing as in Clam Waters; faster submarine, but a whole lot easier to die.


Aqua Grabber was originally designed to retrieve parts of the Migrator that struck an Iceberg on January 17, 2008. However, due to the high popularity of the game, it was made permanently available on February 19, 2008. Because the Migrator had already been saved there was no point in collecting the parts anymore. That led to Clam Waters releasing on April 4, 2008. On August 6 the game got another update containing the Soda Seas level. In July 2010 Aqua Grabber got yet another update, the home screen was updated and more stamps were added.

   The music playing in the background was created by Chris Hendricks, who has made a lot of Club Penguin music. He made the melody in 1999, a long time before the game was created. But the melody had always stuck with him, so when he was supposed to make background music for Aqua Grabber he used that concept and changed a few things, like the tune, instrument, and tempo. 


There are eleven different treasures in Aqua Grabber, although only nine of them are worth getting. 


There are nine different creatures in Aqua Grabber, three of them – the worm, the fluffy, and the mullet – also act the role as a treasure, and are therefore put under the Treasures category.


A total of 20 stamps can be collected by playing Aqua Grabber. Two easy ones, eight medium, nine hard, and one of the difficulty extreme. 


Aqua Grabber is not a game measured in points, so getting a high score is not really possible. However, according to my counting (which might be slightly off) the maximum amount of coins you can get in one game is 2350. If you have all Aqua Grabber stamps you would get 4700 coins, since the amount is doubled. Although I did found this video where Rivelka got 5200 x 2 coins. My only theory is that the title is a lie and the player actually played multiple games. That is possible because you return to the home screen of the game after each time you play, and you don’t receive the coins until you exit the game for real. Well technically speaking, the title wouldn’t be a lie since it was still one game, but multiple games within it.


  • The Aqua Grabber 3000 is the successor to the Sub 1000, which was a previous design prototype for the machine.
  • You can bring your pink puffle to play the game with you, it supports you by releasing bubbles when you are on the verge of drowning.
  • If you earn all stamps you get the doubled amount of coins after each game.
  • There used to be a glitch where you could earn infinite coins. Players who took advantage of this glitch would have their accounts banned for 72 hours or forever.
  • Its name was a choice given in a poll. According to issue 123 of the Club Penguin Times, Aqua Grabber won with 39.3%. Second to it was the “Deep Sea Salvage”, with 30.3%. In third place came “Depth Diver” with 30.2%.


When I was little, I actually didn’t like this game for some reason, probably because it was too hard for me. But today it is one of my favorite games, although it can be quite frustrating. I would rate this game 9 out of 10. To get that extra point I think more levels would have to be added, so you’d have even more stuff to do. It is an easy game at first but can be very difficult when trying to complete the harder levels. There’s never a time where I’ve felt there’s nothing to strive for when it comes to Aqua Grabber. With 20 stamps there is almost always something to work for. If you’ve earned all the stamps (if you seriously have done that, what an amazing job!) the game might not be as exciting, but it is still a great money-maker. 

Did I miss anything? What do you think of Aqua Grabber? Comment below!

That’s all for me today, hope you enjoyed this post! See ya next time!

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