CP Knowledge: Paint by Letters

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 Paint by Letters. 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!


GAMEPLAY

Paint by Letters is a Club Penguin minigame found on the bookshelf in the Book Room, which is above the Coffee Shop accessible through the Town. The game is about typing a story. A few words appear as grey and each letter becomes black after you’ve typed it out. When all the words are black the next few will appear and then it continues that way until the end of the page.

   Only the left side is filled with text. On the right there is an animated picture portraying whatever you’re writing about. When you’re done on one page, do not turn to the next one immediately. In every image there is a hidden coin, they are found by clicking or dragging different objects from the animated picture.

   There are three different stories to choose from – My Puffle, Burnt Out Bulbs, and Lime Green Dojo Clean. At some point, you will face a choice. When there are multiple blue and cursive words separated by slashes it means you can type whatever word you prefer. Your choice will not change the course of the story, but the animation will depend on it. For example, when the main character visits an igloo you can choose whether a Viking, DJ, or Alien lives there. It would then be weird if the animation displayed an alien when you chose a DJ.


HISTORY

The first two books My Puffle and Burnt out Bulbs were released on March 10th, 2008. Lime Green Dojo Clean was added on the 3rd of February 2009. The stories were written by a guy named Chris Gliddon. He is more known as Polo Field which is his penguin name, and the alias he went under as a moderator in Club Penguin. On Club Penguin Rewritten the game was accidentally removed in February 2018 and didn’t get added back until a year later. There is unfortunately not that much history about this game as it was discontinued due to unpopularity on June 14th, 2012. However, since CPR is based on the older version of Club penguin the game is available there (It is currently under development after their switch to HTML5, though).


COINS

Paint by Letters is a good game for making money, at least if you’re somewhat fast at writing. For My Puffle, you get 50 coins for finishing, which doesn’t sound like a lot but it gets better. For every hidden coin you find, you get an additional 20 and a bonus of 100 if you find them all. That makes the maximum amount of coins 250.

   For Burnt out Bulbs the base amount is 220, and an additional 40 for every hidden coin. The highest possible score is 800 due to the extra 300 you get for finding all the 7 hidden coins.

   For Lime Green Dojo Clean the maximum amount is also 800, but with a baseline of 160. 60 x 8 = 480 for the eight hidden coins plus 300 in bonus for all coins found. If you are very quick in your head you probably counted out that it adds up to 940, not 800. See this is what confuses me, when you’ve finished the book the ending screen comes up and says: 

BOOK: LIME GREEN DOJO CLEAN 160

BONUS COINS: 8 X 60                    480

ALL BONUS COINS FOUND!            300

TOTAL COINS:                                  800

Baffling, right? 


TRIVIA

  • Lime Green Dojo Clean had several bugs and was delayed from January 30th to February 3rd.
  • All the text in Lime Green Dojo Clean is composed of rhymes.
  • If you take any Puffle to the My Puffle, that color will be chosen for the book. This does not work with Puffles released from 2010 and onwards.
  • Walking Flare does not affect My Puffle, instead, the default blue Puffle will be chosen. 
  • There is a Burnt Out Bulbs Card-Jitsu card.
  • It was the first game to ever be permanently removed from Club Penguin, DJ3K was the second one.

PERSONAL REVIEW

Paint by Letters is – and has always been – my favorite game on all of Club Penguin. Therefore, my biased mind would like to write 10/10. But in all honesty, it is a great game, the stories are fun to read and it’s an excellent way to get coins. The fact that you can change certain words makes it even more exciting, and it challenges your writing skills! But apparently, it was unpopular. I’ve heard people say the game was hard to find for a first-time player and that they didn’t even know about it until someone told them or they read about it. I can totally understand this, as you have to click on the bookshelf, and then one of the books to see that it’s a game. Maybe an 8/10 then, being able to change the actual course of the story would make it even better I think.

   But of course, not everyone likes to write. Some people find the basic idea of the game boring, and if that’s the case there’s nothing Club Penguin could’ve done to change their mind.


Did I miss anything? What do you think of Paint by Letters? Comment below!
That’s all for me today, hope you enjoyed this post! See ya next time!

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