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|title=<center>Emerald Island</center>
 
|title=<center>Emerald Island</center>
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|imagecaption=The game's logo.
 
|imagecaption=The game's logo.
 
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'''''Emerald Island''''' was an environmental themed MMO created by Fluid Entertainment Inc.
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'''''Emerald Island''''' was an environmentally themed MMO created by Fluid Entertainment Inc.
  
 
The game was launched on November 3rd, 2008, and ran until late 2009. The tone and gameplay was designed for players around 6-12 years old.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20090101073643/http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/2008/11/fluid-entertainment-launches-emerald-island.html/ The Virtual Word News article on Emerald Island.] Retreived 18 Jul '20</ref> The game supposedly had around $3.2 million in funding through Trinity Ventures.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20110805141035/http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=17822/ Gamasutra's article on Emerald Island.] Retrieved 18 Jul '20</ref> Other than this, however, very little is known about the game's development. Most likely due to the fact it only lasted for about a year. The reason as to why the game was shut down being that Fluid Entertainment was sold off to another company.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20090921031224/http://www.emeraldisland.com/ An archive of EmeraldIsland.com stating that the company was being sold off.] Retrieved 18 Jul '20</ref>
 
The game was launched on November 3rd, 2008, and ran until late 2009. The tone and gameplay was designed for players around 6-12 years old.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20090101073643/http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/2008/11/fluid-entertainment-launches-emerald-island.html/ The Virtual Word News article on Emerald Island.] Retreived 18 Jul '20</ref> The game supposedly had around $3.2 million in funding through Trinity Ventures.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20110805141035/http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=17822/ Gamasutra's article on Emerald Island.] Retrieved 18 Jul '20</ref> Other than this, however, very little is known about the game's development. Most likely due to the fact it only lasted for about a year. The reason as to why the game was shut down being that Fluid Entertainment was sold off to another company.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20090921031224/http://www.emeraldisland.com/ An archive of EmeraldIsland.com stating that the company was being sold off.] Retrieved 18 Jul '20</ref>
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The gameplay was similar to other family-friendly MMOs such as ''Club Penguin'' or ''Animal Jam''. Where the player could create an original avatar and explore Emerald Island, which was located on the fictional planet of Viridis.  
 
The gameplay was similar to other family-friendly MMOs such as ''Club Penguin'' or ''Animal Jam''. Where the player could create an original avatar and explore Emerald Island, which was located on the fictional planet of Viridis.  
  
The goal of the game was to save Emerald Island from the destructive forces of Captain Blunderbore and his gang of "Pirats", who have already destroyed seven out of the eight islands on Viridis.<ref> [https://web.archive.org/web/20110625121251/http://fluidentertainment.com/press-materials/Press-Kit-Online/Emerald%20Island%20Narrative%20Intro.pdf/ A page from the press kit.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20 </ref>
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The goal of the game was to save Emerald Island from the destructive forces of Captain Blunderbore and his crew of "Pirats", who have already destroyed seven out of the eight islands on Viridis.<ref> [https://web.archive.org/web/20110625121251/http://fluidentertainment.com/press-materials/Press-Kit-Online/Emerald%20Island%20Narrative%20Intro.pdf/ A page from the press kit (1/2).] Retrieved 19 Jul '20 </ref>
  
The player could roam freely around the island, plant various plants and trees to help keep the island green, play an assortment of mini-games, and interact with other players (who are referred to as "Seedizens" within the game's universe). Players could also cultivate their own garden, which could help them earn in-game currency by harvesting and selling the items grown within their garden.<ref> [https://web.archive.org/web/20110625121235/http://fluidentertainment.com/press-materials/Press-Kit-Online/Emerald%20Island%20Product%20Overview.pdf/ A page from the press kit.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20</ref>  
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The player could roam freely around the island, grow various plants and trees to help keep the island green, play an assortment of mini-games, and interact with other players (who are referred to as "Seedizens" within the game's universe). Players could also cultivate their own garden, which could help them earn in-game currency by harvesting and selling the items grown within their garden.<ref> [https://web.archive.org/web/20110625121235/http://fluidentertainment.com/press-materials/Press-Kit-Online/Emerald%20Island%20Product%20Overview.pdf/ A page from the press kit (2/2).] Retrieved 19 Jul '20</ref>
  
 
==Videos==
 
==Videos==
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==Image Gallery==
 
==Image Gallery==
 
<gallery mode=packed heights=200px>
 
<gallery mode=packed heights=200px>
File:Emerald-Island-Homepage.jpg|thumb|The homepage for the Emerald Island's website.
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File:Emerald-Island-Homepage.jpg|thumb|The homepage for Emerald Island's website.
 
File:Emerald_Island_Promo.jpg|thumb|Promotional art for the game.
 
File:Emerald_Island_Promo.jpg|thumb|Promotional art for the game.
 
File:EmeraldPromotion.jpg|thumb|
 
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File:Player_Home.jpg|thumb|An image of a player's home.
 
File:Player_Home.jpg|thumb|An image of a player's home.
 
File:Pirat_Entrance.jpg|thumb|The entrance to the Pirat's lair.
 
File:Pirat_Entrance.jpg|thumb|The entrance to the Pirat's lair.
File:Pirat_Mainstreet.jpg|thumb|The Main street of the Pirat lair. Notice that the players are wearing Pirat themed disguises.
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File:Pirat_Mainstreet.jpg|thumb|The main street of the Pirat lair. Notice that the players are wearing Pirat themed disguises.
 
File:Balloon.jpg|thumb|
 
File:Balloon.jpg|thumb|
 
File:Town-Center.jpg|thumb|The town center.
 
File:Town-Center.jpg|thumb|The town center.
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File:CharacterCreation.jpg|thumb|The character creation screen.
 
File:CharacterCreation.jpg|thumb|The character creation screen.
 
File:Emerald_Island_Map.jpg|thumb|A map of Emerald Island, which includes several other locations.
 
File:Emerald_Island_Map.jpg|thumb|A map of Emerald Island, which includes several other locations.
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File:Emerald_Island_Logo.jpg|thumb|An alternate version of the logo.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20110625120832/http://fluidentertainment.com/index.html/ Fluid Entertainment's archived website.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20110625120832/http://fluidentertainment.com/index.html/ Fluid Entertainment's archived website index.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20
 
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20110625120723/http://fluidentertainment.com/press-materials/press-kit.html/ The game's press kit.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20
 
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20110625120723/http://fluidentertainment.com/press-materials/press-kit.html/ The game's press kit.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20
 
*[https://www.ign.com/articles/2008/11/03/fluid-entertainment-launches-eco-themed-mmog-emerald-island/ IGN'S article talking about the game.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20
 
*[https://www.ign.com/articles/2008/11/03/fluid-entertainment-launches-eco-themed-mmog-emerald-island/ IGN'S article talking about the game.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20
 
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20110625120650/http://fluidentertainment.com/press-materials/nov-3-08.html/ Press Release.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20
 
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20110625120650/http://fluidentertainment.com/press-materials/nov-3-08.html/ Press Release.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20
 
*[https://www.crunchbase.com/search/principal.investors/field/organizations/num_lead_investors/fluid-entertainment/ Trinity Venture's investment.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20
 
*[https://www.crunchbase.com/search/principal.investors/field/organizations/num_lead_investors/fluid-entertainment/ Trinity Venture's investment.] Retrieved 19 Jul '20
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20080725075811/http://www.fluidentertainment.com/ An archive of Fluid Entertainment's website advertising Emerald Island.] Retrieved 13 Sept '20
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 21:28, 13 September 2020

Emerald-Island-Logo.png

The game's logo.

Status: Lost

Emerald Island was an environmentally themed MMO created by Fluid Entertainment Inc.

The game was launched on November 3rd, 2008, and ran until late 2009. The tone and gameplay was designed for players around 6-12 years old.[1] The game supposedly had around $3.2 million in funding through Trinity Ventures.[2] Other than this, however, very little is known about the game's development. Most likely due to the fact it only lasted for about a year. The reason as to why the game was shut down being that Fluid Entertainment was sold off to another company.[3]

Both the original websites for Emerald Island and Fluid Entertainment Inc have since gone defunct. With Emerald Island's domain now being owned by an identically named resort[4] and Fluid's only showing an error message.

It is currently unknown whether or not any assets from the game survive today.

Gameplay

The gameplay was similar to other family-friendly MMOs such as Club Penguin or Animal Jam. Where the player could create an original avatar and explore Emerald Island, which was located on the fictional planet of Viridis.

The goal of the game was to save Emerald Island from the destructive forces of Captain Blunderbore and his crew of "Pirats", who have already destroyed seven out of the eight islands on Viridis.[5]

The player could roam freely around the island, grow various plants and trees to help keep the island green, play an assortment of mini-games, and interact with other players (who are referred to as "Seedizens" within the game's universe). Players could also cultivate their own garden, which could help them earn in-game currency by harvesting and selling the items grown within their garden.[6]

Videos

The official theme song for the game. Which showcases some gameplay footage.
An in-game cutscene.

Image Gallery

External Links

References