Timmy Failure Island just released earlier this week for all Poptropicans! To celebrate, the Creators continued their recent streak of generosity in Store credits. A whopping four (!) promo codes were offered throughout this week:
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Has anyone else noticed the many ways that the Creators have started giving away free credits? This increases the freedom for non-Member Poptropicans quite a bit; they can now buy a lot more from the Store. At the same time, recent changes to Membership (the 7 islands made Members-only and rise in some Store prices) have been aimed at increasing the value of paying for Poptropica and getting more paying customers. So it seems that the Creators are making up for the shocking withdrawal of those 7 islands from public status, by getting the best of both worlds and making both Members and non-Members happy. Well, it worked, didn't it?
Anyway, enjoy Timmy Failure Island, and if you need any help, Poptrickia's guide is always handy!
Noticed anything new on Poptrickia recently? Hint: scroll up. It's Poptrickia's brand-new logo!
What do you think? This is, somewhat surprisingly, the first time Poptrickia has ever had a logo. (I know, it's been ridiculously overdue). All credit goes to the Poptropica Help Blog author and graphic designer HPuterpop; he came up with the idea and designed the logo for me! I'd love to hear feedback in the comments.
And now for some very interesting news... Poptropica may be starting a new line of YouTube cartoons! Two new videos were released recently (well, not that recently, but I'm sorry I've been so busy lately):
Watch them. They're genuinely funny. The first, "Shark Toon," is about Shark Boy (who they're now calling Shark Guy). Glad to see the character surprisingly revived after his disappearance! At the end, it promises a new installment of the series every week, but that hasn't happened yet. Perhaps due to lack of enthusiasm on both Creator's and our (the viewers') sides? Anyway, the second one features another well-known, albeit newer, Poptropica character: Gamer Guy, in a "Draw my Life"-style video. Responses to that have been quite positive, with many fans submitting their own Draw My Life videos related to Poptropica. What do you think about the cartoons? The art style is very fun in my opinion, and we need more of them, hopefully regularly.
And last but not least, the winner of the incredibly difficult Poptropica Hide & Seek challenge has been declared! Congrats to Paultropica6 for getting the correct answer. The reason why this one was so difficult (and thus dragged on for more than a month) is a little thing called parallax.
Well OK, one last hint: note the point of view that you see outside of a window in Poptropica (or in real life) as you walk past it. Notice how it shifts?
Well, that's all for this mega-long post :). I've said this many times before, but I've been very busy with school and other responsibilities recently. I don't want to make excuses, but that's the reality, and if I had enough time I would make a higher amount of reasonable-length posts more frequently rather than a couple huge ones per month. Oh well; enjoy Timmy Failure Island and Poptrickia's new logo (again, thanks a ton HPuterpop!) until next time!
Rest assured, I will soon create a detailed page on Poptrickia explaining every aspect of the Photo Booth, but here is the main overview of its features:
With these simple tools you can actually make a lot of unique stuff in that Photo Booth, and a whole hour or so can go by on it without noticing that time fly! Make sure to share your creations when they're done.
A quick note on this topic: Many things that were (or would have been) available as cards from the store, like the Costumizer, the Photo Booth, the Bundle Shop, and the tutorial, are now being represented by things on the Home Island instead. I think that's a more appealing way of presenting them as just items in a menu or Store list, isn't it? I think we'll soon see even more things, like the Friends list and the Daily Pop, turn into parts of the Home Island.
Anyway, that's all for this post. Now I'm off to play my new favorite mobile game (well, besides Poptropica), Monument Valley. I promise I'll try to post more often!
The full written and illustrated guide is available on the island page (click here) . You can also check out the official video guide for tips:
Enjoy Timmy Failure Island, and non-Members, keep celebrating Poptropica's 8th birthday!
Yes, it's that wonderful time of the year again -- Poptropica's birthday! This September we're celebr8ing 8, that's right, eight years of amazing Poptropica history. That's an incredibly long time for any game to last, let alone such a lively game as Poptropica! But Poptropica has been doing much more than simply surviving to this age. No, it's been thriving -- more players join Poptropica every year, new comics, toys, books, apps, and possibly even TV shows are coming out, brilliant new islands are being created. We've come quite a long way since Poptropica opened up with one lone island, Early Poptropica, back in 2007.
It doesn't stop here, though. Who knows what the next 8 years will bring?
Quick note... One interesting effect that's becoming harder to ignore: the original Poptropica players. Most kids who found the game back in 2007 were around the ages of 6-10 years old. Now those same kids (myself included) are in their mid to late teens. Even though new players are constantly joining, Poptropica might be slowly identifying itself with an older generation. Certainly today's Poptropica bloggers have established a monopoly, and they're almost all teenagers (I'm looking at you, Poptropica Help Blog, Thinknoodles, and even Poptrickia). We've already started seeing islands with more complexity and deeper themes, and my prediction is that it will only go ahead from there. Sounds exciting! Either way, the age selector for making a new character is going to need an update...
Well, enough history! What's in store for the party this month? Two words -- pigs and cake. It starts out in the traditional way -- common rooms all over Poptropica are filled chock-full with multicolored balloons. But only one of them -- the one with the big 8 on it -- is the one you're looking for. If you find and click on this semi-rare balloon, you get the prize of the year, which is...
The 8-Bit Birthday Pixel Pig Power! (mmm... double alliterations). Not only does equipping this turn your character into a pixel8ed, bouncing pig, but if you press SPACEBAR, you throw birthday cake which turns other characters into pigs! And the best part -- it works on people in common rooms, too. Time for some extreme games of multiplayer tag!
And on the topic of Early Poptropica... starting today and continuing until the end of the party (about 2 weeks), there's a race to finish Early Poptropica! Players who have completed this classic island since today are being recorded and immortalized on the World Champions map for the Island. And if it's your first time, you'll get a whole 200 credits from it to spend in the Store. So don't just sit there, play Early Poptropica! And if you need any tips (or just to brush up), check out Poptrickia's guide of the island. (The guide itself is historical; it was written sometime in 2010!)
Well, that's the wrap-up of the party going on this month. Think about this: How and when did you discover Poptropica? Tell me in the comments! Personally, I found it sometime in 2010 when a Poptropica fever had infected the whole 5th grade. Spy Island was the first one I tried, but I never got to finish it then because the teacher swiftly banned all computer use 😥. Ah, the memories...
Happy birthday, and long live Poptropica!
There's a new island that just sprung up out of the blue this week: a Home Island, just like the one on the mobile app! Previously, new players had to figure out Poptropica just by trial and error (which I still think is a great way to learn something), but now the new Home/Hub Island also offers a guided tutorial. And it goes beyond the simple medallion-shard-finding quest from the mobile app: you can talk to almost any character for guidance, such as how to use the Costumizer.
Here's the fun part: now available on the online Poptropica through Home island is the Colorizer, now for free (just go into the New You shop). Previously, if you wanted to recolor your hair or skin color, you had to splurge in the store to buy the Colorizer, or visit certain places in the game that did it.
The Bundle Shop and the Arcade are also there, but they redirect you to the Poptropica Store and the Pathfinders common room, respectively. Hopefully there are plans to expand these with a new store and app-style common rooms (with the new chat and games).
If you want to see a list of all the codes and prizes, check out this continually updated post on the Poptropica Help Blog.
And... (OK, this is actually the last thing) any luck with the latest Poptropica Hide & Seek game, anyone? It's been at least a month and still no correct entries. I might have to cancel it early if no-one's got the answer, so keep trying hard!
This is going to be another sponsored island, featuring the Timmy Failure comic book series, which features a boy who runs a detective agency (and presumably, is a failure at it). Although I haven't read it, it sounds like a fun premise for an island! Check out the official sneak peeks for more behind-the-scenes information.
Not to sound negative, but have you noticed the number of original Poptropica islands has gone down lately? Timmy Failure, Galactic Hot Dogs, and Mystery of the Map (the most recent full islands) have been based on other comic books, and Arabian Nights is based on the Create Your Own Dream Island contest winner. Poptropica's original ideas have been the most popular; take Survival Island from last year as an example. So they must be doing more sponsored islands for one reason: money. This coincides with Poptropica's break from its major sponsor, Pearson, while they are in the middle of major expansion into comics, mobile apps, TV shows, and other languages. Already we've noticed the slowdown in island releases. Perhaps that's going to be the permanent situation until Poptropica gets more funding and more employees to handle the extra load (I remember the Creators saying that they have less than 50 employees). But it gets worse...
Notice how they are all sponsored islands? In the new Poptropica, Membership and sponsored islands are becoming increasingly prevalent. Anyway, sorry for the negative news, and enjoy Arabian Nights 3!
And just another quick bit of news before I let you play the new episode... there are new Common Room chatting options! Those were getting boring before because they haven't been updated in years, but this should finally spice up multiplayer rooms for a while!
First of all, sorry for the lack of posts over the last 2 weeks; I've been on vacation and only just got Internet access. Okay, some much-awaited exciting news is finally here: Realms sharing! Members can now make any of their realms public, which means that anyone can see or rate them (by pressing the "like" button). The Creators apparently have to approve each realm before it's published, though. In addition, every public realm has a unique code that you can share directly with a friend, like Multiverse rooms. Here's the official guide:
In other news, beating an Island now gives you 150 credits instead of the previous 50! (Of course, longtime players know that it used to be 100). It's not clear why they did this; perhaps they will be adding more items to the Store which can be bought by non-members. But there is another, more worrying possibility...
Nabooti Island just recently became closed to non-Members! This is the first time a previously free island later became Members-only (well, except Poptropolis Games, Mythology and Shrink Ray, but they were being upgraded to have sound and the bigger screen size). It's a worrying sign that Poptropica is going to such lengths to expand to TV, comics and mobile while neglecting the original game. Not only that, but recent island releases have been delayed significantly, or been of lower quality (Mystery of the Map, and the third episode of Arabian Nights is still not in sight). Oh well; the message being sent clearly here is that Poptropica is for paying players, and you know what? It's a high-quality game that most people wouldn't mind paying for. Anyway, enough ranting. Enjoy the summer and play Poptropica!
Some exciting news... Poptropica (the company) has been bought by Sandbox Partners! It's a company based in the U.K. Previously, Poptropica was owned by Pearson (you know, the ones who write all your textbooks). The amount it was bought for hasn't been revealed. It seems like this is for the best, as Jeff Kinney and the CEO of Sandbox Bhav Singh were optimistic in their interview. The important phrase was "helping to bring the brands to new markets." So Poptropica could be expanding in the near future. Already there is speculation that it will become a TV show. Seems more likely now, right?
And finally, Mystery of the Map Island has just today been released to all players. Check out the walkthrough if you're stuck, and have fun!
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