Pelican Rock is the toughest prison ever built. And after you're framed for a crime you didn't commit, it's your new home! Use your wits to devise an escape plan, and your nerve to pull it off. But getting out is just the beginning — because the real criminal is still out there!
Escaping from prison or some such captivity has been a recurring thing to do in Poptropica for a while (most recently Arabian Nights), but it's been laughably easy. Now that there's a whole island based around that, it should be more challenging and fun! And guessing from the description again, there's going to be something to do even after your escape: find out who the real culprit is! The island itself will be releasing sometime in December according to the Creators' word on Twitter, but it's not fixed yet and may vary (probably towards the end).
First of all, sorry for the extended lack of new blog posts here on Poptrickia. The truth is that I was sick for a while, which put me behind in school, so I had to spend a lot of time catching up, and then the midterms rolled around so I was occupied studying. I always try to post regularly though, so please excuse the lateness!
The newest upcoming Poptropica island has been announced: Escape from Pelican Rock! For months we've been drooling over Daily Pop sneak peeks of scenes that appear to take place in a kind of prison, and now we've got this exciting plot:
(off-topic note: does anyone else think the music to the trailer seems a little off for the theme it's trying to convey? Perhaps it's just because I first heard that music on Mystery of the Map and I've got the tropical image stuck in my head, but eh). If you're hungering for some imagery from the island, check out the recent sneak peeks, starting from around August.
In addition, the Creators are giving away some cool free stuff in anticipation of the island's release. They've already put the Escapee Dr. Hare costume in the Store for Members (don't worry, we're unlikely to actually see Dr. Hare as a character on the island), and this Thursday all players will be able to get some more items. We don't know exactly what they will be, but the Creators have given this screenshot as a hint, so it may be something to do with the police dog shown in the picture:
Time willing, I may be able to get some even more top-secret sneak peeks directly from the Island's files later this week or next; not promising anything though! Moving away from that topic, also on Thursday, the Creators have announced that a World Champions map for Reality TV Island will be created! Not only that, first-time completions will give 200 credits rather than the usual 150. That should inspire some heavy competition :). Also, it's very important to note, that to get on the Champions map, you will most likely have to restart the island, not just play the game show again. Again, that's not confirmed yet, but it's likely.
Alright, that's all I've got for today! Enjoy the upcoming excitement of Escape from Pelican Rock, and I definitely hope to find time away from schoolwork to post more often!
For a long time, players have asked for the ability to log in to their online accounts from the app, thus having access to the same costumes, items, and Membership from the desktop. Granted, the Membership model doesn't work so well in the mobile app world as the in-app purchase model, so importing your costume is the next best thing! All you have to do on the app is make a new account and then enter your username and password from the online Poptropica (don't worry, it's safe to enter that info into the official Poptropica app). Soon, Android and iOS players will be able to do the same!
On a different note, it's October again! The month of Halloween, in case all your neighbors' gruesomely decorated houses didn't clue you in. The Creators have also gotten in on the spirit, with a bunch of new Halloween characters, props, and backdrops for a limited time only in the new Photo Booth. But there's hints of something more... as the latest Creators' Blog post says,
It might not be a bad idea to start practicing your Halloween photos in the Photo Booth. But perhaps we've said too much... for now.
So perhaps there is some sort of Halloween-themed Photo Booth competition coming up later this month!
Also this month, the Creators have been sharing previously unpublished concept art for some of Poptropica's creepier islands, like Monster Carnival, Ghost Story, Vampire's Curse, Great Pumpkin, and the Haunted House, on Twitter:
Insightful and detailed, aren't they? Bonus question: can you guess which island each of these sketches refers to? (Click on each image to zoom in and see info). Finally, Andrew Wiles asked an interesting question on Twitter the other day for the Creators, about the monsters from Mission Atlantis:
Well, I had never thought to connect those creatures to actual prehistoric animals until now :). Anyway, that's all for today's post. Happy October!
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!
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