Lair of Thieves, the second episode of Arabian Nights Island, has just released to Members today! To recap: In it, you've been captured by the Forty Thieves while on a quest to recover the sultan's magical lamp.
In the den of the forty thieves, danger lurks around every corner. To outwit the most dangerous thieves in the desert, you'll need a little help evening the odds — and you'll find it in the form of an incredible magic power!
Check out the written guide and video walkthrough on the Arabian Nights page! Members can also get the Shield and Scimitar items pictured right, as well as the Plundered Armor outfit, from the Store while it's in Early Access. Non-members, you'll love to check out my sneak preview of the episode.
Shout out to Poptropica Inside and Out by Trusty Biker and Incredible Flame ! It's a new Poptropica blog that (besides having a really catchy name) is just starting up and growing pretty fast. Trusty asked me to tell you guys about it, and I suggest you check it out! :)
Remember, the second episode of Arabian Nights (Lair of Thieves) is coming out on December 11th. That's on this coming Thursday! The guide will be up not long after that, but until then, check out my sneak peek post on it.
The Creators are getting a lot more social online lately. Check out a comment they made:
So yes, that tells us approximately when Galactic Hot Dogs is coming out, but also... They've got a bunch of islands in development? That's some pretty exciting news right there! Kind of makes sense considering the long time it takes to create one and how much creativity the Creators seem to have :). Anyway, I'm pretty happy to have full islands again!
And before I go... Best. Twitter thread. Ever:
Have a nice December, creepy and difficult people!
Shrink Ray Island, first released in 2011, was recently upgraded to have sound and a bigger screen! Starting today the the new and improved Shrink Ray is released to everyone, not just Members! Shrink Ray was one of my favorite islands from the day it released, and I love the remake (a lot of glitches seem to have been ironed out by now). If you get stuck, check out the guide and the video walkthrough!
And now, on to some speculation. The Creators tweeted a picture of what the Members-only store item for Galactic Hot Dogs is going to be, the F.R.E.D. Follower. It gives us a nice look into the art style of one of Poptropica's first sponsored island in ages. They also released an awesome-looking full scene:
Here are some of the recent Daily Pop sneak peeks relating to Galactic Hot Dogs. (Check out the Sneak Peeks page for even more, and it's updated daily). To someone who isn't familiar with GHD -- myself -- (I'll have to start reading it soon, it's an online comic book on FunBrain, Poptropica's sister site), they make no sense on their own, but perhaps it rings a bell for avid GHD readers? I'm just as excited as you are!
Speaking of comics, the Poptropica Comics app had a rather sudden and unexpected release last week. It's a free iOS only app (for now, we hope) that lets you browse through the comics released so far. If you can't get it, remember to check out the most up-to-date ones on FunBrain or the Creators' Blog!
The second episode of Arabian Nights Island has been uploaded to Poptropica! In case you forgot, in the last episode, "How Bazaar," we enter the lair of the Forty Thieves while on the lookout for the Sultan's magical lamp. The episode won't be out for Early Access until Dec. 11, but I've discovered the episode's files, scenes, items and probable storyline. Spoilers ahead! But first, here's the official description of the episode:
Lair of Thieves
Hmm, what could that "incredible magic power" be? One possible answer is hidden among some of the item files. These items go together and suggest a recipe for a bomb of sorts -- except the bomb is called "magic sand." That sounds right, although a quick search reveals that those items don't commonly appear together.
Either way, the sand is not technically magical. According to the dialog files, you are thrown in the thieves' jail and meet a fellow prisoner, the Vizier, who guides you to craft a bomb that turns solid ground to sand, use it to take the key from a guard unseen, and unlock him. Following that, he will help you both to find the Sultan's magic lamp and then escape. But then, we're back to square one: what's the "magic power"?
Vizier: Why are you here?
Vizier: Quick! take this formula, you should be able to find the ingredients around here and assemble them at a crafting table. ... You made the magic sand, great! try to use it to get the key to my cell from the jailer upstairs!
Now let's look at another dialog file. The only way to escape from the prison is to accept the Master Thief's challenge: place the correct lamp onto the altar; if you place the wrong one, you get "destroyed," whatever that means. And the correct lamp is, of course, the Sultan's magical one, which you and the Vizier aim to run off with as soon as it sets you free. But there are so many lamps! Which one is it?
That's a secret that I'll allow the episode to reveal. The answer is very obvious once you see it. Hint: staring at the picture won't help, use your mind! Now, let's get to the juicy part -- images of all the scenes from the island! There are only four:
(Sorry about the Entrance scene. I haven't been able to fully decode it yet, possibly because it's not finished. I've posted the parts that are intact). That's not all. Have a look at a few choice Daily Pop sneak peeks from the past month or two. They're often better quality than the stuff I've just hacked together, but focus on mystery rather than spoilers. Oh well:
I hope these sneak peeks have got you excited about the next episode of Arabian Nights and got those imagination neurons in your brain firing (I'm fairly certain that's a real thing). I really enjoy making sneak peeks like these, just as much as you enjoy reading them. Happy Thanksgiving week, and keep an eye on the horizon for another sneak peek from Poptrickia... about Galactic Hot Dogs Island!
What with Shrink Ray Island's recent remake, I decided to create a video walkthrough for it, which I had wanted to do for the past 3 years but never got an excuse. Enjoy, and don't forget to also check out the written guide!
Shrink Ray Island, Poptropica's 20th island first released in 2011, has been remade for the big screen and sound! Everyone, not just Members, get to enjoy it. The remake is largely the same as the original, aside from some zoomed-up scenes and minor adjustments.
Stay on the lookout for a video walkthrough and review from Poptrickia sometime soon! In the meanwhile, check out the excellent written guide. Happy shrunken adventures!
Before we get to Underground Adventure, remember that PoptropiCon: Spoiler Alert (the second and climatic episode) is released to all players! You can use my guide, or the newly-created video walkthrough. Trust me, it's a very fun episode!
The winner of the PoptropiCon costume contest will earn a one-of-a-kind prize. See if you can put together the ultimate villain outfit, but beware — the action at this convention is about to get real!
Since July 2013, the Daily Pop (click here for all the images) has hinted that there might be an underground island coming soon, something to do with exploring a mine hidden among caves and geysers. It might also involve finding some sort of colony or hive. Exciting! I interpreted it as the return of Legendary Swords. They tapered off in September that year, but some new information tells me I was wrong. The Creators tweeted this:
And then implied that it's going to take place underground. On the current schedule, we can expect it in 2 months, after PoptropiCon's final episode. What do you think? This sounds like an epic island idea!
And also, I'd like to apologize for the massive, inexcusable delay between the games. I've always been bad about updating but I'm mad at myself for missing a 2-week deadline by 4 months. Sorry. I won't forget again (this time for real!) Click Read More to keep going.
Maybe you didn't get a chance to vote yesterday, but today you can vote to decide which is the best Land creation out of the four contest winners:
Today Jeff Kinney shared with us some very insightful early ideas for Poptropica on the Creator's Blog (click here for that post). And it was quite a bit different from what Poptropica is today. First of all, that color:
(Click to zoom). Jeff said, "We envisioned an enormous map of single-scene rooms, and missions that you could go on every day." Presumably the rooms on the huge map above were not linked by bigger rooms, you had to manually pass through sections of the grid. Also, I find it cool how the Common Room was one of Poptropica's original concepts. It seems that rather than a story, each room was not very closely linked to others in the same area. And indeed, Jeff says "This was before we had the idea of islands or even the name Poptropica." I feel like in this old version, the game would have really gotten in the way of the story. I mean, just look at all those buttons and categories (Missions, Magazines, etc.) I'm glad with the direction they ended up taking. And... *chuckle*... that MP3 player, huh? No smartphones back in 2006.
Poptropica was originally supposed to be called "Poptropolis" (no relation to Poptropolis Games). However, because of an undisclosed naming clash with a competitor, they changed the suffix to -tropica. Hence more island-y, less city-y in the modern game we now know and love. Ah, destiny.