The results for the latest Poptropica Hide & Seek are in! Congratulations to Gentle Scorpion for winning the last Poptropica Hide & Seek competition! In case you're new to the party, every two weeks I post a screenshot of something on Poptropica, and anyone can guess what it is. Whoever answers in the most detail wins! This time, Gentle Scorpion guessed this image:
If you want to know the answer, or participate in the new challenge, head on over to the official page.
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!
It's been a little more than a week since Mystery of the Map Island released to Members on Thursday. It was also the first island in a long time to have a demo for non-Members. The demo is actually of a nice length — you can get as far as rescuing Octavian — so what did you guys all think about the island? Something about it (and OK, the long weekend too) made me want to write a short review. So, here it is!
The first thing I noticed was the theme music (click here to listen or download). It fades into the background at first, but eventually it grows on you and it's an extremely fitting piece for the "island mystery" sort of theme. (Of course, technically all the islands are "island mysteries" but this Mystery of the Map is even more so — more on that later).
Next striking feature: the map. The map is a magical device that not only shows the current state of the island, but allows you to travel anywhere on it with a single click. The attention to detail and quality is pretty stunning. Objects on the map are constantly moving, making it seem even more realistic.
Some more general quality notes: the animations were fairly good, and there were few bugs. No complaints there.
Frankly, the story didn't make very much sense. Sure, if you've read the graphic novel you can follow along, but its mediocre on its own at best. And not even an island that's based on another story should be like that; look at Nabooti, Big Nate, and Red Dragon. Main complaints:
In other, slightly more exciting news... The Creators have announced something new, the Poptropica Hall of Fame. Every week, people who have earned medallions are entered into a raffle (the more medallions you have earned, the more raffle entries to your name). Every Friday, some winners are chosen and their avatars will be put into one of 6 islands. So you basically become an NPC in an island quest for that week, as I understand it. Sweet! Start replaying islands and dressing up in your most unique costumes. As always, check out Poptrickia's walkthroughs for straightforward help on Islands.
Poptrickia's guide has now been completed! Click here to see it. However, the video walkthrough might be delayed a little, since I have lost the computer that I use for recording (I know, shame on me). As soon as I find it (or set up my recording software again), I will make the guide. In the meanwhile, here's the official guide:
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