Arabian Nights got an incredibly successful finale in Episode 3. It was interesting to see a Poptropica Island that is so deep and ends with an actual message. Even though the island pushed the theme of how bad greed is, it wasn't cheesy or annoying at all, and actually made the island more enjoyable in my opinion.
In a similar vein (albeit slightly more negative), 7 Islands were made Members-only this year: Nabooti, Wimpy Wonderland, Big Nate, Red Dragon, Great Pumpkin, Wimpy Boardwalk, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Meaning that now, players have to pay in order to play these islands. A few things I noticed:
- that all of these islands were sponsored (meaning based on other franchises),
- the sharp increase in new sponsored islands being made,
- Poptropica's recent acquisition by a new company (Sandbox Networks)
- and their plans to rapidly expand to other things like merchandise, comics, and even a TV show