New Poptropica Glitchery
I have noticed one thing worth mentioning, though. Jumping is the weak point in all the New Pop islands, but walking/running is enhanced. Any of you got the feeling that the ground was almost sucking your Poptropican's feet down? That's on purpose, but players didn't like that. So in Monster Carnival, there's not much jumping to do. Focus on strong point = fun.
A traveling carnival has returned to a town after twenty years. The last time it was in town, one of its exhibits was a Bird Boy--basically, a human with a bird head. The townspeople didn't like him, and when the auto store burned down, they accused him and drove him out. Now, the carnival is back but many of its exhibits are barely functioning, and missing basic parts. You have to fix it, and as this happens, it gets closer and closer to night. The Ringmaster Raven is actually Bird Boy. He wants to take revenge on the town by hypnotizing everyone, turning them into monsters like him, and keeping them as pets. He has already done this to the cast members, as you figure out at night. He tricks you into making the hypnotizing chemical for him and traps you. You escape and try to catch him, and he hides in the Mirror Maze. You find him and hypnotize him into thinking he's a chicken. Then the carnival leaves. In the bonus quest, you discover that the local pharmacist is a monster and try to cure him, but this fails. But then the town says that they like him anyway and that's the end of that. (END OF SPOILERS).
The story itself was pretty interesting and generally fit together -- no complaints there -- but it was slightly less than expected. Maybe because of the earlier boring parts, I guess. Still, better than for example, Mocktropica or VH. For this reason it's the first in a long time to get a star on the walkthroughs page!
The Monsters and Ringmaster Raven
Soundtrack, Animation, Transitions
Well, what can I say about the soundtracks. Once again, they are AWESOME beyond belief. The animations in this island are better than on any other island before -- yes, I just said that. Also, Monster Carnival just has so much more depth to it. The backdrop is perfect, there are so many details and all are well-placed and blend in. It's quite an experience. All of these change subtly as day changes to night. This just makes the island feel amazing.
Listen to the soundtracks: