Creators' Blog Guest Posts, Survival Island

Hook: Survival Ep. 2, Sinker: For Members πŸŽ£

Yay to you for surviving another week in this weird world! 🦫

Pop drop: after an earlier teaser, Poptropica has re-released another episode for the map. Survival Island, Ep. 2: Hook, Line, and Sinker is back in business for desktop and mobile β€” but only for members.

Episode 1 of Survival is currently free for all, but beyond the newly re-released follow-up, the rest of the story is still stuck in limbo. However, the full island (with all 5 episodes) is expected to be included in the Steam bundle releasing next week, so stay tuned for that!


In other news, guest writer Young Rider on the Pop Creators’ Blog has been speculating that Sir Howard Diggory from the new Jade Scarab Island might be a reincarnation of construction leader Burt Diamond from the missing classic Twisted Thicket. 🌳 Between their pale English looks and nefarious tendencies, they sure share some similarities. What do you think? (We think we want Twisted Thicket back!)

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Steam Bundle

Steam Site Confirms Return of AS3 Islands πŸ

Poptropica announced last month that a selection of old islands would be returning, not on their own game site but through Steam, the video game distribution platform. We’ve since learned that the Steam bundle releases this month, and now, we have an exact date, islands, and more!

A Steam page has been discovered by Poptropicans poking around, confirming a major fan theory about the upcoming returning islands and revealing some new info as well. πŸ‘€ (Thanks for the tip, zett & Oof!)

According to the page, there will be 17 islands in the Steam bundle: Mythology (classic), Shrink Ray, Poptropolis Games, Monster Carnival, Time Tangled, Mystery of the Map, Virus Hunter, 24 Carrot, Galactic Hot Dogs, Mocktropica, Escape From Pelican Rock, Reality TV: Wild Safari, Timmy Failure, and including the four full episodic islands of Survival, PoptropiCon, Arabian Nights, and Mission Atlantis. 🏝

All of these islands are on the newer end of the spectrum of old islands and built with AS3, confirming the frontrunning fan theory for such islands based on previous hints from the Pop Creators. Although 17 islands is more than the original 13 promised, the extra four are not exactly “returning” islands as they already exist in the current game: 24 Carrot, Time Tangled, Escape From Pelican Rock, and Timmy Failure.

Operating System: When technology meets talent, anything is possible.

We hadn’t matched any of the Creators’ hints with the returning, but somewhat unpopular Reality TV: Wild Safari. Meanwhile, another short AS3 island did not make the list despite an earlier promise for its return: Monkey Wrench. πŸ™ˆ Still, Poptropica hasn’t ruled out the possibility for more islands to be added to Steam in the future.

On top of all that, many of the returning islands were once playable on the Poptropica mobile app for free, before they were erased at the beginning of this year to match the app with the desktop game.

The bundle releases in less than two weeks on Wed, May 25, so get ready to download with a free Steam account, 2 GB of available space, and cash to spare! While the Steam site doesn’t mention a price yet, the Pop Creators have shared that the Steam bundle will not be free. πŸ’Έ

Although some Poptropicans have already been enjoying these islands for free with Flashpoint, the post-Flash fan-run preservation project, the Steam bundle offers a few differentiating features. One of the islands, likely Monster Carnival, is expected to come with a new twist. The Steam bundle will also be playable on Mac computers (except M1 Macs β€” for now?) in addition to Windows PCs.

Pat on the Back: Don’t know about her paintings, butter sculptures are amazing.

An internet connection is also mentioned on the page, despite the Steam game being a download. However, perhaps it may work like the app, where you can download islands to play offline, then reconnect online for multiplayer features. Update: A tweet from Poptropica confirms that the game will be online as it could not work offline.

The Steam game also includes the build-your-own-world Realms and other features from the original game: costumes, clubhouse, pets, store, and common rooms. ✨

Now that we’ve got this rundown of what to expect for the upcoming Steam bundle, how are you feeling on this scale of 0–10 Poptro-pain? 🀯

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Monthly Costume Contests, Steam Bundle

Steam to come for Pop Girl Summer βœ¨

Get ready! As the shamelessly unhinged tweets continue on Pop’s Twitter, one particularly noteworthy bit sticks out: confirmation that Poptropica’s upcoming Steam bundle releases this month! πŸš‚

Throughout April, we’ve been given hints for what this bundle will entail, with all signs pointing towards the newer (AS3) old islands, though no confirmation has come through yet. 🏝

Fan art of classic Shark Tooth Island by snibsnobs, retweeted by Poptropica

But stay tuned with us for more details to come. It’s shaping up to be a Steaming Hot Pop Girl Summer, for any gender really! πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ


In other news, the Baron is about to set sail, so grab this month’s Jade Scarab wares while you can! Plus, the monthly costume contest is kicking off again β€” share your outfit idea with Pop and it might be the next one to arrive in the Baron’s pop-up shop. Have fun creating! ✍️

Pop on, Poptropicans!

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Creators' Blog Guest Posts, Fan Art Features

Episode’s Return Trip by Limp Blimp πŸ΅

In this episode of Poptropica updates: a partial island, blimp shenanigans, and fan art features. Tune in for a ride!

Wondering what’s next after Jade Scarab Island? 🐱 Poptropica just announced that another installment of an episodic island is being converted for re-release β€” but as for which, that’s left for us to guess.

Bloon: We feel lighter than air.

Based on what’s still awaiting return, the next episode could be the third and final part of Arabian Nights or PoptropiCon, or the second episode of Survival or Mission Atlantis, which currently only have their first episodes up. πŸ€” Since some of the episodes are members-only right now, the possibility remains that the next one could be, too. We’ll see…


Also on the Creators’ Blog, guest writer Invisible Ring has returned from her hiatus to deliver commentary about the evolution of Poptropicans’ iconic yellow blimp. She traces how the blimp has gotten smaller on newer islands like Fairytale, while remaining their original bigger size with the Pop logo on older islands like Mythology β€” and are completely missing from episodic islands, beyond the crash landing in Survival. ⚑️


Poptropica’s also been spotlighting fan art on social media, including Zomberry rocks from the PHB’s LJ, which we also featured in our Community Creations this month! Enjoy their Instagram stories below and more in this Creators’ Blog art appreciation post. 🀩

Plus, check out these island-inspired IRL fits from @sockf00ted.books on IG (@poptroppy on TikTok)! Swipe for video, and if you like what you see, there’s more on their profile. So much talent! ✨

Pop on, Poptropicans!

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