YouTubers Ethan, Dan & Phil play Poptropica!

Hiya, Silver Wolf here with some exciting news about two popular YouTube gaming channels that have recently uploaded videos for Poptropica!

First there’s EthanGamerTV, popular for his videos for Roblox and other games, who in November played Poptropica Worlds for the first time! Here’s his video:

In this video, Ethan focuses on one aspect of Worlds: playing through 24 Carrot Island. I personally thought it was really fun to watch!

Interestingly enough, he did play Poptropica Original in another video over a year ago, so some of you might remember seeing him. But StoryArc Media (Poptropica’s company) actually sponsored this video, which means he was paid for playing Poptropica Worlds.

He hasn’t made another Poptropica Original video since then, which is probably because he had other motivations besides fun, but at least the sponsorship exposes the game to another audience—and who knows, maybe he’ll even like it enough to come back to it.


Next up there’s a new video from DanAndPhilGAMES, a general gaming channel owned by Dan Howell and AmazingPhil, in which both Dan and Phil take a trip to Poptropica Original. Neither of them have played Poptropica before, but the video came about as a request from their viewers. You can check it out below:

(WARNING: In the guys’ words, this is a “15+ rated game”—or at least, their commentary makes the video such. Keep in mind that parts of their conversation are not G-rated.)

To recap the video as far as gameplay goes, Dan and Phil didn’t actually complete a full-fledged island, but they did complete the Home Island tutorial, played the Snowpocalypse mini-game, and interacted with some Poptropicans in common rooms, chatting and playing mini-games like Star Link and Hoops. All in all, it seemed like they had a fun time, and it was fun seeing their reactions!

To me, though, Dan and Phil’s video was slightly unfulfilling, as they didn’t really complete an island, but who knows what will happen next? After all, many commenters are asking for follow-up videos, like this one:

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Even though I found Dan and Phil’s video to be funnier (though not for younger audiences!), Ethan’s playthrough was more fulfilling, since he did go through a full-fledged island, whereas Dan and Phil jumped from place to place and didn’t stay too long in any of them. Still, both videos were quite entertaining!

Now that you’ve read my thoughts, what did you think of the videos? Leave your comment below!

-SW

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Legendary, All-Bright Sabers

Hey Poptropicans! It’s Slanted Fish, popping in with the latest.

To start with, Legendary Swords is back on Poptropica Original—it’s a mini-quest where you hack and slash your way past evil robots on a distant planet. Check out our Legendary Swords Guide here if you need some pointers!

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While Legendary Swords used to be a store item, it was removed some time ago (for reasons unknown). Now you can find it on the Map as an island, and it comes with a sweet medallion when you complete it.

The sad news for some of us is this: it’s for members only.

If you know your Legendary Swords history, you may recall that it originally came out in 2011 as Free+, which meant the game was free for everyone, but members could have special benefits (in this case, more swords). In 2013, it was labeled as Free, period.

Sometime in the past couple years or so, LS and some other items have mysteriously been pulled from the store. While it’s great to see this adventure return, seeing it come back as members only seems likely to exacerbate concerns about the conflict of Creators’ commitment to both players and revenue streams. What do you think?


Speaking of swords, you can snag yourself a brand new glowing one over on Poptropica Worlds! If you go into your house and watch the short video clip on your TV for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you’ll be awarded with this cyan blue lightsaber:

UPDATE (Dec 11): The reward is now a red lightsaber, with red light coming out of the sides as well!

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Thanks to Young Hippo (Jersey Devil) for the lightsaber images.

You can also get in on some Star Wars action on Poptropica Original—by watching the same clip on Home Island, you can win (not for the first time) a BB-8 Follower!


One last cool thing for this post: check out this snapshot from Poptropica HQ! It’s got a giant poster of a stylized Spencer Albright, from the Poptropica graphic novels, with the caption “The Curator.” Pretty neat!

Also: “new office”? Presumably still in Boston, but I wonder why they moved!

Anyway, that’s all for now. Let us know what you think of the Legendary Swords return, Star Wars items, and Spencer Albright poster in the comments below! Stay popping, Poptropping trotters. 🐫

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My Place in Poptropica: Unknown Shadow

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Unknown Shadow, who was obsessed with Poptropica until a point of identity questioning that eventually came to pass. See below for details on how to send in your MPIP!

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Hello, people! I’m Unknown Shadow! Here’s a “My Place in Poptropica” post. I’m not the best at writing, but here we go!

2013 | The Not-So-Dramatic Beginning

When I was 9 years old, I was bored on a weekend one day, so I went on my computer and decided to search up “Fun Free Games.” I found one with a fun art style called “Poptropica” that didn’t need a download, so I clicked on it.

I spent about an hour creating my first character, or “Poptropican,” as I would later learn it was called. Most of that time was spent randomizing the character’s name until I got one I liked: “Silly Sword.” My username, which I still use today, was lula4schmidt.

When I was ready, I hovered over the blimp and entered the world of Poptropica. I’m pretty sure the first island I stepped into was Super Power Island, though I don’t remember if I ever beat it.

2014 | Is there such thing as TOO obsessed?

Soon, I went into “special interest mode” and became absolutely OBSESSED. I spent all my spare time on Poptropica. If I wasn’t playing Pop, I was begging my parents for a membership. When they finally gave in one day, I got everything in the store that I was able to, since members could get all store items for free.

My most vivid Poptropica memory from back then is having my character in a wolf costume on Shark Tooth Island. I printed out a picture of one of my outfits, and I think I still have it. I also remember that at one point, a bug in the game turned my girl character into a boy.

Also, I found the PHB, and even made my own Poptropica blog. Mine was really bad—the name was something like “The Pop and Bop.” But I was confident and went ahead with it anyway.

2015–2016 | Oh…

In 2015, I was diagnosed with depression. With the depression, I didn’t have the motivation to do anything, not even play Poptropica. I felt sadder and sadder with each passing day.

Then in 2016, I started questioning my gender. (Spoiler: I’m trans.) I also went into therapy. I logged into Poptropica every once in a while, but not much. By the end of the year, I had stopped playing completely.

2017| Yay!

Sometime this year, I found an old bookmark on my laptop that I had some vague memories of. Yup, it was Poptropica. And I clicked on it.

I made a new (boy!) account called “ace-hq” and logged in to my old favorite website. And even now, I’m still playing.

That’s my story, as best as I can remember it. Anyway, I hope you have a good day! Thank you for reading! ❤


Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story!

If you haven’t already, we invite you to send in your own. Please include your username and a minimum of 500 words, typed with good spelling and grammar, and divided into labeled sections. If you send in your story, we will continue to post new community MPIPs!

Interested in writing for the PHB under a different Pop-topic? Take a look at our Write for the PHB page for ideas, guidelines, and more. We always welcome new guest posts!

~the Poptropica Help Blog

Why do Poptropicans change their look so much?

Hey Poptropicans! This is a guest post written by Poptropica community member Gabren, who discusses thoughts on the frequency of changing one’s Poptropica avatar look. Enjoy!

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Why do Poptropicans change their look so much?

This is a question I get a lot on sites like Quora, which is a question asking-and-answering website I discovered recently. Anyway, I’ve wondered about this question myself. I’m not one to frequently change my appearance in-game, but when I do change it, I look back on how I looked before, and I think to myself:

“Wow, did I REALLY look that bad?”

And that is why I believe we like to change our avatars around so much. We see something that looks better in our eyes, so we feel like changing to it. But that doesn’t mean we have to change.

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meme credit: Yujo

I don’t change my character on the game very much for two reasons:

  1. because I am content with what I have.
  2. because the items I own took a lot of effort to collect them all in just the way I like it, even though I got most of them through the PHB’s Avatar Studio Gift.

My recommendation? Be content with what you have! So many people are always anxious about how they look, and in this game, it’s no different. Look, I’m
not saying you shouldn’t be open to change. I don’t want you to get bored with your avatar.

I always try to achieve the point of perfection with how I look. When I see someone else with a cool skin tone on Poptropica, I don’t covet it. I think, “Oh wow, that looks really cool, but I’m content with my own.”

If I do want to change, it’s never a big change. I might change my beard style a little here, or change my eyes a little there. But I try to have a standard recognizable avatar, like  Thinknoodles, the YouTube gamer known for his Poptropica walkthrough videos, among others. He almost never changes his avatar, and it looks pretty cool.

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Well, that’s it for now. I hope to post more on this blog, so keep an eye out for more posts like this.

Tell me what you guys think in the comments below!

Keep popping,
Gabren


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Gabren!

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. You can find some tips and guidelines on our Write for the PHB page. We also encourage sharing blog posts on the PHC.

If you have an idea for a PHB post, send it in!

Poptropica Portfolio: Tyson Burnham

Hey Poptropicans!

Another Poptropica Portfolio has been uncovered—this time we’re featuring the work of Tyson Burnham, lead animator and motion designer for StoryArc Media (which includes Poptropica). He’s the guy behind many of the island trailers and more.

The work below is taken from his portfolio website. Over in the section labeled “Game Environment Vector Illustration,” you can find these sweeping scenes from Poptropica (as well as some designs for what became the Mech on Steamworks Island):

In addition to illustrating, Tyson also created many of Poptropica’s animated trailer videos, such as the ones for Arabian Nights and Virus Hunter, among others. You can find a bunch of his animated work compiled together in this demo reel that includes work from Poptropica as well as other projects:

Tyson Burnham still works at StoryArc Media, and also enjoys taking on freelance projects, as seen in the video above.

If you liked Tyson’s portfolio, be sure to also check out other Poptropica artists we’ve featured: Kyle MillerGeoff HassingNate GreenwallChris GoodwinAbraham Evensen TenaJordan LearyLance FryNasan Hardcastle, and Ashley Lange.

Speaking of artwork, be sure to join in on the PHB’s Community Creations this month! December has only just begun, but it’s never too early to start brainstorming.

Hope you enjoyed this portfolio! Stay awesome, Poptropicans.

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What Dr. Hare doesn’t want you to know…

Hey Poptropicans! Slanted Fish here.

Dave from Poptropica is back with a fresh new video, featuring a semi-fresh batch of carrots from Dr. Hare’s space station, topped with “6 Tips and Tricks for MASTERING Dr. Hare’s Revenge”! Ready? Here it comes…

(Nope, I don’t know why Cliff Housebuff is featured on the video thumbnail, either. He’s not selling real estate in Dr. Hare’s space station, is he?)

Anyway, the 6 tips & tricks are…

  1. Do not be alarmed by your super-human strength… when you lift that massive carrot rocket-ship out of the ground.
  2. Read the instructions… they’re right there for you.
  3. Aim for the tough carrots first, and save the easy ones for last. Maximize your time so you’re not panicking at the end!
  4. It’s no big deal if you don’t make it through a level before the timer goes off. You won’t get reset back; you can replay a level as many times as you like.
  5. Take note of the exit doors. The level doesn’t end when you get to all the carrots—it ends when you get to the exit door.
  6. Use the map… driving blind is a recipe for disaster.

What’s that? You want more? Dave says he’d love to give more tips—really, he would—”but it just wouldn’t be fair to everyone else.”

Well, here at the Poptropica Help Blog, we’re all about giving you guys the advantage—really, that’s what we’re here for. 😉 So, if you’re craving more advice, be sure to check out our Dr. Hare’s Revenge Guide—a complete walkthrough with pictures!

Alright Poptropicans, that’s all for now. Surprisingly, no livestream from Stephanie this week. However, be sure to check out the post below for a recap of November’s Community Creations, and start brewing for December’s theme: winter/holidays!

Stay merry, Poptropicans!

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Community Creations: November 2017

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the November recap for Community Creations! November’s theme was heartwarming and the featured work is not in any particular order. Be sure to check out all the featured artists!

No clue what’s going on? Go see our intro post.

TOP 5 PICKS

Happy Lobster, Happy Cuddles by Napstachill

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So soft!!! Cute animals automatically equal heartwarming in my book. The curved lines and light coloring totally add up to a cuddly scene. Such cute chubs! The internet cannot resist cats of course, and the PHB’s very own Happy Lobster looks like he’s having a blast. Great, subtle movement and emotion! I can practically hear that kitty purring. Find their DeviantArt here.

Reunion by Tareloin

Tareloin - Reunion

Again, very soft! The smooth, blended coloring makes everything look super welcoming and the tones leave a nostalgic impression. This piece is like looking straight into a memory or a picture out of a scrapbook. Ah, the good ol’ days… Our dear Mordred looks genuinely happy in this scene, which brings joy to my lil’ fan-girl heart. So bright and pleasing! Find their DeviantArt here.

Reflections of the Past and Present by ANNE14TCO

ANNE14TCO - Reflections of the Past and Present

What cool effects! The deep, intense lighting is super dramatic and the warm tones in the upper half of this piece give off fuzzy, heartwarming feelings. Meanwhile, the bottom half of this piece shows great contrast with cooler, duller tones. This separations perfectly shows change over time and how our past may haunt us, but how the future will always be bright! Plus, the water effect is amazing. Find her DeviantArt here and go here to read a more in-depth description of this drawing.

One Year of our Relationship by Neemon99

Neemon99 - 1 Year Anniversary

How sweet! These two lovebirds, Little Foot and Sporty Fox, look so cute in this drawing. The big-pixel background gives the piece a cool digital vibe and their facial expressions make me fall in love with them myself! The bright colors really pop and everything about this is all around positive. Definitely fits our theme! Find their DeviantArt here.

The Raptors by BeanSkelly

BeanSkelly - The Raptors

Simple, but sweet. The emotion is obvious here and the viewer can easily tell that this group has been reunited for the better. Big grins and tears of joy perfectly add up to heartwarming! The bright background doesn’t take away from the subject, but definitely matches the tone well. There isn’t a whole lot of detail, but I feel like that simply alludes to how their family is the only thing they’re focusing on. The rest of the world can wait! Totally warms my heart. Find their DeviantArt here.


Honorable Mentions

All of the entries were so cute! You guys really pulled on my heartstrings this month. Keep up the amazing work! It’s nice to see such positivity in this round.


December: How Do I Participate?

Community Creations is a cool series for anyone in the Poptropica community to join in on. To sum up what it’s about, it’s basically a chance to show off your artwork, creepy fan-fic, realms, costumes, and anything else that pops into your mind.

If we really like the piece you submit, we will feature it here on the PHB! As long as it relates to that month’s theme. So what is December’s theme? December’s theme is…

Winter/Holidays!

I know, I know… it’s not winter everywhere. Buuuuut, the big holiday season is fast approaching for a ton of people around the globe! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or none of the above, you can find something to create this month for sure. But that’s not all! If your family doesn’t tend to celebrate the holidays coming up, you can just make something related to winter instead.

Share your Poptropicans in big ugly sweaters, write a Poptropica-styled Christmas song parody, build an igloo in realms, draw some villains around the fireplace, etc. The possibilities are endless! Good luck and happy holidays! 😀

Happy Holidays!!!

  • Submitting: Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArtTwitter, or Discord.
  • Results: I will feature 5 of the submissions as well as 3 honorable mentions.
  • Limitations: Nothing NSFW, and make sure you relate to the theme.
  • Due Date: I will take any entries before the end of this month. Submit as many things as you’d like!

I will always be sure to let you know I have seen your creation. Bonus points if you make a compelling description for your piece! While quality counts, I’m mainly looking for something to simply catch my eye, so don’t be afraid to join in!

So what are you waiting for? Go make something awesome!

~SD