Let’s be friends with Messy Crown and Lizard Wizard

Hey, friends! This is Gentle Dolphin, resident pop blogger and social media sleuth, here with some pop news! Poptropica was pretty active on social media yesterday, so let’s get started with a post regarding Poptropica’s in-game social media: the player wall, aka the friends page.

Yesterday afternoon, the Creators turned to the internet to ask players for their thoughts on the player wall. On the Creators’ Blog, they wrote, “We’re wanting your feedback on the player wall – what do you love, what do you think we should add, what do you want removed!?!”

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Players replied to their Instagram post and gave some good feedback on the player wall. A lot of people asked for the return of previous features such as island photos, pop quizzes, and tribe common rooms. A couple others requested for more customization options for non-members. However, one comment from Instagram user ben_246 stood out from the rest. There, he sent a clear message to the Creators:

“Where 👏 is 👏 the 👏 poptropican 👏 of 👏 the 👏 week 👏 or 👏 house 👏 of 👏 the 👏 week 👏 or 👏 even 👏 realm 👏 of 👏 the 👏 week 👏”

The Creators heard his cry and and responded, “Coming tonight, we promise!!” True to their word, a new entry in the “Look of the Week” series was posted on Instagram later that night; it was then posted on the Creators’ Blog and on Twitter earlier this morning. The second “Look of the Week” winner is Messy Crown:

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On the Creators’ Blog, Blue Tooth wrote, “Messy Crown caught our eye with her ears and headphones combo!” Congratulations, Messy Crown! You have the honor of joining Young Turtle in the “Look of the Week” Hall of Fame!

If you’d like the chance to be featured in the next “Look of the Week”, put on your best outfit and head over to the Blast-Off Arcade. Who knows, one of the Creators may notice you and give you a spot.


But wait, there’s more! Earlier today, I went to the Creators’ Blog to see the new “Look of the Week” post and found another post that was made today! This post contains a picture of a lizard wearing a wizard hat and a pearl necklace. A small note in the picture states that you can get these items if you check out the pet shop updates.

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Sure enough, there are four new pet accessories in the pet shop: a sorcerer hat, a pair of pink sunglasses, a pearl necklace, and some cute blue eyes. These are really nice items to give pets; it’s a shame that they’re members-only.

 

That’s all for now (unless the Creators decide to post something else tonight). What are your thoughts on these Poptropica posts? Do you have any thoughts on the player wall/ friends page? What do you think of the new pet accessories? Let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin🐬

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Under the Sea: Clubhouse Store Update

Hello, everyone! I’m Lucky Joker here presenting the latest clubhouse store update!

The clubhouse shop has gotten a lot of under the sea themed decorations all for your buying pleasure this month. We’ve got everything from a blowfish to an axolotl, and even an underwater shipwreck wallpaper.

Of the 11 new items, 6 are available exclusively for members, but if you’re a non-member there are still 5 fun options to choose from! 🙂

The items from this month’s update combined with last month’s update full of mythical creatures could definitely make for an awesome clubhouse. You might even have a chance at being featured on “Clubhouse of the Week”, so get creating, Poptropicans!

Well, that about sums up this post! Once again, thank you all for reading and I’ll talk to you in the next one. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Suspicious bunny alert: pink, male, wears goggles

Blue Tooth over on the Creators’ Blog thinks we should be wary of some rabbit situation, but it’s not totally clear what’s going on. Somehow, though, a picture has surfaced of a bunny that doesn’t quite look like all the rest, and the caption—“infiltration day 4”—garners some suspicion.

In response to an accusation from Instagram user @chloe.muncy saying, “Dr. Hare is a furry confirmed,” the Creators responded:

why would you say this on our very nice photo of what is quite clearly 3 bunnies 🐇🐇🐇

The bunnies at the Pet Barn still had plenty of carrots, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary—although I did notice a pair of Round Glasses for sale that we hadn’t reported on before. And they’re for everyone! 👓

So, what’s up with these furry animals? Are the Creators hinting at more adventures with Dr. Hare? We’ll keep you posted if we hear more.

In the meantime, you can supposedly watch some video to earn credits over on the Home Island billboard, but all I got was a “try again later.”

Catch you later, Poptropicans!

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Summertime Spitballs: a Store update

How’s it going, Poptropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here bringing you the seven new shop items for May 2019!

With spring underway and summer on the way, you can get your hands on all-new outfits and accessories that are perfect for the season.

The new items are as follows:

  • Baseball Uniform (which comes in white, tan, and brown)
  • Orange Julius (no, she’s not a beverage)
  • Rainbow Storm
  • Rebel Beach
  • Spiff Boy
  • Spitball Shooter
  • Sticky Notes

Great news for non-members – none of the new items are exclusive for members only! I suggest getting all of these new items and putting something nice together to have a chance at being featured on “Look of the Week“! 🙂

Well there it is – the May store update. What do you think of these new items? I, personally, like the hair on Rebel Beach. It kind of reminds me of Shadow the Hedgehog, haha! Anyway, leave your thoughts in the comments down below.

Thanks for reading as always and I’ll talk you in the next one. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

2019 PHB Readers’ Survey Results

Hello, everyone! I know it’s been about a month since our readers’ survey closed but no need to fear, the results are here! We received a total of 97 responses – a slight decrease from last year – from Poptropicans all around the world! We hope it’s enough people to accurately get an understanding of our more active readers.

Down below are various charts displaying the amount of people who answered for each question and how many people picked each answer. Let’s take a look-see!

Which of our past surveys did you participate in?

The PHB has held 5 surveys so far. The first was held 5 years ago in 2014, in 2015 there was no survey, and since 2016 we’ve done one every year. As usual, we were curious to see how many people that took our previous surveys had stuck around to participate in this year’s. (Note that the percentage total goes over 100% because of the ability to select multiple answers.)

As you can see here the number of participants who also took part in the 2014 survey has decreased from last year’s result of 11.6%, which is to be expected as the years go on. Most people who took this year’s survey also took part in our more recent years with 24% in 2016, 35.4% in2017, and 46.9% in 2018. More than half of you guys marked this down as your first time taking the survey which could mean we have some new readers amongst us. Welcome! You should stick around! 😉

What is your gender?

Next question was: “What is your gender?” Once again the amount of female readers is significantly larger than the amount of male readers. The gap between the two is even greater this year with a 43.3% difference as compared to last year which had only a 15.3% difference.

What is your age?

The amount of older kids and teens dominates the graph as usual but the amount of 12-14 year olds specifically has decreased while the amount of 15-18 year olds has increased.

For the second year in a row, the “22 or older” section of the graph has gotten larger and the “6-11” section has gotten smaller. This may have something to do with Poptropica not getting many new players these days. Most of us that have stuck around with the game since childhood are now adults.

What country do you live in?

Next, we wanted to know where you live in the world. The darker the shade of blue—the more people from that country that took the survey; the lighter the shade—the fewer survey takers there are from that country. If a country appears gray, that means there were no participants from that country.

Like previous years, the United States overwhelmingly has the most survey takers with over ¾ of the total number of participants. Something, I’ve noticed is that our reader base in Europe has almost completely diminished. Every other country shown on the map had less than 10 participants. Regardless, it’s amazing to know we have viewers from around the globe. 🙂

If you live in the US, which state or territory do you live in?

Taking a look at the U.S. alone now, the two states with the highest percentages are California (11.9%) and Florida (10.4%) followed by Pennsylvania (7.5%), North Carolina (6%), Illinois (6%), and Virginia (6%), which is not too different from what we’ve seen in the last couple of years.

Now onto actual game related questions!

When did you discover Poptropica?

Starting with “When did you discover Poptropica?”. Most of our readers found Poptropica in its early days. Poptropica is getting fewer and fewer new players as the years progress, probably due to lack of new content. For the first time in a few years, 2010 is no longer the most popular year for new players. That title now belongs to 2007 – the year Poptropica was first introduced.

How often do you play Poptropica?

As shown here, 24.7% of players play Poptropica a few times a week, which seems to always be one of the most popular choices. 5.2% of players make it a routine of playing at least once a day. Like always though, the graph is pretty split between all the options on this one.

Are you a member on Poptropica?

Wow, take a look at this! Non-members (including those who have never been a member previously) dominate the chart with well over 50% of the tally. Maybe in order to increase this number Poptropica will have to give more perks for being a member and give us something to really look forward to. The amount of members has decreased with each passing year but that could just be because of a smaller amount of participants in the survey this year.

And now to finish it off with the PHB-related questions! 😀

When did you first find the PHB?

Once again, 2016 leads the way with 21.1% of readers discovering us that year. Not too far behind is 2017 and behind that comes 2018. Around 10% of people who answered discovered the PHB in the first three years and are still here today. Crazy! Not too many viewers from 2019 but we’re not even halfway through the year yet, anything can happen. I guess we’ll find out how many people found the PHB in 2019 next year.

How did you find us?

Now moving on to the “How did you find us?” question. Expectedly, most people found the PHB by searching the web, which was also how I found it. Only 31.9% selected an answer other than “searching the web”. (Chart not shown because of too many “other” answers) It’s pretty cool that we’re reaching people through social media now too.

How often do you visit the PHB?

We then asked “How often do you visit the PHB?”. I was delighted to see better results than last year. Last year’s most selected answer was tied between “several times a week” and “a few times a week” with “once every couple of weeks” as the second most selected answer. The number one answer remained the same. However, this year, the second most popular choice is “once a day” followed by “a few times a day” coming in 3rd.

Which types of PHB posts do you enjoy?

The next question was “What type of PHB posts do you enjoy?” For this question respondents were able to mark as many options as they wished. The majority of you said news posts were your favorite – a whopping 78.4% of you to be exact! A lot of you also really enjoy Pop 5 and Community Creations posts which I had a feeling would be really popular among the viewers. Pop Fan Artist Spotlights, MPIPs, reviews, blog updates, and contests are also being received well by you guys. We’ll try to keep more cool posts coming for you all. You can guys also feel free to write up a guess post and send it to staff@poptropi.ca!

Besides the PHB, what portions of the Poptropica Help Network (PHN) do you regularly browse?

Like last year, the Poptropica Wiki has the highest percentage with almost half of the total tally. Unlike last year though, the Poptropica Help Youtube channel is the second most browsed site of the PHN! The amount of readers active on the PHC has definitely dropped and it’s pretty apparent, so if you want to chat with other Poptropica players join us on Discord! 😀

What other Poptropica blogs/fansites do you frequently visit?

Lastly, we wanted to know what other active fan blogs in the community you frequently visit. There aren’t too many these days but there were definitely a select few who really stood out in the responses. Those blogs were Lucky Wing’s Blog O’ Fun, Red Tomato’s Poptropica Blog, Magic Heart’s Poptropica Blog, and a newer blog Quick Fang’s Pop Blog! Keep up the good work guys. You’re popular! 😎


Well, that about wraps up the 2019 survey results and analysis! I hope you all enjoyed this special look on our reader demographic!

What did you think of the results? Did any of them surprise you? Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

See you next year with the 2020 readers’ survey! Pop on!

– Lucky Joker🍀

Milk it! It’s delicious AND nutritious 🥛

Hey Poptropicans! Did you know that drinking milk, which contains calcium, helps give you stronger bones? It’s true!

Or, put it another way: Tastes good. Good for you. That’s it… and that’s the premise of Poptropica’s latest ad campaign, “Milk it!”

Head on over to the “Milk it!” ad building on Home Island and you can click into a YouTube channel promoting good old healthy milk.

And this being an ad on Poptropica, there’s bound to be some fun involved! Talk to the first kid you see inside to begin a game. It’s a simple run-and-jump deal, where you click up to jump over people and other obstacles. You get to pick one of two characters to play as, and you have 60 seconds.

If you reach the finish line in time, you’ll win two prizes: a Sports Outfit (press space bar to shoot the yellow basketball) and Milk Bottle handheld item (comes in three colors: regular milk, chocolate milk, and strawberry milk).

That’s all for now. Stay hydrated, Poptropicans!

—Slanted Fish 🐠

Not a member? Deal with it! (just kidding)

What’s up, everyone! This is Gentle Dolphin saying that the May member gifts are here! Remember, members, these items will be automatically added to your inventory upon logging in at any point in May.

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This month, the member gifts are going retro! Active members will receive some pixelated goodies: a hat, a donut, a rainbow mohawk, and a familiar-looking pair a glasses. Pretty cool, right?

On social media, the Creators posted a GIF of Dr. Hare sporting these pixel glasses, complete with the iconic drop animation! 😎 This is the icing on the cake — er, donut in our case.

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What do you think of this month’s member gifts? Do you think they’re dank or jank? Let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin🐬