The recent episode of the new Mission Atlantis adventure (click here for the PHB’s walkthrough) is the simplest to finish out of the two episodes of episodic adventures that have been released. Still, I still consider it my favorite out of the two, mostly because of the tone. Survival: Episode 1 is really depressing, and the backgrounds do not improve the sad tone. It still is fun, but not as enjoyable to play. Mission Atlantis is a change in tone completely. Everything is happy, warm, and fun, even when the darker parts of the story kick in. Perhaps it has something to do with the blueness of everything (Poptropica’s main color is blue), but the island just feels right. It reminds me of classic Poptropica.
That being said, I’m not looking forward to the upcoming chapters of Mission Atlantis. From the looks of it, all you’ll be interacting with will be pipes and fish. No offence to fish, but I’d rather hang out with something that knows the difference between you and seaweed. The only island that could pull off being alone for the majority of the island is Steamworks, and you have a robot buddy for half of that. I’m not so sure that they’re going to even try to put a little mysticism or mythological properties into upcoming episodes of Mission Atlantis, which is sorta disappointing. And if I have to listen to Cam and his repetitive monologue for another 15 minutes, I don’t know what I’ll do.
The episode itself is quite enjoyable and clever, with a cliffhanger that isn’t as creepy as the last ending in Survival was. As I said before, the atmosphere is great, and everything contributes to that — the music, backgrounds, and characters all make the episode great. My peeves are few, although there are some notable ones:
- The sound when you hit a rock is just unbearable, and when it glitches and repeatedly makes the noise, it scares the life out of anyone who is playing.
- I never really got how you sorta kinda get in front of the pipes; they’re blowing air at you, so how do you clog them?? I can do it, but it just doesn’t make sense. 😛
- Dem Sea Dragons move too fast. 😛
I rate this episode 4 stars out of 5, although I don’t have much hope for future episodes.