I’ve been inactive for a while, but that’s about to change — I’m now on summer break! Prepare for more HP than you ever asked for… 😛
Am I just really uninformed? I was searching through Poptropica photos on Google finding fan art for the Popcorn, when I came across this image:
From a first glance, this seems normal — it’s just a picture of some of the Poptropica toys in a store… But before you write a nasty comment talking about how we wasted your time, take a second look:
Wait, there’s a Rock Star toy?! Also, the green coins that have redemption codes on the back are apparently gold in this picture!
You may recall that the Rock Star outfit was removed from the store mysteriously, and is now considered a rare item — but now it makes sense! Because they were going to release a Rock Star toy, they deleted it from the store and probably were going to make it the redeemable card for the toy. But why wasn’t it released? Tell me your thoughts in the comments. 🙂
The Evolution of Poptropica
No, this isn’t another “A Pop Down Memory Lane”. Instead, I want to talk about the logo, the motto, and the terminology of Poptropica. First, the logo. When Poptropica started back in 2007, it had the same logo on the homepage that it has always had — but another logo with similar features has risen and is used outside of the game, in logos and more.
First, my thoughts: personally, I like the new logo better. It seems more “poppy” so to speak. As for who designed it, I presume it was designed by the trailer maker for Poptropica, Tyson Burnham, as he was the first to use this logo in his videos.
Secondly, the motto of Poptropica seems to have changed outside of the game — on the homepage, the motto is “Explore • Collect • Compete”. However, seen on a banner on the Island Creator Kit book page, the motto is “I am what I play.” To be honest, the latter one sounds pretty awesome (and accurate). 😛
Thirdly, the phrase “island”. First noted by Poptropica Secrets, the term “island” after the island name is seemingly becoming extinct. She muses that the first island ever, Early Poptropica, also didn’t hold the island title, but that was probably because they hadn’t decided about island titles yet.
Lately, Islands have been losing the island title, and episodic adventures aren’t going to have the island title either. The last “island” was Virus Hunter Island — even MCI is officially MC! I can see where some islands don’t sound right with the island title (e.g. Mission Atlantis Island), but to do away with the (iconic) phrase completely isn’t a good idea. 😦
Old, Hidden, and Strange
I recently posted about a “Monster Adventure” logo that was found while searching through the files of Poptropica via the “JPEXS Flash Decompiler”, but I found more than just that. First, I found a picture possibly relating to Monster Carnival — along with classic Poptropica “pow”s and “sting”s was “Raarrr!”. This has never been used in an island, so what is it doing there?
The tiny picture below is of two Poptropicans running — and it’s also filed next to the Sky Dive game picture. Obviously there was supposed to be a race minigame, and I would rather enjoy the feature. Also, this very same type of mini-game was done in Poptropica Adventures for the DS.
Including Monster Adventure, there’s many strange things in this file — tell me what you think of these in the comments. 🙂
Upcoming Survival Costume
An upcoming item will be released to the store soon — a fishing suit. Yes, it was obtainable in Survival: Episode 2, but it looks like it’s going to be an actual item in the Store. Plus, it’s free! (just like in the episode… 😛 )
Are you ready for the Poptropican Portraits Season 1 finale livestream? Details come tomorrow!