This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Messy Knuckle, a hardworking Poptropican who overcame her fears for tough Islands. See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!
2010-2011 | Watching Boys Play & Figuring Things Out
The way I found out about Poptropica was thanks to some boys from my class. I was in first grade at the time. During lunch breaks, they opened the game through the teacher’s computer and reflected the screen to the smart board. At first I didn’t really care about whatever they were doing, and chose to watch them play instead of play it myself. I watched them complete some of the Poptropica islands, and sometimes teased them discouragingly to make them mad.
One day, for no reason I can think of, I decided to make my own account at home and complete the island that they had completed in school, but on my own. The island was S.O.S. Island, by the way. I felt like I accomplished something very important when I managed to finish it, because I was so frustrated in the underwater places. My English was also pretty bad at the time, so I couldn’t understand most of the dialogue.
Sadly, after a while, the teachers’ computers no longer accepted student accounts and Poptropica was blocked from the school internet, so my school hobby to watch Poptropica gameplay became history.
With the naivety of a first-grade student, I made the mistake of continuously pressing “New Character” instead of “Returning Character”, losing all the progress from previous accounts, and ending up making like ten unnecessary accounts in the process. However, I eventually figured out that I should keep using the Returning Character button, and as I played more, I got addicted, then got a membership.
2012-2013 | The Rise and Fall
Over time, I became very good at Poptropica, due to getting used to the mechanics and getting used to the English. In fact, I had improved to the point that I started making deals with kids at school – I would complete an island for them, if they completed one for me. We exchanged usernames and passwords, and changed passwords after the job was finished.
However, there came a point where I started to play less and less, due to the classic reasons of finding the game boring or having other things to do because of my parents. I started becoming much of a coward when it came to Poptropica, unable to finish the islands whenever I thought I couldn’t win the boss battle. Because of this, partially-finished islands like Steamworks Island and Mystery Train were left unfinished for years on my account. I just spent most of my time wandering around already-finished islands, or leaving the browser open for hours without doing anything.
Eventually I got addicted to another children’s game I was addicted to way before, and forgot about Poptropica in the process.
Late 2014 | Remembering
The way I remembered this game I so adore is… interesting, I guess. I remembered it on the last day of summer school. Our “lesson” involved computers, and the teachers allowed us to play games. What I realized was that half the people were playing Poptropica, much to my surprise.
I decided to assist one of the kids in a place they were stuck in on Poptropica, and soon enough, everyone starting asking for help at the same time. I took full advantage of this – of course – and bragged about my Poptropica knowledge, in an indirect way. I had even made up this quote: “You’re talking with the master of Poptropica!” And I felt like I was so cool too!
Since that was the last day of summer school, I could freely play Poptropica during the remaining time of the summer holiday. I used the time to find ways to convince my parents to buy me membership again.
Interlude: Poptropica Friend
I also had a real life friend who would play Poptropica with me. This friend is actually a girl I met before. Her mother used to come to our house on weekdays to look after me (basically a nanny) while my parents were at work, and she sometimes came with her. I always came home excited, hoping to see her either inside or hiding behind the doorway. I introduced her to Poptropica, and we started working together to complete islands for her account.
When she made the account, she had told me the username and password so I could get some work done every so often. Currently, I don’t know of her whereabouts, though it looks like she isn’t playing anymore. Her account was untouched for like two years, and the appearance of her Poptropican is still the same today.
Late 2015 to Early 2016 | Getting Stuff Done
When it came to Poptropica, my inspirations were Thinknoodles and Graser10, whose videos I watched to help me complete Island quests. Even though there are no islands left for me to complete now, I still adore Thinknoodles’ channel, and seeing his failed attempts at solving Islands in his RTCT (Road to Captain Thinknoodles) series makes me laugh.
I completed like 20 islands during this time period, and save beautiful outfits to my closet, ready to be worn anytime (as long as I’m a member, of course).
I also got over my fears and completed those islands I was too afraid to return to – and I was impressed with myself that I could finish them on the first try. In fact, I sometimes got so bored that I restarted some semi-hard islands and re-completed them.
2016 – now | PHB & A Little Encouragement
Very recently, I stumbled upon the Poptropica Help Blog while looking for the Avatar Studio Glitch. I found out about the actual glitch itself through a fan-made Poptropica wiki, where they talked about it a little bit when they explained their costume-collecting method. I started making my own ASG accounts (such as SanyakuASG and ShrinkShotSpikerock) and used the existing ASGs to create new combinations.
With all Island Medallions in hand, and a full closet, I think I’m ready for the future of Poptropica – the New Poptropica, which the Creators hinted to us to through a gif of Poptropican feet on the Creators’ Blog. I’m excited for it. Hopefully it isn’t terrible!
Well, what about you guys? Have you finished all the islands you’ve been trying to finish? If you have, I am happy for you. I like it when people accomplish things. But if you couldn’t, don’t focus too hard on it. Just like all (well, “most”) games, the main purpose of this one is to enjoy. Don’t get mad because of an island! Be happy with how far you have come, and ignore the rest. That’s what I did!
As you can see on my account “perin10”, with all medals, a full closet, and over a hundred photos, you can tell I worked hard. But I wouldn’t work for it if I didn’t enjoy it, would I? Right, I wouldn’t.
I like Poptropica so I’m not leaving it. What about you? Will you keep playing the game?
Love you all,
– Messy Knuckle
Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story! Feel free to send in your own (please include a minimum of 550 words, type with good spelling and grammar, divide it into labeled sections, and include your username). Look out for more community MPIPs in the future!