For all you voracious readers waiting to get your hands on the Poptropica graphic novels, it’s your lucky day: books 3 and 4 are currently on sale on the digital marketplace Amazon, at 45% off and 25% off respectively.
Book 3, The Secret Society, is currently on sale on Amazon at 45% off from its usual US$9.95 list price, making it US$5.47. Now would be a great time to pick up the book! If you’re unsure, check out our book review for The Secret Society.
Book 4, The End of Time, is still in pre-order and will be shipping next Tuesday, September 12. It’s currently 25% off from its usual list price and is being sold for US$7.54. We’re not sure when either of these discounts will end, so snag this deal while you can! It’s going to be the last book in the series.
In other news…
Over the past week or so, there have been some sightings of a possible makeover for the Poptropica home screen. Some players have reported seeing this new screen (pictured below), which promotes Poptropica Original at the front and makes you click through another button if you want to get to Worlds. Since the release of Worlds, it’s been the other way around.
I personally like this newer one better, as Poptropica Original – 9 years in the making – is a much more fruitful offering than Pop Worlds is thus far, with its few months of existing. Though Worlds has some neat things to offer, it’s got a lot to catch up on when it comes to content, and that, to me, makes the original game worthier of representing what “Poptropica” is able to offer over the newer game. Or should the home screen be evenly divided between the two?
However, not everyone has been seeing this newer screen, so perhaps this is just something they are testing out. For others, clicking to go to Poptropica Original on the original Worlds-promoting home screen brings up the login screen as expected. But recently, it’s acquired a noticeably bigger spot on the side for animated ads.
In my own opinion, it feels like another sign that the Creators are investing less into the original game, by giving up a part of an otherwise cohesive aesthetic that they had held onto for so long before. At the same time, I do empathize with Poptropica’s need to finance itself, and ads are a way of doing that. Fortunately, it’s only there until you log in.
Anyway, that’s all that’s new for now! What do you think of the home screen changes? Have you preordered The End of Time yet, and will you take advantage of the almost half-off deal on The Secret Society too? Share your thoughts in the comments!