This is a guest post from Cheerful Comet sharing her My Place in Poptropica story, which is all about one’s Poptropica journey. Enjoy!
Hey Poptropicans! My name is Cheerful Comet and I am here to share with you how I got into Poptropica. I started playing Poptropica in 2012 when I was 8 years old, and now I am 16.
2012–2014 | My neighbor’s introduction
My neighbor was the one who introduced me to Poptropica. His Poptropican’s name was Thirsty Cactus and he had 5 medallions. When I first saw the game, I watched him log in and start playing SOS Island, which was new at that time. He recommended that I play this game.
But to be honest, I did not really like it. I would just go island to island, exploring the place and changing my outfits. This went on for a long time. I made a million Poptropica accounts which I never touched again.
Things changed when I moved out from my apartment, and my neighbor gave me his account username and password. I logged into his account and found myself on the cliff of Super Villain Island (Home Island did not exist back then). It was super hard for me to climb those cliffs, but I enjoyed it once I entered Dr Hare’s dream.
I don’t remember much, but I remember that after a while, I couldn’t get into the Thirsty Cactus account. I figured maybe I forgot the password or he changed the password.
2013–2014 | Beating the Islands
I started beating the islands one by one every day. Just one problem: I had yet to create my own account, and still didn’t do it until 2015. I know, I could have just stuck to one account.
Or I guess I didn’t know… I was an idiot, still am.
So basically, each day I would start playing on a new character and win two or three island medallions. I usually beat the easy classics, like Early Poptropica and Shark Tooth Island. This went on for a while.
2015–2016 | Creating an account
One day, I finally created an account named Yellow Lobster. I did not care about the name for a while, but it did start bothering me later.
I started beating the islands again, but this time without losing progress. I earned at least 33 medallions during this time (with the help of Thinknoodles walkthroughs). Then in 2016, something happened. No, I did not ‘forget’ about Poptropica. I was moving to my family’s country. But it only lasted 7 months. During these months, I had no WiFi on my PC, which meant no Poptropica.
2017 | Discovering the PHB and learning more about Pop
2017 was the best year for me in terms of Poptropica. I am pretty sure that I had come across the PHB a couple of times before then, but I consider my official “discovery” of the PHB to be in 2017, through a YouTube video about the Avatar Studio Glitch. Since then, I became a daily reader of the blog. I was hooked.
I participated in the PHB’s annual Halloween costume contest and won a membership that year, which was sponsored by the Poptropica Creators. But that’s not all. My membership should have only lasted for 1 month, right? It lasted for more than 11 months starting from November 2017. Below is my proof of how long it lasted, along with my winning costume. I don’t know why it lasted that long, but I am grateful it did.
I also learned that Jeff Kinney, the author of my favorite book series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was the creator of Poptropica. But that explains the two Wimpy Kid Islands, doesn’t it?
2018–2020 | Costumes and a plan that backfired
In 2018, I also participated in the PHB’s annual survey and the Halloween contest. I won yet again—call it luck maybe. This time I did not win membership, but my membership from the last contest did not expire until 20 days later.
Like my old neighbor Thirsty Cactus, I wanted to give my username and password to someone and inspire them to play Poptropica. I chose someone who I knew more than Thirsty Cactus, but let’s just say it backfired TERRIBLY. I almost lost my account, which had membership, all the medallions, and lots more — and of course, a place in my heart.
Yeah I know, it’s cheesy. So I made the sensible decision to talk to her parents. And I literally told her why the account is worth a lot to me. I got my password back after all that embarrassment and begging. If only I knew to contact Poptropica support back then.
In 2019 and 2020, I did not play much Poptropica. I did not forget about it, but I did not have as much time on my hands to play. Still, I did all my annual traditions on the PHB: the annual survey, voting in the Poppies, and the Halloween costume contest. But I made a mistake in the 2019 costume contest: instead of sending my costume link via the Avatar Studio, I sent a link to the Avatar Studio. So they never saw my costume. But let’s not dwell on the past, shall we?
Anyway, because of a new feature in Haxe, I changed my name from Yellow Lobster to Cheerful Comet.
2021–beyond | The future
I don’t know whether I will continue to play Poptropica in the long run, but it makes me happy, so why should I quit for no reason? I am playing Poptropica more than ever right now, although I miss the classics.
Before ending this post, let me take a moment to say that common rooms aren’t really interactive at all anymore. I miss the prank cans and fortune cookie cards. I hope I will continue to play Poptopica.
Bye Poptropicans! Stay poppin’!
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