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Pop Protip: Play the old islands with the mobile app and Flashpoint 🏝🔦

Are you wondering why the Poptropica map doesn’t have more islands than it does? If you’re an older player, you may recall a time when Poptropica had wayyy more islands on the map—more than 40, even! Where did they all go, and how can you play them again?

Quick background: Poptropica used to run on Flash, an old technology that was finally laid to rest in 2020. To keep Poptropica alive, the game moved a new platform called Haxe, which is how Poptropica currently exists today. However, in this Flash-to-Haxe transition, Poptropica has had to re-code what they had for a post-Flash era. While not specific on details, Poptropica has expressed plans to bring old islands back, though there seems to be a long way to go. But there are other ways!

For the episodic and newer islands: Poptropica mobile app

You can play several more (though not all) of the classic islands with the Poptropica mobile app, available as a free download on iOS and Android devices. The app includes all the islands currently on Haxe, as well as all episodes of Survival, Mission Atlantis, PoptropiCon, and Arabian Nights—not just Episode 1, as with Haxe.

The app also has some standalone islands: Reality TV: Wild Safari, Mystery of the Map, Shrink Ray, Galactic Hot Dogs, and even the original Mythology Island. We’ve got guides for all of them on our Island Help page, and you can find the list under “Poptropica (App).”

For the oldest islands: Flashpoint curation

The tutorial for using Flashpoint starts around the 0:48 mark in this video.

Another solution for accessing the classic islands you can try is idk’s curation of them on Flashpoint, the Flash game preservation project. You can find instructions on the Old Island Directory, which is linked on the PHB’s Glitching Guide, and it’s also covered in the video tutorial above. Note: Only available on Windows computers.

The Flashpoint curation of Poptropica includes a couple of downloads and clicking around a bit to set things up. Once you have it ready, you can play through many of the classic islands from 2007–2013, from Early Poptropica to Back Lot Island, and even some mini-quests!

It’s safe and free, so you can use it without worry. Plus, there’s a Save Data Converter that lets you import your Pop account’s data (such as island progress) as a file into Flashpoint!

Again, all the latest instructions are on the Old Island Directory. The PHB’s capacity to offer tech support is limited, so if you’re having trouble, try watching the video above for a clear visual of what to do.


Whether you’re playing on Haxe, the Poptropica app, or Flashpoint, there are tons of Poptropica islands to explore! And the PHB’s got Island Guides for all of them, so you can keep those handy as you play along—or simply revisit the guides for nostalgia. Enjoy! 🏝✨

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22 thoughts on “Pop Protip: Play the old islands with the mobile app and Flashpoint 🏝🔦”

  1. OMG thank you so much PHB! The only thing I miss more than the really really old islands are the islands that were on when I played in 2018, which consisted of Mystery of the Map, Mocktropica (only island I never won), and Arabian nights 1,2 and 3, and more! I miss those islands so much and I can’t wait to download the mobile app!
    Only thing is, Poptropica probably won’t be as fun if I have to play it on a tiny device… Still, anything for those islands!
    Thank you so much, IDK, for the Flashpoint curation thing!!!

  2. Wow! I didn’t expect to see some of my pictures to show up on this post! Awesome! So glad I took pics along the way in 2020!

  3. I’m watching the video for the old islands. When I download the 64-bit, i don’t get that black thing at the bottom of my screen. Does anyone know what’s going on?

    1. 64-bit is just referring to his device’s system type specifications and his black screen was showing how you could check yours. It might look different on your device. Don’t worry too much about it and feel free to continue on to the next steps.

  4. I actually have a snapshot of flashpoint from yesterday! (quick tip: if a costume part doesn’t appear on flashpoint (i.e my horn or dragon wings and tail) you can port it yourself, which i did!)

  5. btw if ya’ll are having trouble with flashpoint you can get help from idk in the poptropica club discord server (13+, and if you’re under 13 you can just use the video slanted fish linked) at discord.me/pop

  6. I tried right away but it didn’t work… When I tried to open the ‘start flash point’, the computer told me that ‘this file can’t be found, please make sure that you typed the right name..’
    I AM SOO SAD.

    1. Try watching the video in the post to see how it’s done. That’s all the tech support I’m able to offer, but if that doesn’t work, maybe someone else in the comments can help.

  7. It’s interesting how the Poptropica mobile app has more Islands than the desktop version. Even though the app (on iOS) hasn’t been updated in a month, I wish the mobile app was consistent with that of the desktop client since the Home Island is completely different on mobile. Bummer!

  8. Can I use this method in other countries? I’m playing overseas, and I’m having some troubles on downloading this

    1. Yes, your location shouldn’t affect your access to the resources mentioned above. We can’t offer much tech support here, but try watching the video in the post for some guidance on the Old Island Directory.

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