Contests, Fairy Tale Island

Fans deliver fantastic Fairytale fanfics πŸ“š βœ¨

A little over two weeks ago, the Creators made a call for the Pop fandom to write and submit their own alternative endings for Fairytale Island—and, unsurprisingly, you knocked this contest out of the park!

Similar to the results of the Dream Island Contest, the Creators had trouble choosing just one entry, and instead ended up featuring four (very deserving) winning submissions.

Congratulations to Speedy Eagle, Mighty Fox, Slippery Sword, and Tall Cactus (from the PHC) on winning the Fairytale Fanfic Challenge! From the origins of Rumplestiltskin’s name, to the reveal of the real king, to an explanation for that mysterious tube of lipstick’s role in the story, your fanfics covered just about all we’d been wondering after Fairytale Island’s strangely abrupt ending. Read the full submissions here!

Between fan creation highlights on Instagram, the Fairytale Fan Art Challenge in April, and now this fanfic challenge, the Creators have been offering a lot of attention to their creative fanbase, and that’s great! It’s awesome to see them connecting with players as regularly as the Creators are, plus welcoming them to submit their own creations for possible features.

But asking players to write a whole new ending for an island, even if it won’t be canonified in the game, is slightly odd. Fairytale’s ending was generally unsatisfactory and left many important questions unanswered, which the Creators acknowledged previously in their blog post announcing the Fanfic Challenge. Where did Rumplestiltskin vanish to? What happened to that poor prince? Did somebody arrest the Huntsman for his attempted homicide?

Leaving these questions to be answered by the fanbase instead of simply including them in the island itself is… a bit weird, to say the least. Did the Creators not have the time to write a full ending for Fairytale? Are they planning on surprising us with a sequel, or are these fanfics the only endings this shorter island will ever see? 🧐

Either way, let us know what you thought of the winning fanfic submissions in the comments. And if you entered your own story, feel free to share it with us in a guest post! See you next time, Poptropicans.

~πŸ’œ

Fairytale’s various characters may have gotten their happy endings in fan fiction… but what about the island itself?

Contests, Fairy Tale Island

A fairy whimsical walkthrough with fashionably late fan art 🧚 πŸ–ŒοΈ

Hey there everybody! Purple here with a couple tidbits of news on Fairytale Island; and the long-awaited winners of its own fan art challenge. Let’s pop to it!

As you’ll see on their official YouTube channel, the Poptropica Creators recently posted a brand-new video spotlighting none other than good old Fairytale Island itself! In this video, Silent Frog from Poptropica HQ brings us on a full walkthrough of the newly released island. (For a written walkthrough, check out the PHB’s Fairytale Island Guide!)

It’s the first time we’re hearing the name Silent Frog, but it’s possible she’s posted for the Creators before without using a screen name, since her character looks familiar. 🐸

Silent Frog speaking with the prince on Fairytale Island.

If you watched all the way to the end of this YouTube walkthrough, you’ll find something especially exciting waiting in store. As it turns out, the Creators didn’t entirely forget about the Fairytale Fan Art Challenge, and decided to showcase three promised winners at the end of the video! Congratulations to criahacesium, v.a.m.p.y.r.a, and elisabethian1912 for winning the art contest. (And check out more fairytale fan art features here, here, and here!)

Silent Frog tells us that there was so much talent in the art submissions that the Poptropica team ended up having to randomly pick three winners from a hat, which brings up some suspicions about the delay in announcing the winners (which were originally meant to be revealed on April 23). How did picking names from a hat take such a long time?

We get an answer from an email that the Creators sent to one of the official blog’s guest writers, Invisible Ring, who asked them directly. Ring shared the message with us on our Discord server, the PHC:

As it turns out, they waited to release the winners in their walkthrough video instead of posting it on the date they’d promised. This isn’t the first time they’ve deserted us and only bothered to explain why after a fan directly asked them about it, but at least they apologized for their mistake and are aiming to do better!

Finally, to wrap up this post, the Creators mentioned briefly on their blog that a new fan challenge will be making its appearance sometime soon. I wonder what this one could be? πŸ‘€

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you all next time!

~πŸ’œ

Clubhouse, Uncategorized

Clubhouse Tour: Purple Paw πŸ‘

Hey there everybody, Purple here with a new addition to the popular series: Clubhouse Tours! 🏑

I’ve done multiple redos of my Clubhouse since the feature first arrived, and I think the style I have now might be the best version yet. Step on inside and see what you think!

I always feel like somebody’s watching me…

Upon entrance, you’ll find you’re being closely watched by a wide-eyed skull. Eek! Luckily it’s just a glass decoration…but it still has the tendency to give you chills.

Moving past this skeletal decor, kick off your shoes and make yourself at home! Be sure to place them on the shoe rack instead of leaving them lying around, as I like to keep my floors clean. Once you’ve done that, follow me; we’ve got lots to tour!

Jump, like the ceiling can hold you–

If you’re feeling energetic today, pop up to the higher left floor, where you’ll find an assortment of sports gear! Bounce on the trampoline, shoot some hoops, and admire the surfboard collection if you’re up for it. While you go about burning off your energy, stay hydrated with a cup of water from the machine; flipping on a trampoline sure does make you thirsty. πŸ˜…

I wonder what flavor of gumball I’ll get this time.

You probably worked up an appetite after all those sports — I know I sure did! Jump down to the kitchen below the sports area, home to a full fridge, a gumball machine, and multiple very tempting soft drinks and juices. Don’t mind the pet food on the table; my pet gecko’s got a bigger stomach than I do. He’s probably hungry too.

One Poptropican’s trash is another Poptropican’s treasure.

Before we tour the rest of the upstairs rooms, I’ll show you the very messiest part of my home: the Awe-Inspiring Artifact Collection, or, if you want to be less fancy, just the good ol’ junk pile. I’ve built up a high pile of oddities over the years from adventuring across the islands, and they all seem to end up in this area. A flaming phoenix, a guard gnome, the classic Legendary Swords rocket — messy or not, I’m quite proud of my haul.

🎡So throw those curtains wide, one day like this a year would see me right…🎡

Up on the floor above my artifact heap is my bedroom, which simply screams that this clubhouse belongs to a half-cat. I do enjoy playing around with that yarn and lounging on the cat tower…as well as admiring my whiskers in the mirror…but there’s no time for that now, we’ve got a tour to complete! I guess I’d better throw those curtains wide and let some light in before we continue. What a view!

Nothing like a good nap to get your creative gears spinning!

Follow me up to the higher middle floor, my personal favorite: the relaxation room! This is the perfect place to nap, brainstorm, read, and generally take it easy. The shady palm trees provide a taste of tropical paradise, and you’ll never run out of books to indulge in on those shelves! I like to keep the curtains of this window closed to provide extra peace and quiet, although some sun now and then is enjoyable. A nice rest in that hammock really gives you a good recharge…I think I’ll take one after we finish this tour!

🎡Just dance, gonna be okay, da-da-doo-doot–🎡

Lastly, up on the highest floor on the right we have a multipurpose gaming room. This is the perfect setup to watch TV, play video games, and listen to my favorite music playlist on repeat through those speakers; and dance along, too! I’m planning on settling down in that comfy chair tonight to rewatch past episodes of my favorite show, Reality TV, with my glow-in-the-dark heart, moon, and flamingo. Maybe I’ll grab a soda and some snacks from the kitchen to accompany my RTV marathon…

Home, sweet home.

Well, it looks like it’s getting late now, and we’ve popped in just about every room, so I should probably wrap up this clubhouse tour for now! Let me know down in the comments what you thought of my redone home. ⬇️ If you’d like to visit my clubhouse in-game, friend me on Pop with the username PurplePawzz. I’ll see you all next time!

~πŸ’œ

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I’m Ready for SpongeBob Island πŸ§½πŸ

Heyo Poptropicans! Purple here with fresh news: the long-requested but never before seen Spongebob Island has appeared on the map!

According to the creators, fans have petitioned them, sent them letters, and made posts across social media in the hopes of one day seeing Atlantic City in Poptropica. And now, on time with the release of “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” SpongeBob’s arrived! To access Spongebob Island, find it near Snagglemast on the map — or enter it through the ads in the in-between scenes on any island.

Upon landing in the glorious underwater world of Atlantic City, you’ll find Spongebob himself waiting for you with a mission. His pet snail Gary’s gone missing, and he needs you to follow the suspicious slime trail and find the lost snail!

As you follow the trail, it’s difficult not to get distracted by the prizes and attractions surrounding you! It couldn’t hurt to stop by the movie theater on your way to grab the SpongeBob’s Boat prize and indulge in a fun game of Snack Attack.

The rules of Snack Attack are simple: you’re given 4 minutes on the clock to gather 70 movie snacks from various places around the room. Once you’ve finished picking up as much popcorn, soda, and candy as you can, you’ll be rewarded with two prizes: the SpongeBob Follower (who’s as big as your character) and Character Emojis (press space bar to say some of SpongeBob’s iconic phrases).

If collecting all those snacks made you hungry, hop on up to the top of the Snack Attack theater, where you’ll find Patrick Star enjoying a delicious Krabby Patty or two! Crank the lever to unleash a torrent of Krabby Patties falling from the sky. πŸ”

Ohm nom…

Run further along down the road β€” passing Mr. Krabs and his pincers of money on the way β€” and you’ll find Sandy Cheeks waiting with three familiar head-to-head mini-games: High Dive (Sky Dive), Star Link, and Bubble-loons (Balloons), all fashioned to fit the SpongeBob ocean theme. Think you’ve got what it takes to beat your opponent?

Now, that’s all very enjoyable, but enough fun and games β€” we can’t forget the missing snail Gary and his snaking slime trail! Follow the snail trail all the way up to the huge pair of dice on the rooftop, where you’ll find Gary with a pair of Character Balloons. Go ahead and grab those balloons; they’ll be added to your inventory as a bonus prize. Huzzah!

Now that you’ve seen all there is to see on SpongeBob Island, take a look at the Creators’ other exciting announcement: they’re going to be giving away 5 one-year memberships to the makers of the funniest videos involving SpongeBob Island! If you’ve been hoping for a chance to win a free membership, then this is your opportunity to get creating. Or, if you don’t win this time around, you could always enter in the PHB’s monthly membership giveaways instead!

Welp, that’s just about all for today! Were all the games and prizes fun enough for you, or was your vacation to Atlantic City not what you’d hoped for? Are you planning on entering the SpongeBob video contest? Comment your opinions down below!

~πŸ’œ

Reviews

Ramble Review: Lunar Colony πŸ’«

Heyo Poptropicans, and welcome to another long overdue Ramble Review! This time around, I’ll be exploring the high-tech outer space world of Lunar Colony. πŸ”­


When I played Lunar Colony for the very first time years ago, my first impression of it wasn’t exactly a good one. I remember feeling annoyed by all of the airlocks especially; I could never figure out how to enter one building or exit another, and for some reason, it took me a good deal of tries before I was even able to land the Lunar Lander. I remember I got so frustrated with this island that I eventually gave up trying to complete it at all, and moved on to something else. But if I’d just held on a little longer, and managed to reach the ending of Lunar Colony, my whole perspective on it would’ve changed at once…

More recently, I decided to give Lunar Colony another shot. This time around, I understood it better, and was able to finally reach the end of the island. And when I saw the ending, with Commander Salerno whisked through the portal to the alien realm, with the flight director on the radio, announcing that it was time to bring you back home, I was more surprised than I’ve ever been at the end of an island.

“I know you were supposed to bring me back to Earth, but I’m sorry, that’s not my mission. My mission is through here.”

The main reason Lunar Colony’s ending stood out so much from other islands is because it’s one of very few, if not the only, island where you fail your mission (in a sense). From the beginning, your mission was to find Salerno and bring her safely home. But when you activate the alien portal at the end, the tables are turned, and Salerno ends up escaping once and for all. It’s a sad day for everyone.

Of course, Salerno’s escape did do quite a bit of good for PASE. Now that alien life has been confirmed, people are starting to regain interest in outer space, and the president has promised whatever money PASE needs to keep their space program going! What Salerno did was a heroic move, but the truth still remains that your mission all along — to bring Salerno back to Earth — didn’t end quite as expected, and it’s those final parts of the island that really make Lunar Colony stand out in my eyes.

Believe it or not, I’m walking on air.

But enough rambling about Lunar Colony’s ending. Although that is the main reason I admire this island so much, it’s far from the only reason! Something else I thought was interesting about Lunar Colony is how it canonized the fact that Poptropicans’ eye colors can change. I’d wondered for awhile about Poptropicans’ eyes: why all Poptropicans’ eyes tend to stay the same, how there are hardly any customizable eye parts, and yes, whether or not they can change color. It was definitely a cool addition to see a Poptropican’s eyes turn purple!

It would be cool to see an option to change eye color added to the Colorizer someday πŸ‘€

Something else I found intriguing about this island is how it, similar to Astro-Knights, focuses on outer space β€” except the two islands couldn’t be more different. While Astro-Knights mainly features the clockpunk genre, Lunar Colony takes a scientific approach on the cosmos. Lunar Colony’s world seems to be in a much more modern, technological era, as opposed to Astro-Knights’ medieval theme.

Outer space is a vast place, and there have been an array of stories taking place beyond the stars. And in my opinion, Lunar Colony is definitely one of those stories that deserves more appreciation than it got. Even though the gameplay is admittedly frustrating at times, and even though not many people think of Lunar Colony when they think of Poptropica’s greatest islands, it’s the plot (combined with an assortment of beautiful outer space artwork!) that ties this whole adventure together and makes it one of the most intriguing Poptropica islands to ponder over. πŸš€πŸ§‘β€πŸš€

~πŸ’œ