From baby Dr. Hare to kidnapper: gifts of May

Hello again, Poptropicans, it’s Lucky Joker here!

May has just begun and per usual, all paying members can expect to receive three free gifts upon first logging in at any time within the month. The exclusive items are an adorable Baby Dr. Hare Follower (a nod to the ever-so-popular Baby Yoda), a wacky Noodle Guy Costume, and a Sanitizer Super Soaker (good timing!). Fun gifts this time around, wouldn’t you agree?

In other news, the daily login bonus continues! We spotted this feature in HAXE a while back and it looks like the gift is here to keep giving.

For every day you log in, you’ll gain more credits, up to 625 credits if you keep up a streak of 5 days in a row. We love free money! 🤑

And lastly, Poptropica just dropped a new promotional teaser for the cherished classic, 24 Carrot Island. It’s a short, 12-second animation that depicts Magic Socks, one of the island’s missing kids, pulling carrots at the farm and getting whisked underground to the carrot factory, where Dr. Hare awaits. It’s a take we haven’t seen before, so that’s pretty neat.

You know what would be even cooler though? A trailer for the theoretically upcoming return of Zomberry Island — or any word on that at all, for that matter. You remember, right? The one set to release by the end of 2019… Looks like we’ll just have to keep waiting.

Thanks for reading! That’s all I’ve got for you today. Until next time, pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

🎨 Pop Fan Artist Spotlight: T-ropicaNation

What’s up, Poptropicans? It’s LJ with a series from the dead a Pop Fan Artist Spotlight, where I showcase a certain Poptropica fan’s artwork in an effort to give more recognition to their talent; this next artist definitely deserves it. Everyone, I’d like to introduce you to T-ropicaNation (who I will refer to as Nation in this post for a smoother read).

Nation has consistently been posting their Poptropica art online for a few years now, and every illustration is it’s own sensation. Although they primarily keep to their particular cartoonish style, some pieces are very bright and bubbly while others are dark and gloomy — making each one unique.

Take a look at this gallery of some of their best work, including the artist’s proudest piece, “Flowers” (pictured at the bottom left):

Simply amazing! I really like Nation’s use of value and colors, and I find the gigantic eyes on the characters SO flipping adorable. If you feel like I do, you’ll be pleased to know there’s plenty more where that came from. You should totally check out their page on DeviantArt; they have a pretty large Poptropica section, and they really deserve more followers!

Well, the spotlight dims for now. I hope you enjoyed this look into a Poptropica fan’s artwork! (I know, it’s been a long time…😅) I encourage you to share any of your own creations to our DeviantArt group if you happen to have any too. Now the question is, who would you like to see in the spotlight next?

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Popping boredom busters: bird coloring, word searching

Greetings, Poptropicans! It’s Lucky Joker here.

Have you found yourself overwhelmingly bored in quarantine just needing something to keep yourself occupied? Try these fun little activities — all thanks to the good folks from the Poptropica Creators’ Blog.

First, they’ve shared three downloadable/printable coloring sheets waiting to be brought to life of various scenes and characters:

There’s an ostrich-riding scene from Reality TV: Wild Safari, the infamous Dr. Hare from 24 Carrot, and an extended version of Poptropolis Games Island. I may do one of these myself and add it into this post later on. 😛

In addition to the coloring pages, we have a delightful word search game to complete, and it’s also downloadable for printing. Word searches are definitely one of my favorite pastimes. I’ve actually been doing a lot of them lately, so this’ll be great. Thanks Poptropica!

(Click here for the answers!)

It’s certainly nice of the Poptropica Creators to be doing what they can to cure (or at least lessen) the dullness of this time we’re in.

If you’re in search of any more Poptropica pursuits to engage in, feel free to reference our 101 boredom-busting list, participate in this month’s Community Creations, or consider writing up a guest post — we’d love to have you!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Look, Home Island is anew! Pets and costumes just for you!

Howdy doodly, Poptropicanos! I’m Lucky Joker happily reporting the arrival of cool Husky pets — brand new in the Pet Barn today — as well as the third weekly Pop store update for April. Let’s pop in!

For the first time in 9 months, Poptropica has finally given us a new furry friend to adopt and call our very own! Well, some of us rather… unfortunately, like a majority of the cute critters in the barn, the Husky is members exclusive. That still leaves free players with just only two options: the (basic, not husky) dog and the kitten.

This new husky is a really cute pet, though. I like its large ears, fluffy cheeks, and itty bitty tail. What do you think?

*carries pet* Now strutting right into the popping shopping center, we have some “new” outfits to choose from this week. Although it’s an updated selection, nothing of the current inventory is actually fresh.

Of course, we all recognize the classic Pop Star and Rock Star looks. Along with them, however, we have a bunch of casual getups we’ve seen available over the past year: Cool for School, Shady Pockets, Spring Fling, Cool Green, and last week’s Good Bunny. So yeah, nothing technically new. Here they are anyway:

It’s good to see familiar looks pop up in the store from time to time (and to have most options available to everyone for a change), but I hope to see original ideas coming in soon too. Hmm, why not hold a third costume contest? It’s never too soon. 😜

That’s it for today folks! Be sure to keep an eye out for the analysis of the recent survey we held in the coming weeks.

– Lucky Joker 🍀

PHB Quickie: Twisted Thicket Island

Velkomin, Poptropican folk! (That’s Old Norse for ‘welcome’ 🤓)

It’s Lucky Joker popping in today with a truncated review of one of Poptropica’s recently withdrawn classic capers, Twisted Thicket Island — an early favorite of mine from 2012. Let’s flutter into it, shall we? (note: spoilers ahead)

Your initial task arriving on the island is to aide the construction crew in clearing the forest by ridding the “hindering creatures” occupying it in order to make room for their new developments.

In the end of it all though, it’s revealed that the developer, Burt Diamond, and the rest of the lumberjerks are in fact the villainous ones — not the inhabiting forest creatures. You realize the action of forcefully ejecting innocent beings from their sacred home is reprehensible, and that the critters were only acting hostile in self-defense. (What a concept, right?) And so of course, like the heroic Samaritan we are, we eventually save the day and the forest’s magic is restored in all its glory.

As an environmentalist and someone who deeply cares about animal welfare, I really like that Poptropica shed some light on this important real-life issue (even more so with the surprising plot twist).

And including Scandinavian folklore along with the bewitching landscape makes the whole adventure more enticing while still fostering the same core idea. The game-like stages are diverting and the final intervention sure is climactic. I find it satisfying when we end up utilizing the very powers of the creatures in peril to drive the pesky bullies away. Oh sweet poetic justice!

So with all that said, I give Twisted Thicket Island a rating of 4/5 rune stones! It’s the decent storytelling, fun and challenging obstacles, and stunning scenery that grant the island perfect score potential. However, I do feel that the gameplay was just a tad rushed and blandly straightforward compared to other islands. I would’ve appreciated a bit more depth and length, so to me a B grade seems reasonable. 🙂

And that concludes my analysis of Twisted Thicket Island! It’s fairy unfortunate it’s no longer playable on the official game, but thankfully we can still access the island here (courtesy of our resident glitcher, idk). I’m not trolling!

What are your opinions on this mystical quest? Share below in the comments!

Also, don’t forget to participate in our readers’ survey if you haven’t already. (It closes on the 18th.) Thank you for reading, and I’ll talk to you all soon.

Lucky Joker 🍀