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Yay to you for surviving another week in this weird world! 🦫
Pop drop: after an earlier teaser, Poptropica has re-released another episode for the map. Survival Island, Ep. 2: Hook, Line, and Sinker is back in business for desktop and mobile — but only for members.
Episode 1 of Survival is currently free for all, but beyond the newly re-released follow-up, the rest of the story is still stuck in limbo. However, the full island (with all 5 episodes) is expected to be included in the Steam bundle releasing next week, so stay tuned for that!
In other news, guest writer Young Rider on the Pop Creators’ Blog has been speculating that Sir Howard Diggory from the new Jade Scarab Island might be a reincarnation of construction leader Burt Diamond from the missing classic Twisted Thicket. 🌳 Between their pale English looks and nefarious tendencies, they sure share some similarities. What do you think? (We think we want Twisted Thicket back!)
A Steam page has been discovered by Poptropicans poking around, confirming a major fan theory about the upcoming returning islands and revealing some new info as well. 👀 (Thanks for the tip, zett & Oof!)
All of these islands are on the newer end of the spectrum of old islands and built with AS3, confirming the frontrunning fan theory for such islands based on previous hints from the Pop Creators. Although 17 islands is more than the original 13 promised, the extra four are not exactly “returning” islands as they already exist in the current game: 24 Carrot, Time Tangled, Escape From Pelican Rock, and Timmy Failure.
The bundle releases in less than two weeks on Wed, May 25, so get ready to download with a free Steam account, 2 GB of available space, and cash to spare! While the Steam site doesn’t mention a price yet, the Pop Creators have shared that the Steam bundle will not be free. 💸
Although some Poptropicans have already been enjoying these islands for free with Flashpoint, the post-Flash fan-run preservation project, the Steam bundle offers a few differentiating features. One of the islands, likely Monster Carnival, is expected to come with a new twist. The Steam bundle will also be playable on Mac computers (except M1 Macs — for now?) in addition to Windows PCs.
An internet connection is also mentioned on the page, despite the Steam game being a download. However, perhaps it may work like the app, where you can download islands to play offline, then reconnect online for multiplayer features.Update: A tweet from Poptropica confirms that the game will be online as it could not work offline.
The Steam game also includes the build-your-own-world Realms and other features from the original game: costumes, clubhouse, pets, store, and common rooms. ✨
Now that we’ve got this rundown of what to expect for the upcoming Steam bundle, how are you feeling on this scale of 0–10 Poptro-pain? 🤯
Based on what’s still awaiting return, the next episode could be the third and final part of Arabian Nights or PoptropiCon, or the second episode of Survival or Mission Atlantis, which currently only have their first episodes up. 🤔 Since some of the episodes are members-only right now, the possibility remains that the next one could be, too. We’ll see…
Also on the Creators’ Blog, guest writer Invisible Ring has returned from her hiatus to deliver commentary about the evolution of Poptropicans’ iconic yellow blimp. She traces how the blimp has gotten smaller on newer islands like Fairytale, while remaining their original bigger size with the Pop logo on older islands like Mythology — and are completely missing from episodic islands, beyond the crash landing in Survival. ⚡️
Head inside the airship’s Cabin of Curiosities to stock up on an assortment of gems from the recently released Jade Scarab Island. Get them all for a total of 1,260 credits. (That’s 90% less than the going rate of a camel tour… what a steal!) 🐫
Ask the Baron — happily adorned in a probably pillaged Egyptian Pharaoh headdress — how she acquired such things, and she’ll dismissively wave your concerns away while managing to throw in some shade at you and Amelia. (She may not share her secrets, but you can dig deeper on Jade Scarab with our island review or the trivia in our guide!)
Don’t sleep on the free outfit from the costume design contest winner: Vamp Rock by Sleepy Owl. Be sure to pick up the free pair of boots too!
Plus, enjoy the costume entries from April’s contest in the video compilation reel below. So many super styles!
That’s a wrap for this update! Pop on over to the skies of Home Island to grab these goodies before they’re gone… the Baron won’t stay long!