Map of mighty changes

Hey Poptropicans, it’s Slanted Fish. Let me just check the map real quick to see where we’re going today — huh? It looks like things have moved around! Take a look for yourself at Poptropica’s indecisive GPS:

(Thanks to Quick Fang for the tip and pictures.)

Categories have improved since the last map update in 2017, which had raised a lot of questions. The new categories, which generally make more sense than the previous ones, are as follows:

  1. The Adventures Begin (Home, Monkey Wrench)
  2. Adventures of Time (Time Tangled, 24 Carrot, Mythology)
  3. Adventures of Atlantis (all 3 episodes of Mission Atlantis each with their own “island,” with some new icons)
  4. Adventures of Destiny (Mystery of the Map, Escape From Pelican Rock, Shrink Ray)
  5. Adventures of Survival (all 5 episodes of Survival each with their own “island,” with some new icons)
  6. Adventures of the Mighty (Poptropolis Games, Virus Hunter, Monster Carnival)
  7. Adventures of Heroes (all 3 episodes of PoptropiCon each with their own “island,” with some new icons)
  8. Adventures of the Strange (Galactic Hot Dogs, Timmy Failure, Mocktropica)
  9. Adventures of Nights (all 3 episodes of Arabian Nights each with their own “island,” with some new icons)
  10. Old School Islands (spanning 8 map pages, containing the rest of the islands, which are non-SUIs: not Sound Updated Islands)

Considering the categorization of “Old School Islands” (which simply means they’re older) and how they’re relegated to the end of the map pages, it looks like those islands, because they lack the newer technology that gives other islands their bigger screens and other features, may not be as much of a priority for Poptropica.

It’s not clear whether they’re working on bringing those islands into the newer tech, so that they can be accessed after the end of Flash, so if you like those islands — play them while you can. As for the other, larger-screen islands, it looks like they’ll be around for the future.


In other news, there’s a new ad around for The LEGO Movie 2, which is already in theaters. The game is simple: click to dodge obstacles in your path as you (playing as either Emmet or Lucy) drive an automobile while being chased by a Duplo alien.

At the end, you’ll win a Planty Follower (which bounces!) and an Angry Unikitty Follower.

There is also an ad for Frosted Flakes, but upon trying to hit the slopes, I only get sent back to the main area and can’t play the game. If it works later on, though, this post will be updated.

Check back later for more Poptropica news — we’ve got a post coming about the spring store updates!

Keep on ‘tropping, Poptropicans.

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Pop Pet-ition: let pets have friends

This is a guest post by Quick Fang petitioning for a feature for pets on Poptropica to have their own profiles and befriend other pets. Enjoy!

Hey Poptropicans! It’s Quick Fang here with a request for the Creators.

So my pet kitten in Poptropica, Snowball, has been feeling a little lonely and bored these days. After all, as a Poptropican adventurer, I’ve been a little occupied with, you know, exploring islands, decking out my clubhouse, and buying new things for my pet and myself.

Ever since the pets feature was introduced, I’ve been thinking about the idea of having friends for our pets. This feature should be able to create new communities for our pets in Poptropica, so I think it’s worth a shot. And pets are even better than just followers, cuz’ we can deck them out in smashing outfits.

Sure, we could just meet up in the Arcade with our pets, but maybe Pet-tropicans (if you will) can do more to stay connected than just hanging out in the Arcade when their owners bring them there. Just think about it!

I’m wondering if Poptropica could actually make a friends profile for pets: the profiles could provide some basic info on our pets like their name (and yes, let’s have the ability to name our pets officially), their birthday (the day they were adopted from the Pet Barn), their colour, and some fun facts about them.

Or take it a step further and create templates for more full-fledged Petsonas (pet personas, which are like Popsonas, or Poptropica personas, but for pets). There are a couple examples on my blog.

Sometimes, pets really do look alike. But with the help of the Colorizer and costumes, you can mix and match to let people know that this really is your unique pet! So I’ll leave you with the Petsona of my kitten, Snowball:

Snowball enjoys the cold of Survival Island, playing outside, milk and fish. I’m her only friend, but I know Snowball would love more!

Share your pet with the Poptropica community, perhaps by commenting on this post! Stay awesome. This is Quick Fang, popping out.


Hope you enjoyed this Pop Petition guest post by Quick Fang! If you did, be sure to check out another guest post of hers: What would happen if there were no villains?

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April Fools 2019: Smashed, Crackled, POPPED!

Aaaaaapril Fooools, Poptropicans!

You might’ve guessed that yesterday’s post introducing a brand new Poptropica gaming experience, titled “Smash! Crackle! POP!”, was an April Fools’ prank. But if you didn’t, we’re popping that bubble for good: as smashing as it would be, we don’t have any plans to make a Poptropica-style Smash Bros spin-off. We hope it at least made you crack a smile, though. (And yes, the name is inspired by the mascots of Rice Krispies.)

The PHB team did put in some thought into creating the idea of the game, though, so even if you missed it, we hope you’ll still check out our prank post! Gentle Dolphin especially worked hard on making illustrations of fighters, including the roster of PHB staff that’s available as downloadable content (DLC), and a battle arena of Mount Olympus.

Thanks for sticking around with the PHB amid our shenanigans. We’re still committed to being your go-to source for the latest and greatest in Poptropica news, and we’re still hoping to see Poptropica committed to bringing us an excellent game experience—preferably in the form of islands, but hey, some Legendary Swords-style battle would be pretty cool, too. Until next time! ⚔️

Keep fighting the good fight, Poptropicans. ✊

— the PHB fighters —

Introducing: “Smash! Crackle! POP!”

Heeeeey Poptropicans! Big news ahead!

From pets to clubhouses to arcades, you’ve probably noticed that, these days, Poptropica has been trying to branch out beyond islands. And now, we’re excited to announce a brand new Poptropica gaming experience.

We’ve been working behind-the-scenes on a BIG project, and we’re finally ready to show you the details. Introducing…

“Smash! Crackle! POP!” is the fist-smashing, bone-crackling, enemy-popping fighting experience with all your favorite Poptropica characters thrown in. It’s like Poptropica meets Super Smash Bros. Or, it’s like the Legendary Swords battle arena we’ve all been waiting for. It’s going to be awesome. Are you ready??? Cue the sneak peeks

First, check out some of the fierce fighters, corralled from all over the Poptropica islands and illustrated by our very own Gentle Dolphin! Each one comes with a special item capable of great destruction—yes, even Ned Noodlehead and his unsuspecting hot dog.

Our “Smash! Crackle! POP!” roster includes 50 fighters to choose from:

  1. 8-bit Pilgrim (Early Poptropica)
  2. Medicine Man (Shark Tooth)
  3. Shark Boy (Shark Tooth)
  4. Vlad the Viking (Time Tangled)
  5. Dr. Hare (24 Carrot)
  6. Ned Noodlehead (Super Power)
  7. Copy Cat (Super Power)
  8. Speeding Spike (Super Power)
  9. Sir Rebral (Super Power)
  10. Ratman (Super Power)
  11. Crusher (Super Power)
  12. Betty Jetty (Super Power)
  13. Director D (Spy)
  14. Binary Bard (Astro Knights)
  15. Sir Cador (Astro Knights)
  16. Black Widow (Counterfeit)
  17. Balloon Boy (Counterfeit)
  18. Bucky Lucas (Reality TV)
  19. Zeus (Mythology)
  20. Athena (Mythology)
  21. Captain Crawfish (Skullduggery)
  22. Sprocket (Steamworks)
  23. Bigfoot (Cryptids)
  24. El Mustachio Grande (Wild West)
  25. Yokozuna (Red Dragon)
  26. Ninja (Red Dragon)
  27. C.J. (Shrink Ray)
  28. Harry Houdini (Mystery Train)
  29. Holmes (Game Show)
  30. Daphne Dreadnaught (Ghost Story/ Spook Central)
  31. Count Bram (Vampire’s Curse)
  32. Cactus von Garlic (Vampire’s Curse)
  33. Elf Queen (Twisted Thicket)
  34. Big Blue (Zomberry)
  35. CC13 Influenza (Virus Hunter)
  36. Dr. Lange (Virus Hunter)
  37. MFB Mecha (Mocktropica)
  38. Ringmaster Raven (Monster Carnival)
  39. Myron van Buren (Survival)
  40. World Guy (PoptropiCon)
  41. Gold Face (PoptropiCon)
  42. Elf Archer (PoptropiCon)
  43. Omegon (PoptropiCon)
  44. Scheherazade (Arabian Nights)
  45. Mya (Mystery of the Map)
  46. Oliver (Mystery of the Map)
  47. Jorge (Mystery of the Map)
  48. Booted Bandit (Escape from Pelican Rock)
  49. Amelia (Monkey Wrench & Home)
  50. E.Vile (Legendary Swords)

Better yet, you can play as any of the PHB staff in the game, as we’ll each have our own fighter available as downloadable content. Get ready for Slanted Fish and her fighting fish, Sporty Boa and Rusty the cat (his assist trophy), Fierce Flyer and his ninja kicks, Spotted Dragon and her scimitar, Lucky Joker and his can of practical jokes, and Gentle Dolphin with a lovely set of bow and arrows. The team will be available as downloadable content (DLC)!

And of course, there are plenty of arenas to do battle in! Whether you’re ascending the steps of Mount Olympus, cowering in the nooks and crannies of Captain Crawfish’s Phoenix Warbird, or hopping about on the red bridge of the red dragon of Japan, you’ll get to fight your foes in epic scenery.

The Mount Olympus arena in Smash! Crackle! POP!

Sounding pretty cool yet? You don’t have long to wait—you’ll hear more about this very soon. For now, we’re looking at a release date of—oh, say, April 31. 😉

In the meantime, smash that like button, give those knuckles a good crackle, and pop on over to the comments to let us know what you think!

A tribute to Myron Van Buren

This is a guest post written by Trusty Leopard, a Poptropican who’ll be sharing a tribute to a favorite villain, Myron Van Buren of Survival Island. Enjoy!

Hello everyone! My name is Trusty Leopard and this is my first ever guest post on this awesome blog. I hope you enjoy this article about my favorite and perhaps one of the most craziest antagonists in Poptropica.

Myron Van Buren (MVB) is the bad guy of Survival Island, a five-part Poptropica adventure that I loved. Van Buren is a cool-looking villain with his hunting clothes, tooth necklace, safari hat, crossbow and creepy smile along with a facial scar to complete the look. A great design, if you ask me.

His catchphrase, “Tally-ho!” is something that I have started using. It just sounds really cool. When I first saw Van Buren and the description for Survival Island, I had some idea of what it might be about, and the villain’s plans. But I figured Poptropica wouldn’t do something like that in a kids’ game, so I was interested to see what exactly MVB’s plans were. Little would I or anyone else have known they did go there.

In the first three episodes, you don’t actually see a bad guy, just someone watching you with cameras after you successfully complete the first two episodes. Pretty creepy.

With the third episode comes your rescue in a sweet-looking helicopter. Your rescuer is big game hunter Myron Van Buren, who lives in a huge mansion with just his chef and butler Winston. (Seems a bit strange to me.) When you tell him you just really rather go home, he insists you mustn’t miss the big hunt tomorrow and just basically won’t let you leave. Totally not a red flag at all.

He acts all nice, showing you his animal trophy collection, but then he makes a ghoulish joke about Winston being another one of his trophies.

But Van Buren laughs it off and tells Winston to go ask the chef to prepare dinner. Winston responds with “Yes, m’lord.” Definitely not normal…

Once you eat the steak, you pass out and wake up locked in a room. That note was absolutely right when it said, “Don’t trust MVB!”

When you finally make your escape, he tells you that you are the quarry for the hunt. O.M.G. Things then cut to an epic mini-game where you’re running from Van Buren’s arrows and his hounds chasing you. I mean for goodness’ sake, he’s a human hunter!

It was a truly fun and exciting twist for an island that was a bit slow in the first three parts and then just exploded once you got to parts four and five.

The idea for this island came from the 1924 short story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, a tale about a big game hunter named General Zaroff who hunts people who get trapped on his island, just like Van Buren did. I was genuinely surprised that Poptropica did something a little dark for a kids’ game.

Even though it was a bit shocking, it was quite fun to play. The mini-game when running from Van Buren was fantastic, in my opinion. The music during the game was suspenseful, catchy, and added to the whole storyline gracefully. In fact, the music for all the parts of the island fit perfectly. My favorite was the “Escape!” episode music. While gathering the supplies for a trap and trying not to get caught, that tune was excellent to play.

Creepy…

The ending of the island was truly in Poptropican fashion. With the cage trap all set, you blow the whistle hoping to get Van Buren’s attention. Instead, he sneaks up behind you and scares you so that you are the one that falls back in the trap! When you ask why he likes to hunt humans, he says he just loves the thrill of the hunt. That is messed up.

Now I know how wild animals feel when they are the ones being hunted. Not fun. Although I knew my Poptropican would live it was still scary watching that scene unfold, never have I seen a more psychotic villain. (Zeus is just really annoying, but it comes close.) Before Van Buren can shoot you and add another trophy to his creepy collection, Max McGullicutty comes in and saves the day on the bear you freed while hunting for trap equipment. You basically high-jump kick Van Buren so he gets trapped in the water tread and ends up being slapped by two beavers on the bottom. Leaving him there for a taste of his own medicine, you exit on the helicopter with Max and watch a beautiful rainbow sunset completed with sweet music. That nightmare is finally over.

This island is one of my favorites and always will be. I love seeing fan art for this island and reading articles about how he is one of the scariest villains in Poptropica. If Survival Island ever makes it into Worlds, they should find a way to make the first three episodes a little more fun and not so tedious. Add some arrows from his crossbow sticking out in trees as you continue along. Put more escape-like mini-games in the final parts. More history about Van Buren’s family would be cool too.

One other thing I would love is if MVB is added to a new version of Super Villain Island. Have Van Buren be one of the villains whose dreams you have to go inside in order to recover an evil totem. If only Survival had come out before Super Villain—it might just have happened. But I can always hope that if Worlds does add a Super Villain Island, they would add this crazy dude to it.

Well that’s it, my post about my absolute most favorite super crazy bad dude of Poptropica! I hoped you enjoyed it. Tally-ho!


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Trusty Leopard! If you did, you may enjoy some other PHB guest posts honoring Poptropica villains.

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. You can find some tips and guidelines on our Write for the PHB page. We also encourage sharing blog posts on the PHC.

If you have an idea for a PHB post, send it in!

Popsonas: Dragon Keepers of Lightning and Ice

This is a guest post written by Spotted Thunder, a Poptropican who’ll be sharing her original “Popsonas,” or Poptropica personas (characters). Enjoy!

Oh hey everyone! Today I will be sharing my some of heroes, created in Poptropica, whom I call the Dragon Keepers of Lightning and Ice. (I’ve got more characters up my sleeve, but we’ll start with the main ones.) Let’s get into it!

Spotted Thunder

Perhaps one of the most experienced magic users out there in Poptropica, Spotted Thunder comes from a family of humans and elves, including her aunt, Lumia, the elf of water and fire.

She doesn’t know which island she came from, but was raised on Mystery of the Map Island. At some point, she was taken by Zeus, who gave her the golden spear—ST’s first magical item. These days, she lives on Home Island with her magical pets, ready to protect Poptropica from whatever dark life lives out there.

Fearless Dragon

Fearless Dragon was born in a world of elves, where she learned how to use her acacia wand. She doesn’t know why she had to leave the elf world to come to Poptropica, but she did know it was important.

Fearless Dragon became friends with Spotted Thunder, not knowing she was related to her as a cousin, the only daughter of Spotted’s aunt Lumia.

Fearless has a pet, a light fury named Pelus. She spends much of her time flying to the hidden world and protecting dragon life from fizzing out.

Speedy

Speedy Coyote comes from a rich family. He’s a huge fan of Speedy Catfish (aka Thinknoodles) so he dresses up like him.

Born on Home Island, Speedy has traveled all around Poptropica, but his favorite place is Camp Keepers, a summer camp for Dragon Riders. Speedy is a gifted Rider whose main weapon is his Enchanted Sword, which cuts the desires of the heart.

Icy Bird

Icy Bird discovered Camp Keepers when his blimp crashed into the forest nearby. Prophesied to hold the power of ice and defeat a strong evil force, Icy still doesn’t have a dragon, but he’s a great rider, or that’s what he thinks. Icy Bird’s main weapon is his bronze sword that transforms from his pen (which comes with a lid).

Icy Bird is also in the same class as Fearless, Speedy and Spotted at school.

And those are my main Dragon Keepers! Let me know in the comments what you think, and whether you’d like to hear more about them. I’ve written some chapters about this crew, and I’m thinking of adding some PHB staff into the stories as well.

Finally, I’d like to give huge credits to ANNE14TCO for the inspiration behind the Dragon Keepers. ST out!


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Spotted Thunder! If you did, you may also enjoy her house tour post. Also, check out the Popsonas of some of the PHB staff or other Popsonas highlighted by the Creators!

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. You can find some tips and guidelines on our Write for the PHB page. We also encourage sharing blog posts on the PHC.

If you have an idea for a PHB post, send it in!

Pop 5: Most Overrated Characters

This is a guest post written by Red Tomato, a Poptropican who’ll be sharing a “Pop 5” list of Poptropica characters who take up too much of the spotlight among the fan community. Enjoy!

Hi everyone! It’s Red Tomato and today I have the sequel to my Pop 5: Most Underrated Characters from last week. This list is all about the overrated characters—the ones who get a little too much attention. Let’s go!

#5: Zeus

Zeus aka Spruce aka Moose aka Santa Claus is the Greek god who is the main villain of Mythology, Super Villain, and Greek Sea Odyssey. This deity is probably one of the most popular characters in the fan community. It’s easy to see why, though! Just look at that beard!

#4: Balloon Boy

No, not the one from “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” but the kid from Counterfeit Island! Ever since you gave that a boy a balloon and he floated away, we’ve caught glimpses on him, still in the sky, in the island adventures that followed. Is he still up there? We may never know….

#3: *gasp* Your character?

Think about it… most of the fan art and fanfics in the Pop fandom are about somebody’s own Poptropica character! (Also known as someone’s “Popsona,” or Poptropica persona.) Anyway, my Poptropican (Red Tomato 🍅) is very happy to make it on this list!

#2: Dr. Hare

Ah yes, the first Poptropica villain besides the Early Pop spiders and Booga shark. This furry—I mean, mad scientist—gets second most overrated because, well, he’s everywhere! His hometown island, 24 Carrot, was re-made twice: once for SUI format on Pop Original and more recently on Pop Worlds. He also appears on the Daily Pops, in countless fan art pieces, and even Super Villain Island!

And now… the number one most overrated Poptropica character is…

THE CRAB FROM TIME TANGLED!!!

JUST KIDDING!

#1: Shark Boy (aka Shark Guy)

It was tough to pick between this guy and Dr. Hare, but I think Sharky deserves the #1 spot because this guy has been around longer than Dr. Hare. And don’t forget the whole Mystery of Shark Boy drama! Shark Boy, do do do do do do do…

Well, that was my Pop 5 list of most overrated Poptropicans! This post is not meant to be negative, but rather to point out some of the more popular characters. Bye!


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Red Tomato! If you did, you may also enjoy her other post Pop 5: Most Underrated Characters.

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. You can find some tips and guidelines on our Write for the PHB page. We also encourage sharing blog posts on the PHC.

If you have an idea for a PHB post, send it in!