Creators' Blog Guest Posts

Interview with Smart Icicle from the Poptropica Creators 🎤❄️

Hello! Welcome to the next part of our series with the Pop Creators interviewing members of the PHB team. Meet Smart Icicle!

1. How were you first introduced to Poptropica?

Ah yes, the nostalgic times. I found Poptropica when I was around 10 years old. Me and my friend were sharing one Windows 7 computer, looking at ads on our games. We had never heard of Poptropica before, but we were in the mood to try something new.

So we created our first account together: Bronze Socks. (If the name sounds familiar to you, yes, that’s my Community Creations partner!) Anyway, this was during the peak of Poptropica, with the Multiverse, all the islands you could play, everything.

After a while, we each got a computer and didn’t have to share anymore, so me and my friend went our separate ways. I continued to play Poptropica as Smart Icicle (username: Target1051). Here’s me on the New You building of an older Home Island!

2. Who do you think is the most underrated character? Overrated?

My choice for underrated character — I found many, but I would have to say the magistrate from Ghost Story Island. He’s nostalgic to consider, yet a bit villainous — after all, he did orchestrate a murder.

The most overrated character right now, in my opinion, would be Rumpelstiltskin. With all the Fairytale Island lore ongoing these past couple of years, including Rumpel’s possession of the Baron, and now being hunted by the Red Queen, it seems Rumpel is highly ranked among people’s villain tiers. Still, I wish each villain could get equal love in the community, rather than the hype often going to the same ones.

3. What are your favorite scenes, aesthetically and to play through?

I love seeing Binary Bard’s and Dr. Hare’s dreams in Super Villain Island. Another one is the Imperial Garden from Red Dragon — at one point, I even set it as my phone wallpaper because I loved it so much!

I also liked most of the scenes from Arabian Nights, which have some of my favorites to play through as well: catching Scheherazade as a genie, and being in her princess room. And I enjoy a good villain takedown — although I didn’t get to witness them from personal experience since the gameplay was difficult, it was fun watching Captain Crawfish, Binary Bard, Dr. Hare, and Black Widow getting defeated.

4. From your perspective, how have you seen the Poptropica Help Blog (PHB) and community change over time?

To me, it’s an equation: Pop changes = PHB changes. Every time Poptropica changes, the PHB does as well. So much has happened to the game over the years, and the community has evolved too. I’ve seen this mentioned often and completely agree that, with the end of Flash in 2020, many people lost interest in Pop, including myself.

Perhaps the pandemic had something to do with the game’s momentum slowing down. But despite the shifts, I’m still happy to see the PHB keep going, and parts of Pop still hanging onto some of its OG content.

Eye Alone: Looking out from within.

5. How has your PHB career surprised you?

I was really excited to see what would happen after I became a staff writer on the PHB. My PHB career surprised me because it sent huge waves of creativity that I never knew I had, plus it changed my writing style. Before joining the team, as a reader, I had zero creativity and zero interest in writing. I have to say thank you to Slanted Fish for this opportunity to write about something that I enjoy. After joining the PHB, I was inspired to continue writing, and even started my own blog.

World Warriors: Welcome back to the stage of history.

6. What inspires you?

Music, video games, family history, movies, TV shows — they all inspire me. As the saying goes: Inspiration is the key to success. Even watching other people writing inspires me.

7. What does the Pop community mean to you?

The Pop community means a lot to me. It feels like another whole family to me. I love just watching everyone’s whole different approaches and ideas, and I feel like I helped inspire new guest writers on the blog. 

Turban Core: Into the heart of a den of thieves.

8. How have your experiences with the community and Poptropica influenced you IRL? 

I would say Pop has influenced me a lot IRL. It not only brought back my creativity and love of writing, it also made me love trying out new games to enjoy on the web.

9. Outside of Poptropica and your PHB involvement, what are you passionate about? 

I love my family, friends, teachers, and writing. They all just make me feel me

Gallery: The writing is on the walls.

Favorites

  • Island: Skullduggery
  • Backstory/Lore: Dr. Hare’s origin story as a lead scientist who engineered a malfunctioning mind control device that turned him into an evil hare-y genius
  • Character: Harold Mews from Cryptids
  • Villain: Dr. Hare, Captain Crawfish, Black Widow, and Binary Bard
  • Costume: Dr. Hare costume

Thank you to the Pop Creators for inviting me to do this interview, which you can also find on the Creators’ Blog. I have had a blast playing Poptropica, keep up the great work!

Ask Poptropica Siri

Ask Poptropica Siri #10: Non-villains, non-costume items, and not dead

Ask Poptropica Siri is a Q&A segment here on the PHB where you, dear readers, are invited to send in your Poptropica questions to have them answered with all the wisdom you can expect from a Smart Icicle.

Hello fellow Poptropicans, welcome back to Ask Poptropica Siri! Hope you are all having a great summer. Let’s answer some questions:

In your opinion, who are the best non-villain character(s) in Poptropica? ~Silver Tiger

For me, the best non-villain characters are Harold Mews, Basho, Amelia, and the Baron (I know, I know, the Baron was technically a villain in Monkey Wrench, but she is good or neutral now, since she sells stuff on her airship). I like these characters because each of them remind me of what I am like in real life, or my favorite interests.

The Baron is my favorite because she reminds me of my interest in pirates. Harold Mews from Cryptids Island is my second fave right from the beginning because I like his interest in catching mythical creatures like the Giant Squid, Bigfoot, etc. Basho from Red Dragon Island is my third fave since I enjoy Asian culture. And I started to like Amelia after I completed her mini-quest. (Her facial expressions when the player finds the cargo were cute — it reminded me a bit of anime.)

What is your favorite store item(s) that isn’t a costume? ~GreedyShadow

I would have to go with all the clubhouse decor. I like it when there are themes — like summer, Rumpelstiltskin, and Dr. Hare (way back when Poptropica Worlds was still a thing). Some of my favorite clubhouse decor are the wallpapers, various mythical creatures (especially the phoenix, mermaid, and unicorn), and some of the picture frames (the Dr. Hare one is cute).

From Invisible Ring’s Hare-y Poptropica Worlds House Tour

You’ve been giving me some hard but good questions, and the next one is no exception! This one is more about my fandom activity than the game itself, but since I get asked so much, I want to share my response with you readers today.

Is Smart Icicle’s Blog still running? Are you still looking for more writers? ~everyone on my blog and friends from the Pop community

I would like to say yes, my blog is still alive and kicking! If you’re interested in writing for my blog, where I share about Poptropica and other media I enjoy, contact me on my blog, with the methods below, or DM me on Discord (I’m on the PHC). Also, thanks to Dizzy Feather for her support! In addition to my blog, you can check out hers, which is all about Poptropica and which I’ve been following every day.

That’s all the questions I have for now. Hope you all have a great rest of the summer. See you all soon!


How can you send in your questions to Ask Poptropica Siri?

That’s a great question! You can use the following methods:

  • 📧Send an email to askpoptropicasiri (at) gmail (dot) com. This way, you’ll get to keep your questions a surprise when they get answered on the blog.
  • 💬Comment on the latest Ask Poptropica Siri post. Your questions will be publicly visible before they appear in a Q&A post, but this allows others to interact with your question if they so choose. If you don’t have an email address, you can enter a fake one in the email field when you post your comment.

Smart Icicle out! ~🌸📚❄️🌸

Ask Poptropica Siri, Uncategorized

Ask Poptropica Siri #9: Mini-quests, Minecraft lite, & Monster Carnival

Ask Poptropica Siri is a Q&A segment here on the PHB where you, dear readers, are invited to send in your Poptropica questions to have them answered with all the wisdom you can expect from a Smart Icicle.

Can you believe it’s already been over a year since Ask Poptropica Siri started? Let’s keep it going by answering some more questions!

How do you feel about the mini-quests? ~Silver Horse

I enjoy them! I appreciate how Poptropica still keeps making content for people to play, even if in short bursts, so we don’t lose interest. Mini-quests feel fitting for when an island leaves the player on a cliffhanger on what will happen next, like in Rumpel’s Challenge when we could see what happened to the king in Fairytale Island. I also liked getting a fun little epilogue to the Goofball Island story with Blitz on the Fritz.

What is Poptropica Realms and how can you access it? ~Silver Tiger

Realms is where you get to build your own world, share it with others, and all that fun stuff. It’s similar to the game Minecraft, except you won’t die of hunger and there isn’t much of a survival element. You can find out more in the PHB’s Poptropica Realms Guide. It’s currently only available in the Steam bundle, not in the regular game.

Thoughts on Monster Carnival’s rewritten ending? ~Slanted Fish

Ok, so first I am happy that they brought back Monster Carnival (to Steam at least). I liked Bird Boy! I was a little sad when I found out they changed the story. But I’m also a little bit happy that you get to be friends with Ringmaster Raven, so I guess I mainly just feel neutral about the ending. It reminds of my own friendship with my drawing buddy, Bronze Socks, who would probably do the same thing of trying to help and befriend Raven.

I know some fans are still concerned about the ending despite its update, and that’s okay. This is just my opinion!

To all US readers, have a good 4th of July! 🎇 See you soon, Poptropicans!


How can you send in your questions to Ask Poptropica Siri?

That’s a great question! You can use the following methods:

  • 📧 Send an email to siri (at) poptropi (dot) ca. This way, you’ll get to keep your questions a surprise when they get answered on the blog.
  • 💬 Comment on the latest Ask Poptropica Siri post. Your questions will be publicly visible before they appear in a Q&A post, but this allows others to interact with your question if they so choose. If you don’t have an email address, you can enter a fake one in the email field when you post your comment.

It’s been fun to answer questions again. Bye bye for now!

~🌸📚❄️🌸

Ask Poptropica Siri, Uncategorized

Ask Poptropica Siri #8: Roblox, Rumblings, and Releases

Ask Poptropica Siri is a Q&A segment here on the PHB where you, dear readers, are invited to send in your Poptropica questions to have them answered with all the wisdom you can expect from a Smart Icicle.

Hey everyone! It’s been a hard time lately for the fandom, particularly with Poptropica’s controversial Roblox developments. So, I wanted to cool it down by answering some questions…

What do you think of the Poptropica Roblox games? ~Magic Snowball

This may be an unpopular opinion, but I am totally fine with Poptropica’s Roblox games. I feel neutral about this situation, even as a Roblox player myself. I think they are just having a break and trying new things. Although others are angry about it, at least Poptropica is still actively developing on their own platform, so that’s a good sign.

Do you think the Creators even care enough to bring the old islands back? ~Silver Shell

This question came in before the big announcement of 13 old islands returning via Steam, but yes, I do think they care! They brought Zomberry to Roblox, and previously released the Zomberry Hero mini-game on Pop, which means they haven’t forgotten their old lore. Even if they play around with Roblox, they will never give up on Poptropica.

If there was one old island which could release early and you were given the choice, which one would you pick? ~Dangerous Dragon

Oh wow, so many choices! Well, I’m going to cheat a little and pick two: I would want either Skullduggery or Astro-Knights to be brought back. They were fun to play, even if they are the most difficult out of all of the islands ever made. Although we’ve lost a lot of old islands, they are still in our hearts and hopefully can return someday. 💙


How can you send in your questions to Ask Poptropica Siri?

That’s a great question! You can use the following methods:

  • 📧 Send an email to siri (at) poptropi (dot) ca. This way, you’ll get to keep your questions a surprise when they get answered on the blog.
  • 💬 Comment on the latest Ask Poptropica Siri post. Your questions will be publicly visible before they appear in a Q&A post, but this allows others to interact with your question if they so choose. If you don’t have an email address, you can enter a fake one in the email field when you post your comment.

Before I go, I would like to share two movies I’m looking forward to this April: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Fantastic Beasts 3.

That’s it from me! See you next time! 

~🌸📚❄️🌸

Ask Poptropica Siri

Ask Poptropica Siri #7: waiting for Jade, Flash’s fade, and islands to be remade

Ask Poptropica Siri is a Q&A segment here on the PHB where you, dear readers, are invited to send in your Poptropica questions to have them answered with all the wisdom you can expect from a Smart Icicle.

Hey everyone, it’s Smart Icicle! You know how the game works now. Let’s answer some questions!

What do you think of the upcoming Secret of the Jade Scarab Island? ~ Dangerous Dragon & when the imposter is sus

I am pretty excited for when it comes out. So far the sneak peeks remind me of Arabian Nights and catching the genie. Another desert theme seems pretty cool to me. This one seems fun from what we’ve seen so far, and I can’t wait for it to release! I’ve loved seeing all the ideas everyone came up with for the Dream Island contest.

Would you rather play the old islands on Flashpoint now, or in a few years if they become officially accessible through Poptropica desktop and mobile? ~Silver Ghost

I like these types of questions. It’s fun playing the old islands on Flashpoint, but I am going to have to go with playing the old islands from Poptropica itself if they all become available again because I have been playing on their platforms for years. It’s been a while since Flash has been gone, and I still praise it. Still miss you, Flash! ❤️

What do you like to do on Poptropica when you aren’t playing islands? ~Silver Shell

I either do side quests, check out the store for any cool stuff, or relax in my clubhouse. But honestly, I mainly play Poptropica for the islands — they’re just so fun, am I right?


How can you send in your questions to Ask Poptropica Siri?

That’s a great question! You can use the following methods:

  • 📧 Send an email to askpoptropicasiri (at) gmail (dot) com. This way, you’ll get to keep your questions a surprise when they get answered on the blog.
  • 💬 Comment on the latest Ask Poptropica Siri post. Your questions will be publicly visible before they appear in a Q&A post, but this allows others to interact with your question if they so choose. If you don’t have an email address, you can enter a fake one in the email field when you post your comment.

I hope you all are having some fun and good luck. I’m feeling especially lucky for next month. See you soon!

~🌸📚❄️🌸