You saw it here first on Poptropica!

It’s Thursday, July 29, 2010. Yes, the time has come for Greg Heffley to present us the cover for the FIFTH installment in the popular kids’ pentalogy. Of course, you can find Greg on any of the Poptropican islands.  A wise man once said, “I should really shut up,” and I’m going to do just that. 🙂

*fangirl squeal*

Whaaaaat. Best book cover art evar? It’s not the beautiful truth, it’s not the MYSTERIOUS truth, it’s the… UGLY truth. And Greg has an egg in his hand. That’s pretty awesome. Although the book cover art has been revealed, we may have to wait some time before the actual book is released. The ugly truth is that the book comes out on November 9th, 2010 (see what I did there? :D), but fear not, fellow Poptropicans, I’m sure it will be most definitely worth the wait!

In more Poptropica-related news, the creators have presented us two more installments of Poptropica Tips and Tricks on the Creators’ Blog. Of course, these two tips/tricks (Randomizer and Dial-A-Costume) have always been available for viewing on our Cool Stuff tab under Cheat Codes. There you can also find many more Poptropica Tips and Tricks. Enjoy!

~Smockers

"NO! I don't want a freaking police hat, you stupid phone; JUST GET ME TO A 911 OPERATOR!"

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MASSIVE PUN AHEAD

We got another sketch from the Creators, specifically Binary Bard, that develops a “Hub” that will be located on Steamworks Island. They promise that they will clear everything up about this sketch in times to come… because right now it just looks like a potpourri of drawings that feature metal gears with attaching pipes and gizmos. Very mystifying.

One of the places you’ll visit on Steamworks Island is what we call the Hub. It’s a sight to see! A rickety tower, a massive drawbridge, and pot-bellied steam stoves powering everything. Safe to say that you’ve never seen anything like the Hub before.

Er, at least, you won’t have seen anything like it. To start with, this marvel of modern engineering just looked like this:

Yes, it’s hard to see what all the hubbub is about — yet. Just wait until you see how this one develops!

The post is called, “What’s all the Hub-bub?”.

…BWAHAHAHAHA.

Get it? HUB-BUB! Because a hubbub is an uproar? And we’re talking about HUBS?

🙂

~Smockers

Finnmona and Brookezus

During your current adventures in Poptropica, you might find two more new advertisement buildings that you can try your hand at to get fabulous prizes!

Goldfish:

The snacks that smile back have been all sucked up a vacuum cleaner! It’s your job to rescue them all by going through a maze trying to find doors that cage your cheesy friends within the two-minute time limit. Clicking on the keypads starts a short video that you have sit through. (You’ll shortly realize how thirty seconds can feel like an hour.) After the video finishes, you are given a numeric code that you must punch into the keypad. Pressing the big red button finally lifts the door; you can then run up to the Goldfish as it jumps up to your screen happily. You repeat this for all five Goldfish, and you’re set! Just be wary of any incoming metal rock thingies trying to hinder your path to success. All in a day’s work! Also, if you have some sort of object that enables you to fly, use it by all means! It’ll definitely make your journey much smoother.

lol, paradox

For all of your good deeds, you receive a ‘Goldfish Outfit’ and a ‘Goldfish Stalker Follower’! I am sporting the two in the above picture. But if you’re like me, you don’t want to sit through multiple monotonous clips just to get a code. Luckily, the codes are the same for everyone. So, I can just list the codes right here:

  1. Xtreme (orange, excited face) – 53279
  2. Brooke (light yellow, female) – 34418
  3. Swimmington (orange, smug face) – 54234
  4. Finn (yellow, sunglasses) – 89721
  5. Gilbert (brown, salt on body) – 73592

Ramona and Beezus:

The movie starring Joey King and Selena Gomez has been made into an advertisement building to spread the word for its premiere on July 23rd. Ramona wants you to help her paint her mural. You must completely breathe color into her painting in ONE MINUTE, or else you fail. You must never fail Ramona. To succeed, you have to constantly make sure you have lots of paint to brush all over her picture. What I did was just charge until my paint gauge was full and just scrub with my mouse as fast as I could in horizontal strokes. You will be rewarded with a ‘Magic Paintbrush’ once you complete her task. If you are stationed near a fellow Poptropican and you press the space bar, you will paint them a new color!

I made the Goldfish guy gold. There's probably a really cheesy (HA!) pun I could make about this; I just don't know what.

EDIT: Special thanks to captain_t3chn0 and Loud Shark on the Poptropica Help Chat for informing me about other ways to have fun with your Magic Paintbrush!

A. Pictured here is what appears to be Hercules un-becoming (is that a word?) a statue. All you have to do is wave your brush in front of him, and he just suddenly jumps out of his inanimate counterpart. Now he can have his statue and his moving limbs! That’s like hitting two clones of Hermes with one stone.

B. You can paint the cat. Have I mentioned that your magical paintbrush also paints the subject’s eyes? ANIMAL ABUSE!

C. You can paint the dummies. What’s interesting is that if you paint one of the dummies it will also paint the other dummies simultaneously. 😮

ALSO, for anybody who’s having a hard time finding these ads, I personally found the Goldfish ad on Shark Tooth Island and the Ramona and Beezus ad on Early Poptropica Island. If you can’t find them here, I recommend searching across the other islands’ respective Main Streets.

~Smockers


The pirate life’s for me!

Hello Poptropicans! Recently, a trailer for the soon-to-be-released Skullduggery Island was released to members only! Of course, it would only be fair if all could witness a sneak peek of one of the most swashbuckling islands yet! Ladies and GentleMannes, I present to you the spectacle that is a preview of the adventures you will have on Skullduggery Island (courtesy of shaned46):

Notice the pirate-y, jolly tunes playing in the background. Wouldn’t it be just awesome if that could play in the background while you explore the island? *winkwinknudgenudge*

The other special item that was given to members was an exclusive Skullduggery Pirate costume. Here’s a picture of me in it.

Yarr har fiddle dee dee bein-- NO, SHUT UP!

More on Skullduggery, you can now see it conveniently placed on the Map, of course with a “COMING SOON.” It sure does look menacing!

"You sure you want t'sail up THAR, Captain?"

Finally, a new wallpaper was released by the Poptropica Creators. I would recommend you replace your current desktop background with this new one in order to, as the kids might say it, “stay hip with the crowd, yo.” At least, that’s what I hear…

Go to http://blog.poptropica.com/2010/05/new-wallpaper.html to download this "psychedelic" and "groovy" background.

Well, that’s about it! I hope you had an awesome week, and we here at the PHB hope you also have a Happy Mothers’ Day this weekend!  Make sure to let her know your gratitude and appreciation for everything she has done for you, no matter how great or minute.

Oh yeah, thanks to Cheerful Panda/Aphrodite who helped me with this picture by obviously posing as the mom. 😀 Click here for a link to Giant Penguin’s Poptropica Blog, a blog that she works on.

~Smockers

Only for the most daring/bored of all.

It’s no April Fool’s joke. Poptropica Members will have Early Access to Mythology Island beginning this Thursday, April 1!
(information from the Poptropica Facebook page!)

And as stated on its information page, Mythology Island will be open to all on April 29, 2010. Almost a month away. x_x

Today, Dr. Hare showed us on the Creators’ Blog that your Island Medallion card for Reality TV Island actually keeps track of the amount of seasons you have dominated in on the island! Unless you beat Hippie Harry to fame and fortune, in which case I despise you.

Exhibit A: A common result of extreme boredness.

Dr. Hare continues to mock us in his post by challenging us to beat his high score of a whopping five seasons won. He then questions us how many times we have completed Reality TV Island, the latest island brought to you by the creators. He also probably should’ve asked us how many times we have been way too busy to even play Reality TV Island. 🙂

As the lazy boy I am, I am a 1-time winner. Tell us: how many times have you completed Reality TV Island? Haven’t even completed one season? What are you doing then? Head out to that island and compete! With guide in hand, you’re sure to overtake the bunny himself.

THE SACRED MIDAS TOUCH!

Have you ever wanted to channel King Midas’ famous power — turning everything into GOLD?

Of course! It's my biggest dream to have that power albeit the detrimental side effects that would render me uncapable of communicating as I couldn't touch anything or anybody!

You do?  Well, that works out handsomely, because you can just waddle into the Poptropica Store right now, and pick up your very own Midas Touch for the low price of 250 credits. Of course, if you’re wise like myself, you can get it for absolutely FREE!*

*membership required

Speaking of Poptropican membership, here’s a video of me testing it out:

Pretty sweet, eh?  After you’ve seen this video, does your opinion change about membership in Poptropica at all? Do you find yourself on the verge of insanity unless you get your membership? Or, are you not impressed, thinking that you could spend your money on something more useful?  Let us know in the comments! ^_^

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I know this doesn’t have much to do with Poptropica, but I would appreciate it if you guys took the time to vote in the Best Virtual World for Kids poll on About.com.

http://familyinternet.about.com/od/resources/ss/readerschoice10-voting_4.htm

Shamefully, Poptropica isn’t on there, but another great virtual world, The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks, is!  Hijuyo, Coderkid, and I all have accounts on there… so it’s bound to be good, right? 😀 I urge you guys to check it out for yourself (CLICK HERE! You know you want to move your cursor over here. ;D) and to vote for it!  We’re in 2nd place right now only bested by… *thunder crashes* WEBKINZ WORLD! UGH (no offense to Webkinz World players)! Of course, I don’t want to force you to vote for The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks; make your best judgment on what virtual world you want to pick (hint: The Travels of Wiglington & Wenks ;)).

Thanks again, everybody!

~Smockers

There are many questions that need to be answered in life.

Update: EPIC NEWSFLASH! :O The creators have updated their post with a handy link conveniently placed right beneath the membership video. Upon clicking this link, you reach this informative page (click the word page :O). It seems the creators have answered all of my questions concerning the price of membership and if the costumes, gold cards, and etc. disappear when your membership expires.

Good and bad news. For the bad news, you can’t keep the unlimited costumes and gold cards once your membership ends. 😦 For the good news, HAVE YOU SEEN THOSE PRICES? =D

THAT’S UNBEATABLE! Compared to most web games, Poptropica’s membership prices are super cheap. Seriously! One Gold Card costs $2.50 and with just $.50 more you could get the whole shebang — ALL of the Gold Cards.  O_o As a comparison, here are some other web-game membership prices:

1 Month: Poptropica ($2.99) < Free Realms ($4.99) < Club Penguin and Tootsville ($5.95) < Wiglington and Wenks ($5.99) < Chobots ($7.99)

3 Months: Poptropica ($7.99; equivalent to a 1 month membership on Chobots I might add) < Wiglington and Wenks ($16.99)

6 Months: Poptropica ($12.99) < Club Penguin and Tootsville ($29.95) < Chobots and Wiglington and Wenks ($29.99)

1 Year: Poptropica ($17.99; I’m only assuming this, because the prices seem to increase by $5 each time. Also, I know that 1 Year membership isn’t available for Poptropica; I’m just doing this for the sake of this experiment.) < Chobots ($47.99) < Club Penguin and Tootsville ($57.95; it seems Tootsville copied Club Penguin’s prices exactly o_o) < Wiglington and Wenks ($59.99)

There you have it. I hope these prices are set in stone, because if they are, I could probably give way more PHB-readers 1-month memberships then I had thought. ^o^

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Are you ready? 😉

Will someone eventually find the cure for cancer? Will the 2012 doomsday event occur? WILL SCIENTISTS EVENTUALLY FIND A SOLUTION THAT MAKES EVERLASTING CHEESE?!

More importantly… will Poptropica’s community and fanbase enrage with fury once membership is confirmed to the general public?!

We can answer that one today.

Now, after what could have been absolute happiness or utmost anger (depends on who you are) for you, let us evaluate (my comments in bold):

  • GET IT ALL WITH MEMBERSHIP! (All is a very vague word. I think you can interpret it in any way. Personally, I think “IT ALL” is cheese. I hope.)
  • GET EARLY ISLAND ACCESS! (=O)
  • GET UNLIMITED COSTUMES! (=O)
  • USE EVERY GOLD CARD! (I think my mouth is gonna f all off from all of this gaping. =O)
  • COMING SOON! (More vague words. >o>)

By the way, this membership thing hasn’t been completely unaware to us. Codien’s post (CLICKEH HERE!) informed us of this imminent feature. We got quite a mixed response with some saying yay and some saying nay. Now that it’s been confirmed, what is your opinion of it now? Leave a comment below. ^_^ By the way, that post was dated January 29, 2009.  At time of posting this, it has been more or less ONE YEAR. Speedy time with creating the membership, creators (jk, jk).

It seems that buying a membership would actually be better than just buying costumes and gold cards and early island access passes — because you get all that with a handy dandy membership! Now, there are more questions. Do you get to keep the gold cards and unlimited costumes if your membership runs out? How much will it take out of my money that I could be using to pay for college? So many life-threatening questions.

Also, I noticed something else in the video. Those sneaky creators sneaked in yet another confirmation of Reality TV Island! (Psst, creators. I have kept my patience long enough for Hippie Man. MAKE MY TRIP TO REALITY TV SNAPPY! >:O)

I blame the horrible image quality on YouTube's horrible video quality 😀

Moreover, they added some useful links to the side of their blog:

That question mark block is from Super Mario! PLAGIARIZE! COPYRIGHT! SUE! SUE! SUE! Oh, and there's Raymond from Wheel of Fortune again. :O

That about wraps it up! Don’t forget to give your own thoughts about the upcoming membership! Hope you all have a good life. ^o^ Peace. Also, I’ll probably hold a contest once membership is officially released. Then again, that conniving Motion AKA Coderkid will probably find a hack for it as soon as the creators unveil it. >=P

~Smockers