Creators' Blog Guest Posts

Interview with Sporty Boa from the Poptropica Creators 🎤🐍

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

Sporty Boa illustrated by napstachill

1. How were you first introduced to Poptropica?

I was first introduced to Poptropica in 2010, when playing it in elementary school computer labs made you one of the ‘cool kids’. Given that I was one of the ‘quiet kids’ at school, I opted to explore the game where I was most comfortable: with my family.

It started with watching my sister, then my brother, Fierce Flyer, adventure across the Poptropica islands, with me acting as a literal over-the-shoulder commentator. Together we worked through difficult puzzles and boss battles, or simply admired the creative stories and characters Poptropica introduced us to. It was only after seeing my siblings’ mounting medallion count that I decided to experience Poptropica hands-on for myself!

Sporty Boa illustrated by Fierce Flyer

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

One of the many things I love about Poptropica is its plethora of unique characters. When I first started blogging about the game, this was one aspect I could not stop talking about! I often would give my personal ranking of characters, including those which I considered to be the most underrated. Atop my list was Dr. Spyglass from Spy Island. Not only is he an excellent eye doctor, but he’s also the genius inventor behind iconic spy gadgets such as the chameleon suit and grappling bowtie! Despite this scientist’s creations being the means in which you save the island, I feel he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. I mean, I get he’s all secretive and spy-like, but it would be nice to see him pop up from time to time.

Speaking of popping up from time to time, I would have to say the zombies from Zomberry Island may be Poptropica’s most overrated characters. I may need to get my eyes checked by Dr. Spyglass, but I feel like I keep seeing them show up everywhere! Given their ambiguous purpose, do they really deserve so much of the spotlight?

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

The first scene that comes to mind is the Jersey Devil jumpscare in Cryptids Island. This scene is just as fun to watch someone else play through as it is to play through yourself! The tense buildup is executed so well, from the unnerving bathroom stall directions, to the dark, creepy house in the middle of the woods, and of course we can’t forget the window peerin’, breath stealing, fate sealing Jersey Devil!

Aesthetically, I have a soft spot for the Nøkken scene in Twisted Thicket Island. On par with the Jersey Devil in terms of creepiness, the Nøkken’s luminescent red paw prints against the dark, verdant forest is just *chef’s kiss*. Absolutely terrifying, but *chef’s kiss*.

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

From my perspective, the Poptropica community has had its ebbs and flows. Since joining back in 2017, I’ve always viewed the PHB as not just a blog, but as a cornerstone of the community. While being a reliable source of information and news, the PHB helps bring together Poptropica fans, me included, providing space for people to share valued ideas, theories and stories. Through thick and thin, I’ve learned to appreciate the space we’re granted, and the community we share.

5. How has your PHB career surprised you?

During my time with the PHB, I’m always pleasantly surprised when it comes to our community engagement events such as the Tribal Tournament and the Poppies. It’s such an honor to be a part of these positive, unifying, and genuinely fun experiences in our community!

6. What inspires you?

I can be easily inspired by the natural world, my family, a kind word, and works of art. Though, what inspires me the most is actually the potential to inspire others. Knowing that I can plant a seed within someone that may blossom into something beneficial and beautiful is a rewarding feeling worth striving for.

7. What does the Pop community mean to you?

It means so much, honestly. Poptropica is a special game that has a special community. Both hold an equally cherished place in my heart.

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

IRL, I’ve always been a relatively timid person. The Poptropica community was the first online community I had joined and truly felt a part of. It allowed me to open up, both online and in real life, allowing me to recognize that my unique personality wasn’t something to shy away from, but value.

Doctor Trio (Hare, Beev, Nyah) by Sporty Boa

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

Outside of the Poptropica community, I am an avid wildlife enthusiast. Whether extant or extinct, the diversity of life on Earth never ceases to amaze me. Conservation, education, and respect towards the natural world are things I’m quite passionate about.

My Pet Goat: One of these cuddly hircines may have a date with danger.

Favorites

  • Island: It will always be Cryptids Island for me, but I’ll throw Shark Tooth Island and Reality TV in there solely off nostalgia and good vibes.
  • Backstory/Lore: Mordred/Binary Bard is such an interesting character with a fascinating backstory. It just adds to the awe and epicness of Astro-Knights Island!
Merlin and Mordred by Sporty Boa

Character: Dr. Beev, Ishmael, Harold Mews… Poptropica has so many notable characters! Some of my personal favorites are:

  • Shark Guy (Shark Tooth Island): Hilarious, relatable and educational all wrapped up in a shark-shaped package!
  • Ishmael (SOS): As a fellow whale-lover, I vibe with Ish! (Also, if whale call gadgets are an actual thing, I’d love one!)
  • Harold Mews (Cryptids): A kind-hearted millionaire with a passion for conservation, who would have thunk?
  • Dr. Beev: Why wood’nt Beev be on this list?

Villains

  • Director D (Spy Island): He’s got the drip, the wit, and the wig, what more could you ask for in a villain?
  • Gretchen Grimlock (Cryptids): What makes GG stand out to me in terms of villainous characters is that she’s not just presented as a rival to your Poptropican, but also an imminent and dangerous threat.
  • Black Widow & The Strange Man (Counterfeit): Poptropica really nailed it with these two! They had cool designs, wove into the story well, and their individual arcs of deceit and redemption were well executed.

Costume: An iconic symbol of do-goodership and courageous adventure, the Robin Hood costume has a special place in my heart… and my closet!


Thanks for having me! Be sure to catch this interview on the Pop Creators’ Blog too. This Boa’s gotta bounce!

– SB 🐍

Bonus Items, Hoptropica

Hop to Celebrate Pop! 🦫🎂🐇

Good day Poptropicans! I’ve got some uplifting news that’ll make you jump for joy! So without further ado, let’s hop to it, shall we?

Poptropica is celebrating its 14th birthday all month long, and with celebrations come surprises. Nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised to see the return of the colorful, arcade-style minigame, Hoptropica!

Hoptropica first hopped onto the scene for a limited time back in December of 2020, and now it’s back and birthday-ified for players to relive or play for the first time! Either way, this version is still out for only a LIMITED TIME so hop now or forever hold your piece… of cake. 🍰

Cake now provides you with a huge time boost!

Last week, the Pop Creators hinted at minigame re-releases, free store items, and easy opportunities to earn credits — I just didn’t know we would be getting all at once! Right now, you’ll win 14 credits (for Poptropica’s 14th birthday) every time you play Hoptropica!

But wait, there’s more. After you hop, pop into the store and acquire your FREE birthday Bit-Beev and Bit-Hare followers!

I personally am really hyped to see Hoptropica return — and have the swag to show for it. Thanks to the Pop Creators’ gift card to the PHB, Slanted Fish even hooked me up (no pun intended) with the 8-bit Hare & Beev stickers from Poptropica’s merch store.

That’s all from me. Be sure to hop to celebrate Pop and take advantage of the bound-iful rewards available! I’ll see you next time, this Boa’s gotta bounce!

-SB🐍

Contests, Fan Art Features, Store

Costume contest closed, updated store open 🧙‍♂️🛍️

Howdy and hello Poptropicans! It’s Sporty Boa here dropping by with some news for you!

Poptropica’s Blog has been bustling with upcoming updates and information, but first and foremost, Poptropica’s Costume Contest for the month of June has officially closed as of 8pm PST Monday night.

The Pop creators mentioned having received a lot of creative submissions, and who knows? If you were able to submit your design in time, it may just find itself in the game as the winning entry!

I personally have a few fond flashbacks regarding these costume contests, as almost five years ago it was one of my earliest involvements with the Poptropica community!

This is actually my first ever tweet as Sporty Boa!

I got so swept up in the sweet memories that I went ahead and redrew my Legendary wizard robe costume which I plan to submit for July’s Costume Contest:

If you were also unable to submit a costume concept this month, no need to worry! Because the costume contest is monthly, stay alert for the creators announcement regarding July’s contest and get those costume creations crafted!

Speaking of creations, we have a couple cool fan art features on the gram:

Stellar pieces of artwork we got here! (I would take a few pieces of that delicious-looking cake if I could 😋)

Additionally, Poptropica has got some updated items in the clubhouse store for you to check out. (Thanks to Capax infini for the pic!)

A few items are catching my eye as I’m always on the lookout for some interesting items to jazz up my clubhouse. (Tour coming soon!)

Well, that’s a wrap on this short and sweet news update! I’m curious to know what creative costumes you’ve submitted, or plan to submit for the Monthly Costume Contest as well as which of the updated store items you’d like to get your circular hands on!

Enjoy the day and remember to stay safe and stay awesome!

-SB🐍

Candy Crazed, Merchandise

Treat yourself to new Pop merch & Candy Crazed sneak peeks 👓🍫

What’s up Poptropicans? Sporty Boa here to share some good news involving Poptropica’s official merchandise store and their upcoming Candy Crazed mini quest!

First things first, Poptropica has added brand new Fairy Tale Island-themed merch to their store!

New clothing, stickers, sunglasses, masks and more products featuring Poptropica’s newest characters have been added to the catalog! Also as shown in the images above, you can get 15% off your purchase by applying the promo code: ZAZZTHANKYOU. I myself plan to take advantage of this poptastic deal and finally order those adorable Hoptropica stickers I’ve been wanting!

#BringBackHoptropica

Speaking of treating yourself to sweet new stuff, Poptropica’s crazy cool Candy Crazed mini quest will be available for all players to enjoy tomorrow! Thanks to a leak from Silver Horse on the PHC, we get to sink our teeth into this pleasant prologue comic:

Poor Master Huggles… You were too delicious for this world 😥

This sweet sneak peek provides some insight as to the plot and characters within the mini quest. Plus, Poptropica’s latest blog post dished out some eye candy of their own by verifying that the two chomping chums in the comic are none other than the famous fairytale siblings, Hansel and Gretel!

Could this reveal give us some reason to suspect this quest takes place within the realm of Fairy Tale Island? All this candy craziness has me craving for more! Thankfully the wait is almost over…

Let me know in the comments what has you hyped for tomorrow’s mini quest release, as well as what new merch items caught your eye on Poptropica’s updated merch store!

Stay safe and stay awesome! ~SB🐍

My Dream Island

Introducing: My Dream Island ⛅️🏝

Hey all, Sporty Boa here! As you may know, Poptropica’s Design Your Dream Island Contest has come to a close with the creators announcing the highly-anticipated third and final winning submission a couple days ago. Secret of the Jade Scarab Island took this special spot alongside Fairy Tale & Goofball Island as the winning ideas, but the these were no easy choices. The Poptropica Creators stated that they reviewed all the submissions not once, not twice, but TWELVE TIMES to determine the final winner of the Dream Island Contest!

If it hasn’t already been made apparent, this community is truly brimming with creative ideas and concepts for islands they wish to see in Poptropica. We here at the PHB would love to grant the opportunity for you to share those ideas with our new series: My Dream Island!

Similar to our long running series, My Place in Poptropica, My Dream Island allows for you, the community, to share you own island ideas here on the Poptropica Help Blog. If you are interested in this opportunity, let us know by writing for the PHB!

My Dream Island: Sporty Boa

I’ll go first to kick of things off! Like several PHB authors, I entered Poptropica’s Dream Island contest. Although ours weren’t selected as winners, our island ideas remain dear to us. I for one would love to share my Cretaceous creation: Prehistoric Peril Island!

Story

Millions of years ago, all of Poptropica’s dinosaurs went extinct. Or did they? Adventurer-seeking millionaire Harold Mews has found evidence that begs to differ: A super-secret remote island where dinosaurs continue to roam free! He recruits your Poptropican for the mission of a lifetime: To travel to this mysterious island and obtain sufficient evidence of living dinosaurs! Thankfully you won’t be on your own, a team of Poptropica’s biggest and brightest minds join you on this epic escapade, with high tech gadgets at your disposal. However, no amount of tech or expertise can prepare you and your team for the challenges that lie ahead. On Prehistoric Peril Island, surprises await around every corner as you encounter creatures lost to time, and if you’re not careful, you may become one of them!

Setting

The bulk of the story takes place on the enigmatic Dino Island, where vegetation shrouds this wild world and vibrant life surrounds you. Dino Island hosts various terrains home to various dinosaurs, you must be able to traverse them all in an effort to survive.

Notable Locations

  • Cretaceous Coast – Helicopter landing site
  • Paleozoic Plains – Location of Research Site A and the locus for your team’s Biological and Historical field studies
  • Dino Desert – Location of Research Site B and the locus for your team’s Paleontology and Geological studies
  • Jurassic Jungle – Dense and dangerous rain forest area, home to a mysterious and somewhat familiar face
  • Archaic Caves – These caves reveal secrets of the past… well, present. Time is weird on Dino Island!

Characters

Prehistoric Peril Island marks the return of a handful of classic and beloved characters (marked with *) along with some new faces to add to the ever-expanding world of Poptropica!

  • Herald Mews* – Owner of the Mews Foundation; A kind, adventurous explorer keen on pushing the boundaries of science. Loves cryptids and never-before seen creatures.
  • Dr. Alima – Poptropica’s top paleontologist and paleobotanist, leader of the expedition team
  • Professor Hammerhead* – 100 year old explorer, expert in ancient civilizations and island survival
  • Shark Guy* –  Professor Hammerhead’s protégé and caretaker
  • Professor Pendulum* – Inventor of Poptropica’s first (and only) time machine, expert in all things time-related. 
  • Dr. Lange* – Head scientist of the Poptropica Disease Center; Medical professional and expert 
  • Medicine Man – Native of the mysterious Dino Island, Concoctor of special potions 
Return of the Medicine Man

Antagonists

  • Cave Collector – A long-time castaway and unstable thief/inventor, this cave man is desperate to escape Dino Island by any means necessary
Cave Man
  • Megalodon Man – Shark Guy wants to make a bigger impact on the team so he drinks a potion from the medicine man, transforming him into the monstrous megalodon man!
Want to hear some shark facts?

INSPIRATION

I approached the creation of Prehistoric Peril Island with a relatively blank slate, wishing to create a fun and unique experience for old and new players alike. While much of the story came off the dome, I combined aspects of my personal favorite islands, Cryptids & Shark Tooth, especially when it came to characters. New characters, like Dr. Alima and the Caveman, were also inspired by things close to home, like my verdant villain costume I made for the PHB’s Halloween contest. In a nutshell, Poptropica inspired me, along with my love for prehistoric life and the natural world.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my Dream Island, Prehistoric Peril! If you’re interested in learning more about my island, I plan on posting the full story/walkthrough on the Sporty Boa Blog and my YouTube channel. Its planning and creation has been something I’ve enjoyed and put a lot of thought into, and even though I didn’t win the contest, I am still incredibly pleased with my work.

If you too are inspired to share your island idea, don’t hesitate to whip up a post like this one, highlighting story, settings, characters, and inspiration, and we’ll share them here on the PHB’s My Dream Island series! I hope you all stay safe and stay awesome, this Boa’s gotta bounce!

~SB 🐍