Going Back in Time: January’s IotMs

Hey there, Poptropicans!

It’s Happy Lobster here. So, a new month is kicking in, and what does that mean? Yet another month for the community to moan and groan about the overdue New Pop? Well, possibly, for those who feel like doing so … but it’s also time for another set of Islands of the Month!

The islands featured this January are Time Tangled Island and Arabian Nights. Looks like the Creators want us to visit some islands submerged in the past this time around.

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As per usual with IotMs, Poptropica gives out the usual quota of extra credits for finishing IotMs: first-time finishers receive 500 credits for completing the islands in question, and repeat finishers receive 300 credits.

But Arabian Nights is not an normal island – it consists of three seperate episodes. So, how will the credits be distributed for finishers? Like for one of December’s IotMs, PoptropiCon (another episodic island), each episode gives out 500 and 300 credits for first-time finishers and re-players, respectively. So if you complete each episode for the first time, you can receive 1,500 credits! (It’s 900 for 1st-repeat finishers.) It’s about time you were rolling in credits.

Need help completing these islands? Well, Captain Crawfish has some video walkthroughs prepared for Arabian Nights, and is working on one Time Tangled’s walkthrough has been completed!

If you want written walkthroughs to assist you, you can always read the PHB’s guides to Time Tangled Island and Arabian Nights.

Well, that’s all for January’s IotMs. Make sure to hurry and earn those extra credits this month!

😁🦀

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March Madness Tie and Purplish Pictures

Greetings Hawk-tropicans! This is Giant Hawk speaking, and today, I have some more rather maddening news dreamt up for you all.

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So, you all remember March Madness, right? Well, it’s still going on – but nevertheless, the Creators have decided to grace us with knowledge of the competition’s three frontrunners. The statistics are as follows:

  1. Red Dragon Island – 19.8%
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Island – 19.8%
  3. Wimpy Boardwalk Island – 15.1%

And believe it or not, Red Dragon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are only one vote away from each other! So everyone get voting, because March Madness ends on March 31. Your votes mean more now than ever, and remember you can vote once in every common room!

Just a reminder, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Island is currently free for all for a limited time (until when, we don’t know) – so if you do want to get the most out of this, maybe vote for another island so we can play both for free? #RedDragonIslandFTW

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In other news, have you seen this semi-recent post on the Daily Pop? It’s the only sneak peek we’ve gotten so far this month…

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Super mysterious, right? For what could this sneak peak be? Could it be for an upcoming island cutscene, or perhaps an animated short/special?

The possibilities are endlessly intriguing, so I would like to hear from all of you Poptropica theorists – what do you think this is, and where do you believe it be featured further?

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Update: Last but not least, check out this pic Poptropica tweeted of the Arabian Nights Island Poster – where we can see it as a painting in real life!

Until next time…

— Giant Hawk

 

An Amazing Arabian App-Date!

Hey Poptropicans! applogo

The Poptropica app received another update yesterday! First, the app logo has a brand new look— featuring Dr. Hare and the Sultan’s lamp.

When you enter the world of the app, you’ll still land on Hub Island (which came first to the app, then more recently was added online) – but now the app’s Hub looks more like the online version! Once you enter, you’ll be asked if you’re new to Poptropica. Also, characters have been added in front of buildings to introduce the various buildings.

Before heading on to the next update, the promo code (BURRITO) advertised within the app is still available — catch it before it goes! Enter the code online to receive your own Señor Burrito Follower.

Moving on, there are three new mobile-exclusive costume packs in the Hub Island Store! They are:

  • the Greek Gods pack (for boys: Ares, Apollo, Pan), (for girls: Nyx, Artemis, Demeter)
  • the Heroes of the Ages pack (for boys: King Arthur, Monkey King, Beowulf), (for girls: Joan of Arc, Queen of Sheba, Amelia Earhart)
  • the Pets pack (same for both genders: Cat, Dog, Owl)

Each pack available for $0.99 per pack. Which one’s your favorite? (Click the images to enlarge them.)

Last but not the least, the final episode of Arabian Nights — Careful What You Wish For — is now available for download! Need help finding the genie? Keep on track with our Arabian Nights Guide! Happy genie-hunting!

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Recently on the PHB, Brave Tomato posted about a new feature coming to the app called “Poptropica TV“, with original cartoon videos! Captain Crawfish mentions this on the blog, and Poptropica confirmed on Twitter that the update will be coming to the app next week, but you can watch a couple of the videos in BT’s post.

That’s all of the updates in the latest version of the Poptropica app. What do you think? Make sure to enter UiPE’s Fan Art contest and watch the Poptropica cartoons! Don’t forget to leave a comment!

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Slippery :3

PHB Review: Arabian Nights Island

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Hey Poptropicans! Slippery Raptor and Slanted Fish here.

Welcome to another PHB review! We last had Mystery of the Map (which was reviewed by HP & UiPE) but now, it’s time for Arabian Nights Island to be in the hot seat!

Warning: This review contains spoilers for the island.

Also: check out the PHB’s Arabian Nights Island Guide — with pictures!

Episode 1: How Bazaar

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Overall, this episode is pretty good. Let’s start with the soundtrack. The soundtrack was very fitting, giving off a feel for Arabian culture and the grandiosity of their civilization.

Meanwhile, the story focused on finding the Forty Thieves and putting a stop to their thievery. The hideout was done cleverly: it wasn’t the obvious cave, but something much more intriguing, with the “open sesame” scene at the end reminiscent of the beginning of Disney’s Aladdin.

Some of our favorite moments include hanging around the palace while the guards were gossiping and then surprising them with a smoke bomb, and watching one of the thieves struggle to steal the slow camel when trying to pull it into the hideout.

Moving onto the characters, they were creatively made to look like Arab people in the ancient times. In my opinion, the best one was the Sultan himself. The scenes, too, were really made well, especially the bazaar scene. This also presented a nice challenge— the cave maze and the trading. Smoke bombs added to the coolness factor, and the animations – the curling smoke effects which were used throughout the island in different colors – were pretty neat too.

Episode 2: Lair of Thieves

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This episode was pretty cool! Let’s start with the scenes, which were amazing. From the cells to the sanctum, everything was nice and detailed, particularly the treasure room.

The quest itself was just the right amount of challenging. PHB author Samwow5 pointed out in his review of this episode that he felt like he was a spy. A spy indeed! Sneaking around the thieves sure made us feel stealthy and cool. The crafting part was also a creative touch to the gameplay.

Seeing the prisoner and later the Vizier disappear in a cloud of smoke for calling upon the wrong lamps made for a dark yet excellent plot. The Vizier’s sacrifice tugged at our heartstrings, and we wonder whether the unfortunate characters were really killed off (it certainly seems so, which might be a Poptropica first) – though thanks to the Sultan’s time reversal at the end of the third episode, the Vizier lived (though probably not as a high palace official).

The characters were great, too. The Master of Coin (who looked like Binary Bard), master thief, and Brutus had amazing designs and details. Last but definitely not least, the soundtrack was awesome. The spine-tingling feeling of the music made the episode even better.

Episode 3: Careful What You Wish For

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Months before the release of this episode, PHB author Brave Tomato made a theory about the final episode — and she turned out to be right!

Scheherazade’s character had great depth, from being a simple merchant’s daughter to becoming a princess, which turned out pretty badly for her as her father, now a Sultan, barely paid her any attention. It didn’t end there: driven by her desire, she became the leader of the villainous Forty Thieves, and then, at the height of her criminal career, wished to be turned into a genie!

Out of the three episodes, this is our personal favorite. Why? Scenes were made very well and every inch of it is very detailed. The spot-the-difference game was pretty challenging. This episode also brought back the trading and crafting elements from the previous two episodes.

Samhal, too, was a comical character, with his mischievous wit coming into play at every corner. From making a woman who wished to be beautiful into a copy of himself, to turning the Master of Coin into a treasure chest because he wanted to hold all the wealth for himself, to having the recurring camel fall in love with a palace guard, it was hilarious to watch the story unfold.

The story was funny, but it also left behind a well-delivered cautionary tale against greed, especially as it wrapped up in the final, heartfelt scene with the Sultan and Scheherazade on the stone dais.

Plus, we loved the Aladdin references.

Thanks for reading our review of Arabian Nights Island! Overall, we’d rate it a 9.5/10.

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Let us know in the comments what you thought of Arabian Nights! 😀

All you’ve got to do is rub that lamp (Arabian Nights Ep. 3 for all!)

Oh Mr. Sultan, sir, what will your pleasure be?
Don’t mind your daughter, Scheherazade – you ain’t never had a friend like me.

Well, except that scoundrel of a genie is more of a mischief-maker than a friend. But you’ll find out… three weeks after releasing to membersArabian Nights Island, Episode 3: Careful What You Wish For can now be played by everyone! Have your divination dust at hand!

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If you need a bit of help capturing that tricky genie, check out our Arabian Nights Island Guide for a written walkthrough with pictures! Plus, when you’ve completed the island, you can check your finish rank on the Arabian Nights World Champions Map.

Oh, yes, that genie really is a piece of work. 😉

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Well, episode two had them forty thieves,
and Scheherazade had a stolen youth.
But fear not, for though she grieves,
you’ll make the Sultan see the truth…

UPDATE: The upcoming Timmy Failure Island is now on the Map as coming soon!

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It’s anticipated to release in September, plus you can find sneak peeks and more on our Timmy Failure Island page. Stay tuned for more news, and let us know in the comments what you thought of the final episode of Arabian Nights!

–SFish 🐟

Arabian Nights Ep. 3 for all on July 23rd, & P-Con Ep. 3 on app

Hey Poptropicans, it’s SFish. 😀

While members may always be One Jump Ahead of everyone else, non-members may soon find themselves in A Whole New World when Arabian NightsEpisode 3: Careful What You Wish For releases to all next Thursday, July 23rd!

Check out our Behind the Scenes Overview & Theory post for a compilation of sneak peeks and more, or our handy Arabian Nights Island Guide if you need a walkthrough.

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Meanwhile, PoptropiCon Ep. 3: Reign of Omegon is now available for download as a free update to the mobile Poptropica app for both iOS and Android. Over on iOS, the app icon has also changed from the yellow blimp to a picture of Dr. Hare holding a carrot in both hands!

For a walkthrough with pictures, check out our complete PoptropiCon Island Guide.

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In other news, don’t forget to make your nominations for The Poppies awards event over on this post, as nominations are about to be closed off for the upcoming voting round!

Also, we’re always looking for entries for our Poptropica fan magazineThe POPCORN (click here to read the latest issue!). If you have any stories, fan art, island or costume ideas, and so on that you would like to send in, please email popcorn@poptropicahelp.net!

Stay popping, Poptropicans. 😉

Make way for Arabian Nights, Ep. 3!

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Hey, clear the way in the ol’ bazaar
Hey you! Let us through – genie’s out of his jar
Oh come be the first on your block to make a wish!
Make way! Here he comes! Cast spells! Bring a dish! 
Ah! You’re gonna love this djinn!

It’s here! After months of waiting, the final part of Arabian Nights Island, Episode 3: Careful What You Wish For, is now available to membersUpdate: Our guide is now available! You can also check out Captain Crawfish’s official video walkthrough here:

In addition to the video, if you’re holding off on playing the island, or are a non-member, you can also check out our Behind the Scenes post for Arabian Nights Ep. 3 for some more spoilers. 😀

When you’ve completed the island, you can check what rank you finished at on the Arabian Nights World Champions Map. Grab your magic carpets, and hop on for a whole new world.

With skeleton keys, surprises nightlong
With genies and palaces, and wishes gone wrong
With forty thieves, a grumpy princess, and a desperate sultan’s plea
Make way! For Arabian Nights… Ep. 3!