Guest Posts, PopTROPEica

Pop-TROPE-ica: Inter-Island Connections 🏝

This is a guest post by Silver Shell. Enjoy!

Scope It Out: Keep watching the skies.

Hello again, Poptropicans! It’s Silver Shell, back again for another Pop-TROPE-ica post. Similar to my last one about time travel, this post is about how Poptropica rarely sends us to the same place twice.

I can’t even make a list for this one. Every single Poptropica island has its own unique setting (unless you count remakes such as the new Mythology Island or episodic islands, like Survival, or the time you go to Early Poptropica to complete the quest from Counterfeit).

Although each island always seems to be set in different places, there are times when we find Easter Eggs on an island that reminds us of another place on the map. For example, in the Baron’s Crusade mini-quest, we see the cove from the Pirate Outpost on Skullduggery Island.

Islands also contain references to items or brands from other islands. There are quite a few on PoptropiCon, such as the back of a sign for Queequeg’s Coffeehouse which first appeared in Back Lot Island, or the guy eating pizza puffs outside Pepe’s stand, who’s wearing the goblin hat from Twisted Thicket

However, there are some mysteries about whether or not certain islands take place in the same setting. For example, both Skullduggery and Shark Tooth have a part where you sail or swim through the ocean, but on the Poptropica map, there is only one large ocean containing all the islands (Pop-cific Ocean? Atlant-ica Ocean?). Do those quests take place in the same ocean, and by extension, the same area?

There’s a similar question with Astro-Knights and Lunar Colony. When you’re in your spaceship on Astro-Knights, you can bring up a whole map of Poptropica’s solar system. It appears Planet Poptropica has only one moon, and it is inhabited by hospitable aliens all around.

Yet, on Lunar Colony, we seem to cross the entire moon, or at least one half of it, and there is hardly a bit of proof of alien occupancy. (Sure, Salerno discovers an alien world in the end, but we never see it.) What we do see are what appear to be ancient alien artifacts, left behind a long time ago. Are we still on the same moon?

Maybe we went to a moon of one of the other planets, like the Fire Planet? Or did one of the two islands take place in a completely different solar system?

Whatever the case, I think it’s still safe to say that, regardless of how confusing some of Poptropica’s inter-island logic may be, Poptropica takes place in all sorts of different places, all across the world, and never seems to repeat itself. So thanks for reading! Comment below! 👇

Pop Nonstop,
Silver Shell 🥈🐚


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Silver Shell. If you did, you might also like another one of hers: Pop-TROPE-ica: 10 Times We Time Travel.

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. Interested in writing for the PHB? We’d love to hear from you!

Guest Posts

Fanfic: The Princess and the Raven, part 6 🐺

Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by Shy Scorpion. Enjoy!

Hi Poptropicans! It’s Shy Scorpion here with the next part of my fanfic. If you missed part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, or part 5, be sure to check them out. Now let’s get to it!

Scene continued from previousRumpelstiltskin has just walked into Red’s Pizza Basket. The girls look at him angrily.

CINDER:

Man, how does he do that?! 

RUMPELSTILTSKIN:

Do what? 

CINDER:

Enter a room at the perfect time. 

RUMPELSTILTSKIN:

(shrugs) Just lucky, I guess. 

AMELIA:

What are you doing here, Rumpelstiltskin? 

RUMPELSTILTSKIN:

Here to see you realize my perfect plan is laid into action. 

CINDER:

Dude, first you took away our happy endings, then you crashed our ball a couple months ago, after that you sent that adventurer kid all over Poptropica looking for the king, and now you’re crashing our girls’ hangout. Have you NO shame? 

RUMPELSTILTSKIN:

Nope. 

AMELIA:

How about telling us your perfect plan then? 

RUMPELSTILTSKIN:

I will let that remain a mystery. But let’s just say I would be VERY afraid of what’s coming.

AMELIA:

Well if you aren’t going to tell us your plan, then as an official adventurer and as the owner of Home Island, I now arrest you in the name of Poptropica.  

RUMPELSTILTSKIN:

Really? How are you planning on doing that? Throwing pizza at me, tying me up with a rope? 

AMELIA:

Nah, I can see the dwarves are coming back from their walk with Snow’s wolf Pepperoni. I remember you guys had a GREAT run-in last time. 

RUMPELSTILTSKIN:

(visibly frightened) Did you say P-Pepperoni? 

AMELIA:

Look, here they come now! 

Dwarves enter the diner with Pepperoni. Upon seeing Rumpelstiltskin, the wolf lets out an excited bark and tackles him to the ground. Rumpelstiltskin flails under Pepperoni’s licks before throwing the wolf off of his body and getting up.

RUMPELSTILTSKIN:

(snarls) This isn’t over.

Rumpelstiltskin disappears in a poof of purple smoke. Everyone high-fives and pets a very proud Pepperoni.  

LATER… after everyone is full of pizza, the Poptropicans go their separate ways. But Amelia pauses to talk to Snow White. 

AMELIA:

Don’t worry about Rumpelstiltskin. Bad guys always come and go.  

SNOW WHITE:

Yeah, I am just worried about what’s coming… while the queen might be our greatest hero, she could also be the worst villain Poptropica has ever seen.

Hope you enjoyed Part 6 of The Princess and the Raven. Tell me your ideas on it and your theories for who you think this “Queen” might REALLY be in the comments below. Bye! 👋


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Shy Scorpion. If you did, you might also enjoy The Villain Saga, which inspired this fanfic!

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Guest Posts, PopTROPEica

Pop-TROPE-ica: 10 Times We Time Travel ⏱

This is a guest post by Silver Shell. Enjoy!

What’s up, Poptropicans? Silver Shell here. I’m back to show you my latest Pop-TROPE-ica post, a series about trends in the game.

This time, we’re talking about how some Poptropica islands send you through time and space. Let’s get into it!

10. Early Poptropica

This island goes way back — and not just in the sense that it’s the first Poptropica island ever. The 8-bit characters are definitely old-timey, and reflect the pilgrims who settled in what became America. While only one half of the island is designed like this, the Pop Art museum also has you meet artists from the past, such as da Vinci and van Gogh.

9. Red Dragon

Remember this one? This island is one of my favorites. It’s based off of Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series, and has you go back in time to the Edo period of Japan with Jack and Annie. However, instead of being set in the past from beginning to end like Early Poptropica, you first arrive in the present before the tree house sends you to Old Japan a little later.

8. Mystery Train

Not only is this island full of mystery, it also puts you way back in time–to 1893, specifically–and has historical figures around every corner. From Nikola Tesla to Susan B. Anthony to President Cleveland, this island is definitely an island set a long time ago.

7. Astro-Knights

This one’s a good example. It shows both time travel to the past, what with the medieval knights and all that, and futuristic technology. Though it was a good mix of the two, I think it was set more in the past, just with items of the future.

6. Super Power

This one may be just me, but doesn’t it kind of seem like Super Power is set in the future? Think about it. Radioactive meteorites giving regular criminals superhuman powers, anti-power handcuffs, and everything else. I guess it’s more sci-fi than anything, but don’t you think it could also be futuristic? I mean, who knows what could be invented in the near future? Anyway, it seems possible that it’s in the future.

5. Mythology (or Mythology – Classic Version)

Yes, Mythology Island! Puts you back in time to when the gods walked among mortals, as the legends would have it. From the design of the buildings to the way people are dressed, you can see this island is set back in Ancient Greece. 

4. Shrink Ray

Shrink Ray, the island where you get shrunk by an evil teacher! While I suppose it doesn’t really seem like time-travel since it looks like a modern town with modern stuff, it gives me a sense of the future. Shrink ray guns have been talked about since forever, and the fact that it exists here makes it seem like the island is set in the near future, perhaps.

3. S.O.S.

Being modeled after the fall of the Titanic, when I played this one it kind of seemed like we were had gone back in time to experience this bit of history. While it could have been in the present but just similar to something from the past, the Titanic connection makes me think S.O.S. should be considered an island with time travel.

2. Cryptids

People have been obsessed with finding cryptids since forever, but the ones we spot on this island have yet to be confirmed in our IRL timeline. Actually finding them here hints at what could happen in the future. I guess this one’s kind of a long shot, but it’s still remotely related to time travel in my opinion. It’s not just me, is it?

1. Time Tangled

Of course this one! Visiting eleven different time periods from the past! That’s a time travel island if you ask me. I bet everyone expected this one would come up on this list. Come on, this island is the most related to time travel ever to appear on the map.

So, how do you like it? Ten whole islands that take you back in time. That’s a Poptropica trend for sure. Maybe the next Dream Island, Secret of the Jade Scarab, will also have time travel. We’ll see. Until next time!

Pop Nonstop,
Silver Shell 🥈🐚


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Silver Shell. If you did, you might also like her other posts, such as this Pop Petition: Stop replacing good features.

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. Interested in writing for the PHB? We’d love to hear from you!

Guest Posts, Pop-over

Pop-over: Percy Jackson 🔱

This is a guest post by Silver Shell. Enjoy!

Hello, Poptropicans! It’s Silver Shell again.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, so I decided to make a Pop-over (Poptropica crossover) of the three main characters: Percy, Annabeth, and Grover. They’ll be based on how they look in the movies, not the books.

First, here’s Percy Jackson. Get the hair, shirt, and pants from New You (Home Island on the Poptropica app), use any type of PopGum for the mouth, and don the sword, belt, and collared armor top from the Templar Knight costume. (Try glitching for specific parts!)

Next is Annabeth Chase. For her top, you can use the Costumizer on the lady eating on top of the convention center in PoptropiCon: Ep. 1. Snag the bow and quiver from the Robin Hood costume, the pants from the Pumpkin Smash costume, and hair from the Winter Girl 3 along with bangs from the Prom Queen costume.

Last but not least, here’s Grover Underwood. Get his horns and hair from the satyr in Mythology Island, jacket from the Fall Fashion 2 costume, shirt from the Novice Adventurer Outfit (from the Home Island quest), and pants from New You (on the app).

And that’s that! Hope you liked my Pop-over on Percy Jackson.

Pop Nonstop,
Silver Shell 🥈🐚


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Silver Shell. If you did, you might also like her other posts, such as this Pop Petition: Stop replacing good features.

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Guest Posts, Pop Petitions

Pop Petition: Stop replacing good features

This is a guest post by Silver Shell. Enjoy!

Hey Poptropicans! Today I’ll be talking to you about how Poptropica should first work on what we players specifically ask for, before jumping onto something else that they only think we might like.

Granted, this one’s a little obvious, but I feel like someone needs to bring it up. Poptropica often makes a ton of new features nowadays, and I feel like most of it is really unnecessary. Specifically, Poptropica seemingly enjoys replacing and changing perfectly good features. I’ll be addressing some of them here.

Not only are most of the new features pretty annoying and inconvenient in my opinion, they also bring up more glitches than the original version had. This is bad for both the players and the creators, since they have to spend even more resources on fixing the glitches, when they could have avoided all this by simply leaving the feature the way it had been. Here are some examples:

A Buggy New Inventory

This one has been brought up a lot. For a long time, Poptropica’s inventory screen has looked similar to the above picture to the right (though the categorization of items with tabs came much later). Earlier this year, it was changed to the one on the left. The original had very few bugs, and there was hardly anything wrong with it, especially once tabs were introduced to help sort through tons of items.

However, once it was changed to the character screen, even more bugs came up. People have been complaining about bugs on the character screen for a long time, but few are fixed. My theory is that the creators hear these complaints, but have already invested so much on changing the inventory setup that they are lacking the resources to fix it.

Loss of the Charming Crate Menu

Remember the crate menu? You’d click on the box in the top corner to open up all the menu options. I know I definitely loved the crate. It was subtle and charming, and it was satisfying to watch your items just spill out across your screen. For another thing, it didn’t take up a lot of space like the new one does.

But when it was changed earlier this year, it was a boring modern 3-lines button. Not very fun at all! Not to mention how much space it takes up when all nine blocks are set out on the screen. I just think there was no real reason to change it. And it’s not like we couldn’t have the original in Haxe, since it had been there in Haxe’s earliest stages. Why did the creators feel the need to change this?

Home Island Refreshed, Again

Some people like this new Home Island, but I have to say, I enjoyed the old one much better. I don’t see any reason in changing it — the creators should stop working on new Home Islands for a change and start working on classic island returns! They’re what we really want.

Speaking of new visuals, I’m also not a big fan of the new animation of characters, but that’s getting off-topica.

With all that in mind, this is my message to the creators: Stop replacing good features, and work on what we players specifically ask for! 

The game wouldn’t be much without the players, but in its current state, it barely resembles the Poptropica I used to play. Creators, if you listen to our petitions for old stuff, Poptropica will really improve! So please, stop changing what is fine the way it is, and start working on what we really want — specifically, island adventures.

That’s all for this post. Thanks so much for reading about my ideas for what Poptropica should really focus on!

Pop Nonstop,
Silver Shell 🥈🐚


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Silver Shell. If you did, you might also like other posts of hers, such as this Pop 5 list of Most Missed Old Islands.

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