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Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by Dizzy Feather. Enjoy!
Longtime players may remember an old feature that allowed one to copy outfit parts from NPCs and other players: the Costumizer. Accessible with a green shirt button, it used to be on every island. But nowadays you can only use the Customizer on a single island, PoptropiCon.
The costumizer was removed because we were receiving many complaints about the feature. Older players had to spend the credits to purchase a costume or they may have had a discontinued outfit from the early days that is unavailable in the store. Meanwhile, a new player would be able to instantly copy and wear the same items from any older profile, sidestepping the other player’s efforts.
As many players have pointed out already, the Costumizer was designed not only to allow costume pieces be copied, but also to prevent other, more exclusive pieces from being copied. All it would take to adjust a costume piece’s accessibility was a small change in the code.
Besides, the lack of the Costumizer isn’t fair to new players, who have no access to what were once extremely common outfits. With the new store constantly rotating outfits that I’ve seen a thousand times before, there may seem like many options, but they’re all limited to that pool. Instead, to access more pieces, they would need to turn to unofficial glitching tools like the ASG, which still doesn’t have everything.
Not only are new players left out of old store outfits, but also outfits that were available when a player first entered Poptropica. For example, I loved the pink, gray-striped shirt, but I have no way of getting it anymore on a new account. I lost count of how many times I’ve seen someone else wearing it, but now I can’t use the Costumizer to copy it.
Removing the Costumizer isn’t fair to old players either. Those who enjoyed this amazing feature for years, all of a sudden, can no longer use it, now left as just a memory to reminisce on.
With the slow pace of porting the islands back, having the Costumizer around would have been a nice way for players to pass the time, playing around with outfits from NPCs and other players. You can only replay an island, decorate your clubhouse, and play arcade games so many times without getting bored.
Bring the Costumizer back, Poptropica, and give truth back to the old advertisement that stated the game offered endless customization. Without the Costumizer, the possibilities may be wide for those with a lot of outfits in their closet, but they’re not quite as endless as they could be with the Costumizer.
This is a guest post from Azure sharing their My Place in Poptropica story, which is all about one’s Poptropica journey. Enjoy!
Hey everyone! I’m Little Heart or Azure, I’m currently 19 years old, and this is My Place In Poptropica, from when I barely knew how to use a computer to current date.
2008–2009 | The Bag of Rocks
I was about 5–6 years old around this time and I saw my older sister playing a game on the family desktop. So I asked her, “What are you playing?” and that was when I learnt about Poptropica for the very first time. I vividly remember she was playing Time Tangled Island in that timeline where you had to collect the bag of salt rocks off that building.
As a confused 5-year-old, I quickly returned the game back to my sister. I also remember around this time, I physically hurt myself because I was struggling with Shark Tooth Island (of all islands…).
2011 | Grandmother’s House
Around summer 2011, I rediscovered Poptropica whilst at my grandmother’s house, and it was honestly some of the most fun I had ever had. I wouldn’t get frustrated with islands anymore, because these blogs would have walkthroughs for all islands.
On Friday and Saturday nights, I would stay up until 3 a.m. playing an island, to the obvious and understandable dismay of my parents. This was also the time I developed a habit of faking illness to go over to my grandmother’s to play Poptropica.
2012 | Creating My Accounts
Nearing the end of summer 2012, after another full summer of grinding Poptropica, I made my very first save account under the alias “Orange Hero.” Unfortunately, I have no screenshots of that character (you’ll find out why later on). From September to December 2012, I would have a different island completed every couple of days, and by Christmas that year, I had completed 29 islands.
However, during the last week of 2012, I made a mistake no one with an account in any video game should do: I dropped my password in an active Poptropica blog. Somehow, I was absolutely perplexed to find out, on the very last day of 2012, that my account got hacked. Luckily, back in October 2012, I had created Little Heart as a backup in case anything went wrong with my main account. Going into 2013, I immediately kicked it off with my new account, and was granted membership for the first time during that month.
2013–2015 | The Golden Years
This was when I truly started taking Poptropica seriously. Back then, with a membership, you had early access to islands before they were released to everyone, so I would always try to be one of the first people worldwide to complete it. Still, only once was I a part of the first 100 to complete an island.
April 2013 was when I first discovered the Poptropica Help Blog, and I honestly wish I did sooner. From then till now, I can’t think of anything I don’t like about this blog. I must admit, however, around this time I had a massive ego and truly thought I was above everyone.
You could find me being cringe under old posts under the name HatersLoveMe4897. 😂
2014 and 2015 was more of the same, with me being obsessed with Poptropica, I did not mind the then-new Sound Updated Islands, also known as SUIs, as all of the old stuff was still there.
September 2015–present | Quitting?
When I began high school (which basically starts at 7th grade where I’m from), I knew I had to reduce my time playing drastically, to a point where I had almost completely forgotten about Poptropica.
Every year in July, the Poptropica Help Blog hosts a party to celebrate its anniversary. I promised myself to be present at all of them post-2015… and then completely forgot about it for the next 2 years. 😂 I did attend the annual party in 2018 and 2019, but the game felt completely different compared to 5 years ago, and not really because I was older.
The above image is the last screenshot I have of my account from Poptropica as I remembered it. I especially wish I was still able to check through those photos… and I still don’t know how over 5,000 of my friends got deleted lol.
More memories: Gentle Dolphin from the PHB’s Poptropica Help Chat on Discord drew this absolute masterpiece of my Poptropican, and honestly, I was obsessed with this image for a while.
In October 2020, I created this banger of a costume for the PHB’s Halloween contest, and that was pretty much the last time I logged on to the game.
Current thoughts: I’ll never bring myself to say that a game that was the biggest part of my childhood is bad now. It’s definitely not a bad game, but everything just feels different. The disappearance of islands that I really enjoyed, like Skullduggery, Reality TV, Red Dragon, Mystery Train, etc, due to Flash’s end was upsetting, but I guess it needed to be done.
I hopped onto my account for the first time in ages earlier this year, and I was surprised to see the common room on Home Island being just as active as any common room was a decade ago.
My username is knucklehead5249, feel free to add me!
~Peace, love, Azure out ✌🏽💙
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Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by Dizzy Feather. Enjoy!
Hello everyone, Dizzy Feather here with the answers to round seven of “What’s Missing?”, a Pop puzzle where I obscured items from in-game scenes for you to guess “what’s missing.” If you missed it, play the game on the original post before scrolling down for spoilers!
Shout-out to Magic Poptropican and ewasmcsquared for getting the majority correct! Anyway, here are the answers:
Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by Blue Moon. Enjoy!
Hi there Poptropicans! It’s Blue Moon again, here to make a far-fetched, almost impossible (and a little out of date) theory: Grapple-Pap didn’t get Clareta after all. Surprise, surprise.
Contrary to the popular belief, Grapple-Pap may not have gotten Clareta—even before your Poptropican came to remind her of “what Grapple-Pap’s all about”. Why? The design of her house may hold clues.
Let’s take a look at the structure of her house. Though gloomy and worn-down, it’s pretty well-structured, isn’t it? But take a closer look and compare these two pictures: Isn’t the structure of Clareta’s house similar to the ones in town?
As we know, the town was designed to fit the cheer and merriment of Grapple-Pap—including the houses. Since Clareta lived in such an isolated place alone, it might be that she built her own house. And if Grapple-Pap really got her, why would she build her house to fit the style of the houses in town, which were designed to look cheery?
Also, if you look closely, you can see that there are pink hearts 💕 painted on the ridges in a pattern. Why would an old, mean, grumpy grandma like her paint hearts on her otherwise gloomy house? Isn’t she supposed to hate Grapple-Pap themes and general “happiness” or “merriment”? At least, that’s what happens to you if Grapple-Pap got you… she’s supposed to be grumpy and hate Grapple-Pap, and yeah, she fulfilled the first point, but did she really hate Grapple-Pap before your Poptropican came to remind her?
More on that point, look at the inside of her house. The huge, robotic whatever-that-is hanging from the ceiling is quite eye-catching, right? Though its appearance is hard to ignore, many would look over the fact that it’s carrying a bag of gifts and holding one in its “hand”. 🎁
Upon further inspection you will find that the appearance of the whatever-that-is (Krampus?) is similar to the creature painted on the booths of the Salty Nugget. 👹 Again, the whole town is designed to fit the cheeriness of Grapple-Pap, and Clareta was supposed to hate that stuff, so why would she hang a huge, gift-carrying thing that resembles something merry in town? Hmm, weird…
Also, did you notice that there are multiple silhouettes of garlands hanging from the ceiling of Clareta’s house? Garlands, like the ones from the Baron’s airship’s December visit, see? The question is the same: Why would Clareta put anything decorative in her house, especially something Grapple-Pap-related, when she’s supposed to be mean and anti-Grapple-Pap at the moment?
I know, I know. Even I must admit that this theory is quite ridiculous. There’s even evidence that goes against the points above—the burning Grapple-Pap gifts in the fireplace. But there’s still plenty of evidence that shows considerable traces of Grapple-Pap in her house… and that was before she turned nice. Quite a conflicting house, isn’t it?
So, if my theory is true, what does it mean? If Grapple-Pap did not get her, then who (or what) did? What caused the caring and compassionate Clareta to turn into a mean old hag? And most importantly, who and when will these questions be answered, and what will it mean to the holiday and legend of Grapple-Pap?
Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by Invisible Ring. Enjoy!
Hello, everyone on the PHB! I’m BACK! Did ya miss me? I know I was gone a while and the Future Machine News report must have given you guys a scare on how I went missing, and how the PHB executive hadn’t seen a trace of me here since our movie interview. But then I finally came out of hiding… at least a little bit… with my brand-new movie trailer! YAAAY!
Yes, I said in my interview that I wanted to make a new movie eventually, and now I have finally begun! But enough of that and on with the REAL reason for this post. And THAT is my fanfic…
A superhero story of a ten-day trial of terror inside the chaotic convention center! (Bwaaa-ha-ha-ha-ha…) In other words, this super-story is a sequel to the episodes of PoptropiCon Island, which is now back on Haxe. So, now’s as good a time as any to show you the first issues of my comic collection!
…But before we begin, you may want to look at my dream island one more time first, because it ties RIGHT in with the story. This makes my ‘fan fiction’ as others would call it; a little more complicated than others… I might describe it as… let’s see, an island-sequel dream-island episodic crossover adventure! (crazy, right?) Check out My Dream Island: Megatropolis here on the PHB!
But I digress. Without further ado, here are the first 3 issues of my super-story! I read these very issues to my cousin and my older sister and they were literally ROARIN’ for more. They loved it, and I think YOU’LL love it too! You may find my writing and drawing a little rocky at first, but like my dream island, it progresses — as does the plot, the punches, the punch-LINES, and so much more. Enjoy the videos!
Issue #1: Clash of the Con
Issue #2: Mysteries of the Mighty Action Force
Issue #3: The Super Spy Squadron
There are 15 issues total in my PoptropiCon Saga. Stay tuned for the next 3 issues here on the PHB!
…Or, if you can’t wait that long, you can check out my YouTube channel and read all the PoptropiCon comics I have so far! (Heads-up: I don’t have all 15 issues done and uploaded yet.)
So, that’s all for now! Thank you all, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the first part of my super-story!
Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Invisible Ring. If you did, you might also enjoy other posts of hers, including her PHB interview about her Poptropica fan movie, Battle Morale!
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