2015 Rewind: Islands, Events, and More!

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Hey guys, Slip here.

Wow, another year has already passed. 2015 is coming to an end, and what better way to bring it to a close than to reflect and look back to all that’s happened this year?

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2015, for Poptropica, is one of its awesome years. They reached a lot of milestones and new developments that made our game experience better than ever. This post is divided into three parts: the islands, the Poptropica milestones, and the PHB events.

Islands & Episodes

In 2015, we had a total of 4 new islands and 2 new episodes! From the forty thieves to space pirates to robot rulers, there was a lot for Poptropica adventurers to experience this year. Let’s take a look!

Arabian Nights Episode 2: Lair of Thieves

Poptropica started the year with releasing the second episode of Arabian Nightsone of the best episodic adventures we’ve had. It was definitely challenging, heart-stopping, and mysterious all at the same time. In this episode, everything was well done, making for an enjoyable experience. (You can check out our review here!)

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Galactic Hot Dogs Island

Poptropica also launched a brand new sponsored island early on in the year: Galactic Hot Dogs. To be honest, Galactic Hot Dogs Island is one of Poptropica’s easiest islands, and its lack of challenge plus its being a sponsored island with a very contrasting art style made it rather unlikeable for many Poptropicans (in fact, it was voted Worst Poptropica Island in the PHB’s Poppies event!). Still, Poptropica brought a new island with a distinct story and a light challenge to all.

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PoptropiCon Episode 3: Reign of Omegon

After releasing Galactic Hot Dogs to everyone, PoptropiCon’s concluding episode followed next. Now this was one amazing episode. Everything worked out well and Omegon played effectively as the story’s antagonist. I believe Poptropica made sure that this island would be remarkable; it definitely was one of the better ones and even inspired our April Fool’s prank this year!

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Mystery of the Map Island

In May, a new island dawned on Poptropica. Based on the Poptropica graphic novel, you could say this island is a hybrid of both original and sponsored island. I enjoyed how our player is added to the plot. The downside was that the graphic novel had already been released, which meant everyone was already aware of what was going to happen. Still, the island was cool to play, and the design was well made. (Read our review of this island here!)

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Arabian Nights Episode 3: Careful What You Wish For

Wishes do come true, as the ending of Arabian Nights showed us. I would consider this episode one of Poptropica’s finest works. Poptropica made everything top-notch in this episode — the story, the characters, the gameplay and even the design were all so amazing! Plus, Samhal the comedic genie gave us a lot of laughs along the way! (Read the PHB’s review here!)

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Timmy Failure Island

This island isn’t a complete failure; it’s actually greater than expected! Sponsored islands have a down-factor since they aren’t an original Poptropica story, but this island defied the paradigms of the sponsored islands! From its wacky characters to its hilarious whodunit storyline, this island didn’t fail to meet our expectations. As far as sponsored islands go, this is one of the best. As a plus, it even came with a weekly giveaway(Check out our review here!)

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Escape From Pelican Rock Island

We’ve been through a lot of prisons in Poptropica. Most of the time, prison security was a joke. Not so with Pelican Rock Prison! The year ended wonderfully with this island, which brought on a unique storyline with fantastic designs, particularly of the individual characters. Poptropica clearly worked hard on this island, and I believe this is the best island of 2015. 😛 (Catch the PHB’s review over here!)

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That brings us to the next part: Poptropica’s milestones of 2015!

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PHB Events

Look back through the parties, events, milestones, and even fan art contests! Here’s a slideshow of various PHB events we’ve had through the year:

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This year was a big year for other reasons – namely a stronger reunion of the PHN.

UiPE bringing back a weekly series really helped out with inspiring the community again like Poptropican Portraits did once. Last year, HP reflected that he wanted the community to be more community centered, and in the past year we have gotten a lot of awesome community help. Trusty Biker helped out with the PHN website, Ylimegirl did a load of work on the Poptropica Wiki, and remember the fan art contests UiPE and HPuterpop held?

The Poppies was an awesome awards show – we really enjoyed seeing what you guys, the community, collectively preferred. We’re excited for next year!

We also joined forces with We-Love-Poptropica on deviantArt, the biggest Poptropica fan art community, fulfilling our goal to focus on the arts. Plus, starting in July, we picked up our Magazine series again, this time publishing The POPCORN in PDFs.

Here’s a timeline of some of our major events, too!

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Wow, a lot of things have come down in one year and things have gone so fast. Time really flies when you’re having fun, eh? It’s really a great time to reflect and ponder all of the things we’ve done this year.

Looking forward to the new year, here are a couple of our next aspirations:

  • A better glitch community. Free for all! (And more on the way!)
  • More active viewers – PHB lurkers, start commenting more on our posts! That’s the only way we can improve. 😀

Here at the PHB, it’s our privilege to bring you the best Poptropica news as we can. Hope y’all enjoyed this year-end recap! 2016 is going to be an awesome year!

🎇 Happy New Year, Poptropicans! 🎇

~from the Poptropica Help Blog ❤

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Hall of Fame Winner: Sneaky Bear

Yes, that time has come. The last Hall of Fame winner is here! As you can tell by the title, the winner is… Sneaky Bear! Her Poptropican is only 9 days old but has already finished 21 islands.

sneaky bearSneaky Bear can now be found on Main Street of Super Power Island. She has replaced yet another NPC, but this time the Poptropican she replaced was a character that always had a random outfit every time you visit.

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Well, the Hall of Fame is now over, but the Creators say that “the doors of the Poptropica Hall of Fame may one day open again.” This graphic from the Poptropica front page, showing all the winners, congratulates the “2015 winners” – suggesting that they may bring this back in the coming years.

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If you missed out on the past Hall of Fame news, click here. Congratulations to Sneaky Bear, Mighty Burger, Lazy Pelican, and Dangerous Glove, our four winners (although in the original post they had planned on six!). 🙂

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The 3rd Hall of Fame Winner: Mighty Burger

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while since I posted – I’ve been very busy in real life, but now I am ready to relax & play Poptropica, so get ready for more posts in the future 😀 ! Anyway, if you didn’t know, the Creators have been doing a weekly contest called the Poptropica Hall of Fame (rules here). To be eligible for the contest, you have to:

  1. Complete an Island and earn an Island Medallion.
  2. Every time you complete an island during that week and earn a medallion, you get another chance to win. The more wins, the higher your chances!
  3. There is no limit to how many times you can enter.

The Poptropica Hall of Fame contest is being held for 4 weeks with 4 Hall of Fame spots, and the third winner has just been carved into history today in the Poptropica Hall of Fame. The Poptropican lucky enough to etch his name into the Hall of Fame today is… Mighty Burger!

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The Creators say Mighty Burger is a Canadian Poptropican, with 53 Island finishes under his belt. Which is the most islands possible you can finish currently in Poptropica.

mightyBurgerRealityTVHere’s something interesting, though: my good friend Brave Sky found a character on Reality TV Island 2 days ago that she didn’t see before. She took a picture and sent it to me, which I sent to the Creators and they confirmed it was the Hall of Fame winner. If the contest is for a week, then why was he on the island 2 days before the contest for that week was supposed to end?

As with the other winners, he replaces a former NPC: this time, it’s the goth guy who’s gone. Anyway, if you missed out on the first and second Hall of Fame winners, check out Blake’s post on Dangerous Glove, who was the first winner and a guest star on Night Watch Island, and SD’s post on Lazy Pelican, who was the second winner and a guest star on Game Show Island.

Anyway, that’s it for now! I hope you have a great rest of the week, and if you want to a chance to be the 4th and possibly final Hall of Fame winner, make sure to follow the rules above!

~SW5~

Hall of Fame Winner: Lazy Pelican!

Hey Poptropicans! I know I haven’t been too active lately, but since summer is finally here I hope for that to change! And yes, that means more BTS posts! 😀

Anyway, let’s get straight to the point. The second Poptropican for the Hall of Fame has been selected! As the title of this post indicates, that Poptropican is… Lazy Pelican!

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“Lazy Pelican hails from Germany, and collected four Island Medallions last week in her successful bid for glory.” Whether that means she only has 4 medallions, or has more but is noteworthy for managing to snag 4 more this week is unclear from the post, but we asked Poptropica on Twitter and they’ve replied to confirm it’s the latter:

Anyway, if you missed out on the first Hall of Fame winner, go to our post on Dangerous Glove, who now is a guest on Night Watch Island.

Meanwhile, Lazy Pelican is now on the Main Street of Game Show Island.

As Captain Crawfish said, “Is that really a reward?” I’m not sure… 😛

And unfortunately, these Hall of Fame winners are replacing non-player characters (NPCs) that used to be on these Main Streets – Brave Tomato notes that Lazy Pelican now takes the place of what was formerly a girl NPC from whom she got her iconic pink star shirt from.

Another interesting note from PHB commenter Fairy Tale: She doesn’t show up for those who have already completed Game Show Island, since humans are no longer slaves to robots after the quest.

Anyway, you can brush up on the rules of the Hall of Fame (if you need to) and see if you get selected!

Until next time! 😉

~SD

Welcome to the Hall of Fame… Dangerous Glove!

Obligatory reference to The Script & will.i.am… ACTIVATE!

What’s popping, Poptropicans? Blake here, with a little Poptropica news! First up, as you can see with the title and all, the first winner of the Poptropica Hall Of Fame contest has been announced.

This week’s winner is none other than Dangerous Glove, who has completed every island except Galactic Hot Dogs and Mystery of the Map!

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You can now find Dangerous Glove on Main Street of Night Watch Island! She’s replaced a boy NPC (non-player character) who used to be at the end of the line outside the mall, and has taken over his line of dialogue as well:

Also, the Creators have confirmed via Twitter that the any Hall of Fame winners will stay on the island permanently, although they will stay in the outfit they were in when they won the contest.

So if you want to win the Hall of Fame, you’re going to want to wear something nice! Remember, this is your Poptropican going up in an Island for the remainder of all time!

Anyway, that’s all for now, Poptropicans! Tune in next week to find out if I overcome my crippling social anxiety enough to save my aunt’s farm from an evil oil baron, and if HP can learn to surf with the help of Reese Witherspoon! All this and more on the next episode of Days of Poptropicans’ Lives.