Breaking news: Pets are blasting off to Poptropica!

Hello, everyone! It’s Lucky Joker here along with some huge news — new pets are coming to Poptropica!

In 2016, Poptropica released pet packs—a dog pack and a cat pack—to members only, which weren’t very popular among players. But coming soon, Poptropica will have all-new pets in store for us in the Pet Barn! The Creators posted a sneak peek with five animals: a dog, cat, chameleon, goat, and bunny rabbit.

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They’re so adorable! They’re probably the most adorable animals I’ve ever seen in Poptropica… which brings me to my next bit.

They don’t look quite “Poptropica” to me, if that makes sense. Compared to just about every other animal we’ve seen in Pop, they don’t really fit in — they look more suited to Worlds with the extra shading and thicker limbs if you ask me. Not really a complaint though, just an observation. 🙂


Also, the Blast-Off Arcade has been remastered and has officially opened! There are a few differences to be noted since the lase time it was open.

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There have been a few minor design changes here and there, but the biggest difference would probably be with the Blaster Crazy game, or should I say, Blaster Attack.

Instead of being an ad game for the LEGO Star Wars play sets, it is now more original to Poptropica (and a little reminiscent of Astro-Knights Island in particular).

The gameplay is pretty much the same as before: first, choose a blaster, then, dodge and blast obstacles by moving your mouse around and pressing the space bar.


Lastly, an advertisement for Disney’s upcoming animated movie, Ralph Breaks the Internet, has surfaced and can be found on Home Island. There are two prizes to be earned, and to earn the first one, you must watch the video trailer. Go ahead and do that now… finished? 😉 Now onto the mini-game!

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The mini-game is really easy, and mimics the one you’ve probably seen the little girl playing in the trailers for the movie on YouTube!

All you have to do is swipe the milkshakes to the cat, and swipe the pancakes to the bunny in the allotted time—without making more than seven mistakes. Don’t worry, the bunny won’t explode. 😜

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Once you complete the game, you’ll win a Blockhead Transformer card and an awesome Vanellope Glitch Power card! Congratulations!

And that’s about it for now! What do you think about the Blast-Off Arcade? Are you going to watch “Ralph Breaks the Internet” in theaters next Wednesday? Most importantly, how do you feel about these new pets? Share it all in the comments below!

Thanks for reading as always, and I’ll talk to you in the next one… pop on!

 Lucky Joker 🍀

 

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Teen Titans Blast Off… to the Arcade!

Hello, Poptropicans, how’s it going? It’s Lucky Joker here along with the all-new Blast-Off Arcade on Home Island!

Just yesterday the arcade was accidentally released ( I say ‘accidentally’ because the “Coming Soon” tape has not yet been removed), and it’s been pretty popular so far. I’ve already gone in myself and must I say it looks out of this world! Here’s a full picture of the beta version from PHC frequent, idk:

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It’s worth noting that slight changes have been made to this version that makes it different to what we actually see in the game. Examples include the games Blasteroids!”Crash-Derby!” being changed to Blaster Crazy!” & “Crash-n-Bash!”, as well as more bouncy creatures being added all throughout the room. Let’s take a more thorough look into each of these games…

Head-to-Head:

In this machine are three of the eight classic multiplayer games we all know and love, which include: Balloons, Sky Dive, and Star Link.

Poptastic!:

In this single-player game, all you have to do is pop the balloons before they get to close simply by clicking on them.

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Blaster Crazy!:

This single-player game looks to be an advertisement for the LEGO Star Wars play sets. First, choose player, then, dodge and blast obstacles by moving your mouse around and pressing the space bar.

Crash-n-Bash!:

This game is also an advertising single-player game  this time for the movie Cars 3. In this game, you have three character options to choose from, where you’ll race and dodge obstacles by moving your mouse around.


In less exciting news, a new ad has surfaced — this time for Teen Titans Go! from Cartoon Network — and is accessible via the island map.

There are two prizes to be collected, and to get them, you must watch the video advertisement for the first one, and play the game for the second one. After the video finishes, you are immediately taken to the game.

To complete the game, all you have to do is continuously press your space bar to blast upcoming obstacles without losing any of your six lives it’s pretty easy actually. 🙂

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Once you do so, you’ll earn a really cool Beast Boy Power card and a Beast Boy Costume.

And that’s it for now! What do you think of the new arcade? Thanks for reading as always, and I’ll talk to you all soon…pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

A new Home Island brings new surprises

Hello, everyone! This is Gentle Dolphin here with a big Poptropica update! (In case you missed it, I’m a new staff writer on the Poptropica Help Blog.)

Ever since the first concept sketch of the new Home Island buildings back in July, we’ve been anticipating the arrival of this massive update. Now, three months later, the new Home Island is here for us to explore! Here’s a video tour from Poptropica on Facebook:

Although the old Home Island layout will be dearly missed (R.I.P. 2015–2018), this new layout is still a welcome change to Poptropica. Upon arriving, you will immediately notice a mix of old and new features.

Several features that were originally on Home Island have stayed in some form or another. The exteriors of the movie theater, the “New You” shop, and the store (now called the “Pop! Store”) have been completely redone. The interiors are still the same as before; whether or not the Creators plan to renovate the interiors is unknown.

The billboarddaily spin wheel, and photo booth are untouched except for the fact that they have all been moved to different places across the island, like the wheel being taken out of the theater to be placed outside the store (and run by Captain Jack Sparrow?).

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There are a few new notable features as well. First, there are some new platforms to run across and some bouncy items to jump on, like this “Pop-O-Rama” popcorn machine by the movie theater and an empty space that might be used for displaying something in the future. It doesn’t seem to be an ad space, since there’s currently a Ninjago ad on the other side of the island.

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As for the bigger additions, we can’t use them just yet since they’re still being developed, but we can make some educated guesses as to what they will be used for. These new features-to-be are a pet barn, a rocket ship, and a tree house.

The pet barn, which was in the sneak peek from July, may be a place where players can adopt pets. What kinds of pets will be available and whether there will any member perks for this feature are up for speculation.

A sign at the top of the rocket ship building calls it the “Blast-Off! Arcade.” The astronaut standing by says, “The new arcade will be out of this world,” suggesting that it might be a new common room or a place for playing mini-games.

Next to the arcade-rocket, and below the portal to Realms, is a mysterious little house, with one window and a lightbulb on top. It’s not clear what it’s for, if anything, since the player’s home is likely to be elsewhere…

…in the tree house, where it appears that players will get a new place to live. It might not be as fancy as the tree house in Worlds, but it’s still got character. 😉 Players might be able to buy furniture and other items to furnish their homes, like we can on Worlds. Maybe pets will be able to live at home with their owners, too? It’s definitely intriguing that a feature originally from Poptropica Worlds is making its way to Poptropica Original.

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On that note, the Creators also wrote on their blog that they’ve been and still are working hard to make sure that Poptropica will stick around after Flash is no longer supported by the end of 2020. (They also mentioned it in an Instagram comment last month.) As for Poptropica Worlds, the Creators are currently working on new updates there as well. Here’s what they said:

And for those of you wondering about Worlds, don’t worry, new updates are headed there too! The Creators have been working on some updates that *have* to happen to Poptropica so we can keep it around after Flash is no longer supported, but that doesn’t mean we’ve abandoned Worlds!

What do you think of the Home Island update? What do you think that these new features will be used for? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin

There’s no place like (a new) home…

How’s it going, Poptropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here!

Remember those sneak peeks we got back in July… you know, the Home Island makeover ones? If you don’t, let me refresh your memory—Poptropica posted two sketches of what appeared to be a new Home Island design on the Creators’ Blog, and later on—a more finalized version. Here they are below:

Well, it doesn’t end there! This weekend Poptropica took to Instagram to show yet another Home Island sneak peek!

In the screenshot, we see a colorful rocket ship with a small door underneath covered in tape with the words ‘coming soon’. Can you imagine if this rocket becomes our new source of transportation instead of the iconic blimp?

To the left, we also see a small building with the same tape on it. Up top, there’s a sign that says ‘fun’ with an arrow pointing up. I wonder what could be so fun up there…maybe a new mini game? What do you guys think?


In other news regarding Home Island, the daily spin wheel that is usually inside the movie theater is no longer there.

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According to idk, a glitcher who frequents the PHC, Poptropica is planning to move the wheel to a different spot, which is why it’s not available at this time. What’s going on, creators?


I also wanted to share one last thing with you guys. Over on Twitter, Jessica (formerly known as Skinny Moon in the Pop community, whom we miss dearly!) shared this cool illustration of Oliver flossing drawn by her 8-year-old nephew Brody S., who’s a new fan of Poptropica! How cute is that?

And that’s all the news for today! Thanks for reading, and talk you guys soon!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

It’s all tricks & treats in Poptropica!

How’s it going, spooktropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here with a couple of updates to share with you all today!

First off, a new membership benefit has been implemented into the game. Now, members who win items from advertisement games will be able to keep the prizes after the ad disappears!

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Not a huge deal, but still pretty cool nonetheless. I find many of the prizes from the ad games quite amusing. 😛

If you’re not a member, though, don’t worry — the creators say that they’re working on some new stuff for all players expected to launch this year! We’ll see if that happens…

In the meantime, we also have the largest ASG collection you can take advantage of to deck your character in retired ad costumes and lots more!


In other news… with Halloween approaching, it’s the perfect time to create a photo with all the new fun options that have recently been added to the Photo Booth! Check out the few that I made:

And there’s plenty more props and characters where those came from… I guess you’ll have to try it out for yourself. 😉

Plus, you can even have the chance to have your creation featured on the Official Poptropica Instagram account; just post it on Instagram with the hashtag #spookypop!

One more thing: If you’re feeling especially artistic in this spooky season, be sure to participate in this month’s Community Creations. The theme for October is Villains!

That’s all for now, and I’ll talk to you all soon…pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Poptropica House Tour: Spotted Dragon

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Remember Slanted Fish’s House Tour? Well, I’m here to continue the series and give you guys a look into my Poptropica Worlds house! While the other PHB authors frantically do some spring cleaning to make their rooms presentable, we encourage all readers to join in as well. Send in a guest post to feature your house on the PHB!

Anyway, make yourself feel at home! I don’t have membership to make the place real fancy, but I do have some pretty cool decor if I do say so myself.

The first thing you’ll see when walking in is certainly the chandelier over the front door. Gotta have something a bit fancy, right? Anyway, keep walking and you’ll find the main living area, where my friends and I most commonly hang out. This is where I keep my drum kit and arcade machine (complete with a stool for spending hours on a high score), despite my lack of skill in both areas. There’s also some wall art (to make the place more spiffy), my closet (near the front door since I’m lazy when it comes to quick outfit changes), and a soccer ball (for any quick games).

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On the other end of the first floor, we have the kitchen for all my snacking needs. You got a fridge, table, trashcan, mounted microwave, basically everything you’d need. And with this place all to myself, I can’t eat a meal without watching some TV on the big screen.

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Going up either set of stairs, you’ll pass some of my favorite photographs, both taken on some wild adventures across Poptropica! It’s not Spotted Dragon’s house without some photography.

On the second floor is where the magic happens. It’s a creation station! An easel for painting and a piano for playing. Complete with windows for some natural lighting, and a fan because I need a number one fan to boost my self esteem for when it gets hot. And who doesn’t love house plants? Let’s just hope I remembered to feed the one on the far right…

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Going to the third floor, to the left is my trophy room! You may call it self centered, but I call it self love. Awards from every island are kept here (which continues to grow), along with some cool statues I’ve collected. Of course, I have another photo hung up, but I also have a tapestry I bought from another island.

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Lastly, we have my bedroom! It’s got everything I need on a late Saturday morning. My cozy bed of course, my dresser, but let’s not forget about my books and computer! The latter I do need for work, though I admit I get distracted with video games all the time.

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My bathroom is behind the door in my bedroom, but there’s no need to go in there on a tour… TMI. The rest of the doors in my house are mainly for storage and clutter.

Welp, that wraps things up! Good thing I showed you everything when I did, because a glitch keeps moving my stuff around and sometimes even removing it from my inventory. Ah well.

I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes glance into my life! Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to interact even more with some of our furniture in the future?

Remember to read about Slanted Fish’s aquarium house if you haven’t already, and be sure to check out how to submit a post of your own! Until next time!

~SD

A Mythical Scene and House Decorating Tips on Tape

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here with some news on the world of Poptropica from social media!

First off, the Poptropica Creators tweeted this sneak peek earlier today of a new island in the works. Pretty intriguing…

It’s unknown whether this is an original release or a newer adaption from an older island, but if I had to guess, I’d say this is a graybox of Mythology Island, or as someone guessed in the comments of the tweet, an island based off Pompeii (perhaps for an island based on the graphic novels?).

From observation, you can see a few Poptropicans standing to the side of the image. They’re most likely standing there as statues, but they could also represent the victims buried under the ash and pumice of Mount Vesuvius. Also, a broken ionic pillar can be seen at the top, which suggests this may be either Mythology Island or a Pompeii-based island with the Roman and Greek feel. What do you think?

Update: Brave Tomato points out that if you look in the top-left corner above the coin count, you’ll notice a certain medallion that appears to have a lightning bolt in it… the medallion of Mythology Island! Are we in for our next remastered island?


Over on YouTube, Stephanie – Poptropica’s official YouTuber (and possibly the new social media manager, or at least one of them) – has returned for a third livestream about Poptropica Worlds! Catch the archived video below:

The livestream occurred around 3 PM EST (which seems to be the usual time) on Sunday, October 8. As with the other times before, Stephanie gives a few intermittent shout-outs, while also answering a few questions, from viewers who chatted on the live chat during the stream.

In this episode, Stephanie spends the first few minutes recapping her past livestream about customization, plus she does her daily wheel spin and talks to Cliff Housebuff. She confesses that she had a “magical wizard” (presumably another Creator) give her the 15,000+ coins she currently has in her account, and talks a bit about how she started without membership so we could see the difference, and emphasizes that you can always still play the game without membership.

After another quick makeover, and a spicy jellybean, she gets into decorating her house. She goes through the bare-bones version of the house, then scrolls, speaks, and shops her way through the various decor options for wallpaper and furniture. Unfortunately, the stream ended abruptly, most likely due to a technical difficulty. You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out what happens next!


Here’s another recent development: Poptropica is slowly re-doing the thumbnail images on their YouTube walkthrough videos! Here’s what they have so far:

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Hmm. It is kind of odd to see Worlds avatars represented for Poptropica Original videos, isn’t it? Plus, the characters seem kind of funky — especially with the beard and long eyelash combo. And the text and bright colors feels rather randomly placed; unlike the previous organizational design of the “Captain Crawfish’s walkthrough” thumbnails.

It’s commendable to see Poptropica try to personalize their video thumbnails more, but perhaps they could do a better job trying to fit with their branding. Thoughts?


On the discussion of decorating houses, Poptropica also uploaded a new video where Stephanie shares her top 10 tips for decorating the ultimate house. Check it out:

If for some reason you can’t watch the video, here are the tips she shared in the video, quoted for you below:

  1. Walls make the house: Wallpaper with patterns like pineapples, polka dots, and stripes, automatically dress up a room with spunk. When using textured walls like ship lap, bricks, and stone, you can make any house look like the interior of a castle!
  2. A home should have a personality: Artwork and knickknacks like a mounted fish, cuckoo clock, or knights armor could really take a room from simple to awesome! Think about your hobbies — surfing, basketball, or playing the sax, perhaps? Let your home speak for itself.
  3. You don’t have to settle for just one look! Mix and match: Just as you’re ever growing your style in clothes, your home style should change too. Maybe you feel like a hamburger light because you’re hungry, or you’re felling fancy with a big chandelier and fireplace. Whatever it may be, it’s your space, so let it reflect you.
  4. Let the outdoors in: Create windows to let the light in, with all kinds of shapes and sizes to fit your decorating needs. And don’t forget to add a little extra greenery with a floor plant, or a flower pot perhaps.
  5. Balance the space: Pairs of things can really pull together a home, for a more cohesive look. Buying in pairs of twos like two windows, two lamps, or two nightstands, can really create space. Groupings like multiple art pieces on one wall, and a rule of threes can also help balance a room by creating a center point for your eye to look at.
  6. Mix up colors and textures: Mixing things up can make for a more interesting space… like how your chairs don’t all have to match. By finding something that brings the room together, or by choosing an artwork piece with multiple colors, you can really pull in multiple types of furniture… or things, or beds, or anything really!
  7. Think outside the box: Who says you can’t have a sofa in your bathroom? Or a bed in the living room? Or even a pool table in your kitchen? If you like it — do it!
  8. Try, try again: Just because something doesn’t look right in one place doesn’t mean it doesn’t work somewhere else. Rearrange furniture to your liking as often as you like, and don’t forget, you can flip positioning too.
  9. Comfort is key: Your home is your haven — make it comfy! Get that comfy couch, or big fluffy bed, or lazy hammock because you earned it. You deserve to relax and enjoy yourself after a big adventure.
  10. Start collecting now: Just because you don’t have everything you want now, doesn’t mean you won’t. Spend the big coins on what matters to you. Maybe you’re an animal person, so an iguana and a fish tank are right up your alley. Or are you a big gamer? In that case, an arcade or computer desk are the way to go. So don’t be afraid to spend on what makes you happy, and don’t forget to get your free coin spin from Captain Scuttlebutt!

What did you think of this week’s videos, and what other types of content would you like to see from Poptropica? Share your thoughts down in the comments section!

One last thing: If you’d like to help us with a guide for the new mini-game Dr. Hare’s Revenge, whether by sending pictures or writing, contact us! You can learn more about opportunities like this on our Write for the PHB page.

That’s it for now… thanks for reading, and of course, pop on!

Lucky Joker sign off