Counterfeit Island, PHB Specials, Super Villain Island

Interpreting the Main Four’s dreams, pt. 3: Black Widow 🖌

Hello and welcome to a third dream interpretation! (If you haven’t already, you can check out the previous installments in this series here and here.)

In this post, I’ll be exploring the dream world of the crafty art thief Black Widow. Let’s pop into it!

Overall, there’s not a ton of material to work with in this dream. While the player enters stolen paintings and cleans up graffiti, the Black Widow herself mostly stands around and watches. The setting isn’t particularly interesting either, seeing as she spends a good deal of her waking life inside art museums; it’s likely just a reflection of her life and isn’t meant to represent anything.

With that being said, this dream isn’t useless. Not at all. For one thing, it gives us a new look into Black Widow’s shining personality, something we didn’t get to see much of in Counterfeit Island alone.

Her dream suggests that she’s a bold, fierce villain with a fiery temper and a disregard for hesitation, as shown when she chases and attacks you with nothing but her own two fists! (In a dream, attacking someone might represent confrontation against a threat or a defensive attitude.) And when she’s called out for her villainy, Black Widow refuses to listen and keeps focusing on her goals–traits she might share with the Binary Bard.


Another key part of this dream is the destruction of Black Widow’s own portrait. Dreams about any sort of damage and destruction could represent a number of things: guilt, failed expectations, hopelessness, or, most interestingly, a ruined relationship.

Remind you of anything?

The Strange Man (also known as the Brown Recluse) fits this interpretation perfectly. Throughout the happenings of Counterfeit Island, the Strange Man works as Black Widow’s right-hand man; until for reasons best known to herself, Black Widow betrays him, leaving him tied to a chair alongside the player in her underground lair. The Strange Man proceeds to side with the player and ends the Black Widow’s art-stealing career once and for all.

Could it be that Black Widow’s reflecting on this dismissal? From what I can tell, her betraying the Strange Man was entirely unprovoked, but then again, they don’t call her the Black Widow for nothing…

Looking closer at Black Widow’s attack, a final point I’ll bring up is her chasing the player to reach them, which could represent an attempt to be in control or get ahold of something.

Gotta run fast!

Here’s what I’ve gathered based off of these hints: Black Widow is missing her right-hand man, but is trying to act as though she isn’t, hence the defensiveness suggested by her attacking the player. After all, she’s a solitary being akin to the spider she’s named for; she uses someone for what she needs them for and then lets them go. She’s the opposite of loyal.

But why? Pretending to trust someone only to betray them will only turn them against her, as shown when her entire villainous career slips down the drain thanks to the Strange Man. Wouldn’t it be more useful to have kept her servant instead of creating another enemy? The confrontation against a threat also suggested by her attack could add to this. As for trying to assert control over a situation, well, maybe she’s just frustrated that she’s hopelessly trapped inside a cryotube in Erewhon Prison instead of out resurrecting her art-stealing life. 🕷️

That’s it for today, everyone. I’ll see you for my next but possibly not last post in this series, highlighting the Binary Bard and his spectacular dream! Pop on,


Counterfeit Island, Fan Art Features, Home Island, Social Media

Moved by Pride: drawing easel coming to Home Island

Hey Poptropicans! Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈

Poptropica is promoting the LGBTQ spirit with their latest Instagram post, featuring a Pride-themed fan art piece made with Poptropica’s drawing easel.

In fact, they were so impressed by the fan drawing of the happy Poptropican at a rainbow parade that they’re promising to move the easel to Home Island for easier access. Comments on their post indicate that they’re considering adding a save button to the easel as well.

Right now, the drawing easel can only be accessed on Counterfeit Island, in front of the Moldy Baguette Inn on Main Street. But based on Poptropica’s post, it seems that’s about to change!

The artist, who’s also known as CraftyPoptropican elsewhere in the Poptropica fandom, has created other great pieces of fan art as well. We featured his work with a Pop Fan Artist Spotlight last year on the PHB, and you can also find more of his stuff on DeviantArt and Instagram.

In fact, here’s another piece from Crafty on Instagram, also made with the drawing easel! This one’s a parody of the 18th-century rococo painting The Swing, featuring Poptropica villain Binary Bard.

In addition to all of this, our theme for Community Creations this month here on the PHB is “Pride”! Hopefully this inspires you to create something—and maybe you could give it a try on Poptropica’s drawing easel! Ours isn’t just about sexual orientation, though. You’re welcome to share anything you’re proud of… more details here.

That’s all for this post! Share your thoughts in the comments, and as always, stay popping, Poptropicans. May your pride shine in the right places. 🌈


Counterfeit Island, Pop Places IRL

Pop Places IRL: Counterfeit

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Welcome back to “Pop Places IRL,” Poptropicans! You read the title: SD here to compare scenes from Counterfeit Island to the places in real life (IRL) that it was inspired by. Enjoying the series? Be sure to check out other Pop Places IRL posts.

It may be pretty obvious, but Counterfeit Island is supposed to take place in real life France. Many scenes, including Main Street, were made to resemble France’s aesthetic environment—in particular, the country’s parks and natural landscape.

Aside from nature, we can’t forget about Downtown Counterfeit, and the more man-made features of the island! There’s the internet cafe, jazz cafe, and more. Mmmmm, if only there were more bakeries, like real-life Paris!

Moving back into nature, the Countryside was also a significant location in Counterfeit. Home of the Inspector (or should I say, *spoiler* Black Widow), as well as the last place where Balloon Boy’s feet touched the ground. Aren’t both cottages cute?

On the opposite side of the island, we visit the Docks. I wouldn’t go so far as to say France is known for its docks, but that doesn’t mean its without them! I’m sure they reek of fish, just like any other place where fishing boats sit (no offense, Fishy!).

“What else could there be???” you ask. Well, we got everything above land, so time to head below! The underground tunnels we venture through in game may well be based on very real Catacombs of Paris. These famous catacombs include a series of tunnels underground the city that contain human remains. Spooky!

Lastly, we can’t forget about all the artwork! I mean, this is Counterfeit Island after all, home of our friendly neighborhood art thief. In the Museum Fantastique, we see many well known paintings, including (but not limited to) The Scream, Starry Night, and Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies. And that’s not even mentioning the (spoiler alert) paintings in the secret room at the end of the quest!

Did you know that Edvard Munch created four versions of The Scream, two in paint and two in pastels? One of the painted ones is in The National Gallery in Norway, and the other is in The Munch Museum.

It would be quite a hassle to include all the artwork in this post, but be sure to check out our Ancient Artworks of the Counterfeit Island Museum tour for a closer look at them all if you’re interested!

While not all the displayed paintings correspond, I think it’s safe to assume that this museum was inspired by France’s most famous museum: The Louvre. In fact, this art museum is the largest in the world and displays such pieces as the Mona Lisa! However, the museum in Poptropica is certainly not as grand as the real thing.

I hope you enjoyed this post, because that just about wraps up our real-life tour of Counterfeit Island! I kinda want to visit France now…

What did you think? Have you ever seen these famous paintings in person, or been to any art museum? How about France? Be sure to let us know which island you want us to feature next in this series, as well as what places you think other islands resemble!

Au revoir!


Advertisements, Counterfeit Island, Labs (Land), Sneak Peeks, Social Media

Return of Balloon Boy, Tweets on Tumblr, Monster High ad, Best of Land Villages, & more!

Hey guys! There are a lot of recent tweets and posts to cover, so let’s get started! First off, I want to emphasize this new video that has been added to the Creator’s “Inside Poptropica” YouTube playlist:

…Does this mean that Balloon Boy, who has been floating aimlessly since the release of Counterfeit Island, may be returning soon? Part of me is thrilled and part of me is sad that we may not be able to look in the sky and find him there any longer. Here is what has been said on the subject:

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As you can see, Balloon Boy may soon become a Balloon Man

In other news, Poptropica is still buzzing about Tumblr! The awesomeness has even spread to classrooms, and look, even the PHB’s 1D costumes are in the mix! (Click to view full images!)

Ugh, I hate it when I’m stuck on the loading page with a ton of vines across my screen. 😛

Plus, some more concept art has been released! The first two shown in the gallery are for the current Monster High: Freaky Fusion ad (see below). There’s also a just-for-fun sketch captioned “tongue tied” where a Poptropica artist experiments with crazy tongues on characters, and another of a boy Poptropican shooting hoops on the moon (and here they link to the Lunar Colony trailer).

For girls only, a Monster High: Freaky Fusion ad is available on Night Watch Island (there’s even an icon on the Map you can use to get there). Inside, along with a quiz game and the promo posters, there’s a freaky portal on the right – it doesn’t have a purpose, but it does look cool.

You’ll find two prizes on the top floor: Sirena Follower and Fusion Power (see below for images – thanks to Scary Plug of PWSP for the pics and insight!).

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The Poptropica mobile app has gotten a couple of updates: first, Survival: Escape! (episode 5) is now available for 99 cents. (Although, of course, you can just play it for free online! Plus, if you need help, check out our Survival Island Guide.) Also, 3 free Halloween costume packs have been added to the Shop on your home island, and the app icon has even gotten a Halloween makeover! Cute.

The Best of the Land: Villages have also been announced! Check them out:

Click here to go vote for your favorite! The poll, from now until Monday, should be to the right of the page. As of now, these are the results:

  • Cool Sponge (14%)
  • Creepy Goose (4%)
  • Friendly Heart (9%)
  • Ice Age (6%)
  • Mad Comet (8%)
  • Neat Tiger (13%)
  • Popular Shadow (3%)
  • Serious Bird (23%)
  • Silver Lightning (7%)
  • White Flyer (7%)

The next theme in the contest, which runs from October 24 to 26, is Obstacle Course. Check out our Poptropica Labs (Land) walkthrough for help. Good luck everyone!

As for The Best of the Land: Dream Houses, Zany Clown’s treehouse ended up as the best of the best according to readers’ votes. Congrats, Zany Clown! 😀

From Zany Crown, this is a treehouse that stays true to its roots. Just beautiful.
From Zany Crown, this is a treehouse that stays true to its roots. Just beautiful.


Counterfeit Island, PHB Specials

Ancient Artworks of the Counterfeit Island Museum

If you’ve been on Counterfeit Island, you’ve probably noticed the Museum Fantastique — the huge, beige-colored building on Main Street with the statues and angel gargoyles. And you would probably recognize The Scream, seeing as it’s the star of the show. But there’s more to this museum than the painting you’re framed for stealing!

In this guided tour, we’ll delve into a bit of art history as we uncover the names of all those unlabeled paintings within those whitish walls…

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Inside the main hall of the museum, once you step left past the uniformed guard, you’ll find a lovely garden scene by impressionist Claude Monet, called Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies. To your right, not far from the first painting, is Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (expressionism).

If you climb up the stairs with me and walk just a little, you’ll find Edvard Munch’s The Scream (also expressionism) right up top in the center. And stop trying to climb the hanging lamp, that’s dangerous!

Now let’s head back downstairs to the bottom left wing, which houses the museum’s realism paintings. As the name of the style suggests, realism tries to depict scenes accurately. Here the walls are blue and the paintings are (from left to right) Artists Sketching in the White Mountains by Winslow Homer, Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet by Gustave Courbet & The Salmon Fisher by Eilif Peterssen.

Alright, follow me upstairs now, we’re going to see the cubism paintings in the top left wing! Okay, I know these look a little funny, but that’s the point – cubism tries to show a subject from multiple viewpoints, so it looks broken up into geometric shapes and abstracted. Check it out (left to right): Portrait of Picasso by Juan Gris, Cassie Thinking About Cubism by Philip Absolon, & Still Life with Fruit Dish and Mandolin by Juan Gris.

Now run all the way across the hall with me – we’re going to see the impressionism wing in the top right next! With impressionism, it’s all about color and capturing the exact moment through light and atmosphere. From left to right we’ve got Girl with a Hoop by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Cliffs at Etretat by Claude Monet, & Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet – impressive, aren’t they?

Ok, we’re heading down to the bottom right wing now. Don’t forget to say hello to the museum curators along the way! This section is where they display the expressionism paintings, which seek to express emotional intensity. Take a look at Sokea soittoniekka (Blind Musician) by Alvar Cawen, Fighting Forms by Franz Marc, & The Fiddler by Marc Chagall – what do you think they’re trying to express?

Oh, you thought we were done, did you? Well, for those who’ve finished Counterfeit Island, there’s a red button surreptitiously hidden behind the far wall of the expressionism wing (bottom right). If you click on that, the walls will turn a fancy red and the displays in the museum’s wings will change! Unlike with the regular exhibit, clicking on these paintings will actually give you the name, artist, and year, which is great. But… they don’t change the era (style) labels, so that becomes misleading. 😛

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Still, let’s take a look! Right here in the bottom right wing we’ve got The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1503), Landscape with an Obelisk by Rembrandt (1650) & A Lady and Gentleman in Black by Rembrandt (1633). Unlike the version in Leo’s workshop on Time Tangled Island, this Mona Lisa isn’t covered by a Poptropican head.

Over in the bottom left wing are three more fancy framed artworks on crimson walls: The Duchess of Devonshire by Thomas Gainsborough, Chez Tortoni by Edouard Manet (1878-1880), & The Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt van Rijn (1633).

Jump up to the top left wing and you’ll see two more paintings: Portrait of the Duke of Wellington by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1812) & The Concert by Johannes Vermeer (1664). If you run along to the right you’ll see The Scream again in the top center spot.

Finally, in the top right wing, there’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder by Leonardo da Vinci (1501) & T Jefferson by Charles Willson Peale (1791). (and I included The Scream again just to keep up the pattern of 3 circles, heheh…)

Well, that about concludes our tour of Counterfeit Island’s Museum Fantastique! Thanks for sticking around, and I hope you enjoyed it and maybe even learned a thing or two.

Side note: you can go back and click on the images above to enlarge them for a better view. Which painting do you like best?