Guest Posts, Mystery Train Island

All aboard for alternate endings to Poptropica islands 🚂

Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by Icy Crown (Emu), who explores the idea of alternate endings to Poptropica islands with the example of Mystery Train. Can you come up with your own?

Hooked: The hook brings you back.

Heyo! Icy Crown coming atcha with a guest post for the PHB. 💕

One thing I’ve always wondered as a Poptropican after finishing an island is, “What if (so and so) didn’t do that?” or “What if ___ never happened?” So I thought, “Hey, someone should do that.” Today I put forth the challenge!

This post is all about how much I love Ned Noodlehead alternate endings for my favorite islands.

Of course I had to pick one of the greatest islands (haters gonna hate): Mystery TrainSpoiler alert: the ending of this game is given away. But don’t worry, If you have played it but scarcely remember, you can always check out the PHB’s Mystery Train Island Guide. Here’s the synopsis:

How do you solve a mystery when everyone is a suspect? It’s 1893, and some of the world’s brightest minds are traveling by train to the World’s Fair in Chicago. But after a dastardly crime puts the fate of the Fair in peril, only you can piece together the clues and collar the criminal. All aboard for a whodunit that will keep you guessing until the last twist of the tracks!

All Is Fair: Let’s skip all the exposition, shall we?

In the original ending, we find out the culprit is Mademoiselle Moreau (or as the PHB guide affectionately calls her, “Frenchy”), and we have to chase her to take back Tesla’s transformer. In the heat of things, she’ll fall into a water tank, trapped! From there, the fair is saved.

Now here’s my alternative version of events:

As you approach Frenchy on the ferris wheel, she throws the transformer into the air, but somehow it manages to land safely on a platform a few levels below. At this point, it’s a race between you and Frenchy to retrieve the transformer, and you’re well ahead of her. Just as your fingers brush the side of it, someone pushes you onto your stomach and yanks you off the ledge as you plummet down and plop into a… water tank? Turns out Erik Weisz was in on it the whole time. You think it’s over, done, the fair is ruined. There’s no way you could get it back, let alone get out of the tank!

But then, out of the blue, a green-faced Mark Twain jumps down and snatches away the transformer from Erik’s own two hands. The fair is saved! Mark unlocks the tank and you are able to catch your breath. Victory is yours!

There you have it! What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

But before I send you loose, I have a challenge for you! Following my example, create your own alternate ending in the comments below. Remember to be creative and original!

It’s time for me to sign out, but keep on poppin’ readers!

~ Icy Crown

Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Icy Crown (Emu). If you did, you might also enjoy a guest post by Comical Carrot that brings a twist to the topic with Unsatisfying Island Endings.

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Mystery Train Island, Pop Places IRL

Pop Places IRL: Mystery Train 🚂

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Welcome back to “Pop Places IRL,” Poptropicans, and all aboard! For this post, let’s chug on over to Mystery Train Island, shall we? And if you’re liking the series, be sure to check out other Pop Places IRL posts.

Though we spend most of this island on—can you guess?—a train, we do still visit some very important stops along our adventure. And, truth be told, Mystery Train is certainly one of the more historically founded islands! From the train, to the cities, and even to the passengers, Mystery Train features very real people, places, and things (however we’ll focus more on locations today, not figures). So… full steam ahead!

On Main Street, before we even board the train and begin the mystery, we find ourselves in none other than Washington, DC. We can see the US Capitol Building in the background, but we aren’t staying for long!

But beyond the very real cities, even the train itself is historically accurate! The John Bull locomotive, which is named on our ticket, is the main location of our adventure but is also an IRL train that journeyed to the IRL Columbian Exposition in 1893. Yes sir, all the way from DC to Chicago!

Our next stop is Chicago, but before we pull into the station, let’s take a very quick look at our train’s interior first. The train in Poptropica had large individual rooms for its passengers, which is quite fancy if you ask me. But hey, traveling back in the day seemed to be quite the luxurious feat! Can you believe those big cushy seats?

Alright, now let’s pull into the great city of Chicago, Illinois. The station has obviously grown and changed a lot since 1893, hasn’t it? Well, we can’t stay long anyhow! Mademoiselle Moreau is getting away!

It’s time to chase Moreau into the Chicago World’s Fair. Though one can’t help but stop and stare at that huge Ferris Wheel!

And with that, it looks like we’ve finally reached the end of the line. It was quite an adventure! Considering Mystery Train is one of Poptropica’s more historically founded islands, just how well do you think it holds up to its IRL counterparts? Did it seem on track, or was it a full on train wreck? What other islands do you want us to compare in this series? Comment your thoughts below!

Until next time, Poptropicans! Safe travels!


Galactic Hot Dogs Island, Mystery Train Island, Popstorms, PoptropiCon Island, Realms

Coming soon: GHD Island, Realms, & more

Hey guys! There’s a lot of Poptropica news to cover, so let’s get right into it.

First off, the Creators have announced that Galactic Hot Dogs Island will be coming to Poptropica in 15 days. That is January 29, a Thursday. They also mentioned that a Galactic Hot Dogs book will be coming to bookstores in 110 days. That is May 4, a Monday. (Click here for more GHD peeks!)

Second up, check out this awesome “bubble universe” sneak peek for Poptropica Realms!

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Third up, the Creators tweeted this cool layout of all the train carriages on Mystery Train Island – a glimpse into a planning stage of the past. Pretty interesting! 😛

mystery train layout

They also tweeted another PopStorm (#11) – this one is a bunch of little jumping jellybeans. Cute! :3

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Lastly, PoptropiCon: Episode 2 (Spoiler Alert) is now available for iOS, and it’s free! The Creators tweeted this image along with it, which HP posted earlier as an unreleased carousel slide for the redesigned Poptropica layout, so although it’s not on the front page, it looks like it still served some purpose after all.

popconSlideThat’s it for this time around! 😀


Advertisements, Game Show Island, Membership, Mystery Train Island

“Ad” Some Answers to Robot Gum!

I know what you’re thinking: “What the heck is up with this title?” But it’s all the updates for today! First off, the answers for the freight car puzzle are revealed! (Click to enlarge image & match your guesses with the answers below!)

  1. Mythology Island
  2. Time Tangled Island
  3. Nabooti Island
  4. Mythology Island
  5. Nabooti Island
  6. Mythology Island
  7. Skullduggery Island
  8. Astro-Knights Island
  9. Time Tangled Island
  10. Reality TV Island
  11. Reality TV Island
  12. Nabooti Island
  13. Nabooti Island
  14. Nabooti Island
  15. Skullduggery Island
  16. Skullduggery Island
  17. Counterfeit Island
  18. Skullduggery Island
  19. Counterfeit Island
  20. Wild West Island
  21. Skullduggery Island
  22. Time Tangled Island
  23. Wild West Island

How many did you get right? I missed about 5 of those 😛 Next update: I believe we have a lot of ads to go through. 😛

First up is Johnny English Reborn ad! You watch the video and get the prize! (Will be mentioned later.)

The next ad is Shake It Up! You’ve probably heard about this show because it’s on Disney Channel. 😛 Watch to get a Dance Power card!

Thank you LS for your video walkthroughs! 😀 (There’s a Judy Moody ad.)

Next update. LUCKY MEMBER YOU! Guess what you get?

Game Show Island costume that looks absolutely EPIC! LUCKY MEMBER YOU! 😦 Go ahead and get it! Reminder: Game Show Island online October 27! There’s a countdown timer on the Poptropica homepage that counts down to the exact second when the game show will begin!

And now I’m finally at the gum part. What kind of gum? EXPLODING GUM! 😀 😀

The prize to the Johnny English Reborn ad is Exploding Gum! Chew it, and when you press spacebar, the bubbles will come out! Nice to have that flavor eh? 😀

Thanks for the pictures SG! 😀

Well, that’s it for me tonight! I’m your host Shaggy Tornado, and good night! (Or good morning! :D)

Mystery Train Island

I can’t wait for freight…

Because freight is great! It’s easy to rate (as great)! Whenever I see the freight(train) I run out the gate! If it comes late, then I hate (it)! Why do I love freight? I guess it’s just a family trait! Now enough talking about this great freight. There’s a new post, so let’s skate over! I can’t wait!

Friday, October 14, 2011

What’s in the freight car?

Eagle-eyed Poptropicans may have noticed some familiar items in the freight car on Mystery Train. It seems that the World’s Fair organizers brought along a lot of items from other Poptropica Islands!

Can you look at this picture of the freight car and guess which Islands the numbered objects came from?

Click the image to see the full-sized version.

We’ll give you the weekend to puzzle over it. Then we’ll post the answers next week.

In the meantime, if you haven’t had a chance to take a ride on the Mystery Train yet, visit Poptropica now to play! Mystery Train is open to all.

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Why, we’ve posted this a bit late!  The things will be revealed on the 17th, what a great date! We’ll find out, it’s our fate! There are some things from Time tangled, nabooti, mythology and reality TV islands in that great freight. That tiki looks heavy, it must have a large weight! OK everyone, I have to go, I’m in a pretty sickly state. (no really I’m pretty ill) I’d better hurry, for an ill person I’ve got a lot on my plate.
*GB inflate(s) balloon and floats away* …