24 Carrot Island, Blast from the Past, Islands, Nabooti Island, Pop 5, Spy Island, Super Power Island, Time Tangled Island

Pop 5: Ranking the Islands of 2008

Yoohoo Poptropicans, long time no speak. Yes, it’s true – LJ hath returned! I feel like I’ve been gone so long that I don’t even know how to write anymore, but bear with me. ☠️

How many islands have been released in the last half year? None? Okay, so I haven’t missed anything. Speaking of islands, lately I’ve been reminiscing back to when they were actually good, ahem ahem. So today I’d like y’all to accompany me in this ride of nostalgia as I rank the islands that first popped up on the map nearly 15 years ago – the five islands of 2008. If you don’t know, this includes Time Tangled, 24 Carrot, Super Power, Spy, and Nabooti. Do you feel old yet?

Disclaimer: This is not a full review for each island, so each analysis will be kept brief.

#5: 24 Carrot Island 🥕

At the unfortunate placement of 5th, we have 24 Carrot Island – originally released on June 6, 2008. Not at all do I think this island is bad on its own, but I don’t think it’s up to par when compared to the other islands from this year. Being one of the first islands in the game, it is noticeably simpler than most. However, we must remember that simple does not necessarily mean low-quality.

It’s no secret this island debuted the single most iconic character of the entire game, Dr. Hare, so we have that to thank it for. Another thing about 24 Carrot island I love is that it feels so quintessentially “Poptropica” (if that makes sense). Obviously it’s held up after all this time since it’s one of the only old islands that’s still playable from the map.

#4: Time Tangled Island ⏱️

In 4th place, originally released on April 15, 2008, is the transtemporal quest Time Tangled Island! I like that this island is very educational in an organic way, which at its core is what Poptropica is all about. I enjoy not only traveling to different parts of the world, but in different time periods as well. It really serves to amp up the satisfaction factor.

It’s not the most original concept, nor does it feature any memorable characters, but it’s definitely fun to play through. There is also something to be said for the amount of brain power needed to complete it which is something that today’s islands seem to lack in my opinion.

#3: Nabooti Island 💎

Next is none other than Nabooti Island, which was released at the very end of the year on December 11. At one point, this was actually one of my all-time favorites, and for good reason. The adventurous nature of this island is exhilarating and the scenery is quite beautiful for this time in Poptropica (when most scenes were a bit bland in my view). Another fun tidbit about this island that I’m not sure many newer players are aware of is the cool cell phone trick used to get various costume parts by dialing specific numbers. (refer to the trivia section in our island guide)

What this island is missing, though, is an array of interesting characters – or even at least one or two for that matter. So for all of these reasons considered, Nabooti sits smack dab in the middle of this ranking at 3rd place.

#2: Super Power Island 💥

Where do I even begin with Super Power Island? I can almost say for certain that everybody likes this island to some capacity. What kid wouldn’t want to become a superhero and defeat bad guys for a day? This island, albeit uncomplicated, is a super entertaining classic. If you don’t agree, I’ll have to respect your incorrect opinion.

Super Power (released on July 24, 2008 – just two days before the PHB was born!) manages to find a perfect balance of being tough to beat while still remaining enjoyable and not too stressful. (I’m looking at you Virus Hunter…) The amount of creativity spawned from this island (i.e. fanart) alone is a testament to how good it really was while it was around. Characters like Betty Jetty and Ned Noodlehead remain popular to this day and the rest of the villains get their fair share in the spotlight as well.

It was a super close call to determine which island deserved to be crowned my top island of 2008, but in the end the coronation goes to… 

#1: Spy Island 🔍

Released on September 9, 2008 was Poptropica’s 6th quest to grace the map, Spy Island. Like time travel and superheroism, espionage is another perfect theme for an island, and it was done very well! All of the gadgets were really fun to utilize (my favorite being the chameleon suit), and although the grappling bowtie could be a little frustrating, it was fun to just monkey around with whenever you needed a little break from the actual island.

Moments like sneaking around the dogs, memorizing the ingredients to become a chef, and the snatching of Director D’s wig have lived in my head rent-free for the past decade and a half. And overall, the story and plot of this island was *chef’s kiss*. At the time of its release, Spy Island definitely had the most complex story and the most challenging tasks. This island was surely a pioneer for the many exciting islands yet to come and it certainly made its mark on the game. There’s even a printable sheet for the decoder kit used in the island, which is rare for any item in the game! How cool is that?

Ah, sweet sweet memories. 2008 was a pretty good year for island releases, and it was a pleasure to talk about them for a little bit. Most of them are gone, but they will never be forgotten.

Did you get a chance to play any of these islands? Which one was your favorite and least favorite? Leave your rankings and any other thoughts in the comments section below.

I’ll hopefully talk to all of you soon. Pop on!

–LJ 🍀

Merchandise, PHB Sneak Peeks, Spy Island

PHB Sneak Peeks: Never Shaken, Never Stirred

While looking around, I stumbled upon a picture of these two unseen costumes – Stealth Agent (with super-epic night vision headgear) and Spy Agent (with toilet plunger gun). As it turns out, new Spy Island figures will soon be added to Poptropica’s lineup of 3-inch figurine toys, and come with these!

New Spy Items!

UPDATE: Reader Nicholas (Squeezy Wing) tells us that he messaged Poptropica about these toys and was told that it was buyable for a limited time, and now that the time is over, it can’t be bought again. Strangely, though, they’re still listed as “Coming soon”!

The page for these upcoming Spy Toys is already up, though not yet listed with the rest of the Poptropica toys. Like the other 3″ toys, they’ll probably be sold as an island pack together and only have one actual set of arms and legs (the other is just clothing you can switch on it to customize).

Here’s the official description and picture of the toys:

Spy Island’s top operatives are ready for their next assignment! Disappear into the shadows with the undetectable Stealth Agent, or take center stage with the unflappable Spy Agent. Coming soon!

Spy toys

I have to say, though, the Stealth Agent toy is rather lacking compared to its ultra-awesome-looking online code-redeeming counterpart. 😛 What do you think of these toys? How about the costumes?

Side note: James Bond likes his martinis shaken, not stirred.

Advertisements, NPC Popularity Contests, Spy Island, Web Development

Meet the scarecrow… I mean, winner!

🙂 Poptropica Help Blog has reached the 700,000 hits milestone! 🙂

  • throws cookies in your direction*

Wait, did you like the flavor? We’ve got jam ones too… or do you prefer peanut butter?

Shark Boy, the host of the Poptropica Popularity Contests, congratulates everyone who voted and participated:

avatar imageThe results are in and the winner is…the secret agent from Spy Island! Congrats and thanks to all those who voted! We will be putting together a couple T-shirt designs of this character and will allow you to vote on your favorite design.

Cool! Be on guard for new T-shirt designs at Poptropica’s online store (after we vote for it, of course)! 🙂

Here’s Mr. Spy Guy standing proudly on the podium:

There is a small problem, though. Vince Graves and Medicine Man sure looks upset! Let’s just hope they don’t go seeking revenge… maybe we should go read a Goosebumps book instead…

Ready for some Goosebumps? Take the blimp to any of the 8 islands and run to the right edge of Main Street, and you should find something like this:


Enter if you dare…

You dared, didn’t you? I’ll explain what’s inside so you don’t get lost and scared… 😉

Floor | Side | Function
Bottom Left: Clickable Poster for ordering online
Middle Left: Scarecrow costume
Middle Right: Pale-green mummy costume
Middlish-Top Right: Clickable Poster for ordering online
Middle Middle: Goosebumps Quiz Game
Top Right: About the DVD (Return of the Mummy)
Top Left: About the DVD (The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight)
Top Middle: DVD Trailer Video

Want to jump higher on Poptropica? Check out Director Lion‘s newly discovered cheat, now updated for the Cheat Codes page! 🙂

Nabooti Island, NPC Popularity Contests, Spy Island

Criminal in the Final?

Ladies and jellybeans,
Tables and chairs.
Cross-eyed mosquitoes
And bald-headed bears!

I welcome thy Poptropicans to take a quick vote for…

Popularity Contest #6: The Final Round!

Before we get to that, let’s take a look at #5’s contestants: Poptropica’s criminals!

D, otherwise known as Vince Graves of Giza 1, Nabooti Island, received 63% of the votes and was declared the winner. Now we see that he has moved onto the finals, along with all the others that were voted for…

I guess it doesn’t pay to lead a life of crime, Vince, because C, a handsome agent at Spy Island’s Headquarters is winning by far, claiming 57% of all votes! Wow! It also proves how popular Nabooti Island is – 2 of its characters are in the Finals! This poll isn’t over yet, though: there’s still a chance for the others to win!

To make things better, the winner of the Finals gets a T-shirt design made of them, the Poptropica Creators say. They will probably be sold on Poptropica’s online Zazzle.com store, “T-shirts & More”!

Nabooti Island, NPC Popularity Contests, Spy Island

Mixed Races

Welcome to another round of Poptropica Popularity Contests! It’s the third one this week, and this time we’ve got mixed races: 24 Carrot, Super Power, Spy and Nabooti Islands are all crammed in one! Check it out:

Don’t they all look cool? Whether it’s the policewoman, grass-head, or mayor that you like, remember to head over to the Creators’ Blog to vote. To vote, simply visit the Poptropica Creators’ Blog and look for the poll widget on the right side. Once you find it, read through the options and use the picture above to help you choose! Click on the box(es) you want to give a vote for, and then press Submit. Happy voting! 😆

“A” looks really smart! (It must pay off, too, because he’s winning so far.) Who did you vote for? Today I picked A, C, and G!

If you missed yesterday’s contest, don’t worry. You can still read all about it in the post below!