Dr. Hare today, Carotenoid gone tomorrow

Hey Poptropicans! Slanted Fish here with news of massive updates to Poptropica Worlds. Quite possibly the biggest load we’ve had in all of Worlds’ half-year of existence!

First up: the long-awaited winning costume designs from the #MyPoptropicaCostume contest have made their way into Worlds! Well, the grand prize winners, anyway: the “Ocean Princess” by Creepy Peanut (with matching Merman designed by the Creators), and the “Hip Hop Boy” by Speedy Toes (with matching girl design by the Creators). (Let’s hope the runner-ups eventually get their designs in the store, too.)

You can check out these new costumes in the store on Poptropica Worlds, along with several other new costumes: a fashionable girl with snazzy flower pants, another with a flower crown (members only), a tough-looking dude with a gun and Nintendo Power Glove (members only), a cowboy and cowgirl, and Carotenoid from Dr. Hare’s Revenge.

It’s good to see that most of these are available to everyone. Even the members-only costumes have a part or two available to all. Enjoy the new costumes!


Speaking of making things available to everyone, check your Poptropica Original map: Legendary Swords, which returned from a long hiatus last week but for members only, is now back for everyone! Go kick some bots and earn that sweet new “LS” medallion!

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Need a hand? Check out our Legendary Swords Guide!


So, while it’s super awesome of the Creators to make some of this stuff available to everyone, here’s a hard truth: some of the good things in life aren’t free. Like this massive Dr. Hare-themed update to the player homes on Worlds, which, guess what: is almost entirely for members only! Leave it to the pink villain to spoil our spirits, huh?

But hey, we still like to look at what’s new, so let’s check out the Hare-splosion that’s taken over every tab of the home decor selections, plus the new house expansion:

Wow, that is a ton of new items:

  • bright yellow Dr. Hare wallpaper (for everyone!)
  • space station walls (default in the new house expansion)
  • a Rabbot statue
  • carrot-like vintage-style wall telephone with mini Dr. Hare holding it up
  • inflatable Dr. Hare boxing punching bag
  • green saucer light from H.A.R.E. (Dr. Hare’s space station)
  • fridge with Hare’s drone ears
  • carrot bed
  • carrot throne
  • pink chair from H.A.R.E.
  • “Respect the Carrot” sign (for everyone!)
  • crate of carrots (for everyone!)
  • floating table with carrots of various colors (for everyone!)
  • table with a big sliced carrot (for everyone!)
  • framed picture of drone ears
  • another of a carrot
  • window with dystopian 24 Carrot Island backdrop
  • window with space view
  • “Beware the Hare” poster
  • Dr. Hare autographed poster (note: it’s super small!)
  • and finally, the Dr. Hare key for the house expansion.

Whew, that was a lot. Here’s what everything looks like, including the new room (oh, and I threw in the trophy from Dr. Hare’s Revenge—which we’ll get to in just a bit):

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There’s also something new on the Poptropica Worlds map (no, it’s not a new island): a green “Start Here” label was added to 24 Carrot Island, so I suppose that’s the recommended place to start if you’re new to Worlds.

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Neat, but let’s hope we see some more full-fledged islands populate this map in the upcoming year!


One last thing: Dr. Hare finally showed up to his own game, Dr. Hare’s Revenge! And it only took him two months since the mini-game’s release. Regardless, he’s here—or at least, he will be once you finish all four zones of the game. If you’ve already beat the game but haven’t seen him, you can see him right away next time you hop on over.

When he shows up on the scene, he’ll fire his fancy new carrot-powered ray gun at Carotenoid for being useless, and Carotenoid will fall to pieces. RIP.

Then he’ll turn his target to you… except, of course, you’ve snagged all his carrots (never mind the many boxes that remain all over the place). Still, he’ll trick you into looking away, and he’ll be gone before you know it. Oh, and you’ll get 500 coins again—I suppose that’s a good deal!

(Why yes, I did snag myself a new jacket from one of the hip-hoppers in the store earlier. Reppin’ Poptropica in Poptropica… makes sense, right?)

Also: if you’ve yet to beat the game, we’ve got a Dr. Hare’s Revenge Guide right here!


Well, that concludes this super-big update! What did you like or wish was different? Share your thoughts in the comments below. ✌️

Keep troppin’ and don’t be trippin’,

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Legendary, All-Bright Sabers

Hey Poptropicans! It’s Slanted Fish, popping in with the latest.

To start with, Legendary Swords is back on Poptropica Original—it’s a mini-quest where you hack and slash your way past evil robots on a distant planet. Check out our Legendary Swords Guide here if you need some pointers!

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While Legendary Swords used to be a store item, it was removed some time ago (for reasons unknown). Now you can find it on the Map as an island, and it comes with a sweet medallion when you complete it.

The sad news for some of us is this: it’s for members only.

If you know your Legendary Swords history, you may recall that it originally came out in 2011 as Free+, which meant the game was free for everyone, but members could have special benefits (in this case, more swords). In 2013, it was labeled as Free, period.

Sometime in the past couple years or so, LS and some other items have mysteriously been pulled from the store. While it’s great to see this adventure return, seeing it come back as members only seems likely to exacerbate concerns about the conflict of Creators’ commitment to both players and revenue streams. What do you think?


Speaking of swords, you can snag yourself a brand new glowing one over on Poptropica Worlds! If you go into your house and watch the short video clip on your TV for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you’ll be awarded with this cyan blue lightsaber:

UPDATE (Dec 11): The reward is now a red lightsaber, with red light coming out of the sides as well!

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Thanks to Young Hippo (Jersey Devil) for the lightsaber images.

You can also get in on some Star Wars action on Poptropica Original—by watching the same clip on Home Island, you can win (not for the first time) a BB-8 Follower!


One last cool thing for this post: check out this snapshot from Poptropica HQ! It’s got a giant poster of a stylized Spencer Albright, from the Poptropica graphic novels, with the caption “The Curator.” Pretty neat!

Also: “new office”? Presumably still in Boston, but I wonder why they moved!

Anyway, that’s all for now. Let us know what you think of the Legendary Swords return, Star Wars items, and Spencer Albright poster in the comments below! Stay popping, Poptropping trotters. 🐫

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Popspiracy: Resident E. Vile 2

Hey folks, Cobalt here! Oh, and happy Easter! 😉

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So, now that I’m an actual author, I suppose it’s time the series I started on the PHB not too long ago resurfaces. In short, these “Popspiracies” are what we think is cooking up behind the scenes at Poptropica HQ. You know, the things Skinny Moon would love to tell us but can’t? 😛

Here is my little theory.

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Yes, I cannot let go of Legendary Swords. I never will.

This had me thinking. Why would Poptropica buy (or make themselves, we don’t know!) wall decor for an apparent Legendary Swords robot we never saw in-game? :/

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We definitely didn’t see this fella in the first Legendary Swords. Why would they make this character, its design, and have them as literal wall decor in their headquarters if development on it was abandoned?

Here’s where my final points come in. Let’s look at the first Daily Pop sneak peek we had this month.

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For one, that definitely feels like outer space in the background, considering the apparent portal or wormhole or whatever time universe space jazz that is.

Second, is that not a purple cave? Oh, where else did we see purple caves in space, huh?

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Also, the menacing darkened entity in the background. It has glowing red eyes. Now, E.Vile does not have glowing red eyes. But – the robots do!

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While it is obvious enough – we then look at the caption. “I’m only happy when it reigns.” That is a play on words, and from what we know from Reign of Omegon (the title of the third episode of PoptropiCon), this can only mean one thing. Whatever that creature is, it wants control. Probably of Poptropica and the universe, and we all know that was E. Vile’s goal, right before we kinda never saw him again

What do you Poptropicanos think? Do legends ever die? Talk about it! I want to hear what you think ! 😀

Well, I guess that about wraps this conspiracy up. Legendary Swords may still be in development! I’ll pop back in soon. Later folks, and have a great Easter!

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Thank you SD for the picture! 😉

-Cobalt Spinner

Mystery of the Battle Arena

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Note: The original post can be found on Slippery Raptor’s Blog, which frequently features new mysteries, reviews, and other Poptropica thoughts – check it out!

The battle arena — a feature promised in the Legendary Swords mini-quest that never made it to the game. Is it another Monster Carnival? Will we see it again on Poptropica? We may never know, but I’m here to investigate on that case!

Warning: The post includes slight spoilers.

Background

Back in November 2011, Poptropica released a mini-quest different from other mini-quests: Legendary Swords. It mainly focuses on swordfighting (hence the name) and robots. This is also the first time your player decides to take a “vacation” to outer space. As your player gazes the vast galaxy, he/she notices an explosion coming from a jungle planet (not to be confused with the one from Astro-Knights) and decides to investigate the explosion. He/she comes across evil robots headed by Dr. E. Vile, who plans to take over Poptropica.

After defeating the final robot in the game, your player speaks to Dr. E. Vile and hopes to find the mastermind. Back in the early days of the game, players would see this familiar “coming soon” banner of the feature at the end of the game, but some time ago, it was removed – a promise that didn’t get to see the light of day.

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Similar to Monster Carnival, the idea of a Legendary Swords Battle Arena has appeared a couple of times around the game, becoming another Poptropica mystery. While Poptropica hasn’t made any news regarding the feature, some hints have surfaced – let’s take a look.

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In 2013, Poptropica hinted at the Battle Arena in the trash scene on Mocktropica Island. Since it’s in the trash, is it officially scrapped?

Along with this tidbit is a “Monster Carnival” script with a “NOPE” on it, which caused many players to lose hope over the island that almost never was. But months later, Monster Carnival debuted on Poptropica! Could the same happen with the Battle Arena?

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Another rumor before Mocktropica launched were the sneak peeks of battle bots seen in the Daily Pop possibly being connected to the return of Legendary Swords. Sadly, this was proven false as they turned out to be part of the Mega Fighting Bots game on Mocktropica!

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More evidence that the Battle Arena had not been forgotten appeared in the second episode of PoptropiCon’s common room, the Atrium. The room is filled with displays of Legendary Swords references and concepts around the mini-quest. There’s also a statue of Dr. E. Vile as a Poptropican, and statues of the robots that appeared in-game. Will we ever see it again? Check out the pictures:

Verdict

For this case, I think Poptropica doesn’t have plans to continue this for now and that’s why they removed the banner on Legendary Swords (and also to end the mystery, at least for now). I suppose Poptropica is kind of busy with the new features and upgrades back in 2011, they did say that they always “poke around” and they do their best to make Poptropica better than ever so, that’s why they didn’t have time for the feature.

It’s understandable why this happened and my verdict is that it won’t come around for now; maybe in due time, or maybe it never will. As the Creators like to say to questions on Twitter, they “never say never“! What do you think?

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If the Battle Arena happened, what would it look like? Leave a comment! 🙂

-Slippery

Poptropica Portfolio: Chris Goodwin

Nate Greenwall isn’t the only one posting his Poptropica illustrations – I recently stumbled upon the site of Chris Goodwin, an illustrator/designer working for Poptropica, whose online portfolio can be found here. This post comes in three parts. As always, click to enlarge the pics!

Perhaps the most interesting section is character design: designs for E. Vile’s robots from Legendary Swords (as well as some props seen in P-Con: Ep. 2), a huge collection of characters (including several unreleased ones – some possibly for Ep. 3 of PoptropiCon!), unused flying ace designs (the corner suggests they were for the Virus Hunter minigame, Nano-Combat Training), ideas for Max McGullicutty’s look in Survival: Ep. 5, and finally, rough drafts of robots for Game Show Island.

The next section is concept art – ideas for various parts of the game. Here we see color plans for areas inside Joe’s body on Virus Hunter Island, shape ideas for “air creatures” in his lungs, a look at an extravagant (though unused) virus bug, several sketches of dark scenes, racer cars we’ve seen before as a scrapped idea, a Legendary Swords doodle, the Monster Carnival common room, and a sketch from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Island.

Lastly, there’s a section devoted to scene illustrations – most of these are already in the game, though the one of the cabin is not (but it seems to belong to the unnamed geological park island).

The rest are: the tutorial island in the Poptropica app, Ephraim University (both exterior and interior) from Mocktropica, Soundstage #1 on Back Lot, the Hemlock Herald newspaper room on Ghost Story, a hallway door and post office common room on Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and the bonus quest on Twisted Thicket. Seeing them each as one big scene makes it all the more awesome. ❤

Poptropica sure is beautiful, and Chris has made some really creative contributions to the game we know and love. Enjoy the Chris Goodwin collection, and stay popping, Poptropicans! 😀