This is a guest post from Azure sharing their My Place in Poptropica story, which is all about one’s Poptropica journey. Enjoy!
Hey everyone! I’m Little Heart or Azure, I’m currently 19 years old, and this is My Place In Poptropica, from when I barely knew how to use a computer to current date.
2008–2009 | The Bag of Rocks
I was about 5–6 years old around this time and I saw my older sister playing a game on the family desktop. So I asked her, “What are you playing?” and that was when I learnt about Poptropica for the very first time. I vividly remember she was playing Time Tangled Island in that timeline where you had to collect the bag of salt rocks off that building.
As a confused 5-year-old, I quickly returned the game back to my sister. I also remember around this time, I physically hurt myself because I was struggling with Shark Tooth Island (of all islands…).
2011 | Grandmother’s House
Around summer 2011, I rediscovered Poptropica whilst at my grandmother’s house, and it was honestly some of the most fun I had ever had. I wouldn’t get frustrated with islands anymore, because these blogs would have walkthroughs for all islands.
On Friday and Saturday nights, I would stay up until 3 a.m. playing an island, to the obvious and understandable dismay of my parents. This was also the time I developed a habit of faking illness to go over to my grandmother’s to play Poptropica.
2012 | Creating My Accounts
Nearing the end of summer 2012, after another full summer of grinding Poptropica, I made my very first save account under the alias “Orange Hero.” Unfortunately, I have no screenshots of that character (you’ll find out why later on). From September to December 2012, I would have a different island completed every couple of days, and by Christmas that year, I had completed 29 islands.
However, during the last week of 2012, I made a mistake no one with an account in any video game should do: I dropped my password in an active Poptropica blog. Somehow, I was absolutely perplexed to find out, on the very last day of 2012, that my account got hacked. Luckily, back in October 2012, I had created Little Heart as a backup in case anything went wrong with my main account. Going into 2013, I immediately kicked it off with my new account, and was granted membership for the first time during that month.
2013–2015 | The Golden Years
This was when I truly started taking Poptropica seriously. Back then, with a membership, you had early access to islands before they were released to everyone, so I would always try to be one of the first people worldwide to complete it. Still, only once was I a part of the first 100 to complete an island.
April 2013 was when I first discovered the Poptropica Help Blog, and I honestly wish I did sooner. From then till now, I can’t think of anything I don’t like about this blog. I must admit, however, around this time I had a massive ego and truly thought I was above everyone.
You could find me being cringe under old posts under the name HatersLoveMe4897. 😂
2014 and 2015 was more of the same, with me being obsessed with Poptropica, I did not mind the then-new Sound Updated Islands, also known as SUIs, as all of the old stuff was still there.
September 2015–present | Quitting?
When I began high school (which basically starts at 7th grade where I’m from), I knew I had to reduce my time playing drastically, to a point where I had almost completely forgotten about Poptropica.
Every year in July, the Poptropica Help Blog hosts a party to celebrate its anniversary. I promised myself to be present at all of them post-2015… and then completely forgot about it for the next 2 years. 😂 I did attend the annual party in 2018 and 2019, but the game felt completely different compared to 5 years ago, and not really because I was older.
The above image is the last screenshot I have of my account from Poptropica as I remembered it. I especially wish I was still able to check through those photos… and I still don’t know how over 5,000 of my friends got deleted lol.
More memories: Gentle Dolphin from the PHB’s Poptropica Help Chat on Discord drew this absolute masterpiece of my Poptropican, and honestly, I was obsessed with this image for a while.
In October 2020, I created this banger of a costume for the PHB’s Halloween contest, and that was pretty much the last time I logged on to the game.
Current thoughts: I’ll never bring myself to say that a game that was the biggest part of my childhood is bad now. It’s definitely not a bad game, but everything just feels different. The disappearance of islands that I really enjoyed, like Skullduggery, Reality TV, Red Dragon, Mystery Train, etc, due to Flash’s end was upsetting, but I guess it needed to be done.
I hopped onto my account for the first time in ages earlier this year, and I was surprised to see the common room on Home Island being just as active as any common room was a decade ago.
My username is knucklehead5249, feel free to add me!
~Peace, love, Azure out ✌🏽💙
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