What’s popping, Poptropicans? Blake here, with some Poptropican news!
First off, happy Back to the Future Day! It was 30 years ago today that Marty McFly, Doc Brown and that other third girl arrived on this very day in the future!
Poptropica even made a graphic to celebrate, featuring a Poptropican-ized Marty (which I’d love to have available as a costume, by the way). A couple of PHB authors also made graphics for the occasion, featuring the DeLorean parked on Night Watch Island. Check them out!
Next, the Creators have announced that the Poptropica app users can now unlock mobile-exclusive pets! For $0.99, you can pick up the Pets Pack which features a cat, dog, and owl (all wearable features, not followers).
Also, the Import Your Desktop Look feature is now here for iOS and Android users, as well as Timmy Failure Island which is available as a free download!
Plus, Poptropica tweeted a random bit of Ghost Story Island trivia: the voice who creepily asks, “Are you looking for someone?” is Creator Dr. Lange, whose Poptropican is seen on Virus Hunter Island!
Ghost Story Island trivia: The voice is a Pop designer who later lent her likeness to Dr. Lange on Virus Hunter! pic.twitter.com/QrKQSOUewo
Well, that’s all for now! Stay popping, Poptropicans! I’ve gotta go back to 1985, or else this old guy who dragged me to a mall is going to die! Wow, that sounds kind of dark when it’s taken out of context…
What isn’t happening in the world of Poptropica? Prepare to have your mind blown with all the new things happening in the Poptropica universe! 😀
Runner-up #2 in the CYDI contest
The next runner-up of the Create Your Dream Island contest, without further ado, is…
Fashion Crisis Island!
Now, even though I’m not that big on fashion 😆 , I still am pretty impressed and pleased that this girl won. I’ve never heard of the idea being used, and the prospect of an island based on the costumizing feature is pretty smart —
When you’re on Fashion Crisis Island, you must recover a stolen line of clothes for a very famous designer right before an important show.
Is it just me, or is it strange that all the winners up until now have been girls? I’m excited to see a boy’s idea, but in the meantime, I’d like to congratulate Elsa W. of Illinois — or Bronze Fox — for the awesome idea and the impressive ranking. 😀 Here’s why the Creators liked the idea:
Costumizing is one of the most popular things to do on Poptropica, and yet we’ve never made an Island based entirely around using the Costumizer. Elsa’s idea presented a lot of opportunities to let players create new costumes. It was also set in the the 1940s, which we haven’t done before, and featured some famous fashion icons as characters.
More music men
Kyle Fox now has a Soundcloud, and he’s uploaded his few but wholesome tracks that he’s made for Poptropica. I want to give him a shout out for all the music work that slips by as Jeff Heim’s — I personally love the MFB theme. 😀
Another unknown composer for the theme and sound effects of the Forgotten Islands app has now been uncovered:Bob Baffy! The theme sounds great as do the sound effects, and I hope he might do more soundtracks for Poptropica in the future. 😉
Jeff Heim recently posted aDemo Reelfor his work on Poptropica, including a new Villain theme for the island Super Power. Sounds awesome!
Mythology SUI offers easier River Styx
As mentioned the recent PCB post, the upcoming Mythology Island SUI is going to have an easier River Styx scene (check it out here), and I immediately had to check and see what it was like. Well, they weren’t lying — all you do is jump over an alligator and you’re home free!
I wonder if they’ve made any of the other hard parts of the island easier — maybe the red eyed snake game and the Aphrodite test. Either way, I’m happy! 😛
Who is Catie?
There’s a question that remains a mystery, and that question is “Who is Catie?”. Written on a wall on Virus Hunter Island, we see “Catie was here” scribbled onto it. Designers often do this sort of thing in Poptropica – for example, in Mocktropica, written on the wall in the Poptropica Headquarters is “Nasan was here”. Nasan Hardcastle is a designer for Poptropica, and he wrote it there. So who is Catie? An unknown designer? There are multiple possible answers.
Catherine Prentice is a writer for Pearson, but it seems unlikely that she would be designing anything. There’s also Catherine Gilliland, a person who strangely liked a Poptropica tour on YouTube, and that was pretty much it. Who do you think Catie is? We may never know…
And did you notice the view count on the tour? Over 5 million hits!
Night Watch book may be coming soon
Here’s some forewarning — a written book for Night Watch Island may be coming soon. Why? First, I don’t think that they will be releasing books for all of the islands — just a select few that have a strong enough story and cast of characters to work with. For sure, Night Watch Island has a pretty good story to begin with, but I’m not just going out on a limb like that. You guys know I wouldn’t do that. ;p
Around mid-2012, around the time that Night Watch Island was being made, multiple preliminary sketches for the illustrations for the book pertaining to Cryptids Island were posted to the Daily Pop. Around the same time, a sketch looking very similar to the drawings for Cryptids Island was posted — showing the rare Cat Burglar costume being worn and the Poptropican posing in multiple positions. I have a hunch that the picture was actually some preliminary sketches for a new book pertaining to Night Watch, where a Cat Burglar contributes to the plot. What do you think?
How many theories did I fit into this post? XD Quite a few… 😛
Some of you may have seen the Roman soldier on top of the tourist center on Shark Tooth Island, as mentioned in Sam’s post last week – but in case you missed the updates in that post, there’s more to the Shark Tooth shenanigans. If you go left of Main Street, you’ll find yourself on a small island with a wrecked ship in the background that definitely wasn’t there before. And that’s not all! Check out some of these other new places on other islands, also to the left of Main Street:
There’s a floating car on Night Watch, a smoldering crop circle on Astro-Knights, a barbed wire fence and some PASE boxes on Lunar Colony, and a plain wooden fence on Vampire’s Curse. Those seem to be all the ones so far, but do comment if you find another. 😛
All of these areas are pretty small, and they seem to serve no purpose as of now – my guess is that they might be used as ad spaces in the future, but who knows? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
(Scroll down the post for news on the members’ Back Lot Island gear pack!)
Something for the Non-Members: For the first time ever, the creators have announced the first 10 Non-Members to complete the latest island. Not only that, it is the first time that the “Top 10 Finishers” has been presented in this new 1-photo format.
I will admit, I love yelling action and cut and pretending I’m J.J. Abrams just as much as the next guy but… I do wonder where in the world are the other two items, the Silent Treatment power, and the Clapperboard item? I guess only time will tell. Let’s hope that we see the next two items and a release date for Back Lot Island some time soon!
Edit: The Clapboard itemhas now been released! Thanks to Thing 1 for the heads up. When you activate it you yell “Take 1” “Take 2” and “Take 3” and slap the Clapboard together. Now we just need the final power!
Yet another edit: The final power has been released: the Silent Treatment power! You can now turn the world of Poptropica into a black-and-white world of film history with the click of a button!
Hey guys, BT here. First of all, the mall cop adventure, Night Watch Island, is now available to the public! If you’re having a hard time coping with Eddie the coral snake and a burglar on the loose, check out our Night Watch Island guide here.
First of all, here’s the trailer that makes you really feel like you’re watching a cartoon:
And people say that making a movie isn’t all fun and games. And here’s what the info page says:
The greatest filmmaker of all time has come out of hiding, and he needs your help to make his masterpiece. But will you be producing the next big blockbuster, or is there trouble in tinseltown? From the first frame to the final cut, it’s lights, camera, action!
So… we’re making a movie? Hmm… I wonder what it would be? Now, here’s the Bonus Quest information, which brings some distressing news for our poor Poptropican characters:
The back lot’s owners have returned– and they want you off their property! Can you outrun studio security and get away with a valuable souvenir? Find out how to get membership now!
Oh great. -_- . But why would our Poptropicans, usually selfless, want to steal bring along some sort of souvenir?
Now, here’s the desktop wallpaper:
So is that the famed filmmaker the main island description was talking about? Sheesh, he’s a stern-looking fellow.
And here’s the printable poster:
I see an award winner (who looks like Audrey Hepburn), old fashioned comedy, diva, some Elvis Presley looking guy, a director with a clapboard, some King Kong style thing, the director guy, a female pilot, a Wild West style thing (wait, is that Elmer?), a Gollum look-a-like (from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies), and The Hobo guy (A spoof on The Hobbit) on a Hollywood style background. Hmm…
And here’s the Member’s Only Gold Cards:
So what do you think of this upcoming Back Lot Island?