Paradise Island, Pets

Now boarding: to Paradise Island ✈️🌴

Hey Poptropicans—big things ahead! Group 1 is now boarding the first flight to the shortly anticipated Paradise Island. Poptropica has begun rolling out a new kind of Home Island experience, and thanks to idk the glitcher via the Poptropica Club, here’s how you can get your ticket for the journey:

  1. Head over to idk’s Format Loader and select “HTML5 MVP (Haxe JS)” from the dropdown menu. For best results, don’t enter a username or password, which will give you a new, unsaved account. (You can log in with your account, but it’ll skip some of the new features.) Click Submit, and you’re off!
  2. Another method you can try is clearing Poptropica.com cookies in your web browser and then clicking “Play Now” on Poptropica’s homepage, though that won’t always work.

Oh, and good news: The game screen is now suitably bigger! Honestly, they should have kept it that way a long time ago.

You’ll be welcomed by a Poptropica Airways flight attendant who enthuses about your destination, which will be “your own island.” She’ll ask you to confirm your photo, which will bring up the familiar orange customization screen. Once you’re ready to go, you’ll walk to the “Now Boarding” lane, and a plane loading screen is all that divides you from your destination: Paradise Island!

And then you land on a tropical shore—there doesn’t seem to be a runway for the plane—and are greeted by an enthusiastic girl who insists on giving you a tour. She introduces the promenade and admits they’ve been behind on construction, but now that you’re here, you’ll be in charge! A half-built construction is visible not too far off… Anyway, she also takes you to the taco truck (which we saw in an earlier sneak peek) and your beach house.

But before you can enter, you’ll need to save your account. That screen looks different too: now, as you settle on a username and password, you get a “Citizen of the Poptropica Archipelago” passport with your photo!

Once you enter your house (which here is sometimes referred to as your Beach Hut, despite its grandiose nature), you’ll be greeted by two more girls eager to show you around. That’s when you get your first task: to buy three furniture items from the store Ko-Kea (a strange rebranding of Ikea?).

You access Ko-Kea through the menu, which is now a smartphone instead of the usual backpack. It’s basically like the clubhouse store we know from Home Island. When you’ve bought your three items, you get what becomes the first of many “Task Complete” screens. And can I just say… Is this not literally Mocktropica?

But wait, there’s more! You’ll then get a second task, which is to pick flowers from the promenade with which to decorate your new home. Step outside and you’ll find five very obviously placed spots to pick your flowers, complete with a counter at the top of the screen. Bring them back to your house, and the two girls, satisfied, will leave you to do your own building for your “dream island.” (One good thing from the tasks, though: they come with rewards of credits.)

There is one last bit with the first girl who met you, though. She’ll show you your mailbox in front of your home, where you’ll be getting messages… on your smartphone. Logic aside, your first message comes from an unnamed friend, a girl with blonde hair, who’s excited to come visit (misspelled) you soon.

A couple other messages remind you to get your daily login bonus of credits (so that’s still a thing) and to come back tomorrow to adopt a pet. That’s it from the girls’ tour, but there’s more to explore!


Yes, despite the absence of a pet barn on your island, you can still get pets. Come back the next day, and you’ll find a new Adopt-a-Pet stand.

All the ones we’ve known are there, but there’s a new pet for members: an adorable Corgi. Without the pet barn, we don’t (yet?) have a way to customize pet colors, but you can still buy pet accessories. In fact, it’s another mandated task.

Day two’s final task is to begin decorating the island for an upcoming beach party. Grab some stuff from Ko-Kea, click “Decorate” from the menu, and add items to your island just like with clubhouse decorating. Ta-da!

Looks like we’ll have to keep waiting for a new day to unfold more happenings. Wonder how many days the Creators have planned out? In the meantime, the Map has been added to your smartphone, so you can go exploring the few islands currently out on Haxe (including Home Island, which may soon be replaced)!

Everything else on the smartphone is pretty self explanatory, and we already went through most of them earlier. Here’s a quick note on the rest: Closet brings up your collection of items (mostly store costumes), and along with Account and Settings, the screens are all familiar. Remember to use the curved arrow button to go “back” on your virtual phone anytime you need it.


Let’s explore what else is on Paradise Island! On the promenade, you’ll find, of course, your house, taco truck, and the surf shop (which is what we’ve previously known as just “the store,” where you can buy costumes and more for your character). If you head to the right, you’ll also find a trampoline, a rock wall and water slide combo, and… that’s about it. For now, at least!

Oh, and as you go around different scenes, you’ll come across a few new loading screens. Thankfully, they’re much less in-the-face about membership benefits like the ones we’ve been seeing recently (which don’t appear in this “paradise” version of Haxe). In fact, these monochromatic patterned pieces featuring sea animals, summer snacks, and other random items are all pretty cute!


That brings us to the end of our visit to Paradise Island—for now. Does it impress you? Or does it leave something to be desired? Here’s my humble opinion, from someone who’s been playing the game since near the very beginning.

It’s certainly a big update with new features that offer incentives to log in more often to see what’s new. Some of the ideas brought to life are pretty neat, like being able to decorate the exterior of an entire island.

But something doesn’t feel quite right. Why this, and why now? At a time when all Poptropicans really want is a new island to play, why did Poptropica create what is basically an overhaul of Home Island and its functions? It seems the word “island” doesn’t mean to the Creators what it means to the players.

Home Island

In the Poptropica universe, an island, at least in the past, has implied a story within which the player is immersed. (And a story, of course, implies a beginning, middle, and end.) Cobbling together a to-do list (ahem, Paradise Island) or a few mini-games (Reality TV: Wild Safari) on a new “island” area on the map, with little else to do, just doesn’t feel like a real island.

Now, perhaps we can give a free pass to the open-ended Home Island as a landing pad for players to kick back in between island adventures, and even to Paradise Island as it’s basically Home Island rebranded.

Snagglemast Island

But for the Poptropica Creators to invest so much into re-creating, over and over, the perfect new player experience (Monkey Wrench, Home, Snagglemast) — that takes away from the time and energy they could have been spending to create an actual island as defined above. After all, the majority of players have been waiting literal years for a proper story-driven island.

In other words, Paradise Island feels okay at best, but it’s not what anyone’s been asking for. (Creators, if you want to hear our ideas, read our Pop Petitions!)

But what do you think of Poptropica Airways and Paradise Island? Share your thoughts, questions, and concerns in the comments below! 🛬

~Slanted Fish 🐠

Membership, Paradise Island, Poptropica Store, Sneak Peeks

Let’s taco ’bout some new store items 🌮

Hey, Poptropicans! This update comes in two parts: one new sneak peek, and hundreds of new items. Let’s pop right in.

Last week, Poptropica gave us a sneak peek of an upcoming feature called Poptropica Airways. Needless to say, it left many fans curious. And this past week, the Creators shared a new teaser image on Instagram, of two characters in front of a taco truck (“Taco Loco”) manned by the same girl who also mans whatever the latest food stand is on Home Island (currently, ice cream). Is this related?

Whether or not this is another remodel for Home Island with tropical trees, we’re also wondering, could this be related to whatever Poptropica Airways is?

And who are the other characters? They seem like player characters—the girl wears the Sweet Strawberry summer dress from the store, and the boy has the exact look of “Got Game,” one of the default Haxe characters. And there’s a pet puppy. Could this be a new multiplayer space? What’s your theory?


In other news—and this is a big one—the three main stores on Home Island have all received massive shipments of new items. We’re talking hundreds of items across the shops, the most we’ve ever seen!

The Poptropica store currently has 44 costumes (practically double the usual), 4 followers, 4 powers, 4 pranks, and 15 miscellaneous items. That’s 71 items in total!

A few new items can be found within this large gallery of goods. We have 6 trendy outfits: Summer Cool*, Sunny Sport*, Natural Breeze*, Gossip Girl, and Coolin. While 9 new items have graced the miscellaneous section, 3 of them are actually new: Slime*, Rainbow Balloon*, and Instant Camera*. (* = for members)

Speaking of members, a few formerly-exclusive member gifts are up for purchase in the store (for members only, of course). These include: Stylin’ Outfit*, Cool Outfit*, Party Popper* (one of this month’s member gifts), Flamingo Floatie*, Watermelon Purse*, Drone Flying Follower*, Popsicles*, and Hover Scooter*.

Why give these exclusive items for a limited time if they’re going to be available in the store down the line? Sure, they’re still “exclusive” to members, but they’re no longer limited edition. And buying a member gift at a later date does mean they aren’t free like before. This might be a good thing, as it makes the items more easily available, while monthly subscribers can still be the first to have the shiny new thing, though others may later catch up to their collections. Thoughts?

Member Gifts are touted as “exclusive.”

The pet store lineup has kept the same items, but there are three new accessories: a Unicorn Horn (slightly different from the Rainbow Horn), a Pink Tiara, and a purple Beanie. In Haxe, the visual quality of these items has become noticeably pixelated. Looks like this part still needs a bit of work.


The clubhouse store probably received the largest update up to this point. Across its five sections, the clubhouse store has 197 items, most of which are brand new! There were so many, I had to group each category. Behold!

There’s plenty of cool stuff to decorate your clubhouse with, so make sure to save some extra coin! Prices range from 25 credits (for simpler items like balloons) to 2000 (!!) credits (for big motor ships). Slanted Fish and I took some pics with some of these new furnishings to show you what they look like in-game:


So it looks like the Creators are well on their way in creating options for customization for Poptropica’s future in Haxe. Let’s hope the island migration from Flash to Haxe sees similar progress! What other items and features do you want to see in the game? Share your ideas in the comments!

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin 🐬

Paradise Island, Poptropica app, Sneak Peeks, Social Media

Airways and Animal Jam ✈️🦊

Hey Poptropicans! In a stunning turn of events, Poptropica has suddenly, somehow managed to do the unexpected: shared actual sneak peek images of something they’re working on, and post a controversial tweet.

Let’s fly into the first thing: sneak peeks! Over on the Creators’ Blog, they shared a post teasing “new stuff” they’re working on. As is the case with their communications these days, the writing is sparse, leaving much to the imagination. But whatever Poptropica Airways is, it’s about to make a landing.

Could planes be the new blimps? That might explain the recent disappearance of the beloved, Poppies-award-winning blimp decor in clubhouses, even while blimps continue to be our Poptropicans’ mode of inter-island travel. But if that’s the case—even conceding that planes might be a more modern form of travel—Poptropica would certainly be losing a very iconic part of its identity! Even the Creators’ Blog uses the blimp in their branding.

And what to make of the blimp photo on the clerk’s desk? Is it a tribute to a soon-to-be past, or will blimps be relegated to being the beat-up rafts to the Phoenix Warbirds of the air? (That’s a Skullduggery Island metaphor, btw.)

Or is this part of a new island adventure? The post does also say they’re working on converting islands, with Time Tangled and Mythology in progress right now—which seems to leave little room for the planning and developing of an entirely new island. But who knows?


Now onto the next juicy news: yes, for the second time in 2020, Poptropica managed to tweet something controversial. (In case you missed it, Poptropica briefly endorsed Joe Biden for US president on Twitter.)

It all started when the Poptropica app reached #1 somewhere in Apple’s App Store, knocking out Fortnite for the top spot. Of course, this called for a celebratory post (and story) on Instagram that started innocently enough, mentioning how they’d outlasted games like Club Penguin and Animal Jam.

But Poptropica’s tone was a little more over-the-top with the gloating on Twitter. In addition to a similar post sharing the same news, Poptropica also responded to a Twitter thread from Animal Jam co-founder Clark Stacey by saying, “First #clubpenguin and now #animaljam too? It’s lonely at the top. #poptropicaforever.” Poptropica’s tweet was pulled in less than a day, but we saved some pics, plus Mr. Stacey’s unamused response, which remains.

Mr. Stacey’s original Twitter commentary had been about the struggles of kids’ game developers being incentivised to create their games for a general audience rather than specifically for the kids category of game lists, as well as Apple’s ambiguity about why they were rejecting game updates to Animal Jam and other kids’ games. And instead of offering sympathy from a fellow kids’ game developer, Poptropica decided to gloat.

The Animal Jam co-founder swiftly called them out for being “childish” and “sloppyheaded,” adding that “the Poptropica I know was above this sort of thing.” Which brings us to the question, what’s up with Poptropica’s lackluster communications to players lately? Since Skinny Moon left in 2017, the years of general silence (with occasional vague updates) that followed were unimpressive enough, but this year’s (albeit deleted) Twitter blunders are bewildering. We sure do miss the days when Poptropica had a dedicated social media manager who took the time of day to respond to players’ questions!

By the way, Fortnite’s fall from the top spot is likely related to the game recently being pulled from both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store for trying to circumvent the stores’ 30% “tax” on in-app purchases by offering a direct-payment option away from the app stores.

In-app purchases give a cut of the cost to the app stores.

But Poptropica does the exact same thing: even though you can buy a Pop membership through an in-app purchase (which gives a cut of the costs to the app store), you can also buy a membership directly on Poptropica’s website, which would allow Pop to keep 100% of the earnings. No matter where you buy the membership, it gets applied to your account on the app (as well as on the computer). So perhaps some sympathy for the predicaments of games like Fortnite is in order. After all, Poptropica could very well be at the same risk.

You can buy a membership on the app and directly from Poptropica’s website.

That wraps up these peculiar updates! What do you think Poptropica Airways will be? Thoughts on Poptropica’s Twitter habits? Hoorays for the app’s achievement? Sound off in the comments below!

~Slanted Fish 🐠