2021 PHB Readers’ Survey Results 📱📊

Howdy Poptropicans! It’s LJ here to bring you the awaited 2021 PHB Readers’ Survey results and analysis.

Last month, I announced our annual survey where we ask a selection of questions related to you and your experiences with Poptropica and the PHB in order to get to know you better. Over the duration of three weeks we amassed a total of 115 responses! Here’s what we came up with…

Which of our past surveys did you participate in?

To start, we like to ask which of our past surveys you’ve partaken in. As usual, the percentage gets smaller as you go back through the years — however, 2014 has increased from last year (perhaps there are more people revisiting). On the flip side, a big portion of you said this was your very first time participating: the biggest percentage of new readers yet. Welcome!

(Note that the percentage total goes above 100% due to the ability to select more than one answer.)

What is your gender?

Gender-wise, females dominate our viewer base with almost double the amount of males. The gap is a little smaller though. Females make up 62% and males make up 30%. Our viewers that identify as something other than male or female is about the same with just over 7%.

What is your age?

15-18 year-olds remain the largest group at 30% and the 22 or older group remains the smallest with a mere 5%. For the first time ever, the 6-11 year-olds have surpassed the 12-14 year-olds and the 19-21 group has dropped from second to fourth as compared to 2020.

What country do you live in?

The United States continues to be the nation where most of our readers live by a wide margin, followed by Canada, India, Great Britain, and Australia, in that order. Although the numbers may be small, it’s cool to see that we reach people from all around the globe — especially in Europe and Asia! Maybe we’ll see African and South American countries again next time.

If you live in the US, which state or territory do you live in?

For those of you who are in the US (which includes about 67% of you), we asked which state you lived in for a more thorough idea of where you guys are located. California takes the number one spot with 11 survey responders residing there, which makes sense considering the golden state has the highest population in the country. In a surprising twist, though, North Carolina comes in second with 7 people beating out Georgia, which has 6, as well as Florida and New York which each have 5. Texas is also home to 5 PHB readers who took the survey.

When did you discover Poptropica?

Next, we have the Poptropica/PHB-related questions. First we asked when you discovered Poptropica. 2020 was surprisingly the #1 answer with a whopping 16%! (Maybe the pandemic had something to do with that?) 2012 comes next at about 10% with 2008, 2011, and 2019 not too far behind at nearly 9%. It’s also worth noting that one of our survey takers discovered the game only this year in 2021. I totally didn’t expect these results at all, but I’m happy there are a lot of new players!

How often do you play Poptropica?

So we know when you guys discovered Poptropica, but how often do you play it? It looks like most of you are playing either a few times a day or a few times a week — two of the more frequent options — which is more often than any other year of respondents. Overall, though, all of the sections are pretty equal.

Are you a member on Poptropica?

As for membership, the sections are not so equal. Over 84% of Poptropicans currently do not have membership. About 25% of those non-members used to be members whereas about 20% plan to become one sometime in the future. The biggest percentage (38%), however, goes to those who answered “never have and never will”. The remaining 16% are paying members.

When did you first find the PHB?

Now, we asked about when you found the PHB. These results also shocked me. More of you found the PHB in the last 4 years (2018-2021) than the 10 years (2008-2017) prior, and by a lot too! 2020 stands at first with almost 24% alone and 2021 stands at second with 15%. It’s great to have all of you new readers join us! Most of the lowest percentages belong to 2008, 2009, and 2010 respectively.

How did you find us?

As usual, a large majority of you found us through searching the web, presumably searching for island guides. Although all of the other options are miniscule in comparison, I think it’s still interesting to see that we’ve caught people’s attention in various different ways. At an increase from previous years, 14% found us through another website which could be attributed to the Poptropica creators featuring some of our posts on the Creators’ Blog.

How often do you visit the PHB?

When it comes to how often you guys visit the PHB, the three most regular choices are the ones with the highest amount of answers and that makes me quite happy. 😊 “A few times a week” garnered 30% of the answers, “a few times a day” got 27%, “once a day” got 20%, and after that it’s pretty much chronological.

What types of PHB posts do you enjoy?

Poptropica news remains to be our most popular post category with over three quarters of readers saying they enjoy those kinds of posts. Next, with 55%, would be Spotted Dragon’s Community Creations series, with contests very close behind at 54%. Pop 5 lists, Reviews, and Maryann’s The Villain Saga (a new and ongoing fan fiction) are also very favored.

(Note that the percentage total goes above 100% due to the ability to select more than one answer.)

Besides the PHB, what portions of the Poptropica Help Network (PHN) do you regularly browse?

A fewer number of participants answered the question about our Poptropica Help Network facets, but still a good amount nonetheless. The Poptropica Wiki continues to be the most visited, though its current connection to the PHN is ambiguous since our partnership was first formed when the wiki was hosted on Wikia (now known as Fandom, where the current Pop Wiki is hosted). The PHC comes second, and the We-Love-Poptropica DeviantArt group afterward.

(Note that the percentage total goes above 100% due to the ability to select more than one answer.)

Anything else you’d like to add?

Your feedback is of the greatest importance to us, and what better way to get that through the long answer text box? Here are a few of the comments we received, and our responses:

I love to have competitions and psst!!…it’s me DD or Dangerous Dragon!

A good amount of you said something similar, and that’s evident based off the 54% on the chart about which PHB posts you enjoyed. Since posting the survey, we’ve had a fun Guess That Poptropican contest (answers here), and another one is on its way! We also have other contests planned for the near future. Stay tuned!

I’d like to see more stuff on hidden facts about islands that we don’t realize. like how Survival was based on The Most Dangerous Game, or how Pelican Rock was based off Alcatraz island. That would be really interesting 😀

We love references like these! We’ve covered the similarities between Escape from Pelican Rock and Alcatraz Island as part of our Pop Places IRL series, as well as written about The Most Dangerous Game and Survival Island. Plus, each of our Island Guides comes with a trivia section for more fun facts. You might wanna check them out!

Island trivia

Can you tell me how to access the other episodes of Poptropicon, Survival, etc. (besides just the first one) on I have looked and I just don’t see a way and when I browse the internet about it nothing comes up. But I know they exist, soooo, yeah.

You can play the other episodes of all episodic islands on the Poptropica mobile app! But if you want to play them on your computer, you’ll need to use the unofficial Flashpoint version of Poptropica, accessible through idk’s Old Island Directory which we link to on the PHB’s Glitching page. Right now, it’s only available for Windows, but support for Mac and Linux may happen in the future.

When will there be another island added to Poptropica’s website?

Just to clarify, we are not an official Poptropica site — just devoted players like yourself. However, we do have some details. Though we don’t have an exact date to look forward to, the first winner of Poptropica’s Dream Island contest, Fairy Tale Island, is set to release before this summer (if the creators keep their word this time). We even have sneak peeks!

I would like to see some more parties and contests on the PHB.

Not only do we have more contests coming soon, but we also have a few exciting parties lined up. Get ready to party it up over the next few months! It’s going to be a blast. 🎉

That concludes this year’s survey analysis! I hope this was as insightful for you as it was for me.

What did you think of the results? I definitely have a better idea of the content you want to see going forward.

Thank you for participating and thank you for reading as always. I expect for you to join me in the 2022 readers’ survey too. 😉 Pop on!

– LJ 🍀 


📣 Your voice matters: Fill out the 2021 PHB Readers’ Survey! 📮

Howdy, Poptropicans, it’s LJ! Can you believe it’s already time for our yearly readers’ survey? Time really does fly.

I’ve noticed a lot of new community members pop up over the last half year or so, which makes me extra curious of what the current statistics are. Plus, we want your feedback! What type of Poptropica content entices you the most? Do you have anything you’d like to see on the site that we’re not already executing? Or are you just suffering from boredom and need to kill a couple of minutes?

The survey is here for you, and will be open until Saturday, April 10. That gives you 3 weeks to fill it out if you’re an expert procrastinator like me and need the extra time to get started. There are only 13 questions, though, so it should only take about 5 minutes to fill out — if not less. Your identity will remain anonymous unless you choose to share it in the comment box at the end. Anyhow, happy survey taking.

Expect to see the results up sometime in late April or early May. That’s it for today. Thanks for reading as always and I’ll talk to you guys in the next one.

– LJ 🍀


A 20/20 look into the PHB Readers’ Survey results

Good day, Poptropicans! It’s been a while since we conducted the 2020 PHB Readers’ Survey, but we’re finally ready to bring you the results with our analysis. Thanks to everyone who participated!

A couple months ago, we conducted our annual survey to gain greater insight of our reader base: you guys! In the three weeks the survey was open, we received 108 responses (an increase from last year) from Poptropicans all over the world. Really—here’s where in the world PHB readers say they’re from:

What country do you live in?

By the way, yes, (some of) our charts in this post are interactive, so hover your mouse around to view the data! Here are the rest of the results…

Which of our past surveys did you participate in?

Over a span of 7 years, the PHB has held a total of six surveys to better understand our reader demographics. Once again, we were eager to know how many of you taking this year’s survey have been around long enough to participate in those of previous years. For many of you, it was your first PHB survey, but even more of you had participated before, too.

(Note that the percentage total goes above 100% due to the ability to select more than one answer.)

What is your gender?

Like last year, girls make up the majority gender of PHB readers, but it’s mellowed out a bit with 63% this year compared to last year’s almost 70%. The proportions of boys and nonbinary people remains similar as well.

What is your age?

Most of our readers say they’re aged 15–18, which is on par with last year’s results. Notably, the 19–21 age group has increased. They’re now tied with the 12–14 group, compared to last year when they only matched about half the amount of 12–14s and were only the fourth largest group.

If you live in the US, which state or territory?

Like before, the most represented states tend to be the more populous ones. California leads this time, with Florida not too far behind. A few of you claim New York and North Carolina as home, and Poptropicans scattered all over the country are reading this blog.

When did you discover Poptropica?

As previous surveys have shown, many of you found Poptropica in its earlier years, particularly during their prime era when islands were released much more frequently. 2010 and 2008 are the top answers at nearly 15%, followed by 2011 and 2012 at 11%. 

How often do you play Poptropica?

Most of you said you play Poptropica about once every couple weeks, down from last year when the most common answer was a few times a week (which was the second most common answer this year). Looks like Poptropica’s weekly store updates and daily credit rewards do interest some of you enough to log in, but let’s be real, they’re going to need more than that to reel everybody back in! As always, though, this chart is otherwise fairly evenly split between all the other options.

Are you a member on Poptropica?

Continuing the trend from last year, a ~64% majority of you have never been members nor have plans to be. More of you are saying you used to be (27%, up from last year’s 20%), and a smaller sliver are saying you currently have membership (7%, down from 11.6% last year) or that you will be (~2%, down from ~3%). Note, these answers came in before the classic islands were re-released for members only a few weeks ago.

When did you first find the PHB?

The results for this question were pretty evenly distributed over the years, with the top answers being more recent years: 2015, 2018, and 2019 all shared 12%, with 2016 and 2017 at 11% and even 2020 at 9.3%! Earlier years got smaller slices of the pie, but it still overjoys us to see that there are few who’ve been with us since the beginning.

How did you find us?

Not surprisingly, most of you (73.6%) discovered the PHB through searching the web. Other answers, tied at 8.5%, include hearing about us through a friend or sibling, as well as through another website, which is similar to results from before. But “a website link written on the school playground”—now that’s a new one!

How often do you visit the PHB?

Maybe asking on the PHB brings biased answers to this question, but hey, most of our readers say they’re checking in on us a few times a week—which is more than how much they’re logging into Poptropica itself! However, the second and third top answers are down from last year’s, being once every couple of weeks, or once a week, rather than once or a few times a day in 2019. We can’t promise to post every day, but we do try for a couple updates (or more) per week, so stay with us!

Which types of PHB posts do you enjoy?

Multiple answers could be selected here, which is why percentages add up to over 100%. As with previous years, the top answer continues to be news, which works out well as it’s the main thing we post! Many of you also enjoy our blog updates (which covers every time we post, basically) and Community Creations series. Lots of you like our walkthroughs too, but we didn’t count them as posts since they’re not exactly blogs, but are separate pages! Anyway, we’re always looking out for cool bits from the Pop fandom to spotlight, so consider sending in a guest post, too. 🙂

Besides the PHB, what portions of the Poptropica Help Network (PHN) do you regularly browse?

Although a chunk of survey respondents opted not to answer this one, among those who did answer, the Poptropica Wiki continues to be the most popular of the non-PHB sites in the Poptropica Help Network. The other options were only about half as popular, but hey, consider them checking them out! Even with lower activity, these places still have some good content from the past to look back on, and the DeviantArt group in particular still gets new art entries fairly often!

What other Poptropica blogs/fansites do you frequently visit?

We also wanted to know what other Poptropica fan sites you like to keep up with so we can share more Poptropica joy in different spaces. Although there aren’t many active ones these days, some of you mentioned places like Poptropica Tips for Poptropicans, Shiny Bird’s Poptropica Blog, Sporty Boa Blog, Quick Fang’s Poptropica Fun Blog, the Poptropica Club Discord server, Poptropica blogs on Tumblr, and the Pop community on Instagram.

Go check them out! Keep in mind that these sites aren’t affiliated with the PHB, though, so we can’t be responsible for their content. And if you contribute to those spaces, keep it popping—you’re doing great!

Anything else you’d like to add?

For those of you who took the time to write in a comment at the end, we want to affirm that we read each one and appreciated the feedback! Some common themes were keeping the community spirit alive despite the lack of game updates, doing more interactive contests with fans, plus more special posts like fashion ideas (check out our Pop-over series!), Pop Places IRL, and even tribe wars (have you seen our Tribal Tournament?).

Here are a few of the comments we received below, to give you all a taste of the thoughtfulness behind the PHB community:

I really enjoyed the Poptropica trivia and the costume closet page. Please post more behind the scenes stuff if you get exclusive access to it. I really appreciated your blog back in the day, when Poptropica was way more active, but since it kinda died down due to the whole Adobe Flash situation, I started playing less and left for a long time, but alas, the quarantine brought me back. Just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your efforts in keeping the blog and the fanbase active despite Poptropica’s current status and decreasing popularity.


Thanks for those kind words, they mean a lot! For those who want to revisit our trivia, we post fun facts about each island at the end of all our Island Guides. You might learn something new! Plus, over the years we’ve created a lot of good stuff collected under our Pop Plus page, so check that out too. 🙂

Island trivia

I think we should focus more on maintaining our small community. Poptropica’s getting old as well as the audience. I think it’s best that we do more events, getting to know each other, and do activities. We could probably do some brainstorming via social media. I haven’t been in touch with the Poptropican Discord server because the last time I checked (which was probably a year ago), the server was kinda dead. I might try to see which places Poptropicans are the most active and figure out how we could gather up everyone and increase activity without things getting boring pretty quickly.

Also, we should make sure that the Poptropica creators are aware that us Poptropicans are still here waiting for new content. As well as there a plenty of us who are willing to volunteer for beta tests or what not. I hope that Poptropica will live long enough to become a legend that will continue on for generations like the Pokemon and Mario franchises. I think we as a community should play a part in trying to market Poptropica and get more people to join in. We could probably make up fan stories, legends, make more memes that are actually funny, and build connections within other communities so that they’ll get interested. I don’t know what else to think of. But I really don’t want to let go of another childhood memory. I’m proud to be a Poptropican veteran. Long Live Poptropica!

Popular Biker

We love our Poptropica community, and we’re glad to hear it from you guys too! If you’re looking to get plugged in, we’ve list some places on our Community page. Although our PHC Discord server isn’t as active as it used to be, we do post updates there from time to time, and Poptropicans can be found on other servers including the aforementioned Poptropica Club. And we’re still keeping the PHB active, including the comments sections!

The Poptropica Creators have mentioned in their posts that they’re listening to what players want, even suggesting that there may be future opportunities to beta-test their Haxe build. All the other suggestions about spreading the word are great too. As our survey results show, it’s true many in the fandom are also Poptropica veterans who have stuck around (or re-found the game) for nostalgia—which is a pretty powerful force. Long live Poptropica, indeed! 👑

The Creators brought back the classic islands by popular demand.

Contests are a pretty good way to keep people engaged in the game, it would be especially good now since people are staying inside and I have a feeling that they are bored. However the blog seems to be doing pretty well right now, especially with the lack of updates the creators are putting in. Keep doing what you guys are doing!


Contests are always fun, and since several of you brought it up, we hope we can bring you more of them in the near future! Stay tuned; we just might have something planned… 😉

Thanks for tuning into our PHB survey results, and we’ll see you next time!

—the Poptropica Help Blog—


📋 PSA: Take the 2020 PHB Readers’ Survey! ✏️

Howdy, Poptropicans! It’s Lucky Joker here, inviting you to fill out the 2020 PHB Readers’ Survey. Every year, we survey our readers to get a current picture of our community’s demographics and hear from all of you.

Your feedback helps determine the way we run things around here so that you get the best possible reading experience when you visit — and that is the primary goal for us. 🙂 We also like to get a better understanding of how our community and reader base has evolved since the last survey.

The survey will stay open until Saturday, April 18, and we’ll share the results here on the PHB sometime in May. With that said:

✏️ Take the 2020 PHB Readers’ Survey now!

Note: Your identity will remain anonymous, unless you opt to include it in the comment box at the end.

Thanks for sticking with us, and thanks for your feedback! Stay tuned for the results in May, and feel free to check out survey results of previous years in the PHB archives. See you in the next one.

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Poppies, Surveys

Poppies 2019: It’s voting time!

Welcome back, Poptropicans, to more Poppies fun! Now we’re getting into the full swing of things as we commence the second round…

The voting round!

Not sure what’s going on? Catch up on what the Poppies are all about!

We’ve read and tallied up all of your nominations and narrowed them down to the most popular for each category.

This round will determine the winners of the 2019 (5th annual) Poppies, so cast your votes before Wednesday, July 24 in our survey!

We’ll be announcing the winners live at our PHC party later this month on Friday, July 26, the PHB’s 11th birthday! We’ll let you know the rest of the party details next week, so stay tuned. For now…

Keep calm and vote on!