Hey Poptropicans, pop in for treasures, a contest, and some fan art!
The Baron has landed, and Jade and Goofy are the flavors of the season. 🪲🤪 Enjoy the memorabilia from the latest Dream Islands, Jade Scarab and Goofball, totaling 550 credits for the whole haul.
The trend continues over to the left with a jade-colored boxer wearing a goofy grin! Boxing Barb by Nervous Star, the latest costume contest winner, comes in three parts including gloves and shoes, all free for taking. Get them while you can — the Baron doesn’t stay long! 💥🥊
Hey Poptropicans, pop in for fashion, ads, and art — all at once!
May’s costume contest fan submissions reel is out and ready to be admired! 🎞 Although the Baron hasn’t yet picked a winning costume to bring to virtual life, her airship is expected to land soon, as it often does at the beginning of a month. In the meantime, enjoy the creativity:
Over on Home Island, there’s a new ad building for Rainbow High fashion dolls! Enter and talk to the nearest doll to help out with getting ready for their fashion show by collecting 8 outfits in 3 minutes. With surrounding sparkles, they’re pretty easy to spot all over the venue!
When you start the game, you’ll get to choose which team you’re helping: Rainbow High or Shadow High. After you win, you can play for the other school to get both prizes, the Emi Outfit and Heather Outfit.
There’s more art to admire via Poptropica’s Instagram stories! From the Baron’s next great costume candidate “Boxing Barb” to a minor Monster Carnival character, check out the latest fan art features below. (Tip: Click the artists’ names to visit the original posts!)
The eighth hint appears to be the most enigmatic one yet: “Restore the puzzle to its natural state or face the consequences of a dire fate.”
This latest riddle is surprisingly vague after a week of fairly guessable clues, but let’s give it a try. While this could apply to lots of islands, the Pop Creators suggest focusing on the hint’s last words: “dire fate.” ⚠️
If we’re following the AS3 islands theory, outside of islands guessed from previous hints, there are still quite a few candidates. Perhaps it’s Virus Hunter, where you must restore Patient Zero to homeostasis before a virus spreads; or Monster Carnival, where you have to save the town from Ringmaster Raven’s hypnotic spell. Or could it even be Mocktropica — a dire fate not for human life, but a computer game?
Still others have speculated Time Tangled (fixing the timeline of history), which fits the clue well, but already exists in-game. It wouldn’t exactly be a “returning” island if it came to Steam, but it’s an AS3/SUI.
However, the vague clue leaves options open for older AS2 islands as well. Among the best of Pop classics, we might consider Zomberry, where we have to find the source of the zombie outbreak or risk succumbing to it; Super Villain, where we enter villains’ dreams and extract the source of their evil; Twisted Thicket, where we risk the destruction of a forest; Steamworks, where we crack puzzles that lead us to restoring humanity; Spy, where we rescue spies and prevent hair loss… and so many more! With so many possibilities, who knows? 🤔
While we wait for islands both old and new, the Pop Creators are hosting a new challenge based on the upcoming Dream Island winner: the Secret of the Jade Scarab Fan Challenge! 🪲
At the same time, the monthly costume contest has kicked off. Design an outfit for a chance to get it in the game! April’s contest runs until Monday, April 25 at 8 p.m. PST. More details on the official blog »
Rounding off this post are the latest fan art features from Pop’s Instagram stories, including doodles of the many different emotional sides of the Black Widow from the PHB’s MaryannTheConqueror. Enjoy!
That wraps up this big bunch of small stories! Thanks for popping by!
Many fans speculated which classic island inspired this little collab, with the most frequent guess being Monster Carnival. While our guesses were close, Pop’s debut Roblox game is actually based on the similarly spooky Zomberry Island! 🧟♀️🫐 I guess the swan threw us for a loop. 🦢
This crossover event will pit humans and zomberries against each other in an all-new multiplayer experience. Considering the fact that zombie games have a great presence on Roblox, it’s easy to see why Zomberry Island was a prime candidate for a Roblox spinoff. However, it would have been nice to see another island get the spotlight since we got the Zomberry Hero event less than two years ago.
Some fans might also be disappointed that this game won’t prominently display Pop’s storytelling capabilities. While I don’t play or watch anything relating to Roblox, it seems storytelling is not Roblox’s main priority. Plus, we hope the best stories are being saved for Poptropica’s main projects.
Update: Turns out the following featured image is just fan art. Still cool nonetheless!
We also got an inside scoop outside of the Creators’ Blog. DataSigh, a 3D modeler for Roblox, revealed a 3D recreation of Poptropica’s iconic yellow blimp on Twitter. The model looks great, and I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the game!
DataSigh’s tweet also included one of my own Poptropica illustrations. The original tweet did not credit any artist for the illustration, but proper credit was added after I asked for it. I’m honored that my art was featured by a game developer even if I would have appreciated credit from the beginning. That begs the question: why was fan art included and not any official Poptropica images? 🤔
According to their Twitter bio, DataSigh works for Dubit, a games studio with a slight connection to Pop: a former Pop Creator published an article about the game on Dubit’s website back in 2013. It’s possible that Poptropica hired Dubit to create the new Zomberry-inspired Roblox game, or DataSigh might just be a Pop fan — another Roblox project they shared was a boat combat systeminspired by Skullduggery Island.
Before I sign off, here’s a reminder that today (March 11) is the last day you can visit the Baron’s airship and purchase the latest collection of curiosities. Grab every item to your liking before the Baron sets off on her next adventure!
If you want your costume design brought to life in Poptropica, why not submit it to March’s costume contest? You can enter via social media or Poptropica’s submissions page until March 21 at 8pm PST/11pm EST.