The lost jewels of Poptropica

Hey, guys! It’s time to uncover some more lost items from the depths of the Poptropica files. Thanks to idk for sharing these gems with us on the PHC. Let’s get started!

Below, we have two jewels that could have appeared in Nabooti Island: the Lumbar Jewel and the Third Eye Jewel. There are some interesting differences between these scrapped jewels and the final in-game jewels. The scrapped jewels have mystical names rather than just being referred to by their respective colors (for example, Lumbar Jewel vs. Orange Jewel), and they lack the strange inscriptions that the in-game jewels possess.

 

The Third Eye Jewel doesn’t look like any of the seven jewels in the game. It’s not quite blue or purple—probably indigo. On the other hand, the Lumbar Jewel might be the orange jewel that’s found on the Nabooti Monument; it might be in the game but not as a collectible item. idk said, “Take the exact details with a grain of salt. The item card data was never finalized, meaning some details are a little off, like the card’s background color and text size.”

idk also found a lost scene from Reality TV Island. He said: “[It’s] an image of Reality TV Island’s beta found in an old Viewmaster ad. It appears the scene was located directly to the left of the main camp and was called ‘The Thick Jungle’.”

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If you’d like to see more lost items from Poptropica, check out these PHB posts from 2014, 2016, and another from this past September.

That’s all for now! What do you think of these behind-the-scenes glimpses? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin

 

Lost items for inspection

Hey Poptropicans! It’s Slanted Fish here with a few fun glimpses into parts of Poptropica typically unseen, with thanks to Sleimok and idk for sharing these images.

First up are a couple of lost items of Poptropica! These items didn’t make it into the game, but the backgrounds clue us in on where they were intended: the Petri Dish for Virus Hunter Island (was actually used in the bonus quest), the X-ray Device for Counterfeit Island (which we do use in-game, just not as its own item), and the Snoozing Crepe, also for Counterfeit.

The crepe can be seen in the guard room (the room between the interrogation room and Black Widow’s art gallery). idk adds, “This room’s code contains unused code for a dog character. If I had to guess, this crepe would’ve been used to incapacitate the dog.”

Curious about other lost items of Poptropica we’ve uncovered? Check out this 2014 post and this 2016 post for more!

Can you guys guess where this next one is from?

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If you thought of the Geyser Guess game from Reality TV Island, you’re absolutely right! This is a zoomed-out view, of course, that includes details out of view in the game, like the bird’s nest, or the fact that this geological feature is floating in air.

And one more, from SOS Island

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Whale, that’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed this peek into the underbelly of Poptropica, and as always, keep on popping!

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Of Bucktoothed Bunnies and Binary Boots

Hey Poptropicans!

Dr. Hare has taken over the world again! Well… his face has, and by “world” we mean “Poptropica’s social media.” Check out the rad new profile picture on Pop’s social accounts! It’s got some pretty smooth and stylized lines and highlights, again possibly to be seen in the upcoming Poptropica Worlds.

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It’s even made its way to the side of the Creators’ Blog:

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This tweet from Poptropica confirms that this will be the new face of their social media, but also that they plan to rotate the selection of icons, which means we may see another villain featured in the future:

For more social media shenanigans, check out their latest Snapchat snaps, recapped here.

Speaking of Poptropica Worlds style, there’s been a leak for another familiar face (and body and limbs): Binary Bard, with fingers, thicker arms and legs, and snazzy jester boots! Credit goes to the Poptropica Skunk Blog and an anonymous glitcher for sharing this interesting find. (Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee whether or not this is real.)

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While we wait for more exciting news to develop, glitcher idk has continued to poke around in Poptropica’s unused files and discovered a few things.

First, there’s the unused idea of interacting with NPCs (non-player characters) the way you would with players in a common room, by asking them questions, costumizing, or friending. The chat options are like the ones you get in common rooms, and you’ll even get a response. Check out this video for a closer look at this in action.

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idk also found versions of SUI items (SUI meaning sound-updated island) in non-SUI form, including items from Monster Carnival, Virus Hunter, and Mocktropica, as well as medallions from the latter two plus Beta Carrotene. These medallions also came with a secret island reset window, which looks like this (however, clicking yes will only lock the game):

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And recalling an earlier find, a mysterious unused amulet from Vampire’s Curse, it turns out this item glows as well! That’ll keep those vampires away, I guess…

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Anyway, that’s all for now! Stay popping, Poptropicans!

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Snapping peeks at 2007 BETA, a test room, & #PoptropicaFun winners

Hey Poptropicans!

Post update: After a long silence, Poptropica has finally posted something on Snapchat! (Perhaps you don’t even remember they had one to begin with! You can add them via the username PoptropicaSC.) It looks like Skinny Moon runs this account as well, as that’s her dog Toby and her Poptropican who’s “all cozy for fall!”

Here’s hoping we see some more behind-the-scenes of a Poptropica Creator’s life in future snaps! The PHB will let you know if anything interesting pops up. 😀

Remember what Poptropica looked like in September 2007 when it first launched? Don’t worry, neither do most of us. But this interesting old YouTube video (uploaded by Codien, an old friend/author of the PHB) shows us a primitive version of the game way back in the day (recording software watermark aside). Here’s a screenshot from the video:

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Notice the ‘BETA’ beside the Poptropica logo at the top. Apparently, the game was still considered to be in a beta testing stage back then. Early Poptropica, which we see in the video, was the only island at the time. The Items and Map features are reduced to simple buttons with text – orange and purple respectively. Interesting.

On another interesting note, our friend idk has shared with us another behind-the-scenes look at a developer test room. You can see an unreleased, “under construction” cityscape in the video below:

Cool views! You can check out more developer rooms here.

Also, over on Poptropica’s social media channels – and as we saw earlier with the Snapchat story, Skinny Moon has updated her icon with some fall vibes, donning the colorful scarf from the new Fall Fashion 3 outfit and clutching a football. Nice.

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And winners have been contacted on Twitter and Instagram for the #PoptropicaFun Halloween Photo Booth challenge! On Twitter, the winners are unhurted083, mrmontana64, and MWare55, and on Instagram, it’s happyclonetrooper. Congratulations and enjoy your 1-month memberships!

Speaking of contests, I’m doing a little giveaway in my previous post, so be sure to enter! You have until next next Tuesday, November 15th.

Stay popping, Poptropicans!

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Friend Cards and Other Observations

Hey Poptropicans, what’s popping?

Poptropica glitcher idk is back at it with the behind-the-scenes insights, starting with this prototype of the Friends feature. Here, we can see that they are formatted like our item cards that you can flip through to take a look at. Interesting, but fortunately the final version we have today is much cooler.

idk has also found a way to bring back the old homepage – remember, that thing we had before Home Island? To see it, just reset your island progress on any non-SUI by clicking the gear in the top-corner menu. (Note: Resetting via the travel map will not work.) Reload the page, and there it is!

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Lastly, just a random observation from the recent Littlest Pet Shop ad – who’s this Poptropica-like action figure and what’s it doing here?

Thanks for popping by, Poptropicans, and see you next time!

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PHB Sneak Peeks: Pets, alternate worlds, and more!

Hey Poptropicans!

While Poptropica remains pretty quiet about what they’re working on, our resident glitcher idk recently uncovered some interesting test scenes behind-the-scenes. Keep in mind, as these are test scenes, there’s no guarantee of whether they’ll appear in game eventually. With that said, let’s take a look!

In this scene, we get a backdrop with a scenic mountain range that features a few platforms and a character you can talk to – who’s accompanied by a cute little blob that may be a pet!

We know from Poptropica that pets will be part of the New Poptropica – and this might be one of them. Or maybe just a prototype. Who knows?

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Here’s another room, named “Air Control Test”. According to idk, the red block shoots your character into the air! Wonder what this could be for. Some skydiving, perhaps?

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There was also this rather empty room, save for a character who offers you something to open a treasure chest. Thanks… matey.

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Moving on, here we have a royally-dressed character who seems to be hinting at something super interesting… the idea of other Poptropicans coming from an alternate “Poptropiverse” (probably meaning Poptropica universe)! Could the Realms theory proposed in an earlier Popspiracy be true?? Hmm… perhaps this will be answered through the Poptropica graphic novels, as book 2 hints!

Finally, idk also uncovered these unused graphics for the Daily Pop which featured a “Challenge of the Day”, although the activity is unknown. Perhaps it was replaced by the flash games section.

Anyway, that’s all for this sneak peeks post! Hope you enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look! Keep poppin’ on, Poptropicans. Have a geisha goodbye, courtesy of Shaky Skunk! 🎎

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