Cryptids Island, Fan Art Features, Social Media

Basking with Bastet 🐱 and Islands in Caskets

Heyo Poptropicans, dig in for member gifts, a reaction to Jade Scarab from its designer, and more!

Knightly gear is in this season at Adventure Outfitters! Fill up on medieval fantasies with classic costumes like the Heart Astro Knight as well as more recent returns like the Baby Dragon Plushie for your clubhouse. (If only Amelia sold tickets to lost islands, though…)

The trend goes up a notch with May’s member gifts! Members this month will find in their inventories a Cute Baby Dragon Follower, Dragon Sword, and Master of All Dragons costume. 🐉

Soon after Jade Scarab Island came out last week, Girl Power (Pop username: GwenBrightly), the island’s designer who won the Dream Island contest to have her idea made, shared an appreciation post on her Tumblr blog composed of pictures of the legendary cat/goddess, Bastet.

She also included the hashtags #My baby and #they did her so well, so it’s safe to say she quite enjoyed playing with this Poptropicat! 🐱

Interested in more opinions about the latest island? Check out the PHB’s Review for Jade Scarab Island in the post below! 🪲

Meanwhile on Twitter, Poptropica continues the odd memes with a clip of a flailing mannequin. (Spoiler alert: It’s not actually Cryptids Island.)

Still, could the mention of this old island be a hint for its return, or are the Creators just nostalgia-baiting once again?

Rounding off, here are the latest fan art features from Pop’s Instagram stories, sparked by imaginations of older islands…

Keep on poppin’ on!


Creators, Social Media, Uncategorized

Seeking Your Questions for a Pop Interview with Former Storytelling Creator ✏️🎤

Henlo, Poptropicans! I’m happy to announce a special upcoming PHB post: an interview with former Pop Creator, Mitch Krpata!

While the PHB has covered and even hosted interviews with this senior story developer in the past, this time we’re reconnecting with ol’ Captain Crawfish to talk about the development process for Poptropica. And you’re invited to join!

In the comments of this post, bring your unanswered questions regarding the stories and characters of past islands, pertaining to content made before 2018 (when Mitch departed the team). This interview will not cover the current state of the game, and Mitch cannot speak for the current team. That being said, ask away!

Mitch Krpata wrote three of the four Poptropica graphic novels, among others.

Before I close off, here are Poptropica’s latest Instagram stories, including an animation of Monkey Wrench Island some rockin’ Zomberries by the PHB’s Lucky Joker (LJ)! (…ok I’ll take my leave now.)

Make sure to check out these artists, and don’t forget to submit your questions in the comments of this post! I’ll see you soon for the next Villain Saga episode and the completed interview!

Castori honorem ~ Maryann/Smart Bubbles

Social Media

Pop Pinterest: Island Aesthetics 🏝🖼

Poptropica islands each carry their own unique visual vibes — and some creative Poptropicans have found a way to express that beauty through curated collections on Pinterest, the image bookmarking site! 💫

We’ll be sharing a sampling of these artful assemblages below, from fan designers g_eese, tinyprologue, haunteddisco, and gallifreyanfairytale. (Thanks to Jumpy Knight for sharing these links.) Enjoy, and be inspired!

Let’s start with a classic for both old and new players alike: 24 Carrot. 🥕 From the island’s rustic fall colors, we’re loving these interpretations filled with fuzzy creatures, simple diners, and of course, sketchy corners. (Protip: Click for full size, and click the artists’ names for the full board!)

Next up is another familiar one: Mythology! ⚡️ While the current remastered version is missing some classic sights, at least we can recall their memories with these visions of starfish and ancient architecture.

For an island with a wide spectrum of colors, from bright playgrounds to dark woods, try Monster Carnival! 🎡 This lost island rumored to return offers sparkles of light amid something sinister…

Going further into the archives, let’s revisit the lost island of Skullduggery! 🏴‍☠️ With its bounty of sailor’s maps, treasure chests, and ship struggles, we’re in for a wild adventure at sea.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! You can view tons more Poptropica inspired Pinterest boards by clicking on the artists’ names above, including throwbacks to many more classic islands.

Enjoyed this post? Check out our post on Poptropica mood boards inspired by NPCs and OCs! Or take a stroll through our Pop Places IRL series, where we pair island locations with their real-life roots. So much to see — soak it all in and find the ones you vibe with!


Islands, Mocktropica Island, Social Media, Steam Bundle, Uncategorized

Mega hints for a mocking island

‘Allo Poptropicans! We’ve arrived at the penultimate point of the Steam island hints! (Visit past hints: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.)

Here’s hint twelve: “Devise a plan to reverse a mega bot-ched op. Virtually everything is on the line!”

We’ve got a good hunch on this one, although the Creators’ Blog hints that this could “be applied to two other islands.” Besides the seemingly obvious, we might venture a guess for PoptropiCon, with its hench-bots serving the robo-suited Omegon, or Game Show, where we’ve got to reverse a robot domination.

However, the Mega Fighting Bots reference (“Mega Bot-ched”) points us right in the direction of Mocktropica, once again an AS3 island.

…wait. Mocktropica?

How A Bot That: Nobody told these guys about Asimov’s three laws of robotics.

While a cult classic, Mocktropica has become notorious for its unintentional prediction of what Pop was soon to become. Many aspects of the story take a jab at the obsession with surface-level gaming gimmicks like costumes and pets, as well as removing any challenging elements.

Adding on references to former Pop Creators who had been let go by management, this island may be an odd (albeit welcome) addition to the pack. At least we can enjoy the pretty musical theme in-game again!

What do you think about the current Pop reviving this past island? Do you have ideas for other islands that could fit this riddle? Let us know, while I sulk in the corner about the Astro-Knights neglect!

Castori honorem ~ Maryann/Smart Bubbles

Social Media, Steam Bundle

Small Clues, Mighty Implications

Hey Poptropicans! Another day, another Steam island clue. 🤔

The fifth hint comes to us in a mystic language of dots and dashes. Can you crack the code? 🔢 (Plus, for those following along: we’ve got takes on previous hints so far here: 123, 4.)

This hint comes with a little nudge: unscramble the letters below and you’ll get Morse Code. Only one island uses Morse code: Shrink Ray! The dots and dashes, by the way, spell out “small but mighty” — another nod towards the island where you’re mostly in miniature.

Such Great Heights: Finally, someone in Poptropica you can look up to.

We previously predicted Shrink Ray as a possibility for the first hint, but with this clue pointing to this island so strongly, the other one probably points to our other guess: Survival. Both islands fall within the theory that all 13 old islands returning to Steam will be the AS3 (newer) ones.

See A Shrink: If you catch this ray, it’ll be the last thing you ever do!

In other news, Poptropica reached 10K followers on their Twitter over the weekend! They previously promised to follow back more fan accounts when they reached this milestone, and they’ve been delivering! Up a third from last time, they’re now following 218 accounts, including many fans who requested it. If you’re on Twitter, prove your Pop loyalty and you might get yourself a new follower! 🥳

Congrats to Pop for their W, but an L soon followed with an amusing typo for Jeff Brim Heim, the game’s music composer. (Btw, our Poptropica Music page is filled to the brim with his soundtracks!)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for the next hint, and pop by again soon!