Clubhouse, Home Island, Livestreams, Social Media

A Mythical Scene and House Decorating Tips on Tape

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here with some news on the world of Poptropica from social media!

First off, the Poptropica Creators tweeted this sneak peek earlier today of a new island in the works. Pretty intriguing…

It’s unknown whether this is an original release or a newer adaption from an older island, but if I had to guess, I’d say this is a graybox of Mythology Island, or as someone guessed in the comments of the tweet, an island based off Pompeii (perhaps for an island based on the graphic novels?).

From observation, you can see a few Poptropicans standing to the side of the image. They’re most likely standing there as statues, but they could also represent the victims buried under the ash and pumice of Mount Vesuvius. Also, a broken ionic pillar can be seen at the top, which suggests this may be either Mythology Island or a Pompeii-based island with the Roman and Greek feel. What do you think?

Update: Brave Tomato points out that if you look in the top-left corner above the coin count, you’ll notice a certain medallion that appears to have a lightning bolt in it… the medallion of Mythology Island! Are we in for our next remastered island?

Over on YouTube, Stephanie – Poptropica’s official YouTuber (and possibly the new social media manager, or at least one of them) – has returned for a third livestream about Poptropica Worlds! Catch the archived video below:

The livestream occurred around 3 PM EST (which seems to be the usual time) on Sunday, October 8. As with the other times before, Stephanie gives a few intermittent shout-outs, while also answering a few questions, from viewers who chatted on the live chat during the stream.

In this episode, Stephanie spends the first few minutes recapping her past livestream about customization, plus she does her daily wheel spin and talks to Cliff Housebuff. She confesses that she had a “magical wizard” (presumably another Creator) give her the 15,000+ coins she currently has in her account, and talks a bit about how she started without membership so we could see the difference, and emphasizes that you can always still play the game without membership.

After another quick makeover, and a spicy jellybean, she gets into decorating her house. She goes through the bare-bones version of the house, then scrolls, speaks, and shops her way through the various decor options for wallpaper and furniture. Unfortunately, the stream ended abruptly, most likely due to a technical difficulty. You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out what happens next!

Here’s another recent development: Poptropica is slowly re-doing the thumbnail images on their YouTube walkthrough videos! Here’s what they have so far:

pop youtube thumbnails

Hmm. It is kind of odd to see Worlds avatars represented for Poptropica Original videos, isn’t it? Plus, the characters seem kind of funky — especially with the beard and long eyelash combo. And the text and bright colors feels rather randomly placed; unlike the previous organizational design of the “Captain Crawfish’s walkthrough” thumbnails.

It’s commendable to see Poptropica try to personalize their video thumbnails more, but perhaps they could do a better job trying to fit with their branding. Thoughts?

On the discussion of decorating houses, Poptropica also uploaded a new video where Stephanie shares her top 10 tips for decorating the ultimate house. Check it out:

If for some reason you can’t watch the video, here are the tips she shared in the video, quoted for you below:

  1. Walls make the house: Wallpaper with patterns like pineapples, polka dots, and stripes, automatically dress up a room with spunk. When using textured walls like ship lap, bricks, and stone, you can make any house look like the interior of a castle!
  2. A home should have a personality: Artwork and knickknacks like a mounted fish, cuckoo clock, or knights armor could really take a room from simple to awesome! Think about your hobbies — surfing, basketball, or playing the sax, perhaps? Let your home speak for itself.
  3. You don’t have to settle for just one look! Mix and match: Just as you’re ever growing your style in clothes, your home style should change too. Maybe you feel like a hamburger light because you’re hungry, or you’re felling fancy with a big chandelier and fireplace. Whatever it may be, it’s your space, so let it reflect you.
  4. Let the outdoors in: Create windows to let the light in, with all kinds of shapes and sizes to fit your decorating needs. And don’t forget to add a little extra greenery with a floor plant, or a flower pot perhaps.
  5. Balance the space: Pairs of things can really pull together a home, for a more cohesive look. Buying in pairs of twos like two windows, two lamps, or two nightstands, can really create space. Groupings like multiple art pieces on one wall, and a rule of threes can also help balance a room by creating a center point for your eye to look at.
  6. Mix up colors and textures: Mixing things up can make for a more interesting space… like how your chairs don’t all have to match. By finding something that brings the room together, or by choosing an artwork piece with multiple colors, you can really pull in multiple types of furniture… or things, or beds, or anything really!
  7. Think outside the box: Who says you can’t have a sofa in your bathroom? Or a bed in the living room? Or even a pool table in your kitchen? If you like it — do it!
  8. Try, try again: Just because something doesn’t look right in one place doesn’t mean it doesn’t work somewhere else. Rearrange furniture to your liking as often as you like, and don’t forget, you can flip positioning too.
  9. Comfort is key: Your home is your haven — make it comfy! Get that comfy couch, or big fluffy bed, or lazy hammock because you earned it. You deserve to relax and enjoy yourself after a big adventure.
  10. Start collecting now: Just because you don’t have everything you want now, doesn’t mean you won’t. Spend the big coins on what matters to you. Maybe you’re an animal person, so an iguana and a fish tank are right up your alley. Or are you a big gamer? In that case, an arcade or computer desk are the way to go. So don’t be afraid to spend on what makes you happy, and don’t forget to get your free coin spin from Captain Scuttlebutt!

What did you think of this week’s videos, and what other types of content would you like to see from Poptropica? Share your thoughts down in the comments section!

One last thing: If you’d like to help us with a guide for the new mini-game Dr. Hare’s Revenge, whether by sending pictures or writing, contact us! You can learn more about opportunities like this on our Write for the PHB page.

That’s it for now… thanks for reading, and of course, pop on!

Lucky Joker sign off

Home Island, Livestreams, Social Media

Worlds Livestream #2: Echoing and Clothing!

Hey Poptropicans!

Remember Poptropica’s first livestream episode earlier this week? Well, it’s back for its second episode, again featuring Poptropica Worlds gameplay narrated by the Creator vlogger we met last time, Stephanie. Check it out below!

Be warned: The first 5 minutes of this video were hit by a disruption of audio technology that resulted in eerie echoing where you can hardly make out what’s being said. However, the problem was solved at around the 5:11 mark.

In this episode, Stephanie plays around with various clothing she’s acquired for her character (Cuddly Dragon), some of which required membership to obtain – including her favorite, the skateboard! She also shows off the Colorizer, which can change your hair and skin tone (though free players are restricted to a small palette). Then she spends some time interacting with the characters on Home Island, and is inspired to do more shopping for more different styles of clothing.

The livestream occurred around 3 PM EST on Thursday, September 28. Throughout the video, Steph gives the occasional shout-out to viewers who chatted on the live chat during the livestream. We’re not told the exact time these livestreams will happen – they just do – so keep your eye out for the next one!

In the next show, which Steph says will be next week (so perhaps this will be a weekly thing?), Steph plans to check out the player house and set up the place. As she puts it, it’s important to “get your style down first!” Following that, she plans to explore one of the islands in an upcoming livestream, so stay tuned for that!

What did you think of this livestream? Did you like it as much as the first episode? What else would you like to see on the livestreams? Share your thoughts in the comments!


Bonus Items, Contests, Livestreams, Social Media

Contest-winning and 10th Birthday Costumes, plus a Pop Worlds Livestream!

Hey Poptropicans! Looks like things are popping on Pop again. 😉

It may have taken a good seven months, but it looks like the Poptropica Creators are finally about to bring the winning designs of the #MyPoptropicaCostume contest to the game, with confirmation that that means both Poptropica Worlds and Original! Check out the awesome sneak peek, featuring mermaids and letterman jackets:


They haven’t given an exact release date, only “soon,” but it’s a comfort to know they’re at least being worked on (it is rather long overdue). Maybe my earlier nudging helped – but in any case, it is nice to see a glimpse of what they’re working on (we’ve been pretty starved for regular sneak peeks lately!).

Here we see the grand prize winning designs, “Ocean Princess” designed by Creepy Peanut and “Hip Hop Boy” by Speedy Toes. The 6-month memberships they won have probably expired by now, but at least they’re finally going to see their costumes for real, and with designs for more than one gender, expanding upon their original entries! Hopefully, the top 10 runner-up costumes will soon follow.

Speaking of costumes, the 10th Birthday Costume has finally been added to Worlds, this time glitch-free! You can find it in the store for free. Get it while it’s here!

If you’re playing on mobile, be sure to update your app so you’ll see this costume in the store, along with the all-new Ye Olde Shop building!

worlds 10th bday
pic credit: Young Hippo & Yujo_Jacy_the_Jumpy_Coyotekans

(And it only took an extra week compared to Pop Original…)

In other news, Poptropica had their first ever livestream this weekend: specifically, this past Friday (Sept 22) at about 4:40 p.m. EST. It was completely out of the blue, not having been announced on any of Poptropica’s social media channels except YouTube. You can catch the entire 22 minutes of video here:

The livestream is hosted by one Creator, a young lady in the corner of the screen who introduces herself as Stephanie. Her game username is later revealed as PopTrop_Steph. A quick look-up in the Avatar Studio shows that she has never played Pop Original (at least not on her account), since Worlds accounts that have never played Original (like hers) will have the “Afro Guy” appearance (as she does – so it looks like she’s probably a new Creator). (Personally, I’d like to see some livestreams for Pop Original too, though I guess the closest we have are Captain Crawfish’s walkthroughs!)

Indeed, the whole video focuses on Poptropica Worlds, from creating an account to landing on Home Island to – well, that’s about it, really. What Stephanie goes through will probably be familiar if you’re not completely new, but if you want to watch a Poptropica Creator narrate an exploration of Worlds while eating a bunch of gummy bears, this is the video for you. Oh, and we’re promised there’s more to come in the future.

We’ve never met Steph before, but she seems pretty friendly and excitable. It looks like we’ll be seeing more of her on future YouTube livestreams – the next episode, she says, will be about what you can get with membership in the store. That might get some kids interested in membership, but we hope Poptropica will remember to keep up the love for the free players as well.

It’s not clear whether or not Steph is responsible for the rest of Pop’s social media these days, although I would guess not, since the mystery blogger on the Creators’ Blog has previously used a yellow-haired male character. Regardless, it’s nice to finally know at least one face and name – and if there are other social media staff working for Pop, we hope they’ll introduce themselves as well!

What did you think of the livestream video? What would you like to see in a future video from Poptropica? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Contests, Livestreams, PHB Parties, Poppies

Recap: Poppies 2017 Winners and Party!

Hey Poptropicans!

Throughout this month on the PHB, we’ve been hosting The Poppies, our annual Poptropica community awards event. This is our third year of doing the Poppies, and as usual, it’s been a blast! From nominating to voting to partying, we’re grateful to celebrate the Poptropica community with you.

Even the Poptropica Creators showed interest in our Red Blue Carpet event!

The main event, which celebrated the Poppies winners and the PHB’s ninth birthday with a lively party on the PHC and Poptropica Multiverse rooms, has just wrapped up. Thanks to all who attended – can you find yourself in the recap collage above?

We see amazing costumes at every PHB event, but this year we really wanted to highlight some of our favorites. So, we’ve compiled a selection of some stand-out outfits from the Poppies attendees in the Multiverse rooms! Check out their snazzy suits:

best poppies outfits

Kudos to Red Crush, Greedy Shadow, Mia (aka Grumpy Cactus – she also won Best Poptropica Fansite alongside her friend LillySparkle$!), Sporty Boa (who almost died for his outfit!), and Spotted Lion! Y’all are looking especially fly on the blue carpet.

Of course, what you really wanna know is who won, right?! We announced all the winners via a livestream during the party, but in case you missed it, you can catch up on it below. The video contains commentary from several PHB authors – Brave Tomato (main host), Spotted Dragon, Silver Wolf, and Lucky Joker – as well as pics for each category and a breakdown of voting percentages via charts (to show how the other nominees fared).

Below the video, we’ll also list out all the winners and the second-place runner-ups.

And the Poppies go to…

A huge congratulations is in order for all the winners of this year’s Poppies!!

Winners should have received a printable paper Poppie trophy from us via email or social media, and nominees (those who made it to the voting round) have been given badges. Thanks to Spotted Dragon for creating these! If you earned a Poppies trophy or badge but did not get one, we may not have your contact info – if so, do let us know!

Here at the Poptropica Help Blog, we can’t stress enough how blessed we are to be able to write about something we love and have so many readers who keep up with our shenanigans. Whether we’re planning creative parties or putting together island walkthroughs, it’s a pleasure to play Poptropica alongside all of you.

So thank you. Thank you for being part of this community, in big ways or small ways, whether veteran or newbie. Thank you for seeing us to our 9th year – from 2008 to 2017, it’s been a pretty long journey, and it’s not over yet. Here’s to more to come!

We’ll see you next time on the blue carpet!

 ✨ Don’t stop poppin’! ✨

– the Poptropica Help Bloggers –

Contests, Livestreams, PHB Parties, Poppies

Join us for the Poppies 2016 Party and Livestream!

Hey Poptropi-ladies and Poptropi-gents,

You’ve nominated, you’ve voted… and very soon, it will be time to reveal the winners of this year’s Poptropica Community Awards, or as we affectionately call them, the Poppies!

Like last year, we’ll be celebrating with a party on the PHC while announcing the winners via a livestream. Everyone’s invited to attend, and here are the details below!

poppies16 party

As detailed in the invitation above, the party is this coming Tuesday, July 26, the date of the PHB’s anniversary – which had the most votes during the voting round!

It’s going to be the PHB’s 8th birthday, so I guess you could say that makes us the PH8 (because 8 looks like a B, get it? ha, ha). But despite our pH level, I promise it’ll be anything but basic.

The party begins at 7pm EST (that’s 6pm CST / 5pm MST / 4pm PST) on our chat, the PHC, and the livestream will also begin at around that time. If you live in a time zone that’s not listed, use a timezone converter to figure out what time that may be in your area (in some places, it may be Wednesday morning). We hope you can make it, or at least pop in at a later time!

The livestream link will be posted on the PHC during the party, so check there when the time comes if you’d like to watch along! Don’t worry about missing it, the video will still be viewable later. The awards presentation will be hosted by us PHB authors, so be sure to check it out if you have the chance!

At the same time, you can also chat with Poptropicans on our Poptropica Help Chat on Discord, meeting up in Multiverse party rooms and having a good time! We’ve seen a lot of awesome Poppies formal outfits from many you guys, and now’s your chance to dazzle everyone on the big day! Dress up your best in tuxes, ties, dresses – and of course, the 8th birthday balloon (if you have it) to celebrate the PHB’s 8th birthday! It’s going to be a poppin’ time, so see you there!

If you have any questions at all, comment below and we’ll answer them for you!

– the Poppies Help Blog –