Islands of the Month, Wimpy Boardwalk Island

Behind-The-Scenes: Wimpy Sketches For Your Favorite Boardwalk!

Howdy, good players of Poptropica!

It’s me, Purple Claw, with some behind the scenes info about – you guessed it – Wimpy Boardwalk! This exciting little Island, along with Wimpy Wonderland are April’s Islands of the Month, which means everyone gets extra credits! Yup, even non-members!

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As you probably know, if you complete one of these islands for the very first time, you’ll get 500 credits! And if you’re a pro on the Wimpy islands and you’ve already beaten them; no worries, you’ll be getting 300 credits for re-playing them! Enjoy the credits and as well as the sketches you’re about to see below, searched by the lovely Skinny Moon. 😛

Skinny Moon was kind enough to show us a couple of early sketches about the beach and the arcade of this boardwalk. Let’s check them out!

The first image might be uncolored, but it looks a LOT like the current beach. The arcade had quite a makeover, since the roof, font, and the inside of the arcade changed. Also, a little shirt stand was added, named ”TeeTime”. First designs aren’t always final designs, and the second and third image (and some other sketches you’re about to see) can confirm that.

Hmm, the images below showcase the early design of each game stand, and how much they changed during the production of this island. I personally prefer the current design, but the early ones aren’t bad at all!

The first image looks more like a carnival, the second one looks medieval time-themed, and the third one seems to be a mix of both. 😛

And last but not least, I’d like to show some sketches about the fun (and dangerous) rides of Wimpy Boardwalk:

The early sketch is really stunning in my opinion, by looking how complicated and filled it is. The background is what amuses me the most. Again, the ”Fun House” hasn’t changed a lot, but it’s nice to see all these awesome sketches and see the differences between early and finished designs!

Well, what do you think? Which place changed the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below! I’ll see you soon, and don’t forget to earn these extra credits! Keep poppin’!

🐾 Purple Claw 🐾
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Books, Membership, Wimpy Boardwalk Island, Wimpy Wonderland Island

Today Only: Wimpy Kid / Poptropica Flash Giveaway!

Hey guys! SD here with some flashy news!

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Today and today only, Poptropica has teamed up with Abrams, the publishing house of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, to bring a cool giveaway to us.

As you may know, the Wimpy Kid inspired islands are April’s Islands of the Month and that of course is because April is Wimpy Kid Month! Right now, these islands are open to everyone, not just members as they usually are the rest of the year – so take advantage of that while you can! 😉

But more on this giveaway, right? By entering on WimpyKid.com today (April 12), you might just be able to win a Poptropica-Wimpy Kid prize pack! In this pack, you’ll get:

  • A 6-month membership to Poptropica.
  • Copies of Cabin Fever and Dog Days, the books that inspired the Wimpy Kid Poptropica games.
  • The first three books of the NYT bestselling Poptropica graphic novel series: Mystery of the Map, The Lost Expedition, and The Secret Society.
  • A Dr. Hare plush toy.

To enter, go to the Wimpy Kid Giveaway page and click on the 12, which is today’s date. Just fill in the information, and you’ve entered! But if you’re under the age of 18, remember to get a parent or guardian’s permission first. 😛

If you’re a huge Wimpy Kid fan, the site is having other giveaways this month too, but this one is currently the only Poptropica-related one, so you better act fast, Poptropicans! Good luck to everyone! 😀

In other news, the PHB is sad to announce the departure of one of our staff writers, Perfect Sky. PS leaves us with a brief word, posted below:

The main reason I made this decision is because I just don’t have enough time to keep up with blogging and everything that’s going on in the community. With other priorities in real life, I don’t think I’ll have time for everything here, nor will I have the time to start my own blog.

I haven’t necessarily lost interest in Poptropica itself – while there are definitely recent updates with the game that I’ve been disappointed by, I’m sure I’ll still log on to Pop occasionally and replay classic islands in the future. After all, it’s hard to immediately totally forget about a game you’ve had over 9 years of memories with.

For now, you can still find me on Discord and Twitter, and I’ll continue to read and support blogs in the Poptropica community.

In addition to her blogging endeavors, PS is also known among the community for her super creative Poptropica movies, which you can find on her YouTube channel, PoptropicaPerfectSky. You will be missed around here, Perfect Sky! ✨

~ the PHB ~

Wimpy Boardwalk Island, Wimpy Wonderland Island

Don’t be such a wimp, ride that blimp to April’s IotMs!

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We’re already done with the first quarter of 2017—time really flies when you’re getting pranked, eh? With April Fools’ past us, we can say that a new month has dawned on Poptropica—that means we’ll be having a new pair of islands featured as the Islands of the Month (IotM)!

In celebration of the Wimpy Kid Month on Poptropica, comes this month’s IotMs: Wimpy Wonderland and Wimpy Boardwalk!

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You might wonder why we celebrate Wimpy Kid Month every April, and it’s—of course—to celebrate the time when the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was published in 2007 (April 1, to be exact). To also note that, like Poptropica, it’s also celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year! As you all know, Poptropica and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are both created by Jeff Kinney. Seriously awesome.

You may also recall that Wimpy Wonderland was recently an IotM for December, but who cares? It’s cool to see it open to all for a while now, so make sure to stock up on the credits before they close again!

Skinny Moon also shared the video walkthroughs by Captain Crawfish, so make sure to watch those if you need any help getting through the IotMs! If you would prefer a written guide, the PHB has them as well! Check out the guide for Wimpy Boardwalk here and for Wimpy Wonderland here.

Just so you know, first-time finishers of the island will receive whopping 500 credits and repeat finishers will get a bountiful 300 credits for replaying the islands!

Also, make sure to check out the Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Giveaway Calendar! They’re giving away lots of prizes (signed books, tote bags, and etc.) all month long! If you would like to grab some, make sure to participate!

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What are you waiting for? Go and play these not-so-wimpy islands now! Staaaay awesome.

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-💦🐊

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Rant: Wimpy Ads

Hey folks, Cobalt here. Ohoho, do I have a rant for you.

So, I went on Poptropica today, as I do almost daily. Here’s the news: both Wimpy Kid islands have been opened to all (Wimpy Wonderland and Wimpy Boardwalk), and first-time finishers get 300 credits (instead of 150). And there’s a Wimpy Shirt prize for going on one of those islands.

But there’s a bigger issue here, and it’s glaring right in our faces. This update truly is wimpy.

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I thought, well, it is Wimpy Kid Month, and Jeff Kinney is the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. So I didn’t have any doubts at all they would advertise it at some point. Despite me not personally enjoying the book series after the trillionth release, I logged on anyway. It’s not like it was going to ruin my Poptropica experience for me.

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Oh wait, it did. It really did. Look at this. It looks so tacky and cluttered it makes me think who was orchestrating this mind-numbing catastrophe opened up MS Paint and just played around with it for two minutes. On top of all that, April has become “Apriil”.

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There are six different fonts in this. Six. Are you guys aware that HPuterpop and UiPE from the PHB do design work for free? Hire them! Like, what is this?

The prize card that Poptropica so obnoxiously and cringingly shoves in our face is also poorly made. They couldn’t even make good what they advertised so heavily.

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Like, is this just a belated April Fools prank? The text is off-center, the image is highly pixelated, and it all makes me wonder who thought this was okay. Honestly, if this person got paid for making this, it angers me. Not only did they recycle the redhead from the other ads, but they also recycled the prize shirt itself without adding anything new. Poptropica, you can do better than this, and you have in the past. Why deteriorate now?

Some of you may remember Smockers, the first PHB author ever, not including Slanted Fish? He hasn’t played in years. And yet, this shirt is part of his look. It’s that old.

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This was an ad prize a long, long time ago that they’re passing up as something new and exciting. I’m not even joking, this frustrates me. Also, care to notice how that recycled, low-resolution lady is wearing a necklace? She’s covering up the collar above Greg’s (The Wimpy Kid) face. Why are they advertising a shirt and covering part of it up? That’s like advertising a watch and wearing a long sleeve shirt and covering some of it.

Honestly, I’d love to go even deeper into this, and why I think the quality (and quantity!) of the ads are as downright pitiful as they are, and how it’s been 50 days since the last island (and a simple tutorial one at that), and how Daily Pops are inconsistent, and getting any sort of update is slow and disappointing… but I don’t want any controversy from my viewers or the Poptropica team themselves. So, I’ll leave it at this crude joke from fellow author Brave Tomato:

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I think Poptropica should really rethink their priorities, their graphic designer(s), and what kind of content they consider approved for the game.

This whole thing is really embarrassing, and I’m not happy about it. Poptropicanos, can you really tell me this isn’t honestly a complete annoyance? This is hardly the first time Poptropica has released poorly designed promotional graphics, offered disappointing prize items, or offered a bunch of extra credits for a first-time island completion and called it news. And while it’s great that a couple members-only islands have been unlocked to the public, they should have been free in the first place, as they were before that fateful member-lock update last summer.

I honestly don’t want Poptropica to be chagrined over this, but hopefully, this is a wake-up call for them.

When community manager Skinny Moon said they may have had something planned for Wimpy Kid Month, I was expecting something better.

Are my expectations too high? Or was the delivery too low? What do you Poptropicanos think?

UPDATE: Poptropica Creator Skinny Moon left the following comment on this post in response:

Hey there Poptropicans,

We hear your concerns and we admit it — we rushed this Wimpy Kid promotion and we apologize. We need to do better. Honestly, we’re glad when you point out something that’s not our best work. All fan feedback is helpful!

We do hope you enjoy your rare Wimpy Kid shirt, though! It’s true that it’s an old-school Poptropica item. We thought you’d enjoy a little piece of history!

Also, we know you’re wondering why there hasn’t been a lot of new stuff happening on Poptropica and why we seem to be pretty quiet. All I can say right now is that we are incredibly busy working on very exciting things for Poptropica, and we’ll be able to reveal more towards the end of the month.

Please know we’re listening to your feedback — keep it coming — the good and the not-so-good!

Keep poppin’,
Skinny Moon

Thanks for hearing us out, Poptropica. We hope it gets better!

Until next time,

– Cobalt Spinner

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More Monkeys, Bad Bunnies, Boardwalk Boy, & Loot Loaded

Hey guys! Spotted Dragon here with a few quick updates.

First off, Monkey Wrench Island is now available for iOS!

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If you get stuck, be sure to check out our Monkey Wrench Island Guide.

Second up, Poptropica tweeted a gif of a character from Wimpy Boardwalk Island!

Obviously he’s from Wimpy Boardwalk, but do you know exactly who the character is? 😉

Third, they’ve also shared some early conceptual work from Shrink Ray Island. Apparently, air vents were going to be populated by evil dust bunnies!

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Okay, this may just be me, but that actually looks really fun and cute. 😛

Lastly, after our discussion post about the Daily Pop not being “daily” anymore, one more sneak peek has graced our presence! This character is loaded with loot, and we’re not sure yet what this could be. What do you think?

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Backpacker: Time to hit the dusty trail.

That’s all for now! Keep checking back for more updates! 😉

~SD