A curse has befallen those looking for the Jade Scarab, can you get to the bottom of it?
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Walkthrough by Slanted Fish
Special thanks to LJ & Linksgames28
Welcome to Jade Scarab Island! Head right and you’ll soon meet the frazzled museum curator, who’ll tell you to catch up inside the museum. This finicky new friend has no time to waste!
Inside the museum, the curator will ask (nay, demand) you to find out what happened to the archaeologist who was meant to bring in the Jade Scarab for the big exhibit. Browse around the museum, and you’ll find all sorts of visitors, including one camel fanatic spitting dubious facts.
Back outside, the curator’s brother Bes will be ready for you with his ride. Hop in, and drive your way through the desert and right to the next scene.
You’ll arrive at the village. Ask around and you’ll hear rumors of a curse, activated by the excavation of the tomb containing the Jade Scarab. As for the camel owner, he’s just hoping someone will spend big bucks for a camel tour so he can feed them. We know just the guy! Take Bes’ car back to the museum and dazzle the camel fan with the opportunity of a lifetime. He’ll be running before you know it.
Drive back to the village and you’ll find him waiting by the camels. Talk to the owner, who’ll release the camels. Off they go! Watch in awe as the camels guzzle up the lake water, drying up the mud and allowing the digsite’s stuck truck to move again. Sadly for them, the machinery breaks down — leaving the tomb entrance now open for you.
Enter the tomb, walk right, and pick up the Hawk Blinder on the ground. It’s about to come in handy! You can’t go further into the tomb because of the rocks in the way, so make your exit.
Back outside, go left and you’ll find a big bird pecking away at some locusts. Use your newfound hawk blinder on the bird, and it’ll fly up and over to its owner. As thanks for bringing his falcon back, the owner will let you use his flying friend, Horus, to help you locate the missing digsite equipment in the desert!
Now playing as Horus the falcon, you can fly around the desert to explore what’s out there. However, what you’re really looking for is just southeast of the village. At this middle-of-nowhere location, you’ll find a Stack of Receipts inside the truck. Once you’ve got it, you’ll head back.
Returning to the village, this time you’ve brought back a working excavator machine, which means the rocks in the tomb can now be cleared. As the foreman chips away at the pile, you can jump into the next part of the tomb and pick up the Charcoal on the ground.
Now use the charcoal with the receipts, and you’ll have to rub the charcoal across all the paper to create a Charcoal Rubbing. If you look closely, you’ll find that the hieroglyphics on the paper matches the art you’re looking at in the tomb! But what does it all mean? The elderly lady in the village will explain: it’s an old story about the Jade Scarab.
Knowing the story, you’ll be able to figure out the order in which to press the pictorial panels. With panel labeling starting from the left, the order is: 1) third panel (famine, pharaoh); 2) fourth panel (gods, scarab); 3) first panel (overnight, life); and 4) second panel (crops, fish).
This will unlock a new area within the tomb, one involving the night sky. However, a piece is missing. Head back outside to the elderly lady, and she’ll tell you her grandson has run off with the object you need to try to catch a cat. Find the kid (and kitty) among the upper market stalls, and once you catch him, he’ll give you the Merkhet (no cat this time, though).
To get past this merkhet puzzle, rotate the sky so the blue star rests at the half-edge of the horizontal line (—), moving the closest merkhet string to touch the blue star. Move the other merkhet string to the other end of the sky. Then rotate the sky so the star travels from one end to the other. Or watch the video above to see how it’s done. Once you’ve got it, the walls will open.
Enter the newly opened area and you’ll find—the Jade Scarab?! Just as you stumble upon it, though, who should appear but the digsite foreman—and it’s not good news. He’ll snatch the scarab, intending to sell it for his personal gain, and lock you inside.
While you’re still reeling from shock, the cat from earlier shows up for a second, disappearing into the esophagus in front of you. Stand on either side of the esophagus and push it, revealing a hole into which you can make your escape.
You’ll find yourself in a dark maze lined with hieroglyphs, but you’re not alone. The cat will appear again briefly, guiding the way forward. Follow her steps and keep going until you reach an altar filled with cat idols and… another Jade Scarab! Pick it up and you’ll see that it’s The Genuine Article. Then, head right and hop up the rocks until you find the way out.
A cutscene will play, with the foreman gruffly asking Howard Diggory to pay up for the stolen Jade Scarab. Suddenly, your character will emerge from the ground. But before you can say anything, another shock arrives. The cat, who was there the whole time, suddenly transforms into her true form: the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet!
She zaps the two corrupt diggers into beetles, saying that the Scarab must be protected. Bastet will commend you for not being as greedy as the other guys, then turn back into a cat, and be lured away by the merchant’s grandson. You’ll skip ahead to the grand opening of the museum’s big exhibit—now with the true Jade Scarab and Bastet’s blessing.
Thanks to you, the museum can now open its display for the genuine Jade Scarab. The curator will award you with your Jade Scarab Medallion. Congrats, you’ve completed Jade Scarab Island!
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- Jade Scarab Island was designed by Girl Power. It was announced as a winner of Poptropica’s Design Your Dream Island Contest on February 19, 2021. Its original name pre-release was “Secret of the Jade Scarab Island.”
- The island was released on April 26, 2022 for all players.
- You can read more about the behind-the-scenes of this island in this exclusive PHB interview with the island’s designer.
- The plaque for the Jade Scarab in the museum names “Professor L. Girlpower” as the discoverer of the tomb, honoring the island designer, Girl Power, whose real name is Lyndsey.
- The Museum of Really Old Things is modeled after the the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, Egypt, complete with the Egyptian flag on top.
- The stone panel art of the eye and pyramid on the museum’s exterior bears some resemblance to the Eye of Providence symbol, but in Poptropica’s version, the eye is above and outside of the pyramid.
- Your character offers a pun at the sarcophagus display in the museum: “Wonder if he knows a good Cairo-practor?” — a play on Cairo, Egypt’s capital, and chiropractor, a spinal healthcare professional.
- Your character’s reaction to the camel owner’s charge — “Over 9000? That’s crazy!” — may be a reference to the “over 9000” meme from 2006.
- The “Falafel International” shop opening soon on Main Street is a branch of the falafel shop on Virus Hunter Island.
- Howard Diggory is named after Howard Carter, who discovered King Tut’s tomb, and Diggory because he’s an archeologist and spends a lot of time digging, according to Girl Power.
- Horus the falcon shares a name with the falcon-headed Egyptian god.
- While flying with Horus the falcon, you can see the Pyramid of Khafre, the nearby Queens’ Pyramids, 24 Carrot’s Rabbot crashed and mostly buried, and a mirage of Fairytale Island’s Rumpelstiltskin on a ring float in a pond.
- You can flirt with the busy businessman on Main Street. He won’t be impressed, though.
- The kitty resembles Bastet, Egyptian cat goddess, whose icons are seen in the elderly lady’s market stall.
- There is no common room and Quippy store on this island.
These are the displays from the Museum of Really Old Things. Click to enlarge.