Survival Island

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Miles from civilization, it’s just you against nature. Can you survive in the wilderness and find your way back home?

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[Episode 1: Crash Landing] Night has fallen and the temperature is dropping. Alone in the forests of the Yukon, you must find a way to build a fire — but time is running out.

[Episode 2: Hook, Line and Sinker] With no help in sight, your hunger threatens to overtake you. Can you catch your next meal under the ice — or will you become fish food?

[Episode 3: Distress Signal] A broken radio. A chance for rescue. Send a distress call if you can, but beware of who might be listening!

[Episode 4: Cabin Fever] Your rescuer offers a hot meal and a comfy bed, but you’re not his guest – you’re a prisoner. Can you escape the wilderness lodge before his next hunt begins?!

[Episode 5: Escape!] The hunt is on! In the darkness before dawn, can you turn the tables on your pursuer and escape the woods once and for all?


These pictures are collected in your Poptropica photo album in the profile section.


  • Survival Island is Poptropica’s 38th island. It is the first island to be released episodically, meaning that new chapters (episodes) will be released over time so that we won’t have to wait so long for a new Poptropica adventure. The first episode (Crash Landing) was released to members on March 20, 2014 and April 17, 2014 for everyone.
  • Survival Island is the first island to have no common room.
  • According to the official description, the island takes place in the Yukon, which is in Canada.
  • This island appears to focus on the conflict of man versus nature.
  • One of the handbook pages is titled “Can’t start a fire without a spark” – a line in the Bruce Springsteen song “Dancing in the Dark”.
  • The Wet Kindling you can pick up in Episode 1 is actually not needed and can’t be used, since what you need for your fire is the Dry Kindling in the bear cave.
  • There’s a cutscene at the beginning of the island where your blimp crashes in the thunderstorm, which is the first time the blimp has played a role other than transporting you from island to island.
  • At the start of Ep 2, you climb down the cliff you could jump off of in Ep 1. The chunk of wood you can throw off the edge of the far left cliff in Episode 1 awaits you on the ground in the first area of Episode 2.
  • The crashed plane in Episode 3 is labeled “Mews Airlines”, a reference to the Mews Foundation, first seen on Cryptids Island.
  • In Episode 3, when you search through the bag of coins, there’s a coin worth “10 Twitcoins”, a spoof of the 21st century Bitcoin currency. This coin is dated 2014, the year Survival was released. The motto on the coin is “vires in absurdum” (Latin for ‘strength in the absurd’), also a spoof for the motto on Bitcoins, “vires in numeris” (‘strength in numbers’).
  • American pennies stopped being made out of copper in 1982. This is reflected in Episode 3, when you need a copper penny made in 1981 to help you assemble a radio.
  • The Pocket Knife you find on a tree branch in episode 3 is a Victorinox Swiss army knife. However, the logo has a “P” in it for Poptropica.
  • In Episode 3, the detached plane wing by the river says “MLP4VR”, which may mean “My Little Pony forever”.
  • Starting from Episode 4, the plot is loosely based on the 1924 short story The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell (click here to read it). In it, the big-game hunter General Zaroff intends to hunt humans who end up on his island, much like Myron Van Buren of Survival Island. The story is referenced in a newspaper clipping found on the wall of Van Buren’s trophy room, which says: “Myron Van Buren, the last descendent of the legendary Van Buren hunting family, continues his family’s quest to seek out ever more dangerous game.”
  • “Cabin Fever” is the name of the 6th Diary of a Wimpy Kid book (by Poptropica Creator Jeff Kinney) as well as the title of the 4th episode of Survival Island.
  • The pitcher from Episode 4 says “Jon” on it, a reference to Poptropica Creator Jon Pitcher. Clever.
  • Myron Van Buren bears a striking resemblance to the hunter in the classic film Jumanji. As if the similarity in appearance weren’t enough, the angry Jumanji hunter’s name is Van Pelt!
  • The sawmill in Episode 5 has a sign that reads “Bunyan Mill”, likely a reference to Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack of American folklore.
  • Members get an additional Survival gear pack. Wind Power, Ghillie Suit, and Rhino Costume are available now.

Video Guides

For a written walkthrough with pictures, click on Guide at the top of this page.

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78 thoughts on “Survival Island

  1. clean shell - survival island trivia helper- please post this!! says:

    hey i got trivia!
    -survival island takes place in winter, not spring.

    Slanted Fish: That’s pretty obvious though…

    • Clean shell - i love spoilers says:

      ooh! i got one! in the trailer, your blimp will be exploded in this island. this is the first island were the blimp plays major/or minor role.

      Slanted Fish: Thanks, I’ve added that in. 🙂

  2. clean shell- survival goes the way says:

    i think suvival island is the third island to display winter, first is wimpy wonderland island, second was charile and the chocolate factory island

    • maddie welsh says:

      Get ur computer checked. some times poptropica is rather slow. be patient. if it does not load in an hour,u may not be able to play survival. :-[ matbe u should download the app and have better luck with that!

  3. Silver Noodle says:

    Survival Island won’t work for me. Every time I start it, my parachute won’t show up and I can’t get down from the tree. Any tips?

  4. Eve says:

    Why do the members get first access to everything? That’s unfair! I wish there was no such thing as membership. It costs to much money!

    • James Carter says:

      on the poptropica guide for this island epsiode it says that if the wires do not appear, you will need to logout and log back in. If they still do not appear, then you will have to start the episode all over. I know it sucks.

      • Dane says:

        The wires wouldn’t load when i tried to assemble the radio, so i restarted the episode, and then when i got to that point again, they STILL DIDN’T LOAD! what do i do.

    • YOLO says:

      weird… i forgot to log out of poptropica cause my friend called and told me to check my email and then i go back to the game and then i can pick up the lemon… IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE!!!

    • Invisible Grape says:

      Move off the dirt patch under the rock and wait a few seconds then click the grubs.
      They crawl under the ground when you step on the dirt.

      • CreeperManH says:

        in fact i even tried logging in and logging out and doing other things other than that islannd then i come back and i still cant HELP

      • CreeperManH says:

        nevermind even though i was having same problem i restarted the island and tried again AND IT WORKED!!!!! 😀

  5. Parson says:

    I have a feeling this island is loosely based on the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell.

  6. renaldiinfernus says:

    @Slanted Fish I have noticed something in Survival ep3, which may or may not be a joke: on the Mews Airlines airplane wing, detached from the plane, the plane ID is printed on it: MLP4VR, which may or may not refer to something related to equestric animals *coughcoughMyLittlePonycoughcough*. Do you think so?

    Slanted Fish: Good point! I’ve added it to the trivia. 🙂

  7. random says:

    I don’t this is trivia or not but Your blimp appears in survival ep.5 with a hole on it an a side of a cliff. This is the first time your blimp appeared on an island but not to travel.

  8. potentiallypurple says:

    Also, the sawmill seen in Episode 5 was called “Bunyan Mill”. Could that have been a reference to Paul Bunyan?

    Slanted Fish: Seems likely – thanks for the tip! 🙂

  9. Meredith says:

    Hi! I need help! Poptropica won’t let me pick up an item (the little handbook papers or worms or tools) to put in my bag. The hand that replaces my cursor doesn’t pop up either when I drag it over the item – just the green and blue arrows. I tried refreshing, closing other tabs, I even made a new account! If you have any suggestions on how to fix this problem, please reply to this. I might try turning off and on my computer. Thanks! -M aka. banditsweekendpancakes on Poptropica.

    Slanted Fish: To pick up items, you don’t need to click on them – just have your character walk over them. 😉

  10. randomParentdotjsp says:

    in number 5 it doesn’t allow me to use the rope when I stepped on the tread, and going out of the section doesn’t fix this. What do I do?

    Slanted Fish: For specific details, please refer to our Survival Island Guide!

  11. Jess says:

    Ah I’m looking for a guide to it can’t find one 😬😬😬😬😬😬#emotionsbruh

    slantedfish: Click “Guide” at the top of the page for our walkthrough.

  12. person says:

    on the computer the “blow on fire” sign won’t show up. I did everything right and have everything but it won’t show up. Please help!!

  13. Alissa says:

    i need some help i can not find it anywhere but on Episode 2 i get the fish and then what? nothing is happening and iv been stuck on this for days now

    slantedfish: Click on Guide at the top to see our walkthrough for Survival Island.

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