Big hair, big waves, and big comebacks

Hi, everyone! This is Gentle Dolphin here with the latest Pop news. Let’s start off with something pretty big from earlier this month: March member gifts.

This month, members will get to rock that “Big Hair, Don’t Care” attitude with three humongous hairstyles: Big Afro, Big Dreadlocks, and Big Ponytail. Speaking of big, we want to give a big thank you to Shiny Bird for these pics.

If you are an active member, these colossal coiffures will be added to your inventory upon logging in to Poptropica this month. Act fast and snatch these weaves before they disappear for good!


Moving along, we have a new ad starring 2020’s American Girl of the Year: Joss Kendrick. It’s a basic billboard ad showing Joss and her dog Murph surfing across the ocean waves, which will make many northern players long for the arrival of summer.

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All you need to do is watch a short video to win two prizes: Joss’s Cheer Outfit and the Murph Follower. I could make a witty American Girl joke here, but I’m pretty sure you guys know more about American Girl dolls that I do. 😜


Next time you visit Home Island, make sure to walk past the Pet Barn. You will discover that, after being gone for almost six months, the Photo Booth is back in business! If you’re feeling especially photogenic, step inside and get ready to take some amazing photographs.

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Inside, you will find that nothing has changed since the Photo Booth last appeared. You still have the classic backgrounds and characters, as well as plentiful props and effects. Even though the options aren’t new, that shouldn’t stop you from getting creative! Have fun making all kinds of silly scenarios and epic battles!

When you are done with your photo, click the green check mark button to save it to the Photo Board on your player profile. Unfortunately, your picture will not be saved to your device like before. The best you can do for now is take a screenshot on your phone or computer.

That’s all for now. Feel free to comment below what your favorite hairstyle is, or what you plan on creating in the Photo Booth—or even share your creations! Or at least some American Girl facts, perhaps?

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin🐬

Community Creations: February 2020

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the February recap for Community Creations! February’s theme was Memes and the featured work is not in any particular order. Be sure to check out all the featured artists!

No clue what’s going on? Go see our intro post.

Top 5 Picks

Drake by PegaKid2012

Man, already starting out with a classic format, huh? This idea was simple, but creative and very appropriate for our theme! Just goes to show you that ideas can pop out of now where, no matter how much your inspiration may seem to be blocked at first. That’s the whole point of this series, right? Anyway, the layout is perfect and the emotion of the original meme is definitely captured well here. Very funny! Find her DeviantArt here.

Yall Remember Poptropica by ray-of-flight

Ah yes, a cat meme. The internet’s favorite meme format. And rightfully so a lot of the time! I love Black Widow’s coy expression in this design. She somehow perfectly matches the expression of that sly cat? Even in the face of a knife? Anyway, the lineart and coloring here is super clean and professional, with obviously some excellent humor backing up the work. Seriously, how amazingly fitting??? Find his DeviantArt here.

Cursed Image by Gentle Dolphin

Dang, another classic template! We’re really knocking this theme out of the park, huh guys? The reference to Amelia’s seemingly doppelganger in Poptropica is super relevant and funny. It perfectly fits the Spider Man meme format, both in subject matter and in art style! I must say, that 1960s TV vibe really shines through, and it makes for a simply excellent piece. The composition and the figures match the original super well, and the VHS style really shines through when combined with the style of the artist themselves! Find her DeviantArt here.

The Internet’s Slow in a Pocket Dimension by Magniventris

Okay, I know that pose anywhere, even if its in a Binary Bard guise. Another classic meme template! The top and bottom text are super reminiscent of some older meme layouts, and I must say that the Poptropican context is hilarious. The humor and emotion behind this is oddly fantastic, and I love the character design of Binary Bard here! The artist really let their own interpretation of the villain flair, putting in unique detail into his robotic half for sure. Seriously, great work in a simple layout! Find her DeviantArt here.

Jorge Dabs by ANNE14TCO

Pffft, okay, this is kinda silly but I love it. And it’s that what meme culture is all about? I love featuring characters from the Poptropica books, and the animation of this submission certainly makes it stand out from the rest. Dabbing is still cool……… right? *ahem* Stepping away from that, I think that the movement and random humor in this submission is perfect for our theme. Ridiculous, I love it! Find her DeviantArt here.


Honorable Mentions

Absolutely hilarious submissions this month guys! Really a theme to mark in the history books, so keep up the creative work!


March: How Do I Participate?

Community Creations is a cool series for anyone in the Poptropica community to join in on. To sum up what it’s about, it’s basically a chance to show off your artwork, creepy fan-fics, Pop clubhouses, costumes, and anything else that pops into your mind.

If we really like the piece you submit, we will feature it here on the PHB! As long as it relates to that month’s theme. So what is March’s theme? March’s theme is…

Hobbies!

Poptropica, for many of us, is a cherished lifestyle hobby. But it certainly isn’t the community’s only hobby! So why not showcase some of those other hobbies in our next theme, as much of the world moves towards spring?

Whatever you like to do, or whatever your Poptropican likes to do, is totally acceptable! Whether is be a sport, playing an instrument, theater, glass blowing, baking, ghost hunting, you name it! Maybe you just like, I don’t know, …trains? The limits are completely up to you, so be sure to show off your creativity, but more importantly, your passion!

  • Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArtTwitter, or Discord.
  • Results: I will feature 5 of the submissions as well as 3 honorable mentions.
  • Limitations: Nothing NSFW, and make sure you relate to the theme.
  • Due Date: I will take any entries before the end of this month. Submit as many things as you’d like!

I will always be sure to let you know I have seen your creation. Bonus points if you make a compelling description for your piece! While quality counts, I’m mainly looking for something to simply catch my eye, so don’t be afraid to join in!

So what are you waiting for? Go make something awesome!

~SD

Get on a different level with PHB game guides 💪

Hey Poptropicans, get your game face on! We’re about to blast you into the arcade scene and show you how it’s done…

Some distant time ago, Poptropica brought us the Blast-off Arcade, and with it, three new games. They also refined three other games (and took out seven others, rip). Anyway, here on the PHB, we’ve (finally) updated our Game Guides, complete with pages for the newer arcade games Blaster Attack, Crash-n-Bash, and Poptastic. (Better late than never, right?)

We’ve also updated our guides for the older games Balloons, Sky Dive, and Star Link, which, although they’ve retained the same gameplay and style, did receive slight graphic refinements. Have you noticed, for example, that the background on Sky Dive is colored a little deeper than before? Or that falling too fast doesn’t make a Poptropican-sized hole in the ground anymore?

To get to our new and improved Game Guides, look for “Pop Plus” on the PHB site menu and go to “Game Guides.” From there, you’ll find all the head-to-head and single-player game pages, with tips and tricks to make you a pro.

But that’s not all! Scroll down some more on the page, and you’ll also find a section dedicated to the Bygone Days with info about classic, now-retired games like Hoops, Pathwise, and Soupwords. Plus, we’ve included memories of old multiplayer hangouts like the Multiverse, tribe rooms, and even those good old five-star battle rankings — all gone with Flash’s impending doom.

Oh well, at least we still have all these other flashy arcade games. I mean, did you know that the balloon animals on Poptastic move at different speeds depending on their color? Because if not, you might need that game guide. 😉

🚀 So what are you waiting for? 👇
Get on out there and beat your high scores with PHB Game Guides!

Onward, Pufferfish King!

Hello, Poptropicans! Today, we will be looking at some news that even a king would find amusing. Now then, let us move onward to our first story!

We have a new set of ads for Pixar’s upcoming fantasy film “Onward.” When exploring the magical lands of Poptropica, you will never be too far from Ian and Barley’s quaint mushroom house. You are welcome to go inside and embark on a little quest of your own in between adventures.

If you decide to go inside, talk to Barley. He will let you know that the neighborhood has been invaded by pesky trash-eating unicorns and give you a magic staff to use. Press the spacebar to fire magic rays and shrink the unicorns, and click the mouse to jump over trash cans in your path.

For completing your quest, you will be handsomely rewarded with the Wizard Staff and the Blazey Follower. Now you have the power to shrink your enemies and feed them to your mighty pet dragon! Okay, maybe you shouldn’t do that.

The magic doesn’t end at minigames and prizes, though. Go to your clubhouse and open your inventory to find five special “Onward” posters! Here’s what they look like in the clubhouse:

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A few days ago, Poptropica put the spotlight on a player named Invisible Ghost, who is rocking a unique aesthetic to say the least.

The first picture of the gallery shows Ghost in his clubhouse. Inside, the tree is adorned with many pufferfish, and Ghost himself is wearing a pufferfish costume along with a peg leg and a leopard cheetah hat (this was one of the member gifts from September 2019).

The last three pictures show Ghost jumping on Home Island, with each picture zooming in progressively closer to the smug-looking cheetah. And the Creators’ Blog, which also showcased his style, commended the player’s “dedication to The Aesthetic.”

I wonder what he’s thinking at the moment? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin🐬

Celebrating Valentine’s Day at lightning speed

Happy Valentine’s Day, Poptropicans! We hope you and your loved ones are having a great day. Today, we have some news that you’re sure to love (or like, at least). Let’s get started with a shocking store update.

The winner of Poptropica’s 2020 costume design contest (“Lightning Wielder” by Instagram user @bianca_donka) is finally in the game! Visit the store and get this electrifying costume for free, but hurry before it goes away in a flash.

The “Lightning Wielder” doesn’t come with any space bar actions, despite the ideas put forth by its designer. But the lightning arm does come with an animating dazzle!

Along with the “Lightning Wielder” costume, there are plenty of Valentine’s Day-themed goodies available for purchase in the store this month.


Make this Valentine’s Day special by going to the cinema and watching the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie. Speaking of Sonic, you can spot some billboards advertising his movie around Poptropica. Unlike normal island ads, this one doesn’t include any games, videos, or prizes. Clicking the billboard just directs you to the movie’s website.

An ad with no games to play or videos to watch seems kind of underwhelming. However, take a step back and you’ll notice that the game screen has been changed from the normal blue to a bird’s eye view of a city at night. Take a look:

Also, Frozen 2 ads have returned to advertise the film’s digital and home media release. Like the original ad, you have to watch a short video in order to win two prizes: the familiar Olaf Follower and the new Wind Spirit power.

To use the Wind Spirit power, equip the red leaf then press the spacebar to be lifted into the air by a flurry of leaves. Pretty neat!

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Earlier this week, Blue Tooth took to social media to let people know that February 10 is National Pizza Day. 🍕 She posted a video of her Poptropican and her rabbit Dorf waiting for lunch at the diner on 24 Carrot Island, and mentioned that they were waiting for quite a while. The owners were probably preoccupied with the threat of global domination at the time…

That’s about it for now. What are your thoughts on the “Lightning Wielder” costume? Are you going to watch the Sonic movie when it hits theaters? Have you seen “Frozen 2,” and do you plan on re-watching it? Are you craving pizza right now? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Thank you for reading, and have a happy Valentine’s Day! 💘

—Gentle Dolphin🐬

My Place in Poptropica: Silver Sword

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Silver Sword, whose loss of a main account kept him away from the game for many years, even despite exciting game updates. See below for details on how to send in your MPIP story to be published here on the PHB!

Hey, fellow Poptropicans! I’m Silver Sword (also known by my login name, “Rutherfordium”), and as for my history with Poptropica—that’s quite a long story, lemme tell ya. But here it goes…

The Beginning | Jan 2009–Sept 2012

My story starts in January 2009, just a little bit before Big Nate Island was released. I created an account to play Poptropica, and I actually hit an immovable road-block for me… on Early Poptropica Island. I was used to Club Penguin at the time, so I had no clue what I was doing at all. I sucked at the game, and wanted a do-over.

I went back to the sign-in page so I could get my do-over. And then I just exploited the heck out of it. Account after account after account was made. I never actually stuck to an account, and I kept that up for three years.

That all changed when Super Villain Island was announced on the Poptropica Creators’ Blog, and for some reason, it made me realize that I should probably stick to one account.

The Reign of “Mom40472” | Sept 2012–2013

The first account that I ever stuck with was “mom40472”, and let me say, that account was the best account I ever had. I completed so many islands, and I explored some that I hadn’t even landed the blimp on before, such as S.O.S., Twisted Thicket, and Vampire’s Curse.

After some time, I forgot about Poptropica for a little while. When Virus Hunter Island was announced, though, I bolted to the Poptropica website as fast as I possibly could. Two things caught my attention about this island: one, I’ve been dreaming of an island that explores the human body ever since Super Villain came out with its dream-wandering concept, and two, it was going to launch as an SUI (the first official sound updated island!). You bet I was excited!

But then, the unthinkable happened. Because of my little break, I couldn’t remember how to get into my account, which basically meant it was gone.

I was devastated. So much so that I basically gave up on Poptropica, bitter at them for demolishing a year’s worth of work.

Returning to Poptropica | Feb 2016–present

It was a solid three years before I even considered going back to Poptropica. Not even the six-years-overdue announcement of Monster Carnival Island was enough to bring me back.

But then Thinknoodles, a famous Poptropica YouTuber who I was subscribed to, suddenly popped up in my notifications with a series I thought he had long since abandoned—”Road To Captain Thinknoodles”—with this island that I hadn’t even seen any announcement of on the Poptropica Creators’ Blog. That island was Monkey Wrench Island.

I figured that, at last, I’d go back to Poptropica. But I didn’t want to gamble with my name and all that, so instead I created my account through the Custom Name Genie that I had seen on the PHB’s Glitching page. Much to my pleasure, “Silver Sword” was an option, so that’s what I went with.

And that brings us to the present day…

An 11-year journey

I joined Poptropica when I was just five years old. Now I’m 16 years old, and I’m still playing Poptropica after 11 years. Time flies, doesn’t it?

My journey isn’t ending here, though. If anything, my journey is just getting started.

If you think that Poptropica’s a “kiddie game,” just remember that I’ve been playing it for most of my life. To me, Poptropica is not a “kiddie game.” It’s a game for all ages, even if that age is not the demographic.

Don’t put down Poptropica when I’m around. If you do… MESS WITH THE SWORD, YOU GET THE BLADE.


Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story! If you did, you’ll probably enjoy our other MPIP stories here on the PHB.

If you haven’t already, we invite you to send in your own. Please include your username and at least 500 words, typed with good spelling and grammar, and divided into labeled sections. If you send in your story, we will continue to post new community MPIPs!

Interested in writing for the PHB under a different Pop-topic? Take a look at our Write for the PHB page for ideas, guidelines, and more. We’d love to hear from you!

~the Poptropica Help Blog