Got a membership? You’re in luck. If you don’t? It’s your monthly pet peeve…

What’s up, member-tropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here along with the excusive member gifts for March! (And even if you’re not a member, at least check out the sneak peek to come…)

If you’re an active member or purchase a membership anytime throughout the month, these items will automatically be added to your inventory:

  • Leprechaun Follower
  • Green Power
  • Pie Day Pie Toss

I love that the items resemble the festivities this month. (It would’ve been cool to see a green and purple jester hat and mask for Mardi Gras too!) The Green Power and Pie Day would make great sabotages in multiverse parties, hehe.


In other news, Poptropica just released a sneak peek on Instagram of some accessories for pets that are coming soon! Take a look:

They’re really cute, but unfortunately—from what I can tell—most of the stock will be member exclusive. But hey, you never know, right?


And one more thing: Poptropica has a new screen for when players need to activate Flash in order to play Poptropica, featuring the likes of Shark Boy and other Poptropicans (and even a pet chameleon) surrounding him!

So, what do you think of these member gifts? How about the upcoming pet stuff or the new Flash screen? Sound off in the comments!

Thanks for reading as always, I’ll talk to you all soon…pop on!

– Lucky Joker🍀

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Pop 5: Most Underrated Characters

This is a guest post written by Red Tomato, a Poptropican who’ll be sharing a “Pop 5” list of Poptropica characters who don’t get much attention in the fan community. Enjoy!

Hi everyone, I’m Red Tomato! I haven’t been around for about a year, but now I’m back! Anyway, here’s my list of Pop 5 most underrated Poptropica characters. If I missed anybody, let me know in the comments!

#5: Joe Stockman

Not your average Joe.

You gotta love this guy and his love for Chinese food! This Joe Schmoe was just an average guy until he became Patient Zero on Virus Hunter Island, but he could use a little more appreciation. You never see any fan art of him; poor dude, he’s been through a lot… plus, he’s my Poptropica crush.

#4: Poseidon

Poseidon helped you defeat Zeus in both Mythology and Super Villain Island! (Plus, not Poptropica-related, but he is Percy Jackson’s dad.) He also rocks a cool mustache! Anyway, this Greek god deserves some more attention compared to his bros Hades and Zeus! (Also, that is a cool trident. I want it.)

#3: Mr. Silva

Probably the most underrated villain, Mr. Silva is the evil science teacher from Shrink Ray island. He shrinks you and CJ so that he can steal CJ’s shrink ray and pass it off as his own invention. Pretty devious! For all the villain fan art we see, though, he’s not often among them.

#2: Dr. Lange

Another one from Virus Hunter Island, Dr. Lange wants you to stop a deadly virus. Plus, you can take some funny pictures with her in the Photo Booth. She definitely deserves more love, because she discovered the virus. Without her, Poptropica would be plagued with a pretty serious virus!

#1: Harry Houdini

From Mystery Train Island, Mr. Houdini helps you capture the thief with his expert lock-picking skills. Plus, he is based off one of the most skilled magicians of all time! This guy should get some more love. Other Mystery Train characters get more fan art than he does, but in the end, it’s his water tank that saves the day.

Well, that was my Pop 5 list of most underrated Poptropica characters! As for honorable mentions, pretty much every character on Steamworks Island would fit this list, too. Until next time.

—Red Tomato


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Red Tomato! If you did, you may enjoy some other “Pop 5” posts here on the PHB.

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. You can find some tips and guidelines on our Write for the PHB page. We also encourage sharing blog posts on the PHC.

If you have an idea for a PHB post, send it in!

Pop 5: What would happen if there were no villains

This is a guest post written by Quick Fang, a Poptropican who’ll be sharing a “Pop 5” list of what Poptropica might be like without its villains. Enjoy!

Poptropica is known for its island storylines — and one of my favorite plot twists is whenever someone you had known to be a good person turned out to be the exact opposite (take Black Widow from Counterfeit Island, for example).

Other islands simply identify who the villains are right from the onset. Whichever the case, villains bring a fun flavor to Poptropica, and to highlight that, here’s my list to show what would happen if there were no villains in all of Poptropica.

#1: Super Villain and Super Power Island would not exist

On Super Villain Island, you have to go into the dreams of four super villains and remove the sources of their evil. Without them, the island would not have existed at all. And the same goes for another island based primarily on its crooks, Super Power Island — your motive, pretty much, is to capture the loosed criminals.

#2: No boss fights

On many Poptropica islands, there are final showdowns between good and bad. For example, in Mythology Island, you battle Zeus, and in Spy Island, you face Director D and his army of mini-robots. But if villains didn’t exist… well, there’d be no one to fight!

#3: Less snark from sassy scoundrels

With every villain comes their own personal quirks. Who could forget Mademoiselle Moreau from Mystery Train and her overly fierce allegiance to France, or Ringmaster Raven from Monster Carnival and his sad story that pushed him towards his mania? Without these colorful characters, life on Poptropica might be kind of dull.

#4: No heroism

Your main role on Poptropica islands is to get rid of the problems that each island is facing. But if there are no villains running around causing problems, how can you be the island’s hero? The storyline would have to come from elsewhere. It’s been done (take Mission Atlantis as an example), but to me, it feels less exciting.

#5: No prisons

Prisons in Poptropica, such as Erewhon Prison in Super Villain Island, or the facility in Escape From Pelican Rock, would simply not need to exist. After all, there would be no criminals to put behind bars!

My point in making this list is to show that, without the villains, Poptropica wouldn’t be nearly as interesting as it is. Quick Fang out!


Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Quick Fang! If you did, you may enjoy her post about two female villains or other “Pop 5” PHB posts.

The Poptropica Help Blog welcomes interesting Poptropica insights from anyone in the Poptropica community with thoughts to share. You can find some tips and guidelines on our Write for the PHB page. We also encourage sharing blog posts on the PHC.

If you have an idea for a PHB post, send it in!

A super Island makeover for Spring!

What’s up, Poptropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here along with a new, revamped Home Island and an advertisement!

Upon logging in, you’ll notice the entire island has been made over for spring with green grass, brightly colored bushes, and flowers pretty much everywhere you look.

It’s actually really pretty! Something tells me this is going to be a seasonal thing.


Anyway, next we have a video advertisement for Cartoon Network’s “DC Super Hero Girls” show.

All you gotta do is watch the short ad and you’ll earn two costumes – Batgirl and Wonder Woman.

Welp, those are the couple of updates we have for now. I’ll be sure to keep you posted with more news to come, so stay tuned. Thanks for reading as always, talk to you soon. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Community Creations: February 2019

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Hello once again everyone! Spotted Dragon here bringing you the February recap for Community Creations! February’s theme was pets 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

His Universe by pinklasgne

pinklasgne - His Universe

This amazing redesign plays around with colors and blending in a super interesting way! Binary Bard’s “pets” show a unique interpretation of this month’s theme and I am all for it. The sketchy but detailed style heavily focuses on realistic, yet slightly fantastical elements for one eye-catching piece. Stunning composition and color! Find his DeviantArt here.

Ziggy and Fearless Popper by criaha

Criaha - Ziggy and FP

Precious! This piece is simple but super heartfelt. The cute theme perfectly shows the love between FP and her new feline friend, even showing a bit of movement in the otherwise straightforward pose. Plus, I love how the cat emphasizes the lack of a neck that the Poptropican has. Love it! Find her DeviantArt here.

Black Widow and Her Spider by Quick Fang

Quick Fang - Black Widow and Her Spider

How cute! It’s always fun to showcase the softer sides of villains, and this drawing does just that. Even a cold-blooded thief can love a pet with all her heart, right? A spider is definitely an appropriate companion for our infamous artist. Adorable! Find Quick Fang in the comments section.

Pets Dance Party by Poptropica Girl

Poptropica Girl - Pets Dance Party

Haha, cute! View the entire dance party animation here. Though simple movements, the use of animation in this submission is a creative, fun idea. I like the diversity of pets that was showcased and the humor is perfectly cheery. The bright colors portray a very happy, energetic mood! Nice! Find Poptropica Girl in the comments section.

My Pets in Poptropica by Howlarmoon

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Interesting! View Howlarmoon’s entire pet collection here. This series of new pets is full of creativity, leaving us to question what other pets we will get to see in Poptropica’s future. The fun facts make each pet a little more personal, and they definitely add humor to the set of submissions. Very cute! Find Howlarmoon in the comments section.


Honorable Mentions


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…

GAMING!

Poptropica is, of course, a video game, but has it been straying from its roots lately? In a recent post comparing our beloved game to Mocktropica, Slanted Fish explains how Poptropica has seemingly been more focused on aesthetic updates recently rather then feeding us what we’re all here for: stories. Poptropica’s gameplay is largely based on storytelling and quests, of which have been honestly lacking. Sooo, let’s return to those roots!

We all love Poptropica, but many fans aren’t strangers to other games as well! Whether that be MMOs, big-name story games, arcade games, boardgames, you name it… there are games out there for everyone. And yes, battle royals have recently taken the internet by storm, huh? So that leaves you with tons of options! Maybe create costumes in Poptropica for your favorite characters from other franchises? Or draw some sort of crossover between Poptropica and another game? Oh! Maybe write a story that drops your Poptropican in the middle of another virtual universe! I know that you guys can come up with some crazy ideas.

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  • 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

Is Poptropica turning into Mocktropica Island?

Now there’s a question. Is Poptropica now fulfilling the prophecy about itself it set out in its own self-parody in the 36th island—and not in a good way?

I’m Slanted Fish, here to examine just how much Poptropica is falling into the traps it once warned about. Let’s take a look at the evidence.

For those who need a refresher, Mocktropica Island is a bit of a self-parody of Poptropica, imagining what things would be like when development of the game world goes haywire. It’s a fictional tale, but like many good stories, it does contain some truth.

And lately, it seems like Poptropica’s development is in crisis: we don’t hear as much from the Creators as we used to, and when we do, they’re tinkling with visual updates here and there, rather than the meat of the game: the story quests. In fact, it’s been a whole year since the latest island, Greek Sea Odyssey, was released on Poptropica Worlds, and Poptropica Original hasn’t had a new island since 2016’s Monkey Wrench. So, robot boss battles aside, has Mocktropica predicted the fate of the game?

Pets: the focus on aesthetics

photo credit: Maroon

One feature Mocktropica played with was the idea of pets for Poptropicans. Back when the island first came out in 2013, there weren’t exactly pets in Poptropica, though we did have “Followers” available from ads or in the store (such as the dragon in the picture above). But the Creators knew when they were making this island that pets were a popular requested feature for the game, so in the story, we have kids cheering for the introduction of pets.

And don’t get me wrong, Poptropica pets are great! This year the Pet Barn on Home Island finally opened, offering cute critters for players to adopt.

Pet chameleons introduced to the Pet Barn in 2019.

But that’s just the thing, too: while the Creators focused on aesthetic updates like pets (not to mention the redesign of Home Island and various features like the Arcade, Clubhouses, Friends profiles, the upheaval of the store into a rotational system, and more), they neglected the heart of Poptropica itself… the island quests.

Coins: the allure of membership

Pop Coin currency is suggested on Mocktropica Island.

While Poptropica hasn’t gotten quite as extreme as Mocktropica when it comes to currency, the Pop Coin system does hint at something sinister: charging players to pay real-life money for basic features of the game. In Poptropica, we know it as membership.

Membership wasn’t always like it is now. These days, every update seems to come with a significant portion exclusive to members only: store updates, pets, the new friends profiles, and so on. But back when we saw new islands every once in a while, each update wasn’t so member-focused, in part because membership already had a big draw: early access to new islands. With no new islands, the Creators have to find more ways to make membership attractive for the sake of profits, but it’s only causing players—many without the means of purchasing power—to resent them for it.

Read more in this 2017 PHB article: Is Poptropica becoming pay-to-play?

Pop-ups: Achievements and Ad Units

Achievements? Well, Poptropica has had ways of marking a player’s achievements with features like island medallions and album photos, and fortunately, they’re not annoying pop-ups like on Mocktropica—in fact, they’re pretty creative.

But not so fast. Remember the ad sales lady on Mocktropica and the obnoxious pop-up ads she made float around on your screen? While Poptropica hasn’t quite reached that level of distaste, it has since introduced a pretty off-putting pop-up ad at the bottom of the screen that re-appears whenever you change scenes. Sadly, it’s been there for a while and looks like it intends to stay. As if the banner wrapper ads weren’t enough!

Advertising your own game on your own game? Not exactly effective, either.

Developers: Where have they gone?

On Mocktropica Island, Poptropica developers were fired by new management.

A year ago, Poptropica inexplicably let go of some valuable senior-level employees who had contributed to the game for about a whole decade. A former Creator, Jessica (aka Skinny Moon), even confirmed in March 2018 that “most of the company is gone,” referring to employees she’d worked with prior to that point. Since then, we haven’t had names—not even aliases!—to connect us with the Poptropica team.

On this front, Mocktropica definitely predicted a bleak turn for Poptropica. These days, Poptropica rarely updates their official blog, on time if it all—even for bigger releases—and as outlined above, game updates are not only fewer and farther between, but when they do occur, they’re not what anybody really asked for. Sure, releasing some new items and redecorating some interfaces is mildly interesting, but they’re not going to keep anybody’s attention for long. But you know what will, Poptropica Creators?

Stories—specifically, islands!

Former president of Poptropica, Jess Brallier, says it best in this video from 2013, recently discovered by Osmium and re-posted from “Future Think” by idk:

Right out of this publisher’s mouth: “We’re not doing a virtual world to create a social networking opportunity, not to house games, not to host a virtual economy, but to tell stories… the point of Poptropica is to tell kids stories in the literacy of their choosing.

Does that sound like the Poptropica of the present to you? Well, I’ve been following Poptropica through the years, and let me tell you: the success is in the stories it tells. The most anticipated updates have always been the islands—those quirky quests were what made Poptropica “Poptropica.” Pets, member perks, fun items—those are best left as secondary.

I think it’s pretty clear that Poptropica has, in not all, but some ways, followed right into the footsteps of Mocktropica Island. An island created as a cautionary tale is unfolding right before us, and the Poptropica Creators of the present would do well to pay attention and revisit what the Creators of the past have tried to warn us all about when they created Mocktropica.

What does Poptropica need right now? Well…

I think I speak for many Poptropicans when I say that I truly hope to see Poptropica return to what made it successful: the stories, or in other words, the islands. Oh Poptropica, where will your yellow blimp take us next?

—Slanted Fish 🐠

*sparkle sparkle* clubhouse decor *uwu*

Hey Poptropicans, Slanted Fish here with a sparkly clubhouse shop update. Of course, some (half!) of what glitters is members’ only gold.

Head on over to the furniture store at your Poptropica Original clubhouse and you’ll find some new, cutesy items to decorate with:

Specifically, you’ll find a moon-and-stars hanging mobile, pink unicorn head beanbag chair* and throne seat*, crystal ball, pony head on a stick, plushie unicorn toy*, “Pop’s” pink wallpaper*, and unicorn wallpaper. It’s quite the kawaii aesthetic!

*indicates for members only (4 out of 8 new items)

Here’s a snapshot of some of that stuff in action. (Side note: I still don’t know why my non-member account gives me the members’ diner clubhouse layout and then refuses to save anything, but until that’s fixed, here’s what I’ve got.)

That’s all for now! Still waiting on a new island, Pop Creators. It’s literally been a year since the last one…

~🐠