Blast from the Past

2009 Rewind: Pop-ular Places

This post is part of our Poptropica Yearbook series. If you missed the intro, check it out on the 2007 Rewind and view the follow-up 2008 Rewind.

It’s a fine time to check out 2009! With both the Poptropica Creators’ Blog and Poptropica Help Blog in full swing, the online Poptropica community was growing exponentially, even inspiring new fan sites.

The year kicked off with Big Nate Island in February, after months of Big Nate comics shared on the Creators’ Blog.

While sneak peeks for upcoming islands from the Creators were wildly popular, the PHB took a step further and started a series known as PHB Sneak Peeks. These were glances at things even the Creators hadn’t revealed:

Over on the PHB, we were up to lots of shenanigans as well. In April, for example, we had great success with our “Club Penguin Help Blog” prank that fooled even the Poptropica Creators โ€” if only for a little while.

Before our blog was even a year old, we reached one million site views, so we celebrated by giving away some of those rare and coveted “Monster Carnival leaks.” These were the early days of Poptropica glitching and trading!

That summer, the Poptropica community grew to include a Poptropica Help Forum (the PHF was created by Coderkid, who later became PHB staff) and Poptropica Help Chat (PHC) (which was hosted on Xat). Both brought good times, but only the PHC remains to this day, and we’re on Discord now.

We also began a monthly Poptropica magazine, and PHB readers voted on the name The Poptropican’s 911, for all your Poptropica emergencies. The first issue was published in June, and the series ran for a year. Also in June, the long-awaited Astro-Knights Island was released!

Comic by Green Seal, who later became a PHB staff blogger.

Another big thing that happened in Poptropica in 2009 was the launch of the store. (Can you even imagine a Poptropica without the store??) A hundred credits were given for each island completed, and players happily bought cool new items like the Colorizer, Electrify, and more. Credits could also be bought with real money. The store looked a little different back then, too.

On July 26, the PHB celebrated its first birthday โ€“ and by then had reached 1.5 million site views. A few days later, the Multiverse feature was released, and that became the staple way of partying it up on Poptropica. (Too bad it’s no longer around… but we do still have common rooms and clubhouses.)

To wrap up the year, Counterfeit Island finally came out (in its early access period, and after half a year of waiting!) in late December, bringing the map total up to ten islands. (Counterfeit and Astro-Knights were the only islands with early access tickets.)

Before membership, players could buy an early access ticket to a new island for 500 credits in the store.

That concludes the 2009 page of the Poptropica Yearbook! Stay tuned for the next pages, and soon youโ€™ll be able to view the complete series on a new page in our Pop Plus collection, titled The Poptropica Yearbook.

While youโ€™re here, sign the yearbook by commenting? โœ๏ธ

Magazines, PHB Specials, Store

Poptropican’s 911: Issue #6

Update: The Haunted House has been removed from Poptropica’s Map, but you can buy it from the Poptropica Store for FREE! Thanks for the news update, Incredible Fish.

The November edition of our blog’s monthlyย Poptropican’s 911 newsletter is here! A must-read for all Poptropican fans; click the link below to get started!

Read Issue #6, if you dare…

We have also changed our ‘Poptropica Poll’ widget, which you can find on the right side. The current question reads, ”Did you pay any real money for Poptropica merchandise?”

October 2009’s question was, ”Is your Poptropican all dressed up for Halloween?” The results came in as:

Option | Votes | Percentage
Yes, and my costume is so scary, you’d probably faint just at the sight of it! | 1,049 | 46%
I haven’t yet, but I’m preparing for a spooky surprise! | 846 | 37%
No, I don’t celebrate Halloween. | 226 | 10%
Halloween?! What’s the point of that? | 143 | 6%

Hope youโ€™ll enjoy readingย our 911 this month, and maybe even be inspired to submit your own entries! Congratulations to everyone who entered something for the 911, whether it made it or not.

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Yay! Good-bye 2008 and hello to 2009! Happy New Year from the Poptropica Help Blog! Hopefully, the new year will bring many new, exciting islands to venture on! And as always, we, the Poptropica Help Blog, will always provide up-to-date news and helpful guides! (In fact, we just added another game guide: Balloons! Check it out here:
Happy New Year, everybody!

We also reached 300,000 hits! =O OMG! Thanks to everybody who visit our site! It’s only been, like, a month since our 200,000 hits mark! Woo! What a great way to start the new year of 2009! =D Once again, thanks so much, everybody!