Monkey Wrench Island, Pop Petitions

Pop Petition: Bring Monkey Wrench back 🙈

Hi there, Poptropicans!

As you may have gained from the title of this post, I’m here to discuss a Poptropica island that, although it had lots of great potential, is often overlooked by fans, and was even erased from the map altogether two years ago. Yes, I’m talking about Monkey Wrench.

Monkey Wrench was the tutorial island released in 2016.

It’s easy to see why this island is so frequently forgotten, as it was only a tutorial island; incomparable to greater classics such as Astro-Knights or Skullduggery. But, even though it was only invented to teach new Poptropicans how to play, I still felt that Monkey Wrench was quite a bit more than that. To better understand what I’m on to, take a look at the following reasons for why I think Monkey Wrench should be brought back.

One of the biggest things that made me get so attached to this short but sweet island is the lore it provided. You’re probably wondering what I mean; Monkey Wrench didn’t give us a full, thoughtful story to think over, unlike other islands that centered on their storytelling. But it did give us something I never expected to have a real answer for, least of all from a tutorial island; where the iconic Poptropica blimp came from.

Who knew that the great Poptropica blimp would come from a pack of monkeys?

I’m sure many of us wondered how one of Poptropica’s most well-known features, the golden blimp, came to sit on Home Island the moment we created our Poptropican avatars. And it was a big surprise when the answer to this longstanding question came in the form of a tutorial island! Besides, learning where your blimp comes from is a perfect introduction to Poptropica. In my opinion, Monkey Wrench succeeded all expectations of what a tutorial should be.

You may still be slightly doubtful about how important Monkey Wrench really was. I know one thing that bothered a lot of players about this island was how many game controls were taught during it, interrupting the experience; but, after all, Monkey Wrench is a tutorial. If it didn’t teach you how to control your avatar, speed up the dialogue, and use items from your backpack, that would have ruined the whole point. (Although I do think it would be interesting to see Monkey Wrench expanded into a full island.)

Another reason why I think Monkey Wrench should return is the amount of design that went into it. The visual scenery, character design, and audio soundtracks were all amazing, and I don’t think such beautiful work should go to waste so quickly. A couple of my favorite scenes from Monkey Wrench include Amelia’s airplane soaring over the majestic Poptropican sea during the Flying Ace Race, as well as all of the lush tropical scenery on Crusoe’s island.

And the visual design isn’t the only ‘wow’ factor in this island; I truly mean it when I say Monkey Wrench’s soundtracks were some of the best in Poptropica. (You can listen to them on SoundCloud.) Each music piece sets the mood perfectly, with the right amount of action, calm, and fun. Not to mention that there were at least four separate soundtracks created all for this one smaller island!

And we haven’t even reached the character design yet. The Red Baroness, Monkey Wrench’s main villain, had a spectacular outfit going, and I was always very intrigued by her. If only Monkey Wrench could be returned to the map and possibly expanded on, it would give us a chance to delve deeper into her back story; and find out just where she got to when her plane crashed in the ocean! Does the great Red Baroness live on?

After all that, Poptropica’s current tutorial island, Snagglemast, pales in comparison to Monkey Wrench. While Monkey Wrench provides story, suspense, scenery, music, and even an explanation for Poptropica’s iconic blimp, Snagglemast gives us a much shorter quest of collecting coins from across the small island. Let’s not forget that the tutorial is also very important because it’s most new players’ first impressions of Poptropica. If the tutorial island is made carelessly, than new players probably won’t want to stay around for long.

Although I had already played Poptropica for a time before Monkey Wrench was released, I would have been glad if Monkey Wrench were my first impression of the game, because it truly shows what Poptropica is all about; storytelling. Even though Monkey Wrench’s story is short and doesn’t reach as deep as other, bigger islands, it still has a small amount of lore, and that’s what counts. Whereas if a new player plays Snagglemast as their first island, they would most likely think Poptropica was nothing more than several short fetch quests.

To conclude: if the Creators are reading this post, I hope you’ll take into consideration what I’ve said. Monkey Wrench will always hold a special place with me, and it would be all for the better if it returns someday.

~💜🐾

Fan Art Features, Glitches, Social Media, Video of the Week

Video from Alana and villainous fan art 🐍

Happy weekend, Poptropicans! Pop in for a fun video, fan art highlights, and more from the community!

In this Video of the Week from the Pop Creators’ Blog, Alana returns to Poptropica after 8 years and plays through Arabian Nights, Ep. 1: How Bazaar. Watch as she rediscovers her old account, calls out an old man for being completely oblivious to theft happening before his eyes, and gets spooked by a handful of the forty thieves:

It’s kind of funny how the Creators’ Blog post starts with “Did you know there are people who have been playing Poptropica for YEARS!?” — more evidence that they’re expecting, and catering to, new players over longtime ones. Speaking of the official blog, did you know there was no Video of the Week last week? 🤔

What does appear to be a regular occurrence, though, are fan art spotlights on the Poptropica Creators’ Instagram story! Check out the latest features from this week:

In other Poptropica news, the formidable Avatar Studio Glitch (ASG) is still going strong, even after the death of Flash. The PHB continues to update its ASG collection, so if you like strange and hard-to-find costumes, keep checking back there for new ones! Here are just a few we’ve added recently, thanks to Silver Horse and Dangerous Icicle:

That’s all for this post. Be sure to catch up on the other fun things happening in the posts below, from guest writers on the official Pop blog to what Astro-Knights Island may look like IRL!

Keep on popping, Poptropicans. ✌️

~slantedfish 🐠

Advertisements, Merchandise, Store

Adventures…on a blimp!

Everyone knows the Poptropica Blimp, the yellow floating vehicle with the Poptropica logo that flies around and takes you to certain islands. You can use it for your many various travels in the game of Poptropica

Well, I bet a lot of you also heard news that the blimp has been made into a toy! Yep, you can now purchase an inflatable toy version of the blimp-your very own authentic Poptropica blimp! Cool, huh?

Well, this new post on the Creators’ Blog is all about that new toy. Here’s a new pic of Jeff Kinney holding one of these toys…pretty big if you ask me.

But wait…hold your horses. If we carefully scrutinize the photo…zoom in, you’ll see that there are some things to be noticed in this photo. First off there’s a standing poster of a Poptropica rock star, unseen before, yet possibly a future product. You’ll notice their office is located somewhere in a tall building because of the look out the windows, and also by the window counter appears to be a fossil track mark, a school bus, and an almost unnoticable similar standing poster. Except this poster is of Shark Boy. Hint…hint…

Anyways, the blimp comes with a special code for you to play a special game on the virtual world of Poptropica! With the blimp comes this unique code. Here’s a video on the PCB demonstrating the game!

The basic plot is that an evil genius named Dr. Cumulo Nimbus has come to conquer these lands in a weather balloon. He begins to “go insane” and strike lightning with his weather balloons on the land. In this adventure, you must go around in your balloon and extinguish the flames by pouring water from a bucket tied to the water balloon. Then you win when you successfully put out the fires igniting in a fiery inferno on the villages, which are placed on islands.

EP out!

Nabooti Island, Sneak Peeks

I Spy… a tree!

Whew! For the third day in a row, the Creators have yet another sneak peek! In this one we also get a glimpse of the Poptropica blimp, so this is probably what Main Street will look like on Nabooti Island – which seems to be the island being depicted! Blog picture:

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The guy in the picture seems to be wearing some kind of decorative glasses never seen before: maybe we can get them when Nabooti comes out! Also, the image name is “nabTree”, and we think “nab” probably means Nabooti. 😉

Surprise! Codien found the Poptropica font! Head over to the Cool Stuff page to see it or go straight over to the actual site where you can download it!The Poptropica Font [Creative Block BB] It’s really awesome. :mrgreen:

Because we’ve been getting so many sneak peeks recently, don’t forget to check the posts below to make sure you haven’t missed anything! 😛