Monster Carnival Island

The Mystery Revisited

Not everybody knows it by name, but a lot of long-time players know it very well. It’s a something.

It’s a forgotten something. It’s a wonderful something. It’s a curious something. It’s a spooky something. It’s a festive something. It’s a mysterious something. It’s a whimsical something. It’s an amusing something. It’s a monsterous something.

It’s the carnival. Of monsters. Monster Carnival. Yup. A ringmaster to lead them all in a circus. It would’ve been dazzling! It would’ve been wonderous! It would’ve been all this…

… if it wasn’t taken off the map. (Okay, I’ll stop talking like a ringleader now.)

Monster Carnival had always been one of the greatest mysteries in Poptropica. It was an island that was put on the map back when Time Tangled (back then called Time Twisted) Island had a coming soon sign. I heard old tales of this mysterious island, although I never was a witness to the events. One day, Monster Carnival mysteriously vanished from the map, replaced by 24 Carrot Island. If you want to read more about this mystery, check out the PHB’s Mystery of Monster Carnival page!

However, Captain Crawfish made a curious post today about some old notes he found in his notebook:

One from the archives 

Digging through my desk today, I found an old notebook. Inside I saw some long-forgotten ideas for a Poptropica Island.

This is probably from late 2007 or 2008, right after Poptropica got started. As we developed it a little more, the “Haunted Amusement Park” took on a slightly different form (and name), but it didn’t end up becoming a real Island.

You never know, I guess.

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The Creators seem to be recognizing that us Poptropica fans are curious about this never-released island, and now we know that the original title of this island, before Monster Carnival, was Haunted Amusement Park.

Also, there’s some interesting notes on here- the column on the left talks about some of the things that would’ve been in the island (both circus and amusement park related), and the right side seems to talk about other things, information.

“Ringmaster has cursed/enslaved zombie carnival workers.”

Is that a good or bad thing? To me, that doesn’t sound very good. 😐

“Scare him into a cage? Make him eat cotton candy?”

“Horror-themed park infiltrated by real zombies.”

Wait… so Monster Carnival might have not started out as real monster-infiltrated? 😐

“The ringmaster has lost prized possession and is withdrawn, moody. Prized possession is bullhorn.”

Wow. This is some pretty good information that the Creators slipped to us. And Captain Crawfish’s last words sound a little strange to me:

You never know, I guess.

That sounds… like… could it be? Could the Creators be taking a closer look at this? Could they have realized our true curiosity of Monster Carnival? Could, if even possible, it be that they might be planning to go back to it?

We’ll never know- until we know for sure.

BT out!

Mystery Train Island, Sneak Peeks

Clues? Sounds like fun

How’s everyone doing? Sizzling in the Summer sun? Poptropica+Summer= recipe for awesome. Well, at least that’s for me. Yep, living the life in the dog days.

Enough about Summer now. We got two new updates from the PCB that I need to get covered. First up is a new Mystery Train clue:

Gasp! It’s…it’s really him…it’s Brad Pitt :D! Oh, wait, nevermind. It’s just Mark Twain, the classic American author.

This image and new post shows a lot about the upcoming island. We now know there will be intterogations on this wild island. To s0lve crimes you’ll need to examine clues. To catch a criminal, you’ll need to think like one!

If you examine the image closely you’ll see a section marked “Clues” with pictures. There are two in total: Mark Twain apparently is a clue and what appears to be a square device and apparatus with a tube sticking out of it is another clue. Strange. Guess we’ll have to wait to find out more!

In the meantime, anyone can currently play the Mystery Train mini game “D.C. Diner”! This post of tips and tricks was featured on the PCB a day or so ago. Still stuck on the D.C. Diner game? Fear not, the creators have new tips and tricks to ease your problems in this Diner Dash related game!

Things sure get hectic in the D.C. Diner. Here are a few tips to keep your restaurant in ship-shape.

Keep moving.

Don’t just stand there waiting for your cook to fill an order. Head back to the table and see if another customer has a new order. Every second you’re standing still is a second wasted.

Stand in the right spot.

You can fill up drinks and bus dishes withough having to stand next to the soda fountains or the dish bin. But you do need to stand right in front of the chef in order to place a dinner order. Try filling up drinks from across the screen, or bussing dishes while you place multiple orders with the cook.

Choose your upgrades carefully.

The hostess is a big help, but you probably don’t need her in the earlier stages, when only a few customers at a time can fit at the table. But fast drinks — that’ll shave seconds off your time from the start.

Take calculated risks.

Every customer will always order a drink first. Then they will order either the chicken or the burger. Knowing this, you can take some calculated risks. Keep an extra soda and root beer on your tray. Get the chef cooking a burger and a chicken before anybody has ordered their dinner. You might end up needing to dump something in the trash, but when these risks pay off, you’ll save lots of time.

Hopefully some of these tips will help. What tricks have you found to keep the D.C. Diner running smoothly?

This new game is fun, hectic, crazy, out of control…overall just AWEZOME. Some parts of it may be difficult and may stand as an impediment or obstacle in your game. The creators have summed up some sweet tricks to help you out. These include: keep moving around your enviroment to deliver food quickly and not waste time, standing in the right position and away from the soda fountain to quickly fill up bus dishes or drinks, choose upgrades carefully and to know what time to make certain upgrades such as how the creators stated you won’t need a hostess until later on, and lastly make calculated risks.

Don’t always assume a customer is going to order the same thing. It might mean working in advance and making the chef cook two types of burgers earlier so that you can deliver the customer’s food quickly and efficiently.

Are you a D.C. Diner master?

What role do you think Mark Twain plays in the new island?

Discuss your thoughts in the comments section!