Yep, Pop Petitions is making its rounds again because lately, fans have faced some disappointment. We’ve had multiple posts voicing concerns about Pop Worlds, but right now we are going to focus on the main feature Poptropica has to offer: islands.
Islands and their adventures are what Poptropica is all about, so that’s what the Creators should really be putting effort into, right? Poptropica is a game, so game play really counts. However, some of the game play in Poptropica Worlds has been lacking, as we’ve talked about in previous island reviews.
#1: In-Depth Storylines
Shouldn’t this request speak for itself? The storyline of an island is arguably its most important aspect. We’ve seen some captivating tales in the past, from Ghost Story to Arabian Nights and other fan favorites, but recent islands have been less than enthralling.
Though this is a kids game, it is still important to keep the players attention. With a story that leaves you on the edge of your seat, a player is dying to solve the puzzle and keep the adventure going. Without this, an island can seem like a chore. Things can’t be too rushed, nor can they be too drawn out.
An example that most can agree on that is lacking in storyline would probably be Crisis Caverns. While it contains an interesting idea and some cool scenes, there is no development or intriguing plot twists. The whole story seems a bit flat, which is especially disappointing when looking back at some of Poptropica Original’s in depth adventures. Further thoughts on this are expressed in our Crisis Caverns Review.
#2: Gameplay Itself
With Poptropica’s click-based controls, advanced motion is certainly limited. As previously said, the storyline is what makes most islands interesting. Still, the gameplay is a big part of a game, and it seems a bit lacking in some islands.
Some elements are definitely not bad, but also overused (chase scenes being the most notable). Minigames like these can be irritating on a slow computer, for sure, but also don’t present a huge challenge. In fact, many people report glitches in their playthroughs, resulting in having to play minigames all over again. But what else is new?
Though cut scenes and minigames are fine, I do think Poptropica should focus on one thing in particular: puzzles. Being a kids game (that is supposed to be educational), I believe puzzles would be a lot more beneficial as gameplay elements. We’ve certainly seen these before, in islands like Nabooti and Spy Island, but they don’t always get the credit they deserve, nor are they utilized to the best of their ability.
#3: Character Development
Characters are also a big part of the Poptropica world, resulting in countless pieces of fan art and fan fiction. We all have our favorite villains and side characters, but some aren’t built upon too much. There are our main four villains, along with some other diamonds in the rough, but other than that many characters are fairly 2D.
We do see development in some classic Poptropica Original adventures, but it has really gone down hill in recent islands. While this does allow fans to build up backstories and orientations with their own headcanons, we don’t get confirmation about theories or personality traits.
Character development is a big part of getting a player to actually care about the people and plot. Adding depth to even a minor Poptropican through their dialogue, significance, appearance, etc. can add layers of interest and detail. We’d love to see more of that so our fan fiction can be accurate and consistent!
#4: Easter Eggs & Interaction
Though not necessary, easter eggs and little interactive features can spark a lot of interest. We actually got to see a lot of this in Greek Sea Odyssey, from Wonder Woman’s appearance to funny treasure chests and quotes. And that’s what I like to see, no matter how small!
It may not add to storyline or character development that much, but it still enhances the entire environment. Since exploring every clickable object isn’t necessary to complete an island, it can make a dedicated player feel rewarded when a secret is found. These features can be hilarious and references to other fandoms can make fans feel great.
It was amazing to see these features in such a recent island, especially since they’ve been a bit rare in the past. However, it is important that they do not detract from the storyline! Way more effort needs to be put into the main adventure before extra elements are added.
#5: Visuals, Audio, & Dialogue
Thankfully, Poptropica’s visuals and audio have been stunning for a long time. Though some dialogue can be lacking, even it can be quite funny. Still, recent departures of well known Creators can be worrying when it comes to the preservation of these elements.
Visuals, audio, and dialogue are key in making a player really feel a part of a game. Though no more important than the storyline, they can make or break the mood of an environment. Wouldn’t it be weird if music from Monster Carnival was playing on Galactic Hot Dogs Island? *shivers*
There isn’t much to complain about here, because Poptropica is often breathtaking in this category. But let’s keep it that way! With the decline of other gaming elements, it is vital that these don’t go downhill too.
Remember that this post isn’t meant to bash the Creators, but instead voice the opinions and suggestions of fans. We all want Poptropica to be as awesome as possible!
So, what are your thoughts? Do you agree with our list? What do you want to see in future Poptropica Worlds Islands? Be sure to let us know what other Pop Petitions we should make as well!
This post originally appeared on Poptropica Fun Zone and is being shared on the PHB courtesy of the author, Hyper Gamer. See the bottom of this post for how you, too, can write for the PHB!
Hi everyone. Today, I will be talking about the best mini-games you can play, categorized by island. These mini-games require getting to a certain part of the island before you can play them, and many of them are collections with lots of games in one island. Plus, you can play them even after you have completed the island.
This was originally published as a “Pop 6” list, but in keeping with PHB tradition, this is post will give the “Pop 5,” with the full list on the original. Now, onto the list!
#6: Wimpy Boardwalk
There are a lot of mini-games you can play on Wimpy Boardwalk: Himalayan Hurl, Fastball Fury, Circus Soaker, Space Fling, and Pirate Panic. These mini-games are fun and somewhat of a challenge, but they really aren’t that hard.
In order to access these games, you have to be a member, since non-members can only play a demo of the island. Also, you need to obtain a certain item in order to win Himalayan Hurl. You’ll also need to accrue tokens, found around the island, to play these games.
#5: Wild West
There are a lot of mini-games you can play on Wild West: Slap-Jack, Shooting Contest, Spit-N-Time, and Slots. They can be found on various parts of the island.
In most of these games, you get to play against other characters, except Slots where you play against the machine. This makes for more of a challenge as you have someone to compete with, even if they are computer-controlled.
#4: Wimpy Wonderland
There are two mini-games you can play on Wimpy Wonderland: Twisted Wizard and Bingo. Bingo is only available for members. Twisted Wizard is available for anybody that has completed Wimpy Wonderland.
Personally, I think Twisted Wizard is a really fun game that you can play on any non-SUI island once you unlock it. You can find the CD in your games or island inventory.
Bingo, found in Leisure Towers, is also a fun game, but takes some concentration. I’d say Twisted Wizard is more fun, though.
#3: Game Show
There are a lot of mini-games you can play on Game Show Island: Mr. Yoshi’s Super Terrific Challenge, Kerplunk, Spin for Riches, Scardy Pants, and Brainiacs.
These games are a mix of games based on skill in doing challenges and games that use knowledge. The knowledge-based games tend to repeat questions, but the skill-based games have challenges that you can play over and over.
#2: PoptropiCon Ep. 2, Spoiler Alert
The Mighty Action Force card game is the biggest game talked about in PoptropiCon. The MAF card game is super fun. It is a game I keep going back to play. You even have the option to change your deck with the cards you found so you can make it better.
There are two people you can choose from to battle on the island. The game is simple and very easy to access from the end of the episode.
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Why hello there everyone! SD here to bring you a cool video that idk put together for us. Yes, in fact idk has tracked down some footage of the unreleased “Track & Find” game that has not been found before. *contains possible spoilers*
From the video we see that to play this game, you would need to find whatever character you’re given in a lineup. Carefully though, since you only get one chance per character and the lineup always looks very similar. Get 5 points first and you win! Kind of like an odd game of Hide-and-Seek, don’t ya think? Obviously Track & Find was meant to be a battle option in common rooms, but it has yet to see the light of day.
Hey Poptropic-athletes! After a month of solid competition, the Poptropica Help Blog’s first ever Tribal Tournament has now come to a close. Thanks to the tons of Poptropicans who cheered, dressed up, and got involved in one way or another – we hope you had fun!
At the Closing Ceremony, we announced on the PHC the winners of the Tribal Tournament, breaking it down by each category. You can also see a collage of some party pictures above. But don’t worry if you missed it – we’ll be recapping them here as well! Since we’ve broken it down, you’ll need to get to the bottom of this post to see the overall winners.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
The first contest we announced was the Medal Marathon, which ran throughout the month, and all one had to do was play Poptropolis Games and show us the resulting scoreboard to earn points! As many times as one could! Higher results earned more points (1st place = 8 points, 2nd place = 7, etc).
Here are the standings for the Medal Marathon:
Seraphim – 1284
Wildfire – 931
Yellowjackets – 902
Pathfinders – 816
Nanobots – 645
Black Flags – 167
Flying Squid – 113
Nightcrawlers – 23
Congratulations to the Seraphim for flying high and proving their merit in medallions!
For the Artistic Athletes round, we asked you guys to create and send us your best Poptropica art in a number of categories: visual art, written work, fashion, and Realms.
The PHB tribe reps then went through their respective tribes’ entries and picked one for each category, then brought them to the rest of the PHB team to vote, with each rep not voting on their own tribe’s entries to eliminate bias. After our deliberating, we’re ready to present our top selections for each tribe!
To calculate points, the PHB team ranked each chosen piece for every category, except for ones from their own tribe. From there, the placement numbers (first place, second, etc.) were added up and then divided by the number of placements that had been given to form an average.
Then the average scores were ranked within each category from lowest to highest, as lower amounts meant it had received higher placement ranks in the judging. From there, each category awarded points based on the final placements: 80 points for first place, 70 for second, and so on down the line.
You can see the overall placements for the Artistic Athletes after all the art categories below.
Click to view each image at full size.
by Criaha (Seraphim)
by Wanderesa/White Ice (Wildfire)
by Ripley (Black Flags)
by Lucky Joker (Pathfinders)
by Yumi-Chan-Chu (Nanobots)
by Orange Shell (Nightcrawlers)
by Magic Flipper (Flying Squid)
by Tall Cactus (Yellowjackets)
Congrats to all tribes for participating in this category!
These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for the category of Visual Art:
No written work entry received from Black Flags, Nanobots, Nightcrawlers, Pathfinders, and Yellowjackets.
Click to view each image at full size.
by Rocky Rockstar (Wildfire)
by Perfect Sky (Yellowjackets)
by Incredible Shark (Black Flags)
by Small Carrot (Flying Squid)
by Magic Panda (Seraphim)
by Short Feather (Nanobots)
by theredburger (Pathfinders)
No fashion entry received from Nightcrawlers.
These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for the category of Fashion:
Wildfire – 80
Seraphim – 70
Yellowjackets – 60
Flying Squid – 50
Black Flags – 40 (tied for 5th)
Nanobots – 40 (tied for 5th)
Pathfinders – 40 (tied for 5th)
Click to view each image at full size.
by Muddy Kid (Nanobots)
by CBauthorofUPCandPTB (Black Flags)
by Small Carrot (Flying Squid)
by Magic Panda (Seraphim)
by Ultimate iPad Expert (Yellowjackets)
No Realms entry received from Nightcrawlers, Pathfinders, and Wildfire.
These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for the category of Realms:
Nanobots – 80
Black Flags – 70
Flying Squid – 60
Seraphim – 50
Yellowjackets – 40
These entries did not influence the voting process, but we thought they were too good not to be shown here! A few of them are from PHB authors, who did not enter unless their tribe did not make an entry. Click to view full images.
These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for every art category combined:
Seraphim – 270 (80 + 70 + 70 + 50)
*Flying Squid – 210 (20 + 80 + 50 + 60)
*Nanobots – 210 (40 + 50 + 40 + 80)
Black Flags – 170 (60 + 0 + 40 + 70)
Wildfire – 150 (70 + 0 + 80 + 0)
Yellowjackets – 110 (10 + 0 + 60 + 40)
Pathfinders – 90 (50 + 0 + 40 + 0)
Nightcrawlers – 30 (30 + 0 + 0 + 0)
*Flying Squid and Nanobots are tied for second overall in Artistic Athletes.
Congratulations to the Seraphim for their championship in the field of artistic endeavor!
In the Tribal Thinkers round, we set out some brain-bending puzzles to test your Poptropica knowledge, with trivia questions and Stolen Snapshot challenges abound. Check out how your tribe fared below!
Pathfinders – 245
Seraphim – 180
Wildfire – 175
Flying Squid – 170 (tied for 4th)
Yellowjackets – 170 (tied for 4th)
Nanobots – 170 (tied for 4th)
Black Flags – 130
Nightcrawlers – 0
Congratulations to the Pathfinders for finding the path to the most answers!
Now for the answers to each question! How many did you get right?
Questions about Poptropica (5 points each)
When was Poptropica founded? September 2007
What brand of soda does Gamer Guy drink? Valley Rain
What item on Shark Tooth Island isn’t actually needed in the quest? Shark Fin
What is carved on the tree in the Lewis & Clark Expedition on Time Tangled Island? “Clark was here”
What are the names of the B.A.D’s guard dogs on Spy Island? Fang, Slasher, and Fluffy
How much did the Astro-Knights Early Access pass cost? 500 credits
The Tabloid on Reality TV advertises an article about dating who? Black Widow
What Greek letters are on the Drachma coin on Mythology Island? AθE – alpha theta epsilon
What does Sprocket from Steamworks Island want to call his autobiography? I, Robot
For which island did Poptropica first launch its own external website as a promotion for the island and what was the website? Cryptids Island – mewsfoundation.org
Which island’s name is also a possible Poptropica player name? Red Dragon
Which island contains an altered version of the painting American Gothic by Grant Wood? Game Show Island (inside the museum on Main Street)
What does the binary code found on the recycle billboard outside the Game Show Main Street factory translate to? “Robot”
Which island has a common room that has no name, and what is the room? Vampire’s Curse – a barn (also accepted Poptropolis Games room as an answer)
What is the name of the ship in Captain Crawfish’s dream on Super Villain Island? H.M.S Seachicken
Which time period on Time Tangled Island requires an item from another time period to collect the misplaced artifact? Vikings, 831 A.D.
Which island has a character claiming to be from “Time Twisted Island”? Shark Tooth
Where did Dr. Spyglass, from Spy Island, use to work? PASE
Who was the Ice Arrow, seen in Astro-Knights, crafted by? Rime the Wizard
In the trash bin on Mocktropica Island, what is the name of Zeus’s tree character? Spruce
Questions about the PHB team (5 points each)
What is Brave Tomato’s favorite island? Mythology
What was Slanted Fish’s first Poptropica account? Scary Tomato
Spotted Dragon made a fansite about Poptropica and _? Adventure Time
How did Slippery Raptor discover Poptropica? A magazine called K-Zone
Which island did Ultimate iPad Expert play first? Super Power
Who is HPuterpop’s character designed to resemble? His dad (a younger version)
What was the name of Koi (Spencer)’s second Poptropica account? Friendly Gamer
What place did Ylimegirl win on the Reality TV Island Champions Map? 4th place
Bonus question (10 points): What’s the name of Skinny Moon’s puppy? Toby
Stolen Snapshots (10 points each)
These were the Stolen Snapshot challenges given by Slippery Raptor in the Tribal Thinkers round. Below, you’ll find the answers for where each snapshot can be found in-game.
Arabian Nights Episode 2
Shout-out to Creepy Goose of the Pathfinders tribe for getting all of them right! 🌟
And the winner is…
Well, to keep the suspense going, we’re going to work from the bottom. In 8th place, we have – lean and mean, but not too keen – the Nightcrawlers! Better seize the day next time, ‘Crawlers.
Waving their mighty dark banner above the sea where the squids dwell, in 7th place we have the Black Flags! Arrr, at least they weren’t dead last.
Swimming in at 6th place are the Flying Squid, who, for a small tribe, still played a decent share in the tournament! Not bad, Squiddies. Just keep swimming!
Who’s won 5th place? According to our heavy data-crunching calculations, it’s the Nanobots! At least their processing power got a workout.
Following their GPS, the Pathfinders have found their way to 4th place. A fine finish to their journey, and nobody got lost on the way!
Swarming in at 3rd place, we have the Yellowjackets, with not even a little sting in their pride. These buzzers were pretty close to the sweet taste of victory with winning the bronze!
The intensity is heating up for 2nd place – and it’s Wildfire who nabbed the silver! Feel the burn, because this team isn’t going to be extinguished without a fight. And the crowd goes… WILD!
Which leaves, in 1st place… Seraphim! Congratulations to our champions who reign from on high! (cue angelic choir) Spread those wings proudly, because the glory is yours! Gold jerseys get the gold!
Thanks to Slippery Raptor for these awesome animated tribe gifs!
Here’s a look at the overall standings for each tribe, with the total amount of points won:
Seraphim – 1734 (1284 + 270 + 180)
Wildfire – 1256 (931 + 150 + 175)
Yellowjackets – 1182 (902 + 110 + 170)
Pathfinders – 1151 (816 + 90 + 245)
Nanobots – 1025 (645 + 210 + 170)
Flying Squid – 493 (113 + 210 + 170)
Black Flags – 467 (167 + 170 + 130)
Nightcrawlers – 53 (23 + 30 + 0)
Before we wrap up, there’s one more award we want to give out… the Most Valuable Player!
This Poptropican pulled more than his weight in the Tribal Tournament, making up the majority of the Pathfinders’ tribe’s score and bringing more spirit on their PHC tribe channel than the PHB rep of the team. According to this player’s profile, he’s played through the Poptropolis Games almost sixty times!
So from all of us at the PHB… Lucky Joker, you da real MVP.
Shout-outs also to Messy Thunder of Seraphim and Perfect Sky of Yellowjackets for also playing a ton of Poptropolis Games enough to rival LJ’s score – however, it was Lucky Joker who carried his team even when no one else did. Congrats to all three!
Well, that concludes the first ever Poptropica Help Blog Tribal Tournament! We hope you had fun competing and participating in our various competitions, cheering on your tribe, and enjoying the tribal colors on the PHC (Poptropica Help Chat)!
Remember, the PHC on Discord is always open for Poptropicans of all ages to hang out and have fun in a safely moderated chat environment, and you’ll often see PHB staff around too. We hope you’ll stick around and get to know this great community!
As expected, the biggest and best Poptropica app-date has been released! The update contains the new Shrink Ray Island, the multi-player arcade along with Sky Dive and Star Link; and new costume bundle packs which cost $0.99!
I can say, the arcade is quite awesome. The games are cool, but there’s just one flaw when you’re playing Sky Dive. 😛 The fun never stopped there!
There are a lot of interactive items around the room. There’s a Dance Dance Revolution arcade featuring Bucket Bot from Mocktropica and a ball pit for you to jump on. Also, there are emotes on the app — including new ones! The new emotes are silly (does a silly dance) and faint (faints on the floor). Lastly, when you tap another player, your Poptropican will say, “Hello there, (Poptropican Name)!” Overall, the Creators did a great job. Check out the pictures below!
Moving along, there are new costume bundle packs at the Shop! Here’s the list of the new packs, available for $0.99:
Survival pack: Includes Wind Power, Ghillie Suit, & Rhino Costume
PoptropiCon pack: Includes Popzilla Costume, Lunar Costume, Game Show Costume Mission
Atlantis pack: Includes Diving Suit, Puffer Fish Costume, Drone Follower
Knights Pack: Includes Templar Knight, Lightning Knight, & Heart Astro Knight (girls) or Earth Astro Knight (boys)
Shrink Ray Pack: Includes Bottle Cap Costume, Milk Box Costume, & Shrink Ray
Sweet As Pie Pack: Includes Mud Pie, Lemon Meringue, & Cherry
There’s also an advertisement on every Main Street and advertisement space around Poptropica! 🙂
What do you think of the biggest and the best app-date on the Poptropica app? Too awesome? Let us know in the comments!