Glitches, Poptropica Junior

Junior Programmers and Players Wanted, Senior Glitchers Shunted 👶

Hello, Poptropicans young and old! The Pop Creators debuted an extension of the Poptropica brand and are now promoting it across social media. Introducing Poptropica Junior, a new website for “play-based learning” geared to Pre-K and early elementary kids

While Poptropica characters (without line art!) like Amelia and Xavier headline this new site, there’s also plenty of non-Pop content from sister site Funbrain. Pop Jr currently hosts a variety of mini-games, short stories, and coloring pages to preoccupy young players. The videos tab doesn’t work at this point, but let’s hope it gets fixed soon. 

Poptropica Junior website homepage

It seems that the Creators are trying to attract a new generation of Pop players with this website for those in early childhood. It kind of makes sense, with older players aging out of Poptropica, which is celebrating its 15th birthday next month. But what happens if those new players don’t stick around, especially with the current state of the game?

We’ve seen Pop trying to appeal to many demographics with mixed results. From the Steam bundle to Roblox games, this is yet another example of Pop throwing a reel into the pond of potential players. As a simplified version of an already simplified game, will Pop Jr be the gateway for new players, or the straw that breaks the camel’s back?


Meanwhile on the Creators’ Blog, Poptropica is promoting Coolmath Coding, a new Coolmath Games program dedicated to teaching kids how to code Roblox games and Minecraft mods. Check it out if you’re interested in learning game development at your own pace!

While the Creators’ Blog post mentions that you can try the first programming courses for free, the rest of the courses are locked behind a paywall. Pricing varies depending on which membership plan you pick. 


Now for some bad news related to coding. Due to the impending closure of free plans on cloud-hosting site Heroku starting November 28, we may lose access to various unofficial Poptropica glitching tools: the Save Data Converter for Flashpoint, Poptropica Format Loader for Flash-supporting browsers, and Modify a Poptropican for customizing your character. Fortunately, Flashpoint will not be affected. You can still access the oldest islands on Flashpoint, but say goodbye to saving future progress on them. (Thanks to Prof Robin and Oof for the news.)

So let’s make the most of what time we have left with these beloved programs! Finish those classic islands and dress up your Popsona in whatever old, obscure items you can find. Celebrate while you can!

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin 🐬

Pop Protips

Pop Protip: Play the old islands with Flashpoint 🏝🔦 (Windows and Mac)

Are you wondering why the Poptropica map doesn’t have more islands than it does? If you’re an older player, you may recall a time when Poptropica had wayyy more islands on the map—more than 40, even! Where did they all go, and how can you play them again?

Quick background: Poptropica used to run on Flash, an old technology that was finally laid to rest in 2020. To keep Poptropica alive, the game moved a new platform called Haxe, which is how Poptropica currently exists today. However, in this Flash-to-Haxe transition, Poptropica has had to re-code what they had for a post-Flash era. While not specific on details, Poptropica has expressed plans to bring old islands back, though there seems to be a long way to go. But there are other ways!

For the oldest islands: Flashpoint curation

The tutorial for using Flashpoint starts around the 2:15 mark in this video.

The hottest solution for accessing the classic islands you can try is idk’s curation of them on Flashpoint, the Flash game preservation project. You can find instructions for Windows computers 🪟 on the Old Island Directory, which is linked on the PHB’s Glitching Guide, and it’s also covered in the video tutorial above.

🍎 For Mac, follow this Old Poptropica for Mac Guide. Keep in mind that Flashpoint for Mac may take a while to download and require more troubleshooting, particularly if running on a newer MacOS or device.

The Flashpoint curation of Poptropica includes a couple of downloads and clicking around a bit to set things up. Once you have it ready, you can play through many of the classic islands from 2007–2013, from Early Poptropica to Back Lot Island, and even some mini-quests!

It’s safe and free, so you can use it without worry. Plus, there’s a Save Data Converter that lets you import your Pop account’s data (such as island progress) as a file into Flashpoint!

Again, all the latest instructions are on the Old Island Directory. The PHB’s capacity to offer tech support is limited, so if you’re having trouble, try watching the video above for a clear visual of what to do.


For the episodic and newer islands: AS3 Flashpoint

You can play several more of the classic islands with the AS3 Flashpoint curation released in May 2022 by light and Prof Robin.

This includes islands released in 2013–2015, from Virus Hunter to Reality TV: Wild Safari, which were made with AS3 (a Flash-based programming language newer than the AS2 used for pre-2013 islands).

AS3 islands are also those found in Poptropica’s paid, Windows and Mac-supported Steam bundle, which also includes the sandbox game Realms.


Previously: Poptropica mobile app

Before an update in Jan 2022 took them away, you could also access some of the AS3 islands (including full episodic islands) with the Poptropica mobile app, available as a free download on iOS and Android devices. The app now matches the Haxe desktop game.


Whether you’re playing on Haxe, the Poptropica app, or Flashpoint, there are tons of Poptropica islands to explore! And the PHB’s got Island Guides for all of them, so you can keep those handy as you play along—or simply revisit the guides for nostalgia. Enjoy! 🏝✨

~🐠

Bonus Items, Membership, Mocktropica Island, New Islands, Sneak Peeks, Time Tangled Island

Time to be Tangled in Mocktropica Glitches and Bugs!

Hey guys, BT here. Now, the Creators actually posted TWO pieces of big news over the short span of two days! The first piece reveals the next classic island to get an update with sound and bigger screen… Time Tangled!

Yes, it seems that Poptropica’s 3rd island will be next to get this update.

And there’s a bigger piece of news that has spawned…

Hey, remember Mocktropica?

You know, that post when I talked about how the Creators could be parodying themselves?

No? Well, here’s my post back in June when I discovered it.

Well, the Creators finally announced it with everything but the Poptropica Store Members Only Gold Cards and the exact date of its arrival. Here’s the video trailer for the island:

(Is that a reference to the weird YouTube viral video “Cows & Cows & Cows” I see in the trailer?)

So I was right when I said that the Creators are parodying themselves (yes!). Anyway, the info page has some interesting info including the island’s approximate release time…

Tired Programmer Avatar Mocktropica Island
Brave Tomato: Looks like someone missed their morning coffee…

Coming mid-December!

Poptropica is under new management, and it’s falling apart at the seams! The newest Island isn’t finished, the staff is nowhere to be found, and you can’t take two steps without running into a game-breaking bug. Get ready to go behind the scenes for your most important adventure yet — because this time, you’ve got to save Poptropica itself!

An island about making an island? ISLAND-CEPTION! Time to break the fourth wall, peeps, and save our game! (Although I wonder if this is just an excuse to get away with ACTUAL bugs and glitches that can occur…)

Speaking of saving our game, here’s an odd bonus quest that… may bring in a new villain! O.O

Mocktropica Island Bonus Quest image
Brave Tomato: Who’s that? And why did I think he was a girl when I first saw the pic?

Bonus Quest

A rogue programmer has conquered a rival website and now rules it like a king. You must venture outside the safety of Poptropica to bring him back — if you can last long enough to find him!

Who’s that? Is the rival website MegaFightingBots.com, that battling robots game showed in the island trailer? So many questions, yet so little answers…

By the way, the Creators just made that website real, although coming soon. This is what you’d see on the website:

megafightingbots

Anyway, be sure to check out Printable Poster and the Desktop Wallpaper, as well as some sneak peeks of the island right here (or also on our Mocktropica Trivia page!):

Brave Tomato: The rival website?

So… I almost forgot about Mocktropica Island… Wow… seeing this’ll be the last new island of 2013, this should be interesting…

What do you guys think?

BT out!