Pop Protips

Pop Protip: Play the old islands with Flashpoint ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”ฆ (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 mapโ€”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 idkโ€™s curation of them on Flashpoint, the Flash game preservation project. You can find instructions for Windows computers ๐ŸชŸ on the Old Island Directory, which is linked on the PHBโ€™s Glitching Guide, and it’s also covered in the video tutorial above.

๐ŸŽ 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 2007โ€“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 2013โ€“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 alongโ€”or simply revisit the guides for nostalgia. Enjoy! ๐Ÿโœจ

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Merchandise, Survival Island

Survival (Episode 1) on iPad – and coming soon to Google Play!

Hey Poptropicans with iPads, you can now download a new update for your free Poptropica iPad app which includes Survival: Episode 1 (Crash Landing)! And if you need a walkthrough, click here. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you own other mobile devices, don’t worry – the Survival Island tour page has been updated to announce that it will soon be coming to the App Store (for iPhones & iPod touches) as well as the Google Play Store (for Androids)!

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We also now know that there will be 5 episodes total for Survival Island, andย Episode 3 (Distress Signal) now has a description: “A broken radio. A chance for rescue. Send a distress call if you can, but beware of who might be listening!” However, we still don’t knowย when members canย play episode 2.

UPDATE: Survival Island will be launching for non-membersย on April 17, 2014, according to a recent Poptropica press article (thanks, Brave Tomato!).