Island Flash-backs

Island Flash-back: Poptropolis Games 🏅

The COVID-19 pandemic may have cancelled many events, but better late than never on the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics! Its return makes this next Island Flash-back quite appropriate for the sportful season…

Poptropolis Games!!

An official poster made for the island’s re-release

From a fandom standpoint, this island doesn’t seem to be as well-known or well-loved on the surface. There’s little fanart of characters or scenes compared to others such as Counterfeit or Monster Carnival. But look a little deeper and you will see how much this island has incorporated itself into fandom culture and events!

Even after disappearing from the official game, fans continue to identify themselves by the Poptropolis Tribes. A year ago, the PHB hosted the 2020 Tribal Tournament, in which community members could win points for their respective tribes!

Another noteworthy thing is the music: the Poptropolis theme is easily one of my favorites from the game. Hear it below, and more on the PHB’s Behind the Scenes page! (You can also hear it on composer Jeff Heim’s “Poptropica Demo Reel 1” starting at about 43 seconds.)

A bit of trivia for those who were not playing during or before 2012: This island was originally released as a “classic” island with no sound, and came out in June of that year, timed near the London Olympics. To many a player’s surprise, the island “sank” and was removed in early 2013, but eventually was “risen” after an event that encouraged players to help “dig up the games.”

“PHB Poptropolis Games Banner” by Gentle Dolphin on DeviantArt

So let’s dig up the games again! Poptropolis Games and other classic islands were rendered unplayable in the Flash-Haxe transition, but it should not go to waste! Let the Creators know what you appreciate about the island to encourage them to preserve it!

Until September (and Poptropica’s birthday)!

Castori honorem ~ Maryann/Smart Bubbles


How a Fear of Nickelodeon Informed Poptropica’s Core Identity and More: The Oddball Show with Mitch Krpata

Hey Poptropicans! It’s… Captain Crawfish?? Or, as he’s known in the real world: the one and only Mitch Krpata, Poptropica Creator extraordinaire!

mitch oddball

You may have heard of him: Poptropica writer of island scripts, dialogue, graphic novels, and more. The PHB even had an interview with him a while back where he shared with us about working for Poptropica. You’ve probably heard his voice if you’ve watched any of the Poptropica video walkthroughs, which he voices as Captain Crawfish.

And now, you can hear his familiar voice in a new video! As a recent special guest in a podcast called The Oddball Show, here Mitch talks at length about writing for Poptropica, including, among other things, the story of how a fear of Nickelodeon informed Poptropica’s core identity as we know it.

This episode is almost an hour and a half long, and worth a listen if you want to hear a Creator talk about Poptropica. However, below the video on this post, I’ve also summarized the flow of conversation – so you could listen, read, or do both! It’ll be long but insightful, so enjoy the ride!

On this edition of the podcast, the Oddballs welcome Mitch Krpata, Senior Story Developer and Narrative Designer for StoryArc Media, the company behind the popular kids’ game series, ‘Poptropica’. He is also the author of the ‘Poptropica’ graphic novel series, the third installment of which is due this September. We are excited to discuss the unique joys and challenges of writing for children’s media, what’s next for the worldwide ‘Poptropica Worlds’ game series, and his beginnings as a video game reviewer for the Boston Phoenix.

The Oddball Show, co-hosted by Prof of JP Lime Productions and Oddball Magazine editor Jason Wright, welcome in the guest of honor who’s “one part Oliver, one part Octavian”: Mitch Krpata. (Great intro, guys.) And so the show begins!

An intro to Poptropica: inspired by Monkey Island, best for pre-teens, made of world-building elements and more

The hosts jumpstart the conversation with some reminiscing of an old-school video game series: Monkey Island, by LucasArts. Mitch agrees that Poptropica is quite inspired by Monkey Island, considering it a children’s version of the older game. He goes on to describe Poptropica as a game with unique stories and puzzles, making up long-form experiences that require time and effort to experience, which players are willing to put in.

When asked about the age range of Poptropica players, Mitch remarks that a kindergartener could probably play the game but might not get much out of it. The sweet spot, he says, is around ages 8–12, when kids can both read the dialogue and understand the larger story. After that, you may still enjoy it, but – he laughs – you may want to “move on to your PlayStation 4.” (That may be true for some kids, but a large amount of the Poptropica community are also teenagers – and not all of us have PlayStations!)

Next, the guys compare Poptropica to The Sims games by Electronic Arts, commenting on the world-building aspect of games and how there’s no age limit for wanting some of that. Mitch notes that Poptropica Worlds is a little like that, where you get to build your own house and avatar. For almost ten years, this was the most requested feature for Poptropica: a way to build their own space, which finally came as houses on Worlds. Such a feature, of having a thing that is one’s own, transcends age and gender.

Then Mitch brings up the seamless gameplay that Worlds offers – as in, the ability to pick up where you left off from one device to another. He comments on how this kind of thing has been available for things like movies (Netflix) but not so much for games, so it’s pretty neat that Poptropica has finally done it. He gives shout-outs to Poptropica’s in-house developers, as well as the outsourced devs from Tricky Fast Studios.

Development of Worlds would start and stop quite a bit, and Mitch estimates that it took about a year and a half (18 months) to finish the project. At first, the conversation makes it sound as though there are 50 islands in Worlds (which would make the timeframe more impressive if that were the case) – but the 50 islands are actually on Poptropica Original.

Mitch Krpata: script shifter, sarcastic shadower

Mitch’s main responsibility within Poptropica is writing the original scripts for islands. It’s mostly him, although he sometimes also works with freelance writers, and works a lot with Jeff Kinney (Poptropica’s founder) for ideas as well, trying to figure out the answer to “What story do we want to tell?” The script changes a lot during development for various reasons: sometimes it’s too difficult from a programming perspective, or things that seem funny on the page don’t work well in the game.

There’s a lot of diplomatic, back-and-forth collaboration when the Poptropica team works together. Everyone speaks different “languages,” says Mitch – he himself doesn’t understand code, whereas programmers didn’t study English like he did, and then there are the artists (whose skill is amazing) who need to work towards a shared vision.

When asked if his personality comes through in the characters of Poptropica, Mitch laughs that it does. He recalls a tweet he saw of a screenshot from Poptropica, of dumpster boxes labeled “hopes and dreams,” captioned “same old Poptropica.” Mitch says he sees the Poptropica community/fandom as somewhat sarcastic, but not exactly negative – he considers Poptropica a positive place, but at the same time, it’s not like other kids’ media he sees where it’s cheerful all the time.

Mitch talks about how his favorite books and movies as a kid all had an edge of darkness in them, recalling the classic storybook Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. This feels true of Poptropica as well, he says: it looks cartoonish, but it’s not a superficial experience – there is depth there for the kids who are paying attention to it.

The part about how Nickelodeon second-handedly changed the course of Poptropica’s identity

The Oddball hosts then speculate how the name “Poptropica” came to be: is it about pop culture and a tropical setting? Mitch says “kind of” – actually, they were originally going to call it Poptropolis, with pop being just a fun-sounding word and, although not mentioned, the –tropolis ending is probably city-inspired, as in the word metropolis.

Anyway, just as they were on the verge of releasing Poptropica, Nickelodeon came out with their virtual world… Nicktropolis. (The Creators talked a bit about this before, but didn’t mention their competitor’s name, although we did! And as you may know, Poptropica did release a Poptropolis Games Island back in 2012.)

Well, with Poptropica worrying that Nickelodeon might come after them if they tried to release their own virtual world with a similar-sounding name, they decided their project needed a new name. Mitch and the other Creators who were brainstorming from the beginning threw out other ideas, and eventually “Poptropica” came out.

And that was how a fear of Nickelodeon ended up informing Poptropica’s core identity as we know it today: it was because of the “tropic” part of the name that they came up with the idea of separate island adventures. If it hadn’t been for that, Poptropica would probably have been one continuous adventure, as they would’ve been if they had been Poptropolis. It just goes to show, Mitch says, how much this kind of a project is not a master plan – it’s more like spinning plates to get to the next thing.

Jeff Kinney: bestselling author, lesser-known programmer

We know Jeff Kinney created Poptropica, but more know him as the author behind the wildly successful Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and movie series. So, how did he end up doing both a big gig and a smaller one?

Well, Mitch explains, before Jeff had published any books, he was an employee of the company along with Mitch, then called Family Education Network. Jeff was a Shockwave programmer (this was pre-Flash, in the early 2000s). (Flash is considered outdated now, which is why Worlds was developed!) Anyway, Jeff made educational games for, some of which are still there, like Penguin Drop, even though they’ve been re-developed in HTML5.

One day, Jeff went to the editor of the company and brought up a project he’d been working on: a cartoon-novel hybrid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which he suggested would be good for Funbrain. The editor liked it, so they published the series daily in 2004-2005. Jeff didn’t get extra money for this.

It was decided at some point that Funbrain – the educational games – was getting a bit “long in its tooth,” and so the company started thinking of doing a Funbrain 2: something that would be educational but also fun, maybe with your own avatar. As this happened, Jeff got a publishing deal for Wimpy Kid, and in fact, the first Wimpy Kid book came out the same year Poptropica did.

Jeff retained the rights to Wimpy Kid and became wealthy overnight, but continued his day job on Poptropica, which Mitch says is more than you’d expect for someone who’d built this empire. Poptropica and Wimpy Kid are both very important to him, but at this point, he’s finally much more focused on Wimpy Kid than Poptropica.

Planting Poptropica seeds: the game, the books, and pop culture

As far as numbers go, Mitch reports that there are well over 500 million avatars created, and over 100 million players. However, he also says the game is “definitely not as cool now as it was before.” If you go to a school now and ask, “who knows Poptropica?” you might get about a dozen or so hands raised. But at the peak of Poptropica’s popularity, in 2010, every kid would be raising their hand – it was, for that while, the biggest site in the world for kids.

Then Mitch discusses the Poptropica graphic novels, which are related but separate. They share the same basic idea for what Poptropica is: an area of the ocean where these different islands are. But, he says, the difference is like planting two seeds: one is Poptropica the game, one is Poptropica the graphic novels. While the first book, Mystery of the Map (which he did not write), is also an island, there’s nothing in the game for what’s in the other books.

The books have also been published in other languages, like Spanish – but he remarks that it’s “funny how they don’t tell me any of that.” He doesn’t know how many languages they’ve made it in, but has observed that it’s in most European countries and some Asian countries – “way more than I thought.” Mitch had the opportunity to pick up the book series when the person who wrote the first one (Jack Chabert, aka Max Brallier) wasn’t available, but he says he “did not foresee seeing a Greek version of the book!”

Mitch admits there may be some humorous elements in the books that kids read and would not necessarily get. The Oddball hosts bring up a few they really like: in The Lost Expedition, there’s a reference to the R. Kelly song “I Believe I Can Fly,” as well as Rodney King’s “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”, and on the ship, Mya imagines singing the sea shanty “Barrett’s Privateers.”

This all lends to the style being crafted – it’s more than just the story at face value, but there’s more with the connections to pop culture. Part of the reason he does this, Mitch says, is that if he pretended to know what kids were into today, “they’d see right through me.” He’s also hoping to broaden his audience, as maybe parents will get something out of it.

Mitch likens it to his own “Simpsons moments,” which is when he sees something later on in life that he had seen as a kid watching The Simpsons, and realizes, “that’s what it was!” He wants kids to have these moments with Poptropica – maybe later in life you’ll hear that song that Mya is wanting to sing on that ship. He describes it as “cross-disciplinary thinking that is not really in vogue these days.”

The hosts ask if there are any Star Wars references in the Poptropica books, to which Mitch points to Galactic Hot Dogs, where Max Brallier “tries to write Star Wars for kids.” GHD is also owned by StoryArc Media, whose biggest mistake, he says, is probably letting Jeff Kinney keep the rights to Wimpy Kid, which is worth far more than the entire company now.

Then the conversation shifts to discuss Kory Merritt, the sole illustrator of the Poptropica graphic novels, although he has worked on other stuff too. Kory has his own drawing style which differs from the game. Mitch says that Kory has bailed him out many times in the creative process: if he didn’t know whether something he wrote would work, Mitch would write “need space!”, send it off, and get it back – and Kory would somehow make the joke work on the page. Although making the books is a collaborative effort, Kory decides how to do the illustrations, and it’s always better than he imagined.

Next Mitch is asked if he gets a lot of crossover with fans and the target audience who are interested in other quirky concepts, like those of Harry Potter. Mitch says he hopes so, and talks about having the chance to meet many kids at school visits who liked the Poptropica books, and how it’s weird that they look at him as a star. He also hopes they are kids interested in big ideas: the nature of existence, why we read and write books, and so on – he says we’re never too young for that.

Writing for Poptropica: big growth, big ideas

Mitch is then asked how he got into writing for Poptropica. He answers that he’s always been interested in writing; in fact, his college degree is in writing. His career path led him to writing for the company that included Family Education Network and TeacherVision, which he says was not too exciting, but they also owned Funbrain.

As he got to know people in the company, and because at the time he also reviewed video games, the company needed someone who could write about video games and he was asked since they didn’t have the budget to hire someone new. Mitch was in the windowless conference room where they first discussed what Poptropica would be. The game took off immediately, so they did have to hire more people, and he went back to his regular job. However, they later needed more people again, and he found himself back on the project by 2010.

Then he’s asked what it’s like to watch something like that grow. And he answers, “When you don’t have a frame of reference, it just seems normal – it was so popular so fast. Not that we weren’t amazed.” Mitch says their best day was when there were 1.5 million unique kids on the site in one day.

However, he says, kids are fickle, and they will move on to the next thing. There have been so many competing games in the past ten years, so the Poptropica team used to worry about competing with Neopets, then Club Penguin, and now Animal Jam. Still, if you keep giving them something to come back to, they might stick around.

He’s also asked if he ever beat the game, but to that he replies, “There’s no point where it ends and the credits roll.” He does confirm that “I have played every island to completion.”

Mitch contends that there are many challenges to writing children’s media, as well as joys that make it easier. Although he’s writing for a child audience, he doesn’t feel like he’s “writing down” to them, affirming that kids are earnest and open to big ideas. Teens, meanwhile, would be suspicious if you try to communicate something big. Kids are still critical, though – “they’ll let you know if you didn’t do a good job.”

Mitch says it’d be fun to be a player, and fun if the audience buys into the story. He also says there’s adult-style stuff in the game that “I’m trusting on the kids to get.” (Perhaps he’s referring to “big ideas” like life, death, love, crime, etc. – he doesn’t explicitly say.)

Mitch’s background as a writer: video games and The Phoenix

Then there’s a break in the conversation as the Oddball hosts promote their own work, and the show resumes around the 58:45 mark.

The discussion next moves to Mitch’s background as a writer and his first writing job at a paper called The Boston Phoenix. Mitch says he’s always loved video games, but he also needed to find a job. Despite his expensive private education, the only job he could find after graduation was through a friend doing customer service at a personalized company – “a terrible job.” Somewhere down this frustrating road, he checked for job postings and found The Boston Phoenix desperate to fill a position, so he applied, interviewed, and got the job. The job was to take the content from the newspaper and put it on their website, which in 2003 was quite the cumbersome process.

One day, Mitch’s boss asked him if he knew anything about video games, to which, of course, he said yes. His boss figured they could start doing video game reviews on the website, and before Mitch knew it, it became his responsibility. A year or so later, the reviews went on the print version of the paper, which gave more exposure and Mitch started getting paid standard rates for his reviews.

He left The Phoenix in 2005 but kept writing video game reviews for them as a freelancer for the next 8 years until they closed, while simultaneously being employed at Family Education Network. His dream job at the time was writing game reviews on IGN, but this gradually faded.

Mitch raises an important question to consider about writing: Why write about something if you’re just going to say what everybody else is saying? So, he says, “for a 600-word review in the paper, I’d rather dig into one element of a game and really explore it.”

What’s next for Poptropica Worlds?

When it comes to Poptropica Worlds, the goal is absolutely working on more content, says Mitch – more new islands, remastered versions of classic Poptropica islands, more customization and costumes, and more decorations for your home.

He’s asked if there is a movie on the way, and replies with, “I hope so! We still have a dream to get an animated series on the way, so we’ll see what happens.”

This episode of the Oddball Show is finally brought to a close with links given to read more about Poptropica and Mitch. You can read more about Pop at (of course), with Mitch joking that their biggest mistake was in making a name that’s hard to spell. Mitch says he’s not terribly active online, but you can follow him on Twitter @mkrpata, and his personal website is

Well, that concludes this super long post of over 3200 words (or about 83 minutes’ worth of audio for those who listened to the podcast)! You made it through, and hopefully you learned some interesting things about Poptropica from a Creator’s perspective.

What did you think about Mitch Krpata’s commentary on The Oddball Show? Share your thoughts in the comments below – he may even read them!

Keep on popping on, Poptropicans!

~ 🐠

Contests, PHB Parties

Recap: PHB Tribal Tournament 2016!

tribe closing recap

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.

tribe honor

Without further ado, let’s begin!

Medal Marathon

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:

  1. Seraphim – 1284
  2. Wildfire – 931
  3. Yellowjackets – 902
  4. Pathfinders – 816
  5. Nanobots – 645
  6. Black Flags – 167
  7. Flying Squid – 113
  8. Nightcrawlers – 23

Congratulations to the Seraphim for flying high and proving their merit in medallions!

medal win tribe

Artistic Athletes

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.

Visual Art

Click to view each image at full size.

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:

  1. Seraphim – 80
  2. Wildfire – 70
  3. Black Flags – 60
  4. Pathfinders – 50
  5. Nanobots – 40
  6. Nightcrawlers – 30
  7. Flying Squid – 20
  8. Yellowjackets – 10

Written Work (Fan Fictions)

  1. Poptropolis Games by Bony Bones (Flying Squid) – click here to read. (+80 points)
  2. The New Tribe by Happy Lobster (Seraphim) – click here to read. (+70 points)
  3. Hurdles by Wanderesa/White Ice (Wildfire) – click here to read. (+60 points)
  4. Chant by Shaky Skunk (Nanobots) – click here to read. (+50 points)

No written work entry received from Black Flags, Nanobots, Nightcrawlers, Pathfinders, and Yellowjackets.

Fashion (Costumes)

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No fashion entry received from Nightcrawlers.

These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for the category of Fashion:

  1. Wildfire – 80
  2. Seraphim – 70
  3. Yellowjackets – 60
  4. Flying Squid – 50
  5. Black Flags – 40 (tied for 5th)
  6. Nanobots – 40 (tied for 5th)
  7. Pathfinders – 40 (tied for 5th)


Click to view each image at full size.

No Realms entry received from Nightcrawlers, Pathfinders, and Wildfire.

These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for the category of Realms:

  1. Nanobots – 80
  2. Black Flags – 70
  3. Flying Squid – 60
  4. Seraphim – 50
  5. Yellowjackets – 40

Honorable Mentions

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.

Plus, the Seraphim tribe had so many entries you can check them out in this imgur album.


These are the amounts of points earned by each tribe for every art category combined:

  1. Seraphim – 270 (80 + 70 + 70 + 50)
  2. *Flying Squid – 210 (20 + 80 + 50 + 60)
  3. *Nanobots – 210 (40 + 50 + 40 + 80)
  4. Black Flags – 170 (60 + 0 + 40 + 70)
  5. Wildfire – 150 (70 + 0 + 80 + 0)
  6. Yellowjackets – 110 (10 + 0 + 60 + 40)
  7. Pathfinders – 90 (50 + 0 + 40 + 0)
  8. 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!

Tribal Thinkers

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!


  1. Pathfinders – 245
  2. Seraphim – 180
  3. Wildfire – 175
  4. Flying Squid – 170 (tied for 4th)
  5. Yellowjackets – 170 (tied for 4th)
  6. Nanobots – 170 (tied for 4th)
  7. Black Flags – 130
  8. Nightcrawlers – 0

Congratulations to the Pathfinders for finding the path to the most answers!

thinkers tribe win


Now for the answers to each question! How many did you get right?

Questions about Poptropica (5 points each)

  1. When was Poptropica founded? September 2007
  2. What brand of soda does Gamer Guy drink? Valley Rain
  3. What item on Shark Tooth Island isn’t actually needed in the quest? Shark Fin
  4. What is carved on the tree in the Lewis & Clark Expedition on Time Tangled Island? “Clark was here”
  5. What are the names of the B.A.D’s guard dogs on Spy Island? Fang, Slasher, and Fluffy
  6. How much did the Astro-Knights Early Access pass cost? 500 credits
  7. The Tabloid on Reality TV advertises an article about dating who? Black Widow
  8. What Greek letters are on the Drachma coin on Mythology Island? AθE – alpha theta epsilon
  9. What does Sprocket from Steamworks Island want to call his autobiography? I, Robot
  10. For which island did Poptropica first launch its own external website as a promotion for the island and what was the website? Cryptids Island –
  11. Which island’s name is also a possible Poptropica player name? Red Dragon
  12. Which island contains an altered version of the painting American Gothic by Grant Wood? Game Show Island (inside the museum on Main Street)
  13. What does the binary code found on the recycle billboard outside the Game Show Main Street factory translate to? “Robot”
  14. 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)
  15. What is the name of the ship in Captain Crawfish’s dream on Super Villain Island? H.M.S Seachicken
  16. Which time period on Time Tangled Island requires an item from another time period to collect the misplaced artifact? Vikings, 831 A.D.
  17. Which island has a character claiming to be from “Time Twisted Island”? Shark Tooth
  18. Where did Dr. Spyglass, from Spy Island, use to work? PASE
  19. Who was the Ice Arrow, seen in Astro-Knights, crafted by? Rime the Wizard
  20. 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)

  1. What is Brave Tomato’s favorite island? Mythology
  2. What was Slanted Fish’s first Poptropica account? Scary Tomato
  3. Spotted Dragon made a fansite about Poptropica and _? Adventure Time
  4. How did Slippery Raptor discover Poptropica? A magazine called K-Zone
  5. Which island did Ultimate iPad Expert play first? Super Power
  6. Who is HPuterpop’s character designed to resemble? His dad (a younger version)
  7. What was the name of Koi (Spencer)’s second Poptropica account? Friendly Gamer
  8. 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.

  1. SOS Island
  2. Lunar Colony
  3. Arabian Nights Episode 2
  4. Wild West
  5. Poptropolis Games
  6. Game Show
  7. Counterfeit
  8. Ghost Story
  9. Poptropolis Games
  10. Mythology

Shout-out to Creepy Goose of the Pathfinders tribe for getting all of them right! 🌟

Overall Standings

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.

black flags

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 placeSeraphim! 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:

  1. Seraphim – 1734 (1284 + 270 + 180)
  2. Wildfire – 1256 (931 + 150 + 175)
  3. Yellowjackets – 1182 (902 + 110 + 170)
  4. Pathfinders – 1151 (816 + 90 + 245)
  5. Nanobots – 1025 (645 + 210 + 170)
  6. Flying Squid – 493 (113 + 210 + 170)
  7. Black Flags – 467 (167 + 170 + 130)
  8. Nightcrawlers – 53 (23 + 30 + 0)

overall seraphim

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.

mvp tribe luckyjoker

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!


🏅 faster, higher, stronger 🏅

– the Poptropica Help Blog team –