Island Flash-backs, Wild West Island

Island Flash-back: Wild West πŸŽ

The months seem to be going by faster and faster for me, and we’re already at the next island! Before we begin, I would like to thank everyone who participated in last month’s Monster Carnival Island Flash-backβ€”we had guest posts analyzing characters and presenting hopes and ideas for the island that had been years in the making.

And now for March’s Island…

Wild West!

While not as popular as others like Super Villain or Mythology, Wild West Island is still beloved and remembered by many. It is another great example of Poptropica’s ability to simplify backgrounds based off real-life locations while still keeping a certain charm. And I won’t deny that one of the most memorable parts for me was our Poptropican being able to ride the horse, Elmer.

Concepts for the horse’s design and animation

Wild West also incorporated a similar map style as Skullduggery (later used in Ghost Story), where you could travel between ports or locations from a bird’s-eye view, while sailing your ship or in this case, riding your horse. It also incorporated 3D elements!

Part of the map used to travel between different towns in the island!

I also cannot legally finish one of these posts without mentioning any villains. El Mustachio Grande is well-recognized for his flashy design, and while lacking in backstory, he manages to make up for it in personality!

Now here comes your part, Poptropicans! Wild West and other classic islands were rendered unplayable for most people in the Flash-Haxe transition, but the months of work that Poptropica’s artists and writers put into it should not go to waste! Make fanart, fanfiction, videos, and guest posts. Let the Creators know what you appreciate about their past work to encourage them to preserve it!

Until April!

Castori honorem ~ Maryann/Smart Bubbles

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!

Wild West Island

I’d rather be sailing

(You hear the neigh of a horse in the distance. The sound of horse hooves clomping closer and closer gets your attention, and you turn to see… Captain Crawfish riding a horse!)

Hijuyo: Woah there, Crawfish! What brought you here? Fate? Destiny?
CC: A horse.
Hijuyo: Oh, right.

Giddyup horsey!

CC: Β Someone get me off this crazy thing! Turns out aΒ horse is harder to control than a pirate ship! At least it doesn’t smell as bad as my scurvy crew, but dang, I would much rather be sailing…
Hijuyo: Well sir, I do hope you’re ready to be nommed.
CC: Whaaa…?
Hijuyo: *clobbers CC with a pan* Wow! Frying pans, who knew, right?
CC: Β *falls to the ground. opens one eye* Gah, and all I wanted to say was that I hoped to see some Poptropica members on Wild West Island this weekend…
Hijuyo: *clobbers CC again and stuffs him into a refrigerator* I’ve got a person in my fridge! πŸ˜€
*The PHB mob runs over each other and make a beeline for the fridge*
Hijuyo: Eat up, and don’t forget, the horse meat doesn’t taste too bad either!

~Hijuyo

Btw like the Tangled references? ;D