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Mission Atlantis theories: a dive into code

Hey everyone! HPuterpop and I were looking behind the scenes at some of Poptropica’s code, and found some really interesting stuff about the upcoming episode(s) of Mission Atlantis! The official tour page currently says there will be 3 episodes, but we think there may even be a fourth. We don’t know for sure, but here’s a look at what we found:

missionatlantisep3For those who’ve played the island so far, you may recall that at the end of episode 2, we’ve just entered Atlantis. Sounds like your character wants to find a way home, though, but if Episode 3 is about the city of Atlantis itself, there may just be an Episode 4 about escaping the aliens (spoiler hehe) and trying to get home. Here’s what we know about Ep. 3:

You’re on the verge of the greatest discovery in human history — but an ancient intelligence has other plans. —description for Episode 3: Out of the Blue

So we know that in Mission Atlantis: Ep. 3, we find “ancient intelligence” – possibly aliens. And maybe Atlantis is, or contains, an alien ship that crashed – as you can see in the snapshot of code below, they were stuck for millions of years.

missionatlantisep32Here’s another look at some code to support the theory that the Atlantis you find is not the infamous lost city, but an alien ship that crashed. But who knows?

missionatlantisep31A while back, HP made a post making some connections from Daily Pop sneak peeks of Mission Atlantis to the markings were from Lunar Colony. Fascinating findings, huh?

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Could the same aliens from Lunar Colony be on Mission Atlantis? Might we find Dr. Salerno in an alien ship? We know she didn’t die when she went through that portal at the end of Lunar Colony Island, and she actually looked happy with the aliens, so we assume the aliens are nice. Now, these are just our theories based on some things we’ve found, but we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for us next.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the post! Tell us your thoughts and theories in the comments! :)

~SW5~

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Recap: PHB’s 6th birthday party!

Hey Poptropicans! As you may know, this Poptropica Help Blog (PHB) turned six on July 26, 2014, and everyone was invited to join us on the PHC and Poptropica for a celebration! Check out the recap pics below, and a summary below that. For those who came, we hope you had a stupendous time! :D

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Over in the Multiverse rooms, we had sixth birthday balloons and other special effects like whoopee cushions, while on the Poptropica Help Chat (PHC), people could chat with fellow Poptropicans, PHC regulars and new faces, and even some PHB authors in attendance, including HPuterpop (who made the cute birthday doodle above), Samwow5 (Tough Icicle), and Slanted Fish.

Sam was also hosting a DJ station on his plug.dj where people could take turns sharing their favorite music, and HP & Flamez both made some new PHC backgrounds for the PHB’s anniversary (you can click their names to view them). The PHC was filled with lively chatter, and people had a fun time!

Even if you couldn’t make it this time, remember that the PHC is always available for you to hang out with other Poptropicans. By the way, at this time, the PHB has 12,871,122 site views! Thanks to all you readers for sticking with the PHB and we hope to continue being your Poptropica key! :)

Happy birthday, PHB!

By the way, check out the PHB’s History page for the story of our journey and successes!

PHB Quickie: Survival (Episode 4) Overview

Hi Gs,

As the episode we’ve all been waiting for, will it fulfill our wildest dreams or come out tainted? Let’s find out! Do be warned, however– there will be spoilers! You can check out the past overviews here.

survival4Overview

This episode is basically the climax of the story, as we finally meet the main antagonist, find out his motives, and end with a chase scene waiting to happen. For the past three episodes the villain has been unnamed, but now we learn who he is. Myron Van Buren is one of the best villains ever to be on Poptropica in my opinion; as one of the most menacing, best designed, and geniusly scripted characters, he’s earned this rank with high flying colors.

Now, as an animal lover, this episode was just gold for me. I know, it may seem strange considering that most of the animals shown in the episode are dead and hanging on walls — but for me, it’s just awesome to see the giant variety of animals drawn in Poptropica form. I honestly love the Poptropica style, and I’ve always adored when Poptropica had animals.

The episodes just keep getting better, and this one is the best out of the four, no doubt. While most people had no trouble completing it, the writing was still very clever. The premise of sneaking around a game hunter’s house with guards around every corner really creates a suspenseful environment.

As for the singular soundtrack that accompanies the quest, its amazing. While it still holds lots of suspense, it also taps into a jungle like vibe. It all fits in perfectly together and does a wonderful job.

What’s really enjoyable about this episode is the buildup for the end. Van Buren keeps hinting that he is a human hunter, but it always is just passed off as a joke. First instance, when an alligator head budges on the wall, Van Buren says he should “have *his* head, haha!” (referring to his taxidermist). At the end of the episode, it’s revealed that he really is a human hunter. Is that too far for Poptropica?

The side characters — Winston and the chef — are both menacing and original. Perhaps it’s that we’ve been out in the wilderness so long that any other human is a great character? Possibly. :p

Overall, I rank this episode 5 out of 5 stars. It’s witty, clever, suspenseful, and satisfying. I don’t know what they can do in the next episode to top it. :D If you’re looking for walkthroughs (both written and video), you can find them here.

-HPuterpop

PoptropiCon Island announced!

Hi Gs,

This is a quick post to alert you guys that some official details for the next Poptropica island (which will again be episodic) was just posted to the Creators’ Blog. Get ready for PoptropiCon Island (although we knew about it before :P )! You can find some sneak peeks in the PHB’s PoptropiCon post category, and we’ll be sure to post even more in the weeks to come. Check out the sweet logo below:

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Everyone is dressed up for the biggest sci-fi and fantasy convention in Poptropica. At PoptropiCon, the most important thing isn’t what you do — it’s how you look doing it!

I’m really excited for this island — it feels very Mocktropica-like. Also, looking at the description, is the main focus of the island going to be costumes & fashion? Tell me your thoughts in the comments. :D

-HPuterpop

Atlantis Ep. 2 on iOS, costume inflation, & sticker book

Hey Poptropicans! There’s been a lot of speculation flying around the PHB recently, from Thor’s hammer and Norse mythology connections to Legendary Swords crystals and even Poptropolis shaking! But there’s also some concrete stuff happening that’s worth mentioning, so let’s take a look.

Mission Atlantis: Episode 2 now on iOS app

Mission Atlantis: Fortress of the Deep (Episode 2) is now available on Poptropica’s iOS app. If you don’t want to navigate the treacherous waters alone, check out our written walkthrough (with pictures) or use a video from our trivia page to get you past the fearsome goblin shark and more!

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Price hike on sausage costumes

Both the Hot Dog and Tofu Dog costumes, released to the Poptropica Store in 2010, are currently 150 credits each. (With a few exceptions, costumes are generally 75 credits each.) I’m not sure when or why exactly their price inflated, as they’re not exactly the most glamorous costumes out there. :P

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(Speaking of the Store, the members-only Ringmaster costume which was supposed to be gone after the Early Access period of Monster Carnival Island is still here, several months later. It’s a great costume though, so hopefully it stays!) Well, at least members can get everything in the Store for free.

Sticker book is here

Also, the Poptropica Ultimate Sticker Collection book is now available, with over 1000 re-usable stickers as promised! You can get it for US$11.69 on Amazon or perhaps your local bookstore if they’re awesome enough to stock these.

In other news, don’t forget the PHB’s 6th anniversary party is this Saturday, July 26th, and we hope to see you there! More information can be found in this post. Thanks for popping by! :D

 

Poptropolis is shaking again!

Hey everyone! I just went onto Poptropolis Games Island and I saw the island shaking! The island may be sinking soon… once again. The map doesn’t show it shaking yet, but if or when it does, I’ll let everyone know!

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I’m pretty sure the island situation will happen like last time: the island shakes for a while, then the Creators make these reports about it, then the island sinks and rises a year later. What do you think? Will Poptropolis be submerged under the sea once again only to rise yet again? Stay tuned for more reports on strange happenings as they come.

~SW5~

Rethinking Thor

Hi Gs,

The topic of discussion lately has been Legendary Swords and Poptropica Lands, but I’m going to bring up something else this time around. A while back I made a “Missing Link” post about a Norse mythology based island. I was using evidence from the DPs (Daily Pops) of the time.

However, that theory fell by the wayside when the DPs were confirmed to be for the Poptropica App as a starting tutorial. I thought that I was wrong.

But, just like the recent cropping up of underground themed sneak peeks, this theme has re-immersed. If you’ve been following along with recent PHB posts, you’ll know that mysterious Norse themed traces have been coming from the yet-to-be-updated Lands. A blue glowing hammer can be found listed in the SUI Poptropica Lands files — and this could go two ways.

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First, it may not be meant to be there — it’s just a mistake. That is possible considering that it is the only item listed. If this is true, it means that a separate Norse themed island may be coming soon.

lands1Item

It also could be that they’re making Poptropica’s default theme into a Norse sort of thing. This would also make sense because of Poptropica’s floating blimp and the start tutorial for the Poptropica app. Since Poptropica Lands is not necessarily themed after anything specific, the default theme would be Norse mythology.

And check out this image from Twisted Thicket Island, which contains the same symbol as the hammer mentioned above. As you may know, Twisted Thicket has its roots in Norse mythology, such as the naming of the runes you have to collect, so this further emphasizes the theme. (thanks to ayman351 for the pic!)

norse symbol

I would prefer the prior theory to be true, but it just depends. Who knows what the future holds. :) Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

-HPuterpop

In order to create, one must first destroy…

…But in order to destroy, one must first create.. I know it sounds like a cat poster, but it’s true.

What’s popping, Poptropicans? Blake here, with a little tidbit of news! You remember the blue hammer from HP’s post a few days back? Well, it appears this will have to do with either Poptropicon Island, Poptropica Labs, or perhaps an upcoming Island based on Norse mythology. (It does look a little like the Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer…)

In a post about (presumably) Poptropica Labs, the hammer is featured in this new sneak peek from the Creators’ Blog, which is titled hammertime.jpg… points to Creators on the pun. Current tally is Blake 2099, Creators 150,000. Wow, I need to step up my game!

hammerTime

So it seems that wizarding, dungeons and loot may be coming to Poptropica! Maybe the hammer will allow us to delete things in Poptropica Labs, since we don’t currently have this ability? Or perhaps it’s part of someone’s Poptropicon costume? This just got… *takes out mace and swings it over head a couple of times* …medieval. Stay popping, Poptropicans.

*holds up Mjolnir*

*is struck by lightning*

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