Strange Things: Magic, missing Daily Pops, & Realms to all!

Hey guys! A lot of strange things have been going on in Poptropica lately.

First of all, there is a new ad popping up called Strange Magic! The ad can be found on islands such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Main Street or in between places. All you have to do to earn your prize is watch its movie trailer. Girls get Fairy Wings and boys get a Staff and Imp costume.

If space bar is pressed while wearing the wings or staff, a short scene will play out where an imp will appear on screen and your Poptropican will fly.

strange magic

Speaking of “strange”, if you’ve checked out the Daily Pops recently, you may have noticed that sneak peeks haven’t been posted on their usual schedule. In fact, there haven’t been any new sneak peeks at all this week, and a couple of days in the past couple of weeks have been skipped as well.

There have only been 9 sneak peeks in January when there should’ve been 17 at this point (one for every weekday). Here they are below:

The most recent image was Head Games: What’s in the box? and was uploaded on January 16. It seems to be for Galactic Hot Dogs Island, but that’s not the point. :P

Even though the Daily Pop schedule has been sporadic this month, the PHB has all of the images that have been uploaded ready for you to view on our Daily Pop Sneak Peek Archive. ;)

Lastly, as you may have seen in the updates to HP’s Poptropica Realms postPoptropica Realms is now open to all! Check out the PHB’s Realms guide for an in-depth look.

realms carousel

Lots of stuff has been added to HP’s Realms post below, including some strange hats relating to biomes that can be found in Realms, its theme music, and a video tour from HP himself. :)

~SD

Poptropica Realms is now out!

Hi Gs,

The Creators have just released the new Poptropica feature “Realms” – which is basically Poptropica Land, but now with separate worlds and an apparent universe that is yours to do what you want with. Check out the PHB’s Realms guide for an in-depth look on this new feature!

Don’t worry, non-members won’t have long to wait (update: it’s now open to all!). You can check out the new feature for yourself over on Poptropica, as well as this first look in the video below:

UPDATE: According to Poptropica’s Twitter, 1000+ Realms were created and 7000+ scenes were saved just in the first evening of the launch! They also tweeted this sneak peek of hats based on the various biomes, possibly coming soon…

biome hats

There are 7 biomes (Forest, Snow/Ice, Desert, Swamp, Lunar, Fire, Crystal) – the latter two are members-only and the latter four are new. Each has its own ambient soundtrack (no more chirping bird noises!); plus, you can listen to the awesome main theme on Jeff Heim’s soundcloud:

TAFN.

-HPuterpop

Galactic Hot Dogs Island trailer, paper craft, & new PCB header

Hey Poptropicans! Galactic Hot Dogs Island is well on its way, and to give everyone a dose of amped-up energy, the trailer video has been released – check it out:

Well, Creators, you had me at noodly Poptropica arms. If nothing else, that should get us on board the Neon Wiener! Scheduled release dates could change, but right now, it looks like it’ll be departing January 29 for members and February 19 for non-members.

ghd dates

Plus, you can now print out and assemble your very own Neon Wiener spaceship paper craft from the island extras section of the official Tour page! There’s even an item card in the Store for this.

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Also, joining the Poptropica makeover bandwagon, the Creators’ Blog header has been updated with the “poppy” Poptropica logo! RIP palm trees and curly vines, which are once again tossed aside in favor of puffy clouds and the iconic yellow blimp.

PCB header change

Lastly, remember when PHB reader Pixel went on a mission to complete Early Poptropica Island hundreds of times? Well, earlier this month, Pix reached the milestone of 1000 completions - and found that with 4-digit numbers, the last digit gets cut off. Anyway – congrats! :D

1000 earlypop

That’s all for now – stay popping, Poptropicans. :)

Ads: Odd Squad & BoxTrolls, plus new pop quizzes

Hey guys! PHB commenter Cuddly Knuckle recently gave us a heads up on two new ads on Poptropica, which can be found on Main Streets such as those on Spy Island and Early Poptropica.

Let’s look at the Odd Squad ad first. All you have to do is watch a quick video to earn your prize! Boys get the Agent Otto costume and girls get the Agent Olive costume.

ad 1

The other ad is for the BoxTrolls, and again, all you have to do is watch a quick video! Afterwards, you will get the BoxTrolls Transformer. When you click “transform”, all the Poptropicans near you will become BoxTrolls!

ad 2

Also, remember those new pop quizzes that HP mentioned? Well, they’re finally popping up! This one here asks if you would ever join the circus, and the other one shown in HP’s sneak peek asks if you like poetry. For a list of all the pop quizzes available, check out the PHB’s Pop Quizzes page!

quiz

That’s all for now!

~SD

Poptropica portfolio: Chris Goodwin

Nate Greenwall isn’t the only one posting his Poptropica illustrations – I recently stumbled upon the site of Chris Goodwin, an illustrator/designer working for Poptropica, whose online portfolio can be found here. This post comes in three parts. As always, click to enlarge the pics!

Perhaps the most interesting section is character design: designs for E. Vile’s robots from Legendary Swords (as well as some props seen in P-Con: Ep. 2), a huge collection of characters (including several unreleased ones – some possibly for Ep. 3 of PoptropiCon!), unused flying ace designs (the corner suggests they were for the Virus Hunter minigame, Nano-Combat Training), ideas for Max McGullicutty’s look in Survival: Ep. 5, and finally, rough drafts of robots for Game Show Island.

The next section is concept art – ideas for various parts of the game. Here we see color plans for areas inside Joe’s body on Virus Hunter Island, shape ideas for “air creatures” in his lungs, a look at an extravagant (though unused) virus bug, several sketches of dark scenes, racer cars we’ve seen before as a scrapped idea, a Legendary Swords doodle, the Monster Carnival common room, and a sketch from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Island.

Lastly, there’s a section devoted to scene illustrations – most of these are already in the game, though the one of the cabin is not (but it seems to belong to the unnamed geological park island).

The rest are: the tutorial island in the Poptropica app, Ephraim University (both exterior and interior) from Mocktropica, Soundstage #1 on Back Lot, the Hemlock Herald newspaper room on Ghost Story, a hallway door and post office common room on Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and the bonus quest on Twisted Thicket. Seeing them each as one big scene makes it all the more awesome. <3

Poptropica sure is beautiful, and Chris has made some really creative contributions to the game we know and love. Enjoy the Chris Goodwin collection, and stay popping, Poptropicans! :D

Galactic new Store items & island extras!

Hi Gs,

As of now, you can grab a couple of new Galactic Hot Dogs Island bonus items in the Store. The “F.R.E.D. Follower” is now available, free for everyone. The arm sort of overlaps your character when you’re standing still, but it’s still a cool follower and makes me wonder if you’ll have F.R.E.D. as a follower in the actual island as well, considering he’s a helping robot in the comic.

fredFollower2

The second item is a “Galactic Space Suit“, which is for members only. I do like the torso piece – it looks cool with the red theme I’m rocking on my Poptropican at the moment.

fredFollower3

Members can also print out a GHD poster with their character alongside Cosmoe, Humphree, and Princess Dagger by getting the printable poster in the Store.

ghd poster

Finally, everyone can download the free GHD desktop wallpaper from the official Galactic Hot Dogs Island tour page!

galacticHotDogs-wallpaper

Anyway, tell me in the comments what you think about the upcoming GHD Island. And if you want to get caught up on GHD-related stuff, check out the GHD post category here on the PHB.

TAFN.

-HPuterpop

Coming soon: GHD Island, Realms, & more

Hey guys! There’s a lot of Poptropica news to cover, so let’s get right into it.

First off, the Creators have announced that Galactic Hot Dogs Island will be coming to Poptropica in 15 days. That is January 29, a Thursday. They also mentioned that a Galactic Hot Dogs book will be coming to bookstores in 110 days. That is May 4, a Monday. (Click here for more GHD peeks!)

Second up, check out this awesome “bubble universe” sneak peek for Poptropica Realms!

pop realms

Third up, the Creators tweeted this cool layout of all the train carriages on Mystery Train Island – a glimpse into a planning stage of the past. Pretty interesting! :P

mystery train layout

They also tweeted another PopStorm (#11) – this one is a bunch of little jumping jellybeans. Cute! :3

popstorm 11

Lastly, PoptropiCon: Episode 2 (Spoiler Alert) is now available for iOS, and it’s free! The Creators tweeted this image along with it, which HP posted earlier as an unreleased carousel slide for the redesigned Poptropica layout, so although it’s not on the front page, it looks like it still served some purpose after all.

popconSlideThat’s it for this time around! :D

~SD

Quizful Thinking – New Pop Quizzes!

Hi Gs,

I logged in today to find a “problem loading quiz 13366″. Same error occurred when I logged into some of my other accounts. (Thanks to Spotted Dragon for the picture.)

quiz-problem

If you’ve checked the Daily Pop today, you’ll understand why this is…

dailypopQuiz

As it seems, new pop quizzes are to come – and they look pretty sweet considering the call-backs to some awesome islands as you can see above.

Anyway, this post is just a quickie, so tell me in the comments what you think about pop quizzes in general. If you are a fan, be sure to check out the PHB’s Pop Quizzes page, listing practically all of the possible questions and answers that currently exist!

TAFN.

-HPuterpop

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