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BTS Overview & Theory: Arabian Nights, Ep. 2

BTS - Arabian Nights 2

Hey everyone, and welcome back to our BTS Overview & Theory series! This time, we’ll be covering Arabian Nights, Ep. 2: Lair of Thieves, written by myself (Spotted Dragon), Samwow5, and HPuterpop. Plus, in honor of Slippery Raptor joining the team, he will be helping us with this round! Click here to read the theory for Arabian Nights: Ep. 1, written by Slanted Fish. :)

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW (but that’s what you want, isn’t it?)

Overview of evidence

The next installment of Arabian Nights Island is just around the corner – we mentioned earlier that early access for members starts Nov 25, and it opens Dec 11 for all. (You may have noticed that November 25 is a Tuesday, even though new islands tend to come out on Thursdays. This is probably due to the Thanksgiving holiday.) Episode 2 is called “Lair of Thieves“, and the official tour page was recently updated with this description:

In the den of the forty thieves, danger lurks around every corner. To outwit the most dangerous thieves in the desert, you’ll need a little help evening the odds — and you’ll find it in the form of an incredible magic power!

Oddly enough, the behind the scenes files show that this episode is called The 40 Thieves.

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Strange, right? Well, let’s just continue with the name being “Lair of Thieves.”

Let’s take a a look at some of the major Arabian Nights themed Daily Pop sneak peeks. Click to enlarge all images featured in this post.

Also, check out these two images in the same scene… very similar, but if you look towards the top, you can see a little difference. Could that added Poptropican be us, spying in the lair of the 40 thieves?

Maybe some dialog will hint at what’s to come? Here is all the text we could gather up:

Now this reveals a lot! It looks like we will have to disguise ourselves to fit in among the thieves, as well as break out of/into some jail cells! We already knew that we would be in search of a magic lamp, but something bigger seems to have popped up. Hmm…

Hopefully the items we found will reveal what’s really going on? Sadly, we are not able to view entire images, since they are protected files.

Well, the magic sand and/or gunpowder may help us break in to/out of cells… and on that note, it seems like the viper skin will aid in creating the magic sand! …And on THAT note, since we have a formula containing “viper skin,” “borax,” and “quicksilver“, maybe those three items (plus more?) will create magic sand when put together! Oh, the suspense! Of course the cell key will help us unlock a cell and we will have to make the white robe black to fit in with the thieves. Looks like everything fits together! :D

All that’s left is to put together some scenery. Below are the scene layers of the lair’s entrance.

There is nothing much to say about these images, considering it is just the entrance.

Next up we have some of the scene layers for the Treasure Keep. Here are just the relevant ones:

In the interactive layer, you can see part of the floor crumbling. Could this be the result of our magic sand?

Next up are the scene layers for the cells.

Again, we see some unstable floors and what may possible be the magic sand bomb-like things.

Last, we have the scene layers for the Sanctum.

Well, we see an oil can in the interactive layer, and if we math it up with the other layers, it looks like it is inside a barrel. That might be a useful thing to remember in the quest.

Final theory

In “Lair of Thieves,” our Poptropican will be searching for the magic lamp that the Sultan requested (in episode 1), while trying to outsmart the thieves in the lair we entered at the end of the previous episode. We will disguise ourselves to fit in with the surrounding thieves and try to gather up ingredients to make “magic sand”, which will help us navigate their lair. While sneaking around, we stumble upon a huge supply of lamps and possibly something more.

That’s what we think of Arabian Nights Episode 2, but what do you think? Comment below! The episode will be released to members on Tuesday, so be ready (and it comes out Dec. 11 for everyone)! :)

~SD, HP, SW5, and… SR!

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Ads: Bonita Femur costume (girls), Street Hawk remote (boys), & more Land WOWs

Hey Poptropicans! There are a couple of new ads on Main Streets: one for boys, and one for girls. To get to either ad, just click on its respective banner in the home page carousel when you first log in, or the button on the ad card you may automatically receive upon logging in.

For the girls-only Monster High: Freaky Fusion ad, all you need to do is click on the billboard to receive two prizes: the monstrously fashionable Bonita Femur costume, and a printable Wish List.

(Thanks to Magic Fire of The Poptropica Package for the pics & insight. By the way, if you’re brought to an ad-less Main Street – like I was – try visiting a SUI. If you still can’t see it, it may be because you don’t meet whatever mysterious criteria have been set for the target audience, be it age, gender, or location.)

For the boys-only Hot Wheels: Street Hawk ad, just watch the video for your prize: a Hot Wheels: Street Hawk Remote Control! Press spacebar and the car will turn into a plane that will fly around your screen and exit upwards. Your character will be left in awe, saying, “Wow, it went 200 feet!”

(Thanks to Slippery Raptor the pics & insight! He recently joined the PHB team, but you can also check out his Poptropica blog here.)

Also, the Creators recently recognized a few more Land creations that have impressed them, which you can view on the official blog or below (click for full size):

The good news is, everyone (not just members, as is currently the case) will get to play a bigger, better version of Land in early 2015! :D

Anyway, that’s all for this post – be sure to catch up with everything else in the posts below! This post’s bad Pop-pun is: stay popping, not flopping. :mrgreen:

Android app finally here & monstrously cute art

What’s popping, Poptropicans? Blake here, with a round of the Poptropica Help Blog’s Punch Out!!!

Has everybody gotten their retro video game references out of the way? Yes? Good. In all seriousness, Blake here, with a recap of Poptropica’s latest Twitter posts. First up, for all you Android fans out there, the Poptropica app is finally available for Google Play!

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Yes, now you can frolic in Poptropica wherever you go! And all for the price of — wait, there is no price. It’s FREE! Just download the app from Google Play to get started.

By the way, this image was posted on Poptropica’s Instagram. Yes, after lots of retweeting other players’ Instagram posts, they’ve joined in on the Insta-bandwagon! You can follow them at PoptropicaCreators.

Next up, let’s take a look at the latest new doodles Poptropica’s been tweeting. Here’s PopStorm #6, which explores what Poptropicans would look like with shoes:

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This is a great addition to the PopStorm series, and the one in the middle with the glasses reminds me of Groucho Marx. Oh Groucho, why did you have to go? D:

This next one is another possible teaser to an Island based on the Poptropica comics. What’s going on with these balloon animals, you ask? Well, as a hint, the tweet links to Funbrain’s page for the official Poptropica comics…

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And finally, we have a blast from the past. Close your eyes. Are you closing them? Of course not, you wouldn’t be able to read this post otherwise! Anyway, just imagine the monsters from Cryptids Island back in kindergarten. Do you see it? No? Maybe this doodle from Poptropica artist Jon Pitcher will help. Who knew little Chupa had a secret crush? ;)

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This has been “Let’s Imagine!” with Blake. *little rainbow star thingy from The More You Know pic floats above head* Enlightening, was it not?

Well, that’s it for the Poptropica Help Blog’s Punch Out!!! today. I just defeated Tyson by a series of button-mashing combos, so it’s time for me to go soak my thumbs in ice! Stay popping, Poptropicans.

Sound-updated Shrink Ray Island (SUI) is out for members (with demo for all)!

Frustration alert! The new Shrink Ray SUI has a lot of glitches. :(
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Hey everyone! The Creators just announced the re-release of Shrink Ray as a SUI (sound updated island) - made even more fun with new music, sound effects, and a bigger screen! Right now, only members can play the new version of Shrink Ray Island. No word yet on when it’ll release for all, but non-members can play a demo right until the point where you’re hit with the shrink ray.

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Also, now that it’s a SUI, Shrink Ray has joined all the colored islands at the front of the Map, so you don’t have to scroll through all those pages to play. If you need a walkthrough, check out our Shrink Ray Island Guide, complete with pictures!

Unfortunately, as I warned you guys above, the new SUI is pretty glitchy. So far, I’ve had to restart 3 times and have spent 4 hours on it – I even missed dinner! But if you do make it to the end, remember to check your finish ranking on the World Champions Map!

Anyway, I’ll update this post later when I’ve finished playing the island to give you guys more info. Stay tuned to the PHB! :)

A tasty new island is on the horizon…

Hi Gs,

We’ve been getting some vibes of Galactic Hot Dogs from Poptropica’s Twitter recently, and now it seems to have finally been confirmed (or at least we now know that a GHD island is in development). Check out the picture below of a couple of logo designs from a recent tweet -

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Does this confirm Galactic Hot Dogs Island? I’d say so, but the description of the post seems uncertain – “Guess what we’re trying to figure out….” Anyway, Galactic Hot Dogs Island would be the first sponsored island in ages, the previous being Wimpy Boardwalk (released in 2012). :P

Now, about the title (what, you thought the title was about Galactic Hot Dogs? :P )… Poptropica has once again changed their filing system, and as of now I can’t view any of the upcoming islands as they’re now considered “bundles”, whatever that means. Anyway, what I do know is that there will soon be a Halloween themed island (titled “halloween1″, “halloween2″, and “halloween3″ in the files).

There will also be a – wait for it - pie island? Or that’s what it says, anyway (see below). For now, that’s all we know, so check back soon for more info on these upcoming and strange adventures. :D

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Update: Slippery Raptor suggested in the comments that the Halloween/pie bundles are perhaps costumes for the Poptropica app, which is definitely possible. Strange that they’re listed with island names, though!

TAFN.

-HPuterpop

GHD Island possibility & animation preview

Hey everyone! The Creators recently tweeted another behind-the-scenes picture relating to Galactic Hot Dogs. However, it’s not the usual GHD update… in fact, the Creators claim that this blueprint for the GHD crew’s Neon Wiener spaceship is “VERY, VERY behind the scenes.” Click to enlarge:

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Do we have a new island upon us??? Hmmm??? Plus, it links to this video trailer for Galactic Hot Dogs.

Yeah, I’m kinda getting a new island vibe. Especially since the Creators have mentioned that GHD may become an island in the future!

There is another behind the scenes image on Twitter, but this doesn’t reveal much. Here’s Poptropica’s description for it: “tools being built for more refined character animations in Poptropica’s videos.”

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Hey, still pretty cool. ;)

I also want to mention that the Creators have been tweeting a lot of Poptropica related Instagram posts lately, along with Poptropica-In-School moments, Poptropica related Tumblr posts, and more. Keep an eye out for them on Twitter!

~SD

Poptropica comics return, Stubb from SOS, & PopStorm mouths

Hey everyone! Slippery here with a few updates.

After a two-week hiatus, Poptropica comics have finally returned from its slumber with 9 new strips for week 27, which you can catch up on by visiting the Creators’ Blog or by reading them here (click to view in full size)! Prepare for creepy hotels, raging rivers, and freaky Veggiestein…

Next off, the Creators tweeted a sketch made by a Poptropica illustrator of a story for Stubb, a character from SOS Island. You might recognize her from the time you went into the ship’s boiler. The Creators noted that she believes that “hard work fixes anything”. Check it out:

Last but not the least, the Creators tweeted their 5th PopStorm image, entitled “Menacing Mouths”, featuring… many weird mouths. Check ‘em out!

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That’s all of the updates we have for today! Don’t forget, PoptropiCon (Ep. 2: Spoiler Alert) is out to all – for a walkthrough, check out the PHB’s PoptropiCon Island Guide. :)

-Slippery

PoptropiCon, ep. 2: now out for everyone!

Hey Poptropicans! Apologies for the delay in this announcement, but anyway – PoptropiCon, Episode 2: Spoiler Alert is now available for all to play! If you get stuck on how to proceed, check out our PoptropiCon Island Guide, our walkthrough complete with pictures. :)

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