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First Arabian Nights Daily Pops… and a new DS game?

Hey guys, BT here with a few updates from the Poptropica universe.

Somewhere right now in South Carolina, our CYDI winner Sarah must be squealing in delight, because the first two Daily Pops obviously for her winning island, Arabian Nights Island, have surfaced:

Desert and… desert station. This is really an obvious Arabian Nights Daily Pop – which leaves me to wonder if this island’s episodes are gonna criss-cross PoptropiCon’s episodes, just like Survival and Mission Atlantis.

Now anyways, if you’ve looked at the Creator’s Blog recently, you’ll notice that they changed their side format… again. Of course we have our two apps, the books, the shirts, and the video games links all snug next to each othe—

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Wait…what is that picture next to the Video Games link? That doesn’t look familiar… It doesn’t look like the original Poptropica Adventures cover…

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Yet I can kinda see the Ubisoft logo on the new cover….

It looks to me like there’s gonna be a Poptropica Adventures 2!!

But wait… when I look closer… I see two words… For some strange reason, it reminded me of the Forgotten Islands app… Yet I see pictures of the red ninja, the Aztec warrior, that pirate from Forgotten Islands and…I can’t tell who’s the last one.

What’s going on here?? I have no clue. After all, not an ounce of this is mentioned on the videogame page itself…

BT out with this puzzlement….

Oh, and don’t forget to check out HP’s post about PoptropiCon’s…er… officialness. Yay!

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Survival Ep. 4 extras, Myron Van Buren exposed, and Mission Atlantis Ep. 3 name + description

Hey guys, BT here. Now I know all of you are anticipating playing either Mission Atlantis: Fortress of the Deep or Survival: Distress Signal later today, but I have news on both episodic islands.

First of all, there are two new extras for Survival (a printable poster and desktop wallpaper) in celebration of Cabin Fever, the fourth episode. These two extras, especially the desktop wallpaper, reveal the appearance of our much-talked about seeming antagonist of Survival, Myron Van Buren.

Now this looks like a face of someone you can trust.

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Why aren’t you trusting him yet???

Anyhow, next up we now have a description for Episode 3 (presumably the last episode) of Mission Atlantis with an… interesting yet vague description.

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

…ancient intelligence? Well… that explains the techy stuff seen on the Daily Pops lately… but… I’m kinda lost. Why do I have the feeling it’s the same ancient intelligence that was discovered back in Lunar Colony? Maybe I’m rethinking from HP’s post way back when…

Ah well. I’m just curious, that’s all. Especially now that I know what Myron Van Buren looks like, I can anticipate Cabin Fever in peace.

…oh, I’m excited for “Fortress of the Deep” and “Out of the Blue” also.

BT out!

And so on Thursday, there will be a new episode of Missio- Survival?

Was I the only one expecting there to be a new Mission Atlantis episode this month? Because of that puffer fish costume the Creators randomly released?

Well, it turns out that Survival: Distress Signal, will be releasing for members this Thursday, June 5th! This probably means that the previous episode, Hook, Line and Sinker, will likely be released on that date too for nonmembers.

In case you don’t know or remember, here’s the description for Distress Signal:

A broken radio. A chance for rescue. Send a distress call if you can, but beware of who might be listening!

This simple description brings a chill up my spine. Beware, beware, beware! It’s always beware! Not “acknowledge”. Not “know that maybe”. “Beware”. This and the revelation of Cabin Fever’s, the next episode after Distress Signal, description is making me worried that my Van Buren/Zaroff theory is coming true. I’m scared of him now. Scared of Myron Van Buren.

Motto: Strength rejoices in the challenge.

Motto: Strength rejoices in the challenge.

BT out with this quick update!

PS: In regards to the post where I was complaining about Poptropica not working for me, it turns out that Internet Explorer was just being mean to Poptropica for some reason. I’m now using Google Chrome and it’s working fine now! ^_^ Thank you guys so much for your help!

Guess who’s having login problems.

Update: I’m playing it on an alternate computer ;)

Wonderful, lucky old me. So when I first came on Poptropica, everything seemed normal. I know that Hook, Line and Sinker is gonna come out today, I figured I’d just go closer to the blimp- I was in the Control Room on Super Villain Island. However, as soon as I got out, there was an error image on my screen where the gameplay screen once was.Then, a pop-up talking about add-ons appeared on the top left of my screen. Unsure of what it meant, I closed it.

So I refreshed the Poptropica home page and I tried to log in. However, this screen keeps popping up:

This infamous Poptropican Blue Screen of Death. I checked and double checked to make sure that my settings complied with the instructions on the error message, and it did. I tried logging in again and again, yet it wouldn’t go. I even tried rebooting my laptop but it is still not working. I even deleted the cookies on my laptop. But still.

If you guys have any suggestions, let me know- I have no clue why Poptropica decided to be mean to me TODAY of all days.

A look ahead: who is Van Buren?

._. What? No, I don’t mean the 8th president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, thank you very much.

I’m talking about Poptropica’s upcoming character for Survival, Van Buren, his household, and a prediction as to what may be coming up in this island.

Okay, let’s start by looking at some Daily Pops…

Tuck in: Time for a long night’s sleep.

Hail to the Chef: Cleaver? I hardly know her!

Welcome Home: We’re rolling out the red carpet for you.

Log Files: Always be sure to keep a back-up.

Fish Story: But this one is actually true.

Motto: Strength rejoices in the challenge.

Hot Stove: Let’s not put this adventure on the back burner.

Chop Chop: Get to the choppah!

There are a few more Daily Pops, but these are the major ones. From these, I can determine the following:

Van Buren seems to be a big game hunter who just so happened to take residence in the same woods that you and your blimp crashed on. He seems to be pretty talented at his sport. He’s even rich to have a cook with him and own a nice log cabin and all.

However, I have the strangest comparison that’ll not give this character a good name:

Van Buren kinda reminds me of General Zaroff.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Who the heck is General Zaroff? Well, he was a rich and essentric Cossack hunter who took up residence on the island another hunter named Rainsford ended up washing up on in the 1924 short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. Zaroff has a bulky servant named Ivan as well. Zaroff shows Rainsford his achievements in the hunting buisness, but lends him on with a dark secret: he had grown bored of hunting ordinary animals and decided to go bigger, to hunt the most dangerous game that comes to his island, and the only animal that can reason: humans.

He offers Rainsford to join him in his hunting, but he refuses. Zaroff tells him of the game he plays with whoever comes to this island, where the victims have to go around and gather supplies, and most importantly, not get killed by Zaroff, Ivan, or his hounds. Rainsford, desperate to get out of this island, makes a deal with Zaroff: He will be the next person to take part in Zaroff’s game for three days. If he wins, Zaroff lets him go, and if he dies… well, he dies. If you want to read it, here’s the full story.

I noticed that both Zaroff and Van Buren have a stocky-looking servant- Van Buren with that chef and Zaroff with Ivan. They’re both well-accomplished hunters. Although I doubt Van Buren would follow Zaroff’s man-hunting ways since this is a kid’s game, it doesn’t stop him from having the ability to be villainous in another way… (although I have no idea why the heck the stand-in looks like a corpse in the “Hot Stove” Daily Pop).

We know well of the binoculars that spied on us at the end of Crash Landing. We know well that the Distress Signal’s description warns to “beware of who might be listening”. Well, no matter what Van Buren’s goal is, I have a feeling it won’t be good. Besides, sleeping with a dagger underneath your pillow sounds rather uncomfortable.

BT out…

Mythology Island SUI now available for members!

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“Aren’t you gonna pick it?”

“It’s just an apple! How hard could it be?”

“Just ignore the tree carving that says ‘Beware the Fruit’ with lightning bolts around it- some greedy kid might’ve put it there.”

“You want to live forever, don’t you? Be like one of the mighty Olympians up on Mt. Olympus, don’t you? Well then pick the golden apple, mortals, and mortals you will be no more.”

We all know where these bribes are leading us to: trouble with a divine encounter.

Just in time for its 4-year anniversary, the classic 12th island, Mythology Island, is now available for members, and it’ll release to the public next week! The Creators have uploaded a new version of the trailer video to reiterate the fact that it’s now in sound. If you need help on the island, you can find the PHB’s guide here!

Be careful, Poptropicans- as you know, you’re gonna get into a lot of trouble in this island.

~

Well, now that I’ve played the Mythology SUI, what do I think of it?

It was… very satisfying. I found the music to fit…usually.

For example, I’m curious as to why the music didn’t change for a moment when Zeus took the 5 sacred items from you. I’m kinda left awkwardly staring as he took them as the soothing music  played in the background. Yeah…

Anyways, about the most notable changes in gameplay…

  • The Red Eyed Snake Puzzle: It’s easier! Cue the rejoicing! *YAY!* Now, the snakes come up in groups instead of individually, the red eyed snake somewhere in those groups. This allowed me to finish that puzzle much easier…
  • The River Styx: Five words – everything is in slow motion. Also, there’s a new way to avoid the flaming skulls- you wait for it to dive into you and then you jump. Although it took me a while to get used to it, I found it easier
  • The Battle vs. Zeus: Wow, what a change. O.o. The first thing you’ll notice as the epic music is blaring in your ear is the fact that the camera is close up, unlike in the original Mythology Island. Also, unfortunately, due to this closeup, it’s gotten harder to track down Zeus. Here’s a tip: listen to the sounds to know what attack Zeus is doing. If it has an electrical traveling sound, that means he’s got that invisibility blockade on him right now.

Overall, I found the experience to be quite enjoyable- I’m pleased to see that the Zeus battle wasn’t glitchy as I feared it would be, and I’m happy with the result. As I had said when the first preview came out, I am saying hello to a new beginning.

Shark Boy mystery update: the Daily Pop icon

Hey guys, BT here with a quick update on the Shark Boy mystery that consumes us all.

Now, even Shark Boy’s icon on the Daily Pop has been replaced by a grinning Dr. Hare!!

Before…

...and after!

…and after. 

Holy cow, it looks like the Creators are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to Shark Boy (or Shark Guy?)’s disappearance!

What is going on that you’re not telling us, Creators???

The winner of the Create Your Dream Island is….

*tries to open envelope*

oh come on. Open. Please! D-does anyone have a paper cutter? I… I wish this would just open up!

*suddenly, the envelope opens*

Huh? Oh! It’s open! Like… I just used up one of my three wishes or something. And so the winner is…

Sarah S. from South Carolina with

Arabian Nights Island!!!

Arabian Nights Island? Holy cow, we’re going to explore the old Arabian lore! Genie! Forty thieves! Wow… This is just… Wow…

Inspired by her father’s souvenirs from Kuwait, she was the lucky Poptropican whose island idea will become a reality – which means she must know some of this island’s secrets! You can read her interview with the Poptropica Creators on the Creators’ Blog.

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Congratulations from the PHB to Sarah on winning! We can’t wait to play your island!

BT out!

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