Mystery of the Map Island guide now available!

Hey guys, BT here with a quick post to let you know that the PHB’s Mystery of the Map Island Guide is now up, written (and with pictures added) by yours truly!

Click here to go see the guide!

MysteryOfTheMap02

If you have any questions, feel free to comment in the page’s comments! Hope this’ll provide help!

BT out! ;)

PopCon 3: Reign of Omegon now available for members!

pcon3 members

There comes a time in every Poptropican’s life that a special kind of challenge faces them. Tyranny may try to rule, but it is our sacred duty to protect the world no matter the cost.

Reign of Omegon, PoptropiCon’s epic final chapter is now available for members! The guide for this episode isn’t avaliable yet, but stay tuned for it coming soon! In the meantime, if you’re having trouble with the previous two episodes, check out our PopCon guide here! (Reign of Omegon’s guide will be there too when it’s complete!) 

Non-members, the prediction according to Poptropica is that Reign of Omegon will release for all April 19th. Think of it as more time to prepare your battle gear. ;)

As for members, go ahead and join the resistance! A hero is needed! And after your done, don’t forget to see your ranking on the world champion map!

BT out, and have fun! :)

Realms update: pixies, hammer abilities, weather & more!

realms promotional

Hey guys, BT here speaking from the newly updated Poptropica Realms. I make this post for you guys to get the scoop on the new updates and features!

Firstly, you can get a free Realms Builder costume with the promo code GOREALMS. But moving on – as you can see here, I’ve gotten myself into quite a bit of a pickle – in the form of these Twilight Pixies.

freaking fairies

They’re almost like the dryads from Twisted Thicket – except even more freaking annoying! They like to swarm you and take away 10 Poptanium pieces per hit in the night and the first few minutes of sunrise. As a result, you’re forced to either try to combat them with your hammer, or do what I did and make a little hidey-hole to keep away from them if a lot are looking at once. Sometimes, if they do steal your Poptanium, and if you’re quick enough, you can hit them with your hammer while they are fleeing and you can get the stolen Poptanium back!  These new additions can be pretty tricky, so watch out for them!

After being able to dodge the pixies by waiting for day time to come, I decided to go to a land realm to mine to make up for the Poptanium the pixies stole. Luckily, I reached level 5 so I was able to destroy the ground via Ground Pound below me much quicker- and I hope to gain more hammer abilities as I continue to level up – the Hammarang and the Super Jump.

ground pound

However, as I was going through my day pounding the ground and being careful to avoid water and lava, a 10 second rain storm came and went – weather had been added to Realms, and I had the misfortune of forgetting to bring an umbrella.

Thirty seconds passed and another rainstorm hit, this time, with thunder in the background – yet no sign of lightning. Sheesh, we’re in such a rainy place, aren’t we?

Also, the snow realm has well, snow, the sand realm has sandstorms, the swamp biome has acid rain, and the lunar biome has… meteors. So yeah, better have some kind of safe spot for the latter two.

rain weather

After the rain came and went, dusk was beginning to fall, and I knew that the Twilight Pixies would return again and try to take my Poptanium away. As I built my shelter underneath the ground, I leveled up, and I was greeted by this random Viking guy.

random viking guy

He’s been tutoring me on things that I somewhat already knew from my experience with Poptropica Land, along with advice to help with the new updates. I don’t know who this is or where he came from. I believe he was the original master creator but I don’t think I’ve leveled up high enough to confirm it. However, I did see someone wear his cap so I’m guessing he is the master creator, and his costume is the reward for reaching level 15.

After a bit, I did get hungry so I got out my hammer and formed an apple at the price of 1 poptanium piece. I found that I could now eat the apple – and in fact, any food- and it would regenerate my health quicker – perfect for the times I’d accidentally fall into lava! There are also more interactive props to play around with, so explore all the props you can!

yum

So with these new updates to Realms, the worlds has grown more diverse and dangerous, adding on new challenges and objectives as you create and destroy the worlds around you. Have fun, Poptropicans!

BT out. ;)

A look ahead: why is the Princess so sad? (Arab Ep. 3 theory)

Hey guys, BT here. Now, today, the Poptropica Twitter account posted an exclusive sneak peek image of what’s coming our way for the yet-to-be-titled third episode of Arabian Nights.

Embedded image permalink

“Who is this princess? Why so sad? Let us know! Behind-the-Scenes of Arabian Nights 3″ – Twitter

Now, to answer this question, I kinda had some thoughts in the back of my head before this picture was released. And of course, it can be traced back to four of the Daily Pops.

All four of these Daily Pops really caught my eye for something. Two of them look like they’re from the princess’s room while the others are, or involve, paintings, including the one that the Twitter posted the concept art of.

So from what we see, the princess doesn’t like the genie, but likes swords and camels.

Now with this, it’s about time I reveal my theory. Alright, gather around folks. It’s story time.

*WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS* (but that’s what you came for, yes?)

[Read more…]

Realms announcement, GHD interactive ad, & more

Hey guys, BT here –

Yeah, I know. I haven’t posted since November. Yell at me all you want.

Anyway, remember how the official Poptropica Twitter page teased us with something called Poptropica Realms? Well, the kindly Creators over on the official blog, fresh from their winter hiatus, have just officially announced this updated version of Land – starting with a video trailer:

Although not revealing much new, the trailer looks like it would hype willing players (even non-members!) to take the challenge to see what they can do.

Also, there is an official tour page for Realms, which hasn’t changed much from the Lands page besides the new title and video. This is intriguing – and although it’ll be open to everyone, members do get bonus benefits according to the official description:

Everyone can create and explore Poptropica Realms, but only Poptropica Members can unlock its true power! With Membership, create even more new Realms, and share your creations with the Poptropica Creators. You’ll also get exclusive props and decorations to make your Realms truly unique.

We know we’ll get to create new worlds and planets to share with people, but I wonder what other new things Realms will give to the table that Lands didn’t already…

The Creators have released yet another Galactic Hot Dogs sponsored quest video on their official YouTube account, this one for a new ad that’s on Main Streets.

Thanks to Slippery Raptor for the pics & insight into the ad –

The exterior of the advertisement shows the Neon Wiener with a smoking large hole behind it. When you enter, a short clip will play, showing the Neon Wiener blasting off into space.

Inside, you can talk to Humphree on your right and F.R.E.D on your left. Moving along, there are a couple of dummies (Cosmoe and Humphree for boys; Princess Dagger and Evil Queen Dagger for girls) you can Costumize from. To your right, Princess Dagger and Cosmoe are guarding the Mega Dog. By clicking on the door to the right, you’ll shoot lasers with two Jacks, Cosmoe, and Princess Dagger.

Isn’t GHD Island supposed to come out some time this month? Hmm…

In other news, the first Arabian Nights episode, How Bazaar (“and robbed from afar!” Okay, I need to stop lyrical connections…) is now available for FREE on iOS devices!

(For Android users, “How Bazaar” has already been released.)

One more thing before I go – according to Poptropica’s tweet, this is “Early concept pencil art. For something. Something February-ish.”

Could it be the cover for the Poptropica comic graphic novel? Is that guy in the blimp… cutting the rope from the protagonists? Uh-oh…

On that note, BT out!

What Might Have Been: Poptropica’s Concepts in 2006

Hey guys, BT here to talk about an interesting post on the Creators’ Blog, featuring a few words about Poptropica’s history from its founder, Jeff Kinney.

On today’s post, Jeff talked about how Poptropica was originally going to be like before it became the island-hopping adventures we know and love today. It turns out that Poptropica, as a first concept, was going to be just daily missions in single-scene rooms– even with a common room mixed in to it.

If you look at this picture, you’ll see a massive grid of tiny squares to represent these rooms, possibly representing the single-scene rooms you go through… and holy guacamole, that’s a lot of them. Another thing you may notice is that Poptropica’s signature color seemed to be originally yellow, much unlike the well-known light blue color that is currently associated with the game.

Also, there’s the inventory, which is represented by an MP3 player because….. kids like MP3 players? And finally in this picture, you’ll notice a tiny sketch of a map, which details what each room would be (some labeled with question marks, others more certain), such as the Common Room, “Game Show” (huh, the Creators were a bit ahead with the name there), “The Pit“, “Springs and Ladders“, and “Terror Tower“. 

Now before I move on to the next picture, I want to look back at another conceptual Poptropica picture the Creators posted way back in September 2010:

There again is that yellow color. The original Poptropican appearance looked more like one of those kids from one of those cartoon PopTarts ads, and it had the boy, girl, and grade spinners similar to Funbrain’s other games.

Now I’ll go back to the new post. This is the second picture associated with Poptropica’s concept…

Wow, what a difference. O.O This is the Inventory in ’06 Poptropica. There is prominently a piece of paper telling the player a “misson” (Professional spelling, ’06 Creators.) telling to snap a picture of a character from China with blue hair (Hey, Fishy! Have you seen any person with blue hair?) I have no idea what that mission is supposed to be.

Another thing that caught my attention is the “spells” and “gadgets” categories. Wait… our Poptropicans might’ve had the ability to use spells? That’s interesting…

Now before the post ends, Jeff briefly mentions how Poptropica was originally going to be called Poptropolis, stating that the reason why they changed it is because of a competitor that ended up sharing a similar name… and I know exactly who that competitor was.

Nicktropolis.

In case you don’t know, Nicktropolis (today known as NickClub) was a virtual world spawned by the childrens’ TV channel Nickelodeon, well known for Spongebob Squarepants, Fairly OddParents, and the Avatar series, among many other shows.

In January of 2007, 8 months before Poptropica became public, Nicktropolis opened: a Club Penguin-esque virtual world with live chat and minigames (honestly, this game made up a lot of my elementary school childhood – it was even the time I first came up with my “1313cookie” username!).

It was because of this old game that Poptropolis became Poptropica, and instead of just a single-room mission-stravaganza, it is the island-hopping adventures– each island with its own distinct storyline.

To me, it’s pretty interesting to see Poptropica as it could’ve been, and I can tell you right now: I love the game for the way it is, and the choice the Creators made back then to make this game about saving the islands, was the right one.

BT out!

A Whole New Poptropica Island: Arabian Nights!

Oh I come from a land, from a faraway place
Where the islands freely roam
The oceans are immense and it does get intense
It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home!
A new island emerges, and the joy just surges
‘Specially from young Sarah tonight!
Come on down, stop on by, hop on your blimp and fly
To the brand new Arabian Nights!

IMG_0577.JPG

Arabian Niiiiiiiiiights has just been annouuuuuunced!
Oh yes, the logo and the island’s info has just come arouuuuuuuund!
Arabian Niiiiiiiiiights will have three episooooooooodes!
First is How Bazaar!, and robbed from afar, is the Sultan’s abooooooode!

After the forty thieves ransack his city, a desperate sultan has one request: find the thieves’ lair, and bring back his most cherished possession!

image

*ahem* Okay, enough with the Disney’s Aladdin references, I have a feeling a lot more will be made in the future by my fellow authors. Ah well, just follow me on my magic carpet and we’ll see what else is on that tour page – which is actually not too much more. The only other things we see are a few scenery images, a picture of 1/40ths of the Forty Thieves clan (seen right), and the desktop wallpaper (which features the entirety 40 thieves, if you count closely enough) and the printable poster, both of which you can see by clicking below.

image image

So I don’t know about you, but I’m intrigued… What will the gold cards be? When will the trailer release? When will it come out? Only time will tell.

BT out!

Poptropica contributes to a “cool” cause

Hey guys, BT here with a little quickie post.

In the Creators’ ongoing trend of catching on to what is hot (or should I say cold) on the Internet, they are showing support for the ALS Association by creating not one, not two, not three, but four #IceBucketChallenge images. One of them, on the Creators’ blog, was an image of Oliver and Jorge of Poptropica comic fame taking the ice water with stride — or as much stride as Jorge can show.

IMG_0553

These next few images are exclusively on the Twitter page, and it took a less… erm… conventional route as the Creators’ official tweeter decided to have a certain mighty Mythology god (and a few of his villain buddies) take the challenge in the way only they can.

This ice challenge (or should I say “hail and rain challenge”) image makes me wonder if the Zeus avatar pic the tweeter bears isn’t just random choice, but instead is this Creator’s Popsona, like there are Captain Crawfish and Black Widow on the Creators’ blog. (Although Black Widow & Dr. Hare do make an appearance here as well.) And from the images here, I predict that Creator is likely in the visuals department somewhere since he/she threw this together and all…

So have you done the ice bucket challenge yet? How was it?

BT out with this quick post!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,037 other followers