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Caveman follower, Poptropica Realms, & more

Hey Poptropicans! There’s a new ad on Main Street for Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb, in theaters Dec 19 – just watch the video trailer to get your own Caveman Follower!

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(It’s supposed to be on Night Watch Island, which would be clever considering the name of the film, except that for some players like me, ads never seem to appear on older/classic islands, although they can be found on SUIs like Shrink Ray!) You can also Costumize the medieval character standing by.

Meanwhile on social media, Poptropica has revealed a logo and name for what appears to be the second coming of the Land feature: Poptropica Realms. This might even involve the “create your own worlds (planets)” sneak peek unveiled earlier! Hmmm, indeed.

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They’ve also posted PopStorm #10, titled “anticipation”, and featuring… a birthday boy, chasing after – a burger on wings…? Just what exactly becomes of these PopStorms? Interesting, though.

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The Creators also posted another YouTube video, this one showing off the latest Galactic Hot Dogs prize pack (more details here) as well as the GHD ad game on the Poptropica app (more details here) –

Lastly, to anyone who’s called Poptropican people “ugly”…

it is only natural to envy my looks

True story. Anyway, that’s all for now! :D Stay popping, Poptropicans.

Binary Bard’s Arabic kin, a Mole King, & other things

Hey Poptropicans – just popping in to mention a few things. First of all, the PHB’s Arabian Nights Island Guide has now been updated with a written walkthrough (complete with pictures and even maps for the prison scenes) for Episode 2: Lair of Thieves! (Thanks to Blake, Scary Plug, Pixelzy, HPuterpop and, er, myself for contributing.) Go check it out! (And check out Sam’s review in the post below!)

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Also… the coin-counting thief in the treasure keep quite resembles another iconic character from Astro-Knights Island. Does Binary Bard have Arabic kin? Heh. (thanks to Brave Tomato for pointing it out! also, check out our Arabian Nights Island page for more trivia)

BB's arabic kin

Anyway, the Creators recently tweeted a few things worth mentioning – including the fact that Poptropica Membership Gift Cards will soon be available from Amazon!

Also, they tweeted a behind-the-scenes image of a three-eyed monster, which you can see in the current Goldfish Fun ad (more details in this PHB post).

They also shared this cool sketch of a character called the Mole King for an upcoming island (perhaps the underground-themed island, considering the cave-like setting – and is that a drill on his shirt?). Sadly it was scrapped because it “didn’t quite work”. :( Brave Sky also points out that the throne he’s sitting on looks like the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones.

mole kingLastly, they uploaded a pic of a red wormhole – what could this be for? Maybe the mysterious genie to be seen in Episode 3 of Arabian Nights? Or, as Tiny Socks points out, it could be the wormhole that brought Oliver and Jorge to Poptropica in the first comic, since the Creators are planning an island based on the Pop comics. Anyway, share your guesses in the comments! :P

wormholeThat’s all for now – stay popping, Poptropicans. ;)

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Arabian Nights Ep. 2 & items for members, plus Jeff Kinney interview

Helloooo Poptropicans! As of 4pm EST on Thursday, Arabian Nights: Episode 2 (Lair of Thieves) became available to members, which marks the release of the 50th medallion! If you need help, check out our Arabian Nights Island Guide, now updated with a written walkthrough (with pictures) for Ep. 2.

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For more insight into the episode, check out our behind-the-scenes info post or trivia page for Arabian Nights Island. Plus, members can also collect two new freebies in the Store: a Shield and Scimitar!

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After you make it to the end of the episode, remember that you can check your finisher’s rank on the World Champions Player Map. Congrats to PHB author Samwow5 for making it to the top ten!

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In other news, a news site called BellyFeel recently posted a ten-minute Skype interview they had with Jeff Kinney, Poptropica’s founder (and Diary of a Wimpy Kid author). Check out the video below, or read the transcribed conversation on their site.

In the video, Jeff discusses some of the thought processes behind Poptropica, including scrapping the idea of our characters having their own home/apartment, the decision to switch to episode format due to the popularity of mobile gaming, and even a confession about the original name of Poptropica – “Poptropolis” – being altered due to Nicktropolis, as Brave Tomato theorized in a previous post.

And don’t forget the PHB is having a Christmas party next Saturday (Dec 20th) – we’d love to see you there! Check out the invitation post below for more details. :D

Goldfish Fun ad: Spooky Shrub costume & Flashlight, plus PopStorm snowmen

Hey Poptropicans! Remember the Goldfish Fun ad game mentioned last week? Well, it’s still around, but with new prizes – thanks to Scary Plug (again!) for the pics and insight into this ad.

This time, you’ll have to find 3 new items: the pool noodle (above the fence), beach ball (among the tomato plants), and duck swim ring (on the far right) – to get the new Spooky Shrub Costume! Be sure to recharge your flashlight (click the battery icon) every so often.

The second prize is the Goldfish Fun Flashlight, which flashes the ad logo when you press spacebar. You can get by clicking on the three-eyed grinning monster. This flashlight is different from the one you hold in the mini-game, so if you want to keep that, check out this video.

In other news, Poptropica just recently tweeted PopStorm #9, featuring a chorus of singing snowmen! How festive. :D Ding dong, ding dong, that is their song…

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That’s all for now, but be sure to check out the posts below for the latest Poptropica news! :)

Atlantis Ep. 2 free on iOS & looking ahead to 2015!

Hey Poptropicans! For those of you who’ve been holding off on playing Mission Atlantis: Ep. 3 (Out of the Blue) on iOS because it cost money, there’s good news: it’s now free! Just update your Poptropica app on iOS and you’re good to go. If you need help, check out our Mission Atlantis Island Guide!

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We also have some official intel stating that Arabian Nights: Ep. 1 and PoptropiCon: Ep. 2 will be coming to the Android app this Wednesday (Dec 10), so there’s that for all you Androiders!

Speaking of the Poptropica app, remember that you can customize your character at the New You shop in the Home scene. There’s not a whole lot right now compared to the online version, but the Creators have tweeted that they’ll be adding more in 2015.

In fact, a number of recent tweets hint at what’s to come next year: for one thing, as mentioned earlier, full (albeit fewer) islands will be returning around late January – “full” meaning no episodes!

Here’s a tweet listing some other projects in the works for 2015: Land (for everybody), connecting the Poptropica app with our online accounts (but not until late 2015), a Kindle app, adding common rooms and multi-player functionality to the appTimmy Failure Island (another sponsored island!)…

…and last but not least, the graphic novel based on the Poptropica comics. In fact, the Creators have shamelessly tweeted yet another page of it, which you can see below:

graphic novel pageRegarding The POPCORN magazine, the December issue will be out sometime this week (sorry for the delay!). Now’s your last chance to send something in – see our Magazines page for more details! Due to time constraints, this will be the end of the series (at least for now), but it’s had a good run. :)

Anyway, that’s all the updates (app-dates?) for now – stay popping, Poptropicans. :P

PopStorm happy eyes, GHD Mega Dog, Goldfish Fun, & more ads!

Hey Poptropicans! There’s a lot of ads going on in Poptropica right now, but before we get to that, the Creators have tweeted yet another PopStorm doodle – #8, featuring happy eyes!

popstorm happy eyesMaybe the ad updates I’m about to get into below will bring about some of those excited facial expressions above. Hopefully. (Thanks to Scary Plug for the pics & insight into these ads – check out her blog at Poptropica With Scary Plug! :mrgreen: )

On Main Street of most islands, such as Reality TV, you can click on the Galactic Hot Dogs prize stand to get your free Mega Dog Costume with a handheld Jupiter Jolt Sauce tube that shoots a jet of ketchup when spacebar is pressed. (By the way, Galactic Hot Dogs Island is coming soon!)

Next up is an ad game for Goldfish Fun, where you will be given a flashlight to navigate the dark scenery in search of 3 items: the dog food bowl (beside the sleeping dog in the kennel), the dog bone (hidden in a tree), and the dog collar (above the fence).

Be sure to click the top-left corner where the battery icon is to recharge your flashlight every so often, or you’ll have to start over. Once you’ve found the 3 items, you’ll get a Beach Ball Costume.

(By the way, to see the animation process of the dog, check out this PHB post from October!)

For the other prize, you’ll need to spot the red reptile – he’s pretty easy to find. Click on him, and you’ll receive the Monster Follower! (Bonus: To keep the flashlight, follow the steps in this video!)

There are still a couple more ads in the game – upon logging in, you may automatically receive two Night at the Museum 3 cards, each with buttons to external games: ‘Pompeii Escape’ and ‘Knight Flight’. There is also a Captain Toad video ad, but you won’t get a prize for watching the clip – however, you can Costumize the costume of the guy standing beside the ad. And, if you go to the ad space between places, you can grab a printable Holiday Wish List for books by Carl Hiaasen.

Anyway, that’s all for now – to wrap up this post, I’ll leave you with this meme tweeted by Poptropica:

jersey devil memeFor more memes like this one, and to try your hand at creating your own, head on over to the PHB’s Poptropica Problems Meme page, where these memes originated! :P

Daily Pop Picks: Galactic Hot Dogs!

Hey Poptropicans! If you’ve been checking the Daily Pop lately, you may have seen some sneak peeks that may be of astronomical interest – because pics for the upcoming Galactic Hot Dogs Island have surfaced! You can see them below (click to enlarge and read full captions):

From this, we can see that the scenery of the new island will be drawn in the Galactic Hot Dogs style, as opposed to Poptropica’s usual style. As for the characters, there’s still a chance they may have Poptropica eyes, but that’s up to the Creators. :P

Anyway, from the looks of these pictures, we’ll be bouncing on big mushrooms, floating past asteroids, flying through space in Cosmoe’s Neon Wiener, and more on GHD Island, coming soon!

For those who are not familiar with GHD, it’s a graphic novel series published on Poptropica’s sister site, Funbrain, and you can read it for free online. GHD involves the adventures of a boy named Cosmoe who travels through space and runs into all sorts of bizarre problems.

If you enjoyed looking through these sneak peeks, be sure to check out the PHB’s Daily Pop Sneak Peek Archive, our complete collection of every Daily Pop image along with their captions. It’s updated every month or so, and a lot of effort went into compiling it together, so enjoy it! :D

Free Shrink Ray gun, comics app, & a happy Thanksgiving!

Hey Poptropicans! The Creators haven’t yet mentioned this on any of their usual news outlets, but if you head on over to the Store, you can now pick up the Shrink Ray gun for free (a gold card item previously worth 250 credits)! If you press space bar, the gun will shrink any character you point it at. Hehe. >:D (Thanks to kurtbushg for the update!)

Shrink Ray Island was recently re-released as a fully sound-updated island (SUI), and you can read a little more about the update here. Right now, it’s in early access for members, and non-members can play a demo. Check out our Shrink Ray Island Guide for a walkthrough!

Over on Twitter, Poptropica has just hit 1000 followers – congrats! The PHB’s Twitter is getting pretty close too, with about 800+ followers at this time. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us (@Poptropica_Help) or check out the Twitter feed in the PHB sidebar for the latest news, which is usually retweeted there first before it gets blogged about here! ;)

The Creators have also tweeted that they’re trying to decide whether they should go with Poptropica or GHD-style eyes for the upcoming Galactic Hot Dogs Island. Hopefully the replies advocating the signature Poptropica look will sway them in the right direction – I know some ‘franchise’ islands (e.g. Wimpy Kid, Big Nate) take on their respective art styles, but personally I would rather see them adapted with the distinctly unique Poptropica look – so my vote is for Pop eyes. :)

pop or ghd eyes

Also, Poptropica has come out with a surprise launch of a new iOS app for Poptropica Comics! It’s free to download on the App Store for those of you with Apple devices. The misadventures of Jorge & Oliver are currently on a little hiatus, but they’ll be back in 2015.

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Lastly, just before heading off for the long Thanksgiving weekend, the Creators posted a little thank-you on their blog for “the Poptropicans who play the game, who write fan blogs, who share their feedback with us, and who spread the word among their friends.” (Read the post here.)

Aww, we love you too, Captain Crawfish (and all the other wonderful Creators, of course!). <3 Here, have some turkey… it doesn’t have crawfish stuffed in it… I think. No guarantees. :P

poptropica thanksgivingHere at the PHB, we’re thankful for all you readers who visit our blog and give us an audience to write for! Have a great Thanksgiving, and even if you don’t celebrate it – do take the time to be grateful for the good things you have while they’re here. :) Stay popping, Poptropicans!

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