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Dream Home: touring Slanted Fish’s Land!

Update: Thanks to the Poptropica Creators for featuring my Land in their favorite Dream Homes! Here’s what they said about it: “From the one and only Friendly Fish, an abode that lives up to her name.” Indeed. :D

“You’ll shoot me down, but I won’t fall… I am POPTANIUM!”

Wow, that was some rousing musicality there. But anyway… *ahem* Well hello, Poptropicans! Like the new Land-themed PHB header? ;) Just for fun, today we’ll be taking a tour of my Poptropica Land, which is also my attempt at the “Dream Home” Land challenge!

Here’s an overview of my not-so-humble-abode (click to enlarge):

slantedfish landYes, it’s shaped like a slanted fish, and yes, I marked my territory in the water below. Hehe. :mrgreen:

(Helpful hint: you can take a screenshot of your whole Land by pressing the “S” key. For more tips on using Land, check out the PHB’s Poptropica Labs Guide!)

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Concept art, Friendly Fish feature, Land WOWs, & more!

Hey Poptropicans! This mega-post covers recent Poptropica tweets for concept art, Land “WOW”s, another glance at a Poptropica comic graphic-novel-like project, and BT’s fan art, plus my Poptropican getting featured on the Creators’ Blog – if you’re interested, read on! :D

Concept art for Mission Atlantis & Zomberry

Poptropica recently tweeted yet more concept art for Mission Atlantis, Ep. 3this time, the living quarters and lab. For the previous Atlantis Ep. 3 sketches, click here!

That’s not all: they also tweeted this unused art for Zomberry Island, which they used as the style guide for the overall look/mood of the cityscape. Looks like 8-Track Attack and Franny’s Fine Jewelry didn’t make the final cut for vandalized Zomberry storefronts!

unused zomberry artCreators’ Blog feature: Friendly Fish!

As some of you PHB readers commented, my Poptropica character, Friendly Fish, was featured on the Creators’ Blog! It was on a post about how to use the Poptropica Shop to get your character on a shirt, and their screenshots show me in my Halloween costume. Well, Poptropica, I’m honored! :D

If only my bangs showed in the final shirt product – but still, pretty neat. :mrgreen:

Speaking of dressing your Poptropican in haunting fashion, you should totally enter in the PHB’s 6th annual Halloween costume competition, accepting entries from now until Halloween. ;)

More Poptropica comic/graphic novel

Remember when the Creators tweeted a sample page of what appeared to be a graphic novel based on the Poptropica comic series starring Jorge & Oliver (and a new addition named Mya)? They’ve posted more, again stressing that it was very “behind-the-scenes”. (Last time, they mentioned to expect whatever this project was to come in January 2015, but we’ll see!)

Brave Tomato’s fan art

Getting into the Halloween spirit, PHB author Brave Tomato recently tweeted some fan art for the Poptropica characters of Count Bram (Vampire’s Curse) and Dr. Jupiter (Super Villain) – which were then re-tweeted by Poptropica! You can check out more of BT’s awesome art on her deviantArt page.

More Land “WOW”s

Finally, here’s a look at some of the recent Poptropica Land “WOW”s the Creators have tweeted recently. Remember, there’s going to be several Land challenges coming up from tomorrow until the end of the month, in which everyone (even non-members) can participate, so look out for that! :mrgreen:

Anyway, that’s all for now! Keep on popping on, Poptropicans. :)

PHB’s 6th Annual Halloween Costume Contest – enter if you dare!

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It’s that time of the year again: Halloween is approaching, and that means it’s time for the PHB’s annual Halloween costume competition! Now for the 6th year in a row, you can enter your best creepy costume and hope to win a spot on the PHB’s Costumes page (plus, they’ll be featured on the PHB’s front page when the winners are announced on Halloween (October 31, when the contest ends).

This year, because of our (upcoming) recently achieved milestone of 14 million blog hits (as of October 16), we’ll be showcasing fourteen of our favorites as winners! Sound awesome yet?

Read on for more details! >:D

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Monster animation & Lalaloopsy Girls ad

Hey Poptropicans! Just a couple of new things worth mentioning: a new “inside Poptropica” video, and an ad for Lalaloopsy Girls! Read on for more details, and be sure to catch up on the posts below!

Monster Carnival Island: duck monster process & a doodle

Poptropica has posted yet another behind-the-scenes video, this time showing the process of animating the monster in the pool of the duck game on Monster Carnival Island! Very cool. :)

Going slightly off-topica, Poptropica also tweeted a doodle made by a Poptropica illustrator (signed “MRCER”) during a lunch break. Click here to see the beauty: it’s a sheep rocking out on a guitar!

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Lalaloopsy Girls ad

In addition to the new ads giving out bobblehead headwear, girls who log in may also receive a pink card that says “Like my cute outfit?” If you click on the only button (“Get blue braids!”), it should take you to the Lalaloopsy Girls ad, which is also a common room. (Unless you don’t live in the US, like me, in which case you’ll be brought to an ad-less Main Street. Anyway, I couldn’t access the ad, but Silly Pelican over at Poptropica With Scary Plug (PWSP) could – so SP, thanks for your insights!)

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If you’re able to get over all the pink in the atmosphere and step inside, you’ll find some character bios for the Lalaloopsy girls, a music video with the dolls, a jar that “glitters” your screen when you click it, a Dance Party power, and two dummies with cute outfits you can Costumize. Enjoy! ^-^

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Boo! As you may have seen, the PHB has a new spooky header – plus, I’ve changed my attire for the Halloween season, which you can see in the header or sidebar.

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Plus, stay tuned to the PHB for something even more spooktacular coming soon. :D

Shrink Ray reborn, comic surprise, & more!

Hey Poptropicans! There’s lots going on over on Poptropica’s official Twitter, especially with behind-the-scenes peeks and info, which will be covered below. For the latest in Pop, follow the PHB on Twitter! :)

Shrink Ray Island: the remake!

Among the many projects Poptropica is currently undertaking, Shrink Ray Island is being remade into an SUI (sound-updated island) – but not just that, there are going to be new characters/costumes! Like all the classic islands, it will still be a full island, rather than an episodic one. Poptropica tweeted this screenshot of a couple of characters wearing recycled trash:

shrink ray 2 chars

That’s not all – they’ve also created a new YouTube playlist called “Inside Poptropica”, and of the clips currently in there, two now three of them are new! The first one shows Creators attempting the audio for different weird voices for “I’m a skull in a jar” (for the Lockwood & Co ad), another one shows the rendering of the Milk Box Head character depicted above, and the last video is just a silly ten-second clip of a Poptropican with a disco afro affected by the Big Blue Zomberry power dancing inside the Club Nouveau Riche on Game Show Island. Watch the playlist below:

Behind-the-Scenes: Dr. Lange rejected art & Poptropica comic book?

Poptropica continues to tweet more behind-the-scenes images, as they have been doing recently. Check out this cute doodle of Dr. Lange from Virus Hunter Island! (It wasn’t quite the look the Creators were going for, though, so it was rejected.) Still, what a cheery doctor. :D

dr lange rejected art

Another sneak peek they tweeted was this illustrated comic page (not strip!) of an untold Jorge & Oliver adventure with Vikings – and apparently, it’s coming January 2015! The colors are more saturated, too, so if this is what it looks like, perhaps they’re planning to make Poptropica comic books available in print! (They didn’t exactly confirm this yet, but that’s my guess!) It would be pretty rad. :)

jorge oliver vikings

Forgotten Islands to 3DS next week

Some time ago, we mentioned here on the PHB that Forgotten Islands, the fetch-questy Poptropica game currently available on iOS, will be made for the Nintendo 3DS as well. Well, this upcoming video game has a release date now: October 14th, which is next Tuesday!

The storyline of Forgotten Islands is not the same as any island on the online version of Poptropica, and if you’d like to check out what it’s like, take a look at the PHB’s Forgotten Islands Guide under MiniQuests! The 3DS version is likely to be the same as the iOS version, however.

Poptropica app to Kindle Fire

Poptropicans with a Kindle Fire, there’s good and bad news: Poptropica is working on an app for this device, but it won’t be around until early next year. (If everything goes according to plan!)

Poptropica Land “WOW!”s

Poptropica has tweeted some pretty cool Poptropica Land creations just in the past week or so (they’ve been calling them “today’s Poptropica Land WOW!”). Here’s a gallery of the latest “WOW!”s:

Great uses of the new Props feature! For more tips and tricks on making the best out of Poptropica Land, be sure to check out the PHB’s Land guide. :) Stay popping, Poptropicans.

Props to you, Land-makers

(This is a guest post by PHB reader Captain Spencer, who contributed to part of the PHB’s Poptropica Labs/Land guide, which you can take a look at for more info about Land. Enjoy! –slantedfish)

Hey guys, Spencer here. I’ve been mentioned on this blog before, and you can find the post here. Slanted Fish featured my Poptropica Land video, and in a few weeks’ time, it got over a thousand views! So props to Fishy, everybody. Anyway, I’m here to explain the new “Props” section of Poptropica Land! Below, you can see the list of available Props and the levels you unlock them at:

land propsThe Creators have said they’d be adding more Props, but in the meantime, here’s a list (number indicating level you unlock them at):

  1. cup, chair, wooden table, anvil, crate, barrel, stone pillar, milk, lunch tray
  2. kitchen cabinet, front-facing door, window, cardboard box, side-facing door, loaf of bread, cupcake, spaghetti, blue bed, pink bed, bookshelf, another wooden table, lamp, dresser table with mirror, toilet bowl, drawers, closet, tire lying flat, tire standing up, ceiling light, washing mashine, strawberry and kiwi cake, strawberry tart, framed blue mountain landscape, blue couch
  3. long ceiling light, potted plant, cake with green icing
  4. framed orange rock landscape, sink
  5. treasure chest, water cooler, popcorn
  6. oven, couch chair
  7. baseball, soccer ball, framed landscape of palm trees, framed picture of unicorn
  8. shower, basketball, (American) football
  9. sewing machine, standing lamp, fireplace
  10. microwave, cup with handle
  11. disc player, television, banana split
  12. radio, purple jar, safe
  13. bicycle, potted cactus, heavily layered sandwich
  14. motorcycle, computer, digital camera
  15. chocolate cake

When you land on Land (heh), you’ll start off the same as before, and you’ll need to mine Poptanium in order to start unlocking the coolest of the cool things. If you aren’t quite familiar with all that yet, check out the PHB’s Poptropica Land guide to get started with the Svadilfari hammer and mining Poptanium.

Once you have the hammer, click the hammer button (Mining Mode) at the bottom left of your screen and start aiming at what blocks you wish to destroy. Sometimes you’ll come across shiny blue atomish moleculeness called Poptanium. The more Poptanium you earn, the more levels, biomes, and props (furniture) you unlock! To unlock all Props, you’ll need 330 Poptanium.

lands2Now, once you get a bootiful amount of Poptanium, you will unlock Level 1. (Every 15 pieces of Poptanium, you level up.) Select the paintbrush (“Painting Mode”), then select the + button.

lands3Now click on the category of Props (the chair icon to the left). You’ll see a menu for all the available Props (plus, the menus now have a whiter, flatter look!).

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*you hear Spencer nailing with his hammer and breaking stuff*

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Ah, luxury.

Well, thanks for reading; I hope to see all you mates on either my YouTube, my blog, or on the PHC! Smoke-bomb! *throws smoke bomb into air*

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*crouches behind a tree* How the heck did you find me? (Oh, and if you’re wondering how on Poptropica I got that smoke bomb, it’s from Arabian Nights Island.) :P

Lockwood & Co. ad, more BTS, Props, & P-Con ep. 2

Ready for some spooky action? Halloween is coming at the end of this month, and the new Lockwood & Co. ad on ad streets seems to be in the right spirit (I found it beside the mill in Survival Ep. 5).

Inside the building, once you find the three ghosts (in the rattling teapot to the right, the cracked mirror on the left, and rocking horse at the top) – you’ll win the Skull in a Jar follower, which says “I’m a skull in a jar” in a deep voice when you click on it. Creeeeeepy. :P

Lockwood Co

By the way, you can also play a little interactive game for Lockwood & Co via this Poptropica page.

(UPDATE: The Creators’ Blog mentioned this little thing in their post about Lockwood – “Not a flamin’ skull, unfortunately, but you can’t have everything.” Could they, perhaps, be talking about the greatest Poptropica band of the days of yore? Hmm. ;) We were pretty cool, but our glory days are over.)

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More behind-the-scenes from Twitter

Poptropica has been on a roll recently on Twitter, and over the past day they’ve released even more awesome behind-the-scenes (BTS) images! For even more BTS pics, see the PHB posts below.

Among the noteworthy are some early concept art for Arabian Nights characters, the frames of an animated sleeping dog for an “upcoming (and spooky)” ad (though not the Lockwood one above), and costumes for three monkeys and Jorge & Oliver from the official Poptropica comic strip.

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Props to you, Land owners

Lastly, Poptropica finally rolled out the anticipated furniture feature to Land earlier this week, and they’re calling it Props. Great for making your Land a little more homey! You can read more about it in our Poptropica Land guide, but we hope to update you guys with more specifics soon, so stay tuned. :)

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PoptropiCon, Ep. 2: description & poster

Thanks to Sneaky Panda for the tip that the description for the second episode of PoptropiCon (titled “Spoiler Alert”) is now up on the official Tour page! Here’s what it says:

The winner of the PoptropiCon costume contest will earn a one-of-a-kind prize. See if you can put together the ultimate villain outfit, but beware — the action at this convention is about to get real!

Looks like noon is approaching, and the cosplay contest is about to begin…

They’ve also added a new printable poster to the Tour page, and it looks pretty cool! You can view and click on it below. (thanks to Slippery Raptor for the tip!)

Poptropicon2-Poster

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Of course, the big news of this week is that Arabian Nights Island: Ep. 1 is now out for members, and for non-members, everyone can finally play Survival: Ep. 5! More info and helpful links about that in HPuterpop’s post. ;) Have a great weekend, Poptropicans!

Unused ideas, upcoming islands, last Charlie post, & uncostumizables

Hey Poptropicans! The following is a series of Poptropica news tidbits involving some unused ideas, future islands, the third and final Charlie Island post on the Roald Dahl site, and a look at why some things are uncostumizable. If you’re interested, read on!

Unused ideas: behind the scenes

Poptropica goes through lots of ideas in its planning stages, and recently on Twitter, they’ve posted a couple of these just for fun – check out the awesome rides on WaterThrill Island! (click to enlarge images) However, they’ve made it clear this won’t be an actual island. :(

Or will it? Sometimes Poptropicans wonder if the Creators are running out of ideas, but perhaps this tweet will put your mind at ease – the creative geniuses at Poptropica don’t give up that easily, claiming to have “hundreds of ideas” up their sleeves!

hundreds of ideas

Another behind-the-scenes moment they shared was the development of the Mission Atlantis Island logo, which went through many font style changes – I’d have to say they ended up picking the best of the bunch! What say you? :P By the way, if you’re curious about other island logo designs that didn’t make the final cut, check out the ones for Back Lot Island!

mission atlantis logos

Upcoming islands: GHD and a 3rd Wimpy Kid Island?

Arabian Nights: Ep. 1 will be releasing to members this Thursday, but what other adventures are coming to Poptropica? Without giving an exact order, Poptropica says that more PoptropiCon and Arabian Nights can be expected soon (likely continuing to come out with episodes interchangeably), but after this, we may see a Galactic Hot Dogs Island – and even another Wimpy Kid Island!

future ghd wimpykid

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Poptropica: The Run of the Factory

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For the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Poptropica has been sharing some behind-the-scenes about how they brought the classic story to an interactive online game – and now, their third and final post is up on the Roald Dahl website! Here’s a little excerpt:

Our final challenge in adapting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Poptropica was creating fun gameplay that would move the story forward, and be true to the spirit of the book. It’s here that the differences between a book and a game are the most dramatic. In the story, the children are punished for breaking the rules. On Poptropica, players are supposed to break the rules!

[To read the rest of Poptropica's entry, click here!]

And here are links to the rest of the story on Poptropica’s delightful adaptation:

As I’ve said before, it’s a great story with a great and unique island adventure! :D

Why are some items uncostumizable?

Ever wondered why some costume parts just can’t be Costumized? Poptropica recently tweeted that they do it to keep some things valuable for business – but that doesn’t explain why some wearables can’t be obtained in any way (that doesn’t involve cheats, I mean), even if you’re a member or through buying merchandise.

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In particular, Popman564 wanted to know about having a monkey costume – but to that end, it looks like that will remain rare. If you’re interested, you can read the slightly amusing conversation he had with Poptropica here (part one) and here (part two). Poor monkey.

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All right, that’s all for now, folks. You can all go home now – unless you’re reading this at home, in which case you should just ignore this sentence because I’ve rambled on long enough.

Stick around for the release of Arabian Nights: Ep. 1, How Bazaar coming later this week: the PHB will have a guide up for that as soon as possible! In the meantime, keep on popping on. :)

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