Realms guide, P-Con Ep. 3 peeks, & more behind the scenes

Hey Poptropicans! Poptropica Realms has been out for a while now, and the Creators have even posted a few of their favorites – but if you want to learn more about what your magical hammer can do, how to level up, and more, check out the PHB’s Realms Guide!

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Ok, shameless guide promotion aside…

Despite the abandonment of the Daily Pop, there have been a lot of juicy sneak peeks over on Twitter this week. In addition to the Omegon poster Blake posted, they’ve also shared a couple of comic pages for the upcoming PoptropiCon finale – Ep. 3: Reign of Omegon.

On the first page, Elf Archer attacks the villain Omegon’s charged crystal, bringing him down from the sky. The second page introduces Alphaon, a character created with the combined powers of the Mighty Action Force and possibly the kryptonite of Omegon.

Also, we finally have some release dates for P-Con! Ep. 3: Reign of Omegon comes out February 5th for members, and Feb 26th (3 weeks later) for all. GHD Island comes out this Thursday for members!

Speaking of GHD Island, the Creators also tweeted this behind-the-scenes early sketch of a flying creature we’ll be encountering, with ‘baby’ and ‘proud mama’ poses added in for good measure. Plus, stay tuned for the PHB’s BTS Overview & Theory post for Galactic Hot Dogs Island, coming very soon!

ghd sketchesLast but not least, Poptropica tweeted this cute little Popstorm sketch (#12) with the caption “Birds of a feather….” Aw, aren’t they pretty. :D

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That’s all for now, but be sure to catch up on the posts below for the latest Poptropica news! Stay awesome, Poptropicans. ;)

Galactic Hot Dogs Island trailer, paper craft, & new PCB header

Hey Poptropicans! Galactic Hot Dogs Island is well on its way, and to give everyone a dose of amped-up energy, the trailer video has been released – check it out:

Well, Creators, you had me at noodly Poptropica arms. If nothing else, that should get us on board the Neon Wiener! Scheduled release dates could change, but right now, it looks like it’ll be departing January 29 for members and February 19 for non-members.

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Plus, you can now print out and assemble your very own Neon Wiener spaceship paper craft from the island extras section of the official Tour page! There’s even an item card in the Store for this.

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Also, joining the Poptropica makeover bandwagon, the Creators’ Blog header has been updated with the “poppy” Poptropica logo! RIP palm trees and curly vines, which are once again tossed aside in favor of puffy clouds and the iconic yellow blimp.

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Lastly, remember when PHB reader Pixel went on a mission to complete Early Poptropica Island hundreds of times? Well, earlier this month, Pix reached the milestone of 1000 completions - and found that with 4-digit numbers, the last digit gets cut off. Anyway – congrats! :D

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That’s all for now – stay popping, Poptropicans. :)

Poptropica portfolio: Chris Goodwin

Nate Greenwall isn’t the only one posting his Poptropica illustrations – I recently stumbled upon the site of Chris Goodwin, an illustrator/designer working for Poptropica, whose online portfolio can be found here. This post comes in three parts. As always, click to enlarge the pics!

Perhaps the most interesting section is character design: designs for E. Vile’s robots from Legendary Swords (as well as some props seen in P-Con: Ep. 2), a huge collection of characters (including several unreleased ones – some possibly for Ep. 3 of PoptropiCon!), unused flying ace designs (the corner suggests they were for the Virus Hunter minigame, Nano-Combat Training), ideas for Max McGullicutty’s look in Survival: Ep. 5, and finally, rough drafts of robots for Game Show Island.

The next section is concept art – ideas for various parts of the game. Here we see color plans for areas inside Joe’s body on Virus Hunter Island, shape ideas for “air creatures” in his lungs, a look at an extravagant (though unused) virus bug, several sketches of dark scenes, racer cars we’ve seen before as a scrapped idea, a Legendary Swords doodle, the Monster Carnival common room, and a sketch from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Island.

Lastly, there’s a section devoted to scene illustrations – most of these are already in the game, though the one of the cabin is not (but it seems to belong to the unnamed geological park island).

The rest are: the tutorial island in the Poptropica app, Ephraim University (both exterior and interior) from Mocktropica, Soundstage #1 on Back Lot, the Hemlock Herald newspaper room on Ghost Story, a hallway door and post office common room on Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and the bonus quest on Twisted Thicket. Seeing them each as one big scene makes it all the more awesome. <3

Poptropica sure is beautiful, and Chris has made some really creative contributions to the game we know and love. Enjoy the Chris Goodwin collection, and stay popping, Poptropicans! :D

PHB Sunday Special: Poptropica vs. the Board of Education

Is your school one that doubts the educational merits of Poptropica? The Twitter-ers among us may have already seen this, but Poptropica recently tweeted a few infographics showing off the scholastic side of their game world in response to all the tweets about schools blocking the site.

If you want Poptropica un-blocked at your school, try showing these to someone in charge, and they might just change their mind. Poptropica may be game, but it’s also a world of learning opportunities! :D

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Some of Poptropica’s best stories involve historical figures, real life locations, art history, and more – all with that unique Poptropica twist that makes it engaging, clever, and still accurate.

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And with all the branded books and interactive dialogue waiting to be discovered, it’s clear Poptropica encourages reading as well. Still in doubt? Check out the PHB’s Poptropica Game Review!

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With all that being said, Poptropica should fit right into any school environment, especially for the target audience of 6- to 15-year-olds – and kids will pick up all sorts of culturally and academically relevant information while being immersed in top-notch storytelling. And that means…

Let kids play Poptropica. :D

No more episodes & Arabian Nights launch dates

Happy new year, Poptropicans! Hope you’re enjoying the fresh new PHB header with my Poptropican’s new look (plus, I drew a new avatar for it too)! :D

Anyway, 2015 has only just begun, but already there’s Poptropica news to talk about. After a year of episodic islands, it looks like Poptropica will be reverting back to stand-alone full islands after wrapping up PoptropiCon and Arabian Nights around March! (thanks to Samwow5 for the pic)

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Speaking of Arabian Nights, the Creators originally tweeted that Episode 2: Lair of Thieves (see our preview here) would be coming out to non-members on Dec 30th (that’s if you ignore their even earlier tweet), but it turns out they’ve rescheduled the public launch to Jan 8th:

Meanwhile, members can look forward to Episode 3 of Arabian Nights (title yet to be determined) around Feb 26th. That is, if Zeus here can still be trusted. ;)

And lastly, perhaps as a follow-up to her totally snazzy PHB tribute, Poptropica Creator Dr. Lange also drew a little something for the team at Poptropican Awesomeness, where two of our PHB authors (Blake & Slippery Raptor) also blog. Check it out:

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Anyway, that’s all for now! Poptropica’s had a great 2014, which you can read all about in Slippery’s 2014 rewind post here. Hope everyone’s having a wonderful new year so far! :D

PHB 15M Special: Poptropica Music Video for Soundless Islands!

Hey Poptropicans – as a special treat for visiting this blog and helping us reach the milestone of 15 million hits, I created a little something for everyone: a Poptropica non-SUI music video, matching songs from pop culture to islands in Poptropica that don’t have their own soundtracks (yet)! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. :D

Each music segment lasts 15 seconds, for our 15M hits. Now, you might pair these islands with different songs (feel free to share in the comments!), but if you like these tunes or just want to know why I picked them, read on – you can also click on the song titles below to hear them on YouTube.

Early Poptropica Island: Lollipop by MIKA

Dark pits aside, Poptropica’s first island is a fun, bouncy adventure that gets the player a feel for the game – so why not a catchy tune? Plus, ‘lollipop’ has ‘pop’ in it, just like the island’s name.

Shark Tooth Island: Jaws Theme by John Williams

The great Booga shark is terrorizing the locals, and what better accompaniment than the soundtrack to a shark movie? It’s got suspense, but not without a little jaunty sub-tune thrown in.

Super Power Island: Discord by Eurobeat Brony

Despite being a fan-made My Little Pony mix, this is a fun song about villainy, which is rampant on Super Power – and it’s got deliciously evil laughter mixed in with cries of discord and anarchy.

Spy Island: Another One Bites the Dust by Queen

This classic gives the feel of the sly walk of a spy – perfect for the action and adventure of Spy Island, where you can feel like a boss for sneaking past guard dogs and avoiding lasers.

Nabooti Island: Circle of Life from The Lion King

Opening with cries in the Zulu language, this seems fitting for an island that takes place in Africa where we encounter jungles, animals, and other exciting life. (Even the Nabooti totem comes alive!)

Big Nate Island: Yakety Sax by Boots Randolph

In Big Nate’s world, we jump around in a cartoon realm chasing after comic strips, pulling pranks, and digging up a time capsule – and this goofy, recognizable melody embraces all sorts of shenanigans.

Astro-Knights Island: The Imperial March (Vader’s Theme) by John Williams

Ah, Star Wars. A galactic empire, a cyborg villain, a trapped princess – also elements of Astro-Knights! Darth Vader’s epic tune is a natural fit for our clashes with the robotic creatures of outer space.

Counterfeit Island: All the Rowboats by Regina Spektor

A beautiful ballad that sings of paintings forever trapped in their gold frames, this slightly-creepy sound clicks with the canvas caper. There’s even a verse about public mausoleums, like the tunnels we visit.

Reality TV Island: Best Day of My Life by American Authors

You’re competing in a reality TV show with a host of colorful characters – why wouldn’t this be the best day of your life? It’s all fun and games – until you get voted off, that is.

Skullduggery Island: The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything – cover by Relient K

Originally a silly song from VeggieTales, this pirate anthem might resonate with all the scallywags who feel like collecting enough doubloons for that Phoenix Warbird is just too much work. (It really is!)

Steamworks Island: Lone Star by Jim Guthrie

Traipsing through an abandoned steampunk world gets a little lonely, especially with only mechanical parts for company. This track from the indie game Sword & Sworcery kind of embodies that feeling.

Great Pumpkin Island: Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi Trio

This upbeat piano composition made for Peanuts animated TV specials, including one that inspired this island, captures the childhood misadventures that follow Charlie Brown and his gang.

Cryptids Island: Scotland the Brave – cover by the Pipes & Drums of the Royal Tank Regiment

Bold and patriotic, this unofficial Scot anthem inspires brave souls to take on the world – in this case, the hunt for legendary beasts, including the Loch Ness Monster of Scotland.

Wild West Island: Wild and Free by Rednex

Yeehaw! An adventure with bucking broncos and moustachioed men awaits on the desert plains of Wild West Island, and it wouldn’t be complete without cowboys whistling in the name of freedom.

Wimpy Wonderland Island: Winter Wonderland – cover by August Burns Red

It’s a winter wonderland in the black-and-white world of Wimpy Wonderland, but with all the teen troubles hounding Greg Heffley, this calls for a rockier version of the classic Christmas carol.

Red Dragon Island: Tokyo by Owl City

This Magic Tree House tale takes place in Edo of ancient Japan, which in our modern day is Tokyo – and all the synthpop sounds seem to bring home the fact that we’re far from home.

Mystery Train Island: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

This recognizable tune that starts out slow, then quickens its pace is perhaps the perfect accompaniment for a mystery case – or for pressuring people to work faster. Either way, it works.

Game Show Island: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – cover by They Might Be Giants

It’s a swinging song about a changing world, a little like the robot revolution that has taken over this island – plus, we even visit Istanbul (not Constantinople) for one of the game shows!

Ghost Story Island: Always With Me (Itsumo Nando Demo) from Spirited Away

Bittersweet but comforting, this melody from the Japanese animated film Spirited Away could represent the complicated union between Fiona and Valiant, even in life after death.

S.O.S Island: Let It Go (from Frozen) – cover by Pentatonix

Surely everyone has tired of hearing the original by now, so we’ll go Pentatonix’s impeccable cover. On S.O.S., we dive into frigid waters in a ship, so it’s safe to say “the cold never bothered me anyway”.

Vampire’s Curse Island: Finger Back by Vampire Weekend

Come on, the band has ‘vampire’ in its name. In any case, this fast-paced number intones tribulations that could be compared to roughing it up in the spooky spaces of Bram’s castle.

Twisted Thicket Island: The Fox by Ylvis

What does the fox say? This twisted thicket is just teeming with mystical wildlife, so it seems the strange proposed animal sounds in this viral song would not be amiss here.

Wimpy Boardwalk Island: A Little Vacation by Tiny Little Planets (from Dog Days)

From the soundtrack of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie Dog Days, which inspired this island, A Little Vacation brings us to the summer boardwalk with games, beaches, and of course, Greg’s problems.

Lunar Colony Island: The Adventure by Angels & Airwaves

Life’s waiting to begin in an alien realm, and tracking that down was an astronomical adventure in itself. Space-rock sounds and out-of-this-world lyrics suit this cosmic experience well.

Super Villain Island: Monster by Skillet

Here we infiltrate the dreams of four of Poptropica’s worst villains to see what evil powers make them tick – the monsters inside that have ruled their ugly rage.

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Island: Oompa Loompa – cover by Primus & the Fungi Ensemble

Oompa Loompas always have a wise word to put in, don’t they? Listen to them and you may just avoid the pitfalls of all that could possibly go wrong when you’re in a room made of candy.

Zomberry Island: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

This is it, the zombie apocalypse is upon us – and as always, it’s up to us to save the day (well, night). Going through dark tunnels and seeing the city in ruins may leave our systems feeling ready to blow.

Night Watch Island: Let’s Go to the Mall by Robin Sparkles (from How I Met Your Mother)

Let’s go to the mall… today! Working the night shift comes with its own benefits: we get to play around in the mall when no one else is looking, and best of all, we get our own Segway. Time to jam.

Back Lot Island: Larger Than Life by Backstreet Boys

Lights, camera, action! Movie characters are always larger than life because they’re fixed up for the big silver screen – but the truth is, there’s a lot more that goes into production than meets the eye.

Anyway, that is all 29 classic islands without their own soundtrack, that now have music from pop(tropica) culture to back them up! What song choices would you give these islands? What about the SUIs (sound-updated islands)? Leave a comment and let us know!

Thank you for 15 million hits on the Poptropica Help Blog! <3

Hold your horses, there are Poptropica English apps!

Hey Poptropicans! Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

Although it doesn’t seem to have been mentioned anywhere, there’s a Poptropica English app out there for iOS devices – and it’s created by Pearson Education, the company that owns Poptropica. It’s targeted to 6-11 year-olds and is free on the App Store, but comes with in-app purchases.

The game is populated with Poptropica characters and contains mini-games such as City Hub, Word Factory, Word Race, and Word Tower. If you’re looking to brush up on elementary-level English vocabulary, or know someone who might want to, check it out!

UPDATE: There’s another one! Thanks to PHB reader Why are you reading my name for the tip. It’s also by Pearson, and it’s called Our Discovery Island: Phonic Tricksters. You can get it on the App Store or Google Play for free, but it does contain in-app purchases.

In Phonic Tricksters, the Tricksters (masked Poptropicans) are stealing English letter-sounds (phonemes) and you can catch them by taking photos with your phone camera. This game is for ages 4 and up. Unlike the other app, this one doesn’t seem to explicitly say the characters are Poptropicans.

In other news, the PHC (Poptropica Help Chat) recently had a (hopefully more eye-pleasing) makeover! If you haven’t already, check out the PHB’s Christmas party 2014 recap, which includes a video introduction to the PHC community and the things we get up to. Think of it as the PHC trailer. ;)

Also, I’ve changed my Poptropican’s look, which you may see around various places, including the new PHB Twitter header. The maroon hair matches my scarf! Rad. 8-)

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Plus, the PHB recently hit 15 million views! Stay tuned for a special treat… :D

Recap: PHB’s Christmas party 2014!

Hey Poptropicans! This weekend, the PHB invited Poptropicans young and old, meek and bold to join us in celebrating the holiday season on our chat, the PHC. Poptropicans met up in Multiverse rooms to throw fireworks and sneeze powder, picked and danced to Christmas songs on our plug.dj music station, chatted with PHB authors (Sam, SD, Blake, and yours truly) and more! Check out our recap:

If you’ve never been on the PHC before, especially during its peak hours, this video may be a good introduction to the shenanigans of the official PHB chat where Poptropicans regularly hang out!

Here’s a closer look at the recap picture at the end – the PHB’s Christmas card to all of you. :)

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Thanks to all who came; we hope it was fun! And even if you couldn’t make it to the party, remember that the PHC is always open as a hangout spot for all Poptropicans. :D

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! <3

~from Poptropica’s little help bloggers

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