Secret sketch, prison peeks, & PHB on deviantArt!

Hey Poptropicans! The Creators recently posted a “super early” sketchpad sneak peek on their blog, featuring a bunch of Poptropicans seemingly eating something in a winter setting, with a sled and Oliver from the Poptropica comics near the center. Take a look:

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This seems to be for the second book in the Poptropica graphic novel series, for which the working title is The Secret Society – check out the Q&A we had with Poptropica for more details! (The first book, of course, is Mystery of the Map, which also has its own island.)

Over on the Daily Pop, we’ve been seeing sneak peeks for what appears to be the prison-centric “Pelican Rock” island we’ve mentioned before. From the pics, it looks like it’s set in a seaside city with sushi and ferries, while inside the jail, we’ll be crawling through the cooks’ vents, dodging guard towers, creeping on birds’ nests, and more.

Also, if you like making Poptropica fan art or writing fan fiction (or simply browsing either one), or if you enjoyed the PHB’s recent HPuterpop Fan Art contest, check out We-Love-Poptropica on deviantArt! You’ll get to see Poptropica art like this drawing I recently made of the PHB team…

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We-Love-Poptropica is a big (but not too big) community of Poptropicans posting Poptropica-related creations, and it’s a good way to get your Poptropica fan work out there (we also handpick some POPCORN magazine entries through the gallery!). As a plus, I was recently made an admin there. :)

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Several of the PHB staff are members of the group, including: Brave Tomato (1313cookie), Spotted Dragon (SydVC), HPuterpop (TheKeystone), Ultimate iPad Expert, and myself (Slanted Fish).

Anyway, be sure to catch up on the posts below! Stay popping, Poptropicans. ;)

– 🐟 SFish 🐠  –

PHB Special: Fiona’s Violin Song

Hey Poptropicans, and welcome to another PHB special.

If you’ve played Ghost Story Island – which recently won the title of Best Storyline in an Island in our Poppies Awards Show – you may recall the hauntingly beautiful tune that was Fiona’s violin song. The music was so moving it even inspired an hour-long challenge of that song in a YouTube video by user Kaydorable1, with thousands of views:

And this was before islands were released with ambient music!

Over on a sheet music website called MuseScore, a user called iwasborninjuly has uploaded sheet music for the popular Poptropica melody, which you can view and listen to at this link.

fiona's songGive this song a try on your musical instrument! Or, if you don’t play one, you can still play this song perfectly on Poptropica by moving the bowstrings of your violin on Ghost Story Island. If you don’t already have it, check out our Ghost Story Island Guide, our written walkthrough with pictures.

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To Fiona, the woman in the window.

PHB Review: Daily Pop-In

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For the past two weeks, Poptropicans were eagerly logging in every day for the Daily Pop-In, a giveaway event from the Creators where a new promo code would be given each day that could be entered in for a prize of some kind. Now that the final prize is out, here on the Poptropica Help Blog, we’ll be reviewing the event, which ran from July 27 to August 7, 2015. Let’s pop right in (pun intended)!

First there was the anticipation. The week before the giveaway, the event was announced on the Creators’ Blog, prompting excitement from players who were eager to get their hands on some freebies. From Captain Crawfish’s post, this was the initial pitch to us players:

The prize varies every day — it may be credits, or an item, or a costume. You’ll have to come back every day to get them all, because each code will only work for one day!

Credits! Items! Costumes! And, judging by the limited edition gold Pop Star costume featured on the promotional image from the Creators’ Blog, there was even the wild hope that they might be re-releasing retired items like it, especially considering the desire for rares among the Poptropica community.

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Monday rolled around, and we rushed to redeem the first prize: 200 credits! Not bad! Unfortunately, that may have been the peak of the prizes, which we posted every day in this PHB post. Tuesday’s prize was 50 credits, which was an okay amount, though quite a decrease from the first day.

Wednesday’s prize was considered by many to be a joke: a measly 5 credits. It was such a disappointment that Poptropica even tweeted an apology, and a promise that it would get better, but things weren’t looking so great already.

Thursday’s prize was 75 credits, which could get you a costume from the Store, but four consecutive days of credits was pretty boring – and definitely not what people had hoped for when they read about getting “credits, or an item, or a costume.” Where were the non-credit prizes?

Friday’s prize finally offered something other than credits: a Fart Gun, which would blow a cloud of green smog and turn other characters green. Strange, but a welcome change, and the code to redeem it was up all weekend. It was kind of like an old prize from a Despicable Me ad.

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Then came the second week of prizes, and we continued to hold out hope that perhaps this was the time for more cool items. But Monday’s prize was a repeat of Thursday’s: 75 credits.

Tuesday finally brought along a more interesting change of pace: a Twin Power that would make a clone of your character follow you around! While it was recycled from an old ad prize, the fact that it wasn’t credits and that we could keep it made it much more welcome than most of the previous week’s prizes. Perhaps there was hope for more cool items to come.

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Wednesday’s prize was the third repeat of the 75 credits prize. Seriously? While 75 credits is great on its own, the novelty had worn off on many Poptropicans, who were desperately hoping for something new. The discontent was growing in the comments section of the PHB post where we were announcing each day’s new code, among other places within the Poptropica community.

Thursday’s penultimate prize was 20 credits, which, while not as terrible as 5 credits, is still close to being useless. However, it is worth noting that when you add up all the credits awarded up to this point, it totals 500 credits, which is a pretty decent amount. After all those credits, they had to have something great for the final day – right?

Friday’s prize ended the event with 100 credits – yup, credits, even down to the last day, and only half of the amount of 200 they’d given out on the first day! Well, Poptropica had a chance to end with a bang, and they kind of blew it. So what went wrong in this Daily Pop-In event? Let me count the ways…

  • The promise of credits, items, and costumes at the beginning sounded amazing, but the actual giveaway didn’t live up to expectations. The number of days where credits were given out (eight out of ten) was very disproportional in comparison to the promise of items (of which we received two in a total of ten days), and there were absolutely no costumes given out.
  • The promotional image used a limited edition costume (the golden Pop Star), giving out the (false) hope that retired items might be re-released in this event. In fact, they could have done that – they’ve done so in the past – but they missed the opportunity, and again, expectations fell short.
  • The amount of credits awarded each day was not so well done. While we can give credit (heh) to the fact that they did add up over time, there are a number of issues with the way they were divided. Starting off with 200 worked as an attention grab, but to end with less than that (100) made the structure fall flat. There were three different days in which the amount was the same (75), which only added to the feelings of “not again!” from players. And who wants to log in just to receive a negligible amount (5 and 20)?
  • Credits on their own are not that useful to members, who can already access every Store item for free. The only use credits would serve to members is to buy items to keep being able to use after their membership expires, but I doubt Poptropica should be trying to give them a reason to let their membership expire in the first place.

Still, for all these shortcomings, Poptropica did give us free stuff – so it’s only right that we acknowledge the good points of the giveaway as well. Thanks, Creators. :)

  • We received a decent amount of credits: 600 in total. That’s enough to get you 8 Store costumes (at 75 credits apiece) or two gold card items (250 each) with another hundred to spare. So, if you haven’t had the chance to fully appreciate the Store’s offerings from lack of credits, now you do.
  • Giving us credits also meant that you could choose what you wanted as opposed to being given a prize that didn’t quite interest you.
  • We did receive two interesting new items that we can now keep: the Fart Gun and Twin Power.
  • There were no glitches to speak of in the whole process. Every day at 12 noon EST, without fail, you could log in to see the new code on the map and enter it to immediately receive your new prize, which wouldn’t disappear.
  • While credits may not have been that useful to members, they are pretty useful to non-members: a sign that the Creators are still catering to the non-paying population! Thanks, Poptropica!

And there’s more good news from Captain Crawfish on the Creators’ Blog – they’ll be doing more giveaways in the future! Hopefully, they’ll learn from their mistakes to make these events the best they can be. :D (There is the Timmy Failure weekly giveaway to look forward to!)

We’ve had an absolutely blast giving away so many free credits and items over the past two weeks. The Daily Pop-In Prize is over for now, but you can bet we’ll be doing more like this in the future!

(Okay, “so many items” might be a stretch, Captain. ;) )

Anyway, thanks for reading this PHB review on the first ever Poptropica Daily Pop-In event, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section! Stay popping, Poptropicans.

– 🐟 SFish 🐠 –

Touring with Timmy on Main Street!

Hey Poptropicans! Timmy Failure Island is now open – well, just Main Street and not yet in glorious technicolor – but if you talk to Timmy on the very left, he’ll tell you that if you enter the promo code TIMMY, you can get 50 credits! (That’s in addition to all the credits we’ve been getting from the Daily Pop-In, which, by the way, has totaled to 500 credits!)

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New prizes will be available from Timmy every Thursday up to the Early Access release of the island on September 17th for members. Anyway, let’s check out what we can see so far of Timmy Failure Island! You can click on the screenshots to enlarge them.

Most of the buildings are closed, with the exception of the Timmy Failure Store, which is displayed in full color. There’s a building that appears to be a bank, offices for rent, Maury’s Museum of World Records, and bowling lanes. Plus, you can watch two videos (you can also view them in Slip’s post below).

Hyper Gamer managed to reach this part of the office scaffolding and pick up a Screw Driver item. However, it disappears from the inventory when you leave the game.

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Also, if you check your medallions in the Friends section, you’ll notice the Timmy Failure Island Medallion has been added at the far right!

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Plus, check out Slippery Raptor’s post, which also gives out a special promo code for a Timmy Failure prize, the Señor Burrito Follower (it’s a pet cat!). :) Stay popping, Poptropicans!

– 🐟 SFish 🐠 –

POPCORN, the PHB magazine: issue #24 out now!

Hey Poptropicans, the butter is back! :D

Issue #24 of our Poptropica fan magazine, known as The POPCORN, has just been released, with all sorts of Poptropica fan creations, including a retelling of Ghost Story Island by Lone Fang, porcelain Poptropicans crafted by Lonely Coyote, and tons more! In fact, there’s so much content that this issue is twice as filled as the previous one! Like with the previous issue, this is available as a PDF.

Chomp on this scrumptious August 2015 issue now! (Or download it to read offline!)

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To send in entries for The POPCORN, simply email us at popcorn@poptropicahelp.net, comment on this blog, or tweet us @Poptropica_Help. We’re looking for all kinds of Poptropica fan creations, including stories, fan art, comics, costumes, island ideas, and whatever else you can think of. We’ll also be scouring the web for some handpicked selections, including the We-Love-Poptropica deviantArt group. Remember to proofread your own submissions – your work is your responsibility! That being said, we’re always excited to see what you guys come up with.  :D

Unlike with previous series of our magazines, we are currently not committing to any specific schedule. Anyway, you can enjoy this issue and all the past issues over on our Magazines page. We’ll be publishing each issue as a PDF, so leave your comments on the posts!

Stay popping, Poptropicans. ;)

Hope you enjoy our pop-pop-Poptropica Help Network fan magazine!  :mrgreen:

Shaun the Sheep ad, Pelican Rock, & Jeff Heim’s Poppie

Hey Poptropicans! SFish here with the latest Poptropica happenings.

There’s currently an advertisement building for the Shaun the Sheep movie (in theaters August 5) on Main Streets. Inside, you can customize two fluffy sheep costumes, interact with other players like in common rooms, and grab two prizes: the Woolly Blow, a gun that adds a poof of sheep hair to the heads of characters you point at, and the Sheep Belch, which makes you belch comically.

(Thanks to Slippery Raptor for the ad pics!)

The Shaun the Sheep ad is on the Poptropica mobile app as well, but the prizes are a Timmy Follower (Timmy being a sheep character) and a sheep piggyback item. (Thanks to Anonymous for the tip!)

Meanwhile, the Creators haven’t posted many Daily Pop sneak peeks this month (slackers :P just kidding), but a more recent one gives us a peek at the name of the prison facility in the unnamed prison island: Pelican Rock – possibly modeled after the Pelican Bay State Prison in California.

Well, we’ve seen seaside jails on Ghost Story and Super Villain Island, and they haven’t worked out too well… wonder how this one will hold up. ;)

Finally, a bit of post-Poppies news: check out the Poppie trophy Spotted Dragon sent to Jeff Heim, which he constructed (with a few scissor mishaps) and posted on social media! :D

(Plus, you can get your own Poppies Participant paper craft like this one on our event recap post!)

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Congratulations to the Monster Carnival Island Main Theme for winning Best Soundtrack among the PHB readership. If you haven’t already, check out the list of all Poppies winners here, plus click here for a recap of the event with pictures – and Captain Crawfish’s reaction! :)

– 🐟 SFish 🐠 –

Recap: the Poppies Awards Show & PHC Parties!

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Hey Poptropicans! Didn’t we look snazzy on that header? Well, the first ever Poptropica awards show, the Poppies, is now over, but we hope you had a blast at the red carpet! Thank you to everyone who made nominations and voted – you guys made an impact in the results for the event, and for that, you can enjoy this Poppies Participant paper-craft trophy created by Spotted Dragon! Here’s the link.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Blake’s PHB post for the announcing of the winners, which includes HPuterpop’s livestream with several others on the PHB staff. During the party, we also had several Multiverse rooms filled with impeccably dressed Poptropicans, and the PHC (our chat) was pretty lively in anticipation of the winner announcements. Check out the recap montage! :D

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To give everyone a better chance at being able to make it to the celebrations, we hosted an after-party as well, about half a day after the first one. In addition to the Poppies, we also celebrated the PHB’s 7th anniversary. Happy birthday to the Poptropica Help Blog! The Multiverse rooms were filled with balloons, soda pop, and lots of lag. But at least we were having fun! :mrgreen:

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Also, thank you to everyone who voted for me as Best Author; I’m deeply honored. :’) Spotted Dragon even sent me a foldable Poppie for my award, and it looks pretty Oscar-esque! <3

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Again, don’t forget to check out your Poppies Participant award at this link. If you print it out and make it, do send us a photo by email, blog, and/or leaving a comment on this post to let us know! (Also, if you can prove your Poptropican name is Golden Dragon, the winner of the Best Poptropican Name category, SD will personally send you your own Poppie.) ;)

If you enjoyed chatting on the PHC (Poptropica Help Chat; our official PHB chat hangout), remember that you can always come back to it any time (not just during official parties!) to hang out with other Poptropicans and have fun (within the boundaries of the chat rules listed on the page, of course). The link is xat.com/thephc, or you can access it by going to the “Chat” page from the navigation bar up top.

And no awards show would be complete without a few shout-outs: here’s to Jeff Heim, possibly the first Poptropica Creator to ever comment on the PHB – and it was in the spirit of the Poppies!

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A shout-out also to Captain Crawfish, or shall I say The Award-Winning Captain Crawfish? Not only did he win the Best Creator category, he made a subtle reference to it in today’s Creators’ Blog post about the Daily Pop-In! We may like to nom crawfish here, but we love you too, Captain.

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It’s been a great event, and we here at the PHB hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Thanks especially to Slippery Raptor for the initial idea, for turning the annual PHB birthday celebrations into something more. Again, check out Blake’s post and HP’s livestream for a list of all the winners.

:star: Thanks for popping in, and have a stellar day! :star:

App-date with chat, Balloons, MotM Island & costumes!

Hey Poptropicans, SFish here with news on the Poptropica app (P-App-tropica? I’m crediting fellow PHB authors Slippery Raptor & Spotted Dragon for the puns and pics in this post ;) ).

App-arently, the Poptropica mobile app for iOS and Android has just gotten another app-date. The first thing you’ll notice is Dr. Hare’s app-solutely wacky Mystery of the Map assemblage on the icon. That’s because Mystery of the Map (MotM) Island was just added, for free – and if you need a walkthrough with pictures, check out our Mystery of the Map Island Guide!

In addition, two new costume packs were added, both for MotM Island. There’s the Mystery of the Map Bundle Pack, which is $0.99 like most costume packs on the app, and a second Viking Feast Pack which is free – and contains some new costumes that don’t exist in the online version: Gravy Gnasher, Bruised Basher, and Sausage Smasher!

Also, the Multiplayer Arcade (App-cade? Should I stop with the puns?) has been updated to include chat, which works slightly different from the online version. In the picture below from the Creators, you can see that when people ask you a pre-scripted question, you can choose to reply, give a greeting, compliment, or ask them a question.

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And as you can see from the picture, the multiplayer game Balloons can now be played in the Arcade. (Hey, it’s Balloon Boy! He must be app-alled to find himself still in the sky after all this time…) For our walkthrough with tips, check out our Balloons Guide.

That’s a pretty big app-date for the app, but it’s not the only update going on in the Poptropica universe! In case you missed them, check out the PHB posts below for the latest happenings:

Stay popping, Poptropicans, and see you on the red carpet for the Poppies awards show coming up! :)

–SFish 🐟

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