Daily Pop, Dec 2014: Galactic Hot Dogs, Way Back Week, & more!

Hey Poptropicans! December isn’t quite over yet, but this month’s Daily Pop sneak peeks (and more) are already on Poptropica’s servers! A good chunk of this month’s peeks are for the upcoming Galactic Hot Dogs Island, so let’s take a look at those first (click here for round one of GHD!):

Among the sneak peeks, it looks like we’ll be traversing strange lands including a desert landscape, mushroom kingdom, a place with galactic food stands (Main Street?), and more. It seems we’ll also be stealing an Egg from a big bird’s nest and encountering some interesting creatures.

For more info on Galactic Hot Dogs Island, check out our GHD trivia page! Remember, also, that you can always browse the entire Daily Pop collection on the PHB’s Sneak Peek Archive.

Nestled among all the GHD pics is this sneak peek for the final installment of Arabian Nights Island, which features the spire with the telescope stand seen in Episode 1, but this time, night has fallen!

Bad Moon Rising: The days are hot but the nights are sizzling.

Bad Moon Rising: The days are hot but the nights are sizzling.

Finally, since the Creators will be taking a well-deserved break for the holidays, they’ve prepared a “Way Back Week” of peeks from December 26 to January 5, featuring throwback images from years ago. I especially like all the designs for E. Vile, the villain of the Legendary Swords mini-quest!

Again, be sure to check out the PHB’s Daily Pop Sneak Peek Archive (under the Cool Stuff tab) for a complete collection of Daily Pop images with their titles and captions, all the way from when they first began in November 2010 and updated monthly. Stay popping, Poptropicans! :D

Goldfish Fun ad with Monsters, balloon, blimp icon, & more

Hey Poptropicans! The Goldfish Fun ad has been reincarnated a third time – this time, finding three garden-themed items will get you a three-eyed Monster Costume! 1) The seeds are near the tomato garden, 2) the soil is by the tree, and 3) the shovel is at the tree branch near the fence.

Also, click on the monster by the fence near the Monster Mayhem sign to receive the Monster Follower. (Thanks to Slippery Raptor for the pics & insight!)

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Poptropica tweeted this picture of of an escape balloon. Whether this has to do with Balloon Boy remains to be seen, but they did respond to one concerned Poptropican regarding Balloon Boy that they’re “just not sure at this point”.

escape balloon

Another possibility is that this could be for the upcoming island based on the Poptropica comics – they did also recently post this experimental snapshot of Jorge (in his pink underwear) on Mythology Island:

jorge on myth island

Also, Ep. 1 of Arabian Nights (How Bazaar) is now free to download on Android devices. If you need a walkthrough, check out the PHB’s Arabian Nights Island Guide!

By the way, the Creators’ Blog recently updated their favicon (website icon) with the Poptropica blimp, the icon of the Poptropica app – about time they changed from the default Blogger icon. :P


Interestingly, especially with the episodic islands, Poptropica has recently been doing away with the iconic yellow blimp – they’ve even confirmed that it won’t appear on GHD Island, which is coming at the end of January. Check out our Galactic Hot Dogs Island page for more info on the upcoming adventure!

Lastly, just a reminder that the PHB’s having a Christmas party this Saturday (Dec 20th), and we’d love to have you join – it’ll be fun! See the invitation post for more details. :mrgreen: Stay popping, Poptropicans.

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!

caveman follower ad

(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 nearby Sir Lancelot.

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.

pop realms

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.

popstorm 10

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!)


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. ;)

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.

arab2 members

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!


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!

samwow5 #10 arab2

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…


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!


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


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