Boo! It’s Halloween, which means it’s time for the unveiling of this year’s costume competition winners! Out of over eighty haunting entries submitted, the list has been narrowed down to 10 doombringers who have rightfully earned their spot on the PHB’s front page for the time being and our Costumes page for eternity! [Read more...]
With cranberry sauce! There’s a new ad on Main Streets (I found it on Back Lot) for the upcoming 3D animated movie Free Birds, in theaters November 1! Upon entering the game, you’ll be given a red Turkey Costume. You have 60 seconds to hop around the hatchery to click on the ten little birds.
When you’re done, you’ll be awarded a Reggie Costume (looks similar to the red turkey but has a purple head) and S.T.E.V.E Power (the white egg-shaped machine descends onscreen).
Speaking of birds, let’s take a look at a few of the Daily Pops from this week, starting with the one of a feathered fiend of course:
Bird is the Word – Feathers will fly.
Whitewalls – A smooth ride, a roomy interior, and it gets 8 miles to the gallon!
Perfect Prescription – Find the cure for what ails you.
In other news, if you missed the Poptropica livestream with a few of the Creators this Friday, you can check out the archived video on Massivelytv! They mentioned some interesting things, which I posted about, most notably that there are plans to bring the online version of Poptropica to mobile devices in early 2014.
And lastly, the PHB’s 5th Annual Halloween Costume Competition will be ending soon, as winners will be announced next Thursday in time for Halloween! There’s still a few days left to squeeze in an entry – so do so if you dare!
Hey everyone! The Stream Team over at Massively from the gaming website Joystiq.com will be hosting a Poptropica livestream this Friday at 4pm Eastern time – and a few Poptropica Creators may be tuning in to talk and take questions from viewers, which means it’s your chance to talk to a Creator!
Beau is going to show off a really neat kid’s browser-based game called Poptropica. If you like bright colors, adventure, and adorable characters, then check out this beginner’s guide!
If you’re planning to check it out, we’d love to hear about how it goes in the comments! What questions do you want to ask the Creators?
UPDATE: The livestream is now over, but you can view the archived video at Massively! You can listen in on Beau Hindman commenting on the game with a few of Poptropica’s Creators: developer Jordan Leary, senior artist Nate Greenwall, and senior producer Mitch Krpata. Here were a few interesting things that were mentioned:
- Beau asks about player housing – there’s a pause and then the Creators answer not currently, but it’s “something we’re playing with… that we know our fans want… do it when we can do it in a way that says Poptropica.”
- Poptropica is working on bringing all the current islands (such as Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) on mobile devices (first for iOS) in early 2014.
- Music and the new navigation will be added to all the islands in the future.
- Poptropica has an official Twitter account, but it’s more of an industry account than for users.
- The Creators also check what readers say on fan blogs! And when asked about costume contests for players, fan blogs were mentioned again (in fact, the PHB has one right now!).
In other news, the Poptropica iOS game Forgotten Islands has a free update available! Some new Halloween wear was added to the closet so you could dress in style for the season. And if you want a guide for the game, check out the PHB’s Forgotten Islands Walkthrough (with tons of pictures)!
Speaking of spooky fashion, have you entered the PHB’s 5th Annual Halloween Costume Competition yet? You’ve only got until next Thursday, when winners will be announced on Halloween! There have been some spectacular entries, but there’s still time for more, so enter if you dare!
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? The new Tootsie Roll ad game (which I found on Early Poptropica) has you going around a forest to ask various animals the question. Beware of the bees and make sure you get to Mr. Cow, Turtle, Fox, & Owl before time is up! Speaking of which… this is what the fox says?!
When you get to Mr. Owl, he’ll bite his candy before getting to the center, and you’ll win a Tootsie Roll Pop (which comes in blue, orange, and red) and Tootsie Roll Rain Power (which rains down brown Tootsie Roll tubes)! Press the space bar while holding the pop and count how many licks it takes to reach the center (the number varies).
There’s also an ad for the Babymouse book series, which I found on Time Tangled. On the second floor, you can pick up the Queen of the World power, which simply flashes an image of Babymouse on top of the world.
And now for a couple of this week’s Daily Pop sneak peeks! In case the Tootsie Rolls weren’t enough to sate your appetite, we’ll be seeing eggs and ice cream, too…
Egg Hunt – Be careful. There’s no candy in there.
Soft Serve – We all scream for froyo.
Also, remember that the PHB is hosting its 5th Annual Halloween Costume Competition this month! We’ve been receiving lots of spectacularly spooky entries, but there’s still time to join in! Ten winners will be selected to be featured on the PHB homepage and Costumes page on Halloween (Oct 31st). In the meantime, let’s keep those entries coming!
You read right! Now for the fifth year in a row, the Poptropica Help Blog will be running a Halloween-themed Poptropica costume contest, in which you flaunt your eeriest Poptropica fashion and see how it stacks up with the competition.
Ten winners will be selected to have their costumes featured in the PHB’s popular Costumes page, plus they’ll have their costumes featured on the PHB’s front page when the winners are announced on Halloween (October 31, when the contest ends)! Read on for more details.
Poptropolis Games 2013 is on the rise, and with it, two exciting new events: Octopus Volleyball and Volcano Race! And what a big cephalopod we’ve got here…
Now what about Volcano Race? Perhaps the Daily Pop can give us a clue… or maybe these recent sneak peeks are part of something else entirely.
Sit On It – In our Game of Thrones, everybody wins.
Any Two Can Play – And the big wheel keep turnin’. Neon burnin’ up above.
Blades of Steel – We’d make a cutting remark but we’re feeling a little dull.
The Poptropica Creators also referenced the 2013 movie Gravity in one of their posts this week, suggesting that the idea may be similar to the plot of Lunar Colony Island. How cool would a Poptropica film be? Poptropica islands may well be movie-worthy material!
Deep in the Poptropica sea, you might find some bored-looking fish who couldn’t care less about the diver in the bright blue – at least in this sneak peek. Maybe it’s for Poptropolis Games 2013?
There’s also a few ads currently in place around Poptropica. The Little Mermaid Diamond is on SOS Island and you can play a game to help Ariel find her voice. You’ll transform into a mermaid and swim with Flounder, and a bar at the top shows you how close you are. Avoid obstacles and watch your health in the top-left corner. At the end, you’ll win a Sebastian Follower and Dinglehopper power, which gives you a fork (press spacebar to make your or others’ hair go crazy).
Dork Diaries can be found on Back Lot and you can get the Dork Diaries Power upstairs, which gives you a baton (spacebar to have the DD logo flash onscreen).
Desmond Pucket can be found on Zomberry, and your task is to help him pull off a prank by avoiding hall monitors until you reach the cafeteria at the bottom. Desmond will tell you what to do along the way to help you get there safely. At the end, you’ll win a Desmond Costume and Ricky’s Whoopee Cushion (spacebar to plant one on the ground and step over it for the sound effect)!
Also, remember that Virus Hunter Island has been out for quite a while now! Have you checked your finished ranking on the World Champions Player Map yet? Where did you place? If you haven’t completed the island yet, be sure to check out our Virus Hunter Island Guide!
Virus Hunter Island is now available for everyone to play! The PHB’s Virus Hunter Island Guide (with pictures) should complement your adventure nicely, so do check it out! It even has a walkthrough for the members’ bonus quest (thanks Strange Cat,Weirdo), which was also just released.
Also on the rise is Poptropolis Games Island, which was released in 2012 and sank back into the ocean in January of this year. Looks like it’s about to make another big splash on the map, complete with the music and bigger screen we’ve seen on Virus Hunter:
Poptropolis Games 2013 also brings two new events that weren’t around last year: Volcano Race and Octopus Volleyball! There’s also a new desktop wallpaper and printable poster on the island tour page to get you in the spirit of the games – so much for rising “once every 100 years”! Seems like 1 year in our time is 100 in Poptropica. Crazy, isn’t it?
Stay tuned to the Poptropica Help Blog for more news on the next island!