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

The 31st is finally here!

Hey, everyone. It’s RD here, and I’d like to start this post by thanking everyone that wished me well :D. I’m getting a lot better. Today’s post is obviously dated on the 31st, and therefore…

Halloween!

That’s right, the long tradition of the Celtic Holiday Sahmain spread down throughout European history until it reached modern day traditions. It’s a shortened version of “All Hallows Eve”; but I’m sure you’re all out of history class by now, so onto Poptropica’s Halloween scares!

The creators gave us a reminder post on how we could choose to celebrate a few Halloween thrills. You can catch three adventures that are put on Poptropica. There are many more costume cards you can also purchase for this. The creators said that they were “going as zombies this year.”

Edit (slantedfish): Check out the Creators’ avatars on their blog! A purple background and green skin – great zombie costumes, guys. I did catch Hades and Master Mime with just their normal ones instead, though. :c Even Thirsty Whale, who never posts anymore, managed to join in.

        

(And now for the Poptropica Halloween festivities…)

First up we’re all familiar with the first Halloween quest: Great Pumpkin Island. It’s, as you all know, based off of the beloved Peanuts comic strip where Linus awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, but does so hopelessly every year. Poor Linus :(

Inside this adventure, you’ll be taken through the world of Peanuts and as we also all know…Snoopy! So head on down to Great Pumpkin Island for a few classic old games with the Peanuts gang. Click here if you need a guide.

Who could forget Ghost Story Island? The thrills and chills of an old New England haunting surely will kindle the spooky thoughts that arises in the player’s daring mind. Will you be brave enough to uncover the mystery of this island and set the wandering apparitions free? Enter if you dare! Click here if you need a guide.

Ghost Story Island

Want to donate blood…to vampires? You got it, just make sure to bring some garlic along with you in case they try to take too much xD. Vampire’s Curse Island is based on the protagonist’s efforts to bravely save a villager captured by the elusive count! And remember to not get hexed by its curse. Click here if you need a guide.

Vampire's Curse Island

Finally, who could forget the very first Halloween adventure that we all embarked upon? Enter an old and abandoned house to find out what spooky atmospheres you must uncover to discover clues. The Haunted House is a destination for a description of such. Eventually everything leads up to an untimely discovery somewhere near the mansion. That is all, since I know everyone despises a spoiler alert.

Although it is technically not an island like the rest, Haunted House remains the first Halloween adventure back in time when Poptropica was still expanding and growing to the virtual realm it inhabits today! Click here if you need a guide.

Poptropica sure has grown over the years, and will continue to. All these islands are completely free, even the Haunted House as it became so some time ago. Members may choose to venture out on an extra quest for some of these islands if they want an extra challenge and extension to the ghostly plot. Have fun at these islands!

Lastly, the creators gave us a reminder we can all purchase a variety of Halloween costumes and abilities in the store. Maybe you want to have a ghost follower as they did come out with many years ago. Or maybe you just wish to see all your neighboring friends turn to bones. Perhaps you have a craving to play an island where you’re chased by the living dead through some abandoned street corner. They got it all :D.

And as the creators put in the final words for this spooky night “Try not to eat too much candy.” No really, try not to xD…unless you’re not afraid of heartburn or strange dreams in which you’re being chased by the Hershey’s Bar you just ate. Been there, done that. Lastly, don’t forget to…

have an amazing Halloween!

Just to get into the spirit, I thought you might all like to enjoy something that Charles Schultz, the author of Peanuts, sketched about the Great Pumpkin:

Boo! Scared Ya!

Well, probably not..

I’ve come with some mood-changing news for non-members! Ghost Story Island is now available for everyone to play! An announcement was posted by Captain Crawfish, who has been announcing most of the news lately, this Thursday. If you’re not so familiar with the island, heres to remind you what you’ve been waiting for.


Hemlock Harbor is a town with a secret. Restless spirits are said to haunt its shores, but no one knows who they are, what they want — or how to get rid of them. Can you hunt the ghosts of Hemlock Harbor and uncover the mystery that will set them free?

Be safe, Poptropicans. Out there could be scary!

Lights please.

Dim the lights; here we go…

Following the release of Ghost Story Island, the members of Poptropica are now faced with a new challenge, with new items, stories, and excitement! Those who are need it can now use the PHB for help, because our Ghost Story Island Info page has just been updated with a written Guide with pictures by Brave Tomato, as well as a Video playlist on our Poptropica Help Videos page.

However, some of the brightest players have already beat the rest to the finish line, and here they are… the first ten finishers of the ghostly island quest have been revealed. Congrats to:

1. Shiny Star
2. Mighty Coyote
3. Golden Lightning
4. Thirsty Sky
5. Grumpy Icicle
6. Shaky Raptor
7. Lone Wolf
8. Fearless Tornado
9. Brave Berry
10. Super Bean

Among the list, we see Grumpy Icicle (Xalevoid) at #5, a PHB reader who has been known for making it to the top ten finishers list for several islands! Congratulations once again to this brave quester and everybody else. :)

Ghost Hunting or Scavenger Hunting?

IT’S MY 50th POST! YEY! :D

*confetti shoots out of cannon*

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I personally would prefer scavenger hunting. Because Scavenger Hunt #4 is out! :D Clues below.

Ask For Directions

The guidebook’s author takes this direction home

TV Stars seek out this address on Page 106.

This apartment is your window of opportunity on Page 183.

W _ _ _  1 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3 _ _

The bolded words in the last 2 clues are your key to figuring out the code! The first word is common sense :P If you can’t figure it out… (west123starave33c) Well anyways, the prize is your very own Wacky Hair! Pic below (Thanks IB!)

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Ghost Story is out, and in case you havent heard, it has sound! When you get a violin to play music, sound is there. Also, at the telescope, a woman says, “Are you looking for someone?” It scared me half out of my wits and excited me at the same time. XD The demo ends for non-members when you get the ghost hunting equipment from Jane the Baker. ;)

Have fun playing Ghost Story and figuring out the Scavenger Hunt! :)

Now out!

It’s EP here, and this is a quick yet sweet and short post/announcement. GHOST STORY ISLAND IS NOW OUT! Members can play the full version of this spooky island whilst non-members can play a partial version of it just to get a taste of what it’s like!

Here’s the trailer they once again posted:

And finally, new changes are coming through the air of Poptropica. It seems to happen a few times each year. The creators have perhaps refurnished graphic effects and overall look and feel of the game. A new post has an image detailing these “changes”:

Well, they’ve added a bit of detail as it appears to me. If you look carefully at the building blocks there are detailed textures on them. They also added shadows and clouds apparently.

How many new things can you spot?

So, what are you waiting for? Go out there and go hunt some ghosts!

Ghosts, Blimps, and Toys. Are you ready?

Have you seen the timer on the Poptropica homepage? Ghost Story releases to members this Thursday! (12/15/11) Have fun battling ghosts and finding out the ghostly secret of Hemlock Harbor! :D

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I’m sure you remember this toy pictured above about the blimp! If you are the grand prize winner, you could actually WIN one of these signed by Jeff Kinney himself! :D 10 lucky winners can also receive plushies that come with a coin to redeem a special item on Poptropica! :Restrictions may apply, such as:

You must be 13 years old or older

You must be living in the US

And you must register by December 20! You have one week!

But where to register you might ask? Well, then, just follow this link on  the Jazwares website and it will take you to the registration page!

http://www.jazwares.com/poptropica-sweepstakes/index.html

Just enter your real name and your email, check the box, and you’re ready to go! (If you don’t have your own email, ask your parent/guardian if you can use theirs. ;) )

Remember, the code on the blimp unlocks a new Poptropica Adventure called Blimp Adventure! (So original XD)

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Reminder: Next scavenger hunt comes out this Thursday, 12/15!

Have a safe and Merry Christmas and holiday season! :)

~ST (With one more post until 50! :D )

Ghost Game Story Show Islands and Trailers!

The first topic of this post is late, I know, but Game Show Island has released!

Get out there and strut your stuff in 5 exciting game shows and spine-tingling boss battle against Holmes! Speaking of spine-tingling…

“A quiet town, an otherworldly adventure, what do these ghosts want?” ~Trailer

Ghost Story Island trailer was released! You get a sneak peek of Main Street, the Gingerbread House, the bank, the Hemlock Haunted Inn, and more! Can’t wait! :D

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A new ad is coming… to town! An Arthur Christmas is actually in town… so yeah. :P

All you have to do is walk in and get the card on the wall! There’s also a dummy so you could costumize the costume.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! And if you don’t live in America, well, Happy Thursday! :D

And after that is…

 BLACK FRIDAY BLACK FRIDAY! GOTTA GO TO KOHL’S ON BLACK FRIDAY! Lol.

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