While surfing through the waves of the web, I came across an article called Five things learned from five years of Poptropica, which you can click to read if you’re interested. It’s written by Director D – I mean James Lema, the director of product development at Poptropica.
Anyway, onto the good part! Here were 5 reasons James cited as what makes Poptropica a better kids’ virtual world than any other game:
We are not building a game. Let’s create a collection of narrative driven quests.
Ask for age and gender. If they want to register, ask them after they have played around for a while.
2D is faster, cheaper… and none of us know 3D.
We will use pre-scripted / random chat.
We are NOT Facebook for kids.
Interestingly, Poptropica started out with a staff of just two artists, one of them being Lema, and Poptropicans spend an average of 30 minutes per session on the site! If you’d like to read more, check out Lema’s Poptropica article on Dubit, which explains the 5 things more in-depth.
Now the question is, why do YOU think Poptropica is awesome? Let us know in the comments!