Hall of Fame Winner: Sneaky Bear

Yes, that time has come. The last Hall of Fame winner is here! As you can tell by the title, the winner is… Sneaky Bear! Her Poptropican is only 9 days old but has already finished 21 islands.

sneaky bearSneaky Bear can now be found on Main Street of Super Power Island. She has replaced yet another NPC, but this time the Poptropican she replaced was a character that always had a random outfit every time you visit.

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Well, the Hall of Fame is now over, but the Creators say that “the doors of the Poptropica Hall of Fame may one day open again.” This graphic from the Poptropica front page, showing all the winners, congratulates the “2015 winners” – suggesting that they may bring this back in the coming years.

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If you missed out on the past Hall of Fame news, click here. Congratulations to Sneaky Bear, Mighty Burger, Lazy Pelican, and Dangerous Glove, our four winners (although in the original post they had planned on six!). :)

~SD

Raise to 150 credits & membership to play Nabooti

Hey Poptropicans! There’s good news and bad news –

First, the good news: Poptropicans are getting a raise! Instead of the measly 50 credits we usually get for completing an island, the reward is now being bumped up to a whopping 150 credits.

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In earlier years, Poptropica used to give out 100 credits for an island finish, but this is even better! Like before, the reward only applies for the first time you complete each island. Also, the amount of credits you had before this update remains the same, so if you’ve finished every island already, you’ll have to wait for the next one to come along to enjoy the bonus.

Why are the Creators doing this? Perhaps they’ve realized how hard it is to earn enough to save up for the many items available in the Store, and implemented this change out of the goodness of their hearts. Or are there going to be changes made that will make us wish we had more credits to spend?

There’s cause for suspicion, and here comes the bad news: remember how Nabooti Island recently became just a demo version to non-members, with a prompt to get membership to play the full island?

Well, the plan isn’t to make this the next SUI. It’s another ploy to make buying a membership more enticing, because here’s the thing: Nabooti Island, which has been free to play for years, now requires membership – and more changes to membership are to come, according to these tweets:

Will more islands follow the same fate as Nabooti? (Is that why we have the chance to earn more credits – before more islands are locked on us?)

Of course, this isn’t an issue to members, but this could be potentially damaging to the current balance in the offerings between membership and free-to-play: it could mean more members, or it could mean more quitters if there is too much emphasis on membership. Possibly both.

We’ll have to see what’s in store (literally? :P ) – but tread carefully, Poptropica.

Leave your thoughts in the comments.

The Missing Link: The Island Misconception

Hi Gs,

Something I noticed about the recent Future Island book (and no, I haven’t received or ever ordered it yet, just received a ton of new Poptropica books) is that the story takes place on Verdana Island, according to the description. This said, I started to wonder – what if island names – like ‘Monster Carnival Island’ or ‘Time Tangled Island’ – are merely quest names. They always refer to islands as ‘Island Quests’.

Night Watch Island Logo

And the evidence sorta matches up – why would one of these islands be named ‘Night Watch Island’? There is a mall, but otherwise, there’s no reason for anyone in their right mind to name it Night Watch.

So these ‘islands’ are quests, and this explains a lot – for example, sponsored islands. In their respective universes, they don’t all live on islands. Plus, what about Skullduggery Island? That quest is made up of several islands. Fort Ridley is the island you land on, not the island that the quest is named after.

Anyway, this was just a short post to mention that thought. It clears up some things, but raises some big questions, like what are the real island names? Tell me in the comments what you think!

TAFN.

-HPuterpop

Bikers vs. Boards Island is surfing to you soon!

Hey guys! Slippery here. What, Bikers vs. Boards is coming soon?

NO. BIKERS VS BOARDS ISLAND IS NOT COMING TO POPTROPICA.

It’s just an advertisement for the upcoming Disney movie, Teen Beach 2! (Phew!) You may find one of these ads in some SUIs like Mystery of the Map Island. There are no games or anything, you just need to watch the trailer for the movie.

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After watching the trailer, you will receive a prize: a Brady follower (for girls) or a Mack follower (for boys). On another note, Brady and Mack are also costumizable, so if you want to have their look, just press the costumize button by the menu!

If you’ll excuse me, I better go to the beach and have Mack teach me how to surf. :P

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The Percy Jackson ad is still on other Main Streets, so check out those prizes before they’re gone! For other recent news and happenings, check out the previous posts! :)

-Slippery

Realms sharing coming soon, and Nabooti demo?

Hey Poptropicans! Slippery here. I’m back!

When you login on Poptropica, you may find something new at the bottom of the homepage screen. Does this sign feature Poptropica Realms? Well, there’s a brand new feature coming soon to Poptropica and it’s what we’ve all been waiting for—realms sharing!

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What do you think? Maybe we’ll be able to visit each other’s realms; I can’t wait to try it out.

Speaking of Poptropica Realms, the lightsaber is still there, so better collect as much Poptanium as you can before it’s gone! Check out our Realms guide for more details about the new tool.

Also, the banner carousel when you log in now shows a sneak peek for Arabian Nights Ep. 3: Careful What You Wish For, which is expected to come this July!

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Meanwhile, something strange has been going on: if you check the Map on a non-member account, Nabooti Island has been marked with the membership icon and the “play the demo!” sign. After playing a while, you’ll be faced with the “End of Demo” screen.

What makes this all the more unusual is that Nabooti came out before membership and demos were a thing on Poptropica. Is Nabooti going to be the next island to be converted to a SUI? Stay tuned to the PHB as we find out more.

-Slippery

Is Poptropica part of the Illuminati? (Percy Jackson ad)

Percy Jackson fans rejoice: on Main Street of Mystery of the Map Island, you can enter Camp Half-Blood to meet some characters, take a quiz, and collect a couple of prizes!

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If you head down the road inside the ad building, you’ll find the Cyclops Power, a glowing red eye on a pyramid. Now what else do we know contains an eye enclosed in a triangle? There can only be one conclusion: Illuminati confirmed on Poptropica.

Now, with this cool Illuminati Cyclops Power, you’ll have the eye floating above your head, and when you press spacebar, you’ll turn other characters around you into one-eyed beasts!

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If you venture further down to the “underworld” area, you can pick up a Pen Sword, a handheld item that changes into a pen or a sword every time you press spacebar.

Do you see the two triangles on the pen’s pedestal? Hmm. And the triangles that form the tips of the “get prize!” arrows? What about the fact that Poptropicans’ eyeballs are such a prominent feature, while noses and ears are unheard of? Be illuminated: Poptropica favors the same symbols as the Illuminati.

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Just kidding. What conspiracies could Poptropica be up to?

Lastly, to all recent graduates (because it’s about that time of year): congratulations! Here’s to the population of PHB readers who have been with us since the beginning, who started off as young pre-teens (as many Poptropicans do) and have found themselves becoming young adults in the process. Enjoy a little Pop graphic made in your honor, and if you’re still in school: you too can make it!

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Stay popping, Poptropicans. ;)

The 3rd Hall of Fame Winner: Mighty Burger

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while since I posted – I’ve been very busy in real life, but now I am ready to relax & play Poptropica, so get ready for more posts in the future :D ! Anyway, if you didn’t know, the Creators have been doing a weekly contest called the Poptropica Hall of Fame (rules here). To be eligible for the contest, you have to:

  1. Complete an Island and earn an Island Medallion.
  2. Every time you complete an island during that week and earn a medallion, you get another chance to win. The more wins, the higher your chances!
  3. There is no limit to how many times you can enter.

The Poptropica Hall of Fame contest is being held for 4 weeks with 4 Hall of Fame spots, and the third winner has just been carved into history today in the Poptropica Hall of Fame. The Poptropican lucky enough to etch his name into the Hall of Fame today is… Mighty Burger!

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The Creators say Mighty Burger is a Canadian Poptropican, with 53 Island finishes under his belt. Which is the most islands possible you can finish currently in Poptropica.

mightyBurgerRealityTVHere’s something interesting, though: my good friend Brave Sky found a character on Reality TV Island 2 days ago that she didn’t see before. She took a picture and sent it to me, which I sent to the Creators and they confirmed it was the Hall of Fame winner. If the contest is for a week, then why was he on the island 2 days before the contest for that week was supposed to end?

As with the other winners, he replaces a former NPC: this time, it’s the goth guy who’s gone. Anyway, if you missed out on the first and second Hall of Fame winners, check out Blake’s post on Dangerous Glove, who was the first winner and a guest star on Night Watch Island, and SD’s post on Lazy Pelican, who was the second winner and a guest star on Game Show Island.

Anyway, that’s it for now! I hope you have a great rest of the week, and if you want to a chance to be the 4th and possibly final Hall of Fame winner, make sure to follow the rules above!

~SW5~

Mystery of the Map for all & Poptanium Lightsaber

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Great news guys! Mystery of the Map Island is officially out for everyone.

If you get stuck, be sure to check out the PHB’s guide for a written walkthrough complete with pictures. And when you’re done, you can check your rank on the MotM World Champions Map!

In other news, for a limited time there is a much faster way to obtain Poptanium. When you visit Poptropica Realms, you have the chance to use a lightsaber, as a promotion for Star Wars Rebels.

poptanium lightsaber ad

The lightsaber allows you to more efficiently collect Poptanium by destroying a huge area, but this powerful tool will only be around for a limited time. So visit Poptropica Realms before the lightsabers disappear! (Plus, check out our Realms guide for more tips and tricks on Realms!)

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~SD

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