My Place in Poptropica: Smart Flame

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Smart Flame, who played Poptropica when he had a computer to do so. See below for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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2010 – 2011 | Start & Pause

It all started in 2010, when I was only five years old. I saw my brother playing a game with a title I couldn’t quite yet pronounce, and I wanted to play as well.

That led me to create my first account, Fierce Eagle.  I instantly fell in love even though I couldn’t beat an island. Unfortunately by the end of the year, our 2008-model computer was practically busted, and with my brother glued to the other computer, playing Poptropica wasn’t an option for me.

By January of 2011, I had stopped playing. I forgot about the one thing that brought me to the game, that me and my brother had this in common. I didn’t even bring the thought of Poptropica to my mind throughout 2011.

2012 – 2013 | New Technology & An Afterthought

In the year 2012, we got a new computer, since the old one finally bit the dust. Although at this point I didn’t remember Poptropica, my brother brought it back into my life. With Fierce Eagle forgotten, I then became Blue Eagle, which leaves me still wondering, why two eagles?

But that passed, and now all I could ever wanted happened: I beat Reality TV Island and Super Power Island. I also was able to get farther progress on the other islands, making me get to the challenging parts of the islands, which kept me more interested.

I also discovered common rooms, and I was instantly amazed. The thought that there so many other people playing Poptropica, and that I could interact with them, started my journey into the community. Poptropica was once again the best thing ever – well, until 2013.

I began to take school more seriously, and I hung out with my friends a lot, so Poptropica became an afterthought. Also when my brother stopped playing, I had no one around me that played, so I wasn’t motivated to play. Another reason was that I had beaten the easier islands, and the ones that were left were too hard for me. Plus, my brother needed the computer for more important matters, so I rarely had computer time to play.

2014 | A New Chromebook & The PHB

In 2014, I got my own personal Chromebook laptop computer, and I randomly joined Poptropica with my Blue Eagle account.  The memories came back, and I realized that I missed so many changes in Poptropica.

I tried looking up guides for islands like Astro-Knights, and Skullduggery, when I came across the PHB. I started reading the blogs, becoming a stalker who read every post and comment ever written. I was especially interested in the costume contests because they involved Poptropicans so much.

During this time I also picked my two favorite islands, which are Mission Atlantis and Reality TV island.  I really grew into knowing what Poptropica is all about and completing everything I could. I felt like I had grown further in my journey to becoming a part of the Poptropica community.

2016 | The Community & Medallion Domination

I finished my 51st island in April, which to me was a major accomplishment, considering for that for two years I couldn’t beat a single island.

Fast forward to October, when I decided to comment to enter the PHB’s Halloween costume contest. And something surprised me – Slanted Fish replied to my comment! Even though it was just to tell me my link didn’t work, I was ecstatic. For years I had felt like only royalty could be witnessed by her, but here I was squirming with excitement. I didn’t waste any time to reply, indicating my excitement, and made sure my link worked this time.

After that, I continued to comment everywhere. But the place where I felt the most like a part of this community was the PHC, where I talked a lot and still do. On the PHC I found other players, and what was even cooler was our ability to talk about anything we wanted to.

My current account, Smart Flame, is my favorite, and my username is LMSEC if you want to friend me. Someday, I plan to make my own Poptropica blog and continue to grow in this community.

Smart Flame out.

Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story! Feel free to send in your own (please include a minimum of 550 words, type with good spelling and grammar, divide it into labeled sections, and include your username). Look out for more community MPIPs every weekend!

~the Poptropica Help Blog

Celebrating the Holidays, the Poptropica Way

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(This is a guest post by Tall Cactus, who regularly blogs on her own site, Tall Cactus’ Poptropica Blog. In this post, she’ll share ways to enjoy the winter holidays on Poptropica. Enjoy! –🐠)

Hey guys, TC here. Let’s just say, I’m in a great mood. Why? The holiday season is finally here! Also known as my favorite time of the year. And it doesn’t just have to be a thing in real life. Today I want to share some tips with you all on how to celebrate the holidays, the Poptropica way.

“Pop 5” Icy Islands

With snow days and winter breaks, you may find yourself a bit bored, just sitting around. But don’t worry, because you could always play some islands on Poptropica! While each island is special in its own way and totally deserves to be played, some are particularly fitting for the cold season, and some just take a while to complete, which is perfect for days off from school.

Below is my list of the best 5 islands to play when you need entertainment on a snowy day, or just any day during the holiday season when you’ve got some free time. Remember, this list is just my opinion!

1. Wimpy Wonderland Island

Although this island is a bit lacking in my opinion, it does take place on a snow day – and that’s the theme we’re going for here!

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2. Astro-Knights Island

I have to say, Astro-Knights is one of the best islands overall. However, it takes a long time to complete, and some parts can be very difficult. That’s why it’s perfect to play when you have a lot of time on your hands. And guess what? There’s an ice planet!

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3. SOS Island

You’re trapped on an iceberg that has just wrecked a titanic ship. How much more ice do you need?

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4. Skullduggery Island

Sure, Skullduggery has no snow or cold weather whatsoever, but it has to be the longest island to finish. All that trading really takes time and patience. So if you have an upcoming holiday break, and you haven’t completed Skullduggery Island yet, this may be a good time to take it on.

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5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Island

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory takes place in winter, and there is lots of snow all around. And don’t forget about all the chocolate and candy – there’s a lot of that around, too!

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Festive Costumes

The Poptropica Store has a wide selection of holiday themed costumes available. You can even mix and match different parts and make your own.

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I’m the kind of person who loves making outfits for each major holiday on Pop, and doing it for Christmas or Hanukkah or other winter holidays is especially fun.

And I still haven’t made mine yet. I better do that soon…

Holiday Parties

The celebration doesn’t just have to be in the game. Many blogs throughout the Poptropica community, including the PHB, hold holiday parties as Christmas gets closer. Here’s a recap video of a PHB Christmas party from two years ago. The PHC was on Xat back then, but this is the first year the Pop winter parties will be on Discord!

Even when there’s not a party happening, you can still hang out and talk on the PHC and other Discord servers to get in the holiday spirit.

Farewell to 2016

New Years’ may be far away, but before we know it, we’ll be saying goodbye to both the holiday season and 2016. So let’s try to make the most of the last month of this year!

As for 2017, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next. Always expect the unexpected.

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–Tall Cactus

Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Tall Cactus!

The PHB welcomes guest posting from anyone in our community if you have something to share, whether it be sneak peeks, My Place in Poptropica stories, or any other ideas you might have. We also encourage sharing on our subreddit and the PHC.

If you have an idea for a guest post, send it in to staff@poptropicahelp.net:)

Walking in a Wimpy Wonderland: IoTMs of December

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here presenting December’s Islands of the Month! 

This month’s featured islands are Wimpy Wonderland and PoptropiCon! I have to say Wimpy Wonderland is definitely fitting for the current season in the Northern Hemisphere. PoptropiCon on the other hand… eh, not so much. But hey! It’s a great island nonetheless.

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As usual, first-time finishers of these islands will receive 500 credits and those who are replaying them will earn 300 credits.

But for PoptropiCon it’s a little different. You see, PoptropiCon is an episodic adventure so it would only make sense to offer more credits upon completing it, and that’s exactly what the Poptropica Creators have generously done! Each episode is worth the usual 500 or 300 credits depending on if you’ve played it or not. So that means you can obtain up to 1,500 credits after completing all three episodes for the first time, which I think is pretty cool! Also, the creators have gifted us by making Wimpy Wonderland available for all players to enjoy! It’s not specified whether this will be permanent or temporary, so complete it while you can!

I think making these islands with a very high credit prize definitely creates more interest for people who otherwise might not be really interested. It sure would work for me if I hadn’t already completed every island.😛

Of course, there has to be a walkthrough for every Island of the Month. Captain Crawfish has already made a video walkthrough for each PoptropiCon episode and is currently working on one for Wimpy Wonderland now has one as well.

You can either watch his walkthrough for PoptropiCon or read the one here on the PHB! I definitely suggest reading the PHB’s written walkthrough for Wimpy Wonderland, so you can hurry and earn those credits! (Update: Captain Crawfish has a video now too!)

PoptropiCon:

Wimpy Wonderland:

Well, I think it’s pretty cool that they finally featured both an episodic adventure and a non-SUI island for the IoTM. What do you guys think? Share your opinions in the comment section. Anyway, see you guys soon and POP on!

-Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1:

Sunken sketches and concepts from Poptropolis Games!

Hey, guys! Slip here.

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Welcome to another round of IoTM: Special Feature! Although there are two days left for November, Poptropica made a last-minute post about this month’s IoTMs (Islands of the Month)! Last time, we’ve had the spotlight on Shrink Ray Island’s concepts and sketches and now let’s move on to the other IoTM, Poptropolis Games!

As usual, being the Island of the Month gives out these special privileges:

  • First-time finishers get 500 credits, while replays get 300.
  • A special walkthrough from Captain Crawfish (check out ours here!)
  • Exclusive members-only items, Plant-A-Statue and Discus, are back for a limited time!

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Now, let’s look at the different concepts and never-before-seen exclusives!

Let’s look at the character sketches, they look really cool! I must say that #4 and #5 with the soda hats look really fun, as well as the lady selling Poptropolis Games merchandise! The squid hat looks really funny, hehe. The second image contains more sketches of the major characters of the island: the master of ceremonies, the scorekeeper, and the ancient warrior. Their designs look pretty awesome if you ask me.

The next set of sketches and concepts are the statues and battle arenas found in the island itself. One is the volleyball arena that debuted in 2013 and the one is for weightlifting. As you can also see below, they also had sketches of some ruins on the island!

That’s not the only treat we have from Poptropica! Skinny Moon added that in every island they make, the Creators follow a style guide—a way to make all designs in uniform and consistent. You may find a certain “Jeff” in the style guide and yes, that is Jeff Kinney! Jeff has an input on every Poptropica island as the Chief Creative Officer.🙂

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Don’t they look so cool? We’ll hopefully see some more next month!

What islands do you think will be featured next month? Maybe they’ll be holiday-themed? Leave a comment about it below! I hope you enjoyed another round of IoTM: Special Feature! Until next time, stay awesome people!

bye

-💦🐊

PHB Review: Mythology Island

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Hello, mortals! It is I, Lucky Joker, reviewing and sharing my opinions regarding one of my favorite islands (if not my absolute favorite): Mythology Island. (Check out the PHB’s guide here!)

Playing this island is what really drew me to further look into Greek mythology, and I’ve gained quite an interest! When I saw the trailer for this island back in 2010, I was very thrilled. So much so, I begged my mother to buy me a membership so that I could have early access. Alright, enough about me…

The Basics

Mythology Island is Poptropica’s 12th island and was released to Poptropicans April 1, 2010, but only playable to those who were members. Four weeks later on April 29, 2010, all players could enjoy the mythological quest the newly released island had to offer.

On April 25, 2014, it was re-released as an SUI to members. On May 3, the updated version was available to everyone. (For more trivial amusement and island extras, visit the Mythology Island page here on the PHB and/or the tour page over on Poptropica!)

Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers! If you have yet to complete this island, I suggest you turn away now. With that said, let’s pop right into the review- Olympus awaits!

Storyline & Characters

Mighty Zeus, king of the gods, needs a hero – and he wants you! To satisfy Zeus, you’ll need to battle monsters, swim the depths of the ocean, and descend into the mysterious underworld. Will you emerge a hero like Hercules, or face the fiery wrath of Zeus and his thunderbolts?

Prior to playing Mythology Island, I only knew of some of the more widely-known gods/goddesses like Zeus, Hades, and Aphrodite.  By the time I earned my medallion, I was a greek Mythology pro… well, for a nine-year-old at least. (Another backstory Lucky Joker?)

Throughout the island, we meet a wide variation of characters: mortals, demigods, gods/goddesses and other mythological creatures (like Satyrs and the Minotaur).

A great spot on the island to learn more about the Greek gods/goddesses is the Museum of Olympus. Inside, you can learn some facts about each god/goddess exhibited, by clicking on his or her sculpture. I think this is an excellent feature and a great learning opportunity for kids. It’s also a great pastime if you haven’t got anything to do in Poptropica!

In the quest, you are asked, by Zeus,  to collect five sacred items to gain immortality. Obviously, Zeus doesn’t keep his promise and vows to rule all of Poptropica, but let’s move on.😛 These items include:

  1. Ring from the Minotaur
  2. Rare Flower
  3. Whisker from Cerberus
  4. Giant Pearl
  5. Hydra’s Scale

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Along the way, we meet the Minotaur, who possesses the ring in his nose. To get it, we must navigate through his Labyrinth – which was absolutely awesome! Secondly (depending on the order you complete the island), we meet the Sphinx and obtain the Rare Flower by rerouting the aqueducts to rejuvenate the garden.

Next, you obtain the whisker from Cerberus by putting him to sleep with a pleasant melody. In Poseidon’s temple, both the Giant Pearl and Hydra’s Scale are found.

In addition to all of those creatures, we meet many gods and goddesses, as said before. They all play a significant role in the island’s game-play, and I really love all of the personalities they possess.

  • Athena: goddess of Wisdom, aids your player throughout the entire quest. From the olive trees that give helpful hints to the string given to you to ease the way out of the Labyrinth, she’s there by your side!
  • Aphrodite: goddess of love and beauty, willingly gives you her mirror which greatly eases travel around the island– and even a bit fun!
  • Hercules: son of Zeus, provides access to the realms of Hades and Poseidon, as well as Mt. Olympus by using his super strength to eliminate the obstacles that block the entrances.
  • Hades: brother of Zeus and ruler of the Underworld, offers you his crown which allows you to grow large.
  • Poseidon: brother of Zeus and ruler of the sea, gives you his trident in hopes of defeating Zeus. With the crown and the trident together at hand, you are able to defeat the mighty Zeus.

As for a story, I’m not sure Mythology told a direct story like some of Poptropica’s other islands. As for situational archetypes, we can see many examples like The Quest – the journey your character goes through to become immortal, The Initiation – when you’re crowned and given the trident thus becoming god-like and Good vs. Evil – the epic battle scene between your character and Zeus.

Visuals/Animation

The backgrounds for the island are absolutely stunning! Mythology Island has great visual depth compared to most classic islands like Shark Tooth and Early Poptropica. There’s so much detail in every scene, it’s overwhelming! …in the best way possible of course.😉

Some of the best-detailed parts, in my opinion, are Hades’ temple, the Temple of Apollo and the Tree of immortality area. I think the overall design of the island really gives a feel of what Ancient Greece might’ve looked like.

For the most part, the animation was simply fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed all of the cut-scenes throughout the island as well as some of the other animations like Zeus’ lightning strikes.

One of my favorite cut-scenes is where Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon defeat the Titans and claim their realms. I find it pretty neat how the pictures on the wall are able to speak. Also, who can forget about when Cerberus fell fast asleep? Simply adorable.

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On the other side of the bridge, however, there is one glitchy animation I’d like to point out. For years now, The Hydra’s heads do not fully connect with the necks and the rest of the body. Not sure what happened there, but the creators’ deserve some slack. Compared to other SUIs, Mythology isn’t bad at all.

Soundtrack

Mythology’s main theme is one of the most soothing tunes I’ve ever heard, and It’s probably my favorite! It sets a relaxing vibe to the beautiful scenery. Very well composed, Jeff Heim!

There are also other sound effects to admire like the chirping of the birds, the fierce growls of Cerberus, the raddling chains holding the Hydra, the sound of the lovely fish fountains and even the sound some of the pottery makes when you jump on it.

Conclusion

All in all, Mythology is one of Poptropica’s best islands in my opinion. The characters, the plot, the design, and the soundtrack are all attributes that make this island enjoyable and memorable. Whether you consider it to be a classic or just another SUI, Mythology is still one of the greats. Rating it from 1 to 5, I rate Mythology Island 5 out of 5 seastars!

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Again, if you still haven’t completed Mythology Island and would like some help; go ahead and check out the PHB’s written guide!

Thanks for taking the time to read my review! If you have any other opinions or information you’d like to add, feel free to share them in the comment section! I’ll see you next time, pop on!

-Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1:

Found Footage of Track & Find

Why hello there everyone! SD here to bring you a cool video that idk put together for us. Yes, in fact idk has tracked down some footage of the unreleased “Track & Find” game that has not been found before. *contains possible spoilers*

From the video we see that to play this game, you would need to find whatever character you’re given in a lineup. Carefully though, since you only get one chance per character and the lineup always looks very similar. Get 5 points first and you win! Kind of like an odd game of Hide-and-Seek, don’t ya think? Obviously Track & Find was meant to be a battle option in common rooms, but it has yet to see the light of day.

The battle seems a tad slow, but still fun, so who knows? Maybe it will one day be available to everyone. Until then, check out some of idk’s other cool Pop videos on YouTube!😀

~SD

Poptropican Meme Face Mondays: Round 52

Heyyo Poptropicans, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here.

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(P M F M!) I have a Face, I have Mondays, (dank!) Face Mondays. I have a Meme, I have Poptropican, (derp!) Meme Poptropican. Face Mondays, Meme Poptropican. (woah!) Poptropican Meme Face Mondays!

Welcome to round fifty-two.

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The lucky meme-faced Poptropicans this week are Happy singer, Creepy Thunder, and airraptor! And here are the memes:

Feel free to click on the images to view them in their full glory.😛

Want your own meme face?

Well, it’s simple. Comment on the most recent PMFM post (just choose the top one of the list, here). Be sure to follow the criteria below:

  • Very crucial: Wear the outfit you want to have in the meme face on Poptropica and keep it on for at least a week.
  • As mentioned, find the most recent PMFM post (it will be at the top of this list)
  • Include your Poptropican username in a comment.
  • Include the meme face you would like on your Poptropican in your comment (a link to an image of the meme is very preferred).
  • Post your comment and wait! (PMFM is operated on a first come-first serve basis, so your meme face will come after all of the ones before are released).
  • Just a note: You do not need to re-comment on newer posts if you haven’t gotten yours yet. Once I reply to your comment mentioning “You being added to the list,” then I have seen your comment and added it to my literal list, so yours will be made after each one before is made.

This completes round fifty-two of meme faces. Tune in next Monday for the next Poptropican Meme Face Mondays!

What do you think about this week’s meme faces? Comment below.

Meme King out. 👑

• Ultimate iPad Expert •

My Place in Poptropica: Short Dolphin

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Short Dolphin, a Poptropica blogger at The Poptropica Fandom. See below for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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2012 | How I Found Poptropica

I discovered Poptropica from a girl in my class. Let me say we were not friends (in fact, we kind of hated each other). We always fought and competed. One day, she was bragging about beating an island on Poptropica. “What’s a Poptropica??” I thought.

I had to find out, and that is when I found the game. I made my first account and started playing all the islands. What started as a competition to beat that girl ended up being a new hobby I absolutely love.

2013 -2014 | Playing in Silence

For the next few years, I still loved Poptropica. But I did not know anyone who played it anymore, so I never talked about it. Playing Pop was something I did when I was bored, and in that time, it was no longer a big thing in my life anymore.

2015 | My Account is Gone!

In early 2015, I took a break from Poptropica. I was really busy and I just did not have time to play. In May of that year, when I tried to log onto my account again, it didn’t work! I tried to retype the username and password I always had so many times, and it still said incorrect password.

I was so mad that I rage-quit and left Poptropica… until a few months later. In September, I missed Poptropica. I decided to make a few accounts so I did not need to worry about losing one. I connected my accounts to my email so I could reset my passwords and prevent myself from rage-quitting again, lol.

Early 2016 | I’m a BIG FAN!

In 2016, I discovered the Poptropica community. I started to watch Poptropica videos on YouTube, and I read blogs too. That’s how I discovered the fandom within the community.

I have always been more of a “fan” type of person. What I mean by this is, for example, I don’t want to be a singer, but I like listening to other people’s music. I don’t want to be an actor, though I like watching movies.

I like being in fandoms, and I became very interested in all things Poptropica fans do, like making theories, fanart, and fanfiction. However, I hadn’t met anyone in the community yet, because I silently read blogs like the PHB without commenting, and I did not have a WordPress account (although that’s not required to comment on blogs).

Summer 2016 | Discord and Community

Just a few months ago, this summer, I noticed a link to the Poptropica Help Chat here on the PHB. I didn’t know what it was at the time, but I decided to join it. That is when I made my Discord account, and from there, my experience in the community only got better.

Soon after, the PHB held their Poppies event. I was really excited, and little did I know that I’d even get to meet Perfect Sky – a Poptropica YouTuber whose videos I’d become a huge fan of mere months before! I talked to her the day Poppies nominations started, and we became friends. Also on Discord, I met my favorite blogger, Tall Cactus, as well as the PHB authors!

In August, I was talking to my friend Bony Fox in a YouTube DM. We decided to start a blog together. Our blog is called The Poptropica Fandom, and our goal is to unite the fandom side of the Poptropica community. We have an art gallery that anyone can contribute to, so please share your art to be featured! :)) Thanks for reading my story!

Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story! Feel free to send in your own (please include a minimum of 550 words, type with good spelling and grammar, divide it into labeled sections, and include your username). Look out for more community MPIPs every weekend!

~the Poptropica Help Blog