To the finish line: coming up, Closing Ceremony!

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Hey Poptropic-athletes, it’s been an energetic month of friendly competition for the PHB Tribal Tournament, but we’re almost to the finish line. This Friday, August 26th, we’ll be wrapping up our Games with a Closing Ceremony where we’ll be announcing the winning tribes for each category and the overall reigning champions, so don’t miss it! Here are the details:

  • 7pm Eastern time (that’s 6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, 4pm Pacific, and for all other time zones, check a time converter). In some parts of the world, it may be Saturday (26th) morning.
  • The party will be on the PHC at discord.me/thePHC – a completely safe chatroom environment where PHB staff and other Poptropicans regularly hang out – with Multiverse, games, and more!
  • Feel free to pop in and out as your schedule permits – you’ll usually find Poptropicans online at this time! Cheer on your tribe, battle against players in Multiverse rooms, and have fun!

As the tournament draws near its end, keep in mind the final day you can compete in our various competitions: Wednesday, August 24! (Some posts originally said the 21st but it’s been extended.)

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When Robinson Crusoe appears beyond Monkey Wrench Island

Hey Poptropicans, what’s popping?

Crusoe’s on Home Island! Okay, it’s not the Crusoe of Monkey Wrench Island – it’s Robinson Crusoe from the new animated movie, The Wild Life (but titled Robinson Crusoe outside the US). There’s an advertisement for it on Poptropica, but only on the mobile app (which you can get here – looks like they’ve updated the promo page for that as well!). (Thanks to Friendly Foot for the tip.)

Anyway, I personally found trying to enter the ad room a bit glitchy – you should be able to enter just by tapping the door entrance, but it took me a few tries of logging out. Sometimes an “Action” button would appear in the bottom corner that you could also tap to enter the room.

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Once you enter, you can head up to the top left corner of the room to play a game where you have 30 seconds to tap on fruit before they get too close (as indicated by their size). If you experience the glitchiness of some fruit not appearing and causing you to lose like I did, try exiting the game and going back to it – that fix worked for me. The prizes for winning are a Carmello Follower (floating chameleon; pressing the Action button makes him camouflage) and Pirate Costume.

In other news, RedRiderYT recently pointed out to us that the online Poptropica Shop is no longer selling the custom Poptropican t-shirts and hoodies. Searching for “Poptropica” on the third party website that made the clothing, TV’s Toy Box, results in a “forbidden” error.

If you have one of these shirts or hoodies, that means it’s now a (real life) rare item! Treasure it, keep it, and wear it proudly. You’ll be missed, Poptropica shirt shop.

Oh and by the way, there’s a new Poptropica tool for customization around, no download required… those who are interested can check it out on the PHB’s Glitching page.:)

Don’t forget, this weekend is the Closing Ceremony for the PHB Tribal Tournament! It’s going to be a lot of fun, so try to make it if you can! Check out this post for all the details.

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That’s all for now – thanks for popping in, Poptropicans!

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Poptropican Meme Face Mondays: Round 38

Heyyo Poptropicans, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here.

meemkingmeem Thanks to the amazingly talented SmileyFaceOrg for this absolutely awesome image!

Let the Meme King forever rule. Let Memelandia prevail forevermore! Memes! Memes! Memes! Welcome to round thirty-eight of PMFM (Poptropican Meme Face Mondays)!

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The lucky meme-faced Poptropicans this week are rafaa rara, Maganashake, and Rocky Rockstar! And here are the memes:

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

More memery today, as well. Celebrating the two birthdays of Giant Raptor and DJScratchStep! Giant Raptor’s is this Wed, and DJScratchStep missed out last week on his chance, but his birthday was on the 13th. Be sure to send them your birthday wishes! 🎉

And last but certainly not least, is SmileyFaceOrg. I did an art trade with her over on DeviantArt. This is my end of the trade and that super dank pic used for the meme at the beginning was made by her. If you want to check out the original image, click here, and I’d highly suggest you check out her whole DeviantArt page, she’s super talented.

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 thirty-eight 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 •

PHB Sneak Peeks: Pets, alternate worlds, and more!

Hey Poptropicans!

While Poptropica remains pretty quiet about what they’re working on, our resident glitcher idk recently uncovered some interesting test scenes behind-the-scenes. Keep in mind, as these are test scenes, there’s no guarantee of whether they’ll appear in game eventually. With that said, let’s take a look!

In this scene, we get a backdrop with a scenic mountain range that features a few platforms and a character you can talk to – who’s accompanied by a cute little blob that may be a pet!

We know from Poptropica that pets will be part of the New Poptropica – and this might be one of them. Or maybe just a prototype. Who knows?

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Here’s another room, named “Air Control Test”. According to idk, the red block shoots your character into the air! Wonder what this could be for. Some skydiving, perhaps?

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There was also this rather empty room, save for a character who offers you something to open a treasure chest. Thanks… matey.

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Moving on, here we have a royally-dressed character who seems to be hinting at something super interesting… the idea of other Poptropicans coming from an alternate “Poptropiverse” (probably meaning Poptropica universe)! Could the Realms theory proposed in an earlier Popspiracy be true?? Hmm… perhaps this will be answered through the Poptropica graphic novels, as book 2 hints!

Finally, idk also uncovered these unused graphics for the Daily Pop which featured a “Challenge of the Day”, although the activity is unknown. Perhaps it was replaced by the flash games section.

Anyway, that’s all for this sneak peeks post! Hope you enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look! Keep poppin’ on, Poptropicans. Have a geisha goodbye, courtesy of Shaky Skunk! 🎎

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New freebies in the Store: “The Lost Expedition” Edition!

Hey Poptropicans! Something’s popping, and you don’t want to get lost on this expedition!

Remember a couple of weeks ago when we showed you guys some unreleased Poptropica Store items? Well, they’re here! And the best part: THEY’RE FREE! Thanks Creators!:)

In celebration of the recent release of the second Poptropica graphic novel, The Lost Expedition, Poptropica has released seven awesome items that you can pick up for free at the Store: Amazonian Woman, Loon’s Head Cane, Secret Society Trooper, Shakespeare in Love, Stun Baton, Terror Captain, and White Out. They’re not going to be around forever, so get them while they last!

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What are these strange characters and powers all about? That’s what the new graphic novel, The Lost Expedition, can answer – and at least one PHB author (Brave Tomato) has already taken a look at the book and can definitely recommend it for all Poptropicans!

So… Quick! To the bookstore! Poptropica recently shared this drawing on social media, which they say was made by a Poptropica Creator on a whiteboard at Poptropica’s headquarters.

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Anyway, be sure to pick up your new Store freebies and buy the new graphic novel to support Poptropica if you haven’t already! Keep on poppin’ on, Poptropicans!

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My Place in Poptropica: Friendly Leopard

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Friendly Leopard, who slowly but surely gained interest in Poptropica through her friends. See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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2010-2011 | My Parents’ Friend’s Kid

I first found Poptropica through my parents’ friend’s kid. That day, my parents invited friends over to celebrate Christmas Eve, and their friends happened to bring their kid along. As we always did, during gatherings, we turned on the computer and I let her play whatever she wanted (since I was the kind of kid who watched TV more than played games). She immediately logged into Poptropica and started playing.

She also created my first Poptropica account for me: Creepy Popper. She then helped me complete my first island, Reality TV Island. Naive as I was, I actually thought Reality TV was the only island that was fun to play, since the other islands were about stories and adventuring, and Reality TV had many mini-games. After a while, I got bored of Poptropica and abandoned my account.

For a few years after that, I didn’t play Poptropica much. I did return once in a while, but most of the time it was just to replay Reality TV island, which I usually left after a short while.

2014 | Other Islands Are Fun, Too

During December 2014, I returned to Poptropica after wondering how the islands are completed, which was the time when I saw the person who introduced Poptropica to me play Wimpy Wonderland Island. I wondered if perhaps adventuring virtually could be fun too.

I also created a second Poptropica account, Friendly Leopard, because I thought the first account had a terrible name, and I wanted to start over. So I, of course, played Reality TV again, but this time I moved onto several other islands like Shark Tooth Island and Wimpy Boardwalk Island. It was all well, and I had a wonderful time. My favourite island at that time was Lunar Colony because I loved how it explored alien life.

Then I came to Astro-Knights. I took very long just to make it to the boss battle, and many parts like the helicopter guy took very long for me to beat, and the boss battle was so frustratingly difficult. Because I couldn’t beat Mordred at the end, I abandoned Poptropica again.

2015 | If They Can, So Can I

That year, I met a girl in real life who also played Poptropica. Her Poptropican name is Cheerful Joker. She was an avid Poptropica fan, and kept bugging me to give her my Poptropica username, which I refused at first because I had already abandoned the game. Eventually, I gave in. This friend loved Poptropica very much, and slowly my interest in the game was sparked again.

I went back to Poptropica and began the long journey of completing Poptropica islands, including having to face Astro-Knights again. My motivation was that if Cheerful Joker and Cheerful Fox (another good friend of mine) could do it, I could too. Cheerful Joker also introduced me to the PHB, which I frequently used, along with Thinknoodles, to help with completion of islands.

Soon I only had Nabooti and Red Dragon Island left, which I could not complete because membership was required (I had already done the other sponsored islands before they were locked up for members only). My gaming skills also got better, so islands that once gave me such difficulty, like Astro-Knights, were no biggie anymore.

This was also the year I begun to buy lots of virtual clothing, which I mixed and matched to form costumes of various anime characters (an example is one of my accounts with the username kanadetachibanaa, who is dressed as Kanade from the anime Angel Beats).

2016 | Now an Avid Fan

In 2016, one of my friends, Grey Hippo, also joined Poptropica. However, she isn’t playing it now because of her parents’ disapproval and their expectations on her grades.

Red Dragon Island was also finally re-released to the public, so I finished that, and now I only have Nabooti left to complete. I am still waiting for it to be released… someday. I still check the PHB for updates, and am excitedly waiting for the next Poptropica island. And that is how I transformed, from a girl who didn’t care about games to becoming an avid fan of Poptropica!

Overall, my journey as a Poptropica player has gone on for many years, and over time I was able to find out why so many people loved Poptropica — their fun and exciting virtual adventures, evil and cute villains (like Dr Hare), their crazily interesting followers and their cute costumes! Honestly, deciding to rejoin the Poptropican fandom was never a regret of mine.

P.S. Now, I also want to give a tip to people who’ve just started playing Poptropica: play easier islands first to increase your gaming skills. This way, hard islands won’t be as much of a problem anymore. I promise. At least, it was to me.

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 in the future!

~the PHB

Popspiracy: Conflicting Islands, Time, and the Blimp

(This is a guest post by Happyhappy760, a PHB reader here to share some Poptropica thoughts. Keep in mind that what she presents is only theory, not to be taken as fact. If you have a Popspiracy, see below for details on guest posting! Enjoy! –SlantedFish)

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Hey guys, it’s Happyhappy760 here, and some of you may of seen me from the PHC or around the PHB comments section. Please don’t visit my blog. (It’s dead.)

Anyway, I’m sure that all of us sometime or another have visited these particular islands: Time Tangled, Monkey Wrench, and Early Pop. Now, there’s something in common between all these islands… Guess!

They all play a part in the beginning of Poptropica! (If you got that wrong, wamp, wamp, waaamp. Unless you found another thing in common. But that’s not what we’re talking about.) Monkey Wrench Island shows how the blimp was made, Early Poptropica shows were Poptropica all began, and Time Tangled allows you to go back in time to before Poptropica was created.

Part 1: The Conflicting Timeline of Islands

So, you may be thinking,”Happy, you need to tell us what this is about!!” Okay, I’ll tell you. This is where everything comes together. First, think about the islands and time. Think back to when there were like, three islands. (Ahh, the good old days… sorta.) There was NO Monkey Wrench.

We started with Early Pop, with no blimp at first, but the blimp later appeared when other islands showed up. The pilgrims settled down in Ameri– ahem, Poptropica. But in Monkey Wrench, the monkeys make the blimp.

Then in Time Tangled, you go back before Early Pop began. And Early Pop started in 1982, according to the pilgrims’ sign! In Time Tangled, Leonardo Da Vinci was born in 1452. According to the Shark Tooth museum, Professor Hammerhead died at 77! 1982 was NOT 77 years ago! (Although at some point it will be. But right now, it’s not.) So if all these timelines are getting mixed up, Poptropica is basically one big Time Tangled Island! But… there’s a catch.

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Part 2: The Blimp is a Time Machine, and Poptropica was established as an entity following the existences of ancient world civilizations.

The blimp. It could be a time machine in itself! It allows you to go to different times! Even in Poptropica’s earlier days, you had the blimp, but what if you were from the future, and the blimp took you back in time?! As Poptropica evolved into more and more islands, and SUIs, your blimp made its way back to the future! In the future, where it came from, Monkey Wrench Island was there, and maybe that’s where the blimp came from.

Now, notice how Time Tangled goes back in time before Poptropica’s settlers settled down (when you use the mini time device to travel to ancient civilizations). But look at real world events, people! There were people in ancient civilizations before America became a country! It could be the same with Poptropica! (Just that Poptropica sort of replicated real world events.)

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Also, maybe the reason you didn’t use your blimp to get around Time Tangled Island is just because it’s an island. It’s too big to fit in the lab, and it’s too big to take back to certain times. Besides, if you took it back to those other time periods, some Poptropicans would think it was an enemy spirit or something, and destroy it. Then how would you get to the different islands?

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Part 3: Crusoe and the Grecian warrior on Shark Tooth

And remember that warrior on Shark Tooth? Maybe Crusoe from Monkey Wrench is his descendant! ‘Cause what if the warrior hung onto your blimp and follow you to Shark Tooth?

I’m sorry, that doesn’t make sense. Kind of. But we don’t know where Crusoe went after we landed on Home Island. Maybe he went to Shark Tooth (he does have that jungle aesthetic) and settled there. So… yeah. I’m getting ahead of myself.

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(My Photoshop paint job. It could be worse! :P)

But there’s one thing I can’t figure out… If the Early Pop pilgrims are the earliest settlers of Poptropica, then who are these guys who supposedly come before their time?

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If you can figure this one out, good for you. But that’s my Popspiracy, and I hope you enjoyed!

~Happyhappy760

P.S. Don’t forget to be happy.

Share your Pop conspiracies in the comments or on the PHC – we’d love to hear them. If you’d like to develop it into a full guest post like this one, contact the PHB (minimum 500 words). Stay popping!

This Expedition is Not a Lost Edition – plus interview with book author Mitch Krpata!

Hey Poptropicans!

For all you avid readers waiting, the second Poptropica graphic novel, The Lost Expedition, has finally been released to bookstores – and those who pre-ordered the book should be receiving it soon!

You can order the book on Amazon, among other places, if you want to check out what happens next in the adventures of Oliver, Jorge, and Mya following the events of the first book, Mystery of the Map, which was also made into an island. We’re not sure if The Lost Expedition will be made into an island, but Poptropica Creator Skinny Moon recently stated that it’s not one of the islands they’re currently working on. Also, unlike the first book, this one isn’t being distributed for free online!

PHB author Brave Tomato recently uncovered some pretty cool info about the third book as well, which you can check out here. In the meantime, here’s the description for book two!

Oliver, Mya, and Jorge continue their search for home, with a few hilarious stops along the way. As the friends set sail for new sights, they find the evil Octavian is still hot on their trail, and he’s determined to get his hands on their magical map. To make matters worse, a mysterious organization is keen on expelling the three friends from Poptropica. As the pals travel, they find that each island is filled with its own unique brand of peril, and the mystery surrounding the map and Poptropica itself begins to unfold. Will our trio be able to once again outfox Octavian and discover the identity of this secret society?

Over on the Creators’ Blog, there’s an interview with the author, Mitch Krpata (who, by the way, is the voice of Captain Crawfish)! Here’s an excerpt below, but you’re encouraged to check out the full exclusive interview on the Creators’ Blog!

So, Mitch. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m married and have two young kids and a dog. I like to watch movies, read books, play board games, and sleep late. Anything that doesn’t require me to leave the house.

How long have you been working on Poptropica? What do you do exactly?

I have been working on Poptropica from the beginning. I was part of the team that met every week in a windowless conference room to brainstorm ideas, and also helped to lay out Early Poptropica. My main job has been to write the island scripts, but I also help with marketing and promotion, licensed products (like the books and Ubisoft games), making our YouTube walkthroughs… I’m also a real cut-up on Slack.(Editor’s note: He certainly is. His gifs are epic.)

Tell us something random about yourself that Poptropica fans would find funny or surprising.

I love professional wrestling. One day I will convince the powers that be to let me make a Lucha Libre Island.

Can you give us some hints about books 3 and 4?

Book 3 will finally start to answer some of the many, many questions that have come up in the first two books. It’s also action-packed! Can’t say much about book 4 just yet…

Oliver and Jorge battle it out in a game of Poptropica soup words. Who wins?

Oliver would win because he’s a total bookworm. Jorge would probably look for swear words, which aren’t allowed.

For the rest of the awesome interview, check out this post on the Creators’ Blog celebrating the launch of the book! Congratulations to everyone involved with the book production! 🎉

Creator Skinny Moon, who conducted the interview, ends the post with this snazzy animated gif that she says “may or may not be video straight from Poptropica HQ.” If it is – it sure looks like the Creators get up to some dizzyingly fun antics! And given her earlier comment about Mitch’s gif-making prowess, it may even have come from the man of the hour himself!

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Anyway, we’ll let you know here on the PHB what interesting information we uncover from the second book once we have a chance to get to it. Stay tuned!😀

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