Preface: this post has been setting in drafts for months, and while the idea was there, I didn’t have a strong enough theory. I’ve discovered something since then, and it may just change the history of Poptropica forever. The President of Poptropica recently stated that they were going to be releasing an origin story of Poptropica soon… and this may tap into that story. It’s a really big thing to explain, so I’m splitting this into parts. Come back soon for part 2! 😀
Something occurred to me the other day – Time Tangled Island never had dinosaurs! One of the most iconic and one of the first islands there ever was, Time Tangled had time periods from nearly all the eras – except one of the most important eras of all — the dinosaur era! Doesn’t that seem a bit strange?
But that’s not the end of it. An old Daily Pop has even more evidence that a Dinosaur island was planned. Multiple cavemen costume ideas were posted, and from that point on multiple signs have popped up all around the game.
It ended there with hints cropping up of the island for years, but with the recent release of Mission Atlantis Episode 3, we see the dinosaurs once again. The story involves the extinction of the dinosaurs by a meteor shower that crashed the alien ship that you’ve been exploring. That’s basically all we get, but the fact that they’re associating dinosaurs with aliens is the part where things get interesting.
Aliens have been a part of Poptropica for ages as I’ve discussed before – Nabooti Island, Astro-Knights, Lunar Colony, and now Mission Atlantis.
There was a separate theory going around in the community a while back, on the chronological order of islands – were they random, were they all connected, or is each island in a separate universe? Sponsored islands aside, I believe that they are all in the same universe.
You’re probably wondering how I explain the time differences between islands, such as the hop between Reality TV Island to Mythology Island. It sounds unbelievable, until you take into consideration the very first islands…
Early Poptropica transitions to Shark Tooth with no apparent time gap. Then Shark Tooth transistions to Time Tangled with a corresponding character in both islands! No question there, they’re in the same time period.
Let’s look into this a little more though. In Early Poptropica, there is an arcade with arcade games. Arcade games came into play in the 1970s and 80s. The games in arcade, however, are games like Sudoku and Switch. If you read up on it, you’ll learn that Sudoku only became successful in 2005. If you read the plaque about Professor Hammerhead in the tourist center in Shark Tooth Island, it says that he died in 1997 (which we learned later isn’t true).
Also note the text on the plaques – Professor Hammerhead discovered this island and its ruins. By this time, the island seems to be inhabited by tons of citizens.
The inventor of the time machine you use in Time Tangled is taking a vacation on Shark Tooth, according the the newspaper on Time Tangled (also he’s standing in the Tourist Center 😛 ). The general time of all three islands is around the time Poptropica first started, 2007.
It starts to change after you leave Time Tangled Island.
I’ll be explaining more in posts to come – tell me your theories in the comments below! I really think I’ve hit the nail on the head for this one, tell me what you think. 😀