This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Zany Hawk, who found Poptropica from Funbrain’s Math Playground and has enjoyed playing with common rooms, islands, and the PHB community. See the bottom of this post for details on sending in your own MPIP!
2008-2009 | From Math Playground to Poptropica
It all began when I was in third grade and my class was watching a Goosebumps movie. My teacher told us that if we thought it was too scary, we could go to the back and play games instead. Well, there was a dark figure with a creepy voice in that movie – so off I went to the back. A few minutes later, while I was on Funbrain, I found the game Poptropica through an advertisement and my teacher said I could play it. A friend sat next to me and we checked it out together.
The name I got in the game was Sneaky Fox, and he looked like John Travolta’s character from the film Grease. I thought, “Wow, he’s a pretty cute character!” So I went on and played Super Power Island, then Spy Island. The game seemed boring with only a few islands at the time, so I went back to Funbrain’s Math Playground. My teacher wanted us to play it to practice our math. Poptropica was always advertised when I finished a level of math, and I figured whenever I’d come back, there’d be more islands for me to play through.
2009-2011 | Fun in the Common Rooms
I made a new character, which I believe was named Smarty Dolphin or Smarty Fox, and I heard there were common rooms on the islands. I entered one, and inside it looked like a candy shop.
What shocked me at the time was that I think I may have interacted with some of the PHB authors! We played quite a few games, like Sky Dive and Soupwords. I kept doing the angry expression and other characters did the laughing emote in return. Not long afterwards, I forgot about them, and I suppose they forgot about it too.
2013-2014 | Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Other Islands
I have two Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, the first one and the do-it-yourself one. At some point, I caught wind of the fact that the author of the Wimpy Kid books, Jeff Kinney, is the creator of Poptropica. I heard a snowy Wimpy Kid island was made (Wimpy Wonderland), and decided to check that out along with Red Dragon and Big Nate Island.
However, I didn’t know what to do on the islands. All I knew how to do was go left and right to collect limited edition items or buy from the Store to customize my character.
Later, I was looking for a guide for Shrink Ray Island, which to me was very hard. I went to Google, found the Poptropica Help Blog, and used the cheats there. Back and forth, I followed the guide and played the island. I was sitting with my little sister, who liked to watch me do the animations from using Store items. At the time, I also played Shrink Shot, which was the Shrink Ray Island promo game that you could get a lot of free items from. You can still play it today.
2015–present | Together again?
I made a new Poptropican called Zany Hawk, who looks like a cartoon James Bond! I was happy to get what I think was four medallions for completing islands using Slanted Fish’s island guides. I commented on some blog posts on the PHB as well.
Even though I was internet friends with the PHB community way back then, I’ll always remember the fun and craziest times we had together. If you like my story, add me on Poptropica by searching the user BigHero6Fan1. See you next time, Poptropicans!
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