My Place in Poptropica: Clean Shark

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Clean Shark, who began playing Poptropica since it first began and enjoys being part of the community. See below for details on sending in your own MPIP!

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2007-2008 | Poptropica’s Early Days

Back in 2007, I frequently visited the Funbrain website. I found an advertisement for this thing called Poptropica. My older sister told me that she played this game at school a lot, and she introduced it to me. I decided to try it out, immediately got hooked, and played it frequently, even though the only island was Early Poptropica at the time. I remember there not being a blimp at all.

I wondered if the game would ever update with something new, and I think I saw a “Coming Soon: Shark Tooth Island” on the home page. That got me excited, and soon enough Shark Tooth came out. It was fantastic, even though I didn’t know how to beat it for a while. However, I figured it out and I replayed that and Early Poptropica frequently.

Now that there was a blimp and a map, I could see the upcoming islands, Time Tangled and Monster Carnival. I knew that I would enjoy this game for a long time. Island after Island came out, and the game just got bigger and better. I figured out how to save my account, and I got costumes from the new Poptropica Store. It felt amazing.

2009-2011 | That Unimportant Middle Part

Honestly, nothing truly interesting happened during these years. Sure, the map was enormous and I completed every island using the Official Poptropica Guidebook, but other than that I don’t really remember anything too interesting going on.

I think the coolest thing that happened at this time was when Wimpy Wonderland came out, because I was a huge Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan at the time, and seeing my favorite book and favorite game come together was amazing.

2012-2013 | Discovering the Community

Twisted Thicket Island, I swear. I wanted to beat it so badly since it had just come out, but I had no clue how to complete it. Just when I was about to give up, I realized something: What if I just looked up a guide on the internet?

It was then that I found the Poptropica Help Blog. I looked around and found the guide to Twisted Thicket, and I soon joined the community as “clean shark”. Not the most interesting name, heh. I used guides on tons of islands I didn’t know how to complete, and I knocked out every single one. It felt amazing.

Through the PHB, I found out all sorts of stuff about Poptropica. I learned about the Mystery of Monster Carnival Island, the island that had disappeared years before. I found out all sorts of information about Poptropica. I was completely invested.

2014-2015 | Losing Interest

Before this time, I thought I’d never stop playing Poptropica. Boy, was I wrong! About a couple of years later, I just completely lost interest in the game. I started thinking the game was becoming terrible, with episodic islands and such. I could care less about it, but I occasionally logged on to keep my account active, since I had some valuable stuff in it.

However, the Poptropica Help Blog introduced me to communities on the Internet, and I eventually made friends online on sites like Google+. I didn’t know if I’d ever come back to Poptropica, but I thought I might since I knew people regain interest in stuff they liked when they were younger. And speaking of regaining interest…

2016 | Returning to Poptropica

Near the end of the school year, I found Poptropica on the App Store. Since I easily got bored at school, I downloaded the app and played some of the older, classic Islands on there, 24 Carrot and Time Tangled respectively (now converted to SUIs – sound updated islands).

I saw a new Island called “Escape from Pelican Rock”, and it was about breaking out of prison. I thought it sounded rather interesting, and so I played it. I fell in love with it, and I thought that perhaps I was wrong about Poptropica going downhill. I played the other Islands like PoptropiCon, which I loved as well.

After that, I decided to return to the Poptropica Help Blog to get out of spots where I got stuck, and I eventually came back into the community. I have a bad habit of typing overly-long comments, though, haha. I’m a pretty big fan of Poptropica again and I’m eager to see how Poptropica 2.0 turns out.

To conclude, I’m a longtime fan of Poptropica, and being in the Poptropica community led me to become an internet star! (not really… just kinda well known on Google+…) Anyway, my name is Clean Shark, and this was My Place in Poptropica!

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

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19 thoughts on “My Place in Poptropica: Clean Shark

  1. Tallmeloniscool says:

    Clean Shark nice story this has to be one of my favorite my place in poptropica.Why? because you played poptropica right when it came out!!! and holy cow i love the part when you said you got more hooked on to poptropica when the new stuff started coming out like amazing story you are probably THE OLDEST PERSON IN THE COMMUNITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LIKE YOU PLAYED IN 2007 SEPTEMBER!!!

  2. joey says:

    hehe. My sister actually tried to make me avoid poptropica xD
    it seems she knew my favourite color was blue and that I’d easily get obsessed with the game. Also I love “escape from pelican rock island” too, something about having a doppelganger is fun XD

  3. Happy Lobster says:

    I’m not entirely sure, @Clean Shark, since I came into Pop in 2008, but I initially thought that when it started, both Early Pop and Shark Tooth were on the map?

    • That Clean Shark Dude says:

      Nope, it was only Early Poptropica for a while. In the character creator, you jumped through a hole to get to EP since there was no blimp yet.

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