Join us for the Poppies 2017 Awards Party!

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Hello, Poptropicans! The big day is near…

This month, as you may know, we’re celebrating the Poppies, our annual Poptropica community awards event. Very soon, we’ll be announcing the winners!

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Announcing: The Poppies 2017!

This round is now closed. Check out the voting round here!

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♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year… ♫

Welcome, ladies and gents of the Poptropica community, to the Poptropica Help Blog’s third annual Poptropica community awards event: The Poppies!

What are The Poppies?

If you were around for last year’s event, you may remember how this works. We start off with a nomination round, where you nominate your picks for a certain category. This begins today, Wednesday, July 5, and will last for a week, until Wednesday, July 12.

Next, we move on to the voting round. Once the nominations have been narrowed down, you’ll be able to vote from the most popular nominations of each category. This will commence on Saturday, July 15 and will end a week later on Saturday, July 22.

Finally, this leads us to the awards ceremony, where we will be announcing the winners as we celebrate the PHB’s 9th birthday on Wednesday, July 26. More details about the party will be announced soon!

Part I: Nomination Round

First up is the nomination round. Each award category announced will be followed by a brief description (see below). To keep the nominations a surprise, you’ll be putting your nominations in our survey, where the Poppies team will look at the most popular nominations to create the voting options for the next round. Keep in mind that some of these categories are applicable to both Poptropica Worlds and Original Poptropica.

Start filling in the survey now!

Without further ado, the awards up for grabs are:

Poptropica Gameplay Awards:

  1. Best Store Item: With over a hundred store items Poptropica has released, which one stood out to you the most? Was it a costume? A power? A mini quest? Whatever it is – nominate it!
  2. Best Tribe Common Room: Ah, the Tribe common rooms; the exclusive space where tribal mates can meet up and plot their revenge enjoy each other’s company. Each room has its own interactive elements and they all have awesome designs, but which one is really the best?
  3. Best Common Room Game: Poptropica’s common room games include: Sudoku, Hoops, Sky Dive, Paint War, Star Link, Balloons, Soupwords, and Pathwise. Nominate your favorites from the list!
  4. Best Adventure Island: Poptropica has classified four islands as Adventure Islands. These include: Mythology, Arabian Nights, Survival, and Mystery of the Map. Which one is the greatest play?
  5. Best Challenging Island: Poptropica defines the challenging islands on the map as the following: Galactic Hot Dogs, Timmy Failure, Poptropicon, Spy, Shrink Ray, Reality TV, Escape from Pelican Rock (EFPR), Red Dragon, Super Power, Zomberry, Wild West, Vampire’s Curse, Cryptids, Monster Carnival, Mystery Train, Mocktropica, Wimpy Boardwalk, Shark Tooth, Night Watch, Astro Knights, Back Lot, Early Poptropica, Lunar Colony, Super Villain, S.O.S., Poptropolis Games, Counterfeit, Skullduggery, Ghost Story, Virus Hunter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Nate, Steamworks, Great Pumpkin, Twisted Thicket, and Nabooti. Wowie, that’s a lengthy list; it does offer some great choices, though. Which one do you think is the most challenging?
  6. Best Poptropica Merchandise: Over the years Poptropica has released quite a wide range of merchandise: books, toys, video games, and even clothing! Whether it was released or never released – which piece of merch was your favorite? If you’re not quite sure, our merchandise page is a good place to browse for favorites.
  7. Best Island Trailer: Typically a couple of weeks before a new island releases, Poptropica releases a  video trailer to give us a preview of what our next adventure has in store for us. They’ve made one for almost every Island, and they’re all very good, but are some better than others? Which one is your favorite? Whether it’s on a basis of cinematic feel, the music, or just the island itself –  go ahead and nominate it!
  8. Best Poptropica Ad: While Poptropica’s Islands keep us occupied most of the time, sometimes there isn’t anything to do. Quite often, advertisers contract for temporary games that appear on Poptropica. Advertisers have included Disney, Kellogg’s Froot Loops, Lego toys, and various animated movies and DVD releases, but there have been many others as well. If you can’t remember many of the past ads (then again, who can?), the Ad Transporter, developed by Keith Sammut, allows you to teleport to retired advertisement stages – so go check it out!
  9. Most Surprising Plot Twist: When playing a Poptropica Island, it’s not a surprise to expect a surprise, but sometimes it’s just not what we saw coming. We can think of a few examples that are perfect for this category, but we’ll leave it up to you to come up with the plot twist that surprised you most.
  10. Wittiest Poptropican Name: We’ve chosen the best (Golden Dragon & Golden Sword), we’ve chosen the worst (Big Belly), we’ve chosen the funniest (Cuddly Cactus), but how about the wittiest? Poptropica names can be pretty witty, but which combination is just too witty? Check out our Poptropica Names page to come up with something clever.

Community Awards:

  1. Best PHB Author: The PHB currently has a team of eight staff writers who work hard to provide informing and entertaining content, and each author presents with their own unique style. The current team consists of Slanted Fish, Brave Tomato, Spotted Dragon, Slippery Raptor, Lucky Joker, Happy Lobster, Silver Wolf, and Purple Claw – and all of us are automatically nominated!
  2. Best MPIP: Here on the PHB, many poptropicans have written their “My Place in Poptropica”, where they’ve shared their stories on how they came to Poptropica as well as their involvement in the community. (Look back on every MPIP here!)
  3. Best Active Fan Site (outside of the PHN): We, the PHB, want to take a moment to recognize another Poptropica fan site out there that’s doing awesome work, and this is that award! That means this award is not for the Poptropica Help Network, which includes this blog, the PHC (chat), our Twitter, videos, and wiki. Don’t worry, though – there are still so many content creators out there who put out neat stuff. Whether it’s a blog, a YouTube channel, or something else, go ahead and nominate it if it’s your favorite! As for blogs, the Poptropica Bloggers Network is a perfect place to start looking through a few.
  4. Best Fan Art of 2017: Poptropican artists from all over have created wonderful masterpieces throughout the year so far, but which of them deserves the title of “best”? Our DeviantArt group is a good place to start searching. This category looks for works that were created/published in the year 2017, to give the more current and active artists a chance at the award.
  5. Best Fan Fiction: Because art consists of such a diverse range of creative and imaginative pieces, we thought we’d make a category specifically for fan fictions. Again, the PHB magazines and our DeviantArt group are great places to look. Get reading!
  6. Best Realm: Another form of art on its own; there are tons of realms that have been created. Look through some of them and provide the code in the nomination survey so that we can see it too! You may nominate your own Realms, your friends’, or even someone you don’t know – it’s up to you.
  7. Best PHC Staffer: In case you’ve been living under a rock, the PHB hosts a chat server on Discord called the PHC, which stands for Poptropica Help Chat. You should really stop by! The PHC has a staff team of kind and reliable people who keep the chat a fun and safe environment. That sounds pretty award-deserving, don’t you think? Nominate your favorite staff member and tell us why you picked them! This award excludes PHB staff but includes any current Guardian (mod) or Supreme Overlord (admin).

Undesirable Awards:

  1. Most Underrated Character: While some characters are given much attention, some are very overlooked. Which Poptropica character do you think is the most underrated? (Note: Don’t nominate fellow players. This is for NPCs.)
  2. Worst Poptropica Update: Poptropica has come out with many amazing updates that have really expanded the game such as the friend feature and restart-an-island feature, but there have been others that many weren’t on board with. Do you have any in mind? Which update is the worst to you?

As said before, the nomination round starts now, so sound off in the survey who/what you think is deserving of the awards! Please limit your nominations to a max of three per award. Also, you’re not required to nominate for every category, though it is encouraged!

Remember, the voting round starts next week, and next week’s poll options will be based on this week’s most popular nominations. So, be sure to check back in next week to cast your votes! For now…

Make your nominations on our survey!

Keep popping in to keep up with Poppies events throughout this month!

PHB Quickie: Mission Atlantis (Episode 2) Overview

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here with a shortened review of Mission Atlantis Ep. 2: Fortress of the Deep. For a full review of the entire island, check out our earlier Mission Atlantis Review!

Although this island came out a few years ago, it’s nice to remember that Poptropica has built up a big collection of islands we can re-play to our heart’s content, and this is just one of many. So let’s dive in!

As the second installment of Mission Atlantis series, this episode has a lot to accomplish — primarily to top the previous episode as well as getting players hooked. While this alien-based story develops, players need to embrace this new atmosphere to appreciate the rest of the game. That said, did it achieve its goal, or did it sink far beyond return?

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The episode starts off where the last one ended – you’ve discovered an other-worldly sunken ship, and your job is to investigate. One of the many things they nailed in this episode is the atmosphere. It differs drastically from the previous episode, implementing an eerie edge. This edge keeps you on guard, especially when you find the shark area. The scenery is truly captivating and works well with the mysterious tone.

Compared to many of Poptropica’s best islands, the story is fairly substandard. The feeling of loneliness didn’t quite work as well here as it did in Steamworks Island. Encountering some underwater civilians, or having a goal other than opening the circular door would have made the story a lot more interesting.

However, compared to Into the Deep (Episode 1), Episode 2 does leave you asking more questions like “What’s up with those glyphs?”, and “What’s inside the ship?” Unanswered questions are a good thing, in my opinion, especially in an episodic adventure. Near the end, Fortress of the Deep leaves quite the cliffhanger: your player is somehow sucked into the ship! Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Maybe a little bit of both…

Overall, I’d give this episode 3.5/5 stars. The soundtrack was nice, the story was okay, and most importantly, it did its job — making us curious about what is going to happen next.

That about wraps up this quick review! What did you think of Fortress of the Deep? Let me know! Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon.

-Lucky Joker

Customizing Changes on Worlds: New Clothes, Cliff Housebuff, and More

Hello everyone!

Lucky Joker here, with a range of customization-related tips and updates from Poptropica Worlds. Let’s get into it!

Earlier, Skinny Moon posted on the Creators’ Blog some ways in which you can customize your character on Worlds. Also included was this quick new video giving an overview of customization and more in Worlds:

As we said in our Poptropica Worlds review, you can now buy clothing items individually, which really makes customization convenient. For example, you can buy shoes from one outfit, a pair of glasses from another and create a look that’s totally unique! Even better, in Poptropica Words, we have access to all costumes and all various parts regardless of our Poptropican’s gender.

While we’re looking at outfits, there are several new ones in the store, including: a ninja, orange-and-blue (American) football player, gothic cheerleader, and red-and-blue cheerleader!

As you can see, Skinny Moon’s definitely taking advantage of Poptropica Worlds’ customization options – what a difference! To share how you customized your Poptropican, use the hashtag #MyPoptropican on social media so the Creators can see and possibly re-post it!

Speaking of appearances, have you noticed that, as of last week, Cliff Housebuff on Home Island had a bit of a makeover? Hmm, when will we get to change our skin tones too? 😛

Also, another little update you might’ve seen in the pics above: there’s a little arrow in the corners of speech bubbles, so you can now click them to speed up dialogue!

Transferring your account now also allows you to create your look and award you 750 coins for starting a new account on Worlds.

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There were other minor updates from last week as well, including: fixing Bleachy Boy/Girl (avatars missing their style and coloring), music added to the login screen, more sound effects, etc. The Creators continue to work hard to keep making Worlds better!

Well, that’s all for today. What do you think of these customization options? I personally think that being able to buy individual items is a great new feature. Sound off your opinions in the comments section.

–Lucky Joker

PHB Pop-over Special: Scooby-Doo

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Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here with a new PHB Pop-over special for you all today. The crossover franchise this time around is Scooby Doo!

If you’re not familiar with Scooby Doo in general, the franchise predominantly follows a group of four teenagers (Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy) and their Great Dane, Scooby, as they solve very anomalous mysteries involving supernatural creatures.

If you’re a fan, then do we have some good news for you. Here we have five ready-made costumes of the members of Mystery Incorporated, itself! Just add the usernames in the graphic above (or listed below) and costumize! (You can use the ASG or tools like iPop, accessible on our glitching page, to obtain any non-costumizable items. 😉 )

  • Fred Jones (FredJonesPHB): hair from man in line in front of the Twin Palms Mall (Night Watch Island), handkerchief from the cowgirl in the casino of Dos Cactos (Wild West), shirt from any randomized NPC
  • Daphne Blake (DaphneBlake_PHB): Most of this outfit can be found by randomizing the dummies in the “New You” shop on Home Island. The green handkerchief is on a boy waiting in line on Poptropicon Island, episode 1.
  • Velma Dinkley (VelmaDinkley_PHB): hair from Rosemoji2 (ASG), glasses from randomized NPC, orange shirt in julian0608’s closet, skirt from Sickly Skull on Reality TV
  • Shaggy Rogers (ShaggyRogers_PHB): hair from Mythology Surfer Costume (275 credits), smile from WillyWonkaASG, green shirt from man in front of Berts’s Bed & Breakfast (Cryptids Island), pants from any randomized NPC
  • Scooby Doo (ScoobyPHB): ears from undefineddummy (add to your friends), puppy costume in the Store (brown for snout and body, black for tail, bone from either)

Well, that about wraps up this Poptropica/Scooby-Doo crossover. I hope you enjoyed it, thanks for reading!

The Final Poptropica Worlds Mystery Item Leak!

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here sharing the final Poptropica Worlds prerelease mystery item leak. I say prerelease because it’s fair to assume that there’ll be more item leaks like this in the future (postrelease). Anyway, Skinny Moon posted this image today of another item we’ll be seeing in Poptropica Worlds:

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This looks like it could be a number of things! As far as furniture items go, this looks like some kind of armoire we could store our belongings in, or even an arcade cabinet where we could play a few mini games (wouldn’t that be cool?).

However, if we’re talking Crisis Caverns, this looks like it could either be a pedestal for an offering or some sort of throne (theory on this below) – both of which would most likely be made of stone if you notice the blocky shape.

If you recall from a few years ago, you’ll remember the Mole King, who was thought to be a character for an underground-themed island.

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Sadly he was scrapped, but if it is, in fact, a throne, could we be seeing the Mole King in Crisis Caverns Island? Although his (possible) throne doesn’t look the same as before, the Mole King having involvement with Crisis Caverns doesn’t sound too far-fetched, am I right? What do you guys think?

With this third sneak peek given, it seems that Poptropica Worlds is just around the corner at this point and I’m super excited about it. What do you think the mystery item is? Sound off your ideas in the comments section.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

-Lucky Joker

Pop 5: Adventurous Islands

(Hello, Poptropicans! This is a guest post written by Poptropica community member, TechWizard. Keep in mind that this Pop 5 list represents only the author’s opinions, and also contains minor spoilers for some Poptropica islands. With that said, enjoy!)

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Hey Poptropicans! It’s everyone’s favorite Pop 5-er, TechWizard!

Poptropica Islands are really awesome, so I decided: Why not tell you all my pop 5 favorite adventurous islands? How does that sound to you? Great. Sit down and be prepared for an adventurous ride!

Please notice that this list contains spoilers, so read at your own risk! Anyway, let’s just get to the countdown!

#5: Spy Island

Being one of the very first islands I played, Spy Island whips you into a mission to track down three lost agents while dealing with the villainous B.A.D organization. Are they terrorists? Do they just want to make a fashion statement? Well, who knows? Spy Island is a classic and a great play for all ages! And it’s certainly NOT “mission impossible”!

#4: Arabian Nights Island, Ep. 2

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I’m a sucker for infiltration games, and Episode 2 of Arabian Nights is no exception. You sneak around the 40 thieves’ lair (which I assume was not approved by the Homeowner’s Association) to find a lamp. Your gear? A highly flammable disguise that doesn’t burn you to death, and a magic bomb. Yup, pretty cool.

#3: Red Dragon Island

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I wish I could go there! This island is one of Pop’s sponsored islands, based on a story from the popular Magic Tree House series! If you don’t know what that is, it’s about two siblings who travel in a magic treehouse to various time periods and places from history and mythology.

This island whisks you to Old Japan, where Jack and Annie are taken away for being illegals. Now you have to help some people, learn some ninja skills, and ascend to the fortress to break them out. Unexpectedly, our “friend,” the Shogun, won’t let us off the hook without an excruciatingly difficult boss fight: the dragon clash. (Of course, it’s not as hard if you use easy mode.)

#2: Virus Hunter Island

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This takes me back to the summer of 2013… on a day when it was hot, I had just returned home from a picnic, and I was near exhaustion. I checked Poptropica, and Virus Hunter had been released!

Here, you get entangled in a quest (against your will) by Dr. Lange, a scientist who threatens to throw you in federal jail. Your mission: Cure someone before they die. No skin off your nonexistent nose, right? In the body, however, viruses dismantle your ship and scatter the parts everywhere, making your mission a lot harder. Have fun!

Eventually, you get your weaponry back and cure Joe Schmoe. But then a dog gets sick and you have to cure him too. What, no paycheck?

And now, for the number one island! It’s…

#1: Super Villain Island

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The return of the Fearsome Four! You fly to a dangerous prison to infiltrate the dreams of four of Poptropica’s most infamous villains to retrieve the source of their unyielding evil. You encounter sleeping pirates, spinning platforms, ants, crazy spiders, a woman with a penchant for vandalizing, and the god of all villains….

Zeus! He’s back, and certainly not happy about his previous defeat. He’s hatched another plot to take over Poptropica, and it’s up to you to stop him! You’ve done it before; you can do it again, right?

That’s all for now, folks! Sayonara! Adios! Bye bye! Ciao! See ya!

–TechWizard

Hope you enjoyed this guest post by TechWizard!

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 the PHC.

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