Game Show Island

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Welcome to a future where robots rule. Building computers to compete on TV game shows seemed like a funny idea – until the machines wanted more. Now, after years of robotic dominance, Poptropica needs a savior. Are you clever enough to beat the robots at their own games, and restore the dignity of all Poptropicans?

Game Show Island


These pictures are collected in your Poptropica photo album in the profile section. Click to enlarge.


  • Game Show Island is Poptropica’s 22nd island. The countdown timer started on October 18, 2011, and it was released for members on October 27 for members with a demo for non-members. It opened for all on November 22, 2011.
  • Holmes may be a reference to Sherlock Holmes, a famous fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, the actual machine may be inspired by Watson, a computer who won first place on the real-world game show Jeopardy. Sherlock Holmes’s partner is also named Watson.
  • Common room: Robo-Bling Boutique
  • Many of the game shows on this island are based on actual game shows: Scaredy Pants is based on Fear Factor, Spin for Riches is based on Wheel of Fortune, Kerplunk is based on Wipeout, and Brainiacs is based on Jeopardy.
  • In Miami, there’s a helicopter made by Roflcopter Inc. – a reference to the internet slang term ROFLcopter.
  • The Nickel you get says “In Holmes We Trust,” referring to the real American nickel with the phrase “In God We Trust.” Holmes is the computer who’s trying to take over the humans in the quest.
  • The robots on this island are not customizable.
  • The binary code found on the recycle billboard outside the factory translates to “robot”.
  • The Spin for Riches game show contains many pop culture references such as: the disco song Saturday Night Fever, Darth Vader, Garfield being the name of a cat and president, Lady Gaga, the “sweet” life of Zack and Cody, Michael Jackson/Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk, Chuck Norris, Phineas (“no one can call him a blockhead” – because his head is a triangle), the Beatles, and Calvin & Hobbes (Spaceman Spiff’s alter ego).
  • After you win the fourth game show, the television will say that “Holmes has declared Threat Level Midnight” – a reference to the TV show The Office (Season 7, Episode 17).
  • You can play on the pool table in Club Nouveau Riche. It’s just for fun, but see what high score you can get!
  • In the museum, the famous paintings American Gothic (by Grant Wood) and Whistler’s Mother (by James McNeill Whistler) are replaced with robot heads. There is also a robot parody of The Thinker, a sculpture by Auguste Rodin.
  • The robot who throws the prizes out of the window in Miami is named Ventana (Spanish for window).
  • At the end of the video in the museum, you can see the silhouettes of Crusher, Dr. Hare, Betty Jetty, Ned Noodlehead, Director D, Binary Bard, and Mordred.
  • Right after you upload the code into Holmes’s mainframe, just before he reverts back to his friendly self, Holmes says “Mary had a Little Lamb” – referring to the popular nursery rhyme.
  • The preview game Money Ladder was released on September 29, 2011. Members could call on three experts to help them with the trivia questions. There were 12 total questions, separated in 3 rounds with 4 questions each. Some questions were about Poptropica; others were about general knowledge. If you make it to the top of the Money Ladder (by answering all 12 questions correctly), the prizes were a Robot Costume, Robot Dance special move, and Binary Rain power.

Video Guide

For a written walkthrough with pictures, click on Guide at the top of this page.

discuss game show island below~


  1. I can not find one of my tickets

  2. Here is what i think of this JACKED UP GAME SHOW on the island,
    KERPLUNK is completely messed up! I was by the boxes 3 shoes ahead of one and it comes out and knocks me off and it is 3 slots behind me! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This must have been HACKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. The Scientist, Mad Tornado says:
  4. Brave Tomato ★ says:

    Possible trivia related discovery!
    After you finish the first slide puzzle when getting to Holmes, he says “All of your prize money belongs to me”. I wonder if this is a reference to the well-known Engrish phrase “All your base are belong to us”, except with better grammar.

  5. I found another piece of trivia: outside the factory on the recycle billboard there is 0111001001101111011000100110111101110100, which means robot in binary code.

    Slanted Fish: Thanks, I’ve added it in.🙂

  6. Magic Storm says:

    Another piece of trivia: After you win the fourth game show, on the television it says that ‘Holmes has declared Threat Level Midnight’, in reference to a February 2011 episode of The Office.

    slantedfish: Thanks for the tip! It’s been added to the page.🙂

  7. Slippery Drummer says:

    You may want to update the photos section a bit, because I just restarted the island, and the first picture says “We Have Liftoff” to me.

    slantedfish: Sometimes photos have a couple of different captions.😉

  8. Slippery Drummer says:

    Oh, and something else I noticed: Right after the boss fight and you upload the code into Holmes’s mainframe, right before he reverts back to his friendly self, Holmes says “Mary had a Little Lamb” which is a reference to the song of the same name. You may want to put that into the Trivia.

    slantedfish: Thanks! It’s been added.🙂

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