Thursday, October 20, 2016

New in the Poptropica Store: pet followers, fall outfits and costumes!

New in the Poptropica Store: PETS! Plus new fall outfits and costumes!

You've been asking for them, Poptropicans, and now they're here! Introducing: pet followers!

Starting now, you can get your own furry little dog or cat follower (three different types of each)! Will you pick a loyal Lab or a happy mutt? A fuzzy gray kitty or a calico cutie? So many choices!

Pets aren't the only awesome new thing in the store. There are creeptastic Halloween costumes and fun accessories, plus some cool fall outfits. Bog monsters, werewolves, and potions -- oh my!

Some of these amazing items are available to everyone and range from 250-350 credits. Some, like the pet followers, are for members. Don't have Poptropica membership? Find out how you can get it.

Go to Poptropica now and visit the store to check out all the cool new stuff!

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PS: Low on credits? Spin the wheel on the Home Island every day to build up your credits and play the Islands of the Month to earn extra-big credits!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

More Halloween fun on Poptropica!

Do you love Halloween as much as the Poptropica Creators do? We're doing so much fun stuff on Poptropica this month because we can't get enough of this spooktastic holiday!

We started by bringing back the Halloween photo booth and classic Halloween costumes, and making Monster Carnival Island an Island of the Month. This week we have even more fun for you on the Home Island!
🎃 First off, head over to the Poptropica Store to get your delightfully creepy puppet costume! This super special costume is free for members and 400 credits for non-members. 
🎃 Short on credits? Go spin the Halloween Spinning Wheel! Spin it every day to build up those credits -- trust us, you're going to need them... 
🎃 And be sure to hop on over to the arcade and look for the spooky gravestone outside it. Click on it to play our Haunted House mini-quest. When you complete it you get an awesome zombie costume and power! Plus at the very end of the quest, there are lots of frightfully fantastic costumes you can costumize.
We have more Halloween awesomeness coming your way, so stay tuned... and go enjoy the Halloween fun on Poptropica now, while you can!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Designing the New Poptropica!

Remember when we told you that later this year we'll be launching an All-New Poptropica? And then in August we gave you a look at potential house designs?

Well, now we've got another pretty cool thing to show you: Poptropica Creator Jon Pitcher is giving you a first look at monster worm that will make an appearance in the New Poptropica!

Jon was kind enough to write a guest post for us today on what exactly goes into designing a new creature for Poptropica, while giving you an exclusive look at the creeptastic monster worm he created. Take it away, Jon!

Thanks, Skinny Moon!

When we design our creatures for Poptropica, it’s important to start with rough sketches to explore a wide range of emotions and poses, like this one:

These kinds of drawings help us to quickly rough out the personality and attitudes and dig deeper into who the creature is and how it reacts when it is curious, provoked, irritated, angered, or lulled to sleep. This also helps us to figure out the way it would move as an animated character.

After we feel good about our creature on paper, we create it as a vector illustration:

This is created in a neutral pose without color to focus on making the design look clean and solid while still maintaining the character and appeal. If we can build our design to be able to pull off happy, bored, angry, sad, and puzzled expressions through both the face and body poses, then we have what we need to move forward.

Next it’s very important to explore what colors are appropriate for our creature to help it fit comfortably in its environment and also stand out in a fun, appealing way:

The colors should also reflect the personality of the creature and help the audience feel happy, disgusted, peaceful, or whatever emotion the artist intended. This worm monster has wildly saturated yellows and reds on the face to show its extreme personality and a speckled brown body to show how it fits into its earthy, dirt-covered home.

We're almost done: Now it’s time to build the animation rig! This is a technical process of building a puppet using lots of bones and curved lines with handles so that we can control the attitudes of the body and face then pose them into any position we need:

This worm monster was a complicated rig to build. Each tentacle is set up so that the animator can pose it into any wet noodle-type shape that they desire.

And now it’s time to ice the cake with some fun character animations!

The animator’s job is to take the rigged puppet and set it up into hundreds of poses until it comes to life. It takes thirty poses to create one second of animation! Simply making it move is not enough. A successful animator knows how a human or animal body can move in a way that is not only entertaining but believable as if it were a real, living creature.  This takes a thorough understanding of timing, weight, and acting.

The end result is a monster worm that can create a simple emotion in the person that views it. It is colorful, wiggly, and a little crazy.  What is your reaction? Perhaps some might want one for a pet, but most would likely run away screaming!


Thanks for this amazing behind-the-scenes look into the New Poptropica, Jon! What do you think about this monster worm, Poptropicans? Pretty awesome, huh?

We hope you liked getting a look at a New Poptropica creature and learning about the design process!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Island of the Month: Monster Carnival Island!

Did you know that Monster Carnival Island is one of our October Islands of the Month (IOTM)? This means that...
  • First-time finishers get 500 credits instead of the usual 300
  • Repeat finishers get a one-time 300 credit bonus instead of the usual 150
  • There's a brand-new walkthrough for Monster Carnival to help you if you get stuck
  • We'll post some cool IOTM lost art and/or throwbacks here on the blog and on our social media throughout the month
  • And the IOTM's exclusive members-only items are back in the Poptropica Store for a limited time -- the Ringmaster costume was previously only available during early access!

I love Monster Carnival's storyline and feel a little badly for Ringmaster Raven, given his tragic backstory. Do you have sympathy for him, too?

This spooktacular Island is perfect for this time of year! Go play it on Poptropica now!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Halloween hits Poptropica!

It's October, and that means it's time to start celebrating Halloween on Poptropica!

We have so much fun stuff planned for this month. First up: We've brought back the Halloween photo booth! It's on the Home Island -- just look for the witch. Start playing around with it and check out all the cool features. Make a photo and share it with your friends!

Starting next week you'll be able to submit your Halloween photos to the Poptropica Creators. We'll randomly pick from players' photos and award one-month memberships throughout October -- and we'll feature some of our favorites on our social media!

And check out the Poptropica Store!

It's now packed with classic Poptropica Halloween cards and costumes! Zoom on over to the store to deck yourself out in some sweet, spooky duds to get in the spirit -- I know I have...

Later this month we'll be debuting some awesome new Halloween stuff in the store! So be sure to spin that wheel on the Home Island every day to build up your credits and play the Islands of the Month to earn extra-big credits!

What are you waiting for? Go play on Poptropica now!

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The #PoptropicaArt contest winners!

It was very difficult, Poptropicans, but the Poptropica Creators have picked the winners of the #PoptropicaArt Contest! As I mentioned in previous posts, there were so many amazing entries that we picked more than three winners. In addition to first, second, and third place, we have 8 honorable mentions!
  • First place gets a six-month Poptropica membership and a bunch of Poptropica swag
  • Second place gets a three-month Poptropica membership and a bunch of Poptropica swag
  • Third place gets a one-month Poptropica membership and a bunch of Poptropica swag
  • And our honorable mentions all get a one-month Poptropica membership
Congratulations to all of you, and thanks so much to everyone for entering. Seeing your creativity and enthusiasm for Poptropica was really, truly amazing for all the Creators.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the 2016 #PoptropicaArt Contest! Click on each piece of art to see it full-scale...


Poptropica Creator comments on Maryann P.'s art:

"Poptropica is about storytelling. I like that this image tells a story. Plus, the artist did a great job rendering Binary Bard's universe. It is very rich in detail and perspective, which really stood out to me."

"Maryann P.'s uses great colors and mood in a nice storytelling format."

"I like the scale and level of detail!"

SECOND PLACE: Crafty Poptropican

Poptropica Creator comments on Crafty Poptropican's art:

"The appealing, fun colors and character attitudes of Crafty Poptropican's piece really knock it out of the park."

"This artist captured 4 of my favorite villains in a fun and creative way. Their use of color and imagery reminded me of the dreams on Super Villain Island."

"I could see this hanging on a wall."

THIRD PLACE: Slanted Fish

Poptropica Creator comments on Slanted Fish's art:

"I love the action in this image! I also really like how the artist placed some of the avatars outside of the frame. When I look at this I feel like Omegon is just ready to emerge out of the background."

"Slanted Fish did a great job pushing the action poses and staging the characters in a way that it feels like an epic battle."

"What an action-packed image! Love the details and colors."


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Winners, we will contact you on the social media account where you posted your winning art!

Congrats again, everyone!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Announcing October's Islands of the Month...

Did you know that each month we're featuring two Poptropica Islands? The Islands of the Month (IOTM) award 500 credits to first-time finishers and give a one-time 300 credit bonus to repeat finishers!

October's Islands of the Month are Monster Carnival Island and Mythology Island. If you haven't finished them yet, now's the time to earn those medallions! Having trouble completing these Islands? Never fear, Captain Crawfish is here. He just made a walkthrough for each Island!

Even if you've completed Monster Carnival and Mythology, the walkthroughs are worth a view. I mean, really -- who doesn't want to watch the Captain guiding them through the wacky and wonderful world of Poptropica as he cracks some fabulously groan-worthy jokes (if you're lucky)?

Go earn those credits now -- play the IOTM on Poptropica! Build up your credits (and don't forget to spin the wheel on the Home Island every day) because there are some awesome items hitting the Poptropica store later this month!

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Brand new fall fashion outfits and accessories in the store!

Just in time for October, we've got some great new outfits for you in the Poptropica store!

Check out the ombre hair, cool headphones, trendy clothes, and awesome accessories!

These costumes are free for members and 275 credits each for non-members.

Don't have membership or enough credits? Be sure to spin the wheel on the Home Island every day to get your free credits. You'll be awarded anywhere from 25 to 175 credits each time!

But the best way to earn credits is to complete Islands. That's how you can earn anywhere from 100 to 500 credits (even for replaying Islands)! Get the details here.

Of course, membership has its benefits. Everything in the store is included with membership. And sometimes our especially cool items are for members only... hmmmm, I wonder if that may happen in October... 😉

Go to Poptropica now to play and get your new fall outfits!

PS: All these awesome looks are coming to the Poptropica app very soon -- stay tuned...

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