Thursday, December 1, 2016

December's Islands of the Month are...


It's the holiday season and Poptropica's got two gifts for you!

Every month we have two Islands of the Month that give double the credits for finishing them. Well, December's IOTM are extra special because...
⛄️  Wimpy Wonderland, normally just for members, is open to EVERYONE! Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans, rejoice! First-time finishers earn 500 credits and repeat finishers earn 300 credits the first time they complete Wimpy Wonderland again.
 PoptropiCon is a three-episode Island and you'll get 500 credits for finishing EACH episode! That means 1st-time finishers can earn up to 1,500 credits and 1st-repeat finishers can earn up to 900 credits!
Not too familiar with these Islands? Check out their trailers!



If you need help completing PoptropiCon's episodes, you can watch Captain Crawfish's walkthroughs on Poptropica. 

And if you need help with Wimpy Wonderland, here's the Captain's brand-new walkthrough:



Get on over to Poptropica and play Wimpy Wonderland or PoptropiCon now!

Happy December!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Behind the scenes of Poptropolis Games!


For two more days, Poptropolis Games is an Island of the Month on Poptropica.com -- so if you want to earn big credits for completing it you better get going!
  • 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 new Poptropolis Games walkthrough to help you if you get stuck
  • Members get a fun bonus quest and...
  • The Island's exclusive members-only items are back in the Poptropica Store for a limited time!

As usual I went digging in our IOTM files and I found some pretty sweet sketches from when the Creators were developing Poptropolis Games. Check them out... anything seem familiar?





And here's something cool: When the Creators work on an Island together, there has to be a style guide that everyone follows. That way even though the Island is designed by different people, in the end everyone's styles match up. Here's Poptropolis Game's style guide:



You eagle-eyed Poptropicans might notice that "Jeff" has a suggestion that's noted in the document. Yep -- that's Jeff Kinney, the original Creator of Poptropica! Jeff is still Poptropica's chief creative officer and has input into every Island.

You only have the rest of today and tomorrow to enjoy Poptropolis Games as an Island of the Month, so go to Poptropica now and play!


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Free on the Poptropica app: Beach party and more pets!


Just like on Poptropica.com you can now think warm with our new beach gear -- plus get two new pet followers -- and they're all FREE on the app! To get this cool new stuff, be sure to download your app's update on your phone or tablet today.

Don't have the Poptropica app? Seriously?! It's free and super awesome. Get the app here and then hop on over to the Poptropica Store!

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Behind the scenes of Shrink Ray Island!


Did you know that Shrink Ray Island is a November Island of the Month on Poptropica.com? That means...
  • 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
  • Captain Crawfish created a new Shrink Ray Island walkthrough to help you if you get stuck
  • And Shrink Ray Island's exclusive members-only items are back in the Poptropica Store for a limited time!
Shrink Ray is such a fun Island and I'm guessing the Creators who designed it had a blast making it. I found some "cutting room floor" art from when the team was developing the Island -- they brainstormed so many great ideas, they just couldn't fit them all in!

Look at these awesome "dust bunnies!"

ATTACK OF THE DUST BUNNIES!!!

And here are two ideas that didn't make it into Shrink Ray, even though they're pretty great:



It's pretty cool to see how the Creators develop Islands, isn't it? I'll keep hunting down lost art and cutting-room floor ideas for you and when I find some, you'll be the first to hear!

Go enjoy Shrink Ray Island on Poptropica.com or on the Poptropica app today!


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New contest: Will YOUR costume design win?


The #PoptropicaArt contest showed the Poptropica Creators that so many of you are talented artists. Now we want you to tap back into those creative juices for a brand new challenge!

Introducing... the #MyPoptropicaCostume contest!

Design your dream costume for your Poptropican. If yours is the winner, it'll be created by Poptropica and sold in the Poptropica Store! PLUS it'll be worn by a Poptropican on the Home Island. AND you'll get a 6-month Poptropica membership, too!


This is your chance to show the Creators what YOU want to see in the Poptropica Store! Do you wish the store had more graphic t-shirts, hoodies, and jeans? Or maybe you'd like to see some fancy formal wear. What about winter outfits? Design it and show us!

Here are some guidelines:
  • You can use our template (find it here) to draw your outfit. Or draw your Poptropican's outfit freehand (here's a guide). Or draw your creation using your computer or tablet. Whatever you want!
  • Use your imagination! Get inspired by your favorite movies or TV shows and put your own original twist on them. Or think about your favorite activities, sports, and hobbies, and base a costume around one of them. Check out your favorite magazines and take a cue from the latest trends. The sky's the limit!
  • Don't forget about fun accessories and powers that your costume could have! 
  • When you design your costume, be sure it could be reproducable as a Poptropica Costume. Teeny tiny details would be hard to recreate for a store costume. 
  • Your costume needs to be an original design of yours, not an assembly of current Poptropica costume parts. 
  • Three entries maxiumum per person! 
  •  Give your costume a name and put your Poptropican's name on it, and if you want, your age. Do not include your last name or where you live. For example, your entry could say something like "Winter Fun Outfit by Happy Catfish, age 14."
Got it? Yes?

THUMBS UP
Okay!

So how do you actually enter the contest? We'll be looking for your costumes on social media! You can:
  • Post your creation on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #MyPoptropicaCostume (that hashtag is required!).
  • Post your creation to the official Poptropica Facebook page.
If you don't have a social media account just ask an adult to post for you. And be sure to read the full contest rules here!

The contest ends December 31 and we'll announce the winner in January. The most entries you can submit is three, so if you have lots of ideas you need to narrow them down!

Need some inspiration? Here are two costumes that were created by one of our awesome fans, Perfect Sky (@popPerfect_Sky on Twitter) -- just click to enlarge the image.


Okay Poptropicans, time to get creating. We can't wait to see your costumes! Good luck!


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Monday, November 14, 2016

Now in the store: Beach party and pet followers for everyone!


Poptropicans live all over the world, and while many of us are enjoying the end of fall, Poptropicans who live in the Southern Hemisphere are just beginning their summer season. So whether you are enjoying climbing temperatures or just wishing you were, Poptropica has got you covered with our November beach party!

Hop on over to Poptropica to see how the Home Island has been transformed into a tropical oasis, and find all sorts of fashionable beach wear in the Poptropica Store. Plus Poptropica members get an extra fun outfit and a spray tan power. Sweet!

But wait! There's more! Now there are pet followers for everyone! Choose from a cute orange tabby cat or an adorable Westie terrier. Awwww!

Think warm, Poptropicans, and enjoy your new outfits and pets!

PS: Don't have enough credits to get a pet follower? Be sure to spin the wheel on the Home Island each day to build up your credits, and play November's Islands of the Month to earn lots of credits, whether you've played them before or not!


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Monday, November 7, 2016

Tutorial: How to draw your Poptropican

Have you ever tried to draw your Poptropican but it just didn't look quite right?

Never fear, Poptropica Creator Jon Pitcher is here! In his video Jon shows you how to draw a Poptropican's head. Check it out:


Once you master drawing your Poptropican's head, the body should be a piece of cake -- but if you want a little guidance check out the Poptropica Help Blog's tutorial. They give some nice tips for drawing clothes and accessories.

Is there a reason we're helping you brush up on your Poptropican drawing skills? Hmmmm? You'll just have to wait and see... 😉

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Check out November's Islands of the Month!


Each month we feature two Poptropica Islands as Islands of the Month. November's IOTM are Shrink Ray Island and Poptropolis Games!

If you haven't finished these Islands, now's the time. First-time finishers earn 500 credits! And if you've already completed these Islands, no worries. You still earn 300 credits the first time you complete one of these Islands again. Wahoo!

My buddy Captain Crawfish made a walkthrough video for each Island to help you along if you get stuck. Check them out:



Even if you've played these Islands, you'll want to watch Captain Crawfish's videos. Trust me. That guy is a hoot.

Go earn those credits now -- play the IOTM on Poptropica! Be sure to build up your credits (and don't forget to spin the wheel on the Home Island every day). Later this month we'll have some super cool stuff in the Poptropica store that you'll want to use those credits on!


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