Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Create Your Dream Island runner-up #2

We've announced the grand-prize winner of the Create Your Dream Island contest. To read about the winning entry, Arabian Nights Island, click here.

We're also featuring the 10 runners-up, in alphabetical order. Today's runner-up is:


Fashion Crisis Island, submitted by Elsa W. of Illinois!


The pitch: When you're on Fashion Crisis Island, you must recover a stolen line of clothes for a very famous designer right before an important show.

Why we liked it: Costumizing is one of the most popular things to do on Poptropica, and yet we've never made an Island based entirely around using the Costumizer. Elsa's idea presented a lot of opportunities to let players create new costumes. It was also set in the the 1940s, which we haven't done before, and featured some famous fashion icons as characters.

We asked Elsa, whose avatar name is Bronze Fox, a few questions. Here are her answers.
Poptropica Creators: How did you come up with the idea for your Island?
Elsa: I love fashion, and thought it would be cool to combine that with a mystery/crime for a fun island.
Poptropica Creators: How did you react when you found out you’d won?
Elsa: I was SO happy and couldn't believe it!
Poptropica Creators: How long have you been playing Poptropica?
Elsa: Around 2 years or so.
Poptropica Creators: Which Island is your favorite?
Elsa: I really love Mythology Island!
Poptropica Creators: What 3 things would you want with you on a deserted island?
Elsa: Probably food, tools, and a calm mind.
Nothing about a fancy beachgoing outfit? Well, your calm mind will take you far, Elsa. Thank you for your entry!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The energy hogs are back...

It's an Earth Day tradition on Poptropica. We're once again featuring the free mini-quest, "Don't Be an Energy Hog," in the Poptropica Store.

In this short adventure, you'll need to stop a bunch of thoughtless energy hogs who are leaving all their electronics on, sucking up too much energy, and making the world a little worse for all the rest of us. Find out how to reduce power consumption in the game -- and then apply those lessons to your own life.

Happy Earth Day!

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BLACK WIDOW

Monday, April 21, 2014

The new and improved Mythology Island is coming soon!

It may be the most popular Island we've ever done, and now Mythology Island is getting the full treatment. Soon, we'll be releasing an improved version of Mythology Island with a bigger screen, sound effects, and some truly incredible music. (Oh, and the River Styx is a little easier now, too!)

The new and improved Mythology Island will be available both online and on mobile. We'll let you know the moment it's available for each!

But there's no reason you can't start enjoying the updated Mythology Island right away. Visit our new Mythology Island info page to get some free Mythology extras, which are brand-new for this version.

We've also added two new Mythology-themed, Members-only costumes to the Poptropica Store: Icarus and Cyclops! Visit Poptropica now to get yours.

And if you're not a Member, find out how to get Membership today so that you can get these awesome costumes!

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CAPTAIN CRAWFISH

Friday, April 18, 2014

Create Your Dream Island runner-up #1

We've announced the grand-prize winner of the Create Your Dream Island contest. To read about the winning entry, Arabian Nights Island, click here.

We're also featuring the 10 runners-up, in alphabetical order. Today's runner-up is:


Bikes Vs. Boards Island, submitted by Tori V. of Texas!



The pitch: Poptropicans try to stop the constant fighting between the bikers and surfers before anyone gets hurt.

Why we liked it: Tori's Island idea had a great setting -- a beach in the 1960s -- and lots of fun ideas for gameplay. (Who wouldn't want to surf and ride a motorcycle?) We also liked the message about helping two rival groups to understand that their differences aren't as important as what they have in common.

We asked Tori, whose avatar name is Quiet Berry, a few questions. Here are her answers!
Poptropica Creators: How did you come up with the idea for your Island?
Tori: I got the idea from a movie I was watching that day.
Poptropica Creators: How did you react when you found out you’d won?
Tori: So excited...I like winning things!
Poptropica Creators: How long have you been playing Poptropica?
Tori: A couple of years :D
Poptropica Creators: Which Island is your favorite?
Tori: Reality TV Island.
Poptropica Creators: What 3 things would you want with you on a deserted island?
Tori: A working helicopter, a pilot, and a hammock (for before the helicopter takes us back to the mainland).
That's smart thinking, Tori. No wonder you're a runner-up in the Create Your Dream Island contest!

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CAPTAIN CRAWFISH

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mission Atlantis for Members, Survival for all!

Mission Atlantis: Into the Deep is now available for Poptropica Members! Prepare to journey to the strangest place on earth, and discover something beyond imagination!

If you're not a Member, get Membership now to play Mission Atlantis: Into the Deep.

Keep an eye on our Mission Atlantis World Champions live map to see where you ranked among the top finishers, and check out everywhere in the world that people are playing Mission Atlantis.

That's not all. Survival: Crash Landing is now available for everybody to play! If you've been missing out on our first episodic adventure, now's your chance to see what everyone is talking about.

Visit Poptropica now to play Mission Atlantis: Into the Deep and Survival: Crash Landing!

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CAPTAIN CRAWFISH

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Take the plunge tomorrow!

We're just one day away from the release of Mission Atlantis: Into the Deep. Poptropica Members will be able to play the first episode of our undersea journey this Thursday, April 17. If you've ever wondered what it's like at the bottom of the sea, we hope this adventure lives up to your imagination!

If you're not a Member yet, why not get Membership now and beat the rush? You'll be able to play Survival: Crash Landing in the meantime, plus get the new Members-only Diving Suit costume in the Poptropica Store!

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BLACK WIDOW

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The "Create Your Dream Island" contest winner is...

After going through more than 2,000 entries and months of deliberations, we are thrilled to announce the winner of the "Create Your Dream Island" contest. The winning entry is...


Arabian Nights Island, submitted by Sarah S. from South Carolina!


The pitch: On Arabian Nights Island, Poptropicans go on a quest across the desert to rescue a sultan's genie from the Forty Thieves.

Why we liked it: Everyone who saw Sarah's entry -- from our friends at Penguin, to the creative team at Poptropica led by Jeff Kinney -- said the same thing. Between the characters, the setting, the storyline, and the gameplay, Sarah's entry came to us sounding exactly like an Island we'd put together. It's a classic tale, inspired by one of the oldest storytelling traditions in the world, and yet one we'd never thought about doing before.

When we read her entry, we all knew that we had to make Arabian Nights Island. And so we will, later on this year!


We asked Sarah, whose avatar name is Magic Eagle, a few questions. We are excited to share her answers with you!
Poptropica Creators: How did you come up with the idea for your Island?
Sarah: I came up with the idea for my island because of some souvenirs my dad brought back for my sister and me from his deployment to Kuwait. He had brought back a genie lamp, a magic flying carpet, and most importantly Clyde the Camel. When I was trying to figure out what to do for my island I saw these objects and everything just clicked.
Poptropica Creators: How did you react when you found out you’d won?
Sarah: When I found out I had won, I screamed, jumped up and down, and danced around the house for at least an hour. I almost couldn’t believe it. I thought I was going to wake up and realize it was all just one awesome dream.
Poptropica Creators: How long have you been playing Poptropica?
Sarah: I have been playing Poptropica for four years now. My sister introduced it to me when I was old enough to understand the game. I have been in love with it ever since. I have had a bunch of different characters over the years because I love making new characters.
Poptropica Creators: Which Island is your favorite?
Sarah: My favorite island is definitely Game Show Island because I love all of the different game shows! Mr. Yoshi’s Super Terrific Challenge is my favorite game show because of all the crazy costumes! I thought that was really cool.
Poptropica Creators: What 3 things would you want with you on a deserted island?
Sarah: Three things I would want with me on a deserted island would be a flare gun, Buster my dog, and a full year’s supply of ice cream.
Well, Sarah, we can't give you a full year's supply of ice cream, but we can make your Island dreams come true. We can't wait to make Arabian Nights Island a reality on Poptropica!

As for the "Create Your Dream Island" contest, the fun's not over yet. We also awarded prizes to 10 runners-up. We'll soon be sharing their ideas and stories too!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

The winner of the Create Your Dream Island contest will be announced tomorrow!

That's right: tomorrow, we'll announce the grand-prize winner of the "Create Your Dream Island" contest. We're so excited we can hardly sit still.

Keep an eye right here to find out what lucky and talented Poptropican will have their Island idea turned into reality!

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