Thursday, July 29, 2010

Poptropica Tips and Tricks: Emote control

You probably already know that when you're in a multiplayer room on Poptropica, you can click the emote buttons on the side of the screen to make your character smile, cry, pout, and jump for joy. Did you know you can also do these elsewhere in the game?

A simple keyboard combination will allow you to use any of the emotes during your adventures, which lets your character react to the story as it happens.

Press Ctrl+Shift+1 to laugh at pompous jerks.

Press Ctrl+Shift+2 to cry when you receive bad news.

Press Ctrl+Shift+3 to blow your stack at a faun who's giving you guff.

And press Ctrl+Shift+4 to celebrate getting a new item.

That's not all! You can combine some of these emotes to create brand-new ones that you won't see in any common room. First, start the angry emote by pressing Ctrl+Shift+3. Once your character's face is red, but before his head pops off, enter either the happy or the sad emote!

Everyone will think you've spent too much time in the sun. Sunscreen, people!

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CAPTAIN CRAWFISH

For those that can't hide their feelings

Today we added a new Gold Card item to the store. It's called Smiley Potion. Use it like the Love Potion. You can choose one of three smiley faces to attach to another Poptropican or even yourself.

I decided to put on a disguise and try it out on Spy Island. Yeah, I know. I'm pretty smooth.

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STILL THE MASTER MIME

Greg Heffley's big news

The wait is over. Visit the Main Street of any Poptropica Island and talk to Greg Heffley for a look at the cover of the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!


Can't wait to read this one!

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BLACK WIDOW

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Poptropica Tips and Tricks: The randomizer

Poptropica has lots of great costumes and accessories that you can buy from the store, or costumize from the characters you meet on your adventures. But did you also know that you can get a random costume any time you want?

It's simple: just press Ctrl+Shift+R and an entirely new Poptropican will appear. Everything will be different, from hair style to accessory. Here's some of what you might see.

Just a handsome pirate hanging around on Skullduggery Island. And then:

A pink-colored athlete.

A suave-looking fella in sunglasses.

This last guy looks like my accountant.

Be careful, though. Once you switch costumes using the randomizer, there's no way to switch back right away! (Unless it's a costume you bought in the Poptropica Store. Those stay in your inventory.)

Speaking of which, where did I put my eyepatch?

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CAPTAIN CRAWFISH

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Poptropica Tips and Tricks: Dial-a-costume

In Nabooti Island, one of the items you acquire to help complete your quest is a cell phone. Did you know that you can also use it for fun?

First, go to the Mountains of the Moon and enter the cave at the top of the mountain. Pick up the cell phone in the bottom left corner of the cave. Then, start dialing for costumes!

Dialing "911" will get you this lovely police hat.

In real life, you dial "411" to get information. In Poptropica, you dial it so that you can get a brain that already has all the information.

If you're looking to impress your friends with your incredible computer sk1llz, this next costume is for you. Dial "1337" for these elite threads.

That looks spectacular with the brain hair. I sense a fashion trend!

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CAPTAIN CRAWFISH

Monday, July 26, 2010

Poptropica Tips and Tricks: Pest control

This week we're going to be sharing some neat tips and tricks to help you get a little more from Poptropica. We've hidden a lot of fun easter eggs in the game. You may have found some already!

Have you ever noticed how many of the background objects in Poptropica are interactive? Sometimes even more than you'd think. Take the crab that's crawling around the first screen of Time Tangled Island.

He certainly looks mopey. But he'll look even more mopey if you click on him.

See how he gets squished? Well, just see what happens if you keep clicking on him real fast!

Yikes! He explodes. Your Poptropican has to dodge the debris.

Don't worry, though: he'll come back together and be good as new in no time.

The same cannot be said for the roaches that infest Bucky's hotel room on Reality TV Island.

Those little buggers move fast. If you can catch up with them, here's what happens:

If you leave the room and come back inside, they'll be ready to be squashed all over again.

Have you found any more clickable objects in Poptropica?

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CAPTAIN CRAWFISH

Our guest has arrived!

Poptropicans, please welcome the wimpy kid himself to Poptropica!


Greg Heffley is waiting for you on the Main Street of your favorite Island with some exciting news. Visit any Poptropica Island for the scoop!

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BLACK WIDOW

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Hub of the universe

We've done a lot of detail work on the Hub for Steamworks Island. Before we can call it done, we've got to give it one more pass to make sure it's got character.

Ahh... that's the stuff. The Hub looks old, weathered, and worn. It looks like it was once a city on a hill. Now, it's grungy and decayed. And dangerous.

There's lots more to see and do on Steamworks Island, and we'll be showing you more soon. In the meantime, maybe we can all try to figure out what that blue thing is doing.

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BINARY BARD

A special guest is coming to Poptropica!


Greetings, Poptropica fans!
Recently, the creators of Poptropica learned of an
exciting new development: Next week, a special
guest is coming to Poptropica!

He's well known to many of you
(especially those of you who like to laugh)
for his hilarious adventures, not to mention his loony
friends and family.
Let's be sure to welcome him when he arrives.
Expect more information on Monday, Poptropicans.
You won't want to miss this!

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BLACK WIDOW

Vampires Invade Poptropica

Are you a fan of vampires? We've got a whole new set of vampire looks just waiting to be costumized. Check them out in the Poptropica store!


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MASTER MIME

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Details, details...

The Hub on Steamworks Island continues to evolve. Now, all of the elements are colored in, and we've added some detail to try to tell the story of the island.

This version of the Hub is overgrown with vines and weeds. The wobbly angles of its structure are making it look like the whole thing could topple at any moment. And, of course, there's now a sign telling everybody where they are.

Almost done!

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BINARY BARD

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Filling in the Hub

Time for a pop quiz: Can you tell the difference between the picture we posted yesterday and the one below?

Most of the background elements still look the same as they did yesterday: flat and monochromatic. We're adding more detail to the Hub on Steamworks Island. We've colored in some of the more important foreground objects. They really pop off your screen!

That doorway in the upper-lefthand side of the screen looks mighty intriguing, wouldn't you say?

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BINARY BARD

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Hub takes shape

The Hub started life as all of Poptropica does, as a simple idea and a sketch. Before long, we take that idea and turn it into reality. But did you know how many different revisions a single scene takes before it gets the Poptropica stamp of approval?

At first glance, this might look like a well developed scene.


But look a little more closely. Why is almost everything the same color? Why does it all look so flat? And what the heck is that blue thing on the right, anyway?

No, the Hub isn't done yet. Not even close.

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BINARY BARD

Monday, July 19, 2010

What's all the Hub-bub?

One of the places you'll visit on Steamworks Island is what we call the Hub. It's a sight to see! A rickety tower, a massive drawbridge, and pot-bellied steam stoves powering everything. Safe to say that you've never seen anything like the Hub before.

Er, at least, you won't have seen anything like it. To start with, this marvel of modern engineering just looked like this:


Yes, it's hard to see what all the hubbub is about -- yet. Just wait until you see how this one develops!

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BINARY BARD

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Awesome Gamer (That's You)

It's time for the rock star gamers of the world to step up and break out the moves.

Only a gifted mind and super fast reflexes like yours can perform these amazing skills.

The Gamer Dude and Gamer Girl costumes have just arrived at the Poptropica store.


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MASTER MIME

Poptropica Members: Get your exclusive Steamworks Island costume now!

Here it is! Today until July 30, all new and existing Poptropica Members will get this free costume added to their inventory. All you have to do is log into your game with a valid Membership!

Boy oh boy, that is one sweet looking mech pilot costume.

Wait a minute... what the heck is a "mech?"

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COMIC KID