Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Like a bolt from the blue

Are you keeping up with the Mythology Island World Champions live map? This is where you can see who's finishing Mythology Island, in what order, and what country they're from!

You can also select "All Players" to see every country in the world where someone has started playing the new and improved Mythology Island. Look at all that lightning! Zeus would be proud.

We'll expect to see a lot more Mythology Island finishers after it becomes available to everyone this Friday!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Create Your Dream Island runner-up #4

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:


House of Cards Island, submitted by Joel B. of Ohio!


The pitch: In Card Kingdom, the Ace of Hearts has been stolen from the Heart Kingdom. The King and Queen of Hearts need your help to find it before there is a war.

Why we liked it: Joel's vision of the "Card Kingdom" sounded like an incredibly fun place for us to design. He sent an additional sheet with several characters, as well as descriptions of the traits of each card suit. It was some impressive world building!

We asked Joel, whose avatar name is Giant Foot, a few questions. Here are his answers!
Poptropica Creators: How did you come up with the idea for your Island?
Joel: My sister and I were jumping on the trampoline after the contest was announced, thinking up ideas for islands and House Of Cards was my favorite out of all of them.
Poptropica Creators: How did you react when you found out you’d won?
Joel: I ran around the house screaming. It was awesome.
Poptropica Creators: How long have you been playing Poptropica?
Joel: About 5 years.
Poptropica Creators: Which Island is your favorite?
Joel: That's a hard choice, but I have to go with Cryptids Island. 
Poptropica Creators: What 3 things would you want with you on a deserted island?
Joel: 1) A teleporter. 2) A lifetime supply of bacon. 3) Duct tape. 
Maybe a deck of playing cards to pass the time... Thanks for your entry, Joel!

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Create Your Dream Island runner-up #3

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:


Golden Mustache Island, submitted by Emma T. of New Jersey!


The pitch: On Golden Mustache Island, people look for where the golden mustache is and who took it.

Why we liked it: Emma's idea brought a smile to everyone's face even before they read about the giant mustache monster. This was a unique and wonderful entry, and we absolutely loved it. Truthfully, we weren't sure we could do it justice!

We asked Emma, whose avatar name is Strange Goose, a few questions. Here are her answers!
Poptropica Creators: How did you come up with the idea for your Island?
Emma: I love mustaches and the 70s. I thought it would be more exciting if there was an idol/statue stolen from the mustachians (instead of Poptropicans :)
Poptropica Creators: How did you react when you found out you’d won?
Emma: I was so happy I screamed! 
Poptropica Creators: How long have you been playing Poptropica?
Emma: 5 years, since Kindergarten - I found it on a school approved website - FunBrain.
Poptropica Creators: Which Island is your favorite?
Emma:  Mystery Train. I like the mystery and history about the island.
Poptropica Creators: What 3 things would you want with you on a deserted island?
Emma: Harry Potter (the series of books), computer (for Poptropica), lifetime supply of food
One thing's for sure: none of the Poptropica Creators will ever forget Golden Mustache Island. You stay golden, Emma!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

The new and improved Mythology Island is now available to Poptropica Members!

As promised, the updated Mythology Island is now online. Poptropica Members will have a special one-week Early Access to the new and improved Mythology Island before it becomes available to everyone next week.

Become a Member today to be one of the first to play the new Mythology Island!

And don't forget to keep up with our Mythology Island World Champions live map.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

The updated Mythology Island is coming tomorrow!

The new and improved Mythology Island will be available tomorrow for a one-week Early Access for Poptropica Members. It will open up to all next week.

Keep an eye on this blog -- we'll let you know the moment the updated Mythology Island is online!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Friday, April 11, 2014

Crash course

We're glad that Survival: Crash Landing will be available to all next week. We can't wait until everyone has a chance to play it. Of course, if the wait is killing you, there are a couple of ways you can play it this weekend.

For one thing, you could become a Poptropica Member, and get all the great benefits that come with it: Early Access to new Islands, exclusive costumes and items, and full use of absolutely everything in the Poptropica Store.

If that's not your speed, you can also download the Poptropica iPad app and play Survival: Crash Landing. It's available now!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

I believe I can fly

WHEEEEEEE!!!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Where can you get one of those cool tablets?

Well, obviously we can't go around getting everyone in the world a free iPad. But if you've noticed the Poptropicans on our homepage running past while holding their own tablets, you've probably also wondered how you can get one for your Poptropican.

It's easy: just find one of the billboards that you see above on an Island's Main Street. Watch the video, and at the end you'll get your personal Poptropica App Tablet! It's only available for a limited time, so grab it fast. You don't want to be one-upped by the next model.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

When can you play Mission Atlantis: Into the Deep?

We're happy to tell you that episode 1 of Mission Atlantis, "Into the Deep," will be available to Poptropica Members on Thursday, April 17.

That's not all. Also on April 17, the first episode of Survival, "Crash Landing," will become available for all to play online.

Of course, Mission Atlantis: Into the Deep will also be available on mobile, and we will let you know the instant you can play it on your iPad or other supported device. And you can download Survival: Crash Landing for your iPad right now!

You can expect to see even more Poptropica adventures in the near future, both online and mobile!

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BLACK WIDOW

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's the Mission Atlantis info page!

We promised you more news about Mission Atlantis, and now you shall have it. Visit the Mission Atlantis info page for all the latest news about our next episodic adventure!

You'll find out a little more about episode 1, "Into the Deep." You can also download your free desktop wallpaper and printable poster for Mission Atlantis!

And, of course, we'll always post new announcements about Mission Atlantis right here in the Poptropica creators' blog -- so check back often!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Survival: Crash Landing is now available on iPad!

Big news for the weekend: You can now download Survival: Crash Landing for your iPad!

This big new update, which still includes 24 Carrot Island and Time Tangled Island, is available in the App Store. If you've already downloaded the Poptropica app, it's as simple as updating to get Survival: Crash Landing.

If not, what are you waiting for? Download Survival: Crash Landing for your iPad today!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Announcing the next Poptropica Island!

You're not dreaming. We're already announcing our next episodic adventure. Get ready for Mission Atlantis!

It's an undersea adventure that will take you to the strangest place on earth: the bottom of the ocean. What you'll find there is beyond anything you can imagine.

We'll soon have a lot more information to announce about Mission Atlantis and its first episode, "Into the Deep," including when you'll be able to play it -- so keep an eye on this blog.

And don't forget that our first episodic adventure, Survival: Crash Landing, is available for Members to play now. Visit Poptropica to play!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Looking for more Survival info?

You're in luck. We've just made a few updates to our Survival info page, including revealing the name of episode 2!

This page will always have the latest information about new episodes, and about when you can play online and on your mobile device. So check back often!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Get your Survival Ghillie Suit!

A new costume has sneaked its way into the Poptropica Store. It's the Survival-themed Ghillie Suit!

What's a Ghillie Suit? It's a camouflage outfit that is partly made with sticks, leaves, and other local plantlife, so as to allow its wearer to blend in perfectly with the foliage. Often used for military purposes, we just think it looks cool.

The Ghillie Suit is available exclusively to Poptropica Members, so become a Member today to claim yours!

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BLACK WIDOW

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Testing, one two!

There's been a lot of exciting new stuff on Poptropica lately, but we don't want you to forget that our Poptropica Labs Land Prototype is still going! Our players have done a lot of testing but we can always use more data. We want to know how you're using this prototype, and what you'd like to do with it.

So if you haven't yet tried out this experimental new feature, head to the Poptropica Store and pick it up. Then make sure to save a snapshot of your creations for us to enjoy!

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