Thursday, December 26, 2019

2019 is almost over...

And it sure was a busy one for Poptropica!! We've been making some big updates, big changes, and getting ready for the new decade!


The Poptropica Pet Shop arrived at last! This is a feature everyone has been wanting FOREVER and we're so happy everyone can finally have their own customizable pet follower! I love my bunny so much :')

Keep an eye on the pet store in the future, because there MIGHT be some more fluffy friends on the horizon...


The main game store got a face lift, too! This may not seem like a big deal, but updating every section of the game is actually a really important part of the conversion process for getting the game off of Flash. A whole lot of updates this year have been getting ready for the big move!


Mobile Login arrived!! That means that as long as you have a Poptropica account, you can access it ANYWHERE as long as you have an iOS or Android device! No more losing your progress when you get a new phone, and Membership can also apply on your phone, now! This is probably my favorite update, I'm a total completionist.


The spiritual successor to our dearly beloved Reality TV Island arrived in the form of Reality TV: Wild Safari! This island is uniquely awesome because it lets players earn unlimited credits with replays. And did you know that playing the minigames on harder difficulties gives better rewards?

WOO. I'm tired just thinking about all that stuff. The Poptropica team had a REALLY busy year, and it definitely wouldn't have been possible without you guys! 2020 is right around the corner, and we've got some more big plans on the horizon (yes, including Zomberry) so stay tuned, eat lots of holiday snacks, and keep playing Poptropica! <3

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Behind the Scenes: Making Artwork!

Ever wondered how artwork throughout Poptropica is made? Check it out!


Everything starts with a sketch. Look at how many versions Abigail drew of that super awesome Mythology scene just to start! These small, quick sorts of drawings are called "thumbnails," and making them helps an artist figure out what they want a drawing to look like before they've put all the time and effort into making all those beautiful colors and details!

Once the rest of the art team has agreed that the sketches are looking awesome and ready to go to the next step, we shift gears and put it in color and (drumroll please) vector format!


What's a vector? It's a special, unique way you can make images on a computer. Instead of needing to save every single pixel in a picture, vectors draw and color pictures with math! (Bet you didn't see THAT coming.) Vectors are what make Poptropica possible. The whole game uses them to run! That's right, guys. We wouldn't have Poptropica without math.


Look at the finished drawing! It's exciting! It's dynamic! It's heroic! Thanks to every stage of planning and our artists working together, it's the best that it can be! With each member of the team looking offering constructive critique and their own ideas, the whole game looks all the better.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Fan Art Feature!


It's snowing at Poptropica HQ again! Here's some artwork from @goldsberrie on IG! I love this color palette, and his hair style ;)

If you post artwork on Twitter or Instagram, make sure you tag it #poptropica or #poptropicafanart so we'll see it!! We feature artists a couple times a month, so there are plenty of chances to appear on the blog.

Friday, December 13, 2019

1 Membership Subscription, 2 ways to play!!

Hey, Poptropicans!! One of the biggest features we added to the game this year was the ability to log into your regular Poptropica account ANYWHERE with the mobile app! But did you know that this also means you can access your MEMBERSHIP on your phone, as well?


With just one membership subscription, you can get all things Poptropica anytime, anywhere!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Store update is here and I am a ball.


Just in case being a ball is unappealing, there's plenty of other seasonal stuff, too! Elves and angels and candy canes- Get'em before they're gone!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Don't miss all these member gifts!!


More member gifts are rolling out by the day!! I'm in love with the penguin sled, but the real star of the show so far is this sleigh... Yup, it actually flies!! And you can take it into islands for a little boost!

These gifts will be available through ALL of December, so if you're a member at any point this month, you'll get all this sweet gear!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

It's a Winter Wonderland on Home Island!


Home Island is officially COVERED WITH SNOW!! And not a moment too soon, because we just had our first snowstorm of the season at Poptropica HQ, as well! Make sure to grab a snowball from the igloo by the arcade and chuck it at an NPC. It'll cover their face in snow!

 

Some Antarctic friends have come for a visit, as well. You can catch them popping into view under the billboards. (My personal favorite part of this update.)


And it looks like our island adventurer has built a snowman! Maybe it keeps him company up on that little island while he waits for his next adventure to begin...

Monday, December 2, 2019

12 Days of Member Gifts??


You read that right, the first 12 days of December are each going to feature an exclusive member gift! We've only revealed 2 so far, the Snow Baby and the Ice Hair, and that's just the beginning. The coolest stuff is yet to come! If you haven't jumped into membership just yet, December is the perfect time to give it a shot!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Mythology Wallpapers!

Hey, Poptropicans! Here's another present from the art team to brighten up your Monday!! Exclusive, high res wallpapers of the Mythology-themed artwork you may have seen recently on the launch page. So glad I have a new lockscreen now that Halloween is over.





Friday, November 22, 2019

Home Island is looking extra magical this month!





Home Island's been a'changin'! I'm obsessed with all the little surprises our art team has been hiding around the Island lately. Make sure you take the time to check out the whole area and meet all the NPCs new and old.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Look Book Update!!



Poptropican Lucky Dragon caught our eye this week with their animated skirt and hair combos!! (And, admittedly, my favorite colors.) If you're particularly proud of your Poptropican's look and you post about them on Twitter or Insta, make sure you tag us so we can see!!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Fan Art Feature!

Check out this artwork by Instagram's Happyclonetropper of their Poptropican! If you post artwork, make sure to put it in the #poptropica hashtag, and also tag us @poptropicacreators! We love to see what you guys come up with and how you interpret the game's style!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Flashback Friday!

Hey, Poptropicans! The new Day Zero is on the horizon, AKA the brand new Zomberry adventure the team is currently working on, so I'm coming at you with a little throwback! Check our this comic from back in the day before the first version of Zomberry Island came out.

(Right click and open each image in a new tab to view at full size!)





Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fly in for some mystifying items!


The November store update is here!! Stop by for magical goodies galore to match the new Home Island theme.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Don't Miss Olaf!!


Halloween may be over, but Fall is still in full swing!! (Do you like how I'm wearing my dino costume?)

Don't forget to grab the Olaf follower from our limited edition Frozen II set! And make sure you check out the arcade while you're at it, because the whole room has been redecorated based on the new movie!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

HELLO, TURKEY BOY!


Member gifts for November are here!! Get'em while they're hot! And if you're not a member, not to worry-- We've got a shop update on the way so that everyone get their turkey on.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

It's Halloween, Poptropicans!! We come bearing TREATS! You might have seen the spooky artwork on the Play screen recently... One of the artists who worked on it was awesome enough that he formatted it into wallpapers for your computers and phones! Just open the image you want in a new tab and make sure you maximize it before downloading so that it's as high quality as possible.

Happy Halloween, guys!! Stay up late, eat lots of candy, and don't let the Zomberries bite!

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Share those Realms!


Leave a comment with your favorite Realm Codes so we can all play them for ourselves! And even if you're not a member, you can build your own and play all of the Realms that have already been published! JUMP IN!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Halloween Look Book!


Hey, Popsters! Halloween is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, so I've been scouting some of the coolest looks around Poptropica!



I love that little trash can man... And I NEED to know where Wild Runner got his hat. If you want to be featured in the future, make sure you're hanging around the common rooms!! That's the best place where I can see you when I'm on the hunt!

Monday, October 21, 2019

A little Fall fan art


Instagram user @ilee_font drew their Poptropican for Inktober! Look at this adorable style! We're in love with the pumpkins.

If you post any fan art on a social media account, make sure you're tagging it #Poptropica so we don't miss it! We love seeing what you guys come up with.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Artist Interview: Abigail Grigg

Hey Poptropicans! We're back with another artist interview, this time from Abigail! She designs a whole lot of the awesome store items that are added every month, and she's hard at work on the new Zomberry Island content to come! Without further ado, let's jump into some Q's!

Q: How long have you worked on Poptropica?
A: This month actually marks my first year working for Poptropica. I was hired as an intern last October and then pulled on for fulltime work this earlier this year. It’s been a big year filled with lots of learning and fun opportunities.



Q: Do you have a favorite Poptropican? How about a favorite Island?
A: I have a lot of love for Amelia. I love adventurous female characters, especially when they’re wearing goggles and aviator gear.
I might be biased but I really love Reality TV 2. Not only is my first island to have worked on, but I have a lot of love for animals and the safari aesthetic. I love running around and seeing all the animals and landscapes, and I was extremely excited when I heard about the idea and what it entailed.



Q: What kind of artwork to you make when you're not working on Poptropica?
A: My personal artwork is a mix bag of various styles and ideas, it’s a bit of a mess. I’ve got a webcomic called "King and Lionheart" that I’m constantly working on. I also love creating characters and creatures, so I tend to spew all sorts of new designs when the inspiration strikes. I’m also working on my own personal indie game with a team of colleagues. I have tons of ideas that I like to mess around with, and there isn’t enough time in the world for me tackle it all.



Q: What's your advice for young artists who'd like to go pro?
A: Experiment and try new stuff! I spent most of my time in art school trying out various disciplines, softwares, mediums, and styles. It’s through trying out different things did I discover my love for storytelling, game development, and illustration. I went to school wanting to become the next Disney animator only to realize that animation wasn’t my passion, and instead found interest in other mediums. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and get messy with new things, it’s the best way to learn what you’re into and what you don’t want to do.