Monday, February 10, 2020

NATIONAL PIZZA DAAAYYYYY


Now. I'm not just saying this because it's National Pizza Day. I promise. But pizza is seriously one of my favorite foods besides grilled cheese with tomato soup which, spoilers, is kind of just pizza anyway.

Turns out if you order one in the diner on 24 Carrot though, you're gonna be waiting. And waiting. And waiting... I guess they have other things to worry about (impending global domination) but I'm hungry for some CHEESE.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

State of the Game: Converting from Flash

Hey Poptropicans, it's time for some important housekeeping! 


As pretty much all of you know, the support of Flash is being permanently discontinued this year. However, Poptropica isn't going anywhere! The screenshot that you see above isn't actually taken from the live game. It's from the HAXE JavaScript build that our developers have been working on since last year. It's a HUGE undertaking for a small team like Poptropica, and they've been doing an AMAZING JOB!

So, what's gonna change on the player side?

Pretty much nothing.

Same art style. Same islands. Same Poptropica! As many of our older fans know, there were two different Flash engines that previously ran Poptropica. In technical terms, they are called AS2 and AS3. Some members of the community might know them better as Old School and Sound Updated islands. Our main task right now is converting every AS3 island.

We want to emphasize that the Old School islands are still on the table! But the code that built them is so old that they would need to be remade from the ground up if we were to re-insert them into the live game. We've seen this rumor quite a bit, so we'd like to put it to bed: They will definitely not be playable when the JavaScript build launches.

Believe me, I miss Astro Knights and Skullduggery SO MUCH. But the most important and most exciting takeaway from losing Flash is that Poptropica will remain playable for everyone for years to come!! We can only thank our amazing community for making this game stand the test of time when, as we all know, so many browser games from the 2000's and 2010's are disappearing. With that in mind, we want to say a great big THANK YOU to all of you for your enthusiasm for exploring new waters and patience as we make all of these not-so-flashy updates that make sure this game stays solid.

We will be sure to let you guys know when the open beta is live, and we'll be setting up special rewards for players who try it out! I just got done with another testing session, and the graphics and gameplay are super sharp. We can't wait to share it with you!

Monday, February 3, 2020

February gifts are HERE!


MEEMMMBERRRRS!! Stoke the fires and prepare for battle! Check out these epic gifts for the month of February by logging in today!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Costume Contest WINNERS!!

It's time to announce the winners of the 2020 Poptropica costume design contest! We got A LOT of entries, and it was so exciting to see what kinds of looks you guys have in mind for the game!

Remember, even if your drawing doesn't appear on this list, it has without a doubt made a valuable impression on our art team as we move forward into the new year! There will also be more contests and opportunities to be featured on Poptropica very soon. Remember, all art is subjective, so if you didn't place as high as you would have liked, don't let it get you down! The best part of this contest was seeing artists of all experience levels share their ideas with us!

Now... Without further ado... the winners!

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!!

The winner of the Grand Prize, whose design will be created for the in-game Store and will be given 6 months of free membership, is Instagram user @bianca_donka!


We chose Bianca's Lightning Wielder for its snappy gesture, sharp silhouette, and strong stylistic integrity to the Poptropica aesthetic! This Poptropican is gonna give Zeus a run for his money, with lightning powers and, might I add, MUCH cooler hair. Additionally, it would be a crime not to share these other drawings she sent with her entry:


Maybe we need to start giving Poptropicans eyebrows...

Runners up!! These Poptropicans will each get a free month of membership! In no particular order, we have:

Sunflower Cordial, by @otheraccidk! Our art director really likes this one for its 70's-style look. Both looks are simple and effective with a unique flair and a great color scheme. Well done!!


Porcelain Chicken, by @bylophim! This is one of my absolute favorites. I love the little chick followers! Especially the guy with a tiny crack pecking at the ground T_T I'd look amazing with a chicken hat...


Rounding off the runners up is RadioactivePup with Sharp Beatz! This electrifying look is designed to react to the background music with that sweet soundbar visor, and I've always wanted a pair of those cat ear headphones.



Finally, but certainly not least, the Honorable Mentions! You will find all of these artists' IG handles on their respective artwork, so make sure to give them a follow. This community is full of so many amazing artists and designers!











That's all, folks! Thanks again to EVERYONE who took the time to create an entry, and remember that we always love seeing what you come up with! The Lightning Wielder will be zapping into a Store near you in the near future!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Pop Quiz... CAKE??


What's your favorite kind of cake? PLACE YOUR VOTES IN THE COMMENTS, POPTROPICANS!

And don't forget, we'll be announcing the winners of the Costume Contest THIS FRIDAY!! Stay tuned!!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Compliment Day!!


Today is Compliment Day! Say something nice to your fellow Poptropican, and let's show each other how much we appreciate one another! You never know when a small kind word could make someone's day.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Year of the Rat!


This Saturday marks the start of year 4718 of the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Rat!

We're wishing you guys the best of luck in the coming year, and we're looking forward to it ourselves! Some big game updates are on the horizon, and we'll be posting more details about them soon, as well as the results of the art contest!! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Art Contest Deadline TONIGHT!!

Don't forget, Poptropicans!! The art contest ends TONIGHT!! If you haven't checked it out yet and want to get a last minute entry in, check out the guidelines here:
http://blog.poptropica.com/2020/01/art-contest-alert-art-contest-alert.html

Additionally, make sure you read all of the official contest rules here:
http://blog.poptropica.com/p/poptropicaart-contest-rules.html

Get your submissions in before midnight eastern time, and GOOD LUCK to everyone!!