Thursday, October 22, 2020

Coming Soon: Updated Friends Feature!



We asked players a little while ago how you'd like to see the friends feature improved and the overwhelming vote was to get the ability to find and add your friends.

You're smarter than us. How did we not include this? This is why your feedback matters!

We're working on upgrading a lot of features in Poptropica based on your feedback (and yes, we're still converting islands) but we knew this one is important.

So this is a little sneak peek at what's to come for you and your friends. 

Want to know more about updates to Poptropica? Be sure to check the blog for regular updates!


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Behind the Scenes: The Making of the Zomberry Special Event

Ever wonder how games like Poptropica are made? 

There's a lot that goes into the game development process. There's an art team that comes up with the concept, creates storyboards, and all the art and animations you see in the game. Then there's a development team that codes the game bringing the whole experience to life. And there are game testers (yes, that's a real job!) who make sure that everything works as expected. 

Here's some of the stuff from Zomberry to give you a better idea of the creative process behind making a special event in Poptropica. 


Things start with concepts and storyboards. These are generally pretty rough sketches, just like you see for movies! 


The artists then move into a more formal layout and sketch. Here's where the layout and art style will start to more closely match what will go into the game. 


And then the final art! 


The art and paths for gameplay in the game are a lot of work too and follow the same process. Not only does the concept have to turn into final art, but the artists also help the developers understand how players should move through the game and how certain elements will work.






Once the art is done things move into the animation and coding process! Coding requires a lot of attention to detail. All the file names have to match exactly and a wrong ";" somewhere can make things go a little bananas. 

And let's not forget the sound! The zombie sounds for Zomberry were recorded in one of the Pop Creators rooms with blankets to help dampen any exterior sound and reverberation!

That's a wrap!


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Ethan Gamer + Poptropica


This week's Poptropica video feature is from back in the archives. May 2016 to be exact!

We loved watching the first time Ethan Gamer played Poptropica. His joy over the Hot Dog costume, in the end, is as pure as it gets! We'll admit, it's a favorite among the Pop Creators too! 

Do you remember your first time playing Poptropica? What did you love about it?! Let us know in the comments below!

Monday, October 19, 2020

What's Your Scariest Memory in Poptropica?

We want to hear your favorite scary stories from Poptropica and know what your favorite scary moment in Poptropica was! Let us know in the comments below!


Friday, October 16, 2020

Poptropica Walkthrough: Zomberry Special Event


Life as a zombie hunter isn't always easy. Zombies lurk in the shadows. They pop-out of trashcans and windows. And worst of all, they sit on top of cars. Who do they think they are!?

Are you wondering how to beat the Zomberry Special Event?

If all of that fear fainting has worn you out we made you a quick walkthrough tutorial video on how to slime every last zombie in the Zomberry Special Event. 

Let's just say, even the Poptropica creators have a hard time beating this one. The zombie hanging from the lampost!? Nope.

If you've made a Zomberry video let us know so we can share it with the community!


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Free Membership Winners!


Wondering how to get a free Poptropica membership?

If you follow our blog or our social accounts, you'll get exclusive updates about when membership and other prize giveaways are happening!

This week 30 lucky Poptropicans earned a one-month free membership for completing the new Zomberry Special Event without having to restart any of the levels! 

Winners List

If you're listed on here you're Poptropica Membership has already been granted to your account (plus the 1,000 credit bonus that is given to all new members!). Not on the list? Don't worry, we'll have more opportunities to unlock a free membership in the future!

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  17. xbx***
  18. galaxia***
  19. random***
  20. foreverdre***
  21. hi3***
  22. meande***
  23. shirls***
  24. mihamik***
  25. nobody0***
  26. netherb***
  27. thiccrick***
  28. cheetah***
  29. jays***
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Limited Time Zomberry Shop Bundle!



The Zomberry Special Event is now live in the Haxe version of Poptropica and you all are crushing it! Splatting it? Anyways, those blueberry-faced zombies never stood a chance against you. 

Once you win head over to the store to spend that thousand credit winnings on the new ZOMBERRY BUNDLE

The whole bundle comes with a Zomberry mask and shirt (perfect for you low-key Halloween types), the Zombify squirt gun, Anita's amazing hoverboard for getting around Poptropica lickety-split, and the sweetest zombie clown dog ever known to zombiekind. 

The bundle is only available through the end of October so get it while you can!


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Zomberry Special Event is Here!

It's Zomberry time!


For those of you who have been playing Poptropica since 2013, you'll remember the original Zomberry Island. The island of infected zombies where you and only you, could find the cure. 

Some of you were heroes! The discovery that the Zomberry outbreak was caused by bad blueberries was monumental and the antidote saved the day. 

Well, it turns out that wasn't the last of the bad blueberries.


In this Zomberry special event, you'll be tasked with turning zombie residents back to their normal selves after they had some bad smoothies. I mean, who can resist a blueberry smoothie? 

You'll have to find where they are hiding across three different levels, each getting progressively harder. This isn't for the faint of heart. No, literally. If you stay near a zombie for too long, you'll faint and the level starts over.

The night is dark and full of terrors zombies, so your flashlight and quick wits will make you a hero. You can also check out the map in the lower right to help you along the way. Use your mouse to aim and the spacebar to spray the zombies with the antidote. We highly recommend having your audio on for this one!


MEMBERSHIP BONUS

The first 30 non-members to complete the whole event without fainting will get a FREE one-month Poptropica membership. You read that right. A FREE POPTROPICA MEMBERSHIP

We'll announce the winners on Thursday!