24 Carrot in Poptropica Worlds!

24 Carrot

Hiya, Silver Wolf here with some very recent news about Poptropica Worlds! An exciting update has arrived, relating to one of Poptropica’s oldest and most popular islands: 24 Carrot! Oddly, it released quite abruptly without any post or sneak peeks nodding towards its arrival. Is this a sign of less communication from Poptropica? We shall see…

New 24 Carrot CharacterIn other news, there are several changes to our beloved land of Dr. Hare. I haven’t completed it yet, but certain aspects of the quest have changed, like *spoilers* you release Charlie’s cat from a cage, which was a trap for Dr. Hare! That’s quite different from the original assignment of just finding it in a house.

What I particularly find interesting is the “Carrot Museum” that has been added! It’s similar to the Visitor’s Center on Crisis Caverns. Will every island have one of these from now on? I hope so! Perhaps this is a way for Poptropica to become more educational so perhaps schools will encourage its use. An example of one of the signs in the museum is below, describing the carrot’s evolution.

Carrot Chart

The Quest Log has also worked for me so far, which I’m fairly happy about because it was my favorite change from the original Poptropica. It’s especially helpful if you haven’t played in a long time and forgot where you were, or you simply need a nudge in the right direction.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Have fun! 🙂

-SW

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No Time for Naps, There’s a New Map!

Hiya, Silver Wolf here, and it looks like Poptropica has had a bit of a makeover! The map with all of the islands has gotten quite of new additions… If you haven’t seen it yet or want to find out more, keep reading! 🙂 If you just want the recap, scroll to the bottom.


Now, I think we’ve all noticed lately that fewer islands have been released. Well, that’s part of the reason I made this title: you may be getting tired, but it looks like the Creators have been working on other features for us Poptropicans, and this one I like quite a bit. It’s even on the app!

Map.PNGThe first thing to note about the new map is that they’re all in the same style! Yes, even the non-SUI islands without sound or a bigger screen. Also, you may be wondering, why is Mythology on the first page and not one of the last? After all, islands have been arranged by their release date. Well, that’s another thing of the past! Now they are arranged by how popular they are. And let me just say, not only is that convenient for new Poptropicans, but it is also genius advertising Great Pumpkinon Poptropica’s part. Although, Great Pumpkin looks very lonely at the bottom of the last page. 😦

#SaveGreatPumpkin

Honestly, it’s probably because it’s only available to Members right now…right? Yes, definitely. “Home” also seems to be playing a larger part in this. Not only is there an icon in the top right corner, but it’s on the first page, and you land there whenever you log back into Poptropica, no matter what island you were on before you logged off!

Island InfoAh, but let’s get to the specifics. First of all, those bars under the islands show your progress on the island, whether it’s your first time or you restarted. When you click an island, some info will come up, including the difficulty of the island (looks like Captain Crawfish had some part in this with the gold crossbones). Under that is the medallion with how many times you’ve completed the island at the top-right, and your progress underneath, along with an option to restart. To the right is a short excerpt about the island and a ‘Start’ button. Pretty convenient! As a recap:

  • The map is in the app.
  • All the islands have the same style, along with some cool clouds.
  • The islands are arranged by how popular they are.
  • “Home” is slowly gaining more focus.
  • Islands have a bar for your progress.
  • The difficulty of the island is shown once you click it.
  • How many times you’ve completed an island is also shown.
  • Information about the island is given, too.

~Silver Wolf out

MotM Book, Votes, Realms, & More

Hiya, Silver Wolf here, with more updates and releases! Information about Mystery of the MapMarch MadnessRealms, and more will all be included in this gigantic post! As usual, everything will be from oldest to newest, so if you’ve gotten all the old things, just scroll down a bit.


Mystery of the Map Book Released

On March 1st, Mystery of the Map was finally made available to order! The Creators even made three videos consisting of some of the pages (a clever way to advertise 😉 ):

You also may want to check out some of the events on the MotM page. It looks like if you live in New York or Texas of the USA, you might get a chance to get your book signed (one of the signings is today, actually)! Ah, only if small states were as lucky.


March Madness Votes

Vote for the Members-only island you want to open to everyone on Poptropica.Do you remember when all of the sponsored islands were made for Members only (and the reactions to it)? …Well, if you’re one of the people that thought it was an outrage, this is your chance! Until March 31, every common room will have a scroll where you can vote for which island you think should be available for everyone. In fact, you get one vote for each common room you go to! Basically, that means you’ll have upwards of 40 votes you can get. If you need a refresher of the islands that are only for Members, here you go:

Based off of the results on March 16, Red Dragon Island (woo!) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Island are really close; in fact, on that day, there was only one vote separating them! So, start voting!


Spring Shopping

Ready for spring (or fall?) shopping? Poptropica thinks so! In the Store, you can get some very springy items, like the Flower Power and Sneezing Powder.

The Flower Power, available for everyone, has two options: you can either customize the costume to look like a flower, or you can plant flowers throughout Poptropica.

The Sneezing Power, which only Members can get, allows you to start a chain of sneezing, where you sneeze, any Poptropican in front of you sneezes, any Poptropica in front of them sneezes, etc. I think most of us can agree that this is one of the less fun things about spring…Although, in Poptropica, it is fun to see other Poptropicans sneeze.


Return of Realms

Since February 16, Poptropica Realms hasn’t been available for anyone to access due to bugs in the system. That means it’s been a little over a month since it’s been gone. Luckily, the Creators have yet again defeated the forces of evil, through programming, and Realms is playable again! As a reminder:

You can reach Poptropica Realms either through the first page of the travel map, or from the returning user page after you log in.

You can also visit our handy-dandy post on sharing realms if you need help with that. 😛


Other News

Some other tidbits recently include some monkeys — Night Watchmonk, Berry Scary Monkey, and Charlie the Chocomonkey — landing on other islands when Monkey Wrench Island was released. Sadly, they were only accessible for a short amount time!

For Pi Day, on March 14, a Cream Pie Toss was released that you could throw at other Poptropicans. Also, on March 17, for St. Patrick’s Day, a Leprechaun Follower was released. Both of these were only for limited times, though!

I think that’s it, Poptropicans! 😀

~Silver Wolf out

Realms, MotM, Credits, Tutorial, & More!

Hiya, Silver Wolf here, and there are a ton of updates! There has been news of a book coming out, problems with Realms, the availability for 300 credits, a new tutorial, and more. *wipes sweat off of head* Let’s get started, then! All of the info will be from oldest to newest.


Poptropica Realms Problems

Poptropica RealmsRecently Poptropica Realms’ icon hasn’t been on the map. Wondering why? Well, the Creators have explained that in a recent update, there was a bug in the coding that made Realms unavailable. They’re not sure how long it will take to fix Realms again, but the post on the Creators’ Blog about it was made February 16, and it still hasn’t been added back. It seems like they may be having some major problems, so we’ll just have to wait a little bit longer.


Mystery of the Map Book

The Poptropica graphic novel Mystery of the Map is available in bookstores on March 1.Mystery of the Map’s graphic novel that you may have followed early last year is being released to bookstores on March 1st! Although, going back to the posts on the Creators’ Blog with the posts on the Mystery of the Map pages, it seems like they’ve been taken down. The goods news, though, is that the book will have additional pages and artwork! At least this way if you did read the whole story, there will be some things you haven’t seen before.


National Engineers Week Credits

If you’re new to Poptropica, you may have some luck this week because the Creators are doubling the amount of credits you receive when you complete four particular islands that are related to engineering. (That means you get 300!) :mrgreen:

That’s right! This week only, you’ll earn 300 credits if it’s your first time finishing any of these Islands:

The credits opportunity ends February 27th, so get on with exploring, collecting, and competing, Poptropicans!


Monkey Wrench Island Tutorial

Monkey WrenchIf you go to the Home Island, Amelia Earhart will greet you when you first land, and she will ask you if you want to go with her to an island, promptly named so because the island is full of monkeys. The whole point of the island is to teach you how to play, so there will be messages like the one to the right, telling you how to respond to another Poptropican.

The plot of the island is that you’re racing and you get far ahead, but one of the opponents known as the Red Baroness makes you crash and land on the island. The further you progress, the more you’ll notice that these are the scenes we’ve been seeing lately in the Daily Pops. Also, there’s a little tidbit explaining how the blimp came to be! It seems like you have indirectly caused such a masterpiece. The Creators haven’t specifically said anything about the island yet on their blog ( 😕 ), but they most likely will soon. Although, they recently made a tweet about kids testing it out, and they  just made a tweet about the island, too:


Photo Booth and New Icons

As a side note, there was a Valentine’s-themed photo booth near the holiday, along with a Mystery of the Map-themed one as well. We’ve posted some of the Valentine’s photo booth creations on our Twitter if you would like to see them. The Mystery of the Map photo booth had some of the island’s popular characters and props that you could use in your photo, with one example being in this tweet.

Another small side note is that the icons for the Menu box have changed some:

New Icons

Well, I think that’s it, Poptropicans! 😀

~Silver Wolf out

Sweepstakes, Realms, & More!

Hiya, Silver Wolf here, and it looks like we have a lot to update on. Because of finals, I haven’t had much time to be on, but I’m back! From Island Hopper Sweepstakes winners to appdates, there’s a ton of information to catch up on, so here we go!


Island Hopper Sweepstakes Winners

We’re now on week 4 of the Island Hopper Sweepstakes, but we still have to cover weeks 1-3. So, if you would like to know the winners who receive a one-month Membership, they are (with the week as a caption)…

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Remarkable Realms

Since the Creators haven’t posted a Poptropican’s Realm in a while, they decided to highlight quite an extravagant one on the Poptropica Creator’s Blog, which you can visit through the code 72pyj.

Esador City

The Realm is called “Esador City,” and it was made by Loud Chicken. It really looks amazing; congrats on your mention!

Escape from Pelican Rock

Escape from Pelican Rock is now available to Members only! Of course, the Creators have reminded us to view the live map of finishers and watch their famous walkthrough video:

Wonderful Winter Appdates

Winter LogoThe Creators have gotten into the winter groove by updating their app logo, along with a free wintery costume pack — including hats, scarves, and sweaters — and a bundle that includes Jack or Jill Frost, a holiday pet follower, and a Yeti costume  for 99 cents. As a little bonus, they also released a free version of Escape from Pelican Rock. So if you’re not patient enough to wait for the release online, you can head over to the app and download it now!

I think that’s about it, but happy holidays! You’ve probably noticed our own winter-themed decor (sorry if you’re in the southern hemisphere 😛 ). What do you think? Hopefully I’ll be posting more soon, too!

-Silver Wolf out

April 2015, and MotM Interview

What’s up, Poptropicans?

First off, I wanted to mention the very funny joke the Creators played on us:

Available on both 3½” and 5¼” floppy disc, Poptropica: The Text Adventure is compatible with all leading desktop computer platforms, including Commodore 64, TRS-80, and Apple IIe. Coming soon!

Poptropica: The Text Adventure was just some white words on a black background:

And for those of you who don’t know what a floppy disk looks like (or is), here you go: (I actually had to ask my dad for help on this, as I had no idea what it is either 😀 )

 

 

As far as I can understand, a floppy disk was something you would insert into your computer, run the program, and the words would show up on the screen ( I may be wrong though 🙂 )


Aside from that, over on the Creator’s Blog, we got an interview with the Mystery of the Map illustrator, Kory Merrit!

Captain Crawfish: How did you get involved in illustrating Mystery of the Map? 

Kory Merritt: The Poptropica Creators originally hired me to illustrate the Poptropica comic strip. After a little while they asked me to try some graphic novel page samples, which led to me working on “Mystery of the Map” with author Max “Galactic Hot Dogs” Brallier.

CC: What are the challenges of adapting Poptropica’s art style from an online game to a graphic novel? What are the joys? 

KM: Poptropica has a very distinct style. I’m actually an art teacher by day and didn’t have much freelance experience, so working for Poptropica was the first time I had to draw someone else’s characters. It took a little while to get the hang of it – the Poptropica design might seem simple at times, but there are little details that can make or break the characters. Fortunately, the Poptropica Creators were very patient and helped guide me along. I’m pretty happy with the results, for I think the illustrations resemble the standard Poptropican model, but at the same time have a hand-drawn, comic-type feel.

CC: What’s your process for illustrating the book?

KM: I’m old-fashioned enough to still use pen and paper for the most part, but for “Mystery of the Map” I also used digital color and made corrections in Photoshop.

CC: Who’s your favorite MotM character to draw?

KM: The Vikings! It’s fun to draw angry faces.

CC: What other projects have you worked on that Poptropicans might like to know about?

KM: I draw some of my own stories, mostly just for fun. One of them is on FunBrain, and some are on GoComics.com. It seems I will also have my own illustrated book coming out later this year, published by Andrews McMeel.

Now many of you have seen my theory on the possibly upcoming Mystery of the Map Island(since it is sticky 😛 ), but here is a little more evidence that I found 😀 (thanks to the PHB for some of this!)

  • If you type mysteryofthemapisland.com, it will direct to Poptropica!
  • Daily Pops are blasting with MotM pictures! Look at them below (be prepared for a “Viking’s Grotto” common room!)

I’ll probably go into more detail about the images once the island is confirmed.

I can’t wait for MotM, but that’s my personal opinion 😀 What are you guys thinking? Put it in the comments!

Trusty Biker

P.S. Wolfy- I totally fell for that joke about you leaving 😀 Don’t ever do that again! 😛

 

Survival Island Info & Exclusive Sneak Peek

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Most of you probably noticed the Survival Island store items yesterday (Wind Power and a non-uploading card, which you can read about further down; first posted by Pixel), which were accidentally released. But the question is: why did it take hours upon hours for the Creators to decide to take them down? Usually, the items are taken down at most one hour, but these items were not. What happened? No evidence is given, but there are plenty of theories. Besides, how are the items released without being on purpose? It does take programming to release such items at any given time, and it is occurring more often than usual, whether item cards, blog posts, or updates on the homepage of Poptropica. Perhaps it’s not an accident as we suspect. Either way, let’s discuss the island. Here’s the description:

Episode 1: Crash Landing – Members play on 3/20!
Night has fallen and the temperature is dropping. Alone in the forests of the Yukon, you must find a way to build a fire — but time is running out.

Episode 2: Hook, Line and Sinker
With no help in sight, your hunger threatens to overtake you. Can you catch your next meal under the ice — or will you become fish food?

More episodes coming soon!

They’re creating and releasing islands differently now — similar to a TV show series, in fact — and maybe because of the unhappiness with how long the new islands are released apart from one another. I know I’m not too happy about the wait! What they’re doing is releasing islands in parts to reduce the time and make fellow Poptropicans happier and decreasing the impatience. Although, how is the Player Map going to be released?  Is it also going to be in parts, or will they average out the times for all islands and judge that way? Only time will tell. The first “Episode” will be released on March 20th, 2014 (USA) for Members only.

Wind Power2014-03-07_20h38_44What about the Members only items? Well, I can tell you two of the items! The Creators have only released the first item, Wind Power, which you can see to the left (click to zoom in). But what about the other item? It’s not released yet, but the PTFP gets a special look! 🙂 The next item is a…..Ghillie Suit (click to zoom in)! It’s  “a type of camouflage clothing designed to resemble heavy foliage.” ~Google The only way to get this item early was to purchase it yesterday when it was the forever-loading, unknown gold card. Lastly, you can receive the desktop wallpaper and/or printable poster from the island info page.

Are you excited? I know I am! For Non-Members, hopefully you won’t have to wait too long until the island is released to all. Bai!! ~SW out