Poptropica

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Poptropica
PoptropicaLogo.gif, Poptropica screenshot.jpg
Poptropica's home page
Developer(s) Jeff Kinney Group
Publisher(s) Family Education Network
Distributor(s) Pearson Education
Designer(s) Pete Amomaur
Platform(s) PC and Mac
Release date(s) July 2007, September 2007
Genre(s) Educational, Adventure, single-player with Massively multiplayer online game elements.
Mode(s) Single and multiplayer
Distribution Adobe Flash

Poptropica is an online, role-playing game owned by Pearson PLC, the global publishing and education company. It was made by Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The site is aimed at children ages 6 to 15. Players can go to different islands, compete in multiplayer games, and communicate with each other. Players are given several quests, called islands, which they are encouraged to complete. The islands all have various difficulties, but all center around a problem that the player must resolve by going through multiple obstacles or completing goals, and all islands, upon finishing, give 100 "credits". Since February 4, 2012, Poptropica has an Alexa Internet rating of 1,302 in the United States, and a ranking of 5,162 in the world.[2] Poptropica officially launched in September 2007 with 3 islands available to play; Early Poptropica, Shark's Tooth Island, and Time Tangled Island. It has grown to have over 500 million registered users, as of October 19, 2012, 35 million of whom are in the 6-15 age group.[3]

Pearson PLC also owns kids' site FunBrain.com.

Contents

Game-play elements

Characters

When players first arrive at Poptropica, they create a character avatar that can be customized immediately, or modified while playing.[4] Such modifications include changing hair color, clothes, eyes hair style, and skin color. Characters' names are automatically generated from lists of nouns and adjectives, in the interest of user safety (i.e. Fierce Paw, Magic Hippo, etc.) This is so there is no user name abuse in the game. This is also to protect users from using their real names in the game too.

Multiplayer rooms

Players can interact with other players through scripted chat in special multiplayer rooms, commonly called common rooms. In multiplayer rooms users can only use a selected message pre written to talk to other users in the game. This is so no abusive language is used in the game. Players can also play games with others, such as Sudoku, Hoops, Balloons, etc.(See games below)

Clothes

Most of the clothes found in Poptropican characters (both players and NPCs) are obtainable by players with a tool called the Costumizer. This tool allows players to put on nearly any clothes they see worn on other characters. Such clothes include hats, hair, mouths (i.e. if and how the character smiles), neck items (jewelry, scarf, ties), shirts, belts, skirts, dresses, jackets (which are worn over the existing shirt) and pants. The Custumizer is represented by a green T-shirt icon.

Additional clothes may be obtained from the Poptropica Store. Some costumes from the Poptropica store allow special actions when you hit the space bar. (i.e. the Pop Star costume makes a character sing when the space bar is pressed).

Handheld items are usually not Custumizable. However, they sometimes can be purchased from the Poptropica Store, as part of costumes. An exception to this is in the Haunted House, where most of the Halloween costume items can be copied.

Items

In Poptropica, a backpack icon is used to represent the inventory of a player. By clicking on it the player can view the items they have acquired. Items are obtained from quests on different islands, many of which allow special actions on the associated island. Players are awarded a special medal and 50 credits each time they solve a quest. Some items picked up on one island cannot be used on other islands.

Players can also "buy" items from the Poptropica Store such as special costumes and gold cards that allow various actions like turning smaller (Minimizer) and chewing bubble gum (Bubble Gum). Items bought in the store may be used on all the islands.

Friends

The Friends icon will be at the top of the toolbar in Poptropica. In April 2012, a new feature called Poptropica Friends was announced and replaced Friends on the main menu and in uses. Poptropica Friends also allows you to answer pop quizzes each day, put up to 30 costumes in the costume closet (members only), see your photos, and much more. The old Friends is now discontinued, replaced by the re-vamped Poptropica Friends.

Islands

Poptropica consists of 36 islands between which the character can travel. Each island has its own quest, which players are encouraged to complete. If a player completes an island's quest, he or she receives an island medallion as well as 50 credits to spend in the Poptropica Store. Starting July 6, 2011, Poptropica started allowing players to replay islands, while keeping all the Island Medallions they had already earned.

Early Poptropica

Early Poptropica was the first island created for Poptropica. Players encounter the original settlers of Early Poptropica who are in distress. They are 8 bit arcade characters much like pilgrims who are missing items from their village, including a water bucket and a signal flag. While finding the various objects, the player encounters a large spider and a purple giant. On Main Street, there is an art museum with works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges-Pierre Seurat this is also the place where you meet the secret agent on Counterfeit Island. Before the second Poptropica island, Shark Tooth Island, came out it was possible to enter the side where there were two buttons: Start Over or Play. This was the pilot island July 2007.[citation needed]

The description on the island's information page is, "Poptropica's oldest inhabitants have a problem: someone's been stealing their stuff! To return what's rightfully theirs, you'll explore creepy sewers, pitch-black caverns, and even a giant's garden in the clouds. See how it all began with the very first Poptropica Island: Early Poptropica!"[5]

Shark Tooth Island

Shark Tooth Island was the second island released on Poptropica. The scenario revolves around the inhabitants of the island who are being troubled by a fierce shark by the name of "the Booga". The player must help the citizens by exploring the island's ancient temple ruins and subduing the Booga with a special concoction inside of a coconut. The player then must rescue a boy and a professor from an island where they were marooned by the Booga. This island came two months after Early Poptropica Island, making Early Poptropica an official island.

The description on the island's information page is, "Shark Tooth Island is online and ready to be explored! The citizens of the virtual world Island for kids are having BIG shark trouble. Only you can save the day by discovering the many secrets of the online virtual world, Shark Tooth Island."[6]

Time Tangled Island

Time Tangled Island (also known as Time Twisted Island) was the third island released on Poptropica. The scenario revolves around a malfunctioning time machine made by a scientist named Professor Peter P. Pendulum that has distorted history. It is the player’s job to go back in time and set things right. During the quest, users encounter major historical figures such as Thomas Edison, Lewis and Clark, and Leonardo da Vinci. Once the player has restored the past, they can go forward in time to see what the future holds, and visit themselves 50 years older. This island was created in conjunction with the editors of Fact Monster to maintain historical accuracy. Professor Pendulum can also be found on vacation on Shark Tooth Island in the Tourist Center. The island was initially called Time Lapse Island,[7] then later, Time Twisted Island.[8] This island came out on May 14, 2008.

The description on the island's information page is, "A malfunctioning time machine has messed up history! It's your job to go back in time and set things right in this online virtual world. Because if you don't, who knows what the future will hold?"[9]

Time Tangled Island "Improved" Version

Time Tangled Island became the 2nd old island to get a makeover, and the 4th total (behind 24 Carrot, Virus Hunter and Poptropolis Games) to become improved, making the screen bigger and adding sound.

24 Carrot Island

24 Carrot Island was the fourth island released on Poptropica. The citizens of 24 Carrot Island are in trouble. Someone has stolen all their carrots; four citizens named Shy Sky, Crazy Comet, Sleepy Bird, and Magic Socks have disappeared; and the economy, which appears to be based on carrots, is in ruins. The player must face an antagonist named Dr. Hare, who built a giant robot bunny inside what was formerly a carrot cake factory. Dr. Hare is apparently using the carrots to make fuel for a rocket that will send his giant robot into space, from where he can control everyone's mind from space. The character must free the kidnapped citizens from Dr. Hare's mind control and stop his plot. The island has a sequel minigame called Dr. Hare's Secret Lab, which can be purchased in the Poptropica store for free.

The description on the island's information page is, "Something strange is happening on 24 Carrot Island. People are going missing, and the virtual world's carrots are disappearing as well. It's up to you to get to the bottom of the mystery and to bring the Island back to its former splendor!"[10]

24 Carrot Island "Improved" Version

24 Carrot Island became the first island to become improved, adding sound, better graphics and a bigger screen size. Like Virus Hunter Island (the first ever island to be released like this), it has recently become available.

Super Power Island

Super Power Island was the fifth island released on Poptropica. A giant radioactive meteor has crashed into Super Power Island's county prison, freeing six criminals and giving them super powers. Now they are wreaking havoc on the island, committing various crimes,[11] including robbing a bank and destroying the city park. The player must defeat five villains, so that a retired super-hero will give him or her the power to fly. The final "boss" villain, Betty Jetty, can only be defeated by flying after her. The island was opened on July 26, 2008.

The description on the island's information page is, "A giant meteor has crashed into the virtual world's prison, freeing hardened criminals and giving them super powers. Now they are wreaking havoc on the Island. Only a true superhero can stop them and save the day."[12]

A screenshot of Spy Island.

Spy Island

Spy Island was the sixth island released on Poptropica. In this plot, a new threat to the residents of Poptropica has been discovered by Poptropica's top three spies, but the spies have been captured by an evil group called B.A.D. (Bald and Dangerous). The residents of Spy Island are losing their hair due to a B.A.D. plot. The player must use top-secret spy devices including a laser pen and a chameleon suit to rescue the three spies and infiltrate the B.A.D. fortress. The island was opened on 10 September 2008.

The description on the island's information page is, "A new sinister menace has been discovered by Poptropica's three top spies, but now the spies have vanished! You will need the skills of a cunning spy to rescue them and discover all the clues of the online virtual world, Spy Island. Get ready for gadgets, sneaky moves, and hair-raising adventures!"[13]

Nabooti Island

Nabooti Island was the seventh island released on Poptropica. This island was made in conjunction with the publishers of Choose Your Own Adventure books.[14] The Nabooti tribe is looking for five missing jewels from the mysterious Nabooti totem. The player flies to various locales across Africa including Giza, Blue Nile Falls, Mountains of the Moon and Kaya in an aeroplane to find the jewels and return them. The island was opened on December 10, 2008.

The description on the island's information page was, "For centuries, the Nabooti tribe has been protected by the power of seven sacred jewels. But now, the jewels are missing! Trek across Africa to find the missing jewels and return them to the Nabooti tribe. You'll visit pyramids, ancient mines, and giant waterfalls on your online virtual world quest."[15]

Big Nate Island

Big Nate Island was the eighth island released on Poptropica. This island is based on the comic strip Big Nate, written by cartoonist Lincoln Peirce. The player is on a mission to find a long-lost time capsule containing a large pearl which, if found, can save the school from demolition with the money from selling the pearl. The player will need help from Nate and his friends to complete the quest. Unlike other islands, Big Nate Island is drawn in the style of the comic strip by Peirce. The island was opened on February 12, 2009.

The description on the island's information page is, "Get ready for a whole new type of online virtual world adventure on Poptropica. Enter the comic strip world of Big Nate – a wisecracking kid who holds the all-time record for detentions at this school. You're on a mission to find a long-lost time capsule which, if found, can save the school from demolition. You'll need help from Nate and his friends to complete your online virtual world quest!"[16]

Astro-Knights Island

Astro-Knights Island was the ninth island released on Poptropica.[17] The princess of the Kingdom of Arturus has been kidnapped by an evil inventor named Mordred (now under the alias of The Binary Bard), and taken somewhere into space. The player must build and customize a spacecraft and use it to rescue her. The player will visit several planets in his quest and fight a variety of mechanical beasts.[18] The island contains numerous allusions to Arthurian legend, such as the kingdom being named "Arturus", three knights being named Cador, Peleas, and Gawain, and the villain's name being Mordred. The island was opened to early access on June 3, 2009, and to Non-Members on June 10, 2009. This was the first Island where Early Access was available.

The description on the island's information page is, "Launch thyself into a new online virtual world adventure on Poptropica! The princess hath been kidnapped and taken to the far reaches of space. Thou must assemble a space vessel and fly among the stars on an intergalactic quest to rescue her and save the kingdom of Arturus is the online virtual world, Astro-Knights Island."[19]

Astro-Knights Guide

An Astro-Knights Guide was released on 10 August 2011 by the Poptropica Creators. It can be acquired by clicking on the Poptropica Store kiosk on Main Street of Astro-Knights Island. The guide gives a step-by-step walk-through of the entire island as well as instructions on how to find important inventory items. The guide was released because Astro-Knights island is Poptropica's island with the fewest number of completions.[20]

Counterfeit Island

Counterfeit Island was the tenth island released on Poptropica. It is a detective quest involving a museum called the Museum Fantastique, which houses some of the world's most famous paintings, namely The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh and The Scream, by Edvard Munch. There is an art thief named the Black Widow who is trying to steal the museum's most prized painting, The Scream. It is up to the player to capture the Black Widow and recover The Scream. The island was opened to early access on December 21, 2009, and to Non-Members on January 4, 2010. This island was the first island where when the player enters an area which does not appear on the map, such a multi-player room the map says you are here in the area the player came from.

The description on the island's information page is, "Some of the world's most famous artwork is on display at the Island's museum, but rumour has it someone's out to steal it. Can you explore the dark and dangerous side of the online virtual world Counterfeit Island and save the day in the cracking canvas caper?"[21]

Reality TV Island

Reality TV Island was the eleventh island released on Poptropica and is based on the hit reality TV show Survivor. The player has to compete in challenges against seven other characters, including antagonists from the first ten islands, to avoid being "voted off" a reality TV show called Reality TV Island. The island was released to Poptropica members on February 24, 2010 and was open to Non-Members on March 24, 2010.

The description on the island's information page is, "Have you ever wanted to be the star of a reality TV show? Well, now's your chance! Duke it out with your fellow contestants and avoid elimination to win the show's grand prize and become a hero to your hometown in the online virtual world, Reality TV Island."[22]

Mythology Island

Mythology Island was the twelfth island released on Poptropica. It features the gods from Greek mythology, such as Zeus and Aphrodite. The player meets mythical gods and creatures and must locate five items for Zeus in a quest for immortality. However, Zeus cannot be trusted, as he plans to rule all of Poptropica. Players must use the powers of his brothers and rivals, the gods of the underworld and of the seas (Hades and Poseidon, respectively) to defeat Zeus. The island was released to Poptropica Members on April 1, 2010 and was opened to Non-Members on April 29, 2010.

The description on the island's information page is, "Mighty Zeus, king of the gods, needs a hero – and he wants you! To satisfy Zeus, you'll need to battle monsters, swim the depths of the ocean, and descend into the mysterious underworld. Will you emerge a hero like Hercules, or face the fiery wrath of Zeus and his thunderbolts?"[23]

Skullduggery Island

Skullduggery Island was the thirteenth island released on Poptropica. It is a pirate quest involving sailing, trading, and sea battles on several small islands. A cruel pirate foe named Captain Crawfish is raiding the small port of Fort Ridley. The player must earn wealth, acquiring a powerful ship and skilled crew to defeat Captain Crawfish, and recover five pieces of a treasure map for the islanders at Fort Ridley. The island was released to Poptropica members on May 20, 2010 and was opened to the public on June 17, 2010.

The description on the island's information page is, "Set sail for adventure! Outwit cunning pirates and battle fierce sea monsters in the biggest Poptropica online virtual world quest yet. Build your ship. Assemble your crew. Rule the sea!"[24]

Steamworks Island

Steamworks Island was the fourteenth island released on Poptropica. The island is a mechanical civilization using steam power. However, there are initially no inhabitants whatsoever, and the quest is to locate them. The player acquires a robot helper named Sprocket to investigate the mystery, which involves reactivating various machines that have been unused for over two hundred years. Most of the city area is now overgrown by huge plants, some of which prove to be hostile. The island was released to Poptropica members on August 12, 2010 and was released to the public on September 9, 2010.

The description on the island's information page is, "The silence of empty streets welcomes you. Metal and machines fill the lonely halls, and a growing mystery lurks behind a shroud of steam. Can you uncover what happened to the inhabitants of this ancient online virtual world? Gear up for a steam-powered adventure you will never forget."[25]

Great Pumpkin Island

Great Pumpkin Island was the fifteenth island released on Poptropica. It is set with a Peanuts theme, using characters created by Charles Schulz. Poptropica members had access on September 30, 2010, and it was opened to the public on October 14 of the same year.[26]

The description on the island's Information page is, 'Halloween is here, but not all of the PEANUTS kids are celebrating – not when Charlie Brown keeps getting tricks instead of treats, Snoopy is attacked by the infamous Red Baron, and Linus waits all night for the Great Pumpkin. Can you set things right in this online virtual world and save Halloween?"[27]

Cryptids Island

Cryptids Island was the sixteenth island released on Poptropica. An eccentric billionaire named Harold Mews is promising a big reward to whoever can prove the existence of cryptids – hidden creatures. The hunt is on for cryptids like Bigfoot and Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. However, the million dollar reward has attracted many other fortune-hunters, namely Gretchen Grimlock who will lie, steal, and cheat to find the Cryptids.[28][29] It was made available to members Monday, December 20, 2010 and it was released to Non-Members on January 18, 2011.[30][31][32] The description on the island's information page is, "An eccentric billionaire is promising a big reward to whoever can prove the existence of cryptids – hidden creatures. The hunt is on for Bigfoot, Nessie, and other legendary beasts. But watch out: you're not the only one in search of these monsters in this online virtual world – and your competitors will stop at nothing to find them!"[33]

Wild West Island

Wild West Island was the seventeenth island released on Poptropica. The island was released to paid members on Poptropica on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2011 and to the public almost a month later on March 11. It followed the release of a sneak preview edition, featuring a mini-game called Round ‘em Up. This island features lots of mini-games, high-speed chases and even a shoot-out on board a moving train. Your goal is to capture the notorious outlaw, Mustachio Grande, who has been terrorizing the citizens of Wild West Island along with his gang.

Wimpy Wonderland

Wimpy Wonderland was the eighteenth island released on Poptropica. It is based on the popular graphic novel series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It was made available to members on March 14, 2011 and was released to the public on March 17, 2011. Many of the elements in the island are based upon the novels, including decorations and characters. This was a surprise public release timed to coincide with the release of the movie in theatres that same month. Normally, Non-Members must wait approximately four weeks for islands to be available after members-only early access. This is the only island to be in black and white.

The description on the island's information page is, "The kids in town are enjoying a snow day – all except for Greg Heffley, whose little brother Manny has gone missing! It's up to you to find Manny, but before you do, you'll have to contend with surly teenagers, crabby senior citizens, and those rotten Whirley Street kids. Join Greg, Rowley, Rodrick, Chirag, Holly and the rest of the Wimpy Kid characters for a snow-capped adventure you'll never forget!"[34]

Red Dragon Island

Red Dragon Island was the nineteenth island released on Poptropica. It takes place in ancient Japan and feature characters and storyline from the popular Magic Tree House book series. The title of the video preview was "Kanji Secret". Kanji is Chinese characters used in Japanese writing. The video description of the YouTube video states "A new island is coming to Poptropica! What will the name of this new island be? The kanji holds the answer!" The kanji in the video is 赤竜, also known as Red Dragon. The island became available for Poptropica Members in May 2011 and available to Non-Members on June 2, 2011. The description on the island's information page is, "The Magic Tree House has landed on Poptropica! Join Jack and Annie on a journey back in time to a world of samurai warriors, sumo wrestlers, and even greater dangers that lurk in the clouds. When trouble strikes, it's up to you to master a set of elite ninja skills and undertake a dangerous rescue mission. Can you find your way back home, or will you be stuck in the virtual world of old Japan forever?"[35]

Shrink Ray Island

Shrink Ray Island was the twentieth island released on Poptropica. It was announced as the twentieth island on Poptropica on June 2, 2011 and released on June 30, 2011 for Poptropica Members and a demo for Non-Members. Shrink Ray Island was released on July 28, 2011 to Non-Members. The description on the island's information pages is, "A young genius has invented a ray gun that shrinks anything it touches – including you! But when the scientist and her invention go missing, you'll have to keep the shrink ray from falling into the wrong hands, and find a way to bring yourself back to normal size. To solve a problem this big, you've got to think small!"[36]

Mystery Train Island

Mystery Train Island was the twenty-first island released on Poptropica. It was announced on July 28, 2011 and released October 7, 2011[37][38][39] for all members.[40] It features the Chicago World's fair Columbian exposition of 1893. This island was first shown on the Poptropica map on July 28, 2011. The preview for the island, a game called D.C. Diner which is a management game similar to the popular game Diner Dash,[41] has been available since 11 August 2011. In D.C. Diner, players must seat the guests, take orders, serve food and drink, and wash the dishes all under a specific time limit. The description on the island's information page is, "How do you solve a mystery when everyone is a suspect? It's 1893, and some of the world's brightest minds are travelling by train to the World's Fair in Chicago. But after a dastardly crime puts the fate of the Fair in peril, only you can piece together the clues and collar the criminal. All aboard for a whodunit that will keep you guessing until the last twist of the tracks!"[42]

Game Show Island

Game Show Island was the twenty-second island released on Poptropica. It was announced on September 23, 2011 and was released for Poptropica Members on October 27, 2011.[43][44] In order to complete the island, the player must win several game shows, then defeat a super-computer called Holmes. The description on the island's information page is, "Welcome to a future where robots rule. Building computers to compete on TV game shows seemed like a funny idea - until the machines wanted more. Now, after years of robotic dominance, Poptropica needs a savior. Are you clever enough to beat the robots at their own games, and restore the dignity of all Poptropicans?"[45] It was released for everybody on November 22, 2011.[46]

Ghost Story Island

Ghost Story Island was the twenty-third island on Poptropica. It was announced on November 10, 2011 and it was released December 15, 2011 for members.[47] The island was released to everyone in January 2012. Description: "Hemlock Harbor is a town with a secret. Restless spirits are said to haunt its shores, but no one knows who they are, what they want—or how to get rid of them. Can you hunt the ghosts of Hemlock Harbor and uncover the mystery that will set them free?" A ghost hunter suit was released for Poptropica members on November 21, 2011.[48]

S.O.S Island

S.O.S Island was the twenty-fourth island on Poptropica. It was announced on December 23, 2011 and was released January 26, 2012 for paid members. The description says: "When a whale-watching expedition strikes an iceberg, a pleasure cruise becomes a disaster scene. As the ship sinks deeper and deeper into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, can you rescue everyone onboard before it's too late?" There was a bonus quest for members at the end of the game in which they could go below the ocean surface to repair oil leaks on the sunken ship. It was released for all members on Thursday, February 16, 2012.[49]

Vampire's Curse Island

Vampire's Curse Island was the twenty-fifth island on Poptropica. This island was announced on February 7, 2012 and released for members on March 1, 2012. The island Description reads: "For centuries, A truce has existed between the people of a remote mountain village, and the vampire who lives in the castle above. Now the truce is shattered, and Count Bram has captured a young villager. Can you rescue her from his evil clutches—and avoid being struck by the vampire's curse?" There is a bonus quest at the end of the quest. The description reads: "The vampire is gone, but his curse lives on. Prepare to discover even more hidden secrets of Bram's castle—if a dangerous vampire hunter doesn't get there first!" Members get an additional Vampire's Curse Island gear pack, which includes Garlic Breath, Bat Gum, Vampire Count and Countess Costumes. The dangerous vampire hunter is Cactus Von Garlic.

Twisted Thicket Island

Twisted Thicket Island was the twenty-sixth island on Poptropica. It was released for members on April 12, 2012, and released for everyone on May 2, 2012. Its description reads: "A quiet seaside village has been mysterious beings that dwell nearby. You are chosen the enter the dark woods and confront the creatures. But beyond the forest's edge lies a world full of magic and danger, where the only thing more twisted than the tree trunks is the truth". The bonus quest description reads: "Poptropica members can play a bonus quest after completing Twisted Thicket. The woodland's magic essence has scattered across the land. It's up to you to use your newfound powers to collect the missing shards and return them to their source." Members get an additional Twisted Thicket gear pack, which includes Lumberjack costume, Troll power, and Dryad Follower.

Poptropolis Games Island

Poptropolis Games Island was the twenty-seventh island on Poptropica. It was released for members on May 24, 2012 and for everyone on June 14, 2012. The description reads: "Once every 100 years, the ancient capital of Poptropica, Poptropolis, rises from the sea to host a tournament created to prove tribal supremacy. Each of the tribes of Poptropica sends a representative to compete across a series of grueling events for a chance to become a Champion of Poptropica. Do you have what it takes to vanquish the competition and win glory for your tribe?" The bonus quest's description reads: "An ancient warrior has returned to Poptropolis to reclaim to championship for himself. Prepare to battle the toughest competitor in the history of the Poptropolis Games!" However, this island disappeared back into the sea in January 2013.

Poptropolis Games introduced TRIBES, which have become a big part of Poptropica.

Poptropolis Games Returns

In November 2013, Poptropica announced that Poptropolis Games was coming back - but only if Poptropican's could help. In the end, it was re-released with 2 new events in late 2013, with the tribe Wildfire helping the most.

Poptropolis Games became the 3rd Island to get a makeover, when it was re-released in late 2013, when sound and a larger screen/playing area was added.

Wimpy Boardwalk

Wimpy Boardwalk is the twenty-eighth island on Poptropica, and the second to use the characters from Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. The island has the same characters from Wimpy Wonderland, the eighteenth Poptropica island. It was released July 3, 2012 for members and was released on July 18, 2012 for everyone. The description reads: "It's summertime, but the living ain't easy for a wimpy kid. When Greg,Rowley,Chirag and Holly visit the boardwalk for a relaxing beach vacation, they never expect to run afoul of thieving teens, ravenous seagulls, and crooked carnies. Only you can clean up Greg's mess before vacation ends!"

Lunar Colony

Lunar Colony is the twenty-ninth island on Poptropica. The description on the information page says: "An abandoned space station. A missing astronaut. A signal from beyond the stars. Blast off for a Poptropica adventure like no other! Get ready to explore the secrets of the lunar surface, and uncover a mystery as old as the cosmos..." In it, you will fly to the moon, look for a missing astronaut, save PSNA, the space station, and maybe even find a new world.

Super Villain Island

Super Villain Island is the thirtieth island on Poptropica. It is currently open to everybody. The returning villains are Dr. Hare, Black Widow, Captain Crawfish, and Binary Bard. The description on the information page reads: "Deep inside a top-secret prison, four of Poptropica's most infamous villains float in suspended animation. Your mission: to infiltrate their minds and extract the sources of their evil. Can you withstand a journey to the heart of darkness, or will their twisted dreams trap you forever?"

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the thirty-first Poptropica island introduced and is currently open to everyone. It is based on Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The island includes some of the original characters, such as Charlie Bucket, Willy Wonka, Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt, and Mike Teavee. You must save the various children from fates very similar to those in the book, and also Charlie from a freak accident in the Chocolate River.

Zomberry Island

Zomberry Island is the thirty-second Poptropica island. It is currently open to everyone. The description reads "One by one, the citizens of Eastman are mutating into something horrible. Now, the city is quarantined, the survivors are trapped, and ghouls prowl the streets. No one knows how the zombie outbreak began... but how it ends is up to you!" You must find the professor, find the cure and solve the mystery of why they are turning into Zombies. This island is a parody of the zombie craze.

Night Watch Island

Night Watch Island is the thirty-third Poptropica island. It is currently open to everyone. The description reads: "After the stores have closed and the shoppers have all gone home, the mall is your playground. But are you alone on the night watch... or is someone watching you? From escaped animals to creeping cat burglars, get ready to find out what really happens after hours" You must get a job at the mall and foil the thief from stealing a very valuable item.

Back Lot Island

Back Lot Island is the thirty-fourth Poptropica island. It is currently open to everyone. The description reads: "The greatest filmmaker of all time has come out of hiding, and he needs your help to make his masterpiece. But will you be producing the next big blockbuster, or is there trouble in tinseltown? From the first frame to the final cut, it's lights, camera, action!" You'll need to help make a movie and more!

Virus Hunter Island

Virus Hunter Island is the thirty-fifth Poptropica island. It was originally scheduled for a July 2013 release, but was instead released August 28, 2013 for members and is now available to anyone. The description reads: "Somewhere in Poptropica, an unknown citizen harbors within his bloodstream a dangerous new virus. Your mission: locate Patient Zero, and eradicate the disease before it spreads. Prepare for a perilous journey to the most far-out place of all — inside the human body!" Your Poptropica character will shrink down to a microscopic level to fight the virus before it takes over.[50] This is the second island to be released in sound and better graphics (after 24 Carrot Improved).

Mocktropica Island

Mocktropica Island is the thirty-sixth Poptropica Island. It was released to members in early December 2013, and is currently available to everyone. The description reads: "Poptropica is under new management, and it's falling apart at the seams! The newest Island isn't finished, the staff is nowhere to be found, and you can't take two steps without running into a game-breaking bug. Get ready to go behind the scenes for your most important adventure yet — because this time, you've got to save Poptropica itself! Between crazy safety managers and revenue specialists who will put an ad anywhere to make a buck, can you save Poptropica from becoming Mocktropica?"

Mocktropica introduced Narfs, a pet follower for members. They are a part of the storyline.

It was the fifth island to get a bigger playing screen and sound, but only the second island to be originally released with it (after Virus Hunter).

Monster Carnival

Monster Carnival Island became the thirty-seventh Poptropica Island when it was released. Originally slated as the fourth island, it was removed (being replaced by 24 Carrot Island).[51] In early January 2014, creator 'Captain Crawfish' on the Poptropica blog announced the return of Monster Carnival. The description states: "In the dead of night, a caravan rumbles into town. The traveling carnival has returned! But this is no day at the park. Behind the lights and the laughter, the carnival harbors a dark secret. Buy a ticket if you dare, but beware — once you enter, you may never be able to escape the Monster Carnival!" Monster Carnival was released to members in mid-February. It is the third island to be originally released with the improved version of Poptropica (after Virus Hunter and Mocktropica), and the sixth overall (after Virus Hunter, 24 Carrot, Time Tangled, Mocktropica and Poptropolis Games).

Survival

Survival Island is the thirty-eighth Poptropica Island, and the first to use the new system of episodes. Poptropica, via their blog, announced Survival Island on March 7, 2014. The tagline is It's just you against the elements, trying to stay warm, find food, and more. You'll need to use your wits and explore your environment to win the struggle against nature. Unlike previous islands, Survival Island is the first in the new type of island: episodic islands. There are multiple episodes in the island, each playable at different times, as they get finished and released. The first, Crash Landing, became available March 20, 2014 (non-member access came on April 16), with the second, Hook Line & Sinker, coming soon; with more chapters coming after it.

Mission Atlantis

Mission Atlantis Island is the thirty-ninth Poptropica Island, and the second to use the system of chapters (after Survival). The first of four or five chapters became available April 16, 2014 to members.

Non-Island games

Haunted House

This purchasable game, which was free when it was released, then changed to a purchasable item for 350 credits in September 2010, in the Poptropica Store was added to Poptropica for Halloween 2009, and the game was later moved to the Poptropica Store. For the Halloween of 2011, it became free to everybody again. The player enters a haunted mansion and finds the "treasures" sought by the local supernatural entities under the direction of a cat's ghost. Completion of the quest rewards the players with 50 credits, a zombie costume, and a "zombifier".

Dr. Hare's Secret Lab

This is a purchasable game for free (previously it cost 250 credits) in the Poptropica Store, added on March 10, 2010. It is based on the villain from 24 Carrot Island, and involves a key-card game previously used on ad-games. Completion of the game provides a costume item of a robot bunny and 50 Poptropica credits.

Earth Day

This is a free mini-game within the store, and was released for Earth Day, April 22, 2010. The player turns off various household items that are wasting electricity. Completion of the game awards 50 Poptropica credits and an Earth Day costume.

Blimp Adventure

One June 2, 2011, the Poptropica Creators announced that they were making a toy blimp based on the Poptropica blimp that comes with an in-game adventure that is unlocked when you enter the code that comes with the toy. On 6 October 2011, it became available at Toys R Us.[52] There are five levels in the game, where the player must beat a villain named Dr. Cumulo Nimbus who is trying to destroy several islands in Poptropica with his weather balloon.[53]

Legendary Swords

Legendary Swords became available in the Poptropica store on November 11, 2011.[54] The description on the action quest's information page is, "On a distant planet, a hero explores a strange land to discover a race of aggressive and bizarre robots who are planning an invasion of Planet Poptropica! The only way the hero can stop this invading force is by using a series of hidden mystical swords that are scattered throughout the planet. Driven by courage (and a little fear), the hero must stop the invading robots and their diabolical master; the mysterious E. Vile! Non members can only battle until the first boss, however now have the chance to play the entire quest. A follow-up adventure to Legendary Swords is expected to be coming soon. "[55]

Sling Shot

Sling Shot is a "Free+" game, meaning that anyone can play for free, but only members can complete it to win the final prize(s). In this game, you sling your character from a cannon, and watch as your character bounces around the screen, collecting points, items and, at certain point values, upgrades. You require 4 upgrades to win the game.

Temporary Ad-Games

In addition to the available island quests, advertisers contract for temporary games that appear on the site, sometimes targeted to players of a certain age group or gender. Regular advertisers have included Disney, Kellogg's Froot Loops, Lego toys, and various animated movies and DVD releases. Games normally appear only during a two-week period.

Games

  • Twisted Wizard: Build a wall to protect your wizard. Use magic to defeat the ogres by smiting them with lightning bolts. At first it was only mentioned in Wimpy Wonderland island, but is now required in order to complete the quest. It is also available in the games menu.
  • Switch: A 60-second game similar to Bejeweled in which the player groups three or more fruits in a row to earn points. This is the only game available exclusively in the games menu. However, it can also be found as an arcade machine in the Arcade building at Early Poptropica Island.
  • Sudoku: A game of Sudoku. This is the only game the player can play alone from the game menu or with another player in the multiplayer rooms.
  • Hoops: The player shoots basketballs into the net. The first player to get 5 points wins.
  • Sky Dive: When the signal is given, the player's character has to land on the ground safely by clicking on their parachute, which is in a brown backpack.
  • Paint War: The player needs to blast seven paint-filled balls with their cannon to win.
  • Star Link: Link stars together using a line to form a square. A player earns a point by filling a box with four lines.
  • Balloons: This game is similar to Connect 4 but using balloons. The first player who connects four in a row wins the game.
  • Soupwords: Spell words by connecting three or more letters in a bowl of alphabet soup. The player's goal is to find as many words as he or she can before the soup gets cold. This game is similar to Boggle.
  • Pathwise: A hex like game in which, the player must make a connection by clicking on a hexagon each turn on a rhombus-shaped board in order to bridge their way across and win.

Merchandise

Poptropica began selling products via the internet in March 2009,[56] starting with T-shirts through Zazzle. Poptropica also started selling wall prints with various Poptropica characters a few days later through Larger Than Life prints.[57] Poptropica recently began selling shirts that the player could customize with their own avatar. The player just has to type in his/her username, and they have their shirt!

On May 30, 2009, Poptropica began selling "Poptropica credits" online. Credits are used in the game to buy special costumes and abilities. However, players can also obtain credits through the completion of islands.[58]

Toys

Poptropica began selling Toys in the summer of 2011. They are currently available through Toys "R" Us. Some of the toys sold are Poptropica blimps and other various items like game characters.

Gift Cards

Poptropica sells gift cards ($10) at various stores, such as 7-Eleven, Target and Toys R Us. The gift cards used to allow the purchase of 1 month membership or 1000 credits. However, as of September 2012, the credit option was discontinued.

Island Creator Kit

On June 7, 2013 an island creator kit was announced and is available for preorder on Amazon. The kit was released August 1 the same year. The Poptropica Island Creator Kit is an activity book that will walk the player through all the same steps the developers take when they make a new Island. The players will come up with a storyline, create characters, and design puzzles.[59] Based on this book, Poptropica is currently having a Create-Your-Own-Island contest.

Video game

In 2012, Poptropica released a new video game for DS, Poptropica Adventures. According to the Nintendo description: "The Poptropica museum is in ruins and needs your help! Explore three amazing islands and find missing artifacts to help restore the museum to its former glory. Meet interesting characters, collect artifacts, solve puzzles and play mini games in the ultimate on-the-go Poptropica experience!! Looking to stand out in a crowd? Customize the look of your avatar with new clothes, hats, hair styles and more and show off your own unique Poptropica style!"

Poptropica: Forgotten Islands

On September 5, 2013, Poptropica launched Poptropica: Forgotten Islands an IOS game. According to Poptropica, you will get to meet new characters, play mini-games at random, explore worlds, upgrade your blimp to visit even more places and more. You will also be able to discover secrets about Poptropica by finding artifacts littered throughout the game.

The game is $4.99 (US app store) and features no in-app purchases.

Lego Cuusoo Project.

In late 2012, Poptropica added Dr. Hare's Lab Lego set to Lego Cuusoo. The set has been fairly popular, and as the set has gained popularity, Poptropica has been giving out free costumes and items. At 2,500 supports, for example, they gave out a Carrot Costume. At 7500 supporters, they gave away a Dr Hare Ears power with the promo code DRHARE7500. This project has been closed, as it has reached 10,000 supports and is now under the guidance of Lego.

As of March 2014, the project was rejected and will not be made into a Lego set.

Clothing

In mid 2013, Poptropica began offering the option to put your Poptropican avatar on a T-Shirt, sweater, or select other clothing items.

Books

Poptropica sells a range of books based on its islands with historical and real facts. Books include ones based on Cryptids Island (mythical creatures), AstroKnights (space, aliens), Lunar Colony (the moon), Wild West Island (wild west) and more. They also have books about Poptropica, such as the Poptropica Fact Book and the Island Creator.

Poptropica for iOS

On March 10, 2014, Poptropica announced its new iOS app, which allows playing Poptropica on an iPad via their free app. The app, entitled Poptropica (App), originally launched with Time Tangled Islands and 24 Carrot, but more were promised to be coming soon.

Tribes

When Poptropolis Games was first released in 2012, Poptropica added Tribes. For Poptropolis, they acted as your "team", though you played alone and where more playing for the tribe. However, the tribes have grown to be a bigger part of Poptropica, evidenced when they were re-releasing Poptropolis Games, and had the tribes compete to see who could help rise it the most.

Your tribe is also shown on your homepage and you can get access to a special tribe member only common room. Each tribe has its own common room. They also have their own costume that you get when you play Poptropolis Games (2012 or 2013 edition) and their own flag.

The tribes are: Nanobots, Seraphim, Nightcrawlers, Black Flags, Flying Squid, Wildfire and Pathfinders.

User safety

Poptropica uses pre-scripted chat which allows players to communicate without sharing personal information.[60] This also keeps the communication profanity free. Character names (such as "Fierce Hippo" or "Magic Feather") are also pre-constructed to prevent any profanity or personal information from entering the virtual world. Players can only interact with each other in special multi-player rooms.

Membership

In early 2010, Poptropica began offering premium use of the site through the payment of a monthly membership fee. Paid monthly members have the use (but not ownership) of items from the Poptropica Store. Early access to new islands is now restricted to paid members and has been set at 4 weeks prior to free general use. Members can get exclusive things such as a Red Dragon Ninja Costume in the Poptropica Store. Early access is available to members only. Members are also the only players to have access to bonus quests. This allows them to do an additional quest after completing an island. The player then receives an item upon completion. Poptropica also began selling memberships at Target and other stores.

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