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Developer(s)Jeff Kinney Group (formerly)
StoryArc Media
Publisher(s)Pearson Education (formerly)
Sandbox Networks
Designer(s)Pete Amomaur
Jeff Kinney
ReleaseJuly 2007
September 2007
Genre(s)Educational, adventure, single-player with massively multiplayer online game elements
Mode(s)Single and multiplayer

Poptropica is an online role-playing game, developed in 2007 by Pearson Education's Family Education Network, and targeted towards children aged 6 to 15. Poptropica was primarily the creation of Jeff Kinney, later known as the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. As of 2015, he remains at the company as the Creative Director.[1] The game primarily focuses on problem-solving through game quest scenarios, called "islands". Islands all center on a problem that the player must resolve by going through multiple obstacles, collecting and using items, talking to various characters, and completing goals. All islands, upon completion, award "credits," which are non-negotiable currency that may be used to buy costumes and special effects in the Poptropica store.

In 2011, Poptropica was listed on Time magazine's list of "50 Websites that Make the Web Great", where it was described as "an inventive megasite for kids with a wholesome and slightly educational bent".[2] By 2012, the game had grown to have over 75 million registered users, with 35 million in the 15-25 age group.[3] Versions of the game have been released on Nintendo DS and 3DS, iOS, and Android mobile devices. In May 2015, it was announced that Family Education Network was sold by Pearson to the interactive-education venture capitalist Sandbox Networks,[4] and that Poptropica had "over 3.2 million monthly unique users in 200 countries and territories".[5]

In 2015, Poptropica was sold to educational-technology investment group, Sandbox Partners.[6]

In 2020, because of the discontinuation of Adobe Flash, Poptropica began porting their old islands that were built on Adobe Flash over to an HTML5 format. As a result of Poptropica's utilization of varying Flash engines, a number of islands were unable to be ported immediately, and were effectively removed from the game.[7] Fan archivists later made 35 islands available once again via the Basilisk browser within the Flashpoint program.[8]

In April 2022, Poptropica announced that some of the old islands would return as part of a bundle on Steam.[9] Though delayed by a day, the game was eventually released on May 26, 2022, and includes seventeen islands and Poptropica Realms.[10]

In 2024, Poptropica announced that they would be permanently hosted on Coolmath Games while remaining playable on Steam and mobile.[11]


Poptropica's previous login page, including Harvey Hare / Dr. Hare, the game's main antagonist and most recurring character.

When it first launched in 2007, Poptropica only had one island, titled Early Poptropica Island. By 2017, it had 58 islands to be explored, all with a different theme: examples include Back Lot Island, where the player helps produce a movie, and Super Power Island, where their goal is to defeat six super villains: Copy Cat, Speeding Spike, Sir Rebral, Crusher, Ratman, and Betty Jetty. Each island had its own quest, for which a player could receive an island medallion as well as 150 credits to spend in the in-game Poptropica Store. Starting July 6, 2011, Poptropica allowed players to replay islands without creating a new account, while still keeping track of all the Medallions the player had earned.


In addition to the available island quests, advertisers contract for temporary mini-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. Advertisement mini-games normally appear only during a two-week period. If the player completes an advertisement mini-game, they receive a temporary prize, usually related to the media being advertised.

A few Poptropica islands are themed after certain book series: these include Big Nate ("Big Nate Island"),[12] Timmy Failure ("Timmy Failure Island"),[13] Diary of a Wimpy Kid ("Wimpy Wonderland" and "Wimpy Boardwalk Island"),[14][15] Magic Tree House ("Red Dragon Island"),[16] and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Island").[17] These islands are permanent, and can be played at any time. In 2015, a total of seven of these islands became members-only.[18]


Poptropica features different mini-games that users can play with other people. These include Switch, Sudoku, Hoops, Sky Dive, Paint War, Star Link, Balloons, Soupwords and Pathwise. The game keeps track of how many times the player wins or loses a certain mini-game.


Poptropica Adventures

In 2012, in partnership with Ubisoft, Poptropica released a video game for the Nintendo DS, titled Poptropica Adventures.[19]

Poptropica: Forgotten Islands

On September 5, 2013, Poptropica launched Poptropica: Forgotten Islands, an iOS game, which allows players to meet new characters and discover story elements about Poptropica by finding artifacts littered throughout the game. It was also released on the Nintendo 3DS system through Ubisoft in 2014.[20] It has been replaced on iOS and Android with a mobile version of the desktop Poptropica game.

Poptropica Worlds

On January 11, 2017, Poptropica announced via their blog that they were introducing another game called Poptropica Worlds, developed in Unity. It was released in spring 2017. Poptropica Worlds has new feature, such as redesigned characters, customizable homes, and new islands. Returning players can port over their avatar's look and name to Poptropica Worlds. Poptropica Worlds can be played on both the web and mobile. If membership was bought for Poptropica, it carries over to Poptropica Worlds, and vice versa.


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  2. ^ McCracken, Harry (August 16, 2011). "50 Websites that make the web great". Time. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Solis, Brian (2010). "Virtual Worlds". Engage. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-57109-5.
  4. ^ Rosen, Judith (May 21, 2015). "New Owner for Poptropica and FEN". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Dorbian, Iris (May 21, 2015). "Pearson sells Family Education Network to Sandbox Partners". Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Pearson sells Family Education Network to Sandbox Partners - PE Hub". PE Hub. 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
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  8. ^ "Old Island Directory". server.idkonpop.com. Retrieved 2022-06-05.
  9. ^ @Poptropica (13 May 2022). "PSA: The NEW Poptropica bundle will available on Steam starting MAY 25th!!" – via Instagram.
  10. ^ "Old Poptropica: picking up Steam". Poptropica Help Blog. 26 May 2022. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/Poptropica/status/1748070245762322700
  12. ^ "Big Nate island". Poptropica. Sandbox Networks Inc. February 12, 2009. Archived from the original on April 11, 2021. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  13. ^ "Timmy Failure island". Poptropica. Sandbox Networks Inc. September 17, 2015. Archived from the original on May 8, 2021. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  14. ^ "Wimpy Boardwalk Island". Poptropica. Sandbox Networks Inc. July 3, 2012. Archived from the original on April 11, 2021. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  15. ^ "Wimpy Wonderland Island". Poptropica. Sandbox Networks Inc. March 14, 2011. Archived from the original on March 8, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  16. ^ "Red Dragon island". Poptropica. Sandbox Networks Inc. May 5, 2011. Archived from the original on March 10, 2021. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  17. ^ "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory island". Poptropica. Sandbox Networks Inc. November 15, 2012. Archived from the original on April 11, 2021. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  18. ^ Kanjanapangka, Jeremy (March 10, 2023). "How to Play Old Poptropica Islands Games". Touch Tap Play. Retrieved March 10, 2023.
  19. ^ "Ubisoft and Poptropica partner to bring popular virtual world for kids to the Nintendo DS system". PRWeb. May 29, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  20. ^ "Poptropica Forgotten Islands". Nintendo. 2014. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2021.

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