|Developer(s)||Jeff Kinney Group|
|Publisher(s)||Family Education Network|
|Release date(s)||July 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 owned by Pearson PLC, the global publishing and education company. It was primarily the creation of 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' (game quest scenarios), compete in multiplayer games, and communicate with each other. The islands all have various difficulties, but all center on a problem that the player must resolve by going through multiple obstacles or completing goals. All islands, upon finishing, award "Poptropica credits" which are non-negotiable but may be used to buy costumes and special effects in the Poptropica store. 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. 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 15-25 age group.
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When players first arrive at Poptropica, they create a character avatar that can be customized immediately, or modified while playing. 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.).
Players can interact with other players through scripted chat in special multiplayer rooms, commonly called common rooms. In multiplayer rooms, users can only use pre-written selected messages to talk to other users in the game to prevent abusive language. Players can also play games with others, such as Sudoku, Hoops, Balloons, etc.(See games below)
In Poptropica, a backpack icon is used to represent the inventory of a player. 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 credits each time they solve a quest. Players can also "buy" items from the Poptropica Store such as special costumes and gold cards that allow various actions. Items bought in the store may be used on all the islands.
The Friends icon is 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 consists of 40 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 150 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.
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.
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.
In 2012, Poptropica released a new video game for DS, Poptropica Adventures.
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.
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.
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.
- Poptropica website
- From Lost Side Of Suburbia to Poptropica, An Exclusive Interview with Artist Kory Merritt Tiziano Thomas Dossena, L'Idea Magazine, 2014