Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The "Create Your Dream Island" contest winner is...

After going through more than 2,000 entries and months of deliberations, we are thrilled to announce the winner of the "Create Your Dream Island" contest. The winning entry is...

Arabian Nights Island, submitted by Sarah S. from South Carolina!

The pitch: On Arabian Nights Island, Poptropicans go on a quest across the desert to rescue a sultan's genie from the Forty Thieves.

Why we liked it: Everyone who saw Sarah's entry -- from our friends at Penguin, to the creative team at Poptropica led by Jeff Kinney -- said the same thing. Between the characters, the setting, the storyline, and the gameplay, Sarah's entry came to us sounding exactly like an Island we'd put together. It's a classic tale, inspired by one of the oldest storytelling traditions in the world, and yet one we'd never thought about doing before.

When we read her entry, we all knew that we had to make Arabian Nights Island. And so we will, later on this year!

We asked Sarah, whose avatar name is Magic Eagle, a few questions. We are excited to share her answers with you!
Poptropica Creators: How did you come up with the idea for your Island?
Sarah: I came up with the idea for my island because of some souvenirs my dad brought back for my sister and me from his deployment to Kuwait. He had brought back a genie lamp, a magic flying carpet, and most importantly Clyde the Camel. When I was trying to figure out what to do for my island I saw these objects and everything just clicked.
Poptropica Creators: How did you react when you found out you’d won?
Sarah: When I found out I had won, I screamed, jumped up and down, and danced around the house for at least an hour. I almost couldn’t believe it. I thought I was going to wake up and realize it was all just one awesome dream.
Poptropica Creators: How long have you been playing Poptropica?
Sarah: I have been playing Poptropica for four years now. My sister introduced it to me when I was old enough to understand the game. I have been in love with it ever since. I have had a bunch of different characters over the years because I love making new characters.
Poptropica Creators: Which Island is your favorite?
Sarah: My favorite island is definitely Game Show Island because I love all of the different game shows! Mr. Yoshi’s Super Terrific Challenge is my favorite game show because of all the crazy costumes! I thought that was really cool.
Poptropica Creators: What 3 things would you want with you on a deserted island?
Sarah: Three things I would want with me on a deserted island would be a flare gun, Buster my dog, and a full year’s supply of ice cream.
Well, Sarah, we can't give you a full year's supply of ice cream, but we can make your Island dreams come true. We can't wait to make Arabian Nights Island a reality on Poptropica!

As for the "Create Your Dream Island" contest, the fun's not over yet. We also awarded prizes to 10 runners-up. We'll soon be sharing their ideas and stories too!

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