Monday, May 12, 2014

Create Your Dream Island runner-up #6

We've announced the grand-prize winner of the Create Your Dream Island contest. To read about the winning entry, Arabian Nights Island, click here.

We're also featuring the 10 runners-up, in alphabetical order. Today's runner-up is:

Prehistoric Island, submitted by Sofia W. of Illinois!

The pitch: A paleontologist built a time portal to study living dinosaurs, but something went wrong and now dinosaurs are coming into the 21st century. Poptropicans must reassemble the time portal and send them back.

Why we liked it: Sofia wasn't the only person to send us an idea about dinosaurs, but hers stood apart in two ways. First, she had the dinosaurs coming into the present day, which is a fun twist. Second, Sofia reached out to two real-life paleontologists, Jack Horner and Larry Witmer, to ask if she could include them as characters on her Island -- and they both said yes! Way to go the extra mile, Sofia!

We asked Sofia, whose avatar name is Friendly Cactus, a few questions. Here are her answers!
Poptropica Creators: How did you come up with the idea for your Island?
Sofia: I came up with the idea for Prehistoric Island from my life-time love of dinosaurs and everything ancient.
Poptropica Creators: How did you react when you found out you’d won?
Sofia: I have to admit, I was VERY suprised when I got the news that I'd won. I never win anything. :)
Poptropica Creators: How long have you been playing Poptropica?
Sofia: I've been playing Poptropica for about 4 years.
Poptropica Creators: Which Island is your favorite?
Sofia: My favorite island is Spy Island because of all the action and cool stuff you can do.
Poptropica Creators: What 3 things would you want with you on a deserted island?
Sofia: If on a deserted island, I would bring a horse, a pet lion, and a ton of fossils and artifacts I could excavate. :3
Just as long as the lion doesn't eat the horse, that sounds pretty good. Congratulations, Sofia!

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