2021 Wrap Up: Looking Back at the Year of Stories! 📚
Hello there, explorers!
What a whirlwind of a year it’s been! Where did the time go?! 2021 was dubbed the “Year of Stories.” The stories we shared have covered everything from fairy tales, sabotage, colorful contrasts, and reignited rivalries. But before we look forward to the next chapter, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of this year’s adventures!
First up, islands! 🏝
2021 beckoned tons of new gameplay! Specifically, two new dream islands joined the map! After winning 2020’s Dream Island Contest, Fairy Tale Island and Goofball Island were brought to life, crated on the basis of your fellow players’ original ideas. With the new releases, many fascinating characters have joined the ranks among memorable characters: Rumpelstiltskin, Cinder, an emotional Prince, Mayor Naise, Dr. Blandston, and Bosko (to name just a few). As for the last installment of the Dream Islands, look to the start of 2022 for Secret of the Jade Scarab Island updates and sneak peeks!
Alongside the new experiences, several episodic islands have also been ported to Haxe! Recently, Mission Atlantis: Into the Deep and Arabian Nights: Lair of Thieves have made the transition and are now available to members! It’s incredible to see them resurface after 2020’s Flash Flood. As for a current update, there are more episodes in the process of conversion at this very moment! It’s worthwhile to note that we recognize and share your frustrations. Although the act of converting the older islands is long and difficult, we’d like to thank you for your patience, Poptropicans. Your understanding is greatly appreciated! If you’re hoping for hints about the next rerelease, there will be much more news to share in the coming weeks!
Of course, a handful of new side quests have popped up around the islands! The new quests have taken us on a deep dive into some of the lore surrounding Poptropica’s leading ladies (Amelia’s mini quest and the Baron’s Crusade) and a certain cunning, magic man (Rumpel’s Challenge). These quests have revealed an enormous amount of information, but it seems that there’s often more questions than answers. Rest assured; this won’t be the last of these stories… Perhaps this is just the beginning.
Not only that, but we’ve also ventured off the beaten path to offer a helping hand to other Poptropicans. The Lost Cubs event ended with a happy ending as Mama Bear and her little cubs reunited on Survival Island. Unfortunately for the Candy Crazed mini quest, let’s just say that story’s end wasn’t quite as sweet.
Apart from recent islands and quests, this year also marks the return of the Baron to Poptropica! Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to spot the sky pirate on one of her monthly stopovers to Home Island. She’s even been gracious enough to open her Airship to visitors, giving players the chance to scoop up some of the Cabin of Curiosities’ limited time bounty.
Looking forward to 2022, there’s still so much waiting to be uncovered. The stories we’ve encountered have only just begun. Buckle up, Poptropicans! Unimaginable adventures await! 💫