Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Hoptropica is baaaack! 🐰🦦🎉

Hoptropica on the map

 

A familiar favorite has returned to the map – no time to wait, let’s hop to it! 🗺 Enter Hoptropica and choose between the Doctors and play as Dr. Hare or Dr. Beev! It’s been a while since we’ve seen ya, Beev.

 

Hoptropica Birthday Edition

 

Choose your favorite and get ready to jump! Hint: watch out for items on the hop-stacle course. Some of the items in your path will give your Doctor advantages, while other obstacles could be your demise. Take in the sights and sounds of the scenery, but don’t let your guard down. Pay attention to the ticking timer! Try catching power ups to give you a boost or extend your time!

 

Dr. Hare's Hoptropica course

 

The Hoptropica mini game is only available for a limited time, but it is replayable! For every round you play, you’ll receive 14 credits (for 14 years). If you’re looking for a way to stock up on credits, this is your big chance! It’s a quick and easy way to get ready for future store updates and the Baron’s pop up shop!

 

Dr. Beev's Hoptropica course

 

Adventure Outfitters is also getting in on the festivities by offering all players two free hoppy birthday prizes! 🎂🥳 Claim your Bit-Beev and Bit-Hare followers and take them on a spin around the islands! 

 

Free birthday followers

 

Which Doctor do you prefer? What’s your high score? Compare your stats with your fellow Poptropicans and see how many credits you can get! 🎖

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Hoptropica Has Returned to the Map! 🎉

This special event is a hoppin’ way to earn credits and test your arcade agility! 👾

 

Choose your favorite evil doc! Play as Dr. Hare or Dr. Beev in pixel form. Try out both characters to play against different backgrounds: Dr. Beev’s woodland habitat or Dr. Hare’s sunset cityscape. Which is your favorite of the two? 🤔

 

Hoptropica Event

 

Replay as many times you’d like – the credits will keep on comin’. Stock your credit reserves in preparation for next month’s store updates, you’re going to want the brand new gear we’ve got planned!

 

Bounce, hop, and hurdle  into this special event while you can. Hoptropica is only returning for a limited time!

 

Now that you’re up to speed on the latest hop-penings, are you TEAM BEEV or TEAM HARE? 🦫🐰

Friday, September 10, 2021

Guest Blog: Poptropica Sticker Haul ✨ ft. Slanted Fish 🐠

Hey Poptropicans, we’re back with more merch to review! In addition to the lovely Dr. Hare button, I also ordered some stickers from the official Poptropica Zazzle store. Check out the haul:

 

Poptropica Stickers

 

The stickers were custom made by Zazzle and arrived in a cardboard envelope.

As you can see, I got six stickers: the 8-bit Dr. Hare and Dr. Beev from Hoptropica, the iconic Poptropica blimp, the classic Time Tangled Island, the mid-stage Survival Island, and the fresh Fairytale Island. 🏝

 

The Zazzle store has plenty more stickers, though, including logos of fictional businesses, and beloved characters from Fairytale Island. 🐺

 

At a couple dollars apiece, and with Zazzle’s constant sales, the total of my six stickers came out to around US$12 (not counting international shipping, which was another ~$7 for me). If it’s your first time, you can get a free trial of Zazzle Black, which gives you free shipping in the US.

 

Anyway, on with the review! I’ll be going through these based on where I decided to stick these adhesive beauties. Let’s start with my laptop, where I placed Dr. Hare with Survival Island. 🐰🌩 (Hey, if this bunny can fling himself to space, he can hop anywhere and survive!)

 

Poptropica stickers on laptopPoptropica stickers on Slanted Fish's laptop

Love the color combos here! Still, each sticker ran smaller than I’d anticipated: Dr. Hare was supposed to be 2″x2″, but was more like 1.25″x1.25″, while Survival Island was meant to be 3″x3″, but ended up 2.5″x1.75″. So if you’re planning to order a sticker, keep that in mind when you’re deciding what size to get! (Size options range from a tiny 2″x2″ to an extra-large 14″x14.”)

 

Next up we have the Dr. Beev sticker! As with the above, Beev was supposed to be 2″x2″, but in reality was closer to 1.75″x1.25″. He was also the only one which I got printed on glossy transparent paper, so the white parts are negated and you can see through to the surface where he’s placed—in this case, my green iPad. Looking good!

 

Leave it to Beev

Leave it to Beev.

 

Finally, we have the blimp and two more island stickers, Time Tangled and Fairytale. These are printed on regular matte white paper, so they come with a white outline. (You can choose the paper.)

 

Again, size runs small: the blimp was meant to be 2″x2″ but was really 1.5″x1.25″, while the islands were both supposedly 3″x3″ but varied, with Time Tangled being 2.5″x2″ and Fairytale being 2.5″x3″. Clearly the design shapes the size, with Fairytale looking large in its max height of 3″ while Time Tangled has a flatter design and ends up shorter.

 

Anyway, I plastered these pretty pieces onto my cardboard file boxes. Now I can go through my files like I’m traveling through the islands!

 

Slanted Fish's sticker placementSlanted Fish's sticker placement

use, and will look great wherever you want to stick them. 💫

Thanks to the Poptropica Creators for sponsoring this post! And thanks for sticking with me through this sticker haul review. Stay awesome!

 

For more about all the Poptropica merch that exists, from Zazzle to beyond with toys and more, check out the PHB’s Merchandise Guide. 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Interview with the Poptropica Help Blog's Purple Paw 💜🐾

1. How were you first introduced to Poptropica?

Surprise surprise, Funbrain! I’d been playing through our long lost friend, the Arcade, and had seen an ad for Pop on the side of the screen. My sister already knew a bit about it, and we set up a shared account. We continued playing together for a few years after that.

 

2. Who do you think is the most underrated character? Overrated?

It’s near impossible to talk about overrated characters without mentioning Dr. Hare — 24 Carrot was but the beginning of his career. Personally, I also think Amelia gets a little more attention than she’s worth.

Dr. Hare in Hoptropica

Dr. Hare in Hoptropica

 

As for most underrated, I’d have to go with Captain Ziggs from Steamworks Island. He’s already gone by the start of the island, but we later learn that he raised the drawbridge to keep the plant monsters at bay before presumably being cornered in his apartment. It’s largely thanks to him that the citizens of Steamworks made it to their cryotubes in time. Quite the unsung hero!

Captain Ziggs from Steamworks Island

Captain Ziggs in Steamworks Island

 

3. What are your favorite scenes, aesthetically and to play through?

It’s definitely difficult to choose, but in my eyes nothing beats Binary Bard’s dream from Super Villain Island. That galaxy artwork is spectacular, and the whole concept of the dream itself is so inventive! The Sacred Tree Hollow from Twisted Thicket, with its mystical forest aesthetic, ranks high on the list for me as well.

 

Super Villain Island - Binary Bard's Dream

Binary Bard’s dream

 

Twisted Thicket Island's Sacred Tree Hollow

Sacred Tree Hollow

 

4. From your perspective, how have you seen the Poptropica Help Blog (PHB) and community change over time?

It’s always shifting and changing alongside Pop itself. People will come and go often according to those changes; the end of Flash in 2020 brought both a resurgence of new fans excited for the future of the game, as well as those who became less active in the community after the loss of the classic islands. It’s amazing to see how long the PHB’s lasted and how many different people have come here over the years, whether they plant roots or just stop by briefly.

 

5. How has your PHB career surprised you?

I’d say I’m most surprised by the sheer amount of ideas, endeavors, and incredible creations that have graced the PHB, during my time as a staff writer and before! Artwork, fanfic, crossovers, animations, fan islands, even fan-made games—there’s so much creativity in the Pop fandom and the PHB holds a good chunk of it.

I didn’t quite know what to expect when joining the staff team, but it’s been a great experience thus far. The support and interactivity that can come from posting my own ideas is really gratifying. I’m thankful to be a part of it!

 

Purple Paw's PopsonaPurple Paw's Popsona PortraitPurple Paw's Twisted Thicket Inspired Popsona

 

6. What inspires you?

As an artist myself, I’ve always been inspired first and foremost by other people’s artwork. I love viewing all the unique styles and methods of creating art and learning about how they’ve evolved throughout history. Getting outside and enjoying nature—whether by hiking, gardening, or finding a nice place to sit and enjoy the view—is a source of peace and inspiration for me as well.

 

7. What does the Pop community mean to you?

A lot. It’s become a significant part of my life—alongside meeting a fair amount of my good online friends here, the community’s become an outlet through which to channel my creativity and to view other peoples’ creations as well. Poptropica’s highly nostalgic for me, and it’s really nice to know and interact with other people who relate to that.

 

Purple Paw's Mood BoardPurple Paw's Popsona PortraitPurple Paw's Monster Carnival Art

 

8. How have your experiences with the community and Poptropica influenced you IRL?

Plenty of writings, ideas, and pieces of art from my earlier childhood and the present have been heavily inspired by Pop. I remember writing stories based on the events of Astro-Knights and Twisted Thicket, and I even attempted to write a whole play revolving around Night Watch (attempted being the keyword there… ahem). Its myriad of characters even helped me overcome my avoidance of drawing people!

Even now, I still find joy and comfort in the many amazing islands of Pop. It remains special to me, and I can say with certainty it’s made a huge impact on my life.

 

Purple Paw's Steamworks Dragon ArtPurple Paw's Madmoiselle Moreau ArtPurple Paw's Lunar Colony Popsona

 

9. Outside of Poptropica and your PHB involvement, what are you passionate about?

My ungodly amount of art and writing projects. Even though I abandon them frequently, I still care about them equally and do my best to continue them whenever life (and my overactive brain) permits.

 

Favorites

  • Island: Cryptids
  • Backstory/Lore: Myron Van Buren’s family tree on his cabin wall
  • Character: Princess Elyana
  • Villain: Black Widow
  • Costume: Daphne Dreadnaught’s steampunk design

 


 

Massive thank you to Purple Paw for their wonderfully creative contributions to the Poptropica Help Blog and Pop community as a whole! See more of Purple Paw’s writing and art on the PHB! ✨