Halloween Reviews: Ghost Story Island


Oh boy guys. Here it is. Quite possibly the scariest and most tragic Poptropica island ever. Ghost Story Island. Ghosts are fairly ancient creatures. As long as humans have been able to grasp the concept of death, they’ve wondered if there’s some way to exist beyond death. There isn’t by the way. We’re all doomed to be imprisoned in eternal nonexistence as our flesh-doll bodies decay. But anyway, SPOILERS! Now ON TO THE REVIEW!

The Plot


One large order of cheese fries and a medium Coke. 

Oh man. This island’s plot is FANTASTIC. It seemingly starts off as a cute little ghost hunt, but the more you progress, the more you realize something odd is going on. The town of Hemlock Harbour hides a secret history of love and heartbreak, one which is linked closely to the ghosts that inhabit its shores. That’s one of my favorite things about the plot. This island masterfully weaves the stories of 4 seemingly unrelated ghosts into one dark, tragic tale.


Two out of three of the people in this scrapbook are dead.

Forged letters and wedding rings, hoaxes and mysteries, jealousy and regret, this island takes all of them and more and creates a well-written, emotional story that makes it, in my opinion, one of the best island plots yet.

I was blown away when I discovered the truth. It’s hard to believe that one jealous man’s actions caused the spiral of death and despair that deprived the 5 souls of their rest. Kudos to the creators for managing to come up with a story as gripping and touching as this.

The Monsters(?)

Unfortunately, I’m not really sure if I can consider the ghosts “monsters”. They don’t lok or do anything particularly monstrous, and they’re very civil and sympathetic. I really think of them more as translucent, glowy people.

There are a few odd creatures here and there but they don’t exactly play a pivotal role in the island.

Scariness Rating



GOOD GROP. This island’s known amongst players as the scariest island for a REASON dang it! The environments in this island are absolutely TERRIFYING. Abandoned buildings and cemeteries are just the ding-dang beginning. There’s also a basement filled with torn dolls, a hedge maze full of horrors, mysterious figures and a jump scare that made 11-year old me turn the computer off and hide.


What are you staring at? Oh that’s right. My soul. 

Specifically, I want to mention the cemetery maze. MY GROP. There aren’t any jump scares or anything but that just makes it WORSE. You keep expecting something to scare you but nothing ever does. Not only that, the maze is littered with little creepy bits. A menacing crow, a rustling bush, the skeleton of a bird somehow entwined with the thorny brambles in the hedges, and of course, as pictured above, the horror-eyeball-reaper-demon-what-in-the-name-of-unholy-jazzomatic. For those of you who don’t know, if you stare at a reaper statue in the maze for too long, two eyes just light up in the darkness. THIS SCARED THE JAZZ OUT OF ME AS A KID.


Shake your groove thing! Shake your groove thing baby!

And let’s not forget the little motel scare we had. Even though it wasn’t real, that zoom-in on the shaking painting of a dead-eyed old woman was just…HORRIBLE.


OK, I saw this prison from the telescope, and there is NO WAY it has 26 floors. Is this like Doctor Who? Is there a “bigger on the inside” thing going on here?

The abandoned prison is another terrifying place. It’s absolutely HUGE. And the fact that you can look into individual prison cells is rather….uncomfortable. The whole area radiates a sense of hopelessness and you can practically see the prisoners crying out in their cells.

Yet another thing I want to point out is when your Poptropican is exploring Prisoner 24601’s cell, the warden’s ghost LOCKS YOU IN. That’s not what’s scary. What’s scary is what your Poptropican says. “I guess the warden wants someone locked in this cell, even if that someone is me!” Given that the warden has already met you and knows you aren’t the prisoner, this implies that either the warden is so desperate to be put to rest that he would try to lock an innocent person in, or that the warden has simply gone INSANE after years stuck in purgatory. Both scenarios are equally terrifying.


Do not attempt to distract me with candy! THERE IS EVIL AFOOT! 

Aside from all that, the atmosphere of this island is just really creepy. Something just constantly seem to be slightly…off. It soon becomes clear that there’s something going on that we don’t know about-a mystery lurking somewhere beneath the surface of the town. It’s an unsettling feeling








NEXT TIME: Once upon a midnight dreary….

Halloween Costume Tips and Tricks!

So, it’s Halloween and you want to dress your Poptropican up for the season. There’s no shortage of spooky costumes and followers and even chewing gum in the Poptropica Store, and when that doesn’t work, there’s always customization. But even then, sometimes…it’s just not enough, you know? So here are some cool tricks you can pull to make the most of Halloween in Poptropica!

Tip #1: The Brain

So by now, most of you should know about the Nabooti Island cellphone. It’s one of the oldest tricks in Poptropica, and it provides you a variety of costumes as long as you input the cheat numbers. Inputting the number 1225 will give you a santa hat and sack and inputting the number 911 will give you a police officer hat and belt. But it’s Halloween, so of course, I’m going to focus on the most MONSTROUS of these costumes.


Hi, I’d like a medium cheese pizza with a side of ULTIMATE KNOWLEDGE!!!

Inputting the number 411 on the Nabooti cellphone will give you an enlarged brain in a clear glass container. It’s a pretty CLEVER trick.


Hey, Bram’s dead. I can stay here as long as I want.

It’s perfect if you want a modified Frankenstein costume. (I know some people would say that it’s “Frankenstein’s monster” but I think we can all agree that the real monster is SOCIETY) But there are lots of other ways you can use this. Are you more of a mad scientist kind of guy?


BOOM! There you go!

Let your creativity run wild!

Tip #2: Skull Pirate

So a few years back, Poptropica released the Skullduggery Island book. To celebrate, they released a promo code for a cool new costume. The Skull Pirate costume!


Arr! Walk the plank! Swab the poop deck! Davy Jones’ locker!

Yep, that’s a pretty awesome costume. And the promo code never expired, so you can get it for free, right now, with the promo code SKULLBOOK. Just that skull-cutlass alone should be enough of a reason for you to redeem it! And just like any costume, you can mix-and-match your outfit as you please! I’m personally rather fond of the undead cowboy vigilante look.


Yee haw.

Tip #3: Pumpkinhead Cheat

This is actually one of Poptropica’s oldest cheats. It’s so old, I actually forgot about it for a long time. But it still works to this day, and thank goodness for that because otherwise, I wouldn’t have my pumkin goblin costume!



Pressing “Ctrl/Command+Shift+P” at any time while playing Poptropica will give you a peculiar little Jack-o-lantern head. Which is probably the single most Halloween thing you can possibly wear.

So that’s it! 3 tips for Poptropicans looking for Halloween costumes! Happy Halloween you guys!


Halloween Reviews: Vampire’s Curse Island


BLEH! I VANT TO SUCK YOUR BLOOD! Ah, Vampire’s Curse Island. Vampires are a pretty pivotal part of Halloween. They’re right up there with werewolves, zombies, ghosts and people with Jack-o-lanterns for heads. SPOILERS BLOODSUCKERS.

The Plot


It literally just hit me that Annabelle is probably in that coffin.

Vampire’s Curse Island starts off with the player trying to find a missing girl who had been kidnapped by a vampire. But it soon turns into a mission to find a cure for Count Bram’s vampirism. There’s also a whole love story involved between Bram and his love Annabelle. (There’s a nice bit of foreshadowing regarding that with the statue in the mausoleum. “Meminereunt omnia amante” translates to “lovers remember all”)


Stained glass windows, red lighting, ornate coffin…THIS PLACE IS PERFECT FOR MY VAMPIRE LAIR!

Plot-wise, I really like this island. The most important bits take place in the castle itself, but the castle by itself, with its bizarre magic beanstalks and gothic decor, really feels like a separate world from the rest of the island. The plot does a great job at capturing the gothic feel I love from vampire stories. I mean, just look at that beautiful design!

It’s also a really original story. The entire journey is a creepy mish-mash of gothic elements and the final product is a unique, well-designed island.



Additionally, much like Zomberry Island, the island makes a point to poke fun at vampires in modern culture, though to a much smaller extent than the former. It’s also filled with references to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, most notably the main antagonist’s name.

The Monsters

Well of course we’re going to have to review Count Bram, but FIRST…


I wish to mount this beast.

LOOK AT IT! This thing is beautiful. Seriously. It’s drawn and animated in a wildly different style than most Poptropican monsters and the end result is a majestic, terrifying monster that looks like it came from a completely different game. You can practically see the hate burning in its eyes. If you look closely enough, you can even see its ribs! The poor baby must be starving.

This creature was my favorite monster in Poptropica…until Twisted Thicket Island came out immediately after, giving that spot to the Nokken. In any case, it’s beautifully terrifying and I love it.

And now to move on to the vampire!





All around the mulberry bush the monkey chased the weasel, the monkey thought it was all for fun….



So here he is. The star of the island. Count Bram himself.

Well, let’s start with his design. Unfortunately this is one category where he’s kind of lacking. He’s pretty much the cliched cinematic vampire, with pale skin, fangs, a cape, the ability to turn into a bat and a year’s supply of hair gel. There really isn’t much to say about it. I guess you can say it PALES in comparison to the monsters we’ve seen so far.


But that’s not why we remember Count Bram. We remember him because of his backstory! He was once a normal human who was somehow transformed into a vampire. Due to his curse he was unable to be with his wife Annabelle. He attempted to reverse the curse, but never managed to figure out the cue.

As the story progresses, it’s revealed that, in a tragic twist, he had gone completely insane after the death of his wife and he kidnapped Katya because she reminded him of his wife Annabelle.


Awww! They’re both dead now!

In a heartwarming ending, the player reverses his curse, only for him to die from old age in his human form and his spirit reunites with Annabelle.

It’s a tragic tale, and one of the most in-depth backstories Poptropica has ever given. So cheers to Count Bram, one of the most sympathetic antagonists Poptropica has ever made.

Scariness Rating


Here is where this island falters. It’s just not very scary! The gothic scenery SHOULD inspire a sense of creepiness but there isn’t much of it. In fact, out of all the islands we are reviewing, this is probably the LEAST scary.








NEXT TIME: I review what’s probably the scariest Poptropica island!

Halloween Reviews: Zomberry Island


Well, to kick off this year’s Halloween, we have Zomberry Island. Like usual, there will be spoilers. (Oh man I miss saying that)

The Plot

Zomberry Island is basically a giant love letter to the “zombie apocalypse” genre. A mysterious disease breaks out in the town of Eastman, turning the people into purple zombies, and it’s a race against time to discover the source of the outbreak and cure the town. It’s pretty much a parade of cliches, but Poptropica makes it work, mainly because it doesn’t just play these tropes straight, it lampoons them. That’s a fun word. LAMPOON. Sounds like the love child of a lamprey and a harpoon.


You’re the first one I would sacrifice.

And just like the love child of a lamprey and a harpoon, Zomberry Island basically makes fun of the conventions of the zombie apocalypse genre. Wow that was a terrible simile. Analogy? Comparison? Whatever. Poptropica really goes all out in this delightfully self-referential borderline-parody.



I mean look! They’ve even got a scientist named Dr. G Romero! That. Is. Hilarious. For those of you who don’t know, George Romero is a filmmaker famous for his zombie apocalypse movies including Night of the Living Dead! (Seriously, that film is a must-watch. Unless you’re under the age of 13, in which case do it when you’re older…is something I’m legally obliged to say).



Overall, the plot is pretty good, and there’s lots of humor to go around. It’s chock-full of classic horror movie references and Poptropica wields the cliches of the zombie apocalypse genre with the skill of a powerful ancient warrior.

The Monsters

Ah, but we all know that the heart and soul of a horror movie is not its plot, but its monster(s). As a rule of thumb, there are two kinds of zombies. The undead, half-decaying zombies and the mutated/mind-controlled people zombies. Personally, I prefer the undead kind (even if they are vulnerable to vultures) because….

So yeah, I was a bit disappointed when I found out the zombies weren’t the undead kind. But these googly-eyed weirdos do have their charm.


They’ve come for your moisturizer.

It’s a simple, silly design but they still manage to be absolutely lovable. Especially when you see the adorable little dorks dancing in the disco. Combined with their fear of light, and you have some of my favorite zombies of all time (even without dangling guts and decaying flesh).

The funniest thing is, we don’t even know what these things do to regular people. The player just runs away screaming whenever they approach. As far as we know, these things can’t zombify other people and they’re not looking for brains, so they’re essentially harmless.



I really want to know the story behind this guy. The implication is of course, that he got trapped in the crate of contaminated blueberries and gorged himself on its contents, transforming into a bloated zombie. As expected, he’s stronger, but oddly enough he’s also more aggressive than the other zombies. He’s also resistant to your flashlight’s light, and incapacitating him requires a stronger light source.

Notably, he’s not one of the zombies we cure at the end of the island. He’s last seen walking out of the crate after the player scares him off with the camera flash. Which means there’s still a giant zombie roaming around Eastman…..

Scariness Rating

Zomberry Island definitely has a creepy feel to it. The environment is dark and there are very little actual people around to communicate with. There’s an eerie feeling of loneliness, as if you’re actually facing an army of zombies all by yourself. However, it’s unfortunately offset by humour and the plot’s numerous attempts to lighten the mood. Plus the zombies themselves aren’t all that scary.


Conga conga conga!

Despite that, there are definitely scary moments here and there, like the jarring encounter with Big Blue and the zombies breaking into Romero’s lab. And it’s these moments that really brings Zomberry Island up on the scariness scale.








NEXT TIME: I review a BLOOD-CURDLING island.


His name is Marvin.

Also, you can now get a pet zombie monkey on the Main Street of Zomberry Island. I think that was the greatest sentence I’ve ever typed.

Fall Fashion!

Good news guys! Poptropica just released their new line of autumn hipster wear! Greeeeaaat.



Sorry if I don’t seem enthusiastic guys, but normal clothing isn’t really my thing. I mean, Poptropica’s a world where you can wear a live baby SASQUATCH on your head and no one judges you for it! Why stick with regular old clothing?

Besides, I’m kind of in full Halloween mode right now so I’m not remotely interested in anything that isn’t Halloween-related. I’m only able to type this because my Halloween drive is currently sedated by like, ten gallons of Coke. But we’re still going to look at these outfits one by one because TO HECK WITH IT. *chugs entire can of Coke* LEZ DO DIS.


Hmmmm….the clothes are fine, but what is that on your back? Is that a boombox? Ouch. That’s almost painfully hipster.


Wow, this is like, ULTIMATE HIPSTER. A fedora AND hipster glasses? All they need is a scarf or a turtleneck and they’d be HIPSTER GODS.


NEVERMIND I FOUND THE SCARVES. Nice headphones. They look like severed animal ears but with less blood. Also, how do you get your hair to look like that? Is that gel? Or is there just an autumn breeze blowing next to your face constantly?


I liked the other guys’ headphones better. And your hair looks stupid.

Well, that’s all of them! In case you guys don’t know what “hipsters” are, it’s fine! Neither do I! I typed this out while under the influence of way too much Coke. It’s practically the Coke typing at this point. I’m gonna pass out now! GOOD NIGHT! *falls unconscious*

It’s Halloween!



Yep! It’s that time of the year again! Happy Halloween freaks of nature!

……What do you guys mean it’s not Halloween? Of course it’s Halloween! Halloween lasts every year from 1st to 31st October! Everyone knows that!

And as you all should know, Halloween is my favorite celebration of the year! I mean, it’s a holiday that celebrates monsters! What’s not to love?

Anyway, I wanted to get in the mood, so I dressed my Poptropican up in the Halloweeniest costume I could create and drove him into a dark cave somewhere.



So this Halloween, I’ve got a few treats in store for this blog. First of all, there are the Halloween Island Reviews. For every week of October, I’ll be reviewing a Halloween-themed island. Islands will be rated based on how well-written the plot is, the designs of the monsters and of course, SCARINESS.

Second, I’m thinking of holding either a scary story competition or a Halloween costume competition. What do you guys think?

Well I’d love to stay but I’ve got a pumpkin goblin to take care of. Poptropica isn’t going to Halloween itself! I’ll see you guys next time, with my first Halloween Island review!

An’ aft your moss-traversing spunkies,

Decoy the wight that late and drunk is,

The bleezin’ curst mischievious monkeys,

Delude his eyes,

Til’ in some miry slough he sunk is,

Ne’er mair to rise!  

Happy 9th Birthday Poptropica!

Has it been 9 years already? Wow. Time sure flies when you’re screaming on the inside. ANYWHO, Poptropica is celebrating it’s 9th birthday! REJOICE!

Have you ever wondered what this must be like for Poptropicans? It’s as if they’re celebrating the birth of their ENTIRE UNIVERSE.

And of course, like every year, Poptropica has released some celebratory birthday junk in the store! Last year we got a piece of cake that turned people into birthday pigs. Pretty hard to one up that. But Poptropica tried anyway, so here we go!


Let’s take a look shall we?


As per normal, we’ve got the classic birthday balloon, although I’m kind of disappointed Poptropica didn’t do the whole common room balloon-popping scavenger hunt thing like they did the past few years. That was always fun.


BUT THAT HAT! My goodness THAT IS A MAGNIFICENT HAT. I don’t know if you guys know this about me, but I’m kind of a sucker for living headgear. This little kitty will be a perfect addition to my living headgear family! Between the actual sasquatch and baby crocodile, it’ll feel right at home!

Plus, I’m gonna name it “Headlord Murdermeow”.

Well that’s all for now! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post again until at least October. But on the bright side, you’ll get to see what I have in store for this year’s Halloween! Ha ha ha…MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! *sharpens spiders*