A Message to Its A Poptropica Blog

Hey guys, it’s me, BT. 

Now, you might be looking at me funny right now, whether it would be because someone other than beastking is posting here or you’re looking at me because I didn’t fulfill my promise on a certain series. No matter what, I’m going to explain. 

I was 12 years old when I joined this lovely little blog. I was still wide-eyed about the bizarre idea and I got a little too eager and wrote up a series called Curious Bee. Looking back at it, I’m not 100% proud of it anymore. There was a lot of aspects that I wish I never should have included in the series, especially when it came to REd and Krimson herself. But at this point, the damage that was from it was already done. I’ve gone on to write much better stories than Curious Bee, and it ended up being left on the back burner. Curious Bee, however, will always have a place in my heart. It was the furthest I’ve ever gone with a lengthy series, and I’m just overwhelmed that it got so much support back then. If anybody here remembered Curious Miranda Bee and her friends, I thank you so much for being part of that chapter. 

Now, let’s talk about the blog itself. This place means a lot to me. My stage gimmick. The beginning of my blogging days that eventually landed me a position on the Poptropica Help Blog. And when I decided to stop by one day, I was happily stunned to see someone still trying their best to keep the blog alive. BeastKing, I’m really proud of your resilience. As of about a week ago, I have officially made him an administrator. Therefore, he now has the power to make the blog more as his own, equivalent to the power my old friend and blog founder Super Thunder, and I have had. BeastKing, keep doing what you’re doing, and invite friends along for the ride if you like. It really means a lot to me that you’re trying to still post new content for the blog, because this place means a lot. It’s one of the early Poptropica blogs, established late 2010, and keeping it alive just.. gives me a lot of hope. 

This might be the last time I post here on what was once Super Thunder’s Blog. In case it is, I’ll have to really thank you all for everything. My old friends even, if they’re somehow watching, thank you all as well. You introduced me to such a wonderful fandom and we all guided each other to greatness during the time we had.  I’ll definitely still be around, both on the Poptropica Help Blog and any of the social media accounts I have. But as for here, this chapter might be coming to a close. So thank you, everyone, and keep venturing onwards. 

*Curtain Fall* 

Halloween Reviews: Monster Carnival Island!

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YES! You guys…YES YES YES YES YES!!! THIS! This is my favorite island EVER. Twisted Thicket was tough to beat but this guy right here did it! WHOO! SPOILERS AHEAD!

The Legend…

BUT WAIT! We can’t talk about Monster Carnival Island without first talking about the LEGEND BEHIND IT. Seriously, that’s half the fun of this island.

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WHAAAAA?!?

So, early in Poptropica’s history, back when there were only two islands, THIS island showed up with the words “Coming soon!” on it.

Three guesses what happened next.

YEP! It didn’t come. In fact, it just disappeared off the map, with no explanation whatsoever. For years it remained a mystery….a mythical island whispered only among players. No one knew what it was about or whether it would return….

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OOOOOOH….

In 2013, the Creators uploaded a mysterious note including ideas for a “Haunted Amusement Park Island”. Sound familiar? This was probably one of the first times Monster Carnival Island was formally mentioned. But rest assured, the creators would NOT stop teasing about it. A piece of paper found in a trash can on Mocktropica Island even says “MONSTER CARNIVAL NOPE” on it.

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Quoth the raven…NEVERMORE

But at long last, in 2014, the island was finally unveiled, much to the excitement of fans. It was like a campfire horror story come to life. And that’s why this island is so special to a Poptropica fans.

The Plot

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A quiet little town…just kidding.

While not as impressive as Ghost Story Island’s tragic tale, Monster Carnival Island is still REALLY good when it comes to plot. Matter of fact, Monster Carnival Island takes quite a few cues from Ghost Story Island. It starts off calm, but soon supernatural incidents begin to arise and a dark, tragic backstory is revealed.

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“You are deformed” (I am deformed) “And you are ugly” (And I am ugly….)

I have to say, Ringmaster Raven’s backstory is one of the saddest I’ve seen in Poptropica. He was ostracized and chased out of town just because he was deformed…and all this as a CHILD. No wonder he turned out the way he did.

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The scarecrow walks at midnight…

I also really like how well the island utilizes contrasting tones. The first half of the island seems normal and cheery but it quickly devolves into a horrific parody of the island you first saw. The island manages to pull off both tones really well.

Monster Carnival Island spins a tragic and frightening tale, but I really don’t have much to say beyond that. REALLY GOOD ISLAND.

The Monsters

HOLY JACK. THIS IS WHY I LOVE THIS ISLAND. The monsters in this island are PHENOMENAL. And we’ll be going through EACH AND EVERY one of them! OH YEAH!

1. Poster Monster

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Boo!

So this one’s kind of like the “mascot” of the island, appearing on the posters and stuff. There are actually two of these guys who morphed from a father-son carny duo. They chase you around the fairground but otherwise don’t do much.

In terms of design, I like how they genuinely look like childhood monsters. They really seem like creatures a toddler would draw or imagine up. They seem like those furry mix-and-match monsters children would see under their beds or in their closets, and that really gives them a sort of childish charm.

2. Pool Monster

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Something’s fishy….

THIS IS MY FAVORITE MONSTER IN THE WHOLE ISLAND. I just love this guy. Originally the carny who runs the duck fishing game, you first meet this guy when he crawls out of the inflatable duck pool (which is clearly bigger on the inside, TARDIS-style) to freak you out. And this monster is the most original fish monster I have ever seen.

For one thing, he’s bipedal WITHOUT being just a stereotypical fish-man. His facial structure is brilliantly bizarre, being fused (or possibly being PART OF) his dorsal fin and I love how cartoonishly freakish he looks. I love EVERY part of this monster’s design. Words cannot do this guy justice. Seriously, this is probably one of my favorite monster designs EVER. I have no idea how they could make him more perfect.

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QUACK!

Oh well, there you go.

3. Blob Monster

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IT’S THE BLOB THAT ATE EVERYTHING

So the chef lady who ran the fried dough store gets turned into this. I love the simplicity of her design. She’s just a giant chunk of jelly with food floating inside her, which is kind of bland, but her face is where her design really shines. It’s a simple face but there’s so much personality to her lazy half-closed eyes and her dopey expression. Once again, it’s pretty cartoonish but she’s all the more endearing because of it.

You don’t really have to interact with this monster much. When you click on her, she grins adorably and flails her spatula around but that’s pretty much all she does throughout the island. Still really cute.

4. Muscular Monster

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Welcome…TO THE GUNSHOW! BAM! 

The strongwoman who runs the Test Your Strength game gets turned into this and although the pool monster is my favorite monster design, this one comes a close second. Just LOOK AT HER! I expected the strongwoman to turn into some kind of giant muscular ogre or something but this is so much better.

What even IS this thing? She’s like some chimerical mix between a lion, an ape and a zebra. I love how unbalanced her body is. It’s as if all the muscles in her body are focused in her upper body, so much so that her back legs are completely useless and she’s too lopsided to move forward. And sure enough, she never moves from that one spot. She just lashes out with her muscular claws where she is.

There are lots of things I love about her design. The tiger-esque stripes on her upper arms, her little vestigial zebra legs, her useless little wings, everything about her is just fantastic.

5. Puppet Monster

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Who are you calling “dummy”, DUMMY?!?

Oh geez. This guy is TERRIFYING. Before his transformation, this floating puppet monster was the guy who ran the Tunnel of Love ride. Since then, he had taken up residence in the Haunted Lab, popping out of doors and freaking you out.

This guy is genuinely creepy. Not just because of his habit of jump-scaring people in a really dark room full of foreboding music but also because of his face. It’s just…frozen like that. And the way he moves just makes him creepier. His movements are jerky and unnatural, which plants this guy firmly in the uncanny valley. And when you shine a flashlight at him, he FLIPS. OUT. GOOD GROP. It’s really disturbing to see that puppet flail about like a dying fish.

Granted, this guy doesn’t do anything besides make your Poptropican scream but that does little to change how unsettling it is. The puppet is probably one of the creepiest monsters in Poptropica. Grop.

6. Brain Monster

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*insert brain pun here*

Obviously, the little braniac running the “Guess Your Weight” station turned into the giant brain monster. As far as brain monsters go, I LOVE this design. A brain with a spine for a snake-like body is something I rarely see, even though the potential is RIGHT THERE. I also like that he keeps the nerd glasses. It’s a small detail but it really shows that he still keeps his little “insufferable genius” personality.

But of course, my favorite part of the design is still the freaky blue tendrils growing all over him. I love that the tendrils squirm about like worms, almost like they’re parasitic worms eating away at his brain.

Cool tip by the way, if you ever get stuck during this island, try talking to this guy! He often drops subtle hints on where you should go next.

7. Goblin Monster

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ROCK ON

Last but not least, the carny running the ferris wheel gets turned into a tiny green goblin in a leather jacket. I really like goblins, so as can be expected, I really like this guy’s design. It’s a really classic goblin design although I feel like he tends to invoke a GREMLIN more than a GOBLIN. But we won’t get into the specifics.

The design on this guy is pretty neat. I like the little devil tail and its bat-like ears and pointy horns. But what gives this guy his personality is his outfit. Everything from his sunglasses and his hairstyle to his earrings bring out a sense of mischieviousness.

My favorite part though, is probably his pupils. I don’t have  a picture, but if you’ve played the island before, you should know that his pupils come in the form of spinning stars. It’s a really neat feature that makes this monster stand out.

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Don’t feed the animals! No seriously. 

Well that’s all the monsters I’m reviewing for now, but there are TONS of other brilliant background monsters in this island that I’m not going to go into. Maybe some other day.

Scariness Rating

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Something evil’s lurking from the dark…

This island has a delightfully creepy atmosphere to it. I especially love how the entire carnival is just twisted into a messed up creep-fest. Clown faces become demonic, giggling creatures, the horses on the merry-go-round contort and move backwards, the cat in the trash can becomes disheveled and monstrous…details like that really give the entire carnival an unsettling feel. Add the creepy carnival music and you’ve got a recipe for a seriously freaky island.

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Something wicked this way comes….

The whole plot is kinda creepy too. I mean, all the townsfolk just up and disappear with no explanation whatsoever. It’s not much better when you find out what Ringmaster Raven’s plans are. To transform them into monsters and brainwash them into becoming his weird carny family. Good grop that’s disturbing.

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Nevermore

 

Speaking of which, I’d like to bring up…..whatever the heck that giant raven machine is. It seems to be a kind of giant ray that transforms people into monsters but it looks so unnatural and moves in such a bizarre, glitchy way it’s almost as if it’s half-alive.

And of course, how can I talk about scary without once again bringing up THE PUPPET.

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OH GROP HE’S BACK

GOOD GROP JUST LOOK AT THAT THING. Like I’ve said before, he’s just plain disturbing. The jerky, artificial way he moves and the way he flails when you shine a light at him is just….UGH.

Overall

PLOT SCALE:

3-out-of-3

MONSTROSITY SCALE:

 

SCARINESS SCALE:

3-out-of-3

Well guys, this is my last Halloween island review! I’ve had fun with these and I really wanna do something like this again next year. Til next Halloween! MWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

New Halloween Costumes!

Alright guys, the Monster Carnival Island review is taking some time but rest assured it’ll be up by Halloween.

In the mean time, let’s talk about COSTUMES. Poptropica recently released a slew of Halloween costumes and accessories to the store, and they are GLORIOUS. And we’ll be reviewing each and every one of them! Starting with….

1. Bog Monster

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HE’S BEAUTIFUL

This may be my favorite of all the new costumes. Just look at the guy! He’s absolutely precious. There’s actually already a “Swamp Monster” costume in the store but I like this one WAY better. (Sidenote: The fact that there’s both a Swamp Monster AND a Bog Monster costume is simply too wonderful.) For one thing, look at its eyes! They’re so creepy and unnatural-looking! Then of course, there’s the fact that it’s covered in mud and vegetation. I especially love the fact that the sludge on its face just seems to hang off its face like a beard. Adorbs.

2. Creepy Puppet

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I’ve got no strings….

I have conflicted feelings about this one. On the one hand, I absolutely LOVE that design for the jaw. On the other hand, the jaw makes it look like a ventriloquist dummy, but the strings attached to its back imply it’s meant to invoke a marionette. Which one is it?

Not to mention, the puppet costume isn’t really CREEPY.  Its mouth is a bit unsettling but come on! Puppets tend to invoke the uncanny valley without even trying! Want my advice? Give the eyes smaller pupils and give it creepy blush stickers.

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….to hold me down….

See? Easy fix! YOU’RE WELCOME

3. Skull Boy

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Skulls make everything better.

So this one’s not really a Halloween costume. Just a shirt with a skull on it and a leather jacket. But it’s a pretty cool shirt. I would wear a shirt like that.

4. Halloween Accessories

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CANDY!!!

OK, so these accessories are pretty cool. The first two are trick-or-treat bags. The first one’s a Jack-o-lantern basket full of candy and the second one is a bag with a face on it.

The third is a witch’s cauldron, with skulls emanating from it like steam. That one’s probably my favorite.

The fourth is a vial of green liquid. Perfect for a mad scientist who likes to test out chemicals!

And the last one is a…shovel. A corpse shovel of course. Which would perfectly fit a creepy hooded figure or zombie who had just risen from the grave.

5. Pumpkin Head

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What are you smiling about?

OH. MY. GROP. You guys, do you have any idea what this is? THIS IS THE PUMPKIN HEAD COSTUME. I’ve been waiting for this for YEARS now! Ever since I first saw that pumkin-headed dude in the Haunted House mini-quest!

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THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE

See? He was a mystery…the most enigmatic being in this entire quest, because unlike most of the monsters in the portraits, this pumpkin man did not show up at the Ghoul’s Gala! Meaning, there was absolutely nowhere you could get that exact costume! Until NOW!

The Pumpkin Head costume provides you with the exact same costume as seen in the portrait, with not one, not two, but THREE different pumpkin heads to choose from!

Or if you just want the pumpkin head and nothing else, you can always save yourself 275 credits by using the old pumpkin head cheat. Ctrl+Shift+P. It’ll only give you the first pumpkin head design though.

And that’s all freaks! I’ll be back next time (hopefully) with the Monster Carnival Island review!

Halloween Reviews: Ghost Story Island

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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

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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.

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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

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WHY DO THEY SELL THESE TO CHILDREN

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

Overall

PLOT SCALE:

3-out-of-3

MONSTROSITY SCALE:

1-out-of-3

SCARINESS SCALE:

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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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!

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I AM STILL MADE OF HALLOWEEN!

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

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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

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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”)

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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.

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KILL ME NOW

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…

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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!

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HA HA HA HA

LOOK AT THIS JUST OH MY WHAT THE HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

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

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POP GOES THE WEASEL

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.

IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE HE HAS NO BLOOD.

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.

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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

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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.

Overall

PLOT SCALE:

3-out-of-3

MONSTROSITY SCALE:

2-out-of-3

SCARINESS SCALE:

1-out-of-3

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

Halloween Reviews: Zomberry Island

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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.

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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.

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EH?

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).

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I AM ARMED AND READY SHOW ME THE ZOMBIES

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.

zomberry

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.

zomberry

WHOOPS SPOKE TOO SOON

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.

zomberry

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.

Overall

PLOT SCALE:

2-out-of-3

MONSTROSITY SCALE:

1-out-of-3

SCARINESS SCALE:

2-out-of-3

NEXT TIME: I review a BLOOD-CURDLING island.

zombiemonkey

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.