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OK, so you all should know by now that the Creators have been working on a “brand new Poptropica”. But for the most part, they’ve been pretty secretive about it.

Well, recently the Creators have announced the official name for this new project! Poptropica Worlds! And it’s coming Spring 2017!

Can someone please tell me when that is because it’s always summer here.

YES! This new Poptropica will include, quote,

  • New, exciting Worlds to explore
  • Favorites from the original Poptropica, remastered for Poptropica Worlds
  • One account for everything Poptropica!
  • Your very own customizable home
  • More costumes than ever
  • Daily prizes and awesome games
  • And more to come…

MY GOSH GUYS. I am SO HYPED. I can’t think of anything that could possibly-

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WHAT IS THAT?!? ZOOM IN! ZOOM IN NOW!
hand

Rough Fang: …….

………

Rough Fang: Human, what are those things?

They’re….they’re called “fingers”……..

Rough Fang: What are they doing on that Poptropican’s hand?

…..I don’t know……….

Rough Fang: ……I’m gonna go……look at my hands for a while……….

Yeah….I’m….I’m gonna do that too.

Island Reviews: Time Tangled Island

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Ah Time Tangled Island. This brings me back.

……..

GET IT?!? BECAUSE TIME TRAVEL.

………..

IT’S A JOK-Never mind.

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And he never finds his way back. The end. 

Anyway, Time Tangled Island! Previously called Time Twisted Island, as I learned from the gladiator standing on top of the roof of a tourism center (wow that seems a lot less reliable a source when I say it out loud), this was one of the earliest islands in Poptropica history. I played this all the way back in 2009, so it really brings back a lot of memories.

And seeing as how Time Tangled Island is one of the islands 0f the month for January, I figured I might as well do a review on it.

Since this isn’t a Halloween thing, I won’t be sticking to the formula of the Halloween reviews. Instead I’m going to divide this review into three sections.

Plot, where I’ll examine the storyline of the island, Gameplay, where I’ll look through all the minigames and puzzles and such, and lastly Aesthetics, where I’ll discuss the design aspects of the island.

Got it? Good. Let’s get started!

Ah Time Tangled Island. This brings me ba-whoa. Deja vu.

Plot

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What else is new.

OK, so the plot is fairly simple. The scientist Professor Pendulum has created a time machine and left it in the hands of his two assistants. But a malfunction has caused important artifacts from ancient history to be transported to the wrong time periods. It’s up to the player to find these artifacts and return them to their rightful place in history before it somehow causes the end of the world.

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If only I had a sign of what to do-oh yeah that’ll do.

And yeah. That’s about it. Like I said, the plot’s pretty simple, but given that this was the third ever island released, it’s hard for me to be mad about it. The two islands released before this (Early Poptropica and Shark Tooth) were just as simplistic. That was just typical of Poptropica islands at the time.

Gameplay

The gameplay in this island is almost as simple as the plot. I’ll give it credit for including the addition of the time travel watch. That’s a neat change in formula, and it allows the player access to many different locations.

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Wibbly wobbly timey wimey.

But aside from that, it’s pretty much just a series of fetch quests. Get the artifact from time period X and return it to time period Y. Get the artifact from time period Y and return it to time period Z. And so on and so forth. It’s arguably even simpler than Early Poptropica or Shark Tooth because there isn’t even really a linear sequence of events. Most of the artifacts can be returned in any order.

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This certainly is puzzling. It’ll be a while before I can piece together the solution. THIRD PUZZLE PUN.

Occasionally they’ll throw in a few puzzles that you’ll need to complete in order to get the artifacts, and some artifacts can only be accessed after getting certain items but most of it is pretty basic for Poptropica.

Again, I can’t really fault this island for it because it was one of the first islands. Even though we consider all this stuff to be basic NOW, this was actually one of the islands that made this stuff basic to begin with.

Aesthetics

Now let’s get to the design aspect. This island is REALLY cool looking. The whole time travel aspect lends itself to many creative possibilities. Unlike the past two, the player isn’t restricted to one island.

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Nice temple. But Mythology Island’s got a better one.

Over the course of this quest the player visits a bunch of different locations and people and items from a multitude of time periods. You can go from meeting oracles in Ancient Greece to dressing like vikings to witnessing the construction of The Great Wall of China and it’s just AMAZING!

edison

Nice Thomas Edison. But Mystery Train Island’s got a better one.

And of course, I can’t review a post-beta island without mentioning the soundtrack. Every time period has its own music that perfectly fits the environment. The mere fact that they managed to give each time period its own background music is pretty impressive.

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Nice Himalayan mountain peak. But Cryptids Island’s got a better one.

And give the island credit where it’s due, this is something that had never been done before in Poptropica. Sure, Early Poptropica Island had diverse environments but up until this island, nothing of this scale had been done before. RESPECT.

gopher

Someone get me Svadilfari, I’m about to play the ULTIMATE game of Whack-A-Mole.

Notes

  • I especially love the design of the good future. It’s really creative, and I used to go back to that place all the time just to admire the design. Now with the cool soundtrack, it’s even BETTER.
  • EXPLODING CRAB
  • The Viking Costume easter egg is pretty cool.
  • EXPLODING CRAB
  • The Glider and the Aztec Warrior Mask used to be two of my favorite wearable items.
  • Ah Time Tangled Island. This brings me-OK something weird’s definitely going on here.
  • EXPLODING CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAB.

Conclusion

This island is simple. It’s very very simple. But as I’ve said time and again in this review, that’s because it was one of the earliest. It happened while Poptropica was still finding its feet. Aside from the time-travel watch, the gameplay’s pretty standard for a Poptropica island, but that’s because it was one of the islands that SET that standard.

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PORCUPINE FRIEND.

And, I have to appreciate this island purely based on the incredible creativity and effort that went into designing all the different time periods and environments.

Also bonus points for the exploding crab.

So that was my review for Time Tangled Island! Did you guys like it? Tell me what island you guys want me to review next!

Ah Time Tangled Island. This bri-AGH MAKE IT STOP!!!

Happy New Year Guys! 

I don’t know what time it is where you are but THE CLOCK JUST ROLLED OVER TO MIDNIGHT SO HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS! 

As of now it is officially 2017, and I cannot WAIT for the coming year. I’ve got tons of stuff planned so stay tuned! Poptropican me, do you have anything else to add? 

Rough Fang: I’d just like to say that I deeply appreciate each and every one of our loyal followers. Thanks for everything! Who wants a hug? 

That depends, are you wearing your knife suit? 

Rough Fang: QUITE POSSIBLY! 😀

GET OUT OF MY HOUSE

Rough Fang: THIS IS WHO I AM, MOM

#MyPoptropicaCostume Contest Update!

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So you all know about the Poptropica Costume Contest right? No? THEN KEEP UP.

Anyway, the creators have announced that they AREN’T going to choose just one winner. They’re going to choose TWO winners! Not only that, but they’re also going to have ten runners-up, of whom YOU get to choose!

Basically in January, the creators will post their top 20 picks, and YOU get to choose the 10 that end up in the Poptropica Store! Huzzah! The 10 runners-up will each receive a 3-month Poptropica subscription. If you haven’t entered the contest yet, DO IT NOW! The deadline is Saturday, 31st December, midnight. So you’ve got 46 hours as of the time I post this.

Rough Fang: I WILL NEVER DIE

GO AWAY

On The 3rd Day of Christmas Rough Fang Gave To Me…

A Christmas Poptropica update?

OK, so most of us know the Creators’ Blog has been kind of quiet lately. There haven’t been many updates as of late, which is why a majority of Poptropica blog have nothing to blog ABOUT.

*sigh* Come on creators, what kind of irresponsible, lazy, self-centered person would just stop updating out of nowhere,  silence their own blog and abandon….all……their followers………yeah OK I kind of see the hypocrisy in this statement.

But to be fair, the creators at least have an excuse. They have supposedly been working really hard on a “brand new Poptropica”, so it’s understandable that they probably don’t have much time to blog. In fact, their last blog post was all the way back in…. *checks*….just….now….WAIT WHAT

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ZOOM IN ON THAT, ZOOM IN ON THAT RIGHT NOW

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OK, so it seems the creators are dropping something very interesting next week. Could it be this “new Poptropica” they’ve been foreshadowing oh so much?

I mean, this is all speculation, but it’s worth noting that earlier this year, when they first announced this “new Poptropica”, they mentioned that they were launching it, and I quote, “Later this year”.

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It’s also worth noting that there are only 8 days left in the year, so, I’m assuming they’re gonna do it soon.