Well, it’s Monday, so that means it’s the first day of the…
Now, before we begin, I want to apologize about yesterday’s post. I was just so mad about what is happening with Pop right now, and I took it a little too far with the post being in all-caps and stuff. Also, after reading your comments, I realized that the Creators are probably stressed-out and the community needs to calm down. Anyways, a post like that will never happen again…unless they make a Mystery of the Map movie with Jorge having red hair. Or if Poptropica is bought by Disney and turned into Club Penguin 2.0. Or if…
“TC! Just start the post already! We don’t have all day!”
So, if you don’t already know, Poptropica is technically an educational game for
children kids ages 6-15. (I actually don’t agree with that age range, I’ll explain more in tomorrow’s post.) In the early days of Poptropica, from about 2007 to 2011-ish, this whole “educational” thing was kinda true, but as for the newer islands, ehhh, not really. And even the so-called “educational” islands aren’t very educational at all. So, is Poptropica really an educational game?
To start off, here is my list of islands that I think are somewhat educational:
- Early Poptropica (inside Pop Art Museum)
- Shark Tooth (inside Shark Museum)
- Time Tangled
- Counterfeit (what’s up with all these museums)
- Wild West
- Red Dragon
- Mystery Train
- Twisted Thicket (not sure ’bout this one)
And these ones are also kinda educational, I guess…
- Lunar Colony
- Back Lot
- Virus Hunter
You notice how so many “educational” islands were released in 2011, then after that they just stopped? Well, I think this is when Poptropica decided to to focus more on story then education. Don’t get me wrong, some of those islands listed above, like Mythology, Red Dragon, and Mystery Train, have some of the best plotlines, just with some learning sprinkled in.
The thing is, Poptropica isn’t throwing facts right in your face like most “educational” games, yet at the same time you do learn a little. I personally hate educational games, but I love Poptropica because it doesn’t seem like an educational game. When I first started playing, I had no idea. And now that the new islands aren’t actually “educational” at all, I’m actually a little happy. Well, I’m not sure if learning how to to escape prison or survive in the wild counts or not, whatever.
However, the thing that every island has is problem-solving. I think people tend to mistake that for being educational, but that’s actually common in games that aren’t meant to be educational at all.
And then there’s Our Discovery Island. Now that’s an educational game, I tell ya.
In conclusion, I think Poptropica was once educational but is not anymore. In the end, educational or not, Poptropica will always be an amazing game. And just think, you can pretend that Pop is super educational to get your teacher to let you play it in school!
So, what do you think? Leave a comment below to get the discussion going!
I’ll see you guys again tomorrow.
Tall Cactus AKA T-Cacti AKA The Emoji Queen