Theory Week: More Counterfeit Art

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Let’s just start this right away, it’s very late here and I barely got this post out on time, it was posted at like 10:30 pm where I live. I was even originally going to do a huge post on Poptropolis, but I realized I wouldn’t be able to do it tonight, so enjoy this little theory instead. It won’t be as good or as long as my other theories, it’s the best I can do for now. As for the Poptropolis theory, that should be out sometime in the next couple days.

So, remember that Pop Art Museum in Early Poptropica?

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Thanks a lot for photo bombing…

Go inside, and you’ll see all kinds of beautiful artwork…

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Wait a second…that’s “The Scream” from Counterfeit Island!!!

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Photo from the Creators’ Blog

Now that I think about it, a lot of the same paintings appeared on both Early Pop and Counterfeit. For example, there is a copy of “Starry Night” in the museum on Early Pop, another in the Counterfeit museum, and another in that package with the secret message on it.

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From the PHB

At the end of Counterfeit, however, we learn that all the art in the Counterfeit Island museum was counterfeit (that’s how the island got its name) and that the real art was hidden behind everything else so they wouldn’t get stolen.

So, if some of the art from Counterfeit is also in the Pop Art Museum, that means that all the art in there is counterfeit too.

Pretty shocking, right? Actually, not really. That Pop Art Museum looks too pathetic to have real art tbh.

But there’s something that makes no sense about the art. Why does it look like it would here, in the real world, yet Pop looks all cartoon-y and stuff? Why didn’t they change the art to look like that Poptropican Mona Lisa in Time Tangled?

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Oh wait, that looks real in the background…

I am seriously confused right now, someone please explain if you can actually come up with an explanation in the comments or something. In fact, I may make an entire post on this once I come up with an actual reason behind it.

-Tall Cactus

 

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Theory Week: Time Tangled is a Play Too?! Maybe…

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There, I used the logo. Happy?

I don’t know what else to say for this intro, let’s just move on to the theory then.

Remember yesterday’s theory on how I think that Mystery Train Island is a play? Today’s theory relates to that concept.

We begin with the words of Yandari-Sama, who also helped with the E. Vile and Mordred post from the other day. She’s a great writer and theorist, hopefully she begins blogging someday. Anyways…

“Back Lot Studios is known for many of its movies, especially the Blast from the Past series, even though it’s a made up name, the plot behind he theory will make sense, continue with me on as Yandari explains, now all you deep thinkers have realized in Time Tangled, no matter what clothes you are wearing, none of the past lives have noticed you are wearing modern clothes, which would initially interrupt the time-space continuum because an event that would happen in later time would happen before them knowing more information causing a variety of horrible things that can happen, like a nuclear war, zombie apocalypse, cats taking over the world. Time Tangled is also weird in the people don’t seem totally confident in themselves as if they were acting. It’s known to most if your past self saw your older self, and saves something usually the old self, would be completely destroyed and something different. I believe that Time Tangled island is a play or movie, a movie that you participate in, as an actor.”

I 100% agree with this. Since I also came up with the theory that Mystery Train Island is a play yesterday, does this mean that all the islands that seem to happen in the past are movies or plays or TV shows, and our Poptropicans are world famous actors? Nope.

I don’t think islands like Astro-Knights, Wild West, or Skullduggery are plays or movies, but instead are the real thing. For the full evidence, check out the Frozen in Time theory, one of my oldest and greatest theories that I posted back in good ‘ol February. If you don’t feel like reading an entire post right now, all you need to know is that someone messed up the past and made the islands all lost in time or whatever.

Not only that, but Binary Bard, El Mustachio, and Captain Crawfish all appear in Super Villain Island, so those islands had to be the real deal.

To wrap things up, I think that Time Tangled Island didn’t actually happen, and if that is true it is probably a movie, I think it would have been way harder to make props and sets than Mystery Train.

Then again, Time Tangled was only the third island ever created, so the Creators were probably just trying to make it a good teaching tool for a social studies class at first. Seriously, they have Poptropica teacher guides on some weird teacher website/blog.

https://www.teachervision.com/poptropica-teaching-guide/time-tangled-island/74678.html

 

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“Our Hero”?! Gosh this is making me cringe, I better go…

-Tall Cactus

Wait, there’s a 24 Carrot teaching guide?! I’m pretty sure that island isn’t even educational! Just, don’t ask.

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I’m looking at you, Holly Poulos…

Poptropica Conspiracy Theory: Holly Poulos, the author of the teaching guides, is actually a Pop Creator in secret.

Theory Week: Mystery Train Island is a PLAY?!

I’m not even going to bother making an intro or posting that logo today, because I’m pretty sure that you, the readers, are too busy wondering about what I said in the title, so why waste time with an extra paragraph?

Oh wait, I kinda just did waste time with another paragraph there. Whoops…

MOVING ON!

As you saw in the title, today’s theory is about Mystery Train Island. You know, the island that many people consider one of their favorites. But sorry, Giant Hawk, I actually hated this island. It was just…boring for me.

Yet I was able to come up with a theory that explains why Mystery Train seems different than most islands. Because it’s not an actual island, it’s a play.

Look at the background while your on the train. The same exact thing keeps repeating itself, until you stop at a station, and then a new background once again repeats itself. It’s not even that detailed either, which is almost exactly how the backgrounds in theatrical productions are like.

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Remember that car with all the random objects from other islands? That could simply be a place where they store props for other plays!

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At one point you even have to dress up as the butler dude, who’s an exact copy of you? I didn’t know the Booted Bandit was an actor!

The evidence just goes on and on…

This theory also explains why all those famous historic people are all on a train together in a different time period. They are simply actors, similar to those people in the Early Poptropica art museum who are pretending to be famous artists.

Well, that’s all for today’s theory, see you tomor-

“If it’s a play, then why was it one of the islands that got destroyed at the end of Super Villain Island?”

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Maybe they were making it into a full-blown movie? You never know with that stuff. And Super Villain just adds even more proof that it’s a play/movie, the villain of Mystery Train isn’t at Erewhon with the rest of the villains.

NOW that’s all for today’s theory, see you tomorrow!

-Tall Cactus

 

Theory Week: Aliens!

Welcome back to Theory Week, Poptropica, er, theorists! Man, I seriously can’t stand that I say words like “theory” so much in these…theory posts. Oh well…

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Before we begin, I just want to clear something up. Theories will be the only posts (except if we get some news and I do a post on that) that I will be posting this week, and the last theory just so happens to be on, you guessed it, Thursday. The regular schedule will start again on Friday with a Top 10 List, but be warned, there will be a new schedule starting in August, because of the fan-fiction. That’s all I’m going to say on the matter for now.

Also, recently a storm of theory ideas popped into my head, so Theory Thursdays will once again be every single week!

Let’s get started with today’s theory now, shall we…

So, I’m sure a lot of you agreed with the popular theory that the aliens from Lunar Colony and Mission Atlantis are the same alien race, right? You know, the theory that Skinny Moon, an actual Creator, stated that this theory was in fact true. But there’s another group of aliens that many people tend to forget about. Yes, I’m talking about the aliens from Astro-Knights Island.

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I think we can all agree that the aliens in Astro Knughts are very, very different than the ones in LC and MA*.

But then again, we don’t know much about about the LC/MA aliens, we never even got to see what they look like! So, are the LC/MA and the AK** aliens the same? Let’s look at the evidence.

Evidence supporting that they are the SAME aliens:

  • They are aliens
  • We don’t know much about them
  •  Both kinds lived on the Moon at some point
  • The alien race could have split into two groups, with one group crash landing in the ocean before humans even existed, and the other group, that was originally coming to rescue them, couldn’t find them and moved to the Moon
  • The Moon aliens could have left the Moon after the events of Astro Knights, leaving behind the ruins seen in LC

Evidence supporting that they are totally DIFFERENT aliens:

  • The AK aliens speak and write in English, but the LC/MA have a totally different written language
  • LC/MA is a lot more advanced, with portals, huge spaceships the size of cities, etc. The AK aliens just make space ships that look similar to the ones that humans make, although I should point out that their ships are way faster than anything humans can make
  • The Moon from AK is totally different from the one in LC
  • AK aliens look like the cliche ones you find in children’s’ books, with green skin and stuff. Other than that, they look similar to Poptropicans. We don’t know what the LC/MA aliens look like, but the probably look different
  • Once again, the AK aliens could have left the Moon at one point, but they may have came after the LC ones came
  •  And much, much more…

To be honest, I think that they are different aliens, and that the Creators totally forgot about AK when making LC. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

-Tall Cactus

*LC = Lunar Colony and MA = Mission Atlantis (not Mad APPer)

**AK= Astro Knights

Theory Week: Are E. Vile and Mordred Related?

Welcome to the beginning of Theory Week!

Wait, I need a logo…

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Whoops, look’s like I don’t have one just yet.

Never mind, I’ll just edit the Theory Thursdays logo instead!

Ta-da!

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It’s not as good as I hoped, but whatever, it’s the best I can do at the moment. OK, enough rambling, let’s just start with the post already…

There is a popular theory that has been floating around the community for a while now. One about how E. Vile is Mordred/Binary Bard’s father, and even if E. Vile’s not the cyborg’s father, that they are at least related in some other way.

One of the many people who believe them to be related is a Poptropica community member by the name of Yandari-Sama, who often chats on the PHC. Here is their argument on why they think this popular theory is true:

“The so infamous Binary Bard is known for being a cyborg in a island/world dealing with space, planets and a crystal planetoid. But Poptropica must love their cyborg and robot villains because they have another in the game. This villain subsequently does not have their own villain, but a rather long, tedious and unfinished minigame. By now, you’ve figured it out most likely, it’s E. Vile and the minigame Legendary Swords. Because of their robotic nature, people believe E. Vile and Mordred are related in a fatherly fashion, but with E. Vile being the father. With E. Vile being a robot and Mordred being a cyborg, this theory can already be debunked. So, as you can tell Mordred and E. Vile can’t be linked together, or can they in a different way? Mordred, we have to remember, was born human, but by the time he was exiled from the kingdom of Arcturus, he changed. Mordred was a creator of robots, and many of his creations were shown, but what if one of his creations escaped him. E. Vile or Mordred’s most prized possession. A full on, humanoid robot, an android. E. Vile was created for a purpose to help Mordred take over. E. Vile did not understand this task, explaining why he is not part of Astro Knights. E. Vile’s army is taking over the universe, for Mordred. He does not know that Mordred is in jail, and locked away. So, Mordred and E. Vile are related, but in a fatherly way, with Mordred being the creator of E. Vile. They are related after all! Thanks for reading this theory!”

-Yandari~Sama

Even though I don’t believe that they are related, that explanation was so well done that I just had to include it in this post. Nice job, Yandari-Sama!

Speaking of me not thinking the theory is true, here is my side of the theory:

Even though it is very possible that the two are related, we need to realize that we barely know anything about E. Vile. Legendary Swords is only a mini-quest that never got the sequel that it was originally going to get. Heck, E. Vile doesn’t even physically appear, he just comes in at the very end of the quest as a hologram! So how are we supposed to know if he is a robot, a human, or a cyborg? There is just not enough evidence to support the theory of him and Mordred being related. In fact, the robots on Legendary Swords look more like the ones from Game Show Island, not like anything Mordred would create. Let’s not also forget Mordred’s age. He seemed to be at least 20-30 years old when he escaped into space and became a cyborg. It is stated in Astro-Knights Island that he was in space for at least 10 years, probably 20 (I don’t remember), so he could be a good 50 years old now! E. Vile is probably younger, so E. Vile cannot be his father. As for the whole being related thing, they probably aren’t, I think the Creators would have said something by now. In a nutshell, I feel like we know too little about E. Vile and so much about Mordred to jump to conclusions. I think the only reason E. Vile is so alike to Mordred is because the Creators just didn’t have any new ideas, as they have been shown to totally copy things many times before (like Marvel, etc) for islands, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if their similarities were some lazy mistakes. Guess we’ll find out in New Pop, there is still a chance that they are in fact related.

Which theory do you think is true? Are they related or not? Do you think it’s a mix of the two? Leave your thoughts down in the comments below.

Well, that’s all for today’s theory, I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 2 of Theory Week!

-Tall Cactus

I’m BACK…with a TON of news!!!

I’m home from vacation, which means that I shall be active with posting once again!

Yes, I know I originally said that I wasn’t going to post again till tomorrow, June 24th, yet I got home a lot earlier today than I thought, why not post now? And yes, I also know that I said that I wasn’t going to be on Discord, but I wasn’t nearly as busy as I thought I would be, so I wasn’t just on Discord, I was pretty darn active there too.

I was also at the Summer Kickoff Party, which I was very happy about as I almost had to miss it. That party was amazing, with a lot of tree-pushing, fireworks, and lag. I even got a doodle of myself drawn by Criaha, who was finally doing some art requests, and mine is now my Discord profile picture!

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Not only that, but Skinny Moon came on the PHC for the third time, having another Q&A session. None of my questions got answered, sadly, but many did and you can check them all out in this PHB post!

One thing that stood out to me is that Skinny Moon herself CONFIRMED that the popular theory of the Lunar Colony and Mission Atlantis aliens being the same alien race is TRUE!!! Gosh, finally at least one theory has been proven correct, even though it wasn’t mine.

BTW, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, then you may have a slight memory of “Island Ideas” that only ever got one noobish post and that Island Replay Challenge thing that I was supposed to restart nearly two weeks ago. Well, they are both cancelled, as everyone, including me at one point, have forgotten them and I probably wouldn’t have came up with enough fan islands or have enough time and patience to complete all those islands in just a couple months.

Probably not many of you care about those two series being cancelled, as they never really became a thing, but this next cancellation is different…

The New Poptropica: Dreams and Realities is CANCELLED. 

I know what you’re all thinking right now. I did only start it a few weeks ago, and the series had a lot of potential and was pretty popular. Yet I have been thinking about it deeply, and I decided that cancelling it was the best choice for me. Why? Well, to put it in a nutshell, I can’t be happy or excited about the New Pop. I felt like those New Pop posts were so negative and I didn’t have much fun writing them. I’m really sorry to all of you about this, I’ve been cancelling so much lately. Don’t worry though, as I may still do New Pop predictions once we get some actual news, but it won’t be weekly, that’s for sure. Also, I, with the help of fellow ECC author Mighty Gamer, will officially begin writing the first episode of my upcoming fan fiction tomorrow, and…

I would proudly like to announce…

THEORY WEEK!!!

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Get ready, because starting tomorrow, there will be a theory a day, all week long!

It’s gonna be awesome, just you wait and see…

-Tall Cactus

Oh, and I guess I wasn’t the first person to come up with “Cacti FTW.”

 

Inactivity

Hey Poptropicans…

As you saw in the title, I am going to be inactive until June 24th. Which is more than a week. That’s kinda a bummer because I sure know that a lot can happen in a day in the Pop community, much more in 10 days.

You see, tomorrow I will be busy most of the day, and then on Thursday I’m going to the beach for a week. So no posting or going on Discord. Although I will still be on Discord today and tomorrow night. And I’ll still be reading, liking, and commenting on other posts via my cell phone. I could post or go on Discord on my phone too, but I will be pretty busy and tired.

HOWEVER, if there is HUGE Pop news, I will be posting about that ASAP. But I doubt that there will even be any news.

Oh, and you may have heard about how there will be a PHC party on Monday if you were there this morning.  I’ll probably miss that sadly, but I may show up for a little bit, as I could just download the Discord app on my phone. I can’t promise I will be there though, as I will be busy, like I said before.

When I’m gone, maybe you could try to enter in an outfit for this month’s costume contest, as you only have till June 30th to enter.

Well, I’ll see you guys soon. Bye for now…

-Tall Cactus

BTW, if you didn’t hear, the Poptropica Creator Skinny Moon held a little Q & A on the PHC earlier today, and I was there. I’m not going to go into any details, however, because there’s gonna be a post about it on the PHB and I’m too lazy right now.

Time Tangled Island Review

We have reached Time Tangled Island. Y’know, the island that has to be the most educational of them all. Because of that, it’s not one of my favorites. However, this is the first island to actually have a decent length and have some challenge in it, and a more interesting story. Along with that, this island is an SUI, updated back in 2014, so I can actually review the soundtrack section this time.

Let’s begin!

Story

This is the first island where you have to save something much bigger than a single island or person. In Time Tangled, you must save the future. Why? A time machine malfucntioned and some items got lost in the wrong time periods! You travel to the future, meet your older self, and fix the past using another time device your 50-year older self gave to you to return the items back to their correct time periods. Then you return to a perfect future, where your older self gives you the medallion! Not bad, if I say so myself. It could have been a tad better, but keep in mind that this was only the third island ever made.

Design

This island still has that poppy, not-as-many-details-2007-look like the previous two islands, but hey it looks slightly better!

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Soundtrack

Finally, I can do the Soundtrack section! The soundtrack is pretty much like any other Poptropica soundtrack, which means it’s amazing. I really like how the music fits in with what time period you’re in. The theme on Main Street is cool, too, it sounds kind of like a clock in the background.

Difficulty and Length

This island is a decent length, it takes a good half hour to complete. It’s actually longer than many islands, not just the early ones. As for difficulty, it’s not the hardest island ever, it’s actually pretty easy if you know what to do, but there are a few challenging parkour areas, like Mount Everest and the Viking Cave.

Overall Rating

I give Time Tangled…

6.5 out of 10 stars

Not half bad, but it could be better with a deeper plot and better design.

Final Thoughts

This is the island that started making Poptropica a much better game. Longer islands with deeper plots would have never happened if it wasn’t for Time Tangled.

Well, that’s all for today’s review. The next review will be 24 Carrot Island. Bye for now!

-Tall Cactus

Some Technical Difficulties

UPDATE: The menu has been fixed! Thanks Mighty Gamer!!! (10:04 pm)

As you may have already seen, there are some technical difficulties happening to my blog right now. I am trying to add some drop down menus, but it is not working and I have no idea why. That’s why the menu looks so crazy. I’m going to try to fix the menu tomorrow, and I’ll also be updating more of the pages. Have a good night, Poptropicans.

-Tall Cactus

BTW, you may have noticed the blog’s new theme. Do you like it? Or do you want me to switch back to the old theme or find a new one? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

 

How to Survive the Lack of Pop News

Yes, I know I said I wouldn’t post again till Sunday because I am kinda sick, but now I feel a lot better, thank goodness!

Anyways, I was talking to fellow ECC author Shaky Skunk about how there hasn’t been any Pop news in a while and that sort of stuff, so I thought, why not make a post about it?

As you all know, I haven’t posted about news in two weeks or so. There just hasn’t been any AT ALL. That new schedule I made? I made it just so my blog would stay active. All those bloggers leaving and becoming less active? Many of them lost interest, there is just nothing new in sight. Well, there is Crisis Caverns, but that probably won’t come out for at least another month.

I’m 100% sure that the only reason this is happening is because the Creators are too busy with the New Pop. After it comes out this fall or winter, there should be a lot of new content again, as the New Pop is a different website, as it is a huge update to the Current Pop at the very least.

But that’s still no excuse for the content we have been seeing lately. Not only are the ads super boring, it has reached the point where the Creators are posting random things on their blog just to keep it active, like this terrible “post” from yesterday. Like, who even made that graphic? The same person who made those infamous Wimpy Kid ads? Also, remember that worthless rat sneak peak from a week or two ago? Heck, the latest sneak peak is the SAME EXACT RAT, only it’s running this time.

So it’s no surprise that many community members, including myself, are getting somewhat disappointed with Poptropica. We just need a new island, that probably being Crisis Caverns, ASAP. While we wait, here are some simple ways you can stay sane and not lose interest in the game:

  • Replay your fav islands
  • Go in common rooms
  • Explore some fan blogs, or make your own
  • Try out the Avatar Studio Glitch
  • Make some cool costumes and have a fashion show with friends
  • Watch some Thinknoodles videos about Pop, as they are pretty entertaining
  • Write a fan fiction about Poptropica
  • Play the fan game Orb Legend! Oh wait, it’s not out yet…
  • Look at some dead blogs. ’tis pretty funny to see the quality and atmosphere of the community back then compared to now
  • Go on the PHC
  • Try to get a 5-star battle ranking by playing mini-games in a common room
  • Draw some Pop-themed doodles and art
  • Make a new account and complete all the islands again on it
  • Play all the islands on the app

And if you really need to, take a break from Poptropica, and return to see if there’s any news. Sometimes taking a break from something will make you enjoy it even more in the future.

Look, it may be annoying, frustrating, or even sad that Pop has become the way it is. But if you truly love the game and/or community, I would stay, because some new, awesome things are just around the corner ^^

See you on Sunday for my Time Tangled Island Review!

-Tall Cactus