Discussion: Should Poptropica Be Re-Rated?

Helllooo people! Welcome back to the…

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Unlike yesterday, we are going to start this post right away- wait, there’s a new show on TV, called the Tall Cactus Show?!?

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Who lives in desert with internet connection?
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Crazy and awesome with a very tall height
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Looks like I have my own show now…
“Oh, come on! Not this again!”
OK, I’ll start the post now…
Ever since Poptropica was born in 2007, many things have changed. But, not everything. One of these things that has never changed is Poptropica’s age range. What I mean by that is the age you must choose from when making a Poptropican. It has always been 6 to 15. However, it’s 2016 now, and things have changed, mainly the transition from education to story explained in yesterday’s post. With islands having deeper plots and long-time players growing up, should Poptropica be re-rated?
Yes, it should. First of all, many people who want to play don’t even have their age listed. They have to lie about their age just to play the game. Well, at least for the online Poptropica. On the mobile app, the age-range at first is only 6 to 13, but there is an option to type in your own age, which is great for all of you older players out there. I’m only 12 1/2, so yeah.
But, that isn’t the biggest problem with Poptropica’s outdated rating. Back when the only islands were Early Poptropica and Shark Tooth, this made sense. But the islands nowadays have deeper plots that could leave some of the younger kids confused or even scared. Think about this: can you imagine a 6-year old playing islands like Survival? Survival Island’s villain is a MURDER!!! Kinda messed up if you think about it.
In conclusion, I think Poptropica’s age rating should be changed to everyone 8 and up. This way, younger kids won’t get scared and confused with the newer islands and having no limit to how old could introduce more players to the game, growing the community.
What do you think? Do you agree? Or do you think that the age rating should stay the same? Leave your comments below.
See you tomorrow…*checks Creators’ Blog…* WAIT DON’T GO YET!

The Creators just had to release a post on their blog during HIATUS WEEK. Since I’m not doing any news posts this week, go ahead and read it for yourself: http://blog.poptropica.com/2016/04/is-it-shoes.html

So now it looks like our barefoot Poptropicans are getting SHOES. Well, we’ll just have to wait and see, I guess…

Tall Cactus

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Discussion: How Educational Is Poptropica?

Well, it’s Monday, so that means it’s the first day of the…

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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!”

OK, fine…

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)
  • Mythology
  • Skullduggery
  • Cryptids
  • 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
  • Mocktropica

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

Discussion: Is Everything in Poptropica Canon?

Hiya guys! Today I slightly different kind of post. I will be giving you my thoughts on what’s canon and not canon in the Poptropica universe.

If you’re not sure what “canon” means, here’s a definition from Wikipedia: In fiction, canon is the material accepted as officially part of the story in an individual universe of that story. It is often contrasted with, or used as the basis for, works of fan fiction.

So, basically every non-sponsored island is canon. But what about the others?

#1: Sponsored Islands (Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, etc.)

No. Totally not canon. They obviously happen in another universe. Period. Let’s move on, shall we?

#2: Mystery of the Map Island

This might be a shocker, but I do not think it is canon. Well, the GRAPHIC NOVEL is definitely canon, but not the island. If it was canon, then why would the events happen twice, one with you and one without you? Also, in that island, the characters act totally different, have no screen time. As you can see, only one of the versions can be canon, and that would have to be the graphic novel.

#3: Poptropica Adventures (for the Nintendo DS)

I guess this could be considered canon, but if you think about it, it’s not. First of all, the plots don’t even match what really happened. It could have happened before or afterwards, but when you think about it, it really couldn’t happen. Let’s not forget that the characters are WAY different then in the original game. Binary Bard is too scared and looks too cute to be a villain, Zeus gives up after you beat him in a RACE for crying out loud, and Betty Jetty and Ned Noodlehead are…SIBLINGS!?! OK, maybe this IS canon, but I’m not so sure. What about you just read this, and then decide for yourselves. 😉

#4: Forgotten Islands

This could actually be canon…but the graphics are so crappy and the whole game’s a fetch quest, so no one really pays attention to any of the content in it. I guess this game truly is forgotten, which makes it mainly non-canon.

And Lastly, #5: Mocktropica

This is where things get weird. Unlike the others, Mocktropica is a full blown, non-canon island. It’s funny one, too. So why do I think that such a great island is non-canon? Well, do you think it makes any sense that people make a computer game inside of the computer game they’re making? No, it doesn’t. And it isn’t supposed to. The whole island is a joke about the Creators, and that’s what makes it awesome. Just because it’s non-canon doesn’t mean that it’s a bad island. 😛

(The weirdest thing of all is that Mega Fighting Bots is a real website. I’m seriously not kidding. Here’s the link: http://www.megafightingbots.com/ )

So, what do you think? Leave your thoughts down in the comments. Let’s keep this discussion going!

Tall Cactus

P.S.- Theses spring powers, the Sneezing Powder and Flower Power, in the Pop store are FREE for a limited time. So go get them! 

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The Next Island: Predictions and Release Date Discussion

Before reading this post, I highly recommend that you log onto Poptropica and check out the latest sneak peaks. If you don’t, this post will make no sense. 

Today I want to talk about what the next Poptropica island will be about, and when it will release. I know it’s a little early, but Poptropica has been super busy lately, so there’s not much else I can talk about. I’m finally starting to get ideas about what this island could be about, but at the same time, I have no clue. You see, with Escape From Pelican Rock, we knew the basic plot MONTHS before it came out, but for this island, who knows? The sneak peaks seem to be a mix of planes, jungles, and monkeys, and it doesn’t help that the Creators haven’t been very active lately… probably working on this island. Well, I know one thing for sure- this island has NOTHING to do with Amelia Earhart’s disappearance like I thought it would, just a few weeks ago. Anyway, here are my predictions-

  1. One day, many years ago, a man was flying in a plane. Then these evil aviator people come, and ruin the man’s plane. He lands on a deserted island, and starts a new life. There also happen to be random monkeys on the island who have a human-like civilization to make the plot more interesting. However, you, the hero, comes to save the day and defeat the evil aviators before they proceed with their ultimate plan.
  2. One day, Poptropica ran out of ideas for original islands. They tried to make another Wimpy Kid island, but fortunately chose not to. Then they tried to make another terrible sponsored island like Galactic Hot Dogs, but couldn’t because of copyright issues. So they mixed three random themes together- planes, jungles, and monkeys, and ended up making the best island ever. The end.

OK, I admit it- that second prediction was just stupid. However, I have a good feeling about the first one. Looks like we will just have to wait and see.

I might not know what the next island will be about, but I have a good idea of its release date. Here are my guesses-

Members- March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31

Everyone- March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28

Even though the official announcement won’t probably be until February, I am still very excited for this island. What do you think? Leave a comment below!

-Tall Cactus

 

My Predictions for 2016

It’s been 2016 for a few weeks now. And, so far, at least in Poptropica, not much has happened. Well, other than the winners of the Island Hopper Sweepstakes being announced and things like that. However, it seems like the Creators have a lot planned for the next year, and a lot of surprises. So, here’s what I think will happen-

The Rest of January- Home Island Update

February- Home Island Update (if it didn’t happen yet), Island Announcement, and Graphic Novel Volume 2 will start being released on the Creators’ Blog

March- Island Released to Members

April- Island Released to Everybody

May- Graphic Novel Volume 2 finishes up, Island Announced (probably based of graphic novel)

June- Island Released for Members, Hall of Fame 2016

July- Island Released for Everybody

August- Island Announcement

September- 9th B-Day, Island Released for Members

October- Halloween Photo Booth Contest, Island Released from everybody

November- Island Announcement

December- Island Released to Members and/or Everyboy, Holiday Photo Booth Contest?

I’m probably wrong, and I’m sure that a lot more will happen, but let’s just wait and see.

-Tall Cactus