Throwback Thursdays: Rise of the SUIs (2013-2015)

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Sadly, the golden years of 2010 to 2012 didn’t last forever, everything changed, for the better or worse. It wasn’t all bad though, as some really awesome updates came out, along with a new generation of islands, the SUIs, or sound updated islands.

Let us begin…

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Throwback Thursdays Week 2: Popular Poptropica (2010-2012)

Hey guys, welcome back to Throwback Thursday, TCPB’s four week long celebration of Poptropica’s 9th birthday!

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This week, the years 2010, 2011, and 2012 will be covered, the most popular time in Pop’s history. Let’s begin, shall we?

2010

After Counterfeit Island released to everyone without an Early Access Pass on Janurary 4th, this thing officially came out…

Along with this a few months later…


That doesn’t exist anymore…

Anyways, beside that, Pop got a pretty good year out of 2010. Many fun islands came like Reality TV (finally!), Mythology, Skullduggery (so hard), Steamworks, Great Pumpkin, and Cryptids.

Two mini quests were released after the success of the Hanunted House, them being Dr. Hare’s Secret Lair and that Earth Day game with pigs in it or something?

 

This post came out in November:


Why did they have to delete the Mews site?! *cries*

In December, a huge update released, that being Daily Pop.


Daily Pop was awesome when it was made, and it’s still awesome today. I mean, who doesn’t check the Sneak Peaks section daily?

And finally, before the end of the year, it was revealed that Poptropica itself was the 5th most popular search term for video games on Google.


2010 was the most popular year for Poptropica, and that popularity continued into 2011 and 2012.

2011

Of course, I’m just gonna start of this section by listing all of the islands that came out cause I’m too lazy to actually discuss when exactly they came out. The islands of 2011 were…

  • Wild West
  • Wimpy Wonderland
  • Red Dragon
  • Shrink Ray
  • Mystery Train
  • Game Show
  • Ghost Story (members only)

Along with all the islands, mini games based on most of them were released before the island themselves, to advertise their release and what not. These include DC Diner for Mystery Train, Spook Central for Ghost Story, Money Ladder for Game Show, Prepare for Impact for Red Dragon, Shrink Shot for Shrink Ray, and so on. Unfortunately, many of these games are unplayable now, but thankfully Shrink Shot and Prepare for Impact still exist in the store to this day.

And when one Creator decided to go on a world tour, he brought his Dr. Hare toy along, and this happened…

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It actually seemed pretty cool, there was a map tracking where he  was and everything. I hope they do someone similar to this again in the future!

Another official series that occurred was Poptropica Superstars. In it, the Creators featured Poptropicans that completed a bunch of islands and stuff like that for one week in July on their blog. In the final one, they said they would do more later, but sadly, they never did. Oh well, it was great while it lasted, you can take a look at them below!

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Also, there was the Astro Knights player guide or something, I guess the Creators wanted to try making walkthroughs themselves instead of everyone reading the PHB’s guides and watching Thinknoodles.

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Now the guide doesn’t even exist anymore and they ditched the whole official island walkthrough idea until the SUIs came about.

Finally, after months of promos, the epic smini quest, Legendary Swords, released on November 11th.

A legendary end to a legendary year!

2012

Let’s just say, 2012 was a very eventful year in Poptropica. Well, island wise, that is.

Like, so many islands came out, TEN to be exact. I don’t want the 2012 section of the post to go on for forever, so I’ll just list them all right here, just like I did last section…

  • Ghost Story (for everyone)
  • SOS
  • Vampire’s Curse
  • Twisted Thicket
  • Poptropolis Games
  • Wimpy Boardwalk
  • Lunar Colony
  • Super Villain (also Pop’s 5th bday celebration!)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Zomberry (members only)

In between all the island craziness, some other things occurred, but not as many as ther years since Pop was so busy making islands.

The biggest of these things would have to be Poptropica Friends, which opened on May 1st. It was one of the biggest updates so far, making Poptropica an even more social game, among other things.

And when Poptropolis came out, tribes were added too.

Other than that, some more minor things occurred, such as a ton of books were released, and there were some Applebee’s Pop kid menus or something? I don’t really care about that, to be honest I don’t like that restaurant. Sorry…

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Not only that, but in 2012, the game reached the milestone of 500 million Poptropicans created, wow!

Thankfully the world didn’t end on December 21st, but the Poptropolis Games starting sinking…

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Well, only the first earthquakes were recorded in December, and it only actually sunk in the January of 2013, so it’s safe to say that we will have to discuss more next week.

See ya then!

-Tall Cactus 

By the way…


5 years later…


Throwback Thursdays Week 1: The Beginning of Poptropica (2007-2009)

Hey, Poptropicacti, happy September! Even though it’s the dreaded month of back to school, the end of summer and the beginning of fall, it’s also a joyful time in the Pop Community, as it is Poptropica’s birthday month! The game is turning NINE years old, it’s existed for almost a decade! Which is pretty old for a computer game. Sadly, the Creators have never revealed the actual day it was created, but whatever, we get to celebrate all month.

And so, as I mentioned in a couple other posts, Theory Thursdays will be replaced with Throwback Thursdays for this month only, celebrating this amazing game and how far it has come.

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This totally rad and retro logo was made possible by Ulitmate iPad Expert. Give him a big thank you, as we would both appreciate that.

As this is a 4 week event, I will be splitting up the history of Poptropica into 4 periods, each covering 3 years, with the exception of Week 4, which will mainly be about the future. The sections are…

  • Week 1: The Beginning of Poptropica (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Week 2: Popular Poptropica (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Week 3: The Rise of the SUIs (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Week 4: The New Poptropica (2016 & Beyond)

Now sit back and relax as we travel back in time, to a simpler  time…

2007

Not a lot happened in 2007, as Poptropica was only released in the September of that year and it wasn’t the most popular game ever back then. Then again, it’s was also the most important time of the game, as Poptropica wouldn’t exist, or at least not the game we know today, if these events did not happen.

The game didn’t just pop out of nowhere, of course. Jeff Kinney apparently came up with the idea for it one sunny afternoon sometime in 2006 while mowing is lawn. After that I guess he got a team of people together, the first Creators.

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And so, throughout 2006 and most of 2007, those very same men and women worked together to create the very first concepts for what was then know as “Poptropolis.” Stupid Nickelodeon already had their own virtual world called Nicktropolis, which launched in January 2007. Let’s just say, I’m not too surprised that game didn’t survive long…

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Thus they had to change the name to what we all know and love today, Poptropica.

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After months and months of hard work, Poptropica released to the world sometime in September 2007, nearly 9 years ago. Even though the only islands were Early Poptropica and Shark Tooth, the game had lots of potential.

2008

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The map in either late 2007 or early 2008, I don’t know cause I didn’t even know the game existed back then.

To be honest, I don’t know much about what happened in the world of Poptropica in 2007 and a good half of 2008, since I only started playing in March 2015.

Time Twisted came out, renamed as Time Tangled, and the so called Monster Carnival was mysteriously removed from the map and replaced with 24 Carrot Island. Other than that, I don’t really know what else happened, no one was writing anything down, or should I say typing.

On July 17th, 2008, that all changed when the Creators’ Blog opened.

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Finally, there was a written record of all the cool things happening within the game. Not only would current players find out what was to come, but players from years and years in the future could look back and see what they missed. It was a game changer.

And just a couple weeks later, on July 26th, the PHB (Poptropica Help Blog) was created, marking the start of the Poptropica community. If it wasn’t for the PHB, my blog, and dozens of others, would not exist. Yeah, this was a pretty major event.

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With two blogs, and many more to follow, I realized that a lot more happened in the year of 2008.

Many islands popped into the scene, them being Super Power, Spy, and Nabooti! Big Nate was also announced, and a lot of comic strips were posted. Along with that, the first sneak peaks for Astro-Knights and Counterfeit released, and Reality TV ended up being postponed.

Some smaller events that occurred were a Halloween costume contest and the Super Hot Dog Boy comic, among other hints that I don’t feel like talking about.

The year ended on a merry note, as the last Creators’ Blog post was on Chrismas Eve.

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2009

The beginning of 2009 was similar to the end of 2009- lots of sneak peaks for upcoming islands, and a bunch, I mean a BUNCH of Big Nate comics were posted.

Not for long though.

On Janurary 16th, 2009 (exactly 7 years before the creation of this here blog!) former Creator Vlad the Viking started the “Snapshot Saga” series. Basically, he would go around the islands and take pictures of Poptropicans in common rooms. Even though that sounds kinda boring nowadays, it lasted quite a few months.

In mid February, Big Nate Island finally came out, which halted those comics, which to be honest were getting a tad annoying.

Around that time, the first sneak peak of the Multiverse feature was announced. Well, people didn’t know what it was back then.

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The next few months were filled with more sneak peaks, for both Astro-Knights, other islands and Multiverse, and Snapshot Saga.

Finally, on June 3rd, Astro-Knights was released…with an Early Access pass. Yeah, people used credits to play the island a week early. Same with the next couple islands. Little did they know it would evolve into membership…

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Multiverse also released on July 28th, making Poptropica a much more social game. Really, could you imagine Pop without it?!

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Other than that, a TON of store items were being adding, many of which are still used today. Also, this picture…

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The Haunted House mini game was brought to the world on October 8th to celebrate Halloween, and after months of sneak peaks, Counterfeit came out on December 21st, but only to those with the Early Access pass. Everyone else had to wait till the New Year, January 4th to be exact.

And to mark the last day of 2009, this post was posted…

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I would continue, but sadly, we just do not have the time (or patience) to get to 2010 today. I guess that means we shall be continuing on our throwback journey next Thursday! Until then, I hope you have a wonderful week…and school week. I know you all hate school, but you need to go or else you’ll be a fool! Learning is good for you! That being said, I need to finish my summer reading, bye.

-Tall Cactus