It’s been a long time since anything new has been released in the Store that wasn’t members-only, but now we have two new gold cards to spend your hard-earned credits on: Capes ‘n’ Cowls and Hat Trick!
The Capes ‘n’ Cowls looks really cool with its flowing cape (which swishes around while you walk), but the Hat Trick is pretty disappointing (you can costumize plenty of more interesting hats for free). Both items cost 75 credits, the same price as a costume. Will you be getting any of these new accessories?
The info page for Timmy Failure Island has just been released, giving us our first look at the plot:
When danger lurks, and criminals hide around every corner, you need the best detective money can buy. That detective is not Timmy Failure — but don’t try to tell him that. You’re about to come face to face with the craziest cast of characters ever to appear on a Poptropica Island. Trying to solve this mystery is only the beginning!
Not much information, but at least we know it isn’t going to be split into episodes. The pictures on the page, however, give us some hints at what to expect.
This has to be a screenshot from the Main Street (there’s a permanent advertisement building on the far right like they have on every sponsored island) with the bank where Timmy Failure’s arch-nemesis Corrina Corrina operates her rival detective agency.
This is Timmy’s Great-Aunt Colander’s mansion. I’m not sure what that wagon is doing outside (maybe it’s the Failuremobile II?)
In the first book, Timmy’s polar bear pal Total is sent to the city zoo, so this may be a scene from an escape attempt. Those chicken nuggets probably figure into the plot somewhere.
And finally, this poster shows Timmy and Total standing over a chalk outline of a pair of pants. Is that the objective of the island? To find a pair of pants? We’ll just have to wait and see.
For those who don’t know, Timmy Failure is a series of children’s books by cartoonist Stephen Pastis about an overly self-confident boy detective who owns and operates Total Failure Inc., “the best detective agency in town, probably the state. Perhaps the nation.” It’s written and illustrated in the vein of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate, and if you like polar bears, Segways, tangerines, and disgruntled math teachers, you’ll want to give it a read. The first three books are selling on Amazon, with the fourth available for pre-order.
If you thought from the melodramatic post title that Poptropica is going to be shut down, don’t worry. I only meant that the game is starting to become corrupted by greed and lose its inner soul. Poptropica has always been free for everyone to play, although players could purchase membership for extra benefits. Now, seven islands have been shut off from the rest of the public and made exclusive for members!
Here’s what the Creators have to say about this new change:
Today, Poptropica Membership is even better. A special set of 7 Islands is now available just for Members. Only Members can experience all of the amazing quests and characters on:
Which, when translated into plain English, reads:
Today, Poptropicans who don’t pay for membership are going to be denied entry into their favorite islands to pressure them into becoming Members. We just took 7 already-existing islands and turned them into a “special set” instead of taking the effort to make something new for Members. In your face, other players!
I have to say that I am seriously disappointed in the Creators. What ever happened to Jeff Kinney’s dream of creating a world where people from all corners of the globe could freely explore and learn? Of all the cashgrabs in Poptropica’s history, this has to be cashgrabbiest. At least we now know why the quest completion reward was raised to 150 credits…
If you want to liberate Poptropica and make sure it stays free for all, contact the Creators and voice your concern.
Happy Independence Day, Poptropicans! Recently, the reward for completing an island quest just got increased from 50 credits to 150 credits, which means that you’ll now have a lot more cash available to spend in the Store. There are 74 different costumes and 45 (non-members-only) gold cards up for sale, so you have plenty of choices on how to spend your hard-earned credits. Today I’ll be listing my top five favorite Store costumes, which (in my opinion) are a much better deal than Gold Cards. For this list, I’ll be excluding any members-only costumes.
5. Sharks– You can costumize Shark
Boy Guy’s outfit in the museum on Shark Tooth Island, but only these costumes give you your own personal dead fish to throw around.
4.Disco King– As if a giant glowing blue afro wasn’t enough, this character will bust a move whenever you hit the spacebar.
3.Rock Star 2– This costume rocks a cool hairstyle and electric guitar in five different color designs.
2.Tie- Food Costumes– They don’t have any special actions, but these outfits are still classic favorites and quirky enough to make you stand out in a common room.
1.Earth Astro Knight– This costume has no less than three special actions: a flip-up visor, a sword, and a trail of dead leaves that float behind your character. It’s only available to boys, though; girls can buy the Heart Astro Knight, which is similar to this one but pink.