Greetings Earthlings! Er… I mean Poptropicans. It’s me, Sporty Eel, the sportiest eel of all time, sorry for not posting, and today I’ll be reviewing some of the major updates in Poptropica in a while.
OK, first of all, when I logged into Poptropica to check these things out, it just hit me how long it has been since I last played Poptropica… Want some perspective? I still hadn’t changed out of my Poppies outfit.
Then I took time to change back to my signature outfit. Don’t judge, ok? Hey Poptropica! If you are reading this, maybe you could come up with an easier way to set a Poptropican’s skin tone! ‘Cause mine’s still not perfect. I like the skin tone to be a perfect RGB (216, 146, 16). (Just personal preference y’know? Racism = not cool)
Anyway, so the first update is, you guys probably know by now, Clubhouses! Wait a sec. I gotta do something.
Zayn: Don’t you DARE!
Pip-ka! Pop-ka! Poptropi-ca!
It’s the Poptropi-ca Club-House!
Come inside, it’s fun inside!
P-O-P-T-R-O P-I-C-A EEL!
Yeah ok, that was cool and if you didn’t get that, you had a wasted childhood. Now, what are the clubhouses? Basically, as they appear to me right now, they are Pop Original versions of the Worlds Houses, only with slightly fancy names. Check me out in one!
I know it’s a bit bland. I’ve just gotten around to decorating it. I will share a post tour (or maybe even a video) when I’m done. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the features.
The button on the left is a chat button containing quite a few prescripted options. Interestingly, this one has a specific structure contrary to the random question format in the Common Room Chats. While, we can’t visit other people’s clubhouses yet, the Creators said in the announcement post that they will add the feature soon.
The second button from the left is the Mood button. I couldn’t take a screenshot of that one as it would close if I tried. But basically, it shows your current mood (not magically of course, you have to choose it) just like in the Friend profile page.
The third and fourth ones are the Decorate Button and the Store. They have got a pretty substantive list of available items though it is true a lot of stuff is Members-only. My house is not really decorated right now. I’ll get on to it.
Woah, that’s a real ‘Thinker’ pose I’m making, didn’t notice that before. Anyway, there is also a button for one of those little ‘mood dances’ that you can also do in the Common Rooms at the top. So yeah, that’s pretty much it for clubhouses, Right now, they are hardly anything more than a copy of the Worlds houses but that could change. With the feature to visit other clubhouses coming soon (and thankfully too, it wouldn’t be much of a ‘clubhouse’ otherwise), we’ll just have to see. Of course, it also remains to be seen whether this feature will be available to Non-Members or not as that could be an issue if it’s not.
So that’s it for clubhouses! Allons-y!
So, for the second update, around ten or so days ago, Poptropica completely revamped the Friends page. Note the ‘revamped’ is in bold.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
First of all, the layout is now more like a social media profile, which I like. It looks much more bubbly and cheerful now. You also have an option of ‘Likes’. I’ve only got one for now. So go ahead and like my page, those of you who have me in their Friends list (wow, that sounded so old-fashioned). Thinknoodles has got a little over 140 while Slanted Fish is almost up to 50. We have got the number of Island Medallions earned but unlike before, there is no way to find out which Islands you have completed. I don’t like that. The page also provides a link to the clubhouse. There is a message wall where you can leave prescripted messages or emojis. This one is cool. The Costume Closet is also back and this one is easier to manage than the last one even though it’s the same principle. The Daily Mood feature has also returned, embossed in a cute little button at the top of the page. So far, so good.
Now, here’s where the trouble starts. The Sticker Wall and the Wallpaper are Members Only. Basically, if you are a Non-Member and you get bored with your wallpaper, there is nothing you can do. According to Lucky Joker though, there appear to be a number of options available. Also, what is supposed to be the main part of the page, the Friends section, is a total disaster. First off, it doesn’t show more than 10 friends which is really inconvenient to all of us who have more than that. Besides, there doesn’t appear to be a way to add new friends.
There is also a Photo Board which is empty. It appears that we have lost all our old photos which had when we first completed the islands. That’s not good, I loved my photos. The Photo Booth, I just learned, has disappeared so no good there either. Whatever the case, I want my photos back. Moreover, all the previous titles and records like Tribe (which is really important to me), Country, Battle Ranking and Pop-Quiz Results have vanished.
So basically, I don’t like this update. Sure, it’s fun and catchy and a lot prettier than the previous one but there is just not enough. I would like my photos and all other information cards back, thank you very much. Also, the Friends section is pretty much the whole point of the page. If that’s not better than the previous one, then people are gonna be disappointed. With the Stickers thing, we understand that Poptropica needs Memberships to stay in business (which honestly, is looking a bit grim right now), there must be a few items available for the Non-Members. You could have it like the Store, a few items for the Non-Members along with the Members.
So yeah, that’s it for this one. If it were up to me, I would switch back to the old one in a heartbeat. But if this one could provide us with all the old features along with the awesome layout…. it’s still early days.
Anyway, thanks for reading. I am making a promise to update more often, which I’m totally gonna break.
A Man Called Eel