Poptropica is a 'free' online game aimed at children. You start by customizing a character with a randomized name and then hop into a blimp, where a map appears. There are currently (as of April '14) 39 islands you can explore, and more keep being developed and added. You will need to accomplish a quest on each island, ranging from finding villagers' lost possessions, rescuing space princesses, jumping through time and space to fix a Bad Future or defeating pirates on the high sea.Every time you finish a quest you get a medallion and 100 credits to spend at the Poptropica store, where you can buy costumes and whatnot for your character. If you want more credits you’ll need to buy them with some real cash, luckily none of the stuff you can buy at the store is necessary for defeating the game. You can also (with your real money, of course) buy a membership, which will give temporary access to all the stuff in the store along with early access to islands that aren’t out yet.If you like the game you can save your character and choose a username and password so you can come back to it later. You can also choose to start with a new character every single time you visit the website, along with resetting any progress you’ve made on your quests. Up to you. Check it out.Now has a character sheet in development.
The current islands available are:
Early Poptropica Island
Shark Tooth Island
Time Tangled Island
24 Carrot Island
Super Power Island
Big Nate Island
Reality TV Island
Great Pumpkin Island
Wild West Island
Red Dragon Island
Shrink Ray Island
Mystery Train Island
Game Show Island
Ghost Story Island
Vampire's Curse Island
Twisted Thicket Island
Poptropolis Games Island
Wimpy Boardwalk Island
Lunar Colony Island
Super Villain Island
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Island
Night Watch Island
Back Lot Island
Virus Hunter Island
Monster Carnival Island
Survival Island note Divided into five episodes.
Mission Atlantis note Divided into three episodes.
Added Alliterative Appeal: VERY common in this game. Plenty of characters names are this (Captain Crawfish, Binary Bard, Ned Noodlehead, Gretchen Grimlock, and oh so many more) and can even apply if your character's name begins with the same letter (such as Bendy Bug). A few of the island names can also apply such as Wimpy Wonderland and Twisted Thicket.
Awesome Mc Cool Name: If you're lucky, the name you get when you register can be this, such as "Golden Dragon".
In the event you aren't lucky, just hit the 'random' button.
Badass Princess: The princess on Astro Knights Island. At the end, when you defeat Mordred and the Orb drops out, he comes out to claim it, but the princess, now free, jumps down and punches him. The punch is enough to knock him out and give you two the chance to escape with the Orb.
Bad Future: A possible future on Time Tangled Island.
Bag of Spilling: Items and skills you earn from specific islands don't carry over to the other islands. This is justified by the fact that not implementing this rule would make entire sections of quests skippable.
Big Bad: Different ones on different islands. Examples include Zeus on Mythology Island, Mordred on Astro-Knights Island, Dr. Hare on 24 Carrot Island, Director D on Spy Island, Captain Crawfish on Skullduggery Island, Gretchen Grimlock on Cryptids Island, Count Bram on Vampire's Curse, El Mustachio Grande on Wild West Island, and Black Widow on Counterfeit Island.
And with Super Villain Island Zeus is Big Bad of TWO islands.
The Cake Is a Lie: On Mythology Island, after you give the five MacGuffins to Zeus, he declares that he has everything he needs to rule all of Poptropica, instead of granting you the immortality he promised you earlier.
He repeats this on Super Villain Island.
Cats Hate Water: On 24 Carrot Island, you get Charlie's pet cat, Whiskers, out of the bathtub by turning the tap on.
Chain of Deals: As with many other games, trading various items to NPCs is an instrumental part of the game.
Character Customization: You can change your character's basic appearance at the beginning, you can use a customization device to take clothes/hair/etc. from other characters and players, and on 24 Carrot Island, a smoothie maker mixes colors and when drunk, will change your hair color, to a variety of odd colors.
Chekhov's Gun: Everything you find, whether you find it randomly or it's given to you by an NPC. Everything.
Distressed Dude: Charlie, at the end of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory quest.
The Dragon: The mysterious man on Counterfeit Island
Drunk on Milk: Seems to be a common possibility on Poptropica. All the kegs and barrels are labeled Soda, Grape Juice, Root Beer. The crate marked Loch-Pop on Cryptids Island is even called "The Strong Stuff" by your character...
Dude, Where's My Respect?: So you've arrived on Super Power Island. You get your superhero ID, and proceed to beat the ever-loving shit out of all six villains with a little help from Ned Noodlehead on the last one, and what happens? Ned Noodlehead gets the island medallion instead of you! However, that isn't the end. See Easy Come, Easy Go below.
This gets a Lampshade in Red Dragon Island. When you help trap the Kappa, the Ungrateful Bastard won't give you anything. Your avatar even says, "Hm, don't I usually get something for doing good deeds?"
Dystopia: The Bad Future on Time Tangled Island. This is also what 24 Carrot Island looks like when you first arrive.
Easy Come, Easy Go: After Ned Noodlehead pulls the Big Damn Heroes moment on Super Power Island, he gets the medallion that you usually get after finishing an island's quest, but he will trade it to you for a hot dog.
Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: Well, the difficulty of Poptropica depends on which island/level you are playing, and even then not all of them have bosses. But if the one you're playing does have a boss, expect the boss fight to be the hardest part of the level.
Empathic Environment: When you first arrive in 24 Carrot Island, a town with a failing economy, the sky and hills are depressing shades of brown and tan. The trees have practically no leaves on them, and the water that surrounds the island is green.After you finish the island's quest and the carrots stop disappearing, the sky and hills turn blue.
Evil All Along: A common trope. Examples include Mordred on Astro-Knights Island, Zeus on Mythology Island, the inspector on Counterfeit Island, and Director D on Spy Island.
Executive Meddling: Parodiedin-universe in Mocktropica. In the island, Poptropica HQ is under new management, and the four new managers will stop at nothing to make the player's gameplay miserable. It turns out to be because they actually work for Poptropica's made-up rival website, Mega Fighting Bots, and they intend to ruin Poptropica's gameplay so people would flock to their game instead.
Gretchen Grimlock from Cryptids is clearly based on Betty Jetty from Super Power. Except she's even more annoying.
Face Heel Revolving Door: A mysterious man on Counterfeit Island tells you to sneak into the museum and guard the Scream - but it turns out it was a setup, allowing him to steal the painting and you to be arrested. Then when he, too, is betrayed by Black Widow, he has a Heel-Face Turn and helps you.
Fail O'Suckyname: The name randomizer can give you such a name as "Hairy Belly".
Fake Difficulty: The very weak, floaty Jump Physics can make the platforming in the game harder than it needs to be if you aren't used to it.
Heroic Mime: Averted. You can talk to other players (albeit through pre-recorded questions/responses like "Can you juggle?" and "Do you want to play head-to-head Paint War?"). You also talk to NPCs, and to yourself in some cases (e.g. "I don't think Snoopy has much to say").
Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: From episode 4 and on, Survival Island takes a dangerous turn when Myron Van Buren is introduced- at the end of the episode, it is revealed that the player character is the quarry and he plans to hunt you for the thrill!
I Needto Go Iron My Dog: On Lunar Colony, the original astronaut that was blasting off into space tricks you to go instead of him by saying to hold his helmet and that he "uh, left my wallet in the car".
In a Single Bound: Your character's awesome jumping skills. This skill is very, very useful for getting on top of buildings and such. *wink wink*
Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Simultaneously inverted and played straight on Red Dragon Island - at the climax, the Ax-Crazy Red Dragon goes on a rampage to destroy the city of Edo. On the other hand, there's the benevolent Cloud Dragon, who's controlled by you to stop the Red Dragon from burning Edo to the ground.
My Future Self and Me: On Time Tangled Island, you meet your fifty-years-older self twice: once at the beginning when you use the time machine to find out about the future, and when you've finished Time Tangled Island and use the machine again to visit your fifty-years-older self in a much better future.
Needle in a Stack of Needles: Finding the white Nabooti jewel requires searching through a pile of other diamonds to determine which is the real one — the Nabooti jewel is the only one with a rune marking on it.
Nice Hat: Included in too many of the store costumes to list. There's a football helmet, an astronaut helmet, a baseball helmet, a baseball cap, a Robin Hood hat, a tiara, various hats shaped like animal heads, and many more.
Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: "Out of my way, little lady!" In fact, this trope applies to ALL of the old people at Leisure Towers, save for Greg's grandparents. Watch what happens when you knock on a series of doors:
Senior #1: You must be in the wrong place!
Senior #2: Hey! No kids allowed here!
Senior #3: Go sell your cookies somewhere else!
Senior #4: I'm taking a nap!
Senior #5: Not interested!
Senior #6: Go away!
Senior #7: Take a hike, kid!
Notably subverted in the bingo game scene. Instead of yelling at you to get out, the lady running the game allows you to play after you obtain a blotter.
Surprise Creepy: Can be a source of this, with things like the Jersey Devil on Cryptids Island and the voice saying "Looking for someone?" on Ghost Story island. Although the latter is mainly because Poptropica very rarely has sound or music.
Ungrateful Bastard: Inverted. 99% of the time, helping out an NPC will earn you a crucial item and their thanks. Hell, even Lucy will reward you for helping take care of Linus in the pumpkin patch!
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No matter how cool/awesome/ridiculously flashy your costume is (you have the option to dress up as a hamburger, a princess, a ninja, and a pop star if you wish, among other things), the island inhabitants don't take notice of it.
Where The Hell Is Springfield?: Noticeable with Mews Mansion in Cryptids island. You get a helicopter that can take you to various spots in the world to hunt for cryptids, with each location (Himalayas, Loch Ness, etc.) marked clearly on a map... Except when you return to the town where Mews Mansion is, the map goes completely bank.
Wutai: Red Dragon island, taking place in Edo. Edo is the old name for Tokyo.
You Dirty Rat: There's a really big rat in one of the pipes in the Carrot Cake Factory on 24 Carrot Island.
Ratman from Super Power Island controls an entire army of giant rats.