Saturday Style: Week 5

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Hey there, Poptropicans!

Welcome to yet another round of Saturday Style; the second round of Harry Potter!

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  • Hair/Belt: Frankenstein’s Bride, Store (275 credits)
  • Bangs #1: Boy with headphones, Main Street of Lunar Colony
  • Bangs #2: Gothic Cheerleader, Store (275 credits)
  • Dress: Vampire Countess (iPop) / ASG dizzydancers3

Delphini Riddle (from HP #8, the Cursed Child)

  • Hair: Female dancers in Chicago, during the Mademoiselle Moreau chase, Mystery Traindelphini.png
  • Earrings/Blush/Mouth: Female peasant in blue, Main Street of Mythology Island
  • Bangs: Prom Queen, Store (275 credits)
  • Cloak: Friend the dummy WKF_Dummy_BFGprize, and costumize
  • Shirt: Enter the ID sponsornannymcphee into the Shirt slot, via iPop or M.A.P.
  • Belt: Vampire Girl 3, Store (275 credits)

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Saturday Style: Week 4

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Hey there, Poptropicans!

It’s Happy Lobster, and welcome to AQoP’s Saturday Style! So, Inside Out’s costumes have all been completed here, so this time, we’re moving on to Harry Potter costumes, which most (should be all, though) of you would know about: a best-selling fantasy book series about the adventures of a young wizard of which the series has been named after.

From other Poptropica-based blogs, you may have already seen several costume renditions of some major characters from the series. But this time, AQoP will show you some costumes of characters that haven’t been in the spotlight so much, but still reasonably well-known.

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  • Hair: the members-only female Cyclops costume, Store / ASG rosemoji36
  • Glasses: the woman outside the photobooth, Home Island (which currently, for a limited time, has been replaced by the Valentine girl) / Hemlock Harbor Inn woman
  • Bangs: costumize off the hipster-dressed woman in PoptropiCon, Episode 2 / ASG mtdancerASG
  • Mouth: ASG *cloud*1
  • Scarf: Scheherazade at the end of Arabian Nights, Episode 3 / ASG iPop#8
  • Shirt: costumize off the dummy WKF_Dummy_SausageSmasher
  • Belt: ASG mtdancerASG

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  • Hair: ASG earl-grey2 / Magnus Chase in the Ad Transporter
  • Mouth: ASG iPop#21
  • Necklace: costumize off the hipster-dressed woman in PoptropiCon, Episode 2
  • Sash: Fish kimono (out of the three kimonos item), Red Dragon Island

 

And those are this week’s costumes; enjoy them! Two new Harry Potter costumes will be out next Saturday Style, so see you then!

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Thursday Topping: Most Beautiful Scenes in Poptropica

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Hey there, Poptropicans!

I’m Happy Lobster, and since Valentines’ is just round the corner, I’ve got a new Tuesday (or rather Thursday) Topping, suited for the occasion, for you to read, and (hopefully) enjoy. So, in the many calm – and some absolutely haywire – islands of Poptropica, some scenes look simply amazing and picturesque. In fact, there are many of these kind of scenes all around. Thus, I’ve selected the best five of these, the most beautiful of all beauty in Poptropica.

You should also note that these are solely-opinion based, so there’s no need to take it too seriously. And with that said, let’s pop straight into these art critiques!

#5: Woods Clearing, Monster Carnival Island

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Quite a spooky scene. The colouring of the sky, the way that the trees have been twisted and shaded, sets for a rather eerie picture, though absolutely beautiful (though maybe it isn’t the best space for a picnic). The carnival folks transforming into hideous monsters can’t spoil this place.

#4: Imperial Garden & Basho’s Garden, Red Dragon Island

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Okay, so maybe these are two scenes. But both come from the same island, and have a very similar aesthetic, so I thought it best to place these two together as one point on the list.

Anyhow, in my opinion, these two scenes are certainly the most idyllic in Poptropica. With the all graceful plant life – most notably the cherry blossom trees – and the simple, but well-placed silhouettes, who would disagree that it doesn’t set a tranquil atmosphere?

#3: My Realms, Poptropica Realms

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Based on Yggdrasil from Norse mythology, the tree containing all worlds, this scene may seem simple, but really, it is quite captivating. The minimal sky background, the way the colossal tree’s branches twist, and the shining bubbles containing enigmatic pinpricks of light all add up to its enthralling aesthetic.

#2: Sacred Tree, Twisted Thicket Island

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Well, all of the woodlands of Twisted Thicket is remarkably beautiful. But this scene, in particular, is truly captivating. With the glowing flowers and woodland runes, to the patterns the ivy grows over the tree, and the superb background, this could be any enchanted forest from the oldest fairy tales.

#1: Binary Bard’s Dream, Super Villain Island

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There’s not that much excessively beautiful to this picture; but that definitely excludes its background. A multicolored masterpiece of stars and space – coming here just to see this galactic sky is probably more worth it than obtaining the Astrolabe Totem.

And, on that note, that concludes this rather beautiful post. Feel free to share your thoughts via commenting below! 😉

Going Back in Time: January’s IotMs

Hey there, Poptropicans!

It’s Happy Lobster here. So, a new month is kicking in, and what does that mean? Yet another month for the community to moan and groan about the overdue New Pop? Well, possibly, for those who feel like doing so … but it’s also time for another set of Islands of the Month!

The islands featured this January are Time Tangled Island and Arabian Nights. Looks like the Creators want us to visit some islands submerged in the past this time around.

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As per usual with IotMs, Poptropica gives out the usual amount of extra credits for finishing IotMs: first-time finishers receive 500 credits for completing the islands in question, and repeat finishers receive 300 credits.

But Arabian Nights is not an normal island – it consists of three seperate episodes. So, how will the credits be distributed for finishers? Like for one of December’s IotMs, PoptropiCon (another episodic island), each episode gives out 500 and 300 credits for first-time finishers and re-players, respectively. So if you complete each episode for the first time, you can receive 1,500 credits! It’s about time you were rolling in credits.

Need help completing these islands? Well, Captain Crawfish has some video walkthroughs prepared for Arabian Nights, and is working on one for Time Tangled.

If you want written walkthroughs to assist you, you can always read the PHB’s guides to Time Tangled Island and Arabian Nights.

Well, that’s all for January’s IotMs. Make sure to hurry and earn those extra credits this month!

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Sunday Stories: The New Tribe (Part 3)

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Hey there, Poptropicans! It’s Happy Lobster here, presenting you the penultimate part of The New Tribe – a fan-fiction featuring Sarah Snooty and the Poptropolis Host in the Poptropolis Games. Make sure to catch up of the first two parts of the story if you haven’t already.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

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The athletes go into a small room away from the centre of the stadium to take their shoes off for Volleyball, just like they did for Diving. As soon as they all enter the room, away from the crowd’s attention, Shaky Skunk turns to Snooty and says, ‘Um, Snooty, how did you manage to win all of those events like that? I’m surprised you didn’t trip over the starting line in Hurdles, let alone fail every single sport.’ Sarah sniffs and says, ‘Oh, honey, please don’t burst your puny head about it. I’m just too good for y’all. Admit it.’ Sarah turns over to Silver Tornado. ‘Uh, loser your costume is so drab. Who’d put such an ugly costume? Erk. You could totally learn some fashion tips from yours truly! You so need it.’ A few people start to mutter under their breaths about ST’s nice costumes and Sarah’s awful ones, Sarah raises her hands and says, ‘Hey little toads. You’re so stupid. Of course I was always going to beat you! I’m the best, and you’re the most weak little beings on Poptropica. As everyone starts to shout at her, a foghorn bellows, meaning that the athletes must head over to Volleyball.

The athletes and I head over to the Volleyball pond, where the Volleyball octopus is waiting. But as I go and stand at the edge of the pond, I notice a dark shape out of the corner of my eye. I turn to my right, and half-concealed behind a large thicket is a figure shrouded in shadows cast by the tree behind it, so I have no idea what – or who – it is. I walk over to it, and positively jumps up five metre with alarm and speeds away. I notice distinguishable arms and legs, so it must be a person. I run after this person, but he/she disappeared. But meh, it was probably just a spectator who wanted to get really close to the action. I then go back to the Volleyball pond, and I immediately cursed under my breath. The octopus’ tentacles flop limply on the surface of the water. Its head submerges just very slightly to the surface, and if its expression says anything, it’s that it’s sick, with his orange head having the slightest of a green tinge, and its eyes rolled, but I get a feeling it isn’t from sarcasm. That mysterious figure must have done something to the octopus. Nonetheless, we can’t cancel a game in Poptropolis because of this. I turn to the line of athletes, and I shout: ‘First up, begin!’

Of course, Sarah Snooty had to be first. She strutted inside the pond and threw the ball at the octopus. I was surprised how she threw it – considering how well she’d done in the other events, she was just horrible. But the octopus was so ill, he flopped one of his arms two centimetres, but he didn’t try to even touch the ball, let alone toss it back. The game went for about fifteen seconds, and Snooty ended up winning five – nil. But as soon as Lucky Joker stepped into the pond for his turn, the octopus literally flashed exactly like someone turning a light on and off repetitively, and then he looked perfectly back to normal. In fact, he seemed even more hyper than usual. And with that, alas, Lucky Joker – and pretty much everyone else – lost to the octopus five – nil. The crowd booed. About a quarter of them stormed off with shouts like: ‘These games are so biased’, ‘Snootypoopy (nice name, btw) won every event! Boooo!’, ‘What’s the point of paying to watch these Games if the same person wins every event by the furthest margin possible?!’

I gnashed my teeth. Sarah Snooty had come first by far in every single event, and therefore, she came in first for Poptropolis. I really wished I got the chance to toss her into the Poptropolis Flame. But I have to do my role as the host in Poptropolis, or Comic Kid would kick me off Poptropolis, and replace me with some lunatic who wouldn’t know how to do my job. I head up to the marble stage where the Archer and the Raking board are. I take a deep breath, and say loudly to the crowd, ‘In the Poptropolis Games, there can be only one winner. I present to you the grand idiot – um, I mean champion – of Poptropica … Sarahsnootin -’

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And ending on that note, Part 3 of The New Tribe concludes. Make sure to tune in next time for the thrilling climax of the story on Sunday Stories.

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Saturday Style: Week 3

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Oh dear… should the segment be re-named Monday Style? Sorry for the delay. Anyhow, welcome to the final week of our Inside Out-themed costumes!

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Hair: ASG anything662

Glasses: New You, Home Island

Mouth: ASG mouthtests50

Bowtie: April Fool, Store (275 credits)

Shirt: Hemlock Inn man, Ghost Story Island

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Hair: New You, Home Island

Bangs: Vampire Girl 3, Store (275 credits)

Mouth: New You, Home Island

Shirt: ASG *tpkp*252 (the shirt will be underneath the pink outfit)

 

So, that concludes Week 3 of Saturday Style, and the Inside Out costumes! I hope you enjoy these – and now you too can dress up as some of your favourite characters from the movie in Poptropica!

Make sure to come back for the next Saturday Style for a brand-new batch of costumes!

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Sunday Stories: The New Tribe (Part 2)

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Hey there, Poptropicans! It’s Happy Lobster here, presenting the second Sunday Stories post. The story displayed here is the second part of a short story called The New Tribe: a tale about the Poptropolis Games, its Tribes, and the antics of Sarah Snooty. If you want to catch up on this story from the beginning – since if you do start reading from this point onwards, some parts may be a little confusing – you can read it here.

With that said, enjoy! 🙂

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‘Sarah Snooty,’ says the girl, sniffing at me. ‘I’m Sarah Snooty! Which of course, you must already know. Ugh, why are you all, like, staring at me? I’m just too hot to handle, aren’t I? OMG, you look hideous, host-loser.’ I grinded my teeth pretty hard. ‘I knew that this year’s lot couldn’t not have had some fault in their lineup!’ I exclaimed. Sarah snorted again. ‘Uh, loser, you’re from perfect yourself, you know. You said that you welcomed everyone to the Games. You’re like, supposed to say Games.’ (Stupid girl. Does she not know that we made the Games annual after 2013?) Sarah glanced over to the scorched spot where the unfortunate member of the audience who got shot had been a minute ago. ‘I’m not sure the Games are going too greatly at the moment. Well, the Sarahsnootiness tribe is here, honey! We’re going to win Poptropolis!’ Somewhere in the stadium, a gaggle of girls dressed in pink and yellow cheerleader costumes screeched, ‘Go Sarah! She is awesome! Go Sarah! She is awesome!’ At this, Tall Cactus starts to mime puking (which I have to commend her on).

I growl, ‘Impossible! There can only be the original tribes in the Games! And you can only select one of the tribes on the Selecting Board!’ But the Purple Claw chimes in. ‘Um, Mr. Host, I think there was a ninth button on the Selecting Board that had Snooty’s face on it.’ ‘What?! Impossible!’ I thunder out loudly. But even as I say that, I look over at the blue Selecting Board behind me. Sure enough, there seems to be a pink button beside the Nanobots button with Sarah’s snooty little face on it. I yell out a strangled cry, and I rush over to it. I use the touchpad to hover over the button, and it says ‘Sarahsnootiness’.

This year’s Poptropolis Games is going to be a disaster. ‘But who did that? How would anyone be able to add a new tribe to the Selecting Board?’ I shout. Snooty points to a guy in the crowd. This person is in a brown leather jacket, has long hair bunched into a ponytail, and wears black-rimmed glasses. ‘Gamer Guy!’ says Sarah. At this, the man with the ponytail starts to speak in a loud, husky voice. ‘Yup, I’m Gamer Guy! I just hacked your Board system a little, to place Sarah’s tribe there. In return, she said she’s gonna marry me!’ Sarah batted her eyelashes at him, but something in her eyes told me that she wasn’t going to keep her promise of marriage for very long. ‘So, loser,’ Sarah says. ‘I have to compete now. Can’t you see my tribe is now also on the Ranking Board because it was put on the Selecting Board? There’s no going back.’ I grind my teeth some more (and at this rate, I’m not going to have any teeth left with Little Miss ‘I’m-so-Awesome’ here) and snap to Snooty, ‘Fine. You can compete, because you have to, now the tribe is on the Selecting Board. But you cheated to get your way in here. So, if you lose the Games, I swear you will be tossed into the Poptropolis Flame. Consequences are hard in Poptropolis, particularly for brats called Sarah Snooty.’ Most of the crowd cheer at this, except for Gamer Guy and the Sarahsnootiness cheerleaders. At this, the Archer shoots another flaming arrow, and this time it hits the giant bonfire plinth without any more injuries (thank goodness). ‘Whatever, Ugly. I’m going to win anyway. So, let’s start!’

The Games begin with archery. In the background, the Snooty cheerleaders are still shouting their lame support for Sarah. Everyone except Sarah gets their turn to shoot, and to say the least, their shots are awful. Well, except for the Nightcrawlers girl – she got a total of eighty-nine points out of a hundred, which is pretty good. ‘Sarah, I doubt someone like you will succeed in archery. You’re not going to win the Archery event.’ Orange Shell says to Snooty. The latter rolls her eyes and sneers, ‘Watch and learn, noob.’ Sarah takes up her bow and ten arrows, and walks up to the shooting position. She grabs all of her arrows, nocks all ten onto her bow, raises the bow, and shoots the ten arrows all at once. Somehow, all of them hit a bullseye, each worth ten points, which has to be impossible.

After the event finishes, the Archer shouts out: Sarahsnootiness is in the lead!

(thirty minutes later)

Oh, great. Just fabulous. This Poptropolis Games is turning out to be a total nightmare. Not only has Sarah permanently ruined the 2016 Games by even daring to compete, she has also won every event so far: Archery; where she got ten bullseyes, Diving; where she got a perfect score, Hurdles; where she finished thirty seconds before Red Thunder, who came in second, Javelin; where she threw her javelin fifty metres past the original highest record, Long Jump; where she went way off the mud track, Pole Vault; where she literally went ten metres higher than the bar, Power Lifting, where she managed to lift up a weight of 1000 kilograms, Skiing, where she finished in twenty seconds, Triple Jump, where she managed to jump a titanic 12,723 metres (it did take a while for her to get back) and Shot Put; where she threw the discus so far it smashed off the head of a statue on the other side of the stadium where she threw it from. Just one of those should’ve been impossible – so how did she manage to do all of them? Something’s not right…

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Well, that concludes Part 2 of The New Tribe. Be sure to tune in next time for the final instalment of The New Tribe to be showcased on AQoP. Stay popping. 😉

~HLhlhead2

Saturday Style: Week 2

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Hey there, Poptropicans! It’s Happy Lobster here, and I’m bringing to you the the second week’s costumes of Saturday Style. This week’s (and the previous and next weeks’) theme is Inside Out, a Pixar movie. We’ve already made costumes of Joy and Sadness, two characters from the movie, so why not check them out?

Without further ado, let’s pop right into it!

Disgust (By Happy Lobster)

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Bangs: Prom Queen, Store (275 credits)

Marks: ASG *cloud*6.

Mouth: Assistant Director (the woman in purple), Back Lot Island

Scarf: Cowgirl, Store (275 credits)

Dress: ASG tinkertorch.

Anger (By Happy Lobster)

Hair (well, there actually doesn’t seem to be any 😛): ASG MilkBoxASG.anger

Mouth: Yokozuna, Red Dragon Island

Shirt & Belt: Business man on Main Street, Red Dragon Island

Pants: Amelia Earhart, Home Island

Well, that concludes Week 2 of Saturday Style. Tune in next time for the final week of the Inside-Out-themed costumes! Stay popping. 😉

~HLhlhead2

Monday Monitors: Early Poptropica

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Hey there, Poptropicans! It’s Happy Lobster, and I’m here to present to you our first Monday Monitors post! Yes, I know, the Weekly Specials posts have really gone off-schedule in the past couple of weeks, but it will be back to normal, starting now.

Just for those who don’t know what that is, Monday Monitors is fundamentally a segment here on AQoP where we look over an island (like a monitor would, hence the segment’s name) of Poptropica, and write up a review about it.

We’re starting off at Poptropica’s very first island: Early Poptropica.

Synopsis

Poptropica’s oldest inhabitants have a problem: someone’s been stealing their stuff! To return what’s rightfully theirs, you’ll explore creepy sewers, pitch-black caverns, and even a giant’s garden in the clouds. See how it all began with the very first Poptropica Island: Early Poptropica!

To start off the quest, you’ll meet the early inhabitants of Poptropica. These folks are pixellated, which is clever, since sprites (Early Poptropicans) were around since the early eras of computing, and now with modern computing, things are now a lot less visibly pixellated (modern-day Poptropicans – like you and me).

Anyway, they’ll tell you that three of their prized possessions – a Prized Porker, a Water Bucket and a Signal Flag is missing. You’ll set off in pursuit to find these items, and you’ll travel to the sewers, where several spiders (several small and one gigantic) roam, inside a well, a mini labyrinth underground, and a giant’s lair in the clouds!

Eventually, you’ll find all three items and return them to their waiting owners, and for your very hard work, you’ll receive an Island Medallion.

Art

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The visuals of Early Poptropica are pleasurable, but not very well developed. You have to give the Creators some slack for this – after all, Early Poptropica is Poptropica’s first island. But the sprites we see in this island are of superb quality, in any case.

The outdoor backdrops seen in Early Poptropica have a relaxed aesthetic to them, and would make awesome wallpapers. And who could forget the giant scene? The vast effect given by only showing the giant’s colossal legs was well utilised, and that short event definitely makes for nostalgic memories in many old-time Poptropicans.

Plot and Gameplay

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The plot for Early Poptropica cannot be considered the greatest. It’s simple, but there are several gaps strewn around it. How did the Early Poptropicans lose their possessions? The Porker person says that a sneaky spider stole his pig. Generally, spiders are not known for stealing pigs and guarding them. How did the spider even make off with the Porker? The Bucket person says that his bucket was stolen. We find it in the giant’s lair. Then we find the Signal Flag atop the Water Tower? How did it even get up there? Why was the giant’s egg underground? It seems like everyone is stealing from each other. Several questions lie unanswered in this island.

Moving along, towards Early Poptropica’s gameplay. As most of you would know, this is a relatively short and easy quest to complete. But once again, the Creators do deserve some slack; this was the very first island they made. It also works as a great tutorial for new Poptropica players, although it is admittedly slightly forgotten now as one, with Monkey Wrench Island now around.

Judgement

Ultimately, Early Poptropica is certainly a respectable island, with decent art. But its storyline needs some amending to, and the gameplay could be slightly more suspenseful. But all in all, given that this is Poptropica’s first island, this is undeniably a classic to enjoy.

So, judging on a scale from 1 to 10, Early Poptropica receives a…

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That concludes my Monday Monitors review of Early Poptropica! I hope you enjoyed reading this review. Stay popping, Poptropicans! 😉

~Happy Lobster hlhead2

 

Announcing December’s IotMs!

Hey there, Poptropicans, it’s Happy Lobster! November has ended, and December is kicking in, so it’s time for a new batch of Islands of the Month!

The IotMs for this month are Wimpy Wonderland and PoptropiCon. A lot of the time, IotMs are chosen because of a clear connection to its respective month, and with the snowy spirit over in Wimpy Wonderland, it definitely matches sunny snowy December (for the Nothern Hemisphere). As for PoptropiCon, maybe if it doesn’t quite show Christmas-y vibes, you can at least wear a Christmas costume in the island of costumes!

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Anyway, as per usual, when completing these two islands this month, first-time finishers receive 500 credits, and replays will earn you 300 credits, instead of the usual 150 credits for completing them, whether you’ve replayed them or finished them for the first time. 
Since Wimpy Wonderland was originally only playable to members, Poptropica has now opened it for everyone to play! Make sure to get the full Wonderland experience while it lasts, non-members!
But what about the episodic situation of PoptropiCon? As you probably know, PoptropiCon is split into three different episodes, which usually gives you 150 credits for completing each episode. But since it’s now an IotM, you’ll receive 500 or 300 credits for first-time finishing or replaying respectively each episode! So, you could win a grand total of 2000 credits this December! Now you can finally buy both of those pricey pets!

Like with the previous IotMs, Captain Crawfish has generally made some video walkthroughs for Wimpy Wonderland and PoptropiCon to help you earn those extra credits!

Well, that’s it for now. Have fun earning those extra credits this Christmas!

~HL 😉 ~