What began as one single island on the Poptropica website in 2007 grew into a popular virtual world and has now become Poptropica Adventures, an engaging game for the Nintendo DS that incorporates 3 of the most popular islands from the site for a handheld gaming adventure.
Poptropica Adventures uses the same quests that players in the Poptropica virtual world are familiar with but this time their quest is to restore the Poptropica museum. Players are tasked with visiting the three islands to locate artifacts to place in the museum to create fantastic exhibits and then attract visitors once it opens. During trips to the islands, they can help the island inhabitants while collecting clothes and souvenirs and engaging in fun puzzles along the way.
There are various exhibition halls including SuperPower, Mythology, and Astro Knights that need to be filled with artifacts. Players collect artifacts by visiting each of the three different islands and helping the citizens on that island. Each exhibition also has a closet where items can be collected from those within Poptropica using the Costumizer. The Costumizer allows players to access items from within Poptropican closets to add to the exhibit.
As new DS users, Little Miss Techie and I tackled Poptropica Adventures together on our plane ride home from Disney World. While instructions are given at the start of the game, she wasn’t quite sure what to do after creating her avatar when the real game play started.
What she didn’t realize is that the first part of the game involves exploration. Walking your character through the various exhibition halls allows players to meet and talk to guests who share what they love. For example, one visitor in the Astro Knights Hall said the exhibit made him feel like he was really there. Another in the SuperPower hall said he loved comic books. Remembering clues as you play the game will help you figure out what artifacts to bring back to the museum to attract guests.
So far I’ve visited Mythology Island, used the Costumizer to dress in a toga, and collected a letter for Poiseidon but now I’m stuck! I don’t know how to leave Mythology Island to go back to the museum!
Certainly more game play is needed in the name of research, don’t you think?
If you or your kids have played Poptropica Adventures and have any tips, please feel free to share them to help me fill my museum!
As a #UbiChamp, I received a copy of the game to facilitate my review. Amazon Affiliate links are included in this post.