Worst Poptropica Islands

Hannah Tomes, Editor

A couple months ago I made a list of the best Poptropica islands, so I thought I would make a list of the worst as well. Some islands I won’t be including even though they’re bad, like all the weird ones that are based on graphic novels; I don’t know what the developers were thinking there but we’re just going to ignore those. As much as I love Poptropica I can’t deny there are some islands that could be better, so here are the top five worst ones.

Honorable Mention: Mystery of the Map

This island isn’t too bad but I feel like it didn’t really live up to its potential. The story is pretty basic and I completed it really quickly. There’s a lot more they could’ve added and I don’t think they put a lot of work into it.

5. Poptropolis Games

This is a newer island and it’s basically a complete copy of Reality TV island. You’re immediately thrown into the games with no explanation or backstory leading up to them. I understand that they wanted to build off of Reality TV and make newer, more difficult challenges, but nothing can beat the original. Instead of trying to remake older islands they should just come up with new ideas.

4. Mocktropica

It doesn’t surprise me when a newer island ends up being bad and this one is no different. The idea behind it could’ve worked, but it was executed poorly. It’s kind of boring and the animations that are supposed to create the “glitches” in the environment actually cause the game itself to lag pretty badly. There’s not much else I can say about it; it’s just not a fun island.

3. Virus Hunter

Another new island that didn’t fail to disappoint me; over half of the game is spent driving some weird submarine-like machine around in a random person’s body, which is really gross. I didn’t even finish this island because it just felt like a waste of time. It’s the same thing over and over, hunting down viruses and shooting them with a laser, which gets tiring after a while. I prefer the islands where you can actually walk around and explore.

2. Astro-Knights

This island is actually an older one, and maybe it’s just me, but I never understood the concept behind it. I always thought it was weird to combine medieval times with outer space. Overall I couldn’t get into it because I thought the plot was dumb and didn’t make sense. I think they should’ve split this island into two separate ones with different storylines.

1. Steamworks

I firmly believe this island is the worst one. I remember seeing the trailer for it before it was released when I was in fourth grade, and I actually thought it looked pretty cool. Once I started playing it, though, I was not impressed. The storyline is really weird and you’re basically just searching for people the entire time because you’re all alone in the environment. I think it’s a creative idea to have a post-apocalyptic setting where all the people in town have gone missing, but wandering around a wasteland with no characters or objects to interact with at all is bound to get boring fast. The setting is also very dull and lacks personality, which I guess is the point, but it’s just not for me. I feel like there’s a lot more they could’ve done with this island.