Poptropica: Forgotten Islands
By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Virtual world lacks aspects of website, but still good fun.
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn problem solving, reading for clues, and strategy on Poptropica: Forgotten Islands. At first, kids may need to practice trial-and-error (and patience) to discern how to move about the virtual world, as well as to find and collect what they're looking for on the quest. This fun app may not help kids learn subject-specific facts, but it can help them grow in persevering through multiple steps to achieve goals. With up to 10 hours of gameplay, there are lots of opportunities here for light learning mixed with the colorful, interesting quests. Verbal instructions and more feedback could improve this app's ease of play and learning potential.
Ease of Play
It may take a while for kids to get the hang of how to move through this app to achieve the mini-missions, and some trial and error is necessary before younger players will get the hang of how to move their character around the virtual world. The very minimal instructions and character interaction require reading. Kids used to playing on the Poptropica website may need time to adapt to the differences between the site and the app.
Violence & Scariness
No violent content, although some kids may find some of the character's responses to their character a bit harsh (for example, tribesmen saying, "Get lost!")
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Products & Purchases
The developer's logo appears as the full screen before the app's main screen appears. No in-app purchases, no advertising.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Poptropica: Forgotten Islands is a virtual world quest game for kids, especially kids who are fans of the popular Poptropica website. It does not connect to accounts players may have on the Poptropica website. As kids fly a blimp across an ocean, they land on island environments and go on quests, "discovering the secrets of Poptropica's past, one artifact at a time." The quests essentially ask kids to search and find sets of items. Once they complete the quest, they earn points to buy accessories. Unlike the Poptropica website, kids cannot interact with other kids; the actions of the 80 characters that kids see on the app are determined by the app, not other players. Also, unlike the website, there are no memberships to buy. Once the app is paid for, all content (an estimated 10 hours) is available. There are no verbal instructions. Some reading is required.
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What’s It About?
Choose a boy or girl for your character on POPTROPICA: FORGOTTEN ISLANDS and customize. Begin to read what characters say in the cartoon bubbles. Move a finger forward and hold to start your character exploring the environment. Tap characters with scrolls to find out quest info. Tap to put items you find on the quest into your backpack. Continue meeting characters who give clues or create obstacles, pick up needed items, visit other islands, and earn coins to spend on accessories.
Is It Any Good?
The graphics, characters, and other visual elements that make up this virtual world are highly engaging and just a lot of fun for kids to imagine being there on quests. It's important that kids can read or have the characters' dialogue read to them. Multiple users can store profiles to save progress. Parents who don't want to be asked to make in-app purchases will especially appreciate that the $4.99 purchase price is all that's required.
If kids like the aspects of the website that aren't available on the app, such as interacting with friends, Poptropica: Forgotten Islands could be missing some important elements. But if they enjoy the general gameplay, this app will not disappoint.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
If your kid plays on the Poptropica website and the app, talk with your kid and compare and contrast the differences between the two experiences. What does your kid like or dislike about each?
Even though Poptropica: Forgotten Islands doesn't include interaction with other players, since play is very similar to other virtual worlds that do, this may be a good opportunity to discuss safety for online interaction. Especially if playing on this app causes your kid to want to play on the companion website that does include interaction, read Common Sense Media's Online Worlds for Young Kids Tips for talking points.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy, Self-Direction: achieving goals, work to achieve goals, Emotional Development: persevering
- Release date: January 6, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Adventures
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Version: 1.5.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
- Last updated: October 7, 2021
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