What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Poptropica Adventures is a handheld adventure game based on Poptropica, the popular virtual world for kids. While this version is played offline, players will still encounter some of the familiar faces and locations from the online version. There is some comic mischief, such as character stealing or hiding items belonging to other characters. Poptropica Adventures retains the positive, kid-friendly vibe of the Poptropica virtual world.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- applying information
- achieving goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
Most kids should be able to finish in a few hours, and there's little reason to play again except to replay mini-games in the arcade. Older kids might find the challenge too easy, while young kids might be frustrated by the controls.
Learning isn't an integral part of the game, and the mini-games are often only tangentially related to the subject matter -- for example, pipe-fitting and racing mini-games in an island based on Greek mythology.
Kids can't always get help when they need it. Mini-games lack tutorials save for brief pictorial instructions at the beginning of each game. However, kids can replay the mini-games as many times as they need to in order to master them.
What's it about?
POPTROPICA ADVENTURES plays like a slimmed-down version of Poptropica with similar look and feel. Players can travel to three of the islands (Super Power, Astro-Knights, and Mythology) and explore them by walking and jumping on the scenery. The goal is to complete quests by talking to characters, find items, and complete mini-game puzzles. In exchange, kids receive new avatar outfits and artifacts to display in a museum.
Is it any good?
While the Poptropica virtual world targets kids aged 6-15, Poptropica Adventures definitely skews towards the younger side of that demographic, even though parents might be required to help kids complete some of the dexterity-based mini-games and jumping challenges. Older kids and experienced gamers likely won't find the game challenging enough. Poptropica Adventures should be enough to hold the attention of a child in the 7-10 year age range for a few hours, but ultimately it just feels like a brief diversion from the virtual world on which it's based.