About Purple Claw

Hi! Name's John, but more commonly known in the internet as Purple Claw (or PurpleClaw750). I have my own Poptropica blog, write for the PHB, and co-run a network for Poptropica blogs. As you've probably guessed by now, I'm a big fan of Poptropica. My username is donatloul, and my favorite islands are Astro-Knights & Arabian Nights. Besides Pop, I'm also a fan of cartoons such as Steven Universe, Star vs. the Forces of Evil and more! My favroite color is purple (duh) & my favorite animals are owls. I'm ace and aromantic, and a huge supporter of love. I consider myself to be a traditional artist, blogger, writer, good friend, awkward introvert and a believer of Christ. Well, that's pretty much all I have to say... You can leave now. p.s.: feel free to talk to me whenever you want! I might not see it right away, but I check my social media as often as possible. Though, the best ways to reach me are from WordPress.com and Discord. ;)

A Spooky Blog for a Spooky Month – Happy Halloween!

So… I was going to post this on Friday the 13th, because it would be the perfect day to start this Halloween thing, but my lazy brain just though ”oh why don’t I just do this tomorrow (but I didn’t do it tomorrow) and ruin a perfect way to introduce a darker version of our blog BECAUSE I LIKE MISSING PERFECT OPPORTUNITIES AND FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS”. So… blame my brain, not me.

Ugh, let’s just continue with the scheduled post, shall we?


Boo, Clawtropicans! Welcome to Clawspookica, the Poptropica blog of horrors!

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Yeah, I know this intro is really cheesy, but what better way to start this post than getting in the spoopy spirit, am I right?

So, you may have noticed our Halloween-themed makeover we had for our blog, that is, if you’re not reading this post from your WordPress.com reader. What I came up so far is pretty simple (and not at all cringe-worthy), and improvements will be made, but I believe we can settle with this for now.

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Since it’s Halloween, we’ll have many fun things over here at Clawtropica, so I sure hope you enjoy what we have in store! There’ll be top 5 lists, reviews, interviews, and many more (and maybe even a Halloween party)! Oh, also, the long-waited answers to your questions for Sarah will also be answered soon, so that’s something to look forward to. 😀


Thanks for reading! We also have a contest coming up, so stay tuned! 🙂

BOO!

PC out!

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A Decade Full of Adventure — Happy (late) Birthday Poptropica!

Hey there Clawtropicans, it’s Purple Claw, and yes, I know I’ve been inactive (I majorly apologize), but I’ll keep that topic for another post. Trust me; it’s pretty interesting. 😉 With that said, let’s get pop in, shall we?

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So, as always, the Creators released a birthday costume to celebrate their tenth birthday, and the iconic animal for this celebration is a creepy monkey! The creators said that it will also be added to Poptropica Worlds, and it did, but it got deleted, but now it’s back again!

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pic by Fishy ^^

The creators also threw a party (I wasn’t invited), and they seemed to have some fun, so I’m sharing a couple of images here, but feel free to check out the original post, by cliking here.

Hmm, I’m a tad disappointed. Not with the birthday updates, but that post. It doesn’t say too much about their birthday, and it seems kinda… bland… Don’t get me started with that title…

I’m sorry unknown blogger, we appreciate your effort to make new posts for us, but you’ll have to try better than that. Check out Skinny Moon’s post about Poptropica’s 9th Birthday — it may not have been the best birthday party (or at least, as good as the last one), but the post was really good. At least she knew how to hyperlink.


This tenth anniversary was actually nothing special…. Or, at least, until you realize a freaking membership contest happened!! (Just a heads up, the contest is now closed)

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I won’t get into the details, but you can read the rules and all that jazz right here. While I do agree that this is a really good business idea, giving just 1-month membership to everyone is, well, a bit of a waste of time, at least for me (it’s just one month). That’s why I didn’t finish my piece in the first place.

So, the contest is over now (because I’m always late), but congrats to all the winners! That includes Gentle Spinner, Hyper Gamer (a Clawtropica author!), Fearless Lizard, Young Cloud, Maroon Jumper (AKA Lilly from the Pop Blog!), Thirsty Seal, Friendly Grape (love the illustrations!), Wild Bubbles, Striped Dolphin, AND Jumpy Coyote (Yujo from the PHC!). You can check their entries here. ^^

Soo… I haven’t read all of them yet, and they’re all really good (what do you expect, they’re the winners) but I really, really like Lilly’s entry. It’s a pretty interesting idea, and I hope if becomes a full island one day.

I’m sorry for everyone who couldn’t finish their entry in time, or that didn’t have any ideas.


There are also some other less major news, such us Poptropica finally being active on their YouTube channel (I knew subbing to them was worth it). They’ve made two livestreams and one top five list, and they’re very interesting, if I have to say so myself.

The one playing is named Stephanie, a Creator we’ve never been introduced to before. She’s a really nice person, and some people think it may also be the new social media person, though it might also be an artist or a writer or whatever. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Even though there have been some issues with echoes and the recording, I recommend checking out those videos, because they’re pretty cool.


Well, thanks for reading this huge post! I’m glad to be back, and I hope you’ll find my future posts interesting and if you have a suggestion for anything, please comment below! Thanks for reading, and happy October!

🐾 Purple Claw 🐾
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Poptropica is such an amazing game that I can see myself playing it as a grandpa (if Pop is still alive by then).

Pop 5: Most Educational Islands

Hey Clawtropicans, it’s Purple Claw, with another top 5 list!

Poptropica has its fair share of fun islands, but today we’re looking at some which I consider the most educational. And yes, I know I made a post about which Poptropica is the most educationalbut I don’t care, this is my blog and I can do whatever I want with it (just kidding, just kidding). I don’t actually have a better intro for this post, so let’s get started. 😛

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Keep in mind that this list is opinion-based, so if you don’t agree with me, I seriously don’t mind, as long as you’re mature about it. Also, this list may contain spoilers, so read at your own risk!

#5. COUNTERFEIT ISLAND

Counterfeit Island is really well-made, with lots and lots of art, a really exciting mystery, and a super cool villain (#BlackWidowFTW). Also the Balloon Boy gag started on that very island, so you can blame that for the new Poptropica Worlds trailer.

The most educational thing about this island were, of course, the art pieces at the art museum. That’ll probably help you a bit in class, in case a teacher that lame asks you about a painting and who made it, and you know that because you saw it on Poptropica, you’re in luck! If you didn’t get that info from Pop, well… kudos to you. If you didn’t know the answer at all… then… you’re on your own. 😛

Ugh, I’m getting way of track here; let’s just continue with the next item, shall we?

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#4. VIRUS HUNTER ISLAND

You’ll probably disagree with me on this one, but just listen to me first, okay? I’m aware that this island is hated by, like, most of the community because of its glitches and it’s overall grossness, but it can still be educational, right?

Basically, on this island you travel through a person’s body, to kill a deadly virus. On your journey there, you see different parts of a human’s body, such as your heart, your brain, and you learn how dangerous deadly viruses can be. Does that look educational to you? I think it does.

But I have to agree, this island isn’t really that well made. The bright colors sometimes hurt my eyes, and it’s extremely hard, and can get a bit annoying at times. Still wouldn’t call it a bad island, though.

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#3. RED DRAGON ISLAND

Red Dragon Island is one of Poptropica’s most popular islands, and for a good reason. It’s visually great, the story is really interesting (even though it’s a sponsored island), the platforming is fun and not too frustrating, and it’s also pretty educational.

It’s a really beautiful island which introduces us to good ol’ ancient Japan and its culture. From Sumo battles, to helping random strangers, writing Japanese symbols, catching mythical river demons, cutting Bonsai Trees (that’s sorta educational, right?), too learning and fighting Japanese dragons; this island has everything!

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#2. TIME TANGLED ISLAND

While Time Tangled is a bit… overrated, there’s no denying it’s one of Poptropica’s most educational islands. I mean, what else could you expect from an island where you go back in time to bring everything in order to the past, so the future can be fixed?

You go to Mount Everest, in Ancient Greece, and in all sorts of places to repair your past, but while you’re doing that, you actually learn something. The new SUI version doesn’t have those Fact Monster bubbles I mentioned in a previous post (thankfully), so it’s a bit less educational that way.

But, there’s a glitch (special thanks to Tall Melon for reminding me!), when after you get your time watch by your older self, you go to the Main Street’s common room, and then choose a time era, and voila! The whole island will be a non-SUI!

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#1. MYTHOLOGY ISLAND

Ah, Mythology Island! I was intrigued while playing this island, not just because of the wonderful storyline and the visually great graphics, but because I learned a whole lot about Greek Mythology too!

As some of you might know, I was born in Greece, but Greek Mythology is lightly mentioned there, for some reason (what is this education system). I did learn something about it in the third grade, I think.

Everything about this island is educational, and really fun at the same time. The museum of Olympus (the place where you learn about the Gods, such stalkers we are), Aphrodite’s minigame where you’re supposed to answer correctly the Gods’ names, meeting all the mythical creatures, and the whole island is an amazing overall educational experience; it’s so well-thought!

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I congratulate Poptropica for making islands that are both educational, and really fun at the same; they can appeal to everyone! 😀 Well, anyway, thanks for reading this post, and I’d like to hear your thoughts on the comment section below (please)!

 🐾 Purple Claw 🐾
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Reviewing the Rebooted: CP Island vs Worlds

Hey Clawtropicans, it’s your friend Purple Claw!

A couple of days ago, I decided to install Club Penguin Island on my phone, and later on I though: ”Hey, I should compare this with Poptropica Worlds, since I have nothing better to do they’re both reboots of original popular virtual worlds.” So here you have it.

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You may have read the other comparison I’ve written about half a year ago about Club Penguin with Poptropica; if not you can read it here. In that post, I said that Poptropica was better than CP (which still is, in my opinion), but when I look back at it, I have to admit that Club Penguin was pretty cool, there was a lot of potential in that game (you can only miss something when you lose it).

Anyway, with that said, let’s get started!


CLUB PENGUIN ISLAND REVIEW

Club Penguin Island is interesting… to say at least. It’s just like Club Penguin, but… ugh… with smaller space & built with CGI, which makes me want to throw my phone in the fire and watch it burn with a dying passion (that didn’t happen, fortunately). Let’s just say… we’re not off to a good start… But, for real, it’s not really the best game ever, and neither it is the worst.

I wouldn’t care about the CGI animation if it was an original game, but this is a sequel to a popular game, and it’s made by DISNEY. FREAKING DISNEY. The masters of animation! How could they make this game look so… crappy?! Well, if you’re wondering the same thing; don’t worry – I have the answer. They were lazy. That’s it.

The space is also an issue – I mean, there are some cool things, like all the hidden Easter eggs and the spectacular underwater place (forgot its name, going to talk about it below), which happens to be my favorite thing in the entire game, but… after you discover everything, there’s pretty much nothing to do, and you’ll get bored eventually, even as a member.

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Only FOUR freaking areas…

The Underwater Cave is simply stunning – there’s just so much beauty over there, which makes it the best place in the whole island! The art is very pleasing, and it’s really fun discovering all the cool hidden stuff. It’s also a really great way to earn coins. The best part of the game. Period.

The game is fully pay-to-play. I’m not even kidding, non-members can’t even wear clothes (so many naked penguins…). A big part of CPI are the missions, which isn’t a bad thing, but, oh no — all of them are members-only. And here I thought the original Club Penguin was bad… The worst thing is that CPI has only one mini-game, but guess what? Members-only! What else did could you expect from the most greedy company in the world?

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As of now, Club Penguin Island is horrible and I give it a W for Waste of time (except from the underwater treasure thing; that was incredible!), I don’t know if this game will improve or not, but as of now, it’s failure — its rating on Google Play is 2.6 stars (what a surprise!), so I’m not the only one who hates it.

By the way, if you miss the old game, you’re in luck, because you can still play it! Some fans re-made the original game and it’s AWESOME – you get free membership! It’s called Club Penguin Rewritten, and you can check it out right here. ^^

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POPTROPICA WORLDS REVIEW

Pop Worlds definitely isn’t the best game ever, or, at least better than the original, but it does have some potential. Please notice that I might be a tiny bit bias (since this is a Poptropica-based fan blog), but I try to see both the positive and the negative side of things. Let’s get started!

There’s far too little content. With a total of two islands (excluding Home Island), there isn’t much to do on Poptropica Worlds after decorating your house until there’s nothing else to add, making the perfect outfit, etc. I believe that won’t be an issue in the future, since new content is being added really frequently (also, it’s September, which means Poptropica’s birthday month!).

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The game is too glitchy and takes a bit too much to load. While most of the annoying glitches have been fixed (Bleachy Boy is gone), but there are still a few. But what annoys me the most is how laggy the game is. It takes so much time to load, and it slows down my computer a lot. I really hope this issue will be fixed.

The art direction is pure gold – I don’t think you can disagree with me on that one. Since the creators use Unity instead of Flash, it gives the backgrounds a more deep and realistic look. The lighting and shading also deserves to be praised.

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Some new features are great – houses, buying individual costume parts on the store, the new and really helpful closet and the quest log are great! They make the game much cooler and they’re a great addiction to PW.

Non-Members don’t have as much freedom to buy everything – but no, the game still isn’t pay-to-play, and the creators said they want to keep the fun experience for everyone. You can read this rant I wrote, Lilly’s rant on the Pop Blog, or this PHB analysis written by Fishy.

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I’m not 100% happy with Poptropica Worlds, but I can see the improvement the creators are doing, so kudos to them! But my rating as of now is E for Eh, could be better. Hope to see more stuff in the future.

I really miss the old CP and Poptropica, but we can still play them, at least. While I don’t have high hopes for CPI, I do thing Pop Worlds is going to improve, since it pretty much follows the old formula that made Poptropica so nice (like sugar and spice) in the first place.


And last, but not least the creators released a new follower, on Poptropica Original! Look at it; it’s so adorable!!

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It’s… It’s just on the app. 😀

I’m officially scared right now. The post also came with two typos (update ‘you’ app), and seemed a bit rushed (#BringBackSkinnyMoon). I don’t know what to expect from Poptropica’s 10th anniversary anymore… That is if we get more crap like that.

(I still think the follower is cute, though).

Is Poptropica Worlds A More “Educational” Game?

Check out the other version of the post, on the Poptropica Help Blog, by clicking right here!


Hey there, Clawtropicans! It’s me, Purple Claw, hereto talk about a question I’ve been asking myself for a while now, that being – you guessed it – is Poptropica Worlds a more educational game, as in, more educational than the original Poptropica? Let’s get started with the analysis!

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To answer this question, we have to do a litle research, or as I like to call it, pop down memory lane…

WHAT’S EDUCATIONAL ABOUT POPTROPICA ORIGINAL?

The Poptropica Creators have always claimed Poptropica is an educational game, but is really true? Well, yeah. Or, at least it started out like that — Poptropica’s first three islands were pretty educational. Here’s why:

Early Poptropica and Shark Tooth Island had two very similar buildings: they both had museums. One being an art museum, and another full of shark facts; you get the idea.

The Pop Art museum is pretty much like any art museum, but what stood out the most was were the questions you could ask each artist — questions about their drawings, their personal life (such stalkers we are), etc. It’s pretty fun. The Shark Museum on the other hand simply had facts about sharks, that found myself pretty interested in them. That was literally my absolute favorite part of the island.

Time Tangled Island was – and still is – one of Poptropica’s most educational islands, and unlike the first two island mentioned, Time Tangled had a different method. When it still wasn’t a SUI, you could find some circles leading to Fact Monster articles, a Poptropica sponsor at that time (Fact Monster is an educational website where you can get help with homework and stuff, it’s actually pretty fun).

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This was a new thing for Poptropica, but it didn’t last long with the release of 24 Carrot Island, and I’m glad, since those Fact Monster monstrosities can really get in the way of your gameplay, and could be pretty annoying at times. Glad I never got to experience them. 😛

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for some other players) the following islands stopped being too educational (examples: 24 Carrot, Super Power, Big Nate etc.), and I don’t even know why. Maybe they were too busy to make museums and/or overall educational islands at that time.

This all changed with the release of Counterfeit Island, which fell in the ”museum-kind-of-educational-island” category. The following islands of Poptropica weren’t all educational – but there are quite a lot, such as Red Dragon, Mythology, Arabian Nights, etc.

So, we can all now probably agree that Poptropica is an educational game, but… what about Poptropica Worlds?

WHAT’S EDUCATIONAL ABOUT POPTROPICA WORLDS?

Well, since Poptropica Worlds has a whole of two islands as a whole (excluding Home Island, since there isn’t any adventure or quests, but maybe decorating your home counts as an adventure, I don’t know), so I can’t say much about it, but I’ll give it a shot.

Well, just like Poptropica’s first two islands, Poptropica Worlds also follows the ”museum” method, and it does much better job than Early Pop and Shark Tooth did.

Crisis Caverns’ museum is the Visitors’ Center, which has facts about the supervolcano, and other facts that inspired the island to be made. Is was an important part of the island, since it kinda moved the plot forward by giving (spoilers) that park ranger the elk antlers. The Pop Art museum, on the other hand, had nothing in common with the island (well, it had one thing in common if you count the fact that it’s the ‘pop’ art museum), but besides that, it didn’t add anything to the plot, so it made things less interesting…

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The Reboot of 24 Carrot is simply gorgeous — it’s literally what made me like PW is the first place! The plot was improved and the visuals were really pretty. But, since Poptropica Words still isn’t such a social game, in the place of the common room there was a carrot museum, which isn’t really all bad. And just like on Crisis Caverns, this museum also moved the plot forward.

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WHICH GAME IS MORE EDUCATIONAL?

Well, as of now, I’d have to say… drumroll please… Poptropica Original.

Why? Well, simply because it has more islands, which means more variety. But to the direction PW is going, I believe Poptropica Worlds will be considered a pretty educational game, since the island museums are pretty fun and don’t get in the way of your gameplay.

Whether you like Poptropica being an educational game or not, the Creators made a really good job on it on Poptropica Worlds.


Thanks for reading this analysis! If you enjoyed reading it please leave a comment in the comment section below. That was PC, signing out! Luv ya guys!

 🐾 Purple Claw 🐾
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Beyond Villainy — a new fan-fiction!

MVB: Ugh PC?! Why couldn’t you continue your previous one?!

PC: Because it sucks. Go away.

MVB: Okay, but… will I be in it?

PC: If I say yes, will you leave?

MVB: Okay, then. *leaves*


Hey guys, it’s Purple Claw, and I’m back from vacation (I actually came back like, two days ago, but I decided to post today)! I had a super fun time, but I’m really glad I came back, since I couldn’t resist without a good wi-fi connection, and I can go back to posting!

Anyway, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that… ugh… TMAoBN is officially cancelled. 😦 I’m sorry this is happening y’all, but I hated writing it. It’s too cliche. I… I don’t even want to think about it anymore. The cringe is that strong.

So, the good news is that I’m replacing the worst ever story to be created by mankind (The slippery adventures of Lazy Doodle) with a new fan-fiction. The new story will be more literature-ish and a bit more classic. And the name is – you guessed it – Beyond Villainy!

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It’s basically about the future of our four most beloved totem villains, after they broke out of jail. It’s pretty much a sad story, and it will be a little more mature and deep than Meltene and the… other one. Not exactly PG-13, but I’d recommend for people that are 10 or older, but hey, if you still want to read it, no one’s stopping you. It’s not inappropriate or anything.

It will also posted on my DeviantArt, so if you don’t use WordPress.com and you’re on DA, you can read the story over there! Anyway, here’s a short intro, to get introduced and hyped for the story! 😀

A story about not only the future of our fellow villains, but about the future of our world. A story about how wrong actions can lead to catastrophic consequences. A story about love and hate. Joy and sadness. Creation and disaster. My friends, this is the world of Poptropica, after the deadly totems were broken down into pieces.

Pieces so small, the naked eye cannot witness.

And that is that.

There we start.

What do you think? Do you like the idea or not? Any helpful feedback is appreciated. If you wanna see more, please show support by commenting below! I want to make sure if you guys are interested in it, so I can continue writing it.

As of now, I’m writing the first chapter, but I hope I get more done during the next month. I promise this fan-fiction will have more potential, and I highly you’ll enjoy reading it.

Well, that’s it for now! Thanks for sticking with us! That was PC, signing out ’til my next post!

🐾 Purple Claw 🐾
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