Poptropica Launches Mystery Train on Its Popular Virtual World for Kids

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The 21st Island Adventure Takes Kids Back in Time to Chicago’s World’s Fair for a Suspenseful Whodunit

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When kids board Poptropica’s Mystery Train and head off to the Chicago World’s Fair, they will explore an event that had a profound impact on the development of architecture and the arts in our country...

Poptropicans will journey back in time to the Chicago World’s Fair to solve a crime when they take a ride on Poptropica’s “Mystery Train.” The launch of the 21st Island from the popular virtual world for kids coincides with Poptropica’s 4th birthday celebration. On Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at 4:21 p.m. (4 o’clock for Poptropica's 4th birthday and 21 minutes past the hour for the 21st Island), Poptropica Members can enjoy the entire new adventure with Early Access, while non-Members will have access to a limited portion of the game until its public launch on Oct. 7, 2011.

The site’s new challenging and suspenseful online quest is set in 1893. Players are on a train headed to the Windy City for the World’s Fair when a dastardly crime puts the fate of the Fair in peril. As Poptropicans collect clues and uncover secrets to collar the criminal, they also meet famous historical figures such as Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and Susan B. Anthony.

“When kids board Poptropica’s Mystery Train and head off to the Chicago World’s Fair, they will explore an event that had a profound impact on the development of architecture and the arts in our country – not to mention the introduction of inventions such as the Ferris Wheel and the movie projector, and now-beloved foods such as Cracker Jack, hamburgers and Juicy Fruit gum,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher of Poptropica. “In addition, as kids play this new adventure and solve the crime, they will meet some of the brightest minds in history.”

To prepare for the challenge of the Mystery Train, all kids can now play the site’s D.C. Diner game, trying to beat the clock while serving food to the train’s many prominent, historical passengers.

Kids can get Early Access to travel on the Mystery Train with Poptropica Membership. Membership also gives kids unlimited use of all costumes and Gold Cards in the Poptropica Store, allowing them to customize their Poptropicans by choosing from favorites such as the Summer Beach Ball and Wild West Outlaws costumes, special abilities and effects – shrinking other Poptropicans to microscopic size, launching fireworks into the sky, and much more.

Recently named as one of TIME magazine’s Top 50 websites of 2011, Poptropica is visited by as many as 10 million kids each month. Players come from more than 100 different countries and have their web browsers set to more than 70 different languages, ranging from Spanish and Sanskrit to Vietnamese and Croatian. All Poptropica Islands are free to play, and each represents a unique theme and challenge.

About Poptropica (http://www.poptropica.com)
Poptropica is a virtual world in which kids explore and play in complete safety. Every month, millions of kids from around the world are entertained and informed by Poptropica’s engaging quests, stories and games.

Kids create a “Poptropican” character to travel the many Islands of Poptropica and use gaming literacy to enjoy a narrative that is often rooted in factual history. Problem-solving skills are honed as kids discover and solve mysteries unique to each Island.

There are always new areas to explore in this ever-expanding world where kids can collect objects, read digital books and comics, watch movies, and compete in head-to-head competition. Parents can always trust that their children are playing – and learning – in a safe online environment.

Poptropica is published by Family Education Network, a part of Pearson, the education, services and technology company. Pearson’s other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.


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