Poptropolis Games Debuts on Popular Virtual World for Kids, Poptropica

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Site’s 27th Island Challenges Players to an Online Tournament of Track-and-Field Games

On Poptropolis Games, kids will discover the challenges of ancient athletic competition – testing their skills in rigorous online events.

The “games begin” tomorrow with the launch of Poptropolis Games, the 27th Island on Poptropica. On May 24, Early Access to the Island is available to Members, who also receive a special gear pack and access to a bonus quest. Non-Members will have access to a limited portion of the quest before Poptropolis Games Island launches to the public on June 14.

When they play the site’s newest quest, Poptropicans will learn that once every 100 years, the ancient capital of Poptropica, Poptropolis, rises from the sea to host a tournament created to prove tribal supremacy. Each of the tribes of Poptropica sends a representative to compete across a series of grueling events for a chance to become the Champion of Poptropica. Players choose a tribe to represent, and participate in a series of track-and-field events such as long jump, shot put and pole vault, to learn if they have what it takes to vanquish the competition and win glory for their tribe.

The launch of the 27th Island on the popular virtual world for kids comes close on the heels of the debut of “Friends,” the virtual world’s new social network offering. With the new Poptropica Friends feature, players can now “friend” other Poptropicans and find out which of the site’s Islands they have solved, what country they’re from, funny tidbits about their personality, and what they are up to on the Poptropica. They can also add their real-life friends and follow along with them on Poptropica. In the first two weeks of the new feature’s availability, 10 million kids from across the globe connected.

“On Poptropolis Games, kids will discover the challenges of ancient athletic competition – testing their skills in rigorous online events,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher of Poptropica. “And now with the site’s new Friends feature, they can safely and securely share their accomplishments in the game and their Poptropica personalities with other players around the world.”

Poptropica Members will have the chance to play a special bonus quest on Poptropolis Games Island. In this adventure, an ancient warrior returns and challenges players to a wrestling match to prove who is the true Poptropica champion. Members also get a custom gear pack, which includes a wresting costume, throwable discus, and the “plant-a-statue” power that allows them to plant Poptropolis-style statues anywhere. Parents can buy Poptropica Membership for their kids in one-, three- or six-month increments.

Named as one of TIME magazine’s Top 50 websites of 2011, the Poptropica Islands have been visited by more than 228 million kids worldwide since its launch in 2007. Players come from more than 130 different countries and have their web browsers set to more than 100 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.

Kids can stay up to date on news about upcoming new Islands and other exciting developments in the world of Poptropica on the official blog at http://blog.poptropica.com/.

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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