Poptropicans Will Blast Off With New “Lunar Colony” Island Quest

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Early Access to Popular Virtual World’s 29th Island, Bonus Quest and Space-Themed Gear Available to Poptropica Members

Kids will discover that Poptropica is out of this world with this exciting and fun new mission to the outer limits of space.

Poptropicans will blast off on a new mission with tomorrow’s launch of “Lunar Colony.” In addition to Early Access to the 29th Island on the popular virtual world for kids, Poptropica Members will receive special Members-only items and access to a bonus quest. Non-Members will have access to a limited portion of the Island before the public launch date on Sept. 6, 2012.

With Poptropica’s“Lunar Colony” quest, players travel to a moon base to search for a missing astronaut. Before she disappeared, the astronaut left cryptic messages about an alien transmission. Poptropicans are on the moon to look for her, but along the way they will explore the secrets of the lunar surface and discover a mystery as old as the cosmos.

“Kids will discover that Poptropica is out of this world with this exciting and fun new mission to the outer limits of space,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher of Poptropica. “As they strive to find the missing astronaut, decode the alien messages and solve the mystery, they will find many surprises waiting for them and learn more about the secrets of the cosmos.”

In a special “Lunar Colony” bonus quest, Poptropica Members who have solved the mystery and returned to earth will receive a new transmission and have the chance to crack the code and translate the alien message. Members will also get great gear to support their outer-space travels, including a handheld moon rock item, Alien Archeology power and a “Zaggy Moondust” costume. The costume is available only during Early Access. Parents can buy Poptropica Memberships for their kids in one-, three- or six-month increments.

Named as one of TIME magazine’s Top 50 websites of 2011, Poptropica has been visited by more than 240 million kids worldwide since its launch in 2007. More than 50 million kids from across the globe have connected safely and securely online with the virtual world’s social networking offering, Friends. 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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