Poptropica Players Will Make Movie Magic on the Virtual World’s 34th Island

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“Back Lot Island” Features an Adventure in Film Making

On Poptropica's new ‘Back Lot Island,’ players get the chance to be in pictures and discover the magic of movie making as well as the pitfalls of producing for the big screen.

It’s lights, camera, action for Poptropica players with the launch of “Back Lot Island.” Poptropica Members with Early Access can make movie magic now on the popular virtual world for kids' latest Island. Non-Members will have access to a limited demo of “Back Lot Island” before its public launch on April 25, 2013.

When Poptropicans arrive on the new Island, they will venture into the back lot of a movie studio. There they meet the greatest filmmaker of all time, who has come out of hiding and needs their help to make his masterpiece. The adventure begins as they visit different sound stages to produce the movie. Players will cast for actors, meet movie stars, coordinate stunts, use the camera to shoot scenes, and even act in a gorilla suit. However, they quickly learn that there may be trouble in tinseltown.

"On Poptropica's new ‘Back Lot Island,’ players get the chance to be in pictures and discover the magic of movie making as well as the pitfalls of producing for the big screen,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher of Poptropica. "This newest quest introduces kids to yet another creative world as they have fun and play in a safe, secure virtual environment.”

In a special “Back Lot Island” bonus quest, Poptropica Members are surprised by the studio’s owners who have returned and want them off their property. They’ll have to outrun the studio security and get away with a valuable souvenir. Poptropica Members also get an additional “Back Lot Island” gear pack, which includes a Silent Treatment power, Clapperboard item and, during Early Access only, a Film Director costume.

Hundreds of millions of kids have visited Poptropica since its launch five years ago and the number grows every day. Poptropica players come from more than 200 different countries and territories and have their web browsers set to more than 100 different languages. The virtual world offers kids a safe place to play and connect online.

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 Poptropica blog.

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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