Poptropica. No matter how hard I looked I could not find that original post but it must have impressed me because I noted Poptropica on my "to-try" list. Poptropica also made Time magazine's The Top 50 Best Websites of 2011.
When you enter the site you can either click the New Player or Returning Player button. I decided to do some further exploration before getting into the site.
The Creators' Blog! leads to all the latest news and ideas about using Poptropica. When a new island is introduced it will be announced here.
Poptropica: The Official Guide is to be released on October 13, 2011. Several copies will be finding their way to our Charlevoix Elementary School Library Media Center.
When I choose the New Player button the next screen asked me to create my character. I was first asked if I was a boy or a girl. Then I was asked my age; ages 6-15 whirl around for selection. Sadly, my age was not among those but being 10 again sounded like a good idea. I wanted to pick an age between the span not knowing if that would change the way Poptropica played for me. The character selected for me was Shiny Lightning but you can change your character. To move the character point and click with the mouse.
I climbed back up the rope fairly early in my stroll through this place and moved to another island where I was able to collect several items for my tool box. Saving that game as well, I decided that I needed to give Great Pumpkin Island another try. I went back to the Island Tour which was exceedingly beneficial. It is important to know the goal for each island before attempting to maneuver around. I am still working on saving Halloween! I can see where this site would provide hours of entertainment for most ages.
For hand-eye coordination and use of the mouse this is an excellent site. There is no audio. Pre-scripted chats take place between the characters by clicking on them providing practice with reading. Some games can be played between players as you move around an island but for the most part this is interaction between a player and the site itself. This site promotes creativity in solving a particular problem and down right doggedness to complete the designated task.
Poptropica is a proven, promising ticket to multiple adventures.