Friday, May 13, 2016

New Galactic Hot Dogs Map Icon - Thoughts

The new map icon
Welcome to Poptropica Secrets! Today I will be discussing the new map icon for Galactic Hot Dogs Island and what I think about it.
I think it's actually really cool. It shows off the main city that they live in, Funketoun, in all it's glorious colors, and the main character. And while he is 40 feet tall, this is the style of many other islands, such as Big Nate Island, Great Pumpkin Island, Poptropicon Island, and the like. Cosmoe also looks a lot less goofy here than on the island. The GHD art style clashes with the Poptropica art style too much, and these characters, made of mainly straight lines, are forced to be rounded to fit in the mold of the typical Poptropican. On the map icon, as it is with Big Nate Island, Wimpy Wonderland, and Timmy Failure Island, they don't need to be designed like that to be recognized as Poptropicans. Heck, in the islands I just mentioned, none of the characters have the typical Poptropican body shape. I really am glad they made this change.

But why did Poptropica make this change? Well, if I remember correctly, the original island, as seen from the map, was the Neon Wiener (which may or may not be the most immature, nonsensical name for a ship ever). Oh wait, it was. Here is a screenshot I took of the map for mobile devices.
The island, formerly seen on the map.
In case you didn't notice, this is not an island. This is their stupid spaceship bus. Besides that, this picture is still lazy. Do you want to know why? Well, guess what I found on the Galactic Hot Dogs website. The image below is almost the same as the image on the right, except one is more cartoony, and the other is more Poptropica-styled. But otherwise, they're the same image. The icon designer must have just uploaded the original image to and drew over it in a new layer, and called it a day. It doesn't help that it doesn't have a shadow or anything, like regular flying objects would. So that's probably why the team changed the icon.
So those are my thoughts. I don't specifically like Galactic Hot Dogs Island, or Galactic Hot Dogs in general, but I think this new map icon is pretty great. What do you think? There's a poll on the sidebar for you to take part in, and I sincerely encourage that you vote.

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