Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hidden Room: The Basement of Secrets!

Hey Jammers! This post includes instruction on how to get into a hidden room, speculation on the lore of the room, as well as the significance of its contents. Just wanted to let ya know!

The latest update has brought many obvious changes listed in the Jamaa Journal, but one amazing thing took some solo exploration to discover. 

In all your time spent on Animal Jam, have you ever wandered into the Chamber of Secrets and discovered a conspicuous looking trapdoor? Have you ever wondered what could be stored within such a mysterious room, itself being housed within the mysterious Chamber of Knowledge? 

Before we delve any deeper into how to get into the basement, let's discuss the history of the basement and why it's been opened up this month, of all times.

Or... you could just skip my monolog and get straight to the actual basement. 

It's up to you!

In both the Official Insiders Guide to Jamaa as well as some older Jamaa lore, the basement or the "vault beneath the Temple of Zios" has been said to store the famed Heartstones. These Heartstones– previously known as Spirit Stones but have since been changed to avoid religious connotations– are mystical stones said to contain the essence of each species. Every time a new Heartstone is discovered, a new species arrives in Jamaa!

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 ❝ [The animals] were able to restore many of the lands that had 

been taken over by the Phantoms, and many Heartstones were

 returned [to the vault beneath the Lost Temple of Zios]. 

– Animal Jam Official Insider's Guide

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According to the Insider's Guide, the Heartstones are kept within a vault. Additionally, it's unclear if "vault beneath the Lost Temple of Zios" directly refers to The Basement of Secrets. In fact, it seems downright unlikely if the Heartstones are still there. Still, AJ's many legends can conflict with each other. For example, in Cosmo's old Alpha bio, he was characterized as one of the older Alphas, and in the newer one it said he was the youngest. 

So... aside from the obvious, why has this secret basement been released now of all times?

Well... it may have something to do with this page from the recent Jamaa Journal:

Alphas and Heartstones. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!!!! ō_ō

Perhaps a deeper level of the Basement of Secrets contains the Heartstones that has the potentiality of being released soon...? Just some simple speculation...

And now, the question you've all been asking: What is this hidden room and how do I get there?

It's actually as easy as the secret color glitch!

STEP 1: Open up the map.

STEP 2: Click where the red dot is on the image below:

FYI, there's no actual red dot on the map. I just drew it on the area you should click. :D

STEP 3: BAM! KABLAM! KA-POW! VOILA! You're in the Basement of Secrets!

Many ancient artifacts of all kinds are hidden here! Scrolls of all kinds, rare weapons, dazzling and mysterious geodes, and many books are stored here in this secret basement. 

While the upper floors of the Chamber of Knowledge appear to house volumes on the more scientific information on Jamaa's diverse flora and fauna, the Basements hold many artifacts from the time of Jamaa's mystical beginning. However, no Heartstones seem to be here...

...Or are they?

The staffs look like they have Alpha stones, which are like Heartstones but way more powerful. I don't believe these to really be the Heartstones, as they appear inconspicuous while the real Heartstones have a lot of value. I'd think the Heartstones would be displayed more proudly.

Over on the adjacent wall lies a mysterious scroll...

It appears to be a list of laws, decrees, or even a poem, but we have no way to find out as of yet. However, the top title appears to say "MIRA" if you squint. Hmm... perhaps it's the spell Zios used to create Mira!? Oh my gosh, that would be so cool!

AJHQ has used tiny hidden text for pop culture references, so I wouldn't put it past them to do something like this that would hint stuff about Jamaa's history. 

Still, I'm not completely sure it says "MIRA." It looks like it could also say "HIS" or something of the like. It really looks like an "M" or an "H" in the front, but the rest is confusing.

Anyways, did I mention this secret room has a hidden shop?

Ooohhh... this shop is so secret that it doesn't even have a name! Spooky. It's a shame there's only one nonmember item, though. Still, pretty sweet!

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A lot of people would call me a loser for being obsessed with this online kids game, but it really brings me real happiness. The art, the educational bits, and secrets like this... It's really a positive way for me to spend my computer time. I dunno, I just wanted to say that.

Thanks everyone for reading! Have a fantastic day, and don't let anyone dull your sparkle~*

Special Delivery Tips + Prizes

Hey Jammers! I greatly underestimated the amount of testing there would be last week and because of that, I thought that end-of-semester projects would be the only things I'd need to worry about getting in the way of updating this blog. Boy, was I incorrect! Sorry 'bout that. 

Anyways, I'm back to regular posting! Thanks a bunch for your patience. :D

Furryfruit73 already talked about the items coming with the recent update, so I'll take the liberty to talk about the other big thing that came with it: Special Delivery!

Special Delivery is a seasonal adventure being celebrated in February along with the Friendship Festival, AJ's version of Valentine's Day. Like many seasonal adventures, Special Delivery is a group search-and-find, but not as much in a maze format as other seasonal adventures. Your job is to deliver Valentines all across the map and get prizes in exchange for each batch!

Here are all the prizes I've collected so far, but being a nonmember prevents me from collecting them all. Because of this, I've decided to cheat and take screenshots from YouTube for your convenience. 

The video I've taken these from is linked here. 

Including the above image, here are all the NONMEMBER PRIZES:

As you can see, many of them are from last year.

Next, here are the MEMBER PRIZES!

There are also a couple treasure chests scattered throughout the map. The prizes they yield can range from new, cool items to the kind of stuff you'd expect to get in Sky High.


If the person who made the video sees this, I hope it's ok to use these screenshots! Again, here's the link to the video.

If you've found any prizes not listed here, please share what they are in the comments!

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I've played this adventure a few times, so I think I have enough ~*experience*~ to give you all a few pointers.

1. Keep your map open at all times. This plays in with the tip below.

2. Be organized about hunting for mailboxes. Instead of skipping around the map, split it up. For me, I like to "outline" the heart shape of the map and fill in each half, paying attention to every mailbox. This makes looking for the last couple of mailboxes 10x easier!

3. Do the four-player jump-thingy at the end. I've only gotten store items like flower necklaces and stuff from the treasure chest, and you don't really need it to complete the map. Better wait 'til the end!


...stop for digital hot chocolate. :P

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That's all for now, Jammers! I'm so happy to be posting for you again! If you've noticed anything else about Special Delivery, don't hesitate to comment! I'll reply to all the ones I can. ^.^

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friendship Festival!

Hey jammers! Its furryfruit73. Finals are over, so Doomy and I will be more active! :) Since we've been gone, the Friendship Festival has started.

Heart Earrings, Heart Wand, Heart Balloon, Cape and Antennae are all in Jam Mart Clothing.

For furniture, we have Valentine Pile, Hear Rose Archway and the Heart Mat.

As for the Diamond Shop, we have the Heart Cloud, Pixelated Fox Head, and Friendship Armor.

Wow. That was a LOT of hearts. Hope everyone has a good week, and that you don't have any tests! :)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Friendship February and New Animals

Hey jammers! Furryfruit73 here. Today we have a new edition of the Jamaa Journal.
First off: Polar Bears are back in the Diamond shop, available for members only.

Next, we have the adorable pet armadillos and an announcement about goats coming to Jamaa.

AJHQ also wants us to vote on what animal we want to come to Jamaa next!

In addition to all that, February is coming up, which means the Friendship party is back, along with the mission Special Delivery and the Friendship Armor!

Also, you can buy a gift card that gives you a pet snow leopard and some furniture.

Whew, that was a LOT of new things. Well, hope everyone has a good day! :) And if you have finals soon like me and Doomypanda do, study hard and get a good night's rest.


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