Popeye (1982)

Video Game  -  Action | Family  -  December 1982 (USA)
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The evil Brutus is at it again. This time he's after Olive Oyl. So as Popeye, you must survive many levels of fury, dodging the evil Brutus, Sea Hag, and Bernard the Vulture. Brutus's ... See full summary »

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The evil Brutus is at it again. This time he's after Olive Oyl. So as Popeye, you must survive many levels of fury, dodging the evil Brutus, Sea Hag, and Bernard the Vulture. Brutus's bottles and Sea Hag's hopping skulls will slow you down, but obtain your spinach and send Brutus to the moon and win Olive Oyl's hand in marriage. He's strong to the finach, cause he eats his spinach, he's Popeye the Sailor Man- and he's on your Nintendo! Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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In the words of Popeye: "Well, blow me down! A cool 4-bit game."
16 February 2003 | by (Richmond, CA) – See all my reviews

In this cool 4-bit arcade video game, Brutus is very upset and broken-hearted because Olive Oyl left him for our spinach-eating friend. So, Popeye must prove his love for Olive by collecting items that she tosses while avoiding vicious attacks by Brutus and the Sea Hag and her vulture. And yes, Popeye has his can of spinach (only one per level, though) that he can use to temporarily knock Brutus out and buy some time to collect more of Olive's items.

In each stage, there are three levels. In those three levels, Olive tosses items to Popeye. In level one, Olive tosses hearts. In level two, Olive tosses musical notes. In level three, Olive tosses the letters H-E-L-P. As each item is tossed, they slowly make their way to the bottom of the screen until Popeye catches them. Depending on when they're caught, take note of the difference in points. If an item falls to the bottom of the screen and is broken, Olive will be very mad at Popeye (especially if it's a heart) and he will lose a life.

In level One, where it starts, catch twenty-four hearts that Olive tosses to you. This won't be easy as Brutus tries to beat up Popeye and the Sea Hag throws bottles at him as well. When push comes to shove, eat the spinach and knock Brutus out. He can also hit a punching bag and cause a bucket to fall on Brutus's head. That has to be timed perfectly. In level two, catch twenty-musical musical notes. Wimpy and Swea Pea are also featured so they can help Popeye get around. In level three, collect the letters H-E-L-P. As the letters are collected, a ladder is built so Popeye will climb up to the top of the ship and save Olive, and the level ends. After the first stage is completed Brutus and the Sea Hag get more aggressive. Brutus moves a lot faster and tosses more bottles at a much faster speed and the Sea Hag tosses skulls at Popeye. The game continues until Popeye loses all his lives.

Just like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, this is one of the best old-school games, compared to today's standards. For a 4-bit game the graphics look good. The sound may not be the best, but at least they got the "Popeye Theme" right. The game is fun and challenging. Too bad the game isn't at any arcades. My evaluation: 8 out of 10.

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