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In this cartoon-inspired platform game, you play Popeye, trying to catch Olive Oyl's "hearts" while avoiding the evil Bluto. Bluto is pretty relentless, however, once per screen Popeye can grab a can of spinach and turn the tables on that big bully. Popeye is available on several consoles, but this is probably the best version I've seen. The characters are multicolored, well animated, and easy to identify (unlike the Colecovision version). All three screens are included, and each has its own musical theme. Even the control is solid. My only complaint that the collision detection seems a little fishy at times. Otherwise, this is the next best thing to having the arcade game in your home.
Overall, Popeye for the Atari 5200 is definitely worth a pickup. While there are better games out there on the system, this is a solid title that should keep you entertained for hours. If you don’t have a 5200, I would recommend picking up the title on the NES as it has similar gameplay. It can be picked up for under $5 on the Atari 5200, or for around $15 on the NES – it was one of the first games released on the NES. In any case, I would pick this game up one way or another.