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SummaryFlawed translation, but better than it could have been
The GoodBig, fanatical fans of the original arcade version (like me) will be pleased that the scoring and gameplay are about 95% accurate from the arcade game. Though only one musical piece was fully rendered in this version, it is reproduced nicely. Nice use of color. Also, there are a number of glitches in the program that can be discovered after many hours of constant play. Most of these involve making Popeye slide across the platforms, which you can do if you punch and then immediately reverse direction and punch again. This takes a lot of practice.
The BadThe audio can be EXTREMELY annoying. The low, bass-like background tune from the arcade game made for a fun backdrop to all the cartoon action, but it was perhaps a mistake to try to recreate it in the Intellivision version, as here it is loud, distracting, and even off-key. Also, most people preferred Intellivision over the Atari 2600 because its games had no annoying flickering objects like so many old Atari games (remember Pac-Man?) But in Popeye for the Intellivision, the tokens, bottles, and vulture all flicker. This is irritating but not impossible to get used to after a while.