User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall User Score (37 votes) 3.2

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Nov 05, 2008)
Avoiding Brutus is largely a game of cat-and-mouse, but eating your spinach lets you turn the tables on him, delivering a mighty punch that sends him bouncing around the screen. Just be sure to keep moving because Brutus is quite nimble for his size, and can pounce on you unpredictably. Each screens offers its own unique elements, like a trap you can trigger or a teeter-totter that catapults you to a higher platform. The music is also first-rate. Not only does each screen feature its own catchy jingle, but a lively rendition of the Popeye theme plays when you eat your spinach. Some might contend Popeye is a second-tier platform title, but I haven't had this much fun on my NES in a while.
Retro Game Reviews (Apr 13, 2016)
Popeye has pretty much everything you could want in an early Arcade game and this home console port is recommended to anyone that enjoys Donkey Kong. Being an early NES Black Box title means it is light on content but the gameplay is so fun that you'll find yourself returning to it time and again for a quick blast.
Popeye looks great, sounds great and plays great! It retains the look & feel of the cartoon characters and it a lot of fun to play. There are plenty of random attacks on Popeye to keep it interesting and offers 2-player options.
Popeye is one of my all time favorite Nintendo games and to think Nintendo themselves made it too. The game is just like classic arcade titles from the 80s that we all use to play when on vacation or at local restaurants or pizza joints that had the Nintendo multi-game arcade machines. With all these new 3D games out there today I still enjoy putting on Popeye to have fun. This game will remind you that gaming is about having fun and not about collection the most achievements or trophies. Popeye is worth owning and should be purchased if you call yourself a gamer or if you like to have fun when playing video games.
80 (May 25, 2009)
Popeye risulta dunque un titolo molto intrigante, altamente giocabile, con personaggi ben caratterizzati, una buona colonna sonora e un livello di sfida notevole, l’unica pecca che ne abbassa di poco il giudizio finale è solamente l’estrema ripetitività, caratteristica comunque molto comune per tutti i titoli di derivazione arcade dello stesso periodo.
NES Archives (Feb 21, 2008)
If you like arcade classics or are a big fan of Popeye you will enjoy this game greatly. If you just like NES games you will probably find this game enjoyable for short periods. Either way it is worth playing at least once or twice.
It’s a great use of the license, with nice graphics representing all the show’s characters, along with that famous theme song that we all know and love.
Popeye's biggest weakness is redundancy. Each level requires you to do basically the same thing: gather floating objects. Even so, it is a fun game that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Le graphisme et l'animation sont bons et le rendu des personnages est fidèle au dessin animé. On regrettera seulement qu'il n'y ait que trois tableaux. Jeu simple et distrayant qui ne manque pas d'humour.
HonestGamers (Mar 08, 2013)
Ultimately, Popeye can be thought of as a poor man's Donkey Kong. The game is competent but inferior, since Donkey Kong outshines it in just about every department despite of the stage that Nintendo chopped from the home conversion. Popeye is only worth playing as an old school score attack arcade-type game if you're sick of both Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr., or if you're the only person living in the 21st century who still cares about Popeye.
Tilt (Dec, 1987)
Le principal reproche que l'on puisse adresser à ce jeu concerne sa réalisation baclée. Certes, les personnages sont tout à fait identifiables mais les décors sont laids car basés sur des rectangles de couleurs de trop grande dimension. Autre facteur de déception : la bande sonore désagréable et lassante. En revanche, l'animation s'avère fort réussie. En conclusion, une cartouche qui ne vaut pas le détour.
42 (Jan, 2013)
Unless you’re a point warrior who likes to collect points like the young’uns collect Achievements, there’s no reason to continue playing Popeye. The levels grow tedious and Olive Oyl isn’t really a figure I enjoy rescuing. Popeye definitely sits with Nintendo’s lesser works, like Donkey Kong 3 or Clu Clu Land; not terrible, but curious.
Power Play (Sep, 1988)
Drei Bilder mit mickriger Grafik. Nur für Oldie-Fans.