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Popeye

MobyRank MobyScore
ColecoVision
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4.0
Odyssey 2
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...
Atari 8-bit
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3.9

Advertising Blurbs

Comic book ad:
    ATARI 5200, ATARI 600XL, INTELLIVISION, COMMODORE 64, TI99/4A, ATARI 400/800, ATARI 2600, COLECOVISION

    EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN SYSTEM FOR PLAYING POPEYE.

    Atari. Intellivision. ColecoVision. T.I. Commodore. Now you can play POPEYE, one of the most fun and challenging arcade games yet, on any one of them. Run through three screens of non-stop action, where you try to capture Olive Oyl's heart, while avoiding untold dangers, including Brutus and the Sea Hag. Run down to your local store for Popeye today. And while you're there, check out TUTANKHAM, FROGGER, Q*bert and SUPER COBRA, also from Parker Brothers' Arcade Action Series.

    Contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual (44454) on Jun 04, 2013.

Back of Box - 5200 (US):
    Number of players: 1 or 2
    For use with: Atari 5200™ Game System
    Joystick Required

    Put yourself in Popeye's place. You've got a daffy girlfriend who goes by the name of Olive Oyl. Right now, she's got you running in circles, chasing hearts and notes all over the place. (Well, blow me down!)

    Then, there's that blubber-brain, Brutus, who's out to get you. (He's meaner than mean!!) While you're dashing around, he's taking shots to knock you overboard.

    And if that's not bad enough--you've got that nasty ol' biddy, the Sea Hag, pelting you with bottles. And vultures diving right for your head. (Yikes!)

    Now you'd think with all this going on, you could rely on your spinach. NO CHANCE! It's there one second--gone the next. (When you do grab it, Brutus is in big trouble!)

    So go ahead, put yourself in Popeye's place--if you think you can handle all the action!

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Jun 27, 2007.

The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (1987):

    THE ORIGINAL MACHO MAN



    Olive Oyl is your one true love, but it takes more than spinach power to win her affections--and her hand in marriage. The suiters fly at you with everything they have. You're going to have to climb ladders and take other precarious avenues to reach the object of your desire.

    GAME PLAY: As Popeye you're going to have to battle jealous foes through three increasingly hazardous levels to win Olive Oyl's heart. You have to catch the hearts, musical notes, and letters she throws. Could they be love letters-- only if you can defeat the dastardly suitors Brutus, Bernard (who flies into rages easily), and Seahag. You have to keep all the tokens of Olive's affection afloat, and you get to move to higher ground. Pluck Bernard's feathers or dump Brutus on your way. The higher you go, the tougher it gets. It takes more than a can of spinach to fight to the finish and win the "goyl of your dreams."

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Mar 26, 2004.

Back Cover - NES:

    Now you're the King of Spinach
    in a battle for Olive's love!

    Are you ready to climb ladders, jump landings, eat spinach and punch out Brutus, Seahag and the flying Bernard? Because that's what it takes to win Olive Oyl's hand in marriage. You'll score points by defeating your enemies and collecting the "love tokens" Olive drops from her window. The more you collect, the more points you'll score and the faster you'll win her love. But watch out. Around every corner lurks another jealous suitor. You'll have to think with your head as well as your heart to win this fast action love affair!

    Contributed by Jeanne (75627) on Nov 16, 2003.

Description from Intellivision catalog:
    Climb aboard and join Popeye as you race him through a crazy maze in pursuit of Olive Oyl's falling hearts. The more hearts you help him catch, the higher your score. Of course, it won't be easy with Brutus and the Sea Hag around! Lead Popeye to his spinach in time and it's curtains for this pesky pair. If not - it's into the briny deep for this sailor! A fast and fun game for all ages! 1 or 2 players.

    Contributed by RKL (5614) on Sep 19, 2003.