DK'Tronics Ltd
Don Priestley
1985
Arcade: Platform
£6.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Ross Holman, Rick Robson, Dougie Bern
Chris Bourne

Dougie: At first sight, this game looks outsize! Everything is BIG! But this trauma soon passes as you come to terms with the idea that not everything has to be four pixels high and, well, who wants to wear glasses anyway.

Everyone's here - Popeye himself, Olive Oil, Bluto, the dragon... Ah! Well, this is where we veer away from the 'Bluto chases after Popeye's girls, Popeye eats the spinach and punches out Bluto' theme.

This multi-screen adventure has got firebreathing dragons, wicked witches, bugeyed monsters and all sorts of other nasties. The idea is to walk Popeye around, jumping up for hearts to take back to Olive, keys and cans of spinach, and keep out of everyone's way. Especially Bluto's. Whenever I went near that particular man-mountain, he thumped me - unfortunately, in the game the cans of spinach are used to revive poor ol' Popeye rather than giving him the strength he needs to return Bluto s compliments.

Once you've got control of the Popeye character, you can walk him all over the place, up and down stairways, shinning up and down ropes... except when you come up against a locked door. At this point, you've got to retrace your steps and search out one of the keys.

To be honest, I wasn't too impressed at first... but then I started uncovering all sorts of locations behind the locked doors and a whole new set of nasties. Not being able to see all the locations at the start does make the game more interesting.

There seems to be a slight problem with the colours - figures often blend in with the background. But the characters are fun, and their movements are both clever and full of humour. 8/10

Rick: A hit, oil be bound, and there are plenty of hits and lists in Popeye!. The world's first ever vegetarian body-builder has been honoured with a game that's pretty to look at, and pretty dull to play. 4/10

Ross: Going round guzzling the green stuff all to get the goil is a good idea - and the cartoon graphics add to the fun. I'd spend the green stuff (no, not the spinach) on this game! 8/10

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You can find that fickle female, Olive Oyl behind this window - but at least you're assured of a warm welcome when you take her a heart.

She loves you, she loves you not! You can tell whether you're in favour with Olive Oyl from the love meter - if it reaches zilcho then your Heart's broken, Popeye!

The course of true love never did run smooth. To keep Olive sweet, you'll just have to collect the hearts you find on your travels. Take them back to her straight a way and your love meter will be topped up.

Here comes trouble - big trouble! The game's played on two planes, front and back, so to avoid a bout of fisticuffs with Bluto step back out of his path

To get to the top of the lighthouse, you'll have to start climbing. And once you're up there, it's round and round in circles to avoid the fly. Dizzzzzy!

Get your mitts on as much of Ihe green stuff as possible - Spinach what d'ya think we meant? It's the only known substance that'll revive a confirmed vegetarian like Popeye.

Collect the keys or you won't be able to open the doors - and then you'll miss out on plenty of other locations - not to be missed!