Popeye, NES Game
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  • For a game released over 30 years ago I think it still looks great, just not as good as the arcade version
  • There are two modes for a two player experience too, one being Mode A which is your standard mode that goes from easy to hard while Mode B starts from hard and gets harder


    • by Sami Oughanem

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      Ah yes Popeye for the Nintendo. Popeye was one of those titles growing up that I used to play all the time. It was fun, two people could take turns playing it, and it was a nice title to just play for a few minutes to maybe even an hour or two. This Nintendo classic came from the arcade and I for one am glad it made it on to the NES.

      The gameplay in Popeye is easy to pick up and learn in just a few short seconds. You are in control of Popeye, the cartoon hero from back-in-the-day. It is up to you to save your sweetheart, Olive Oyl, in three stages, each of which as their own problems Popeye needs to worry about. Saving Olive Oyl isn’t that


      easy because Brutus is on your tail the entire time!

      There are three stages to the game, but it is endless if you are that good. Stage one takes place in a neighborhood setting where Olive Oyl cries/shoots out 24 hearts that you need to capture. In stage two Olive Oyl sings 16 musical notes you need to collect and in the third and final stage Popeye must collect letters that spell out the word “help”.

      It is a simple game to play, but it is a lot of fun. Nintendo added in Swee’ Pea in the game as well (stage 2) for Popeye fans. There is spinach you can collect in each stage to punch out Brutus, along with a few other ways to take him down/score some extra points. Brutus

      doesn’t just fall down that easy too. The big man can jump down to strike you and he throws beer bottles at you. Yes Nintendo did leave that in when porting the game over, but I’m sure if you ask them Brutus is just throwing bottles, nothing more, nothing less.

      When you beat the three stages the game starts over, but this time in the first two stages a witch at the top left of the screen will throw skulls at you (2 at first and then one more after each time you beat the game again). Brutus will start to move faster too each time you complete the three stages as well.

      For a game released over 30 years ago I think it still looks great, just not as good as ...


      • Popeye, NES Game
      the arcade version. Popeye’s characters actually have more than one color too them, which is pretty uncommon back when the game was released on the NES as a system launch title. Overall the game has a fair amount of colors in it and the animations are pretty good for its time. The Nintendo version did have to cut a few things from the arcade, like Wimpy in stage 2 and the title screen. In the arcade you got to see Popeye’s face with his name, but on the NES version it just has Popeye with 4 game modes.

      The games music mimics some of the tunes from the early cartoon of Popeye. There are not a whole lot of musical tunes in the game, but the few that are in the

      Popeye game are good enough to make you think there is more music than it really is. Nintendo did a nice job putting in what they could at the time and delivering a top arcade title.

      Popeye offers 4 game modes for replay value. If you want to skip to the harder gameplay mode (the one you get after you beat the game) then just select Mode B. There are two modes for a two player experience too, one being Mode A which is your standard mode that goes from easy to hard while Mode B starts from hard and gets harder. The two player modes are both done with players taking turns. So when one person dies the other one gets to see how far they can get before their Popeye meets death.



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