The Game: Well, blow me down! Popeye the sailor man gets his own video game. On level one, you’re trying to catch Olive Oyl’s falling hearts before they descend to sea level and are lost, while ducking Bluto’s punches at the same time. A can of spinach appears every so often, giving you the opportunity to read the big bully the riot act (comic strip-style, of course). On level two, the falling hearts are replaced by falling musical notes, and you’ll need Wimpy’s hefty help to keep Swee’Pea from drifting away on a balloon. (Parker Brothers, 1983)
Memories: Possibly the most faithful home version of Nintendo’s game about a certain sailor man there is, Popeye for the ColecoVision does this game proud.
Like the arcade game, this version sports characters who do bear a resemblance to their inked inspiration, and the sound effects are close to the original. If I have any issues with this game, it seems to me that controls are a bit sluggish at times, but this may also be my cranky old ColecoVision showing a bit of senility.
Other than that, however, it’s an excellent port of the arcade version, and highly recommended.