Hello all and sorry for this long-break but real life has its own twisted way on messing up with my virtual plans
Now’s the time for some spinach and lets all saaaiilll awwaaaaayyyy with Popeye, yeaah.. Popeye The Sailor had his own private appeareance on ZX Spectrum. Good lord it was some fine days & night then, im just turning out a little bit nostalgic and blue ‘cuz i guess i had about 14 of 15 years old when Popeye cartoons run on national tv station every sunday and boy whatta pleasure was to watch that frenzzy adventures and then jump on my Sinclair, start the tape and play Popeye for hours.
Popeye was released by DK’Tronics in 1985 but it was first scheduled for the Christmas of ‘84.. nevertheless it came out as a big hit mainly from its glorious graphics wich resembled pretty much with a cartoon and also the game-play (yes, we had gameplay that days).
The essence of Popeye is to find all the hearts and return them to Olive before her lovemeter runs out. He must also collect spinach cans, keys and an assortment of objects to aid him during his journey.
Spinach is the only way to revive Popeye following a blow from Bluto, vultures, witches on broomsticks and so on. Keys are needed to gain access to the chambers and rooms where more objects and obstacles lie.
To reach the various objects Popeye can jump, climb up and down ropes and hitch lifts. Be bold and adventurous and you will be rewarded with even more locations to explore.
At first the game is tedious. Popeye is so slow in response to your commands that he is mowed down even as he is recovering from a blow. Once you have adjusted to the slightly slow reactions and cracked the correct sequence to avoid Bluto, you can really start getting into the game.
The graphics are excellent and very large. Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto are all perfect reproductions of the famous cartoon characters.
"quote from Sinclair User No. 43"
Download Popeye.tzx.zip (Original Release - Perfect TZX tape image)
Download Popeye.tap.zip (Original Release - TAP tape image)
At that time this game received 4 out of 5 stars beeing considered a hit and because of its succes Popeye 2 and Popeye 3 we’re relesead shortly after.
But as almost all remakes this two didnt manage to have the popularity of original Popeye, first remake was almost like a Donkey King Kong with clumpsy graphics and Popeye 3 even if it had been refurbished with 128K style graphics and sound, turning Popeye the Sailor into a wrestler.. well.. some people really apreciate it (i guess it was the remains of WrestleMania..) but for me, the humble and in-loved with my sparky sailor.. that was enough.. i’ll forever stick to Popeye 1.
Anyway.. loading screen from Popeye 2
and here’s the Popeye 3 (the wrestler)