POPEYE THE VIDEO GAME
By Mark Nobes
Popeye is a platformer game that was originally released into the arcades and on the NES by Nintendo in 1982. However, in the UK and Ireland, the game was licensed to Atari, who released the game using their own cabinets. The game was ported to the Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit home computers, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Intelivision and Colecovision to name but a few.
The idea of the game was to try and win Olive Oyl's love. She can be found dropping tokens of love from the top of the screen which Popeye needed to collect. There were many obstacles to avoid, including his arch enemy Brutus, but if Popeye collects some spinach he can knock him out by running into him, temporarily.
Screenshots from the Arcade version.
POPEYE ON THE ATARI XL/XE (BY PARKER BROS)
Comparing the C64 and Atari XL/XE version, the C64 version looks slightly better in the graphics department (the love hearts look more like hearts, for a start!) but the animation of the characters definitely looks better to me on the Atari version - see what you think!
NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (NES) VERSION
Level 2 on the C64