Review Date: February 20, 2021

Release Date: June 6, 1986

Platform: NES

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: ?

Anecdotes: Normally, I like to play the original versions of games. I like to play the games in their original forms. I made an exception here, but I can not remember why. This game is a rather ridiculous game that has a lot of the same elements as Donkey Kong.

Description: You play as Popeye. Popeye roams around a scene trying to collect letters, hearts, or musical notes. Popeye has to collect them all to advance to the next level. While he is trying to do that, the cheating jerk Brutus** will be chasing after him with the ability to do all sorts of cheap tricks. Like Donkey Kong, when he completes every level, he’ll loop back around to the first.

Popeye returns to the first level, but now Seahag has joined the fun, bouncing skulls across the screen toward Popeye.

**There is some question as to whether it’s Bluto or Brutus, as the Popeye cartoons have used both. The manual, uploaded by gamesdatabase.org, refers to him as Brutus on page 5, so I’m going with that.

Speaking of Brutus, where did those bottles he’s throwing come from?

Positives: Spinach was included so Popeye can at least get a small amount of revenge on Brutus. Hearts (or notes or letters) aren’t “dead” the moment they hit the water; the game gives players time to try to figure out how to get to a sinking heart.

Cheating Brutus jumped down from the level above. Meanwhile, Popeye had a sinking E to get to that helps form a ladder he can’t climb.

Negatives: First and foremost, I have to say that BRUTUS IS A BLEEPING CHEATER!!! He can do moves Popeye can only dream of like throwing things, jumping, diving down, etc. Worse yet, Popeye can’t do anything about him unless he punches a can of spinach.

Brutus also was given the ability to walk over thin air, but somehow, Popeye can’t.
Oh, and did I mention that the developers removed Wimpy? NO NO NO WRONG ANSWER!

Grade: C

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