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Adaptation of the arcade game.

PopeyeGraphics: 3
Sound: 2
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1- or 2-player game
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I haven't played Popeye extensively. Graphically some elements are not too bad. But, in an effort to remain perhaps too faithful to the arcade game, too many moving objects result in quite a bit of flicker in this game. It's also tough to get Popeye to climb up and down the stairs. The sound effects and music are pedestrian. As I'm not familiar with the arcade game, I can't say how good this game measures up against the original. Best Score: 11200 [Skill Level: 1]




ROM ShockVision title screen hack confirmed.
Box So far, three variations have been found.
Manual Three variants have been identified.
Overlays At least two different custom overlay designs exist, one by Psycho Stormtrooper, the other from ????.
Label To date, two labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of three Popeye box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Popeye Box (Parker Brothers 6370) Parker Brothers 6370 1983 U.S.A. Sturdy box with separate lid; plain tagboard tray; © 1983; back is also gold-colored background rather than white
Image not available. Parker Brothers A6370 1983 U.S.A. French-Canadian Edition; sturdy box with separate lid; © 1983
Image not available. Parker Brothers ?????? 1983 U.S.A./Hong Kong International Edition; languages on back include: English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch; sturdy box with separate lid; © 1983




The ShockVision cartridges have what appears to be a title screen hack version of the game. It is unclear if any other changes were made.





A total of three Popeye manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Popeye Manual (Parker Brothers) Parker Brothers N/A 1983 U.S.A. No part number; © 1983
Image not available. Parker Brothers N/A 1983 Canada NEED VERIFICATION: French version shipped in French-Canadian release; black & white; no part number; © 1983
Image not available. Parker Brothers N/A 1983   NEED VERIFICATION: International Edition; instructions in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch; no part number; no origin; © 1983

Supplemental Materials

The following supplemental materials have been found for Popeye.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Popeye Additional Materials (Parker Brothers) Parker Brothers N/A 1983 U.S.A. Scratch-off game to win a Popeye arcade game (used)–anyone have an unused game piece?




Only one version of the overlay has been found for Popeye.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Image not available. Parker Brothers N/A None   Custom overlay designed by Psycho Stormtrooper




A total of two Popeye label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Popeye Label (Parker Brothers) Parker Brothers N/A 1983   Standard Parker Brothers label; no origin listed; © 1983
Image not available. ShockVision N/A None   Trippy ShockVision label




Title Screen Typically plain Parker Brothers start screen.
Round One: Sweet Hearts Olive and the Sea Hag aren't very well done, but the game plays OK.
Round Two: Love Notes Here, you catch musical notes.
Round Three: Help! I find the graphics a bit too chunky throughout this game, but for some reason, this level bothers me the most.




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