On the first level, Olive Oyl stands at the top of the screen and
tosses 24 hearts one at a time down to the bottom, hoping that Popeye
will catch them all. If a heart reaches the bottom of the screen,
you will have about ten seconds to pick it up before it breaks, costing
you one of your lives.
The second level is much like the first, except Olive Oyl is dropping
musical notes, now 16 of them, one at a time. The major difference is
the layout, with Wimpy on the plank in the lower corner. If Popeye
jumps off the second floor, he will be catapulted up to the third floor.
With some careful timing, you can even make Popeye leap all the way up
to the fourth floor, where Sweetpea is waiting on a balloon platform.
The setting for the third level is a ship, with a sliding platform on
the top floor. At the beginning of the board you should be able to
slide Popeye across the platform several times, catching the
letters H-E-L-P that Olive Oyl is dropping directly above.
Try to catch the hearts as high as possible, since they decrease in
value as they get closer to the bottom.
Every time Popeye catches a letter, one step is added to a ladder which
goes up to Olive Oyl. When the ladder is finished, Olive Oyl is rescued.
The third level is the most difficult, because a large number of letters
are needed to complete the ladder and save Olive Oyl. The Vulture will
constantly appear from the left side of the screen. While sliding back
and forth across the platform, you should try to punch The Vulture
as many times as possible, to score 1000 points per punch.
After Popeye has rescued Olive Oyl on the third level, there will be an
intermission that will have Popeye's face while "I'm Popeye The Sailor Man"
plays followed by Popeye blowing his pipe and going "Toot! Toot!".
Afterwards, the game begins again with increased difficulty.