Popeye 2
By Alternative
Spectrum 48K

Published in Crash #88

Popeye 2

Olive Oyl has been captured once again by the evil Bluto, being the lovely young lady she is ('hem, 'hem). And you, as Popeye, have to rescue her.

All the popular characters from the Popeye cartoon are here: Swee' Pea, Wimpy, Eugene the Jeep and Goons. It's these characters that cause most of the problems - you have to watch out for Swee' Pea crawling along the iron girders, collect all the hamburgers for Wimpy and defuse the bombs you find on your travels. Spinach cans make the muscle-ometer at the bottom of the screen expand, giving you extra power.

All the sprites and backgrounds are detailed but in glorious monochrome, unfortunately, which makes the game look bland. The gameplay is very simplistic. All you do is jump from platform to platform collecting things until you reach a nasty, then punch at him until he drops.

For a game that's aimed towards younger games players I think it's a little tough: I could just about manage to get halfway into the second level before running out of lives, and that was hard going (that's probably because you're rubbish, Nick-Ed).

Nick Roberts

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