Popeye 3

• Publisher: Alternative
• Developer:
Bizarre Devs
Release Date: 1992
Code: Michael J. Lister

GFX: Paul A. Bellamy
Music: Paul A. Bellamy

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 24%
Our Game Rating: 35%




> POPEYE 3: WrestleCrazy by Alternative Software

• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

I mentioned back in my game ending review for Popeye 2 that I am a big fan of Popeye cartoons and comic books. Back when I was a kid, we used to visit my grandparents in Italy during the summer, and the first thing I would do when I got there was to rush over to the tobacconist/newsagents and buy myself a copy of the latest Braccio Di Ferro comic book - which was more a book than a comic! It was Popeye in Italian - though translated, Braccio Di Ferro means 'Arms of iron'. I spent most of my summer engrossed in those books and still love seeing them today.

Whiz forward ten or twelve years and it's now 1992. I'm 21 years old and still collecting new Commodore 64 games, and one of my new purchases is Popeye 3 - WrestleCrazy, which was slated by Commodore Force magazine and received a measly score of 24%. It didn't take me long to work out why the game was scored so low, and needless to say that I didn't bother loading the game up ever again! Until now...

What can I say about this wannabe wrestling game... the controls are dire; the music is awful; the and multiload is annoying. The only thing it's got going for it are the graphics, but they don't really work when the gameplay is pants! If you haven't played this game, then get the urge over and done with and then move on!

The End.


SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you've defeated the final opponent, an ending screen appears with a start field and the message: "WELL DONE POPEYE. YOU HAVE DEFEATED ALL YOUR OPPONENTS AND CAN RETURN TO EARTH A HERO."


  • Vinny: I was a little disheartened when I saw this game ending. I was expecting a cool tune and some nice graphics and animation - elements that I feel it's lacking. Because of that, I'm giving it 2/10.
  • Andy Vaisey: Nice childhood story; thanks for sharing!

    Actually, your story is better than this shoddy ending!

    I wasn't sure of the spelling, so checked on my local interwebs and uncovered a can of worms of people arguing how to spell Popeye's laugh! Thus I avoided it...
  • Andrew Fisher: It seemed such an odd idea for a Popeye game, and it is very poor - almost Cage Match poor!

    A bad ending too, almost like they gave up.
  • Gaz Spence: A really poor game that falls flat on the canvas at every point right through to the boring and oh so simplistic ending.
  • Brendan Phoenix: I would rather eat a plate full of spinach that watch that ending again.

FINAL SAY: This one needs some more spinach!

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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