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Box artwork for The Popeye Collection.
The Popeye Collection
Developer(s)DK'Tronics, Bizarre Developments
Publisher(s)Alternative Software
Year released1992
System(s)Sinclair ZX Spectrum
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
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The Popeye Collection is a compilation game, that was released by Alternative Software only on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum in 1992; it includes that console's versions of the three British-made titles in the Popeye series (but no conversion of that inceptive Japanese-made one, for one had been developed for it by Amazon Systems in 1984 but never released), one on each of three magnetic tapes' A-sides:

  • Popeye (1985): Initially released by DK'Tronics for that Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, and Commodore 64, this rather slow-paced "2.5-dimensional" platform game is described on the front cover as "A CRASH SMASH" (Crash is a game magazine of that time), "A GREAT COLOURFUL PLATFORMER", and "ONE OF THE BEST"; it was designed by Don Priestley, who also went on to design Benny Hill's Madcap Chase at DK'Tronics (1985) and The Trap Door at Piranha (1986).
  • Popeye 2 (1990): Also released on the Amstrad CPC and C64 (and later the Commodore Amiga after it had been redeveloped for it by Quex Development in 1992), this two-dimensional platform game is described on the front cover as having "wonderfully detailed graphics", is "corkier than a room full of wine waiters", and "the player would have to be thicker than two short planks to miss it"; two of its original designers, Richard Stevenson and Paul A. Bellamy, also designed Bangers and Mash (also 1990), Huxley Pig (also 1990) and Fireman Sam (1991) for Alternative Software.
  • Popeye 3: Wrestle Crazy (1992): Also released on the CPC, C64 and Amiga, this wrestling title was an attempt to cash in on the wrestling craze of the early 1990s and featured doppelgangers of both the Alien Queen from Aliens ("Torquos") and Robot B-9 from Lost in Space ("Andrek 5").