For anyone interested, read my review on popeye. There are mandatory changes needed to make it even playable, and no doubt, as it was straight out of the box, it was a quarter waster, and set up that way anywhere even now, I wouldn't waste a game.
But with the changes, and the ability to keep the ball moving (the default drain lanes are huge, and set to hard factory, combined with lightning flippers), you get to explore the rules, which are a great mix of modes, many multiballs that other than the main 3 ball, are hard to get, and objections to getting to the final, as well as one of two only combo vid/pinball play modes in pinball, being the very hard and welll thought out find sweat pea (other is in JD).
People that rag on this game have not had a good enough opportunity to explore or have not done much when owning it/playing it. Save Olive, find sweat pea, and if you can get that far, then tell me this machine is still a pile of crap.
If fact, honestly, how many people here can say they have done both of those things? I bet next to none. I have once for each while I owned it, both ironically on the last day I played it before selling, which even made me regret it more. And I’ve beat all my machines other than TSPP, and have been to Valinor in LOTR. When looking at the rules alone, Popeye has a great rule set.
I'm not doubting it was a flop straight out of the box in the 90s, I wouldn't have routed it "as is" if given the choice then or now, and the theme was dated at best, but much worse given the "Saves the world" environmental crap, but there are way worse WPCs/DMDs from this era by far.