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Popeye Saves the Earth

Pinside rating

This game received 145 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.033 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #268 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.731

Artwork: 7.681

Sounds/Music: 7.151

Other Aspects: 6.725

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5 years ago
This is an excellent pinball machine .I have owned 5 of the machines in the top 30 rated games on this site , Popeye belongs among them , I still have Popeye . There is many little complexities in the gameplay that sets this game apart from other titles, I guess this is also why people don't like it. Somebody asked me once what one has to do in Popeye pin and I honestly did not have a short answer , there is just so much ! This table is much better at steeper angles.
5 years ago
It's fun but it is really easy.
6 years ago
My one-liner rating is:

I would rather play BBBB over PStE Any day of the week.

This game is so horrible, it doesn't deserve my time typing in these characters on my keyboard.


Horrible visibility on most anything on the main PF.

This game should have never been allowed to be made.

6 years ago
I like Popeye. Kids playing in the gameroom like Popeye. He saves the planet and the animals. I think that is a good influence of the younger generations. If you don't like that, you will probably change your mind later in life. About the planet that is.
6 years ago
I think is an incredible underrated machine
6 years ago
This game is awesome. On ipda Sumone wrote a bad review in the game rules/specs.
THIS ACTUALLY MADE THIS GAME AFFORDABLE! I'm so happy with the game play and upper playfield
i like this game better than a lot of others I've played. Even top rated games.
Give this one a chance u might like it..
6 years ago
I don't know why this machine gets as much hate as it does. It's no TAF or TOTAN, but the gameplay isn't bad at all.
6 years ago
Popeye is destined to become a more sought after game when people start actually playing it before hating on it. In fact I get a kick out of reading ratings on it where people make negative comments that show they don't even know some of the most basic elements of a game they hate so much, like "The rules are a complete mess...saving animals or whatever." Nice try, but saving animals hardly equates to "the rules". You also need to find Sweet Pea, collect and return all the items to their owners, defeat Brutus in all 4 modes, rescue Olive Oyl and more. That person obviously never played the game more than once much like many of the haters...if even once. I was even guilty of this before. I used to say it was the worst modern era DMD game cause I heard other people saying it was...even though I hadn't even played it. For the longest time it was the only modern game I had never played or even seen. Now that I finally found one, I am glad I did. The layout is super unique, unlike anything else in a modern pin. The animations are top notch, the sounds and callouts are great, the rules are deep and the game is very challenging. Lightning flippers and huge outlanes make it very difficult. People freaking out about the eco-friendly theme go way overboard. I don't get the connection to Popeye, but it is integrated well nevertheless. The upper playfield obscuring shots is also blown out of proportion. It does obscure two shots, but with the pops there, many times you get a rebound into those holes just by throwing the ball up there, you don't need to see and hit a super accurate shot for those. Is the game perfect, absolutely not, but it's a great game for home use, since the depth and challenge are there it keeps me coming back for me. Some day, much like Congo and Shadow more recently, people will start playing Popeye, forming an opinion for themselves and actually start appreciating the game.
6 years ago
Wow. Popeye is truly a disaster. I so wanted to like this game! It can be found for so cheap, looks absolutely gorgeous, has tons of cool gimmicks, and is a very cool theme! It's just terrible though. I don't even mind that I can't see 1/2 the shots honestly, but more that it plays SO slow. I mean SLOW. Why this game was a widebody, I'll never understand. The toy on the left side of the game is terrible, and it's next to impossible to skillfully (vs accidentally) get your ball on the top playfield. For as much of the bottom of the PF the top one covers, you would have thought that it would have been more central to the actual game!
Definitely family friendly, but that's about it. I never want to believe the hype (good or bad) here on Pinside, but this one has an accurate reputation: pass.
6 years ago
Love Popeyes but didn't get into this one too much. The playfield is too open and hidden in the back. Did not have a good flow to it. Not a great pin and not much fun to play
6 years ago
I have owned this machine for 6 months and still have not completed every mission. That is why popeye is such a fantastic pin . It keeps you playing game after game . This game is probably too hard for a lot of players so they rate it low . The game is sometimes super fast and can then be slow which is cool . I love the upper playfield and the jackpot ramp is way harder to hit on multiball when it is worth 30 or 60 mil , when there was no jackpot you could hit it with ease . Also popeye is a great role model for kids to copy by consuming a green leafy substance through a pipe .
6 years ago
Don't understand why they would make 1/2 of the shots blind. The game is fast, yet I can't get over the fact half way up the play field you lose the ball. Liked the theme and this game is unique just not fun to play a ton.
6 years ago
This layout doesn't feel great, lots hidden by the upper playfield and it just didn't feel smooth to play. It looks impressive but it doesn't translate to a fun game.
6 years ago
Horrid machine, what were they thinking???.....A giant toilet seat obstructs views, skill shot is way over, Popeye saving animals? do people actually research a theme before making these?
Slow, slow slow...........argh did not enjoy this machine at all.

Williams/Bally did, just like others did.... make terrible terrible pins...this is one.
6 years ago
This is an absolutely dreadful game, full of terrible design choices and a distinct lack of flow or fun. Why anyone would think to create a toy that covers nearly all of the upper playfield is beyond me, but it's a real pain to lose the ball for a few seconds every time you shoot the ball up the middle. The side shots are too narrow and too far down the flippers, leading to caroms that send the ball into the covered part of the playfield. The lower playfield is just empty. The rules are needlessly obscure, the fun factor is non-existent. In short, I'd only buy this game if I needed parts.
6 years ago
The worst Bally-Williams DMD machine you can get basicaly. Previous to playing this i tought i liked and could enjoy any modern pinball machine , Popeye proved me wrong. It proves wrong also the people who worship anything this company does, i would rather play a good DataEast \ Gottlieb any day. It's a kid's themed pinball (not a problem with me, i like Flintstones for example) and it's a Widebody, not that they do take anything good from the extra space. The rules are a complete mess, saving the animals or whatever. Has a second playfiled on the top that is not horrible.

The good:
- 1 good shot, the ball goes by the right inlane and you can shoot for the loop any times you can.
- the playfiled looks like a boat, and the upper playfield is ok.

The bad:
- Theme \ Rules are all over the place..
- big blue turd of a ramp on the left that blocks the view, what were they thinking ?
- big whell motor on the right that makes a hell of a noise and adds nothing to the game
- sounds \ music (going up....going up)
- some shots with the view completely ostructed behind the upper playfield
7 years ago
terrible game
7 years ago
I'm surprised this game gets bad ratings. I know the playfield is funky at first but once you play its real addicting and fun. I like the playfield now that I'm use to it. I think it should be ranked higher at least in the top 105 on pinside
7 years ago
Not a DMD that I particularly like, and it loses two whole marks from me for having an ecological theme, that upper playfield is just too big!
7 years ago
After playing one, I bought one. The rule set is deep, deeper than most. PF & BG are gorgeous. Wish the blue ramp was clear towards the end. Some obstructed shots but not a game breaker. Spin2Win skill shot is fairly easy. This machine can be stingy. It continues to challenge us. Best $1300 I've ever spent on a near mint pin. Can't wait to LED this beast. LEDs make a huge difference.
7 years ago
The most interesting part of this game is the rule set. It is a bit slow and ponderous to play, and many playfield items are obscured. You can't really see the pop bumpers and what goes on up there.

The game seems rather random and meaningless until you somewhat understand the rules, saving animals, etc. Then, there is something to concentrate on and work towards, and the slow game play doesn't seem to be that much of an issue.
7 years ago
I actually really enjoy this pin. Sure there are a few things that could have been a bit better, but I still find myself having a blast playing it. It is beautifully lit and the artwork is great. I actually wouldn't mind owning this one.
7 years ago
Great rules, lots to do and nice DMD animations. I have no issues with the obstructed view or the save the planet theme so for me the game is really enjoyable and fun.
7 years ago
Very under rated game. One of my favorites and in my collection. Still a great deal to buy one as they generally cost less than you might think for a wide body pin. I would recommend this game to anyone.
7 years ago
I only played it a few times but was immediatley hooked. A fun machine that makes you smile as you play it. Challenging, but not too challenging. Multiball was fun. Animations are fun. Large bluto/brutus head is fun. Just an all around fun game I would love to add to my collection one day.
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