"I yam armed and ready to save the planek!"
Popeye Saves the Earth
"The failure of pinball cannot be blamed on Popeye,
but it sure didn't help our business."
is a Physical Pinball Table
designed by Barry Oursler
and themed and illustrated by Python Anghelo
, with additional artwork by John Youssi
and Pat McMahon. It was released by Williams Electronics
under the "Bally" label in 1994.
As is evident from the title, this is a game based on
the long-running Popeye
comic strip. Popeye's long-time nemesis Bluto is now a planet-polluting profiteer; his companies' toxic activities have endangered five species of wildlife, while Bluto himself has kidnapped Olive Oyl, and Swee'pea has gotten lost in a maze of corridors. It therefore falls on Popeye to rescue the endangered animals, find Swee'Pea, defeat the Sea Hag, and demolish Bluto's cartel of corrupt companies. Only then can Popeye find his spinach and Rescue Olive in a six-ball multiball frenzy.Popeye Saves the Earth
is infamous among pinball buffs for being one of the most vilified games in modern history, from its Anvilicious Green Aesop
and odd use of the Popeye
license to the view-blocking toilet-shaped upper playfield and clunky gameplay. Things were no better behind the scenes; the game required customized tooling which raised its price, and Williams' use of minimum orders incited a distributor backlash and threats of lawsuits. While a number of players enjoy it for its family-friendly theme and deep rules, Popeye Saves the Earth
has become for many the Pinball
equivalent of Plan 9 from Outer Space, Supertrain,
and The Eye of Argon
Popeye Saves the Earth demonstrates the following tropes: