One of my New Years resolution is contribute feedback after years on the sidelines, so I figure this is a good place to start with Popeye. I have this cart and had a chance to play it at work on my modded Atari jr. I occasionally have to work 24 hour shifts where we are waiting to respond to calls and yes we can sleep. So there was a lot of time to focus and play this game. I must of played with my new cx40 clone joystick and the best I could ever do was about 15 hearts on the first screen. No matter how many times I tried I had a tough time getting the timing down on the bottles and seemed to die all the time. I even read the manual because I have the physical copy to try and do better.
I watched to No Swear Gamer video you posted and agree with his review, though I never played the arcade verision to compare with the 2600 verision. Overall, I liked this game, graphics you could tell what was what and the music was fairly recognizable for 2600 sound in my opinion. The flicker didnot really bother me but I can see becoming annoying if I got past the first screen. I would play this game again and it would be a good challenge game for the video game nights occasionally host, where we sit around my garage with adult beverage, multiple friends and consoles trying to out score each other on different games.
To answer your question from the Christmas episode on how I like Adventure. I love it. I have always loved the challenge of solving those style games and would hav lov d playing it if I had it when first got my system back in the ferg. Sorry couldn't help that, but I love that phrase.