Players can choose a stake between 0.10 and 100 for each round of a paid game to start the money flowing. With its relatively simple features and moderately volatile maths approach, it is fairly reasonable to conclude that Popeye is a big ol' beast of a game. Popeye is played on a 5-reel, 3-row matrix with 20 fixed paylines for achieving winning combos, and it has a theoretical return value of 96.1% (lower models are possible).
The low payouts for Popeye's symbols are J to A rope-lined card royals, and the high pays are J. Bluto, Olive Oyl, Popeye the Sailor Man, and Wellington Wimpy are all set to eat their favourite foods while simultaneously lifting a heavy barbell with just one hand. For the low-paying symbols, hitting a 5-symbol winning combination pays out 1.8 to 2.4 times the wager, while the high-paying symbols pay out 6 to 30 times the wager. Additionally, wild cans of spinach appear on all five reels. In order to construct winning lines, wilds can be used in place of any other pay symbols. A winning line with five wilds is worth 100 times the wager.
In Popeye, a multiplier is connected to each reel. At the very top of the reel, the value is prominently shown. When multiplier symbols and wilds land on the reels, the multiplier on the reels is increased. Reel multipliers begin at x2 and reset themselves after each paid spin.
In the base game, there is a possibility that coin symbols will flip to form a new coin when they land. The bonus game is initiated when 5 or more coins are visible during either the main game or free spins.
The free spins round begins when three free spins symbols land on reels 1, 3, and 5. To receive 10, 12, or 15 free spins, a bottle must spin. Coins always flip during bonus spins.