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Adventures of Lolo

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Adventures of Lolo

North American cover art

Developer(s) HAL Laboratory

Publisher(s) HAL America

Composer(s) Hideki Kanazashi

Series Eggerland

Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System

Release NES

 NA: 20 April 1989

 EU: 21 February 1991

Genre(s) Puzzle-Action

Mode(s) Single-player
Adventures of Lolo is a puzzle game released in 1989 by HAL Corporation for the Nintendo
Entertainment System. It is based on the Japanese Eggerland video game series. It is a
compilation of puzzles from previous Eggerland games and contains no original stages of its
own. It was available on the Wii's and Wii U's Virtual Console in North America and in PAL


 1Premise and gameplay

 2Development and release
 3Reception
o 3.1Legacy
 4References

Premise and gameplay[edit]

The player assumes the role of Lolo and attempts to rescue Princess Lala, who has been
kidnapped by the evil King Egger. Lolo travels to Egger's castle, with 50 rooms arranged in 10
floors of five. Within each room, Lolo must collect several hearts in order to open a treasure
chest and collect the gem inside, which will open the exit to the next room or floor. The player
must navigate the obstacles in each room and avoid or neutralize several different types of
enemies, which vary by movement and attack pattern. All enemies disappear once Lolo picks up
the gem.
The player can move, slide certain blocks around the screen, and fire a limited number of shots
at enemies. When an enemy is shot, it becomes encased in an egg for a short time; this can be
pushed to a new location, used as a bridge to cross water, or shot again to make it disappear
temporarily. Lolo can gain other powers on specific screens, such as the ability to smash rocks or
build a bridge. Some enemies are not affected by Lolo's shots.
One life is lost whenever Lolo is shot or touched by certain enemies. Others will not kill him, but
can impede his movement by standing still or freezing in place when touched. The player can
restart a screen at any time, at the cost of one life.

Development and release[edit]

Adventures of Lolo was developed by HAL Laboratory and published by HAL America for
the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in North America on 20 April 1989 and in
Europe in February 1991. A Nintendo representative commented that Nintendo was "trying to
stretch the kids' imaginations" with Lolo.[1] It was re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console on 8
June 2007 in North America and on 6 August 2007 in PAL regions. It was also re-released for
the Wii U's Virtual Consoleby Nintendo in North America on 15 May 2014 and in PAL regions on
21 August 2014 as well as for the Nintendo 3DS in PAL regions on 16 October 2014 and in North
America on 8 January 2015.

Adventures of Lolo has received positive reception from critics and fans alike. Lolo's success
was surprising to its developer HAL Laboratory.[2] Game, Set, Watch's Todd Ciolek called it the
"leader of the [block-shoving] movement", garnering a cult following.[3] IGN called it one of Satoru
Iwata's successes, describing it as something that was "all about fun, appeal and simplicity over
an abundance of bells and whistles".[4] Toronto Star listed it as one of their recommended NES
games for children.[5] Eurogamer's Dan Whitehead praised it for not being "yet another cutesy
platformer", calling it a "diverting casual game". He stated that it wasn't a "classic title that
everyone should rush to own", but it was still a quality title.[6] Writer Justin McElroy commented
that he had fond memories of it, and has no worry of how well it has aged since its release on the
NES, feeling that puzzle games stay "enjoyable forever"; however, he criticized the music, saying
that its looping drove players "ever closer to the dark edge of madness".[7] GameSpot's Frank
Provo called it addictive, commenting that the gameplay holds up in the current day. He added
that while the characters were cute, the graphics were simple, and that the game could be
finished in one day.[8]Wired's Chris Kohler called its Virtual Console release a "tempting
choice".[9] IGN's Cam Shea said that it wasn't worth paying for, though it had more value than lots
of other Virtual Console titles.[10] IGN's Levi Buchanan named it one of the best Virtual Console
titles, stating that it will last for hours.[11]
Author Steven A. Schwartz called Lolo a strategic game, and that players who have successfully
done logic problems in magazines would have an easier time with this game.[12]Similarly, Dennis
Lynch of the Chicago Tribune called it a "challenge of logic, not brute force", as well as
"addictive".[13] He also noted that Lolo was a game that would appeal to both
genders.[14]'s Jeremy Parish called it a great puzzle game, calling it "highly
recommended" due to its combination of its complexity and simplicity.[15] IGN's Lucas M. Thomas
felt that it would be intriguing to fans of puzzle-action games, calling it "simple on the surface, but
deceptively complex once you get going".[16] GameSpy's Benjamin Turner commented that it was
"hard as hell", and would "put any Mensa member to the test". Fellow GameSpy writer Christian
Nutt bemoaned HAL for abandoning Lolo for Kirby.[17]Nintendo Life's Darren Calvert called its
level designs "ingenious", commenting that they will "tax the old grey matter".[18] Nintendo World
Report's Michael Cole commented that its gameplay remained fresh in its Wii release, as well as
Adventures of Lolo's gameplay has been compared to several other video games by
critics. GamePro's Heidi Kemps compared Ivy the Kiwi?'s gameplay to Lolo's.[20] Selby Bateman
of Game Players magazine compared the adventurous experience of Lolo to Zelda II: The
Adventure of Link, calling the former more sophisticated.[21]'s Kevin Gifford compared it
to Wrecking Crew.[22] IGN compared Kickle Cubicle to Lolo, though noting that it was
easier.[23] Writer Danny Cowan compared the video game Roll Away was similar to the "find the
key/find the exit" gameplay of Lolo.[24] It has also been the inspiration for other video games;
video game developer Ryan Clark attributed the inspiration for his video game Professor
Fizzwizzle in part to Adventures of Lolo.[25] LIT developer Adam Tierney drew inspiration
for LIT from Lolo.[26]
Adventures of Lolo was followed by two sequels for the NES - Adventures of Lolo
2 and Adventures of Lolo 3 in 1990 and 1991 respectively. A Game Boy follow-up was released
in 1994 with the same name (it is known in Japan as Lolo no Daibouken).
Lolo and Lala, the game's protagonists, have appeared under the monikers Lololo and Lalala
in Kirby's Dream Land and later in its adaptation in Kirby Super Star, as well as in Kirby's
Avalanche, where they play an antagonistic role. Both game series are made by HAL Laboratory,

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Eggerland series
 1989 video games
 Nintendo Entertainment System games
 Virtual Console games
 Virtual Console games for Wii U
 HAL Laboratory games
 Puzzle video games
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