Most NES games are simply repackaged side-scrollers. (Hey, I have an idea! How about we make another Mario rip-off and we will make a million dollars!) However, a few slip through the cracks that are actually a wee bit different. One of those games is The Adventures of Lolo.
Although not totally different, Adventures of Lolo is a top-down game where you solve simple puzzles to get around the map. It uses cute tile-sized characters just like The Legend of Zelda, Bubble Bobble, and a thousand other games made in Japan (but were not most games outsourced to Japan back then?) Your goal is to, um, shoot egg things are certain enemies so they get trapped in a shell, then you can push them out of your way if they are blocking your path. There are also door switches, dragon fireballs you have to dodge, and stuff like that.
This is a perfect example of a NES game that is effective due to its simplicity. Granted most Nintendo games were not particularly deep during the 80s and 90s (punch someone in the face or shoot someone in the face were the two most common themes) but in the cause of Adventures of Lolo, not having to think so much is exactly what you want when you buy the game for your five year old son, or try to convince your grandmother that video games are not complicated and fun (which was an impossible task).
It turned out that I was not the only one who felt the same way. The idiot-proof gameplay of The Adventures of Lolo lead to two sequels and hundreds of kids being late for school (okay I made that last part up. It probably still true though) . So be sure to add this cute game to your shelf of collectible Nintendo games.