Monday, November 11, 2013

Nerdicus NES Review # 24 : The Adventures of LoLo 2

Title : The Adventures of LoLo 2

Publisher : HAL America

Release Date : 1990

Estimated Value (as of today's date) : $15-$20

Now you would think a sequel to a game like Lolo would just be the first game with new puzzles added. Well, you're right. Lolo 2 follows the old adage of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." but HAL still manages to tweak it just enough to keep it's audience interested.

The story is the same, and you're tasked with the job of rescuing Lala again. I really don't know how she keeps getting kidnapped. I'll need to do a blog post about "kidnapping" as a plot device in games, because it's just absurd. I'm only 20 or so games in and I've dealt with around 10 kidnappings already.

But who cares about the story! Who can resist an epic logic-puzzle solving game? It doesn't matter how similar the game is to its predecessor, it's all about the puzzles anyway. 

Although, this image is pretty creepy -

Tell me you aren't at least a LITTLE BIT disturbed by that imagery? The look of terror on that poor little ball's face! Blah, on to the game :

Now, the downside to this the game is that it is virtually identical to the first one. Besides a few graphical tweaks, and a few variations in the puzzles you won't find anything different. This isn't really a bad thing if you think about it. While I wished there would have been new "advanced" puzzles, you basically just bought 50 new puzzles.

If this game had come out now, people would complain and say it should just be DLC, which is really what it is. Frankly, I don't care though. The puzzles are unique enough that it doesn't matter how well you did in the first game. Some puzzles are downright impossible! They even brought some classic puzzles back from the first game, and turned up the difficulty dial.

One of the cool features added to this game are the PRO puzzles. There's 4 secret rooms that are by far the hardest puzzles in the series. Good luck figuring those out without looking at a FAQ. I know I couldn't.

Some people might be turned off by the fact that it's practically a remake of the first game, but it still holds its own. Much like Lolo 3, which is coming up next. So don't be fooled by the similarities. If you're still looking for that amazing logic puzzle game, you need to own the Lolo series. It's hours of mind-numbing fun, and I for one can't wait to bang out the third game.

But at least game has what the first Lolo didn't - AN END GAME BOSS!

It was a little weird though to have a "battle" - you play the game for hours and then you actually have to fight something. It was a little jarring, but you know, rewarding too at the same time. Better than the first game where you just blast him away in a cut scene. Ah well, anything for Lala.

Final Score (out of 5) :

Until next time. Keep on gaming!



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