Read the review here.
“The home console video game was actually a port from a popular arcade game; though it lost some of the bright-and-shiny looks of the arcade unit, the NES version of Elevator Action still played very similarly.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.
Even with undeniable classics like Donkey Kong, I could never truly get into the arcade ports for the NES. I suppose part of it may be a generational thing, since I did not grow up in the arcades, but I genuinely do not see the replay value in merely repeating gameplay to achieve a high score. I would much rather pursue a storyline, advance several levels, find a final ending, etc.
Thus, when it comes to titles like Elevator Action, some people actually really like the game, but I do not. I have nothing against high-score gamers; in fact, I have a huge respect for them. But it is tough to define and determine what makes our tastes in gaming so different. I think there is a lot more that could be said about this, yet it is probably best for that discussion to arise organically.