[Beyond PlayStation] Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet Review
Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet is a fun indie point and click adventure game with a pirate twist. Learn more about this gem in our Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet review!
Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet has made its way to the Nintendo Switch! This point and click adventure game exists thanks to the support of more than 1,000 backers for its Kickstarter campaign way back in 2013, raising over £20,000 in funding for the game’s development. In this adventure you will take control of the titular fierce pirate captain Nelly Cootalot as she takes on an adventure to stop the evil Baron Widebeard and his villainous plans, with a fully voice acted cast of colorful characters that will keep you entertained from start to finish. Oh, and Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor from the beloved Doctor Who series, is one of the voice actors in the game. He’s a bird.
Speaking of controls, you can either play the game with the Joy-Con, using the left analog stick to move Nelly around each of the areas you will visit, moving a cursor with the right analog stick to interact with people and things by pressing the A button – and checking everything you can interact with by pressing the X button -, or you can use the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop mode to point with your finger and click on things to interact with them. Items you collect are sent to your inventory, from where you can use them to solve puzzles as needed.
Once you interact with something, you can select to inspect said object, usually getting a funny quip from Nelly, or you can straight up touch it and try and grab it. The game will show you the way during a short tutorial sequence, asking you to select and interact with a mop that is currently residing inside of an old bucket. Doing this will summon Captain Bloodbeard, who tells Nelly that Baron Widebeard is up to no good, and that he must be stopped before many suffer because of his plans.
During this first section you’ll also learn about combining items. Without spoiling the game, I’d like to talk about the first puzzle in the game. Since you need to get out of the post office you start in, you will need to get inside of a big box in the middle of the room and ship yourself out of there. The issue is that the box has a tag that would end up sending Nelly to the wrong location. But what if you could remove that tag and make a new tag on your own that sends the box exactly where you need it to go? If you use another tag, and then combine it with some tape, you’ll be able to attach the new tag. Open the box, poke some holes in it so that Nelly Cootalot can breathe, and you’re set!
With its great hand-drawn art style, funny dialogue, fully voice acted cast, and clever puzzles Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet is an easy recommendation for fans of the point and click adventure genre. You’re looking at around 6-8 hours to see everything the game has to offer, which is a good amount of content for the game’s $19.99 asking price. And once you’ve completed the game, I suggest you give it another go with the developer’s commentary so that you can learn more about this quirky adventure.
This Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Application Systems