FYIG got its hands on a cool point and click game called Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet. Read on to find out what we thought about this charming PC game!
Before playing Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet (which is admittedly one of the craziest video game names I’ve ever heard), I didn’t have a whole lot of experience with point and click adventure games. I was just never that interested in them as I got older and much preferred other types of games. Of course it doesn’t help that I’m just not very good at these games either. Still, when I was growing up, I played a lot of these games on my DOS PC and actually enjoyed them so I was excited to play this one.
Nelly Cootalot first appeared as a free to play game back in 2007. I never played that one if my experience with this is any indication, it was every bit as humourous and enjoyable as The Fowl Fleet. The game follows a pirate named Nelly who goes on a quest for her ghostly guide, William Bloodbeard. The goal is to stop his evil brother from gathering an army of wildfowl to steal William’s treasure.
The game is a three act adventure as is the case with many adventure games. The great thing about this game is that it isn’t too difficult to the point that you’ll just get frustrated and stop playing. By pressing the space bar, you can see all the objects you can interact with marked by an “X”. Nelly will also give you quick clues depending on what you click. It’s a very accessible game and one that most people would be able to pick up and play. This may be a turn-off for seasoned adventure game players, but there’s still so much to enjoy.
There’s a lot of dialogue and Nelly is a witty and sarcastic main character who adds a lot of personality to what could have been a relatively dry game. The thing I liked is that the characters are actually voiced in addition to having text boxes which was a nice touch. Being able to actually listen to the characters interact really helps to draw you into the game more than you would if it was solely text dialogue. I had more than a few laughs listening to Nelly interact with the supporting characters.
The Fowl Fleet looks pretty amazing by 2D standards. I was very impressed with how crisp and colourful the graphics looked like. This wasn’t a big budget game and yet it’s a beautiful as any 2D game I’ve ever seen. The characters are very detailed and have their own unique personalities that add to the charm of the game. You can tell that there was a great deal of care given to trying to create an immersive little game world that was entertaining every second of the way.
The story itself was somewhat of a weak point for me. It always seemed like Nelly knew a bit more about our journey than I actually did. The main plot ends up barely being mentioned and you start to lose track of what you’re actual end goal is. In a game like this, that is a pretty big deal, but The Fowl Fleet saves itself by being incredibly endearing and fun to play through.
I don’t have much else to say about this one. It’s a truly gorgeous game with a lot of entertaining gameplay, great voice-acting, and beautiful animation. I think it’s definitely a game that everyone should at least give a chance. I don’t even like these adventure games and I still found a lot of enjoyment out of this. Give it a try!
*Review code provided to FYIG by Application Systems*