Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet (PC) Review

By Adam Riley 22.03.2016

Review for Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet on PC

Comedy adventures are usually nowhere near as funny as their Press Releases would have people believe. A recent example would have to be Heaven's Hope, which was a solid entry into the point-and-click genre but missed the mark with its supposed humour by a large margin. Up steps Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet, though, penned by a British comedian, Alasdair Beckett-King, hoping to knock socks off, tickle sides, and maybe even cause a few belly laughs along the way. However, is it more "Ho, ho, ho and a bottle of rum" or "man overboard"? Perhaps neither, since they make no sense at all…

What is water? It's a difficult question, because water is impossible to describe. One might ask the same about birds. What are birds? We just don't know… Well, Look Around You quotes aside, there are indeed both birds and water in this sea-faring adventure, with Nelly Cootalot trying to get to the bottom of why a fleet of fowl creatures (ah, that's where the name comes from!) has been hypnotised and has, consequently, flown the coop. Clearly this must be the misdeeds of one Baron Widebeard, nefarious brigand of the high seas! On a wing and a prayer, keen to stick her beak in, and ready to put a new feather in her cap, Nelly flies off on a journey full of puns that hit the mark, unlike the ropey avian-related ones right nesting within this very sentence that some may certainly find hard to swallow… *tumble weed rolls by*

Screenshot for Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet on PC

This is not actually Nelly's first adventure, by the way, since Captain Cootalot starred in the completely free Adventure Game Studio-built Spoonbeaks Ahoy! back in 2007. It's widely acclaimed, apparently. There are quotes and the like online… so it must be good, right? Well, crowdfunding monies have now been plundered and put to fantastic use now to line King Beckett's pockets (oh, Beckett-King - apologies!). Wait. No. Please stop poking me with that sword…

*Ahem* Right, let's try that again… Fans have diligently, of their own free will, parted with cash, certainly not under duress, to aid with taking the pretty little escapade and transforming it into a gorgeous modern day sequel. No shenanigans at play. Honest, guv.

Screenshot for Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet on PC

The visuals are jaw-dropping, with cel-shaded characters galore and quirky settings filled to the brim with personality, and all complemented by a fantastic array of voice actors and actresses that bring the world to life, driving home those comedic lines and delivering cheesy bits of wordplay with sheer perfection. It is often said that a mediocre adventure can be lifted considerably by amazing production values, yet here it proves that a smashing adventure can become thoroughly brilliant when backed strongly on the presentation side.

The wonderful thing here - no joke this time! - is that The Fowl Fleet is not merely pleasant to see and listen to (just wait until you hear the sublime soundtrack, complete with one theme in particular that would not be out of place in the Banjo-Kazooie series!), but is highly logical in the puzzle creation stakes, leading those in control deeper and deeper into the jaunt, yet never causing high levels of annoyance due to obtuse roadblocks or a cumbersome inventory system.

Screenshot for Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet on PC

There may be one or two head-scratching moments, but the few instances faced during the review process were down to sheer idiocy rather than unfair puzzle requirements or any fault of the game itself. Well, apart from one Operation mini-game that threatened the integrity of the review PC's mouse. Yes, lots of banging of said device occurred, along with a plentiful supply of swashbuckling language... All is forgiven now, though! After all, there will be many a moment where cracking the conundrum will leave a great sense of satisfaction, and the high levels of chuckles throughout really do placate any qualms.

Screenshot for Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet on PC

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

Highly amusing throughout, with a heavy dose of fantastically dry British humour and plenty of loveable characters, Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet is a joy to play through from start to finish. Combined with cavalcade of smart puzzles that hardly ever get too frustrating, as well as gorgeous presentation values and very impressive voice acting, this is easily one of the most enjoyable adventures of 2016.

Developer

Alasdair Beckett-King

Publisher

Application Systems Heidelberg

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

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