Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet (iOS) Review

By Joe DeAndrea 18.02.2017 1

Review for Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet on iOS

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the influx of triple-A games released throughout the year, and sometimes a little break is needed. Not necessarily from gaming itself, but rather one from all of the action-packed shooters and cut-scene heavy adventure titles. Something like Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet is just what the doctor ordered - it's a point-and-click journey that ends up becoming hard to put down. Being available on iOS makes it the perfect candidate to be the next experience to curl up and get lost in, and with this charming pirate story, a map won't be needed. Following on from Cubed3's look at the original PC release, now it's time to see how it translates to portable devices.

Nelly Cootalot makes her triumphant return after making her debut in 2007's Spoonbeaks Ahoy! - a PC game that was fairly well-received and is currently in the process of being revamped by creator Alasdair Beckett-King - so it's only natural that the successor follows in its footsteps and expands in all facets quality-wise.

This sequel follows Nelly as she attempts to put an end to the reign of villain Baron Widebeard, and she ends up encountering some new and old friends along the way. One of the many bright spots revolves around the fact that all of these characters featured throughout have their own separate personalities with great voice acting, impressive design, and an undeniable sense of charm. It also helps that legendary actor Tom Baker is part of the cast, and that's nearly worth the price of admission alone.

Screenshot for Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet on iOS

Between the hysterical puns and clever one-liners, the writing is top-notch. There's never a dull moment when it comes to dialogue, and the fact that the player has the ability to choose a response livens up the standard point-and-click gameplay formula. This kind of genre strives off the ability to keep the audience engaged via the storytelling, and it's nailed with ease here. Plus, who can resist Nelly's infectious accent?

Aside from the voice acting, The Fowl Fleet is downright gorgeous from a visual standpoint. The colours pop no matter what environment is being explored, and the cartoon-style drawings help drive home the heart found everywhere else. The gameplay itself won't win awards, but the reason to play this is for its whole package - not for individual components. With that said, puzzles throughout aren't all that challenging, but they are still pretty satisfying to complete. Additionally, the overall length of the game is pleasantly long for ones of its kind; it's simple enough to zip through if necessary, but taking your time to let it all soak in can yield a good amount of hours.

Screenshot for Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet on iOS

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Despite not having a ton of replay value, Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet is a game that is going to be worth revisiting even after an initial playthrough. There's a certain kind of magic embedded in this adventure that separates it from the pack - and given the point-and-click genre's track record of success lately, that's saying a lot. The character of Nelly is just ridiculously memorable, and whether her latest expedition is worth playing through again in the eyes of others, it probably won't be the last time she's seen again, and the remaster of her first adventure can't come soon enough.

Developer

Alasdair Beckett-King

Publisher

Application Systems Heidelberg

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  10/10 (1 Votes)

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Comments

Yeah, go Nelly, go! I couldn't agree more with this review - even though it reads like a 10/10 and gets a 7/10. ;-Smilie

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