Point and click adventure games have been around for a long time, but their popularity has declined over the years. There was a time when very few people came on the market, but with the growth of the Indian development more and more people came on the market. The Switch is a natural place for these games because of its hybrid character and the possibility to use a touch screen if the designers want to. Nellie Cotalot: The Fowl Fleet is the latest adventure game coming to The Switch, but fans of the franchise know that this is their second pirate outing in a world of crazy kids.
Point-and-click adventure games aren’t for everyone, and many try to build on the nostalgia that older players feel when they play them. This is what emerges from the jokes and riddles presented. If you’re not familiar with the genre, most games revolve around trying to develop a story by solving puzzles. There are often dialogue trees, and you’ll have to try all the items in your inventory again at every other interactive point in the game to figure out what to do next. There is a first logic puzzle in this game where you have to drag the names of the ships in the harbour and match the targets to the ships using notes written in Commodore LXIV (64 in Roman numerals) – an obvious wink to the Commodore 64 computer of the eighties, where many of these games come from. Fantasy jokes like this, part of the content of the conversation and the difficulty of some puzzles make the game attractive to an older audience.
Bird fleet measurements are very different depending on whether your switch is in the dock or in manual mode. When playing on a TV, the movements and functions of the mouse are linked to the right analog joystick, while the character movements are controlled by the left joystick. The walks can be a bit frustrating, depending on where Nellie is. You see, once you’ve set it in motion, it keeps moving in that direction, even if the path changes. It can get very confusing, and I often had to drop the stick and push it back in the direction I wanted to go. The player can also use the appropriate analog key and press the key where it wants to go, and it will go there. It’s just a strange control problem that normally does not occur in games today.
The story is very simple. Nellie and Captain Bloodybeard are trying to protect a herd of Baron Widebeard’s birds. You will encounter many people and places along the way. Graphics and design seem like child’s play, but don’t be fooled. There is a lot of humor that is suitable for adults, but safe enough for children to enjoy. Graphically, everything is drawn and carved by hand. In case you haven’t guessed, Baron Videbeard’s beard is rather… wide. The animation is well done, but not perfect.
The voice output is very well done. They even got Tom Baker, the famous Doctor Who, working. Background music is also very suitable.
Overall, Nellie Cotalot: Bird Fleet is a fun and perfectly adapted puzzle and adventure game. It doesn’t really push the boundaries of the genre, but the fans should enjoy the ride. A beautiful voice and a silly story make this a thought-provoking game.
Nellie Kotalut: Bird fleet overview
- Graphs – 7/10
- Sound – 8/10
- Gameplay – 6/10
- Late call – 7/10
Final thoughts: GOOD PAGE
Nelly Cootalot is worth a look if you are a fan of games like Maniac Mansion or Monkey Island. The story is mature enough for an older audience to enjoy and for children to appreciate the humour. The bumps and jumps in the controls make it a bit difficult to see, but all in all it’s still a nice time.
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