Point-and-click adventure games have been around for a long time, but over the years their popularity has waned. There was a time when very few people entered the market, but with the growth of Indian development, more and more people have entered the market. The Switch is a natural place for these games because of its hybrid nature and the ability to use a touchscreen if the designers want to. Nellie Cotalot: The Fowl Fleet is the latest adventure game to come 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 older players feel when they play them. Here’s 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 will have to retry all the items in your inventory at every other interactive point in the game to figure out what to do next. There’s an initial logic puzzle in this game where you have to drag the names of the ships into the harbor and match the targets to the ships using notes written in Commodore LXIV (64 in Roman numerals) – an obvious nod to the Commodore 64 computer of the 1980s, where many games of this type come from. Fantasy jokes like this, some of the conversation content, and the difficulty of some of the puzzles make the game appealing to an older audience.

Bird fleet measurements are very different depending on whether your switch is in dock or manual mode. When playing on a TV, mouse movements and functions are linked to the right analog joystick, while character movements are controlled by the left joystick. The walks can be a little frustrating, depending on where Nellie is. You see, once you set it in motion, it keeps moving in that direction even if the path changes direction. It can get very confusing, and I have 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 they want to go to, and it will go there. It’s just a weird control problem that doesn’t normally happen in games these days.

The story is very simple. Nellie and Captain Bloodybeard are trying to protect a flock 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 appropriate for adults, but safe enough for children to enjoy. Graphically, everything is drawn and cartooned 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, to work. Background music is also very suitable.

On the whole, 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 fans should enjoy the ride. A beautiful voice and a silly story make this a thought-provoking game.

Nellie Kotalut: Bird fleet overview
  • Charts – 7/10
  • Sound – 8/10
  • Gameplay – 6/10
  • Late Call – 7/10

7/10

Final thoughts : GOOD PAGE

Nelly Cootalot is worth a look if you’re 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 humor. The bumps and jumps in the controls make it a little hard to see, but all in all it’s still a fun time.

Chris is passionate about video and board games. JRPGs are close to his heart and he loves listening to quality game soundtracks!

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