Birds, Beards, and Other Pirate-y Things Abound in “Nelly Cootalot”
A point-and-click adventure game about an aspiring pirate? Well, fear not, mateys–Nelly Cootalot may be taking her cues from Guybrush Threepwood, but Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy! is no knockoff.
What is Nelly Cootalot’s quest? The quest so important and crucial that the ghost of Captain Bloodbeard rises from the grave to ask for her help? Spoonbeaks, the island’s native birds, have gone missing. Nelly, who in addition to being an aspiring pirate is also an animal enthusiast, wastes no time in accepting her mission and sets off to figure out what Baron Widebeard has done to the spoonbeaks, encountering a wide cast of colorful and appropriately pirate-y characters.
Made in 2007 as Alasdair Beckett’s first adventure game effort, Spoonbeaks Ahoy! has aged surprisingly well into 2015–just in time for the sequel, The Fowl Fleet. Beckett has a strong talent for comedic writing. In Nelly Cootalot, his pinpoint comedic timing is paired nicely with a soft, pastel color scheme and scribbly art.