Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet

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  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 2.36 GB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: Application Systems Heidelberg Software GmbH
  • Content rating: Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet review

After a decade, Nelly Cootalot, a pirate heroine and defender of endangered and adorable creatures, is finally on mobile. Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet takes you on another adventure with this young, charming and witty pirate, and this time you will have to protect birdlife from the evil Baron Widebeard.

You will interact with a host of colorful characters including your wingman Sebastian, ghostly mentor William Bloodbeard, and a small blue coot. Be a part of an exciting journey from Port Rubicund in the South Seas to the lonely isle of Gloomholm in the icy north, solving challenging puzzles along the way.

Graphics 5/5

Fowl Fleet looks gorgeous. With the high-definition animation, it is easy to fall in love with the warm and engaging universe the game creates. The developers have kicked up the graphics a notch in clarity and complexity porting this game, so the whole idea of bringing it to mobile devices is an investment that paid off handsomely. 

The game is set apart from other adventure games thanks to its witty dialogue and an excellent voice cast. The former Dr. Who Tom Baker voices your bird-companion Sebastian, and Andrew Secombe (Star Wars Episodes I & II) is there as Dr. Periwig.

Nelly, the main protagonist, is modeled on and voiced by the creator Beckett-King’s actual partner. It’s not a professional delivery, but her northern-English accent and wry reactions to events surrounding Nelly are charming and refreshing. Especially for US audience that comes across the game, as it provides something a little more endearing than the familiar London-centric British accents we are used to.

Gameplay 5/5

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet embodies all of the qualities of a great family film but with the incredible opportunity to be an active and vital participant in the story. The plot is simple and engaging enough to keep the kids entertained, and there are also plenty of jokes in the dialogue as a treat for adults.

Your adventure starts with Nelly on a postal ship heading to Port Rubicund. And your noble goal is to save a fleet of birds hypnotized by the wicked Baron Widebeard.

The gameplay itself doesn’t offer anything remarkably unique. You pick up items, solve puzzles, and talk to people — that’s it. However, it’s not the complexity of the gameplay make Nelly Cootalot worth playing, but the endearing and cheeky humor. And we wish there could be even more of it. 

The game has a pretty high density of the puzzles, so the story often gets lost along the way. Although cutscenes often show the presence of the villain and his devilish acts, during the puzzle-solving his presence is minimal. Even Nelly herself sometimes forgets what she is doing and why she is at a certain location.

The variety of both tricky and easier puzzles keeps things interesting all the time, and as long as you have a knack for thinking laterally, you will be okay. One word of warning, though. If you are new to the Nelly Cootalot universe, it might take some time and a bigger patience to get used to the trial and error nature of exploring this world.

Right of the gate, the challenges will wait for you, so you will have to figure out how to get to Port Rubicon at the very beginning. For frequent adventure game players, the thinking the game demands will be rather fun than difficult. But for those players who find themselves on less familiar terrain, there is no shame in taking the time to check out some walkthrough after a few failed attempts to solve it alone. Eventually, you will get to the point when you enjoy every challenge the game throws at you.

Controls 4,5/5

It gets a bit frustrating with the iOS port regarding controls, particularly when it comes to selecting and deselecting objects.

When you need to access the inventory, you have to swipe up from the screen rather than navigate to a menu. However, once you tap on any object, the menu goes away automatically. So, you have to keep swiping up if you want to apply the object to something or combine it with another object, which gets a bit tedious after a while. This minor bug highlights the fact that this game was originally designed for desktop, not touch devices.

There is also a lot of walking, which can take a long time after the first few puzzles as the world expands. When you are just trying to pick up and play in a spare minute, most of that minute may be spent trying to navigate your character somewhere.

Replay Value 4,5/5

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet probably clocks in at about 7-8 hours of entertaining gameplay. It’s always satisfying to come back and enjoy the challenging puzzles and witty dialogue, even though you will know how to solve them after the first walkthrough.

In-app purchases

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet doesn’t have any in-app purchases. But this game is certainly well worth the asking price of $2,99 to download it.


Nelly Cootalot is a well-crafted game, which has all of the parts solid on their own and comes together in a magical way. It’s worth giving these fun characters a chance to impress you with the exciting adventures and excellent humor.

Overall, this game is one of the most engaging and original adventures in the genre.

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Whether you are young or old, despise pirates or love them, a fan of adventure games or not, Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet is worth giving the high seas a try at least.

Pros : Beautiful illustration;
Unique humor;
Wonderful voice cast.
The puzzles are fun and challenging.

Cons : Too much walking;
A bug with the inventory menu.

Graphics 5.0

Gameplay 5.0

Controls 4.5

Replay Value 4.5

Average : 4.8

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