I’ve always been one for most things in moderation (More ‘Lawful Neutral’ probably, depends what rule set we’re playing by), so I guess I’ll try to balance out my clear Ninja bias with a post about Nelly Cootalot.
Another AGS Adventure game, this one doesn’t actually feel a whole lot like one. Affectionately made for the developer’s girlfriend (Marry her. Marry her now.), Nelly Cootalot is, in the creator’s own words, a “fearsome pirate and lover of tiny and adorable creatures, [who] is charged by the spirit of a dead buccaneer to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a fleet of birds known as spoonbeaks”. It’s far more polished than a lot of AGS creations, the environments are colourful and very charming, with the characters looking the greatest in particular. They’re also fairly fun, especially with the twin shop-owners and the incredibly self-involved Widebeard (As if a name like that required explanation).
(More in the extended!)
Obviously it owes its influence to the old Monkey Island games, but it also definitely has its own distinct and adorable style, and you’re always aware your playing as Nelly rather than Guybrush. She’s a great protagonist, and conversation trees are well worth exploring full just for entertainment rather than to finish the game. The interface is pretty similar to Full Throttle (Could someone please make an homage to ‘The Dig’ at some point? I feel sort of bad for it), where holding the mouse button brings up a verb coin rather than the Scumm system or the AGS favoured… right-mouse button.
It’s a little hard to talk about without spoiling things, especially since it isn’t a long game either (though it’s quite nicely paced) but it’s well worth checking out if you’re into this kind of thing. Or you could save it for a little piece of sweet sweet sanity once the B-Game Competition deadline hits.
(Thanks Pacian ! ’Tis certainly a fine game)