Video Game / Nelly Cootalot
Our Fearsome Heroine!

Nelly Cootalot is a point-and-click adventure game series in the vein of Monkey Island. The first game, called Spoonbeaks Ahoy! and released as Freeware, was created by one Alasdair Beckett from the Adventure Game Studio in 2007 for his girlfriend who also goes by the name of Nelly Cootalot.

In the first game, our heroine is in the midst of a rough sea bat—er, woken up from her sleep by the ghost of the great pirate Bloodbeard, feared by many a pirate but loved by all cute critters, who gives her the task of investigating the disappearance of spoonbeaks from the Barony of Meeth. When she gets her bearings and goes searching around the island, however, things stop being what they seem. Can our Pirate Girl clear up the mystery and save the birds?

Following a Kickstarter, a commercial sequel, The Fowl Fleet!, was released with 3D characters on 2D backgrounds and voice acting.

Spoonbeaks is available for download here.

Tropes ahoy!

  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Widebeard is Bloodbeard's evil brother!
  • Moon Logic Puzzle: A jarring example: When you have to go undercover as Angelo Lightfoot, pilot extraordinaire, you have to pretend to enter the cockpit of the junky rocket. Sure, you can try the ladder, but Nelly knows better than to head into such a death trap. Instead, you have to use a rock from someplace else to bang on the pipe near the latter to break it apart. Then you have to use the talk command on the pipe to get the Dignified Ladies to think you're in the rocket by talking through it. Also, the final puzzle. The rocket puzzle does help set up another puzzle later on though that uses the same material to do the same thing.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Subverted on two occasions. Bloodbeard is actually a nice guy. And the Leper Colony of Saul Island? Actually a leprechaun colony.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Apparently, Nelly Cootalot is one Badass Moustache away from becoming Angelo Lightfoot, pilot extraordinaire.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Spoofed with a poster for voting Widebeard for Baron: "He's literally the only choice!"
  • Phrase-Catcher: "Dancing the hempen jig" is always met with the phrase " 'tis the fate of us all."
  • Pirate Girl: Nelly, though she doesn't have the usual subtropes of Action Girl and Little Miss Badass attached.
  • Sequel Hook: After the events of the game, Widebeard reveals, after decoding the piraglyphics on a random stone in the final area, that he now knows where his brother Bloodbeard's treasure is. Surely this means nothing.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Weaksauce Weakness: El Mono, the guardian of the mine where the spoonbeaks are being held prisoner, falls easily to oranges.