Nelda Nockbladder’s Anatomy Lesson
Nelda Nockbladder’s is a shareware platform puzzler, created with the Click
& Create multimedia authoring system. It combines varied “find out what to do”
levels requiring timing and deduction from the player with some massive
exuberant nonsensical humour extruding from each and every pore of the game —
beginning with the game’s title, but certainly not ending there.
The unlikely heroine and protagonist of this game is middle-aged, good-natured
Nelda Nockbladder — part housewife, part sheep, part mad scientist — who,
while teleporting to the snack bar after her daily workout, finds herself
trapped in anatomy lessons “due to a wrinkle in Neldaspace”. The player’s
mission is to safely bring Nelda to the snack bar.
The game consists of eleven colourful levels — the different lessons –,
where Nelda will have to find out about what’s going on and how to solve it.
She has several means to achieve this: She can walk and jump, spit “flaming
custard”, climb things, hunker down and “ponder a greezbock” (which does
absolutely nothing). The lessons contain various nondescript fast flying or
gently bobbing objects (like the much-feared Elasticow or the Blue Plate
Geelynob), switches and buttons to be pressed, everything often mutating or
exploding when touching the floor, spat custard at, kicked or banged with the
The gameplay of the “lessons” varies from all-out shooting orgies to careful
observation and deduction of the object’s behaviour and well-timed jumping. It
is often necessary to understand what each object does to complete a stage, as
the objects’ behaviour often changes with every new lesson.
After completing each level, Nelda has the choice to get some bonus points by
hitting the right objects (she may also lose some by hitting the wrong ones)
before being presented some completely senseless trivia question a la “What
have we learned in this lesson?” and moving on to the next lesson.