I'm going to tell you right now; Neil the Nail is a pretty short and easy game, but it's also pretty adorable, and pretty charming. The point-and-click puzzle adventure follows Neil, a nail (naturally), as he sets out to free his friends from the hammers and put an end to their bullying once and for all. At the same time, Mr Magnet finds himself imprisoned ("in the dark and smell"), and must escape to join the resistance. Add in Drew the Screw as a plucky love interest and you've got... well, this. To play, simply click on objects to see how they interact with each other, and figure out the correct order to click to proceed. Neil and his friends can't proceed until all threats are handled, so you'll have to think creatively. Imagine, for example, you were a carnivorous rubber ducky. Really, you know, be the ducky. What does it want? What are its motivations? Besides being the one who makes bathtime so much fun, I mean.
Neil the Nail isn't challenging at all, but then, it isn't really trying to be. Most of your obstacles can be dealt with in less than five clicks, and while the few timed sequences may take a few tries, they shouldn't pose much of an issue. This is exactly the sort of light-hearted whimsical fun that leaves you baffled but in a better mood than when you found it. It does end rather abruptly considering the elaborate buildup, and it feels as though it could have done with another screen or two to wrap things up, or maybe provide a thrilling climactic housewares-themed battle. Oh well, guess we'll just have to wait for the film adaptation. (Starring Jack Black, Bruce Willis, and Anne Hathaway, as soon as their agents return my calls.) In the meantime, you can spend a while with Neil and show the oppressors what-for.
Thanks to Lisa for sending this one in!