Thursday, April 10, 2008

Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law

Developer: Developer: High Voltage Software
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: Jan. 8, 2008
System: Wii
ESRB Rating: T
Official Web site

In a nutshell:
Lawyer of the absurd

0:00 I'm a casual fan of both the "Harvey Birdman" cartoon series and the Phoenix Wright games on which this game is ostensibly based, so I should be right in the target audience for this one, right? Right?

0:01 The menu screen is set up like a disorganized desk of papers. I love the remixed theme song from the show.

0:02 A twig snaps. "You damn twig-snappers, people are trying to sleep," cries a random voice. Then someone sets fire to an apartment building. Peter Potamus (the classic Hanna-Barbera character) happened to be driving by. Did he set the fire? Nice to see they kept the manic pace and somewhat confusing openings from the show.

0:03 Cut to Harvey's office. A cut scene is interrupted when I'm asked to help Harvey solve a crossword puzzle: What seven letter word starts with "A" and means "long and hard?" Choices are "ayoqowb," "arduous" and "arousal." I hope both the gameplay and the humor get better than this.

0:04 Peter Potamus runs into the office just as he's being arrested for the arson. Turns out the house was Harvey's, but Peter says he didn't do it, (though he says he did throw a mailbox into the fire so he could continue cooking s'mores, heh). The story is delivered incredibly rapid-fire -- those not used to Adult Swim's manic pacing might be confused.

Read the full review at Crispy Gamer

1 comment:

Adam said...

This game would be more acceptable as a budget title (maybe US$15-20). At US$29.99 however it's like buying a broken up interactive Harvey Birdman DVD containing 5 episodes

Phoenix Wright wins hands down in all areas although I'm sure fans of the Adult Swim cartoon will pick it up for the name alone. For those interested, Miles Edgeworth: Perfect Prosecutor has been announced for the DS with a new 3rd person perspective for investigating (think of Broken Sword 1 & 2)