... at least, that's what I have to say because Gamefly's filter won't let me type the four letter name of the Christian afterlife that's filled with fire.
I finished it in an afternoon. The gameplay is basically identical to Phoenix Wright. What makes it worth playing is that it's basically five interactive episodes of Harvey Birdman, and they're funny and well-written.
If you are a fan of the series, you will love this game. The term "interactive episode" comes to mind. The downside to the fun is that it's just too short. I beat it in two sittings but I'm still glad I rented it.
posted by Technogeek (GRAND RAPIDS, MI) Oct 7, 2009
Member since Jun 2006
If you're looking at this review, odds are you're quite familiar with the collection of dysfunctional characters and cameos from 60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters that makes Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law one of the better shows to have aired on Adult Swim. You've seen all the episodes, bought the DVDs (or downloaded them from the darker corners of the Internet), and just want to know if this title escapes the trap so many licensed games find themselves falling into. As it turns out, the answer is a qualified yes.
The gameplay mechanics are familiar to anyone who has played Capcom's other series of games starring a certain ace attorney -- use the Wii Remote to examine different areas, select what evidence to show the court, or prove that whatever unlucky witness you've dragged onto the stand is the real criminal. The learning curve is low at the start, and never rises any significant amount. If you're looking for a challenge, you won't find it here.
What you will find, though, is a witty title written by the same people who thought turning Fred Flintstone into Tony Soprano would be a good idea. (In other words, the show's writers.) Nearly the entire original voice cast returns for the game -- Stephen Colbert was unable to reprise the roles of Reducto and Phil Ken Sebben, sadly, though the replacement voice actors do a good enough job. Whether trying to prove that Peter Potamus didn't actually burn down your half of a duplex, finding the source of the mysterious electrical glitches in the prison you were sent to, or just trying to stop a copy of yourself from proving Peanut innocent of copyright infringement, this game can match some of the best episodes of the actual show.
The experience doesn't last long, sadly, and the lack of replayability makes Harvey Birdman for the Wii a poor choice for a purchase. As a GameFly rental, though, it makes an excellent addition to the GameQ for anyone who wants to see X the Eliminator go after Birdman's crest one last time.