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Seeing an app priced over 99 cents usually makes you stop and think. On the one hand, the production values are usually higher and the game is usually worth it (thank you Square Enix and Kairosoft). On the other hand, you waste more money if the game isn’t up to snuff (apps that aren’t Square Enix or Kairosoft). Devil’s Attorney by 1337 Game Design tests that assumption.
The best introduction to this game is through the wonderful 80’s-inspired trailer. Go ahead and click the link, though you’ll be humming that catchy theme song until your coworkers start guessing what it is. Then you’ll pick up the app as I have and hear it every time you open the game. It still hasn’t gotten annoying, so that’s a point to its credit.
Look, But Don’t Touch
The idea is simple enough: You play Max McMann, an unscrupulous but charming lawyer with a heart of darkness and a taste for the finer things in life. Think Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother, without that pesky love for his friends. Once you’re out of court, you spend your dirty money on upgrades to your home and your wardrobe, giving you boosts to in court abilities.
The actual in-court mechanics are rather simplistic. You have
Jedi lawyer tricks like Objection and Cross-Examinations, which you use to lower the credibility of Witnesses, Evidence and the opposing attorney, which will damage your case at the end of each round. The trial ends when either your case is hit hard enough or no one is left to oppose you. An interesting strategy element exists, but if you’ve played any of the Phoenix Wright games (the first of which is also available on smartphones) this game is somewhat shallower in its trials.
Touch, But Don’t Taste
Seriously, Best Upgrades Ever
What really makes this game shine is its commitment to being funny. Each case has you defending obviously guilty individuals who have done things like having over sixty overdue parking tickets (she thought they were fliers an threw them away), breaking the winning city marathon record by two hours (despite the client weighing 300 pounds), and pop culture referenced crimes, including eating doves onstage, property damage from hunting ghosts and a millionaire sneaking around playing superhero. Each trial opens with a witty dialogue between McMann and the opposing attorney, with subtle, hilarious insults thrown both ways. And every stereotype of lawyer is here, from the toupee-wearing halfwit to the sassy, independent lady who has to fend of Barney… I mean, Max’s advances. No shortage of entertainment here.
Yeah, he really is that shallow…
Concept: The Devil’s Advocate meets sitcom set in the 80’s
Story: Very simplistic, almost nonexistent, but very well written material.
Gameplay: Pick up and play mechanics mean you won’t be enthralled but you can play in short spurts. Like Angry Birds!
Graphics: Stylized, cartoony art won’t blow you away, but are well drawb and it will age better than cutting edge graphics will.
Sound: Aside from an insanely catchy theme song, the rest of the soundtrack could be better. Voice acting is top notch in comedy, however.
Fun Factor: Watching your apartment grow is great and cases are just long enough to be fun and to draw you into the next one, or ten.
Replay: Multiple levels and a randomized court mode means many strategies to conquer your opponents, but once story is over, it’s over.
This is definitely more Amateur Surgeon than Trauma Center, but on a mobile platform it just make more sense to go with something casual and easy to play than something more complicated that makes the battery will die once you get to the good parts. 1337 Game Design has made an impressive game despite its small studio. We may be witnessing the making of a new Rovio. That kind of accomplishment would be Legen- wait for it -dary!
Devil’s Attorney is rated 12+ on the App Store, for Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor, Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content or Nudity, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco or Drug Use or References and Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes. This system is not associated with the ESRB.
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