Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (video game)

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Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law
Harvey Birdman.jpg
North American Wii version boxart
Developer(s) High Voltage Software
Publisher(s) Capcom
Distributor(s) Williams Street
Series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii
Release
  • NA: January 8, 2008
Genre(s) Visual novel, Interactive movie
Mode(s) Single-player

Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is a video game developed for the Wii,[1] PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable by High Voltage Software, and released on January 8, 2008.[2] It was published by Capcom and is based on the Adult Swim cartoon of the same name with collaboration of the show's writers and voice actors.[3][4]

Gameplay[edit]

The game is played like the Ace Attorney Capcom court-themed series, but with the Harvey Birdman type of humor and feel. The game also include cameos of Capcom characters within the 5 cases.[3] A trailer for the game shown at the 2007 E3 Convention confirmed that the game included the mechanics of cross-examination and evidence lists from the Ace Attorney series, as well as cameos by many Street Fighter characters.[citation needed] Thanks to the show's simple flash process, the game was able to closely mimic the show's animation.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

  • The Burning Question – The first segment deals with Peter Potamus being accused of burning down half of Harvey Birdman's house.
  • The Cleaning Crew – Magilla Gorilla and Secret Squirrel are accused of robbing Harvey Birdman's office.
  • From Glamour to Slamour – Yakky Doodle's latest name change lands him in jail when the Nailgun name makes the authorities think that he's the criminal of the same name. Harvey comes to Yakky's defense, but winds up being jailed himself after it is discovered that his license has expired.
  • Personal Piracy – Peanut is suspected of copying music controlled by the RIAA without permission.
  • Two Birds, One Throne – During Phil's absence, Blue Falcon is put in charge who tricks Birdman into hiring prosecutors for his own "embezzling" trial.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PS2 PSP Wii
Adventure Gamers N/A N/A 2.5/5 stars[5]
EGM 5.83/10[6] N/A 5.83/10[6]
Eurogamer N/A 5/10[7] N/A
Game Informer N/A N/A 6/10[8]
GamePro N/A 3.75/5[9] N/A
Game Revolution D−[10] D−[10] D−[10]
GameSpot 6.5/10[11] 6.5/10[11] 6.5/10[11]
GameSpy 3/5 stars[12] N/A 3/5 stars[13]
GameTrailers 6.5/10[14] N/A 6.5/10[14]
GameZone 7.1/10[15] N/A 7.5/10[16]
IGN 7.4/10[17] 7.4/10[17] 7/10[4]
Nintendo Life N/A N/A 6/10 stars[18]
Nintendo Power N/A N/A 6.5/10[19]
PSM 4/5 stars[20] N/A N/A
The A.V. Club C−[21] N/A N/A
The New York Times (unfavorable)[22] (unfavorable)[22] (unfavorable)[22]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 63/100[23] 62/100[24] 60/100[25]

The game received "mixed" reviews on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[23][24][25]

Maxim gave the game a score of three stars out of five and said that it was "actually funny, and unlike The Simpsons Game, it's actually fun to play. Game play is lifted straight out of Capcom's own Phoenix Wright series. [...] It's short enough that you can finish it in a couple of nights, but all the show's characters are in effect... along with their respective voice actors. Finally, the game's budget price (around $30) means there's no need to shout, "I object!" when the game store clerk rings you up."[26] However, The A.V. Club gave the PlayStation 2 version a C−, calling it "A decent rental, but not a wise investment."[21] The New York Times gave the game an unfavorable review, stating that the game design was "just plain bad".[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wii Takes the Case – Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Comes Home To Roost on the Latest Nintendo Video Game System" (Press release). Capcom. September 4, 2007. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bergfeld, Carlos (October 22, 2007). "Did You Get That Thing I Sent You? No, Not Until 2008 (Harvey Birdman Delayed)". Shacknews. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Bergfield, Carlos (July 20, 2007). "E3 07: Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law Preview". Shacknews. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Miller, Greg (January 14, 2008). "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Review (Wii)". IGN. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ Allin, Jack (February 25, 2008). "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law review (Wii)". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b EGM staff (February 2008). "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (PS2, Wii)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (225): 78. 
  7. ^ Walker, John (February 27, 2008). "Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law (PSP)". Eurogamer. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ Juba, Joe (February 2008). "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (Wii)". Game Informer (178). Archived from the original on January 12, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  9. ^ Balistrieri, Emily (April 2008). "Review: Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (PSP)". GamePro: 84. Archived from the original on March 8, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c Morse, Blake (January 18, 2008). "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c Navarro, Alex (January 11, 2008). "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Review". GameSpot. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  12. ^ Villoria, Gerald (January 8, 2008). "GameSpy: Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  13. ^ Villoria, Gerald (January 16, 2008). "GameSpy: Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (Wii)". GameSpy. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Review (PS2, Wii)". GameTrailers. January 16, 2008. Archived from the original on January 22, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  15. ^ Aceinet (January 21, 2008). "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  16. ^ Platt, Dylan (January 30, 2008). "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law - WII - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Miller, Greg (January 8, 2008). "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Review (PS2, PSP)". IGN. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  18. ^ Kaplan, Zach (July 31, 2010). "Review: Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law". Nintendo Life. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law". Nintendo Power. 224: 89. January 2008. 
  20. ^ "Review: Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (PS2)". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 81. January 2008. 
  21. ^ a b Wolinsky, David (February 25, 2008). "Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law (PS2)". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on February 28, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b c d Herold, Charles (January 17, 2008). "In Mimicking Adult Swim Cartoon Series, Designers May Have Gone Too Far". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  23. ^ a b "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  25. ^ a b "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law". Maxim. 2008. 

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