The quality and work put into this game is amazing. How much? The game has it’s own theme song. That’s right, a theme song.
“Your objective is to free all of your clients and use the money you earn to buy accessories and new furniture for your apartment; boosting your ego and unlocking new courtroom skills in the process.”
Maybe we should set that as the standard to games now……anyways, where was I. The artwork is all top notch, from the time you start off the game in a dingy office to the end where you’re in your pimped out apartment and decking out your car. My favorite part is the funny dialogue between the lawyers at the beginning of each game. Along the game it feels like it’s telling a small story, and while the dialogue won’t actually help you win the case, the content is still surprisingly good. Apart from looking good, the game was also updated to take advantage of the widescreen display on the iPhone 5 and the new iPod touch.
The controls are fairly easy, you’re simply tapping on things. Wanna go to your apartment? Tap on the apartment. In the courtroom and want to play one of your tactics? Simply tap on it, and tap on the person or object you want to attack. It’s that simple.
While the game may remind you of Phoenix Wright, it’s not. That doesn’t make it any less fun however. The whole game mocks the courtroom, with you Max, stopping at nothing to win the case. This means you will defend literally anyone, which includes some fun easter eggs in there. So how does the game play out? Well, it plays out more like a turn based RPG. There are witnesses, evidence, all of which have credibility and take away case points. When you hit 0 case points, your client is found guilty.
To combat this, you use special tactics, such as interrogating witnesses, analyzing evidence, etc. Of course, as with any games, things get harder. Prosecutors get harder, there are more things to fight, etc. Luckily for you, you get new abilities. As you win cases, you build up your vanity, materialism, and decadence attributes by buying clothes, furniture, and so forth. In turn, this grants you new moves. So what happens if you fail a case? Well err…..nothing.
Although the gameplay could use some depth, that doesn’t stop me from saying Devil’s Attorney is one of the best games out there right now. It’s quality is simply outstanding, and the gameplay is a lot of fun, whether you’ve played Phoenix Wright in the past or not. Is it worth the price? Absolutely. Go pick this up right now. 10/10.