Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law

The gang's all here. Adult Swim's hit show arrives on the Wii.

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 12:38 am by Jason "JC" Christensen

The idea of Harvey Birdman is simply made of awesome. As part of his own hit animated cartoon series, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law on Adult Swim, he's finally deemed himself worthy of spreading his zany antics all the way onto the Wii. Along with Harvey's brand of nonsense, he's brought the entire gang over from the TV show with familiar locations and music, sound effects -- you name it. The question is: how do you make a game out of a law-talking bird-man with a colorful cast of characters to support him?

Answer: don't change anything at all. Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law for the Wii is simply an interactive series of brand new episodes. Nothing has changed in the slightest, and that's a damn good thing. Same voice actors, characters, whatever. You name it. Also, the writing is top-notch. For a game like this, the writing is key since you won't be doing much but pointing your Wii Remote at the screen and selecting pieces of evidence, press witness statements, or answer silly questions to prove a point.

There isn't much to Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law. Like I said before, you just point your Wii Remote at whatever you need, present a button, and that's it. But, what makes the game great is what the essence of it is: the TV show itself. After you're asked to either answer a question, press a witness' statement while cross-examining, or present evidence, you'll just sit back and let the hilarity ensue as the beautifully drawn characters continue the game.

The game mostly takes place in the courtroom. You'll be defending people in five separate cases, all their own. The game follows the trends set by the Ace Attorney series, starring Phoenix Wright. In this game, you'll talk to (and drink with) witnesses for information, collect evidence to prove your client's innocence, and tear holes into witness testimony, just like in the Ace Attorney games. The only differences here are the characters, scenarios, style in writing, music, and overall feel. Harvey Birdman presents a zany, less serious approach to the courtroom, while Phoenix Wright goes about his court proceedings with a more serious tone, albeit in an extremely funny manner at the same time.

Basically, this is just an interactive addition to the TV show's stories. The stories in the game don't really slow down and are usually kept moving at a brisk pace, so you'll rarely be bored. Besides, in almost everything you do, you'll hear some masterful piece of comedy gold from one of the game's raunchy cast members. The graphics are basically that of the TV show's, the music fits the game well, and you'll be hearing some familiar tunes. The voice acting is absolutely superb. You should wish that there would be such professionalism when it comes to voice acting in some other games.

Perhaps one downfall of the game is that its five cases may or may not last you long, depending on how you play. They aren't the longest cases in the world, or the most complex. But, they do provide you with some thinking, regardless of how comical the overall feel of the game is. But, Harvey Birdman isn't there to provide you with complex relationships between characters or extremely dramatic occurrences. If you want that, check out the Ace Attorney series.

Final Verdict - 7/10

Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is a satisfying Wii game based off the hit TV series. With five cases to keep you busy for a while, you'll be wanting more at the end and you'll just have to wait until new episodes are cranked out or just play the game again. There isn't much to the game, but with that, that means there aren't many problems. There are almost no technical glitches and it runs smoothly. A fun experience, fan of the TV show or not.