Video Game Review: Aviary Attorney
Objection! At least that’s what I would say, except in this example we don’t need to object to anything. Instead, we just need to point out contradictions politely and in the most effective ways possible – With cold hard facts. Thankfully, we have a professional duo to help uncover the facts of these murder cases, in a pun-filled game akin to Phoenix Wright. If you’re a fan of courtroom games, then this is definitely one you should add to your list. Before you do, come check out our thoughts on the bird-based Aviary Attorney. Before I continue with this review, a huge thanks to Vivi who sent me this game as a gift on my birthday. You know my sense of humour far too well!
|Developer||Sketchy Logic Games|
|Platforms||PC (Windows, iOS)|
In a similar vein to the Phoenix Wright series, each mission within the game is a contained story. The first story involves the rich cat Seigneur Purrtoir, whose daughter has been accused of murdering the frog Grenwee. Being the exceptional attorneys that you are, you must go and search the murder scene, as well as speak to the witnesses to hopefully draw conclusions to defending your first client.
What makes this game differ in story from Phoenix Wright however, is the game is pretty full of feel-bad moments. The game is very smart for dramatic effect and using clever storytelling techniques. If you’re fond of stories in games and don’t mind a visual novel styled game, it’s worth your time picking this up for the story alone. Another thing this game gets right in the story is its use of puns and comedy. Seriously, the game is funny throughout – and it never feels like it’s trying too hard. However, the sense of humour is incredibly British; not too surprising when you find the developers are from Coventry.
This is my favourite part about the game. The graphics used throughout stick to the theme of being old fashioned, befitting the 19th-century. The fact that the characters are animals gives a rather cute touch, but I think the game would equally have done as well if the characters were humanoid. However, the puns are what help set this game apart from many other visual novels, so animals work perfectly fine! The sepia tone used throughout was a great idea, but it took a bit of getting used to.
As ever though, we think that seeing is believing, so here’s a few images taken from the game:
The music choice is apt and rather relaxing. Going for classical was the only logical pick and hey, with a name like Sketchy Logic, I think they did a great job pairing key classical tunes to moments in the game. I loved the music used in the courtroom, as well as even the stock sound effects used to signify a joke (a typical percussive sting sound effect). The use of music isn’t necessarily done to evoke a specific kind of emotion, but it just fits nicely and is themed well thoughout.
Aviary Attorney started life as a Kickstarter Campaign which was backed by 1,503 backers, rasing just shy of £19,000. When the game was first released, there were plenty of reports about bugs, which have stayed on the reviews. As far as I could see on my playthough, these bugs have seemingly been addressed, but I’ve yet to go into a hardcore stress test on breaking the game – but I don’t think I want to do that. It’s a fun, enjoyable romp filled with British humour and a really fun theme throughout. I genuinely enjoyed Aviary Attorney and will be finishing off the other missions in due course. The blend of humour and plot twists made for a unique take on the visual novel attorney… genre?