Life is chock full of irony and of course the day that I sit down and write my review for Devil’s Attorney, a courtroom based strategy game, I receive a Jury Duty Summons in the mail–I’m totally not making this up (yes I will accept all sympathy). What makes this worse is that I know that the real life scenario won’t include Max McMann.
In Devil’s Attorney you live the life of Max McMann who’s a defense attorney for the clearly guilty. However, as in real life that doesn’t mean that you can’t set them free and this is where the gameplay aspect comes in. With each case you’ll need to wear down the plaintiff by discrediting him/herself, witnesses, experts, and of course…tampering with evidence. This is all done in a turn-based manner where you are allotted so many Action Points to use to attack the opponent. Choose your attacks wisely and you’ll wear them down enough to defeat them. Play too aggressively (or defensively) and they will prove your clients’ guilt. This turn-based system works allowing you to build up a strategy while never overwhelming you.
With each case won you’ll earn money which can be used to up your status. Buy a new stereo for your crib (okay 90‘s term I think)and improve your ego or perhaps buy a new suit to build up your confidence…something that I would have thought to be implausible with Max. Anyways, while this leveling up system helps expand the theme (which I’ll get to in a second), it also broadens the strategy and gives it that nice turn-based RPG-like experience that iOS has been lacking.
Max McMann as well as everything else in Devil’s Attorney looks like he was ripped straight out of 1980’s Miami Vice. Well that’s because it’s set in the good ol’ 80’s and anyone who’s old enough to live thru this period will be smiling with all of its’ cheesy charm. Adding to the esthetics of the game is that it’s full of wit and every character in the game oozes with personality. Easily the highlight of Devil’s Attorney.
The Bottom Line: 9/10 (Super!)
Devil’s Attorney’s 80’s vibe and humorous dialog keeps the interest high through all the court cases. Heck even without that, Devil’s Attorney holds up as a addictive turn-based on-the-go strategy game.