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Cheat Code Central (Jan 12, 2008)
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law will teach you as much about law as a cartoon will teach you about the laws of physics. Don't take it too seriously, and you'll have a blast.
TotalPlayStation (Jan 19, 2008)
If you're even a remote fan of the cartoon, the $30 required to enjoy a few more hours of Birdman is a pittance, and should be dropped post-haste.
Game Vortex (Feb 06, 2008)
It's all lots of fun, and offers inestimable amusement for fans of Harvey Birdman. The rest of us might take pleasure in this if we have, in the past, enjoyed a good adventure or point-and-click game. Fans of other courtroom-drama games might also find something of interest here, but the madcap and surreal style of Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law gives it a very different flavor that might lose some people or go right over their heads. Don't get me wrong, this isn't sophisticated comedy by any stretch, just very out-there humor. It's a good game overall and a brave attempt to represent a genre that hasn't seen much play in recent years.
GamePro (US) (Mar 04, 2008)
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is a pretty short game, and not terribly challenging, but for those who appreciate the humor of the series it's likely to be an enjoyable romp-- more of what you already like, only with buttons attached.
IGN (Jan 08, 2008)
Phoenix Wright fans should be a bit cautious entering into a long-term relationship with the Birdman. The cases won't test your deposition skills and you won't be getting the truckload of gameplay you're used to. However, if you're a Harvey Birdman fanatic -- or just a casual fan like myself -- you should probably pick up this game. Sure, it isn't terribly long and it isn't too challenging, but it is a really funny and an engaging play. Plus, it's about the same price as a Harvey Birdman DVD and this is longer than the 150 minutes a two-disc set would get you.
Can I say this is the best Adult Swim video game? Yes. Can I say this is the best lawyer game? No. Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law isn’t half bad, but when you’ve played other lawyer games it falls short. Buying this game might be well worth it considering all the footage you get in here. Fans of the show should find more enjoyment out of the game than any of the DVDs, just for the fact you can interact with it.
PSX Extreme (Jan 31, 2008)
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is a very funny game, and fans of the show will find themselves loving it quite a bit. If you're not familiar with the Adult Swim show, then you may not be as receptive to the game as others would be. Additionally, if you've been wanting to see what the hoopla about these attorney games is all about, Birdman is a good place to start, as it plays pretty much exactly like the Phoenix Wright games do. For $30 it's not a bank breaker, and is an acceptable cost, but don't expect anymore than 4-6 hours worth out of the game. Hopefully a sequel offers more bang for the buck.
GameSpot (Jan 11, 2008)
Attorney At Law ultimately falls in line with what a Harvey Birdman game should be. After all, if you're going to make a silly game about courtroom drama, there are limits to the number of ways you can actually make that interesting. Regardless, even if it does conceptually hit the mark, the execution of the rather sparse gameplay doesn't quite cut it. You'll actually forget you're even playing a game for long stretches, which is kind of a double-edged sword. It's good in that the hilarious storylines manage to hold your attention and keep you laughing all throughout. It's bad in that the game mechanics are so unobtrusive as to be borderline unnecessary. Any way you slice it, Attorney At Law probably isn't worth dropping $40 on, but it's an ideal rental for fans of the show.
Gamernode (Jan 19, 2008)
I'd recommend a rental of Harvey Birdman, mostly due to its very short length (4 hours or so) and its utter lack of replay value (the few unlockables are almost nominal). Although it is the gameplay department is just about absent in this one, it is still very entertaining, thanks to a colorful cast and great writing.
Game Positive (Feb 06, 2008)
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law will appeal to fans of the Cartoon Network show, but those not enamored of the humor and art style will probably end up bored. The simplistic controls and short playtime make the game feel like an interactive episode, and, as with most TV shows, only serious fans will find reason to revisit the material once it's been viewed. With Attorney at Law, only gamers looking to get a quick fix of Harvey Birdman need apply.
Maxim Magazine (Jan 07, 2008)
Adult Swim fans: Everyone's favorite irreverent courtroom cartoon gets an equally irreverent video game. The result: It's 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. You and Birdman will have five cases to work your way through. It's short enough that you can finish it in a couple of nights, but all the show's characters are in effect—Mentok, Reducto, etc.—along with their respective voice actors (Stephen Colbert, Lewis Black, Gary Cole). 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.
Modojo (Jan 14, 2008)
Still, Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law is a fun ride while it lasts, a blast through the legal system that's like a breath of fresh air from X the Eliminator's blow-up doll. If you love the show, sit back and enjoy the goofy ride. If not, well, what other legal simulator are you going to play on the PSP? Pursuit Force? Ha ha, lame comparison!
Gamer 2.0 (Jan 18, 2008)
You've probably read other reviews and previews of the game on other sites and wondered why Phoenix Wright was never mentioned despite the fact that combat did use sort of the same system. That's because in almost every facet, Birdman pales so much in comparison to Phoenix that they aren't even worth comparing. Nevertheless, Harvey Birdman still provides an interesting experience and while it is worth watching, it's not something you want to be paying $30 for, even if that's a fairly small amount. Either way, at a measly four hours or less, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is barely an okay rental. If anything, it will keep you busy for two days during the wait for Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice... too bad it’s not on the DS.
Adventure Gamers (Feb 25, 2008)
It's fun enough while it lasts, but its shallow gameplay should cause all but the most diehard Harvey Birdman fans to think twice (or wait for a price drop) before declaring "I'll take the case!"
Worth Playing (Jan 08, 2008)
Unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, this same low-grade style translates over the video game, and it looks even cheaper here than on the show. There are only a handful of sets, an extremely small cast, and a staggeringly small amount of animations and it looks like one of the shoddier episodes of the television series. It's not enough to turn off fans, but newcomers to the franchise may want to be warned that, while Harvey Birdman uses animated and voiced cut scenes unlike Phoenix Wright, that doesn't necessarily mean it looks better.
Pocket Gamer UK (Jan 11, 2008)
Humour is entirely subjective of course, so you may get something out of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, but if so, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, this is less a case of legal eagles than incompetent parrots.
50 (UK) (Feb 27, 2008)
The mark below is an average of the 10 for the script/animation and the 1 for the game design. If you need more Birdman, you'll suffer to get to the superb stories.
1UP (Jan 08, 2008)
Harvey Birdman's last original episode wrapped this past July, so this is really the last hurrah for the series -- and one of the funniest shows in the history of Adult Swim deserves a better send-off than this. If you're a longtime fan or just looking to get into the show, check out the DVDs instead. Or hell, just go on the Adult Swim website and search for free clips from the show -- you're guaranteed to laugh more, and you won't have to plonk down $30, either.
Game Revolution (Jan 18, 2008)
If you’re a hardcore fan of the series, you’re going to buy this game, because you need to have everything related to the show to make your collection complete. And that’s not a bad thing. I love the series, and I think that the jokes in the game are right on par with it. But video games need to be fun to play, too. This just feels like one of those movies where you push a button to decide what scene should come next (and we all know how great those movies are). That’s just not enough to justify what is essentially five slow-moving episodes of Harvey Birdman.