The Archive of Lost Games Vol. 3: Harvey Birdman (Wii)

By Danny “Barnaby” Butler

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop) –Welcome once again the to the infamous Archive of Lost Games! I am your host and archive curator Danny “Barnaby” Butler, and today we are talking about the Wii game Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law.

My guests this week are James Campbell, and returning for a historic third appearance, it’s James Webb.

Webb was the first to take a whack at this detective/court room adventure game inspired by the popular Adult Swim cartoon. Birdman, a semi-popular cartoon hero from the ‘80s has finally decided to settle down, deciding to trade his superhero exploits for arson and copyright lawsuits.

Birdgirl, the over-ambitious, unwanted sidekick of Birdman, often provides the player with key pieces of evidence throughout the investigation.

Birdgirl, the over-ambitious, unwanted sidekick of Birdman, often provides the player with key pieces of evidence throughout the investigation.

The acting talent in the game impressed Webb, who said he was a fan of the series.

“They assembled almost everyone from the original cast, except [Steven] Colbert,” he said as he pondered the answer to the game’s first puzzle.

“The game is very true to the series,” Webb said, “so fans of the show will definitely enjoy it.”

Newcomers might get a little lost he thinks, but the story lines are crafted to help draw in newcomers. Webb compared the game to a cheaper version of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series for the Nintendo DS.

“Fans of that series should enjoy this,” he said, “but they will notice that some court room sequences are slightly more restrictive than they are in Phoenix Wright.”

Harvey Birdman, no longer a superhero, now works for the law firm Sieben & Sieben as a defense attorney.

Harvey Birdman, no longer a superhero, now works for the law firm Sieben & Sieben as a defense attorney.

Campbell, who had not played any of the Phoenix Wright series, though the game was humorous, fun and entertaining.

“I really liked it,” Campbell said right after trying his first case. “If I had a Wii, I would definitely want to pick this up.”

The game is priced at five dollars new, so it will fit in just about any budget. While reviewers’ did like how the game stuck to the show’s signature style and pace, most sites gave Harvey Birdman low reviews on account of its length (the game takes about 4 hours) and relatively shallow game play.

That’s all for this week’s edition. Tune in next week for Deadly Premonition on the Xbox 360, a game which explores the dark corners of the mind of a detective.

For previous archives, click here for Vol. 1 and here for Vol. 2.

All images courtesy of Gamespot.

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