Devil's Attorney launched on Google Play today, putting the players in the shoes of Max McMann, a defense lawyer whose wordplay can baffle any jury and tear apart the case of any prosecutor out there. Through the game, you pick from a variety of available cases, such as restaurant owners selling hot dogs of questionable origin, or male strippers caught impersonating police officers.
Once chosen, you go to court, enjoy a short (and often hilarious) back-and-forth with the plaintiff, and get to work. Every turn, you have a certain number of action points to spend on a variety of abilities which can reduce the credibility of various parts of the opposition's case, including evidence and witnesses. Once you're out of action points, the prosecutor damages your case with whatever they have left. As soon as you reduce the credibility of every element of the prosecution's case to zero, you win and get paid. That money then goes towards kitting out your apartment with lavish furniture to increase your materialism, vanity, and decadence ratings, which each provide new and unique skills in the courtroom.
If Saul from Breaking Bad has taught us anything, it's that skeezy lawyers can be easily portrayed as loveable scamps, and in that spirit, Devil's Attorney does extremely well. The distinctly 70s vibe certainly magnifies the cheese-factor, and the excellent voice acting does its part too. I never really got into the Phoenix Wright games, but for $2.99, I think I'm going to end up spending a lot of time with this one.
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