To many young people, becoming a lawyer is one of the top dream jobs, right next to being a doctor or a video game reviewer. Unfortunately, some people won’t ever achieve their goal. At least there’s Phoenix Wright, a game for those who think the justice system is fun.
Phoenix Wright is not a new game by any means. In fact, it was ported straight from the Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS versions. For the most part this works well, but it would be fantastic to see a version designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod Touch. New content is nonexistent, so if you have already played the DS version, it might not be worth replaying here.
Prosecute the guilty, absolve the innocent.
The storyline consists of five court cases, which require listening to witnesses, gathering evidence, and then using it to your advantage in court. If you have ever watched A Few Good Men, this will all seem very familiar. Each of the cases is unique and witty in its own right, and they manage to keep you interested in the outcome.
Gameplay is broken up into two phases, which both do a fantastic job in preparing you for the verdict. Each case starts with the Investigation Phase, which finds you gathering the majority of your evidence through questioning witnesses and surveying crime scenes.
You tell him.
However, more fun is the second phase, which is called the Court Phase. This is where the most interesting and funny moments come into play. You are tasked with taking all the evidence you have gathered over the first phase and using it to prove that your defendant is innocent. This is also the most challenging part of the game.
While real-life legal battles aren’t normally fun, Phoenix Wright occasionally caused us to break down in laughter or ask ourselves: ‘Did they really go there?’ Occasionally, however, there are moments of quizzical translation, where the dialogue doesn’t sound quite right. It’s too bad, because Phoenix is surrounded by colorful characters like Maya Fey, his legal aide, and Mia Fey, an attorney who taught Phoenix all he knows about the courtroom.
Ports are largely hit or miss, but Phoenix Wright does a fantastic job of recreating an already solid game. If you are looking for a funny and interesting adventure, or would like to live out your judicial fantasies, you’ll want to download this game.