Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. 55
    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 $40, either.
  2. 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.
  3. 60
    Whilst Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law proves to be a laugh-a-minute experience, sadly the gameplay itself proves to either be too basic in places or frustrating in others and just lacks the overall quality of the Ace Attorney series.
  4. No way would I recommend this game to legal eagles with the superior "Phoenix Wright" titles already out there. [Feb 2008, p.78]
  5. Because there is barely any game here, you feel like you are just sitting in a chair with a Wiimote, pressing the A button to continually advance to the next scene of the amusing TV show.
  6. If you’re already a fan of Harvey and the craziness that surrounds him, you’ll love how this game nails the feeling of the series. If you’re just a regular gamer looking for a solid legal adventure, other attorneys will represent your interests better.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Either way, at a measly four hours or less, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is barely an okay rental.
  10. In reality, it is fun and entertaining… for a little while. Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is actually the perfect definition of a rental game.
  11. Think long and hard about whether four hours of hilarious gaming is as valuable as 15 hours of the humourless equivalent. Games TM’s verdict lies in Birdman’s favour, though it’s far from a unanimous decision. [Mar 2008, p.132]
  12. Die hard fans of the show will enjoy it, however with no replay value whatsoever and an extremely short play time, there’s not much justification for buying it. Those that aren’t into the show’s scatological sense of humor, or those looking for a deep courtroom experience won’t find much here.
  13. It nails the show's insanely enjoyable brand of humor, but can't quite pull out a gameplay design to match.
  14. 60
    It's faithfully done, easy to play, and a showcase of pop-culture references and parody. You won't get many hours of game for your 40 dollars, but you will get some laughs.
  15. But after blazing through the episodes in less than five hours, we've modified our original query to: Where's the gameplay? Call it Phoenix Wright for dummies - the formula has been streamlined and simplified so much that the resulting point-and-click experience is largely devoid of challenge.
  16. 60
    You're doomed if you try to take this game seriously; it doesn't even take itself seriously. Moreover, you pay full price; and the game is short, so you'd better like Harvey Birdman. If you have doubts, catch the show on the Cartoon Network before you make the call.
  17. If it’s a game you want, the Birdman may not be the best video game attorney for the job, but when it comes to cracking cases to go with funny bones Harv is a class act.
  18. If this game cost $20, it would be an absolute must-buy. As it stands, only true series fans are going to get their money’s worth.
  19. 70
    If you're willing to overlook the length and price issues though, then Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law becomes a fun extension of the series.
  20. 70
    Did I have fun playing Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law? Yes, a lot of fun, but I can't recommend it as strongly as I did in my PlayStation reviews of the title.
  21. While it is great to see games like this made available to such a mass audience on the Wii, the game’s brevity combined with its limited participation make it a must play only for hardcore fans of the television series.
  22. 70
    Wait for it to drop down to about $20, then grab it with both hands. Fans of Phoenix Wright or Harvey Birdman, this is a decent buy.
  23. While Harvey Birdman looks and sounds authentic, and the game's bizarrely offbeat stories (custome made for the game) will keep you entertained, there's not much happening in the gameplay department. [Jan 2008, p.89]
  24. Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is an incredibly enjoyable experience, but paying full price for only a few hours of laughter should only be reserved for hardcore fans of the show.
  25. The game design, however, is just plain bad.
  26. Should the developers decide to pursue a sequel, they will need to make an important design decision: either change the gameplay to differentiate the game from the show enough to justify the price; or include far more content to grant value comparable to the DVD sets.
  27. This is a train wreck of a production, a demonstration of how not to handle a license, and a good example to developers on how not to rip off your own most popular works with any kind of success. I can't recommend this to anyone, at any price.
  28. Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law for the Wii is simply an interactive series of brand new episodes. Nothing has changed in the slightest, and that's a damn good thing.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. MatthewC
    Mar 4, 2008
    8
    As most critics say, this is hardly a game, but a few Harvey Birdman episodes where you need to choose the correct response to continue.As most critics say, this is hardly a game, but a few Harvey Birdman episodes where you need to choose the correct response to continue.
    Though the court cases can be difficult at times, the 'game' is rather funny and a must for any Harvey Birdman fans.
    The main problem would have to be that there is almost no replayability, and considering how short it is, thats a very bad thing
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