Earlier this morning, Eli and I checked out Devil's Attorney [$2.99]. It's hard to pin a genre on this, but gun to our heads: it's a turn-based card battler, except instead of cards you use charm, wit, and tomfoolery to dent opponents' charisma (HP) and win cases. Also, the action is set in courtrooms, as opposed to fantasy playing fields. Oh! Another thing that's different: there's also a ton of humorous dialogue and a neat perk system that hinges on obtaining items for your apartment.

Really, Devil's Attorney is its own thing. You take on cases, duke it out, and then take on more while enjoying some genuinely entertaining dialogue. You need to see it to get a handle on it, which is a good thing since we've got this video and all.

  • jakesones

    I hope this article calls more attention to this game. I finished it on Normal this morning and will be going back for the hard difficulty tonight. It's not getting the warmest reception in the forums and I think it deserves better. The mechanics gel, it's written well and polished as hell.

    • badr

      The reception it has on the forums is because:

      1. People thought it was Phoenix Wright
      2. The game is not optimized for iPhone 5 / iPod touch 5th Gen
      3. It's expensive for what it is and doesn't do.

      • metalcasket

        "3. It's expensive for what it is and doesn't do."

        Do people ever think before writing things like this down? $2.99...BAH GAWD IZ SO EXPENSIV~! Devil's Attorney's frickin' intro video is worth way more than $2.99...and guess what? There's a whole game (without a single mother****ing IAP) to play on top of that!

      • JCman7

        Well TA was comparing it to Phoenix Wright as soon as it was announced so that already hurt its rating with users, but it really isn't that great of game. Yes the artwork, voice overs, music is all superb but the gameplay is severely lacking and I play a game for the gameplay which I think most people do. I still think it deserves 3 starts nothing more and nothing less. It's mediocre at best.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Correction: It hurt its "rating" with a very specific group of people who are losing sleep over when more Phoenix Wright games will hit the App Store. Overall, the reception outside of that remarkably vocal minority has been overwhelmingly positive- Especially judging by the shocking number of people who added the game to their TA app watch list after we posted the initial trailer.

      • JCman7

        Well I haven't seen many positive reviews on your forums and really?, you are pulling the "watch list" argument again. No offense but I don't see how that is a valid tool to judge anything. Yeah the trailer is freaking awesome who wouldn't add it to their watch list but the gameplay is awful and there is no satisfaction at all of winning a case or progressing. There's just no substance. But I don't want to start an argument it's just a game and everyone has their own opinion and this is mine.

      • JCman7

        Just checked the forums again and there are a few more positive reviews which is good, glad some are enjoying it.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I'm mad this game isn't Phoenix Wright: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=2478251&postcount=56

        Oh wait I actually played it and am enjoying it: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=2480131&postcount=69

      • JCman7

        Good for them. Just want to say I'm not comparing it to PW, I've been playing AppStore games since it began and to me the gameplay just doesn't stand out. I don't know I'm looking forward to your review or whoever is doing it though.

      • JohnnyJ301

        HaHa Eli,

        You got me, those were my posts in the forum... but I wasn't comparing it to Phoenix Wright because I've never played the game but I was under the wrong impression of what type of game it was. I thought it was a courtroom game based on dialogue, not a point system but to my surprise, the point system actually works really well and the game is so well done, that it has actually won me over.....

        Great Game !!!

      • JCman7

        What I don't think is cool are your tweets Eli, I mean this is the first time I have ever disagreed with the opinion you, Brad etc have on a game. I'm not mad over a game or whatever but I, like you,like to share opinions on games and help people decide if they want it or not. Who cares hate the game love the game it's all good but those tweets are pretty low blows to your readers. Just because some do not agree with your opinion doesn't mean they are ignorant or angry crazy "Internet commenters" But who cares its a 2.99 game just buy it and if you don't like it, it's not the end of the world.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Read between the lines a little more please.

      • JCman7

        Well I apologize then if I misunderstood your messages. They just come across sarcastic so it's hard to tell if I'm not reading it in their true context.

      • ConceptNormal

        You don't want to start an arguement? You already did and MetalCasket shot you down. And you refuse to move on. Go play some zombie endless runner... Your obvs not ready to take off your baby pants and cross in adult video gaming territory. Funny where talking about a court case game cuz' your evidence about it wouldn't hold up if BRAD was taking the case on.

      • http://twitter.com/izzynobre izzynobre

        THREE DOLLARS for a well crafted, original game with superb art and voice dialog is "too expensive"?

        Why did you ever buy an iPhone/iPod touch/iPad then? By your standards, they must cost a fortune.

  • JohnnyJ301

    I'm really digging this game. There are a thousand zombie, shooter games and this is a nice change of pace. Didn't think I would enjoy this game so much. Devs please add more content in the future. Another poster said it " polished as hell" Love the 80's theme,

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathanial.alexander Nathanial Alexander

    If people are rating the game low because they thought it was going to be like Phoenix Wright, the that's their faults for being stupid enough to purchase it without even looking into what the game is about. It's not the Dev's fault that certain consumers are too dumb to read about a game before purchasing it.

  • Xaintrix

    I'm having a ball with this game. I don't need. 50 hour grind fest. Even if it had 1 hour of solid gameplay it would already be a bargain compared to how expensive movies are nowadays.