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Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law is a interactive visual novel game developed by High Voltage Software and published by Capcom. Based around the Adult Swim cartoon of the same name, it puts players in the role of the titular Harvey Birdman, who defends various clients in the courtroom. It was released exclusively in North America, with no Japanese or European releases. This is presumably due to the game being based around an American cartoon.[citation needed]

It is considered a spiritual spin-off of the Ace Attorney series,[citation needed] having been built around the Ace Attorney gameplay engine.[citation needed] It also incorporates a similar story structure of five cases consisting of investigations and trials, with the first case following the Ace Attorney tradition of being only a relatively short trial courtroom segment, with no investigation.


The game is built on the Ace Attorney series's engine,[citation needed] incorporating the same game-play mechanics.

During investigation segments, the player must examine various locations for information using the same option as Ace Attorney games: "Talk", "Move", "Examine", and "Present".

In trial segments, players must cross-examine witness testimonies by moving between statements. They are given the opinion to press the witness for further information on a given statement or present evidence that contradicts the testimony. Pressing a statement can yield updated testimonies. The game also features a penalty system akin to the Ace Attorney games; the player is allowed five mistakes before they fail and are given a guilty verdict.