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Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Aviary Attorney?

Emily Tang

May 01, 2020

3 minute read

The Game at a Glance

The year is 1848. Paris is on the brink of yet another revolution, and the prisons are overflowing with guilty and innocent alike. One man stands for justice amid society's chaos. No. One bird... Play the role of Monsieur Jayjay Falcon, a bird of prey with a good heart and questionable lawyering expertise. Join him and his witty apprentice, Sparrowson, as the two take on clients, interview witnesses, collect evidence, and deliver justice to the guilty.
  • Genre: Historical mystery visual novel
  • Main Character: A bird lawyer named Jayjay Falcon
  • Played On: Windows
  • Release Date: Dec 22, 2015
  • Time Spent: 7 hours
  • Completion: 100%
  • Winning Traits: Enthralling storyline, hilarious dialogue, choices matter
  • Recommended?: Yes, for fans of detective games (especially Ace Attorney)!
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Who doesn’t want to experience 19th century France? The streets of Paris are filled with murder and mystery, and it’s up to Jayjay Falcon to restore order. With his trusty sidekick Sparrowson, I helped the fowl lawyer collect evidence and settle cases, coming closer to a bigger picture that looms over the already fragile peace of the city.

Aviary Attorney, developed by Sketchy Logic, is a quirky visual novel with an interesting premise. I’ll admit, I saw the words “bird lawyer” and the deal was sealed for me. There’s nothing more entertaining than seeing how the storyline, comedy and all, can be taken so seriously. I’ve never played or seen much of the Ace Attorney series, but I would imagine that the atmosphere is similar. That being said, I encourage Ace Attorney fans to give this game a try.

Anyhow, let’s journey to 1848, Paris.

Falcon watching the city burn

Literal Red Herrings

Aviary Attorney’s story is an excellent example of a serious narrative with fitting comedy. In addition to some of the dialogue between our brave Jayjay Falcon and the assistant Sparrowson, the writers were brash enough to insert puns. Not usually a lover of puns, I did find their effort endearing and caught myself chuckling at a few of them (begrudgingly).

I think the characters were beautifully written, puns and all. Jayjay Falcon has clear goals, obstacles, and even inner conflict. As someone who tries to read every line of dialogue when I’m playing games, even I tend to skip dialogue that holds no real substance to the story. Aviary Attorney, however, had the aim to entertain — and their aim was true. Needless to say, I took my time playing this and thoroughly enjoyed every character’s role and arc.

Falcon's inventory containing a literal red herring

Order, Order!

Since the nature of the game is to ask the right question and say the right thing, Aviary Attorney challenges what the “right thing” is. Being straightforward can sometimes punish instead of reward, while choosing a more tactful response could uncover something to help Jayjay’s stance in court. One thing that I especially liked was that you couldn’t just cycle through responses to try and find the right one; if you waste all your chances on the choices that you think are right, the case could end up lost.

Sparrowson talking about a verbal smackdown and telling Falcon to be witty

Since choices have the potential to noticeably change the course of the story, it’s important to know that different events could occur based on how the cases go. There are three different endings, all of which can be obtained in multiple ways. This lends itself to satisfactory replayability, especially if you end up playing it again months or even years later. With the lack of voice acting and a more classical art style, the charm lies in how every character is distinguishable, with little to no confusion as to what is happening at any time.

Case Closed

While initially the lovely artwork, historical setting, and clashing anthromorphic characters interested me, Aviary Attorney’s true worth is in the reactions given for every choice made. But make no mistake, while the game’s premise is simple, just remember that nothing is ever as it seems. Morals will be challenged, hilariously and seriously — and the puns will always find you.

Sparrowson's reaction and dialogue with the pun: "Wing it"

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