Ten Years of VNs Now Special Feature: Fifty EVNs JP Recommends (10-1)
7. Aviary Attorney (Sketchy Logic)
Aviary Attorney sets itself up as a flourishing homage to the Ace Attorney series, then shelves its inspiration to tell its own story. This is a proper, capital ‘H’ Homage and here it is used to tell a riveting thriller about -checks notes- the French Revolution of 1848. To the best of my reading, painstaking detail was put in to ensure fidelity to the history while including fun bends to alternate French world; such as how Louis Philippe abdicated the throne or how most of the important moments in the revolution happened in a court room. I felt the over-arching of how the administration of justice affects society as a whole and the best way to address any system that has fallen short of delivering justice. It’s a deeply nuanced look with intriguing, complex characters that also happen to be mostly birds. It hits all its notes, being dark when need be, comedic when need be and deeply satisfying in its endings.
Also probably the best use of Camille Saint-Saëns in a video game, although I can’t say how many have adapted any of Saint-Saëns’ work.