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LA Law: The Computer Game

DOS - 1992

Year 1992
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Licensed Title
Publisher Capstone Software
Developer Synergistic Software, Inc.
4.8 / 5 - 5 votes

Description of LA Law: The Computer Game

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A shallow courtroom game based on blockbuster TV series of the same name, L.A. Law is an ambitious design that is ultimately flawed due to logic inconsistencies and limited interaction. First, some background information for those who are not familiar with the TV original: as an associate working for a large L.A. law firm, you must take on assignments from senior partners. Choose to play as either Jonathan, Abby, or Victor, all of whom are rising stars in the TV show. Each time you defend a client successfully in court, you are given a new assignment and a chance at being promoted. The game ends when you climb to the highest rank in the firm and elicit congratulations from the founding partners. The game is divided into several cases, starting with "The Wrathful Race," in which you must prove your client's innocence in a car crash. You have a limited time to prepare each case before being ushered into court, and every action takes time in the game so you must carefully decide what to do. The problem is, sometimes that is not very logical. In the first case, for example, you must visit the opposing counsel to obtain the medical examiner's report and several witnesses' statements. Why you can't be provided with these from your own boss is beyond me. This extreme linearity also defeats the purposes of many actions in the game. For instance, you can use the library to research past cases, in hopes of finding legal techniques and information that pertain to your own case. The problem is: whether or not you come up with something useful is determined arbitrarily by the designers. In some cases, you can search all you want and never turn up a clue, while in others, doing research is the only way to proceed.

The bottom line is that you will do research only when you think you are stuck, not because you think it makes sense-- something a real lawyer would probably never do :-) You also can ask various senior partners in the firm for advice, which are generally very valuable and tell you exactly what to do next. These take time, however, so you must use this "hint" function sparingly. When you feel you are prepared to go to trial, you can go to court any time you want. The courtroom sequence is much better than pre-trial, since there are several actions you can take, and the final judgement can vary depending on how good your arguments or pre-trial preparation is. You can, for example, raise objections to the opposing counsel's questions, move for a mistrial, or even request continuance from the judge if you feel you need more preparation (this is hardly granted). Although your questions to the witnesses and their responses are "canned," it is still fun to watch their reaction and effects on the opposing lawyers.

All in all, L.A. Law is a decent game that could be so much more, had the designers spend more time with giving the player more freedom of action, and make the cases more logically consistent. As it stands, L.A. Law might appeal to fans of the series, but is mildly entertaining at best for everyone else.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Squid 2020-10-16 0 point

OK this is way too late, especially since someone went ahead and posted all the numbers you need (AFAIK)...

But, the "game docs" are actually on the disk, i.e. the archive:
PHONE.COM lists all the numbers (pretty much identical to the ones in the comment).
README.COM is an incredibly brief "walkthrough" which tells you the minimum steps needed to solve each of the cases.

Michael 2017-04-04 7 points

To help other people who want to play this game, here is a list of the phone numbers you'll need to play it (originally included in the manual but seemingly unavailable from the Internet):

Adamski, Alex - Dept. of Motor Vehicles 642-9127
Alpine Photo Supply 787-1587
American Institute of Typography 655-1989
Anderson, Michael 829-4492
Barnton, Sgt. L. - Police Department 621-6703
Becker, Arnold 726-0420
Bennet, Christine 622-3489
Berrant, Oscar 655-3579
Birelli, M. 251-7721
Borson, Frank 655-1989
Browning, Stuart - Typologist consultant 977-3128
Cal. Dept. of Corrections 334-7642
Campbell, Major R. 491-3196
Carruthers, Lt. Daniel 674-9002
Chambers, Al 553-4375
Child Protective Services 641-3028
Clemmons, Zoe - D.A. 442-7105
Cypress Heights City Clerk 891-3419
Donner, Rovert 442-0076
Flaherty, Jake 621-3129
Flandry, Joe 661-2891
Forentello, Anthony 672-3343
Hamilton, Nancy 584-0281
Hamilton, Tony 532-2771
Harrison, Averel 971-2162
Hoskins, Amanda 767-5349
Jeffries, Kimberly 849-2105
Jamison, Craig 874-3200
Kelly, Marcia - Phone company 455-2166
Lacey, Sean 991-9135
Langston, Alex 655-3127
Lawrence, Daron 995-4439
Lehman, Douglas 635-0822
Lorester, Angela - Courthouse 552-4377
Marcellanus, Eli 882-7144
Medical Examiner - Dr Steven Wakeland 467-2300
Micheals, Sandra 631-8114
McClaren, Cpl. J. 992-3141
O'Donnell, Mike 882-4562
Plummer, Gail 431-0076
Renald, Samuel 655-7934
Rextor Avionics 655-4733
Richardson, Ariel 253-1847
Rolings, Jason 655-2107
Shackleford, Bruce & Colleen 482-3763
Solano, Jaime 323-4489
S. Cal. Bus. Journal 822-3249
Southland Teen 621-3129
Spanozi, Joseph L. - Private Investigator 975-2193
Stevens, John 871-3461
Thurrow, Bruce 767-5349
Torrnace, Margaret 525-3147
University of Cal. Press 253-1847
UCLA Law School Admissions 254-2110
Valley Clinic, Dr Joe Nelson 475-3800
Valley Star 431-0076
Wells, Jeremy 631-2131

Hulsie 2015-05-02 0 point DOS version


myabandonware 2012-04-07 0 point DOS version

I never liked the series but the game is vry good

robbo316 2012-02-03 0 point DOS version

This game isn't bad, but there is no point in downloading this, because you can't do a damn thing without the documents, which are NOT included, and a 20 minute search on Google found NOTHING.

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