Developer & Publisher: Oh, A Rock! Studios
Released: April 6, 2021
Requirements: Operating System: Windows 7 or higher
Processor: 1 GHTZ
Memory: 512 MB RAM
Graphics: OpenGL 2, DirectX 9; OpenGL ES2 or WebGL
Storage: 5 GB available space
Oh, A Rock! Studios
This is about four hours of over the top cheesy FMV, and while it canít possibly rise to any great heights the makers' sense of ridiculous fun comes through.
At the risk of finding myself before the court, everything screams B-Grade. The acting, the dialogue, the cases; donít go looking for high quality because it isnít there. Deliberately so. The game knows what it is, and even more importantly what it isnít.
Stuff happens on the interweb, and not all of it friendly. If, as the game says, you find yourself pulled over on the Information Superhighway, itís a one way ticket to Internet Court.
Itís a place where defenders used to be prosecutors but they really want to write fan fiction, defenders havenít actually defended anything before but mummy will be proud, and the judge presides in his (bath)robes from his bed. A place where the actors are the makers, as well as their mums and probably their friends and relations, and they are all clearly reading their lines. A place where silly is the embraced stock in trade.
Four cases lie before you, from an unfriending of a friend to an unfavourable review. The latter is the pick, poking fun at the sorts of things that I write and that you are currently reading.
Most of each case plays out as a type of Zoom meeting, with the person speaking occupying the main window and the others sitting to the side. Below the main window is a ribbon which, as far as I could tell, accumulated symbols as I progressed in each case. Kind of like a thumbs up for effort.
Full screen Ďcut-scenesí (for want of a better description) might punctuate the goings-on. They are only ever of one of the participants, pontificating on an aspect of the case, themselves, or the Court in general.
Whilst in Court, you can fail. The Ďpuzzlingí involves things like choosing from a number of possible responses, finding the connections between bits of (so called) evidence, or identifying the errors in documents or texts. A wrong answer elicits a strike; get three strikes and in the best baseball tradition you are out. You can simply try again, or load an earlier save.
At the completion of each case, you will unlock the next as well as some additional material. These will generally be outtakes from the videos that were shot to compile the case, but can include auditions and other related stuff. Think of it as low-fi DVD extras.
Its all played with the mouse and you can save at will, but not during an FMV sequence. You can though save before each and every conundrum should you want to overcome the risk of strikes.
If you want to go looking for things to take issue with, you will find plenty. If you want to just let a bit of complete silliness wash over you, you may well have a good time.
I played on:
OS: Windows 10, 64 Bit
Processor: Intel i7-9700K 3.7GHz
RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 32GB
Video card: AMD Radeon RX 580 8192MB