Turnabout In The Two Towers was a great experience and one that captures the theme of the competition really well. This trial’s got a lot going for it. Fitting music, natural sounding and well written dialogue and an excellent use of graphics. However, I will admit that in its current state, this case could do with a little extra polishing, which is entirely understandable due to the time limit. The scene transitions and dialogue can occasionally be a bit clunky, and the character profiles appear in the court record seemingly at random. These are, for the most part, little nitpicks that can easily be fixed, so it’s nothing to really worry about.
Right now, the case has three stages. First off, we have a fairly long introduction. While this intro has very little interaction, it does do two important things. The first is to explore the backstory behind the setting of our case, Codophia. We learn about both the history and the current state of the fictional country’s rather volatile political situation. Second, the intro shows us the bloody chain of events that lead to the murder for which our soon-to-be defendant is accused.
The second stage is a short investigation. We’re introduced to both the defendant and the detective, as well as picking up a few bits of evidence. I do like how there are quite a few times where we get to choose our own responses to people during the investigation. They’re a lot like the choices that show up in PWAA, they don’t really change much apart from a few lines but it’s still a nice feeling to have a little bit of control during the investigation segments.
Finally, we have the trial, which is definitely the most interesting part. We’re introduced to a bunch of new characters and have quite a few testimonies to get through. As the trial continues, we slowly build up to, and then dive head first into an incredible downward spiral of madness. And it. Is. Glorious.
As it stands currently, the case cuts off a little bit after these deductions, but with so many more mysteries left to solve. I eagerly await the day that I can see where he whole thing leads. And when that day comes, I guarantee that this case will be worth your time.