Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 157 / OCTOBER 1993 / PAGE 110


Capstone's L.A. Law, The Computer Game, will have you collecting evidence and attending court as if you were the lawyer whose photorealistic image appears on your computer screen.

After choosing the character you want to play, you must decide the best way to collect evidence to uphold your case in court. Evidence can be collected from many sources, including associate lawyers, clients, witnesses, opposing counsel, detectives, and your own research. Not only can you get information by going to visit people, but you can also use the telephone in your office at McKenzie Brackman to confer with others who could be of help to your case. These people are listed in the phone directory that comes with the game.

The directions are very simple to follow. You're given choices as to where to go and what questions to ask. Your only task is making the decision that'll give you the most information and use up the least amount of time. No, you don't have unlimited time to uncover all the mysteries of your case. The clock is counting down the time allotted until the trial takes place.

You can elect to go to trial whenever you feel that enough preparation has been done to warrant a winning verdict. Once there, you must decide which opening statement to use and which witnesses to cross-examine. Objections are allowed, along with requests for a recess, a continuance, a directed verdict, or a mistrial.

Throughout the game, there's a case file you can refer to for helpful information. Each time you learn something useful or receive helpful advice, it'll be added to the notes in your case file.

You're given a score at the end of each trial according to what Douglas Brackman thinks of your performance. If you win all of the eight cases, you're made senior partner of McKenzie Brackman.

Should you have a difficult time solving your cases, there's an easy way out—a text file is provided that gives a step-by-step, foolproof way of winning each case. This will give you the results you're seeking without the challenge. You decide whether you're clever enough to act as the attorney you're portraying, or if you need help from a crooked source. That's what L.A. Law is all about.



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