Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: The Contempt of Court is a fangame based on the Ace Attorney series.For nearly a month after the events of Trials and Tribulations, Phoenix Wright hasn't had a single case. Suddenly he is thrust into a series of them, starting with the murder of Marvin Grossberg. Over time Phoenix discovers something more secretive and sinister underlying this string of seemingly random murders. With the addition of an intimidating new prosecutor and a sarcastic slacker of a detective, Phoenix unwittingly stumbles upon a series of killings that somebody doesn't want solved, secrets that somebody doesn't want uncovered, people that somebody doesn't want to talk — somebody who is pulling all the strings of an elaborate plot for vengeance, power and control...More information and download links can be found here. The current version of the game includes the first three cases and the first part of case 4.Fuandon has a Let's Play of the game here. LPTheGabriel also does a Let's Play of the game here.
This Fan Game provides examples of:
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Case 1 has you playing through the last trial of defense attorney Vincenzo Cicatrice, as seen through his point of view. Case 3 has you briefly playing as Renwick Smith in the past, setting up a cliffhanger to Case 4.
- Big Bad: While Vulper may be The Heavy, he is ultimately not the main villain of the game. That role goes to the leader of Aculeus, Hemlock. He's responsible for Renwick Smith becoming his puppet through blackmail and he's very heavily implied to be the one who killed Blaine Chill, which also implies that he also had a hand in the murder of Cedric Maplethorpe.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Vex Vulper is this, along with being The Heavy.
- Big "NO!": Prosecutor Vulper gives a rather large one after he's been penalized in the first case.
- Continuity Nod: Lots of it. A number of them are likely to go over your head if you haven't played any of the previous games.
- Courtroom Antics: Well, it wouldn't really be Phoenix Wright without it.
- Dragon Ascendant: The backstory of Case 2 and Case 3 involves an organisation known as Aculeus, formed from The Remnant of the former Codophian Smuggling Ring. Its leader is hinted to be one of these. Though the flashback at the end of Case 3, Part 1 reveals him to be a Dragon with an Agenda, if not a full-blown Starscream.
- Interquel: Set a month after Trials and Tribulations but just before his final trial as we see in Apollo Justice.
- Nonstandard Game Over: In a first for the series, it's possible to get your client cleared but another innocent person found guilty in the game's second case.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Turnabout of the Snow, Phoenix gives one to Brisbane which even leaves him speechless.Brisbane:Am I the only one in this room with a brain?!Phoenix: Quite the contrary, Brisbane. YOU'RE the one in the room who isn't using their brain!Brisbane: What did you say?!Phoenix: Throughout this trial so far, you haven't put any thought into anything. You're not interested in finding the truth. You just want to get Vulper guilty as quickly as possible. As I've stated many times already, I'm not defending Vulper, as per the conditions of this case... Being a mass-murderer, I admit he is most likely the perpetrator of this crime... but unless we examine the case thoroughly, how will we know for sure? We're here today to find out what happened in the prison that night, not to blindly persecute! Your mentor, Manfred von Karma... It's obvious you've picked up his manner of prosecuting. You don't bother looking for the truth! Instead, you stoop to his level of "prosecuting", using intimidation to get your way... and when you don't, you throw tantrums like a spoilt child!
- Serial Killer: Hemlock is implied to be this in case 4, as Greisen seems to be investigating someone who kills their victims using a Garrote wire and leaves a piece of an Cohdopian Smuggling Ring card behind, which matches the deaths of Blaine Chill, Cedric Maplethorpe and the attempted murder on against Brisbane. Adding also that said card pieces seem to have stopped appearing since the third murder...
- Spotting the Thread: Vulper's Krump disguise would have been perfect, if he had actually wore blue contacts from the beginning.
- Tempting Fate: During the Haunted Turnabout:Phoenix: I mean, a haunted hotel in the middle of nowhere, a terrible rainstorm kicks up... Can this vacation get any more cliched...?
- And to top it all off, a gunshot and a scream are heard soon after.
- Trilogy Creep: Inverted than played straight. Originally the game was stated to have 4 cases. "Turnabout Before a Fall" was dropped entirely so the game goes straight from "The Haunted Turnabout" to "Turnabout of the Snow". But the development of Turnabout of the Snow had such a Schedule Slip that the author eventually decided to split it into two cases, with what was originally Part 1 becoming its own stand-alone case.