Nice visuals, Likeable characters, Some dark humor
Complicated objectives, Unable to pause cutscenes
During the last couple years, I have played dozens of games but none of them were indie titles. The only game that I dedicated my time to, which was an indie title, was probably FTL: Faster Than Light. Going into the game, I had no idea what I was expecting. I have never played the original game, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, which came out last year, but I’m more than willing to give new games a try. First impressions: stunning visuals that brings back childhood memories, decent music and interesting puzzles.
Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes is a point and click adventure game by Daedalic Entertainment. The story begins with your character, Lilli, who is a mute and constantly bashed by the nun who runs the Convent. The nun, Mother Superior, is a condescending fiend who despises all children. During Lilli’s adventure to do her chores and help her friend, she unnoticeably and accidentally kills the kids at the Convent. After a bit of running around doing chores and helping her friend escape from the evil Dr. Marcel, her friend disappears and so Lilli sets out to find Edna.
Throughout the game, the narrator (with a deep voice that reminds me of Bastion) will basically comment at every move you make. This sometimes becomes annoying, but sometimes it offers helpful insight into what you should do since the main character is a mute. A great thing about the narrator though, is that he cracks a joke from time to time about what little Lilli is doing and I click on every little thing to see what he would say.
Even with the helpful comments from the narrator, I can’t help but rip my hair out at times about what I should do. The game definitely does not offer enough help, I mean who would have thought of taking a sword, tying it to a cat and throw him off the balcony so he can create a vortex to another dimension? Okay, that’s not really in the game, but that’s seriously how absurd some of the missions are!
The whole point of the game is to basically figure out puzzles by finding items and at times combining them to create new ones. The hard part of the game is figuring out which items goes with which (as stated before). Also, please keep in mind that this game does not follow the logic of reality. If you have a balloon wrench, expect it to unscrew something with it; how that works, I have no idea.
I must say that I am pretty impressed with the presentation of the game. Normally, I am a major graphics whore and depending on how the game looks, it’s the reason if I should buy or not; of course unless the game blasts me away with the gameplay itself. Edna and Harvey does not have awesome graphics as to what I would usually play, but I do love how it looks of the old cartoons I used to watch. It may not be realistic nor detailed, but there is something gorgeous with its simplicity.
Overall, this is not a bad game at all. The only real downside of the game is that sometimes I have no freaking idea what I am doing! I end up running around trying to figure out if I missed an item or what not. But, usually the reason why I can’t move forward is that I didn’t combine a certain item. If you are a fan of point and click games, definitely give it a try. The humor and visuals are definitely something not to be missed.
Available on Steam for $19.99