The award-winning debut adventure game from the creators of Deponia and The Whispered World now on Steam. Accompany young Edna and her talking stuffed bunny Harvey on a whacky attempt to escape from her padded cell. Experience a bizarre journey all across the insane asylum and far beyond its brick walls.
User reviews: Very Positive (222 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 25, 2013

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Includes 4 items: Chaos on Deponia, Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Randal's Monday

Buy The Daedalic Armageddon Bundle

Includes 11 items: Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, Goodbye Deponia, The Whispered World Special Edition, The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, A New Beginning - Final Cut, Memoria, The Night of the Rabbit, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes, 1954 Alcatraz

 

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"Hilarious and weird, but also touching. The amount of efforts that went into this game is horrifying. Simply amazing experience one can hardly forget."

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“Edna is beyond the rating scale. How are you supposed to review a game that’s actually a piece of art?”
93% – Gamona

“Let's have a round of applause for the probably most insane adventure of all time! […] Edna is the prime example for how elements of a game perfectly come together when a creative developer can push through his ideas without any compromises.”
88% – 4Players

“Point & Click in perfection. But Edna isn’t outdated in any way, thanks on the one hand to the beautiful 2D comic style and on the other hand the out-there humor.”
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About This Game

The award-winning debut adventure game from the creators of Deponia and The Whispered World now on Steam. Accompany young Edna and her talking stuffed bunny Harvey on a whacky attempt to escape from her padded cell. Experience a bizarre journey all across the insane asylum and far beyond its brick walls.

At the beginning, young Edna wakes up in the padded cell of an insane asylum with no memory of her past. She doesn’t have the slightest idea how she wound up there, but one thing is for sure, she wants out! After all, she feels perfectly sane – and her talking stuffed bunny Harvey agrees completely. Together, they attempt an escape and, in doing so, meet their extremely bizarre fellow patients – from the man in the bee costume to the pseudo-Siamese twins Hoti and Moti. But Dr. Marcel, head of the asylum, will stop at nothing to keep Edna from escaping. What does he have planned for her? And why was her memory erased? Gradually, Edna regains her memory of the time before her detention in her cell…

Key Features


  • Over 20 hours of twisted humor
  • Incredibly funny insane characters and crazy dialogs
  • Unique comic style
  • Unlockable achievements
  • German and English voiceovers
  • Winner of the 2009 Red Dot Design Award (PC Edition)
  • From the creators of the award-winning games The Whispered World and Deponia

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: Pentium 1 GHz or equal
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX-compatible, min. 64 MB video memory
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
I'm not insane, my stuffed rabbit told me!

In my defence, this is my first review, so don't be to harsh with me ;-)
But this game is just great. In fact, it is just so good, that something tells me that I have to write a review.
So if you like old fashion point and click adventure, you will love this one!
But enough of the glorification, here are the facts why it is so superb.

As everything in the game, the story plot is weird, but in a really lovely way. Basically, you (Edna) and your little pyromaniac stuffed rabbit (Harvey) are trapped in an asylum and you have no clue why. So you have to find a way to break out and get your memories back. On your way you will meet a lot of crazy people, which are helping you out (one more, one less).

The voice acting (just played the german version) is well and fits perfectly to the witty dialogues and its characters. Sometime you can hear that not all of the voice actors are professionals, but that's no big harm to the game. You can literally talk to everything and you will always get a unique answer. Even if you combine things, you will always get an impertinent comment. All is attended by catchy music. The puzzles are creative, but never unfair. At some parts I had to riddle for a while, but I've never really stuck or was forced to use the internet to get the solution. The game is basically divided into two sections. The first is bright, colorful and the pure joy of life. The second part is dark, morbid and almost serious. Especially the second part shows that the game is not made for young kids! But, no matter which part, both are detailed made with heart and fantasy.

But, there are some downsides as well...
The game crashes a lot. Because it uses Java underneath, it's doomed to perform badly. So the strategy is "save early, save often". The resolution is low and if you play the game in fullscreen mode, everything becomes a little bit blurry. Also the animation and drawings are miles away from being technically perfect. But on the other hand, if you know that the most of the game is made by only one lousy german student (now a cofounder of Daedalic), it starts to feel "authentic" and charming.

Conclusion

If you are able to overlook the few rough edges its a 10/10.
And beside that, if the game is on sale its a must buy for every p-a-c adventure lover.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Awesome game, I love the content of dialogs and abilty to interact in any stupid ways with a lot of things :D.
Only con right now for me is that the GUI is really old, but the graphics of the game content are nice even as quite old :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
If you did play "Outcast" but didn't play this one, than you probably missed what could be mistaken as the missing prequel of one of the best horror games out there. I'm talking about "Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes" but let us talk about this game now:

"Edna & Harvey: The Breakout" happens to be the only point&click-adventure where you try to escape an mental asylum, playing as an young girl with her stuffed rabbit as her only friend in the world. What an poor world we live in when you can't choose between games, right? Let us thank the gaming-gods that this game is so perfectly well done that there is no need for a second one! (And if you like it as much as me: there is an prequel as mentioned above. Not "Outcast", silly.)

11/10 I hear voices and they force me to type reviews!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
I played Harvey's New Eyes first.

I MISS THE SARCASTIC NARRATOR SO DAMN MUCH.

Otherwise great. I missed that extra sense of humor the sequel is constantly showing, and I had to patch it to continue, but it's worth it because it really is a little unknown jewel. The story is engaging and the characters are super lovable. Too bad after playing the sequel, E&HTB's plot becomes so much more evident from the very beginning - so I very much recommend that, unlike me, you play them in the proper order! ;)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Edna & Harvey is a pretty terrible game. The story is pretty good, but due to the nature of the game it is impossible to really enjoy it to its fullest.

The game, in many places, is broken. From missing/untranslated tooltips to animation bugs, achievements don't trigger on the english version, and even the final chapter of the game is impossible to access without a user-made patch. This level of problems is quite frankly unacceptable from a game. The performance isn't great either. You would expect from an old game that it would run fine on newer systems, but no. I'm not sure what the game is loading but moving to new areas in the game causes the program to hang for inordinately long time.

The gameplay itself is not great. While the game starts out good it devolves into some really obscure puzzles that need to be figured out, and that need to be done in an exact order. If you get ahead of yourself things stop triggering properly, which is very annoying.

The voice acting and animation (when it does work) are pretty good. The characters in the game are also very funny and could really tell a good story, if in the right sort of game. It's just a pity this game is so bad.

Save yourself some trouble, and stay well away from this game.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Like any other Daedalic game, this one is like a box of chocolates.
You expect some form of chocolate in it,
BUT YOU ONLY GET SUFFERING AND REMORSE BECAUSE HOLY NARDS THESE GUYS ARE SMASHED IN THE HEAD
10/10 WOULD GET TRAUMATIZED AGAIN
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
I have to say, this was a point & click adventure game that took me by surprise. Never have I played anything that was weirdly cute and funny, and at the same time dark and morbid. Somehow it just all clicked with me and I freaking love this game. Kudos to Daedalic for still keeping the adventure game genre alive with original fun games. Some of the puzzles in this game seemed overly frustrating but still enjoyable.

As the description says, you play as a young girl with her imaginary plush friend trying to escape an insane asylum and try to find out what exactly happened as she does not remember. Edna to me at least is such a likeable character in her mischeviousness and weirdness that she grows on you. There's tons of other humorous people and moments to find in this game as almost everything in this game you can click on and find dialogue, so it's definitely not a game you need to rush through. Overall I highly recommend this to people who've enjoyed point & click games growing up.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Beware, after running this once, I've been unable to relaunch it due to a "Java VIrtual Machine" error. After numerous attempts to workaround the issue, I've given up.

The story of this game occurs before "Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes".

+ Interesting Story
+ Good Humor
- Game Breaking Bugs
- Clunky controls
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Bought the game and have not been able to play due to white screen issue on startup. I have run through the troubleshooting steps, but they have not resolved the issue for me.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
The controls are far too clunky, bugs too numerous, and the puzzles illogical for me to reccommend the game itself, however, the story is delightful, and well worth watching a playthrough over. If you want a similar game with better gameplay, I reccommend the sequel, Harvey's New Eyes, or the Deponia trilogy.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This game amazing. I really liked Edna and Harvey's new eyes and I like this one too. It's really clever and the voices are funny. (Especially Edna :-D). It is true that there are some bugs but that's not such a problem. I somehow managed to get to the end. I sometimes had to turn it off and than back on so if you save a lot you' re gonna enjoy it. ;-)

So I just wanna say that the bugs shouldn't stop you if you want to buy this game. It's just awesome. :-DDD
And worth it.
:-D
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2013
Daedalic made a lot of games. Some of them good, some of them mindblowingly awesome, some of them The Night of the Rabbit. But this one is the best of them all. It's one of the best adventure games in existence. It's made of pure fun. You should try to combine it with every other game made by Daedalic and see what Edna has to say about it.
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45 of 57 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
I love this game. It had great voice acting, witty dialogue, and nice music. Overall I had a lot of fun playing this game, but I can't bring myself to recommend this game to others. The English version of the game has a couple game breaking bugs that will keep you from not only getting achievements, but, more importantly, also keep you from finishing the game.

The good news is that within the guide section for this game someone was kind enough to post a patch that fixes both of those bugs. Bad news is that that link is outdated and doesn't take you to the patch, but thankfully someone else posted a link in the comments which takes you to a different site that contains the necessary download for the patch. Sadly, the game is still prone to problems even after you go through the trouble of downloading the patch and swapping out the necessary files. I quickly learned to save after I did anything, because the game often crashes. The game also has a problem where sometimes it won't start up properly (the music will play, but the window won't pop up or, if it does pop up, will simply show a white screen).

All of those things can add up to a very frustrating experience when trying to play the game. The main thing that kept me from simply calling it quits was the fact that the first time I played I was very close to the end before I experienced the first crash (and learned the importance of saving) and I wanted to know how it ended.
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51 of 74 people (69%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
I wanted to recommend this game, I really did. The gameplay and plot are both excellent.

However, I had to install it on my Windows XP laptop since the game refused to run on my Windows 7 build, and I am not the only one with a "crash when choosing start" problem.

However, once I got the game running on XP, I thought it was smooth sailing.

Nope.

There is a gamebreaking bug about halfway in the game with a puzzle involving the kitchen menu. I had to switch to German language to get past this sequence after losing all my progress. The bug locks you out of saving, loading, or doing anything but quitting via Task Manager.

There is another bug that causes an engine crash if you combine two certain items in your inventory together when you reach the church.

There are a few instances where dialog is missing for the English version but not the German.

However, the worst sin is the fact the THE ENDING CREDITS AND PLOT SUMMERY ARE MISSING FOR THE ENGLISH VERSION IF YOU TAKE THE DOCTOR PATH.

They are perfectly fine in German.

This game WAS NOT PROPERLY TESTED FOR THE ENGLISH PORT.

I have waited months for a reply from their tech support... no answer.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game is a great throw back to the classic point and adventure games of the past. The artwork is great and fits the bizzare feel of the game and its colorful cast of insane characters. And the story is great from begining to end, though it does get very dark as it progresses, even with some genuenly shocking revelations. I had my guesses of what would happen but I was way off. If I had anything bad to say about the game, the controls point and click interface glitched every so often making me stuck on a puzzle because I am unable to click on an item that is clearly regestring in the game. Also, just like the p.o.c. games of yore, you may be stuck on a puzzle for a very long time til either revelation or gamefaq comes to you.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
A creepily characterful and impressively detailed comedy asylum escape cartoon point-and-click adventure game from then independent German studio Daedalic, for which many of the reviews in the English-speaking press have been bafflingly low.

For neophytes to the point-and-click genre, perhaps it will test their patience too far. But for serious adventure fans, an unmissable slice of gaming history, as it started a raft of defiantly different titles from the same studio that maintained its independence from 2007 until May 2014.

Even taking into account that the only official English version has two serious (but fixable*) bugs, several puzzles that ask a little too much of the player's imagination, and that it occasionally lacks clarity in animation, this game deserves more attention.

Those negative aspects certainly prevent this game from approaching the upper echelons of adventure gaming or being recommended to players new to the genre, but its depth, its engaging and original story, and its many challenges will give regular adventure gamers, or simply lovers of a good tale, many moments of satisfaction.

Perhaps it's the unashamedly old-shool approach to puzzle-based gameplay that resulted in those scores, as seems to be the increasing trend in game reviewing. But it's exactly those aspects, the tricky but satisfying puzzles, the taunting clues, the asides and terrible puns that often had me staring blankly as often as chortling away, that give this game character, making it game enjoyable and underlining the player's feeling that a lot of effort has gone into it.

This game is fully-voiced, and in this case, that really means something. The sheer number of voice lines included to cover virtually every item interaction is something I've only seen elsewhere in another 2008 game released slightly later, A Vampyre Story, made by ex-Lucasarts members, and featuring a similarly creepy tale and sarcastic female protagonist. Breakout's voice lines gave a real sense of character to Edna, our less than sane avatar, and her soft toy sidekick, Harvey, which is what adventure games are uniquely able to excel at - making you believe the people and situations.

Staying with the Vampyre Story comparison, since both games were heavily influenced by 1990's LucasArts titles: Vampyre is what a team composed of programmers, writers and artists with decades of experience and greater financial backing might produce: polished and slick. On the other hand, for a first attempt at a game made largely by a single student in his spare time, Breakout is impressively close in terms of ambition and detail, if not execution.

It's all those factors contributing to the game's believability that allows the story to make a pleasing transition in mood towards its latter half, where dialogue clues will increasingly give the player the sense of a shift in the way they think about the main character. Exactly where this happens will vary between players, but it's neatly done.

While the characters are colourfully drawn both literally and in terms of character, with a great attention to the details of their likes, dislikes and small personality details, and several characters are "cute", it's worth noting this isn't a game for very young children. It may not be clear from the game's marketing material which shows the potential heroine clutching her toy rabbit, who is her co-star, but certain sections of the game contain some rather gruesome cartoon violence. Nothing that would worry a teen or adult - we're talking Itchy and Scratchy here - but enough that it might frighten someone younger.

Final thoughts:

An underrated and creepy game with many laughs, but its oblique clues hidden within obscure item combinations and the leaps of logic required for certain puzzles mean it's probably not for those who are new to point-and-click adventures, especially if they are very young children. It's a three-star game, but it shouldn't be left to languish in the pile of the one or two star games it's often thrown in with.

Bug fix Footnote:

*To fix the English version's bugs with the kitchen menu and ending scenes, visit the Breakout section of the Steam Community Guides.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2014
Really enjoyed this game, thought it was a small game but its actually pretty long (I played 11 hours and I didnt finish it yet).
Edna and Harvey are really funny :)
Only thing is that I have to save the game constantly cause it turns off by itself sometimes, but still worth to buy!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2014
While the dialogue, art, and 90% of the puzzles can't be faulted, be forewarned that there are some pretty bad bugs with the english version of the game and plenty of crashing to go around.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
If you can overlook some rough edges, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout is an enjoyable adventure game.

Specifically, while playing the English version, one bug had me reload an earlier save (at some point, you'll have to switch food orders around -- save before that).
The localization is a bit off, and the game looks a bit ugly. I think it gives it a certain charm, but your mileage may vary.
You'll know if any of this is bound to turn you off.

But listen, this game has HEART.
Edna is your typical sociopathic adventure game protagonist -- and for once, you start your journey where that kind of character arguably belongs: a mental institution.
You will attempt to break free with the help of your fellow nutjobs, and regain your memories and important life skills in flashback sequences.
Edna is alternatively violent, silly and touching. ♥♥♥♥ gets pretty dark at times.
That setting could be grating if done poorly, but I think Daedalic pulled it off. It's fun spending time in Edna's world, and that is probably the main draw for an adventure game.

The puzzles are solid and can mostly be solved without external help -- I only consulted a walkthrough twice, despite a pretty open-ended middle section.

All in all, I had a good time with this charming game.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Highy enjoyable. Made me laugh out on several occassions. Really felt for the poor girl. Nice story, nice character. Evil bunny.


Love it that no matter what weird combination tried, there was a remark for every one of them. Not just the standard: this does not seem to work.

I am currently replaying the game to get all achievements. And i really do not do that often. Actually , this is the first adventure game I replay.

On the downside, some solutions are a bit farfetched. I had to peek 2 times in walkthrough because I got stuck.
I seemed to have tried exactly what was the solution, but in a wrong stage of the game. That and in some cases lack of logic (at least for my brain) made it a hard game at times.

8/10
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