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.
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Release Date: Oct 25, 2013

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Buy The Daedalic Comedy Selection

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

 

Reviews

“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 But Edna isn’t outdated in any way, thanks on the one hand to the beautiful 2D comic style and on the other hand the out-there humor.”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 Vista/7
    • Processor: Pentium 1 GHz or equal
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX-compatible, min. 64 MB video memory
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX-compatible
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unknown
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
New habit: write my name on everything.

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Royhem
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
This game does not get my recommendation because the start of the game is slow even by point and click standards, I very nearly put this game down and wrote it off. I imagine there are plenty of other point and clicks out there that should take priority over this one.With all that negetivity out of the way let me clarify that I actually liked the game. After I got further in i started to enjoy it more and in the end I was really glad I finished the game. So while I don't recommend Edna and Harvey the Breakout to most people, if you're a point and click veteran or if you're drawn to this game for some reason then there isn't much reason not to try it. If you have this game because you bought the Daedalic bundle then fear not for the quality of this game, I just recommend starting elsewhere in the bundle.
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TakedoXX
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
I remember playing Harvey's New Eyes a while back. Thought it was a good game. Played this one until i lost all the progress i made. I'm watching a walkthrough and never touching the game again

sigh....
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CHAO$$$
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
crashes and save files mysteriously disappearing - buggy mess

unfortunately not playable for me at all
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DJliammack
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
Edna & Harvey: The Breakout is a point and click game with a colourful class of characters
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Tiggum
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
This game looks incredibly amateurish right from the outset and nothing I saw dissuaded me from that opinion. The visual are ugly, the UI is awkward, the dialogue and voice acting is grating, and I couldn't stand it for long enough to even solve the first puzzle.
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Bubba Jones
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
Not bad, but held back by its painful interface and UI. The game was conceived as a Masters Degree project for the lead developer and has since been distributed as an official release.

The game tries hard to be developed in the style of an older Adventure Game from the 90's. The interface is just as clunky and uncooperative, the inventory is just as much a pain to open and close, and it is just as hard to interact with objects as it was for one of those games from the early 90's. There are multiple ways to interact with objects and there is no easy way to pick and choose which one to use other than go through a clunky menu to find the interaction method or the object to use and then click on the object. It does discourage mouse-searching or throwing objects at each other until it works because you don't want to have to work the interface, but alas - this is one thing adopted from the early era of the genre which Daedalic did not yet smother in bed. I do appreciate how breaking down early adventure games with this release managed to give Daedalic the tools it needed to put together it's later games, but the mess you have to deal with in this game is just a pain.

The story follows Edna who begins the game in a padded cell because she is obviously crazy and her only companion is her stuffed rabbit who speaks to her. Her first task is to escape from the cell and go on to find out why you were locked up inside it in the first place. The story is well written, and I was interested in finding out what happened to Edna, what's going on at the asylum and meeting the other inmates. The dialogue is well written if a bit repetitive, especially if you are trying to find the answer to a dialogue puzzle, you may hear the same thing over and over again. The translation is quality work, with only a little germenglish disrupting things. I honestly didn't think too much of it and thought it a part of the asylum setting.

I have no complaint about the puzzles other than the repetitive dialogue I spoke of above. The difficulty ramps up gradually getting harder toward the end. You do have all the tools at your disposal but finding the solution or making attempts is hampered by the clunky and annoying to use interface.

At its core, this is a good game. It is held back by how far it tries to emulate early adventure games from the 90's. There is such a thing as being too retro where you not only duplicate what made these games successful and fun to play, but also annoying and difficult to use.
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sammoticus proximo
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 2
Pros:
> good cast of characters
> a lot of fun dialog
> funky music
> easy 100% achievements
> interesting storyline

Cons:
> so. many. glitches.
> slightly predictable storyline.
> eh on the graphics


From the graphics, I thought this game was much older than it was when I bought it - and the glitches that happened nonstop seemed to back this up. But when I realized this is a 2011 game? Even for a university project, you'd think there'd be a few patches to make this a little more playable. The game kept freezing and crashing - you better be saving often lemme tell you, especially with some achievements; one of the puzzles glitches to impossibility unless you are playing in the original German; and no matter which ending you choose the credits get borked to the point of restarting. Buy it on the cheap for a few hours of good fun and a boost to your stats while having a few laughs along the way.
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<™[-=> Cookiez <=-]™>
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
This isn't as interesting as the other Daedalic titles like Daeponia and the Whispering Woods. I drew the line at opening screws with a toenail.

PROS
1. Story is insane
You find out that you can unscrew screws with a toenail. After trying to get out, you end up going back in. Whilst this idea might be enjoyable at certain times, sometimes it seems extremely illogical and unexciting.

2. The Puzzles
Solvable not by logic but by storytelling. It will hurt your mind but Gameboomer's walkthrough will solve it.

CONS
1. Artwork
After playing the Whispering Wood, I have a certain expectation of the artwork from Daedalic. I compare it to other titles and I think this one isn't as good.
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ToxicIvyy
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 26
Loved this game & finished this game but...
my game glitch at end of game. so i didnt get any achievements at all for it.
game glitch on the part of the menu switch as well so you'll have to google the fix for the menu part of the game. the ending is good because you never expect the ending to be what you think it is.
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Aeo
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
Edna and Harvey: The Breakout

Okay, something quick. Graphics-wise, there's not much to expect. This game was a college project after all. And the art style goes along really well with the humor and theme of the game.

Sound, nothing remarkable. For me, at least. The music from Deponia series still gets the trophies.

Gameplay, here's there's something wrong, for me, again, at least. There's so much to do. I mean, you really have a lot of options and if you're not willing to see a walkthrough and you played a lot of point and click games, it's only natural that you'd think that each and any of the options could lead or link you to a solution. You can look, talk, pick up and use items. You can do that to so much sprites in the game and to each of the items in your inventory.

If you're in for funny lines, this may be good for you 'cause even if you don't get anything from talking to a trophy or a water cup, you may laugh, if you're really into it. But it gets kinda tiring.

Still a great game. And really worth the price when on sale.

And darn, the story. Never expected it to give me the feels.

There goes my random, quick and lazy review.
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blvckfoxx
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 23
Not bad. There werre some parts that were a little frustrating because of the Asylum setup, but the storyline was decent. I thought nothing of the violence until the VERY END OF THE GAME when it just kind of came out of nowhere. Not as good as Night of the Rabbit, but still worth a play if you get the chance. I have no regrets.

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Old School Gamer
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
Unfortunately, I have to thumb-down this great game due to the amount of VERY FRUSTRATING bugs. At this point I can't even tell if I can finish the game, can't seem to change menus in the kitchen, can't drop the note. But there are more ANNOYING bugs.

Very sad, because this is a GREAT GAME!
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JayWifi
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
Funny with a touch of Dark

While the art style may seem like it was drawn in Microsoft Paint, don't let it turn you away from this amazing point and click game. I must say though I have owned this game for awhile and it was sitting in my library until I decided to play it.

Man this game goes from 100 to 1000 real fast. About 90% of the game is hilarious, memorable comedy then turns to dark, and chilling scenes. It threw me off guard and I it surprised me that a game like this could end up being like that.

The game may be very fun however it is not worth the regular price, just wait for sales to come around (I got mine for $2).
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GreaterGood
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
Great game! Simply love it
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Melwen
( 21.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
Pretty good story, great voice acting, medium graphics, crappy animations. Needs more puzzles at the end. After Bladder, it becomes somewhat simple. Would have been better with more flashbacks.

The puzzle menu is bugged: you need to change the game to german in order for it to work. It is a very strange puzzle, also. And selecting one food, Adrian's legs disappear!

Another bug: use the straw with paint cans and BOOM you got a Java Exception (at least you don't need to do it).

English version does not show credits at the end, so you stare at a screen with music, wondering what happens. One of the endings does not even show the conclussion. I had to watch it on YouTube.

Some achievements are very arbitrary and they substantially inflate the time you play. Two of them do not work if you play the game in English. You need to close and open in german to get them.
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[LR] Laffi
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
I can't believe I am giving this a thumb down. It's not something I normally do.

First of I love point and click games and I have already finished "Edna and Harvey: Harvey's new eyes", which I liked very much. To start of simple. This game is not even close to Harvey's new eyes.

To make a long story short, I think there are only a few things that makes me go thumb down instead of up: Graphically it looks much cheaper than the other game, which is weird because it came out AFTER the first game. It doesn't even have any way of changing the resolution. Keep in mind that this is not something I would give thumb down for. I often play old games, and it's never really a problem as long as I have fun....

And fun is the next problem. I like to complete games without a walkthrough, and sometimes it can be really timeconsuming, and requires a lot of patient. This game seems to be really confusing sometimes and very messy. I have played without walkthrough all the way, and it seems like I have unlocked most of the areas in the game at this point. The unlocked areas are now so wide, that I have problems with how I wanna spend my time. Sure I have some "to do things", but it sure as hell ain't that easy to find!

So really. The game is great, buy it; especially if you don't care if you use a walkthrough or not (I might need one soon), but keep in mind that if you play it without it's gonna be really hard. It has been so far for me, but I'll give it a few more tries before using a walkthrough. And well that's one thing about this game. Search and you will find. My problem is really that it's really alot to search!
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f1f1s
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
This is one of those games that starts as a strange adventure with non-obvious solutions that are better looked up but later on captivates you with its charming LucasArts-ish atmosphere and makes you lose all desire to search for the solution on-line. Even when (not if but when) one has to do it at a certain point due to a game-breaking bug in the English version, I heavily recommend opening the web page in a browser... and then going to windowed mode and dragging the window to the right so that you do not see the scrolling bar. Knowing at which point you are in the game is a major spoiler and should be avoided at all costs. A little tip for you, fellows. Let the insanity fully embrace you.
The very game touches your heart in many ways through forcing you to make the decisions you normally tend to avoid. However, this psychological burden is remedied by hundreds of possible jokes whenever you try to combine (or freaking talk to!) different items of inventory. The developer has truly thought of everything. Very few games have such meticulous attention to detail. This game seems less polished in terms of look than the sequel, but the sequel feels... just like a sequel. This game might look sloppier but feels more affectionate.
P.S. The final chapter had such a lasting impression on me so much that I wrote a polyphonic musical piece for a choir describing the events in a paraphrased way but later scrapped the lyrics and left it a standalone choral piece.
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cloudiwind
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
Game buggy AF. Resoln sucks. Kips crashin. Gettin dis fo a dollar maybe, but at 15? Nopppppppppppeeeeeeeeee. Nevarrrrrrr. Story is gud but the frustration when playing dis game destroyed every thing.
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ZAP!
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1
If you are a Point and Click-Adeventre lover you should definitely buy this game, although its a little pricey if not on sale. If you are not a hardcore fan of point and click games (like myself) but you still enjoy them, this game surely delivers on many awesome things. All the caracters are funny and loveable, specially Edna, the story is really fun and will have you wanting to keep playing until the end of the game in one sitting. Graphics are ok I guess, it has its own style, you can tell by the pictures that it's not an artistic masterpiece but that doesn't affect the quality of the game. Finally the dialogue is very well written and will make you laugh many times.

This game has a few cons though, it has almost none graphical options and a few technical problems, so save frecuently. Also if you are like me, and you get stuck and frustated from time to time you might want to check a guide for a few puzzles.

Overall if you can pick up this game on sale/bundled it's definitely worth it, its a great fun story that you will surely enjoy.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
This game does not get my recommendation because the start of the game is slow even by point and click standards, I very nearly put this game down and wrote it off. I imagine there are plenty of other point and clicks out there that should take priority over this one.With all that negetivity out of the way let me clarify that I actually liked the game. After I got further in i started to enjoy it more and in the end I was really glad I finished the game. So while I don't recommend Edna and Harvey the Breakout to most people, if you're a point and click veteran or if you're drawn to this game for some reason then there isn't much reason not to try it. If you have this game because you bought the Daedalic bundle then fear not for the quality of this game, I just recommend starting elsewhere in the bundle.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
Decent point and click adventure 6.5/10

Pros:
1. Puzzles generally make sense and have a logical progression
2. Vast characters and personalities
3. Design works, although it isn't the best
4. Storyline was interesting with a decent ending
5, Voice acting was good but...

Cons:
1. Honestly, nothing in this game was so earthshatteringly good to make it really stand out.
2. Art, character, level design are all mediocre at worst and slightly charming at best
3. Voice acting was passable at times
4. Some of the puzzle resolutions were recycled and only a few were tedious

Overall, this game wasn't bad. There was enough charm in it to overlook the bad designs. The storyline kept me going, although the progression of the story was almost non-existent. I would only recommend this game to people who really enjoy point and click adventures. All others, steer clear.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Save OFTEN. I've been playing this game for less than an hour, and it has already crashed three times. Will probably continue to play because of the engaging story, but the bugs are really frustrating.
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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
An updated review after having played the game to completion...

Only buy this game if you are prepared to battle a few technical issues, but if so, then certainly do. And especially when on sale. Point & click fans should not mis this one: it's great fun.

The tl;dr version: you will want to install the 7u79 Java 7 JRE and will if playing the English language version need to change to German for one of the puzzles (the kitchen menu one) and for the ending credits, but that's it. Steam-achievements worked fine for me with either language.

For a bit more detail; it is as to the first and foremost technical issue as of 2015-07-14 likely that the game won't run fullscreen for you after initial install, presenting you with a white screen with sound only and no picture. This is a Java version mismatch. The first run of the game installs the very first version of the 32-bit Java 7 JRE (7.0.0), which at the very least on Windows 7 64-bit does not in fact work for this game.

If you do not need a version 8 JRE installed for other purposes, it's easy to fix. Install the latest and last version of the 32-bit (i.e., "x86") Java 7 JRE manually; version 7u79, released 2015-04-14, at the time of writing available from

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre7-downloads-1880261.html

If you allow the installation to remove the 7.0.0 version, running the game will reinstall it alongside again but it seems to in fact still use the new version. It for me runs fine after installing 7u79.

You do currently need to not let the just installed new JRE7 subsequently update itself to JRE8; this at the moment installs the 8u51 JRE and will see the game return to its original white-screen behavior. This may of course have changed by the time you read this, but if not, I would advice to simply temporarily uninstall JRE8 for the duration of playing the game. Some 20 hours, that is.

Note that if you insist on not even being offered the upgrade to JRE8 by the JRE7 you will find the relevant option in the Java 32-bit control panel to not stick unless you run it as administrator. If the account that you are running Steam and the game under has administrative rights, this consists of right-clicking

C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7\bin\javacpl.exe

and choosing "Run as adminstrator". If you run Steam and the game under an unprivileged user account, temporarily give this user administrative rights, only to unselect automatic updates as per the above. And blame Oracle. You may or may not have to repeat this for the old 7.0.0 version as installed by the game and as found at

C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.7.0\bin\javacpl.exe

At this point you should be able to start enjoying a very good adventure game, fullscreen or windowed, and in either English or German.

Unless you luck through it, it is likely that you will get the game stuck inside the kitchen-menu puzzle if you play the English language version. If so, Alt-Tab to your desktop, end the game by right-clicking it on the taskbar and restart in German. You can quit and restart in English again immediately after solving the puzzle. The English-language version of the ending-credits is also bugged currently; same solution applies.

If you read to here, you're probably wondering if this game is worth the hassle. Yes, I would say it is. In fact, I consider the game an instant (not-)modern point & click classic. Be sure to check out the sequel, "Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes" as well; a more modern interface and every bit as entertaining.
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51 of 64 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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54 of 79 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 enjoyable and underlining my feeling that a lot of effort went 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
Recommended
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2015
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
I played this game AFTER it's sequel and thought it would be a letdown, but it totally wasn't. A great adventure game with some twisted humor (it takes place in a mental institute after all). The characters are funny, and the situations are sometimes just plain zany. If you like comic adventure games like Deponia or Monkey Island, you won't be disappointed with this one.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2015
Its, an interesting game I suppose for the one of Daedalics usual point and click adventure game. I wasn't crazy about this one. I enjoyed the characters but the art design was a bit lack luster. Plus, the puzzles were so random I pretty much had to use a walkthrough for the whole game. It is very amusing but nothing compared to Deponia series. I'll play the next game and see what changes. I would only get this game if it was either super cheap or bought when the bundle is super cheap.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2015
So I have really mixed feelings about this game.
First of all I'm giving positive just because the game itself was good.

Pros:
+ Nice dialogue
+ Funny moments
+ Challenging point-and-click game
+ Dark jokes
+ Cool characters
+ Skippaple dialogue (trust me, without this misclick dialogues would be annoying, because usually dialogue was veery long)

Cons:
- Maybe a bit too challenging, I do like a challenge but sometimes had to take guide out to know what I'm doing
- Had some problems running on my computer (don't know if it was just my computer):
1. Gave white screen sometime, usually when trying to change rooms or loaded something, which resulted to having to close the game (thank god for autosave)
2. Crashed a few times
3. Very long loading times between rooms
- Can be a boring if not fan of point-and-click games
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
A lovely Point+Click Adventure with a dark sense of humor (which i like a lot). Personally i prefer other visual styles more, but this shall not influence the rating.

Unfortunately, i played the Deponia trilogy before Edna & Harvey, so i missed some comfort. This was mostly noticeable when it came to certain achievements. In other words, i could tolerate it during the game itself. Nevertheless, i would have advised myself to play the Edna & Harvey games before Deponia.

It's a good Point+Click Adventure with dark humor, but also great potential (that was definitely accessed in the successing games).
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
I enjoyed this game but would recommend having a few save states so that if, Like me, you come across a game breaking scene, or an event that just doesn't trigger, you can reload and try again from an older savefile. I liked the game personally. I thought it was quite charming but it does have it's moments were you'll be left stumped and thinking. So if you like a bit of challenge but something not too demanding then I'd say you'd probably enjoy this game though you should keep in mind that it is one of the game makers earlier creations and other games like Deponia have taken into account some of this games failings. That said I'm really starting to like the creators in general. So I'd say this is a good game but if you're not sure of it wait till it's on sale.
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