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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Mostly Positive (11 reviews) - 72% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (451 reviews) - 78% of the 451 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 25, 2013

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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 But Edna isn’t outdated in any way, thanks on the one hand to the beautiful 2D comic style and on the other hand the out-there humor.”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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Random2042
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Great game, love the story, dialogue, and puzzels. It had a great atmosphere and was just fucnny. Though i did run into a few bugs, most notably was the end i didnt get the sequence after the player make the final desision. However i still do recommend this game just be prepared for a few problems that may or may not affect you.
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null
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
buggy as ♥♥♥♥ but pretty good
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Fygment
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
I like the story and puzzles but I have experienced game breaking bugs very early in the game. There is one point where it just crashes over and over every time I try to use a certain item, and I can't get past it.

It's too bad, because I'm pretty sure I'd like it it if it worked
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maskofthephantasm
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
This game is pretty good and charming. I got it on sale as part of a bundle, but I'm not sure I'd get it at full price.

The stylized art grows on you over time and the voice acting is of prettty good quality. By far the strength of the game lies in an interesting narrative and characters which managed to mix comedy and darker questions about morality, freedom, and justice relatively seemlessly. Just about every character is memorable and acted out well, even the side characters.

The real issue with this game is that the gameplay is repetitive, moreso than your typical point and click fare. Your method of navigating the aslyum takes a long time and requires you to cycle through locations rather than making a choice, which is alright for the first hour but after doing it for an additional two, it began to grate on me. You also have the juggle setting off alarms to make guards be in certain places constantly after a certain point, which was also irritating. I would almost suggest using a guide if only to help yourself time wise. I finished it in 4.5 hours, but it felt much longer due to these mechanics, as well as an inability to click through dialogue.

Also, I encountered a game-stopping glitch. It's not uncommon, but look up "edna harvey breakout menu glitch" and you can find a fix for it relatively easily. Still sort of surprising that hasn't been fixed in the core game after 3 years on steam, but whatever.

It may sound like I'm ragging on this game, but I genuinely enjoyed it. Part of my issue is that I played Harvey's New Eyes first, which basically took all the issues of the this game remedied them. They exist more or less seperately narrative-wise, but in retrospect I would suggest you play them in order so you don't encounter the functionality degredation I did.
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Xoechan ^_^
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
great game, really fun. the only sad part i found was that one of the achievements is bugged 'dejavu' inwhich you finish the game, and then start a new and do the first step again. sadly tried this twice and it did not work. although it was fun doing a second speed play through of the game.
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Jordy
( 21.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Apart from the bug and glitches, a nice game to play.
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4NG3R
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Great story :D :D
and you know what...hoti killed moti :(
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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game is pretty good and charming. I got it on sale as part of a bundle, but I'm not sure I'd get it at full price.

The stylized art grows on you over time and the voice acting is of prettty good quality. By far the strength of the game lies in an interesting narrative and characters which managed to mix comedy and darker questions about morality, freedom, and justice relatively seemlessly. Just about every character is memorable and acted out well, even the side characters.

The real issue with this game is that the gameplay is repetitive, moreso than your typical point and click fare. Your method of navigating the aslyum takes a long time and requires you to cycle through locations rather than making a choice, which is alright for the first hour but after doing it for an additional two, it began to grate on me. You also have the juggle setting off alarms to make guards be in certain places constantly after a certain point, which was also irritating. I would almost suggest using a guide if only to help yourself time wise. I finished it in 4.5 hours, but it felt much longer due to these mechanics, as well as an inability to click through dialogue.

Also, I encountered a game-stopping glitch. It's not uncommon, but look up "edna harvey breakout menu glitch" and you can find a fix for it relatively easily. Still sort of surprising that hasn't been fixed in the core game after 3 years on steam, but whatever.

It may sound like I'm ragging on this game, but I genuinely enjoyed it. Part of my issue is that I played Harvey's New Eyes first, which basically took all the issues of the this game remedied them. They exist more or less seperately narrative-wise, but in retrospect I would suggest you play them in order so you don't encounter the functionality degredation I did.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Apart from the bug and glitches, a nice game to play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
great game, really fun. the only sad part i found was that one of the achievements is bugged 'dejavu' inwhich you finish the game, and then start a new and do the first step again. sadly tried this twice and it did not work. although it was fun doing a second speed play through of the game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I like the story and puzzles but I have experienced game breaking bugs very early in the game. There is one point where it just crashes over and over every time I try to use a certain item, and I can't get past it.

It's too bad, because I'm pretty sure I'd like it it if it worked
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46 of 49 people (94%) 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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54 of 67 people (81%) 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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34 of 35 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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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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55 of 81 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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23 of 27 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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