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Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes - Review

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Developer: Daedalic
Publisher: Daedalic
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: 16.10.2012
Official Site: http://www.edna-and-harvey.com/index.php?lang=en

 

This game happens in the form of a story. There is a narrator to guide you and be the voice in the sky. There  is Lilli, a sweet little orphan that wants nothing more in life than to be accepted and perform well, at least that's what the narrator tells us.  But we soon find out that Lilli seems to leave a trail of death behind her, a trail her imaginary friends then cover up with purple paint and a cheery smile.

This game looks sweet, it sounds sweet, I bet if it had a taste, it would taste sweet. So it seems so fantastically morbid that the plot of the story is the fact that Lilli is without any doubt a complete nut job. A voice hearing, hallucinating, murderous nut, and yet she is still nothing but sweet!

In order to save Lilli and her only friend Edna from the grips of the horrid Doctor Marcel, and the mother superior (both parties are insane and have it out for Lilli and Edna), we must first break the hypnotic restriction spells Dr Marcel has put Lilli under. These mini adventures happen inside Lilli's warped little mind, and they made me think "this must be what an acid trip looks like". So the game makers did a really good job of creating worlds within the fictional "real" world. The "real" world, doesn't have a great connection with the world as we know it, everything is a bit tilted to the dark, yet funny side.

There are puzzles, and these puzzles challenge you to make good use of your brain, and therefore you can not get through this game without applying yourself! Should you get stuck however, you only have to hit the space bar and all available interactions are highlighted. 

They have even managed to squeeze in some well placed lines and attitudes that feel very much like social and political criticism with the most delightful sarcastic twist. As much as I like word play and such, it sometimes feels like characters can be a bit windy. In some cases they use way too many words (and too much time) for simple statements. One cannot continue game play while parties are talking. Although you can speed things up, ignoring them is not an option.

The graphics are simple, old fashioned Disney movie style, so the game  looks very child friendly. However I don't think having my 7 year old play it would be such a good idea. A clever 11 year old might enjoy it somewhat but it's a game for the cold, dark, grinning adult mind.

The mouse is the only thing used to control the game. Personally I like to be able to use the keyboard for basic commands so that option would have been nice. There are simple settings to choose full size screen or not, the volume of the music, effects, and speech, subtitles on/off, and that's about it. All you really need with this kind of game.

If you're the kind of person who loves ambiguity, sarcasm and clever play on words; Harvey's New Eyes should strike home with you.

We liked Good dialogue. Interesting puzzlesand Great humor.

We disliked Characters can be long winded, and Music loop becomes annoying after a while.

 

Helga Lára

Contributing Author

 

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