- Summary: In Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Edna wakes up in the padded cell of an insane asylum with no memory of her past or how she ended up there. Only one thing is for certain: She has been wrongfully imprisoned and will have to escape! After all, she feels entirely sane - and her speakingIn Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Edna wakes up in the padded cell of an insane asylum with no memory of her past or how she ended up there. Only one thing is for certain: She has been wrongfully imprisoned and will have to escape! After all, she feels entirely sane - and her speaking stuffed toy bunny Harvey wholeheartedly agrees. Together they undertake a daring breakout attempt, meeting up with numerous oddball inmates, like the Man in the Bee's Costume or Siamese twins Hoti and Moti. But Dr. Marcel, the sinister head of the institute, will do everything in his power to stop Edna. What evil scheme is afoot? Slowly Edna begins to regain her memories of the past...… Expand
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Feb 28, 2011Edna & Harvey: The Breakout is very much a mixed bag. Its distinctive art style is marred by a problematic interface. Its massive wealth of interactivity is hindered by a handful of vastly unfair puzzles. Its imaginative setting is dragged down by long, often tedious dialogues. Still, it's a game I'm glad I played, and that's mainly because the underlying story about a girl who's lost her way is so touching.
games(TM)Feb 21, 2011We wouldn't put this too close to the top of the pile. [Issue#106, p.120]
PC PowerPlayMar 31, 2011Clever, endearing and fun to play, probably slightly overpriced. Beware of the ending, though. [Apr 2011, p.57]
LEVEL (Czech Republic)Apr 6, 2011A crazy old-school adventure game where you can see it was done out of love and not for money. [Mar 2011]
Feb 2, 2011But as much as I'm certain I should be warning you off this bizarre, broken thing, I can't quite bring myself to do it. Clearly, if they'd localised it properly, fixed the numerous bugs, and made it in an engine that remembers John Major as Prime Minister, the score would go up significantly.
PC Gamer UKApr 23, 2011What's just not funny becomes sandpaper pants irritating when delivered in broken English. [May 2011, p.97]
Dec 26, 2013If you are a fan of adventure games then you should definitely try Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, because it has somewhat unique: the originalIf you are a fan of adventure games then you should definitely try Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, because it has somewhat unique: the original comment for the every combination of items you can find in the game. And not just for the combinations but also for all interactions. My style of playing was actually to enter the new location and try to talk to every single item there. And all the dialogs, texts are very funny and meaningful. Firstly I wanted to skip this part and just start playing the sequel first (Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes). But actually I was disappointed by it after the first one.
The story itself is very good and intriguing till the last moments and the graphics which seem too simple at first are just good for the madness that rules around you. The puzzles may sometimes get weird, but well it's a weird game you know.
The soundtrack is brilliant. I often listen to it after finishing the game. I read few times that english voice isn't very good, but it seems to be the early version and the final one looks very good for me though I'm not a native English speaker.
Anyway, I strongly recommend at least to try it.
P.S. And the story about the creation of the game which was actually started as a university project looks very appealing.… Expand
Dec 9, 2017A witty and fun Adventure. You can -- and should -- talk to everyone and everything. You can use the pen on everything. In contrast to otherA witty and fun Adventure. You can -- and should -- talk to everyone and everything. You can use the pen on everything. In contrast to other critics I find the English narration better than the German original. As usual in adventure games, talk to everyone and ask all questions. If you do so, the riddles are mostly logical, but extremely absurd -- which I like a lot. Also, there are many allusions to real life issues, but these are also presented in a totally absurd manner.
The only issue I had with the game are that it requires a lot of walking and without a map this can be very tedious. That's why I deduct one point. 9/10.… Expand
Dec 20, 2011The graphics of "Edna & Harvey: The Breakout" definitely take some getting used to but in the end the comic-look fits the setting perfectly.The graphics of "Edna & Harvey: The Breakout" definitely take some getting used to but in the end the comic-look fits the setting perfectly. The game offers crazy characters, quirky dialogs, whacked-out puzzles and a story which takes more than one unexpected turn. Outstanding: Edna passes a unique comment on almost any action you take during the game.
Despite the cartoonish graphics this game is not suited for kids.… Expand
Sep 11, 2017I DO NOT Recommend to players who are new to the Adventure Genre. This isn't a good entry-level representer.
For "experienced" AdventurersI DO NOT Recommend to players who are new to the Adventure Genre. This isn't a good entry-level representer.
For "experienced" Adventurers and Developers this game presents an interesting exerience.
Just bear through that first torturous hour :)
If you get stuck in a puzzle in the Kitchen - switch to German version, solve, and switch back to English.
Interesting Story, Colorful Characters, Tons of Content, English Voice Acting Not that Strong but Superior to the Dutch Original. Unique.… Expand
Nov 19, 2013Not the best adventure game you can play. The story becomes pretty obvious early on in the game spoiling the feeling discovery with theNot the best adventure game you can play. The story becomes pretty obvious early on in the game spoiling the feeling discovery with the feeling of waiting for the reveal. Overall the graphics leave a lot to be desired. There's nearly no animation with exception of Edna walking around the screen. While I can see what the artist was trying for, it still looks like a low budget early 80s cartoon with even worse voice acting. Further, the loading between scene changes is unbearable.
But that's really just to start, the game play is long and drawn out. After you escape the initial area, you have a huge multistory complex to navigate. I spent a good amount of time going back and forth trying to figure where I was suppose to be looking for that subtle change in dialog. And on top of everything else things where extremely spaced out and you were forced to pace through one are with an unskippable cut scene to reach different areas.
The worst of it though was bugs. On about 5 occasions certain parts of the game froze or became impassable. The first time I neglected to save, there is no auto save, so I ended up having to replay a large portion of the game.
Overall, the game was okay, but there is just not a lot to love about the game.… Expand
Jun 30, 2014I'm finding it difficult to rate this game. On the one hand I want to give it 10/10 for story but 3/10 for the sheer illogicalness of theI'm finding it difficult to rate this game. On the one hand I want to give it 10/10 for story but 3/10 for the sheer illogicalness of the puzzles (many are nigh impossible to figure out without a walkthrough) which really interrupts the flow of the story a lot. There is also a LOT of backtracking in the middle half of the story which gets old really fast.
Another thing about the game I really liked were the voices... solid 10/10. There's also plenty of comedic situations in there. The graphics are good and suit the story/atmosphere. Didn't like the load times though. For a game with 2D backgrounds, the load times are sometimes several seconds for some odd reason.
Most of the problems with this game were fixed in the sequel, so I highly recommend playing it (Harvey's New Eyes).… Expand