If you have ever wondered what really happens in the mind of a mentally deranged little girl, look no further. Daedalic Entertainment has created the second Edna and Harvey game, Harvey’s New Eyes. The story’s sickeningly sweet overtone betrays us because the game is actually very dark and twisted. If you enjoy shows like Happy Tree Friends and games like King’s Quest, Edna and Harvey is right up your alley. Set in a 2.5-Dimensional world, Harvey’s New Eyes invites us to immerse ourselves in a world where morality and logic are optional, and a ball of yarn can be the most powerful weapon in existence. The best way I can describe the humour in the game is a bright and cheery ball of morbidity, wrapped in a delightful web of wit and sarcasm.
Harvey’s New Eyes begins as many classic movies do – with the credits first. Be aware, it is four minutes and 23 seconds of credits before the opening scene begins. This is an un-skippable introduction, so get comfortable or go grab some snacks and beverages while you wait. For extremely impatient gamers, this will be painful to sit through; personally, it left me in a bad mood before the game even started. Although it follows the theme, the song that plays during the credits is very irritating. Blend bizarre music, credits you can’t skip, and a mysterious blue line running at the bottom of the screen until the last few seconds, and some of you may actually rage-quit over this–and you haven’t even started yet!
If you manage to hold on long enough you will see a cute little blonde girl, quietly raking leaves away on a cobblestone pathway. The narrator begins with a semi-detached rant about another story he wanted to tell you (but cannot since there are children watching), and introduces the adorable blonde as Lilli, the hero of the tale. Lilli lives in a convent, with her best friend in the whole world: Edna. If you played The Breakout, you will remember her as the main character. In this game however, she is Lilli’s best friend who is trying to escape the convent before the evil Dr. Marcel finds her and locks her away for good. Desperate to save Edna from a horrible fate, Lilli takes charge by removing any evidence that would let the doctor know Edna had been at the convent.
Eventually, Dr. Marcel and Mother Superior capture Lilli instead, hypnotizing her with a creepy blue bunny named Harvey. Harvey is determined to make Lilli follow the rules laid out for her by Dr. Marcel, which limits what you can do in the game. The Rule Restrictions laid out for Lilli are that you must not lie, play with fire, contradict adults, play with sharp objects, touch alcohol, be in dangerous places, lose control, or follow your own wishes. You cannot perform any action that contradicts these rules, or Harvey will show up and stop you. The only time you can get away with breaking these rules is if you beat Harvey at his own game and prove to him a specific restriction is an idiotic concept, and that it is okay to break a rule on occasion.
A major part of this game revolves around Harvey’s hypnosis, and you must enter into your sub-conscious to defeat him in your mind on multiple occasions to disprove his Rule Restrictions. To do this you must first put yourself into a trance with Harvey to get there. You can do this several different ways, but the most common is by using a ball of string to hypnotize our mischievous furry friend into a trance first. He in turn will put you into a trance, and you will enter your subconscious where you must defeat Harvey.