Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes is a follow up to 2008’s Edna & Harvey: The Breakout. Set in the same world as the original (not that you need to have played the first game to enjoy this one), Harvey’s New Eyes is a point and click adventure in the classic 2D style.
Despite being a sequel to Edna & Harvey, the titular characters are not the starring protagonists. Instead, the narrative follows Lilli, a polite and seemingly unassuming schoolgirl living in a convent. While Lilli is a mild-mannered girl, she’s plagued by troublesome thoughts and an ill fate seems to befall all those who spend time with her.
The game presents the player with ingenious puzzles set over multiple screens and levels. Each puzzle is a bit of a brain teaser, requiring Lilli to utilise tools and objects hidden in the game’s multiple areas. All these areas look fantastic, with a striking illustrated style akin to a children’s storybook. There are three main chapters, each told over a variety of locations populated by various new and returning characters. A fourth wall breaking narrator tells the story and, while some may find his comments grating, his sarcastic jabs at the player can be a delight.
Sadly, Harvey’s New Eyes stumbles with occasional poor voice acting, and story and character work that doesn’t quite live up to the standard of the puzzles and visuals. The darker nature of the plot is a good contrast to the vibrant visual style, but the narrative is not as compelling as in other examples of the genre. That being said, Harvey’s New Eyes is likely to be an enjoyable experience for any point and click fan who picks it up.