Indie Statik Advent Calendar – Day 17: Harvey’s New Eyes & Rain-Slick 3

Indie Statik Advent Calendar Day 17

We’re somewhat on the final stretch of this Advent Calendar, with just over a week to go. Yet we still have so many games to cover and give away every day up until Christmas Eve! At which point, I’ve already decided that I’m going to stuff my face and then do nothing for a whole day. But before all that, I’ve got lots of writing to do, so there’s not point dreaming about it now.

The games are still coming thick and fast, and as such, there’s another two games behind today’s door. That means double the chances of being able to win a free game! They’re both very much worth playing too, especially if you’re into your lengthier experiences and a touch of the weird along with it. They also both have ludicrously long full titles, so just to save my numb fingers, I’m going to refer to them in their shorthand form, because I’m a rebel like that…

Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes

Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes

You may not realize it, but this year has been chock-a-block with adventure games. Not just lame ones, either – the majority have actually been very strong all in all. One of those is Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes. Immediately noticeable about the game is the rather distinctive, hand-drawn art. Which, if you know anything about modern adventure games, should immediately scream the name of a particular studio out at you. That’s right; it’s Daedalic Entertainment. A studio, I would surmise, that have always hit really strong on the visuals of their adventure titles, but not as strong (sometimes) in the rest of the game’s production. For this game’s predecessor, The Breakout, the biggest complaint was the clunky user interface. Fortunately, that has been cleaned up in Harvey’s New Eyes, but at the expense of simplifying the game, especially in some of the minigames and puzzles. Saying that, those who have bad memories of being stuck in the same three screens while playing adventure games will probably be very thankful for all the changes.

One thing that Daedalic tend to never falter on is their creation of the world and the characters within. Kooky and offbeat ruled the day in The Breakout, and it does so once again in Harvey’s New Eyes. One thing you may notice is that the characters of the game’s namesake aren’t exactly prominent, being replaced by a young girl. If you played The Breakout, then you would be aware that the game’s ending didn’t exactly lend itself to a sequel, and due to that a spin-off title has emerged. Edna & Harvey do appear in the game but not in the same capacity as before. Instead you’ll take on the role of Lilli, a sweet little orphan who does everything she is told without question. This is unfortunate because she attends a convent school ruled by Mother Superior, who hates children.

In the game’s early stages you’ll find the connection to Edna as she shares rooms with Lilli in the school. You’ll first establish the understanding of what kind of character that Lilli is – the quiet, obedient type. Then the plot will strike up all of a sudden as Edna finds out that Dr. Marcel, the asylum doctor from the first game, is employed under the school in what can only be a devious plot. As such, Edna asks Lilli to cover up any traces of her presence at the school as she makes a run for it. Being the all abiding girl that she is, Lilli does exactly that, or at least, you’ll ensure she does.

“Lilli has to rise above her own and face a tough journey to not only get her friend back but also confront her subconscious…”

Things start getting a little worrisome at the school as students start to disappear, and in their place appears little gnomes painting pink blobs. Weird. From thereon you’ll enter into a mysterious plot and discover the sinister secret behind Harvey’s New Eyes. Oh, yes, you hadn’t forgot about our blue plush rabbit now, had you? Trust me; he plays a big role in the game, one that may disprove his cuter exterior. Whether you’d prefer more of a challenge with your adventure game or not, Harvey’s New Eyes has plenty of humor and interesting turns throughout its 10 hour playtime, and it’s worth a play just to experience the brilliant backdrops and zany characters.

Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3

Rain Slick 3

Penny Arcade’s notorious spin-off RPG titles generated quite the interest from fans back in 2008, as they successfully captured the insanity of the webcomic. The developer of the first two episodes, Hothead Games, decided to stop working on the series to concentrate on Deathspank instead. Of course, this was a shame as they were chosen out of many developers due to the belief that they would capture what made the comics so good, but in game form. Due to this, Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade decided to publish the full story of Episode 3 online back in 2010, believing that it would never be turned into a game.

Oh, how wrong he was. This year, Zeboyd Games released Penny Arcade’s On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness Episode 3 with their own unique style and also expanded on the original story that Jerry had scripted for the game. Due to the change in developer, there are many significant differences between the first two episodes and this third episode. Most noticeable is the switch to 2D pixel art in place of the previously 3D and more distinctly comic looking style. There’s also no voiceovers and you no longer have the choice to play as your own user-create character. It sounds like a stripping back of sorts, but that’s merely Zeboyd’s style, and they do it very well, as proven with their previous titles Breath of Death VII: The Beginning and Cthulhu Saves The World.

Anyone who may have held any fears regarding this new collaboration with Zeboyd should be alleviated of their worries. After all, Tycho and Gabe still star in the game and the madcap writing of the series is as potent as ever. Suffice to say, to try and outline in a small part of the game’s goings-on would quickly result into the writings of a maniac. Play the game and you’ll also sound like a loon too as the laughs come thick and fast, regardless of whether you’re familiar with Penny Arcade or the previous two games or not. Things do pickup from where the second game left off, though, so for those who were enjoying where that was going, well, you’ll be happy to carry it on.

“In the 3rd game in this series, a cunning evil Doctor, a series of Unexplainable Thefts, a Mysterious Book of Power and Enigmatic Supernatural Forces pushes our heroes even further onto the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness!”

As far as an RPG goes, Rain-Slick 3 is surprisingly tactical, with the old school presentation of the game perhaps hiding the depth it contains. Those who have played the Grandia series in any capacity will be familiar with the pseudo real-time combat system of the game, in which you can see when enemies are going to make their move and interrupt them with your own. Then, outside of that, you have ‘class pins’ that you can strap on to the characters so they act in certain ways. Some are pretty straightforward despite the humorous titles, but then you do have the more ridiculous classes that can actually damage your party more than help them in any way. So, if you’re a fan of RPGs and/or just like a proper laugh with your game, then Rain-Slick 3 is definitely one you’ll want to try out as soon as you can.

Want To Win One Of These?

Given today’s mix of light, dark and laugh-out-loud humor, I think it’s a good idea to try and continue that on. Not in the way you may think, though – the humor in today’s competition is mainly the interests of me, as I laugh at you trying to reach the minimum score. Muahahaha! Ah, I’m kidding; you’ll have fun playing this one and it won’t be frustrating at all…honest.

Here’s what you have to do to win:

Play Dark Run and get a score over 350 and then prove it with a screenshot.

Dark Run

How to enter:

1. You can play Dark Run for free. So all you need to do is play it and get a score over 350. It’s not actually that hard. Try to get as high as score as you can!

2. Send your screenshots to us at [email protected] with the subject line “Run Like Hell”. MAKE SURE YOU TELL US WHICH GAME YOU’D LIKE TO WIN!

Only those that are sent to that email address with that specified subject line and include the name of the game they want to win will be considered for the competition.

3. Then, make sure you then submit your screenshots in the comments section so that you can show off how well you did.

You have until December 17th, 11pm PST / December 18th, 2am EST / December 18th, 7am GMT / December 18th, 8am CET to submit your screenshots. Anything submitted after that time will not be considered for the code giveaway, but it can still be appreciated by the community, so make sure to drop it below!