When the fate of a world hangs in the balance, an unusual hero arises! The visually impressive adventure-epic The Whispered World is now available as a Special Edition for the first time. Let the Whispered World enchant you with its many animated details and fantastic characters.
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Very Positive (24 reviews) - 91% of the 24 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: May 6, 2014

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Includes 5 items: Deponia, Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes, Memoria, The Night of the Rabbit, The Whispered World Special Edition

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Includes 11 items: Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, Goodbye Deponia, The Whispered World Special Edition, The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, A New Beginning - Final Cut, Memoria, The Night of the Rabbit, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes, 1954 Alcatraz

 

Reviews

“Don't whisper, cheer at the top of your lungs: Outstanding!”
86 – GameStar

“Nothing says epic fantasy adventure like gorgeous, hand-painted backgrounds. […] More please!”
Kotaku

“The story of The Whispered World is realized with an amazing eye for detail and the hilarious writing breathes life into its melancholic hero and his upbeat sidekick perfectly. […] Very good!”
84 – 4Players

About This Game

When the fate of a world hangs in the balance, an unusual hero arises!
The visually impressive adventure-epic The Whispered World is now available as a Special Edition for the first time. Let the Whispered World enchant you with its many animated details and fantastic characters.

Sadwick's adventure begins when he sets out to understand the meaning of his recurring nightmares. In his dreams, he is haunted by a mysterious blue sphere as his world collapses around him.
Shana, the oracle, confirms his worst fears: not only does she foretell the end of the world, but also that Sadwick is the very reason for their doom.
Face the prophecy and experience an adventure unlike any other!
Exclusive content of the special edition include audio comments featuring Jan 'Poki' Müller-Michaelis and Marco Hüllen, as well as the orchestral soundtrack and unlockable achievements.

Key Features


  • Solve mysterious and fascinating puzzles
  • Meet many wondrous characters in an intriguing world.
  • Exclusive audio comment featuring 'Poki' and Marco Hüllen, the game's writers
  • An unforgettable story

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz (Single Core) or 2 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 256 MB RAM, Shader Model 2.0 Support (Shared Memory is not recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8-32bit
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz (Single Core) or 2 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM, Shader Model 2.0 Support (Shared Memory is not recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Lion (10.7)
    • Processor: 2 GHz (Dual Core) Intel
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 256 MB RAM, Shader Model 2.0 Support (Shared Memory is not recommended)
    • Storage: 1800 MB available space
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ZZpatricia
12.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
The whispered world is an interesting "game". I say game in quotations because it is less of a game and more of an experience. That at points you will get, and at other points is completely unforgiving. Nevertheless You will almost lose your sense of reality playing this and solving all of its puzzles. It is a game about a circus clown who hates his job, and will destroy the world! I think it might be loosely based on Pagliacci https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagliacci . Anyways I recommend this game, but not at full price. If you are thinking about getting this game I reccommend doing it around a huge sale, because then it will be really cheap. I got mine for $5.
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footumch
8.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
An ok game held back by frustrating controls (The game doesn't accept your mouse clicks half the time.)
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Nathan // Nudge
11.6 hrs
Posted: August 18
An undeniably charming little game, the art style is beautiful as is the soundtrack, the characters are funny and engaging, Sadwick's depressed commentary is dry and at times hilarious and the setting is lovely, especially if you like quirky folklore type fables, I mean - what's not to love about the idea of "The Tale of Sadwick the Travelling Clown"? There's a lot of meaning behind the story and The Whispered World will definitely give you some food for thought, especially if you see it through to the amazing ending.

The gameplay is standard Daedalic Games Point & Click fare - combining objects, environmental puzzles, tiles, pipes, colours. It isn't groundbreaking, but it doesn't need to be - the formula works, and it works well. One thing I will say though, is that some of the puzzles are not for the uninitiated when it comes to P&C games, I definitely struggled in some areas and caved in to the temptation of Google... - I'd say this is much more suited to fans of the genre and not for new faces.

Sadly, the game is let down by a myriad of little bugs... Sadwick's voice actor gets rather whiny and fast (though I hear the German voice acting is much better), poor lip synching, rough cut audio, clicking objects doesn't always work, sometimes when you use something out of your inventory it doesn't do anything... I definitely haven't had as many issues as some of the reviews on here have mentioned, but they do exist, I managed to look past them for the most part but they were a tad annoying.

Overall, I did enjoy my time with The Whispered World, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it at full price. If you happen to be picking up Daedalic Bundle and it's included (like I did) then definitely play it, or if you can catch it on sale for half price then that wouldn't be too shabby either - either way, if you're a Point & Click fan, you should try and play it at some point. It's far from perfect, but it really isn't as bad as some people would have you believe!
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Rönne
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 14
I played this game for maybe 10 minutes and decided not to continue. The interface, the pace of the game, the main character.. Overall the feel of the game just put me off! Would not recommend it to anybody for there are plenty of good and actually playable point-and-clickers out there.
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Bisoncat
8.6 hrs
Posted: August 12
I definitly recommed this game! It has unexpected plot twists, mind boggling puzzles, an exciting lore, and amazing adventure!
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gremlin66
9.0 hrs
Posted: August 9
This is the first review I've ever written for a game on Steam and it was one I felt compelled to write.

I really loved this game, and all the characters. I can understand how some people wouldn't like an ending like this, but I loved it, I honestly got a little bit choked up at the end, just for a moment. lol
To me it felt a little like watching an old 80's movie, for example, The Hobbit or The Dark Crystal, that same sense of wondrous mystery and fantasy is present in The Whispered World.

This is the story of a young boy-clown named Sadwick who runs away from his circus to go on a mystical adventure to save the world with his pet caterpillar pal Spot, both characters are cute and funny, Sadwick, our protagonist, being the pessimist and Spot, who doesn't say much, more of an optimist.

Some drawbacks

Sometimes clicking on things to activate them or combine them is difficult, I sat and left clicked sometimes 30-40 clicks before the item would combine, or the cork would go in the hole, for starters. This seems excessive. Maybe there is a problem with my mouse but many other simple one clicks worked fine. Only when trying to combine or activate items, or get Spot to change form, it would be some time spent left clicking clicking clicking.

The dialogue while charming gets a bit tedious towards the ending as people keep talking and talking, luckily you can left click through to skip dialogue, which works fine, sometimes accidentally skipping a line of dialogue, a little too easily. Sadwick's voice gets a little bit annoying but I still like the protagonist, he's a funny, cute little dude and his annoying voice fits the character properly. Everytime I was asked to talk to someone like Gourney for example, however, now THAT got really annoying, Gourney was one of the worst voices I've ever heard, and like I said towards the end of the game I just couldn't be bothered to listen to much of his dialogue.

Some of the puzzles were a little bit strange and ridiculous. I'll admit I'm not much of a puzzle games sort of guy. You may end up needing to find a decent walkthrough; although by the end I don't feel this distracted or took away from my enjoyment of the story I was following a walkthrough myself for a good part of the game.

And it was fun. I really enjoyed this and I look forward to checking out other Daedalic games, such as the upcoming SIlence and their other games in Deponia!!
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Tikka
15.4 hrs
Posted: July 30
I really loved this game, the character was pretty funny and relatable. The music the art, the puzzles. It felt magical.
But oh boy the ending, If you`ve played Edna and Harvey 2, and thought the ending was ♥♥♥♥♥♥. Check this out! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ was I dissapointed. still a good game though.
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Ruphine
20.3 hrs
Posted: July 14
Product received for free
I've finished Deponia series before this game. Both games are from same developer, Daedalic.

Both are fun point and click game and have nice puzzles. But...
Can't Daedalic make a good ending?? Both games have nice world settings and stories, but the end of the stories, both Deponia and The Whispered World have disappointing ending and ruined my excitement.

This game only supports 4:3 screen, and the biggest resolution is only 1024x768. If fullscreen is checked, there is a black bar in both sides of the screen.
I also noticed many bugs :
  • Some dialogs have a sound which doesn’t match the subtitle. The one I remember is when Sadwick arrived at Shana’s house, when talking to notes beside the door, the text showed Sadwick’s Line but the voice was Shana’s.
  • Some clickable objects doesn't get highlighted when pressing Space, and sometimes it highlighted but nothing to click there.
  • Starting at chapter 2, somehow the save game didn't showing thumbnail at all. And the thumbnail suddenly fixed when saving the game in the later part of chapter 4 (the new save game have correct thumbnail).

I only recommend it if you like point and click games with puzzles and looking for easy 100% achievements.
There is a good guide for 100% achievements, and all the achievements can be unlocked by single play through (unlike deponia series).
Other than that, nope. It's not worth the time to see the story. Buy Deponia instead, it has more puzzles, more jokes, and supports widescreen.
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TheNormalGamer55
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 13
It's a ♥♥♥♥ing game
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tadfg
4.2 hrs
Posted: July 5
Pretty good point and click adventure game. Wish there were some more puzzles and less walking around.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
An undeniably charming little game, the art style is beautiful as is the soundtrack, the characters are funny and engaging, Sadwick's depressed commentary is dry and at times hilarious and the setting is lovely, especially if you like quirky folklore type fables, I mean - what's not to love about the idea of "The Tale of Sadwick the Travelling Clown"? There's a lot of meaning behind the story and The Whispered World will definitely give you some food for thought, especially if you see it through to the amazing ending.

The gameplay is standard Daedalic Games Point & Click fare - combining objects, environmental puzzles, tiles, pipes, colours. It isn't groundbreaking, but it doesn't need to be - the formula works, and it works well. One thing I will say though, is that some of the puzzles are not for the uninitiated when it comes to P&C games, I definitely struggled in some areas and caved in to the temptation of Google... - I'd say this is much more suited to fans of the genre and not for new faces.

Sadly, the game is let down by a myriad of little bugs... Sadwick's voice actor gets rather whiny and fast (though I hear the German voice acting is much better), poor lip synching, rough cut audio, clicking objects doesn't always work, sometimes when you use something out of your inventory it doesn't do anything... I definitely haven't had as many issues as some of the reviews on here have mentioned, but they do exist, I managed to look past them for the most part but they were a tad annoying.

Overall, I did enjoy my time with The Whispered World, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it at full price. If you happen to be picking up Daedalic Bundle and it's included (like I did) then definitely play it, or if you can catch it on sale for half price then that wouldn't be too shabby either - either way, if you're a Point & Click fan, you should try and play it at some point. It's far from perfect, but it really isn't as bad as some people would have you believe!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
I really loved this game, the character was pretty funny and relatable. The music the art, the puzzles. It felt magical.
But oh boy the ending, If you`ve played Edna and Harvey 2, and thought the ending was ♥♥♥♥♥♥. Check this out! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ was I dissapointed. still a good game though.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
I definitly recommed this game! It has unexpected plot twists, mind boggling puzzles, an exciting lore, and amazing adventure!
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91 of 128 people (71%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
"I should have fed him in time..."

The Whispered World is one of Daedalic Entertaintment's adventure titles, and promises a lot as it starts, yet fails to keep any of those promises throughout the game itself. I wasn't expecting an experience as grand as Memoria, but at least hoping for the kind of quality in story and display of beauty as we encountered in Chains of Satinav. What I encountered, was beautiful potential spent badly on a sad little clown.

The storybook opens and a worn-out narrator warns us that this will be the last story that he'll be telling ever. Then, we meet Sadwick: the sad little clown. He is a misanthropic, pessimistic and annoying little boy who runs a circus alongside his brother Ben and his grandfather. One morning, Sadwick jumps down from his bed, shaken and terrified of a nightmare that indicates the world is ending. Oh, wait! According to a messenger of the King that Sadwick will be meeting in the forest, the world IS ending for reasons that we are not aware yet. The messenger Bobby advices Sadwick to seek Shana, a mythical oracle that resides in the forest who can interpret Sadwick's dream. With a quest at hand, Sadwick's journey towards the unknown starts...

I'll start with my most basic complaint: the game doesn't work properly! There is an odd clicking bug that starts the minute you run the game, and keeps haunting you until the very end. You have to click on something 5-6 times for the game to acknowledge that you are clicking on it. It is hellishly annoying for a POINT AND CLICK adventure game. The puzzles themselves are obscure and random enough, and you never know whether you're trying the wrong item combination, or just game doesn't register your clicking. On that manner, it is impossible to finish the game without divine persistency and a walkthrough.

The background art and the interface music are pretty, as if taken from a German folktale. But characters and the style of art chosen to illustrate them are off putting. Animations are broken half the time, and the lip synch with the audio is non-existent. It takes forever for Sadwick to walk with the given animation. It seems all these issues are commonly known for the "Special Edition" and no solution has been offered for now.

As a character, our protagonist Sadwick is incredibly annoying and lacks personal depth. His voice is off putting - and drives you insane since we'll be with him only until the end of game. There is no logical correlation between story progression and any kind of visible personal growth either. Nothing justifies his choices, and nothing explains them either. There is also no observable reason to Sadwick's endless vailing or suffocating pessimism to begin with. Sadwick is a character which is impossible to empathize with. He is basically shallow.

As for Spot's - Sadwick's victimized caterpillar - transformations and the way that Sadwick treats him, I found it to be disgusting. Poor little thing is literally tortured to even achieve given transformations! He is sliced, pressed and burned numerous times without even a single complain! He is even nailed to a rack as part of a puzzle nearing the end of the game. If I were to be Spot, I'd tell Sadwick: "♥♥♥♥ you! ♥♥♥♥ you for being a selfish and miserable fool! ♥♥♥♥ you for putting me through all these ordeals! You don't deserve neither my loyalty nor my affection! I'm done with you, Sadwick! Go play the part of the sadistic ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ on someone else! ♥♥♥♥ you!” Whew, sorry. I gotta get that off my chest.

I definitely don't recommend this game, for its broken controls, its annoying protagonist, its sick sense of humor, and definitely for its dramatized yet shallow ending. Sorry, guys and gals. I finished this game through sheer willpower and an obsession for completing a story that I started. I love the next Daedalic adventure just as you do, but this one doesn't worth it.

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52 of 69 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
A Point & Click Adventure where you can't click! How novel!

Seriously, this game has been broken since launch (going on a year) and still has not been fixed and it appears the Developers never plan to fix it. If I hadn't gotten a free upgrade from the Classic version I would have demanded my money back!

The only way this game is playable is to download the Source Code for the Open Source Simple DirectMedia Layer, make the change listed at http://hg.libsdl.org/SDL/rev/e3a80970cf0b and recompile into a .dll and save it in your game directory. Why the Devs can't do this for those who aren't familiar with modifying third-party code and compiling from source is beyond me. Is it just laziness, apathy, or a simple case of "Doesn't matter, already got your money"? Apparently Daedalic Entertainment thinks they are Ubisoft.

0/10 in it's current state.
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45 of 61 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
The original is great, but the Special Edition has broken audio - every spoken sentence ends a split second before the speaker has finished talking. Still not fixed...

Play the original Whispered World, not this "Special" edition.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
I found this to be a very charming point-and-click adventure game. The focus of the story is on a depressive child clown by the name of Sadwick, who departs from his family circus to avert the end of the world from coming to pass.

The story is more of a whimsical one, but the game is not a comedy and does take itself seriously. You get a nice amount of character growth from Sadwick and the course of the story has you meet new and interesting characters in each scene along the way. The amount of depth to each character you meet was pleasantly surprising, and at least a few really made for some happy smile-inducing moments and the German voice acting is quite expressive (see my note below) . The environments are very beautifully drawn and in-game animations are very good too. There are some cutscenes which have less polish, looking maybe more like a 90's cartoon but overall did not detract from the experience for me. The music is quite good, even if some of the tracks are re-used a few too many times.

Game ran just fine, but doesn't alt-tab too well. Saving, mouse controls, the GUI are all perfectly fine. The game has no failstates, and you can hold Spacebar to highlight interactables. This game does have a fair few number of puzzles that are not easy to intuit the solutions for, so you will likely have to resort to a guide more often than you'd like. This is par for the course in adventure games, although the par is a bit high in this game.


I also wanted to address a few complaints I saw a lot in other people's reviews.

Performance : Many users complained of the game failing to launch, launching to a black screen, or crashing. I never once had any such issue. I hope others who do are able to resolve theirs.

Sadwick's walking speed : Some users complained that Sadwick walks too slow. In most adventure games you can double-click on screen transitions to automatically trigger them. You can do that in this game too, so its possible those users did not know. Sadwick walks at a fine pace otherwise, no scene is especially large bar one and even then the transitions in that area are numerous.

Voice acting : I heard that the English dub VA for Sadwick is unbearable and whiny. Given his personality in the game I could see why this might be, so I used the original German voice acting and enjoyed it thoroughly. I have no problems with using the German VA.

Broken audio : Some users comment that audio seems to cut off abruptly at the end of some spoken lines. I cannot comment on the English audio, but this is sometimes noticeable in the German audio. I did not find it common enough nor disruptive enough to say it was any significant detriment, although the developers should fix it if so.

Controls : Some users complain the game fails to register mouse clicks. I never had this happen, but you do have to hold down the mouse button to open the small interaction menu.

Story : Some people just don't like the premise or character personality, or how the game ends. That's fine, its just down to taste. I enjoyed it, others will not.


All in all, I would recommend it. I very much enjoyed myself. About 10-12 hrs playtime.
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45 of 67 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
I bought this game a few years ago for 40 or 50€. Boxed version. I played it through as fast as I was able to. It's very atmospheric and the backgrounds look epic.

As far as my son will be old enough to enjoy such games, it's one of the very first games we'll play together.

I still remember what happened at the very end of the game. Just this moment is worth to invest time and money into this game.
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28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
tl;dr: Some really fantastic artwork and an interesting world with fun secondary characters to explore. That aside, this game misses too many marks to be really good, and becomes almost a chore towards the end, mostly due to the old bane of point & clicks: illogical puzzles and rushed final chapters.

It's a mostly melancholic story with great moments of bleak humour, one that promises to be interesting but loses steam along the way. There is some fun writing to be found in it (I do love me some Talking Rocks and any and all quips they feel like making are fine by me), but the story becomes weirdly convoluted in the last chapter. The world building is fascinating nonetheless, and along with the gorgeous art they are clearly the highlights of the experience. As for the english voice over, it has some bad moments but it's mostly alright. The hero's voice may take some getting used to though.

For me the major let down is that too many of the puzzles are really unintuitive and illogical, and there is only that much drudgery I'm willing to accept in my play. I don't care if that was fine when Lucas Arts did it, it isn't fine now, especially not if you expect me to traverse multiple screens with a really slow character to try out totally random things that follow no internal logic whatsoever. It gets worse as the chapters progress, and by the last one you'll have too many moments of being hard pressed to figure out what to do next without immense patience or a walkthrough. Any guidance, even subtle indications, would have helped, but they are as lacking as any type of a hint system.

On a positive note, if you were worried about bugs the "Special Edition" seems to have taken care of most of the previous problems. Just bear in mind that this is an older game so there are limited resolutions offered - expect black bars if you have a wide screen. High DPI displays will also need to disable display scaling to be able to play in fullscreen.

So would I suggest it?
Probably not. I'm usually a sucker for projects of love even if they end up being lovable trainwrecks, and this game oozes love for its unlikely world-weary child hero and its odd world. But halfway through it just stopped being fun to actually play, there were one too many misses and not enough hits. While I don't regret the time I spent with it, I still can't recommend it and I'd suggest waiting for a steep discount if you decide to try it yourself.
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33 of 48 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2015
I'm sad to say I can't really recommend this game. It is kind of buggy as other reviewers have pointed out but that wasn't my main problem with it. It's just so, so slow. The character walks everywhere at a snail's pace, the controls are awkward, and the puzzles are unintuitive.

I wanted to like it, the animations are very nice and charming, but the voice acting is terrible. The main character especially is very annoying when we're supposed to find him a lovable failure. Mostly the game is just boring, and I say that as a person who usually loves point and click adventure games. I got almost to the end when it became so tedious I had to quit. I thought I might go to youtube to watch the end but I found I couldn't even care enough to do that.
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