Whispering Willow is a Very story-rich ( good tag indeed ) 2D Creepy game, Noticed how I said creepy because it is but not sure if it falls under the category of "Horror" for reasons i will discuss in this review
The game sucks you into this deep dark cold atmosphere I actually felt a cold breeze when the character gets cold, The art is done so beautifully it gives the game that feeling of success and the soundtracks are great.
It took me 6 hours to finish the game with 100% achievements probably could'v done it faster , I would say the game goes around 5 hours or so, and it has no replay value pretty much a one-time deal BUT that does not make it a bad game,
Other than the amazing atmosphere it leaves you in , Whispering Willow succeed greatly in the story , all the notes and diaries are well-thought and it seems like it was supervised by a professional author because it is well-put indeed, deep meanings and nice choice of words.
The animations are great I'm not that crazy about the Elena's voice and reactions to objects though.
All those saying this is a Hard puzzling adventure horror , To be honest the puzzles in this game are really easy, it highlights the object you're supposed to move, and uses common sense to know where to put it at next
The reason why i am not calling this a horror game, because they outdone it with the atmosphere BUT forgot the usual jump-scares, Yeah us gamers complain when we see a horror game with constant jump-scares because thats not what horror games are about, But this game really needs some ( in the entire game i had only one ) and thats bad, I kept expecting some but never saw any, and with that set atmosphere it creates unpredictable jump-scares so they should'v used that to make the game much more exciting and alive but its sad that they didn't.
The idea of leaving your body as a soul to do things your body cant is refreshing, though it can be a bit annoying because its not as fast as you'd expect it to be, Same for no-running indoors ... its frustrating but you get used to it, i was hoping for parts where you have to run from monsters or hurry up to get to a place by running but running is restricted only to outdoors, and when you press the sprint button indoors the character breaks 4th wall and says "uh-uh" annoying lol ...
have that said the game does keep its spooky elements, and piecing the stories together with the notes, the character design , the backgrounds the lightning effects, all so wonderful 10/10
( Its a Spooky 2d game, lasts about 5 hours maybe 6 for full game, beautiful story, great artwork, and great gameplay, but dont expect jump-scares because the game don't do that )
1 - Graphics , artwork , style , Atmosphere, Soundtracks, Animations, and effects
2 - Gameplay, Story, Character designs, And levels
1 - It did not place jump-scares which are a good element in horror games and would'v worked perfectly in this game.
2 - Sometimes i feel that the game is kinda slow because of the ( no indoor running )
3 - The fact that the game went on 2 Bundles ( groupees and blink bundle ) and both bundles were less than 5$ because i guess they didn't make enough sales ? They could'v just reduced the game's price to 9,99$ and do a 33% sale or something to do it
So basically I would recommend this game on full price but since I did not get it on full price so I wont, its your choice to do it I already did my best explaining what this game is about and the gameplay hours if you're fast enough, Don't get me wrong support devs is something we all love but it kinda bums me out when people buy a game on full price and a few days later it goes on a bundle for 10% of the price that also has a lot of other games.