Interact with the spirits of the dead, solve the puzzles of the mysterious mansion and help Elena find her missing father in the horror/adventure puzzle game: Whispering Willows.
User reviews: Very Positive (176 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 9, 2014

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"I would therefore sooner recommend the game to inexperienced puzzlers and those looking for a good story about Native American folklore."
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March 18

Check out the updated Night Light website!

We've launched a new and updated Night Light website! With this redesigned cleaner look we hope to highlight the best qualities of Whispering Willows and the company. You'll also notice a sneak peak of our next title Nomad!

Check it out and stay tuned for upcoming big news :)

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February 1

Language Update- Patch 1.21

Patch Notes:

  • Menus for all languages are now translated
  • Simplified Chinese translation has been added
  • Portuguese-Brazilian translation has been added

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Reviews

“A horror/adventure puzzle game with an absolutely gorgeous aesthetic.”
Kotaku

“If you are looking for something a little dark with paranormal undertones, you are going to like this game.”
8.5/10 – Altered Confusion

“Steam users have a delightful adventure game to look forward to.”
8/10 – Noob Feed

About This Game

Young Elena Elkhorn embarks on a harrowing journey to find her missing father and discover the secrets of the Willows Mansion. Aiding her journey is a unique amulet, she received from her father, which allows her to astral project her spirit into a ghostly-realm and communicate with the dead. Play as Elena to find her missing father, use your astral projection to solves the mansion’s tricks and puzzles, help the lingering souls and discover so much more in Whispering Willows.

Game Features

  • Immerse yourself in a beautifully hand-drawn 2-D world as you traverse the Mansion grounds
  • Allow the haunting music and chilling sound effects to send goosebumps across your neck.
  • Let the history of the Willows Mansion draw you into a plot full of twists and betrayal.
  • Explore the vast Mansion and unlock its puzzling secrets as you search for your missing Father.

Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Digital Art Book - A 56 page Digital Art book exploring the concepts and style used to create the art of Whispering Willows
  • Soundtrack - 10 Tracks of original music from Whispering Willows
  • Wallpaper - 1920x1280 Wallpaper of Elena Elkhorn

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 cpus 2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: 2 cpus 2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 cpus 2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
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

So TL;DR
( 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 )

-Pros
1 - Graphics , artwork , style , Atmosphere, Soundtracks, Animations, and effects
2 - Gameplay, Story, Character designs, And levels

Cons
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.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
In Whispering Willows you play the role of a girl running out of the house to an ancient mansion. See, her dad vanished there, so she wants to find him. Mum doesn’t, if the intro is to be believed, and wants her to stay home.

Our intrepid heroine has but to find her father and avoid all the cleverly placed sinkholes around th- ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥it woman!

So, we start off in the crypt after taking an unrelated fall. The uniqueness of the game lies in the fact that you can tear out your own spirit with the aid of a shamanistic artefact and fly around outside of your body, to get into small rooms and the like.

The goal, then, becomes to use your spirit for to ghost around, do ghostly things, meet ghostly people, and ghost with them.

Oh, and save your dad and escape the mansion from death hell. And probably apologise to mum, who’s perhaps a bit miffed now.

The graphics are good, the sound design is competent, and the gameplay’s uniqueness makes it a lot of fun.

Recommended!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=332299095
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
WARNING: This game may make you grimace for minutes at a time. Some of the jokes are.... too painful to bear. I just... I... My face has yet to recover and the pain I felt may be etched into the creases of my frown permanently.

As many others has said, this game is SHORT. At least 1 of the 4.2 hours of the game was spent watching Walkthrough's while I was stuck on a puzzle and another half hour was spent reading the diary pages. However, the story is really interesting and the diary pages are worth reading, if you are one who actually reads for enjoyment. I waited until the Halloween sale and bought the Deluxe Edition for a fair price, so I recommend waiting until it's on sale to actually buy it.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
+Beautiful art style
+Asmospheric
+Engaging story

-Lacking proper controller prompt
-Indoor walking speed is too slow (fixed in patch 1.2)
-Limited variety of puzzles

9/10 (old score: 8/10). Satisfied Kickstater backer. Please consider releasing it on GOG.com.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
"Searching for her missing father" was enough to interest me to buy this game, and it turns out to be really, really good. Unique designs of the characters/ghosts, decent soundtrack, and of course, simple but yet a beautiful story. It doesn't feel like a horror game, its more like a game that tries to tell you to become a better person in your life. Anyway i feel like they need to add more Side-Stories about the other ghosts in that town, i think it'll be great.
9/10. Totally recommended even if you don't like Horror Games

*This game actually made me read all those notes/diaries specifically, because reading them makes you understand the story more.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I was a backer of the Kickstarter and I'll admit that I was originally in it for the soundtrack. I wasn't sure what to think about the story and gameplay at first. However, after playing the game I found it a rather enjoyable experience. Certainly a huge step up from the Web-based demo I had played previously. While there are a few things that did frustrate me a bit, particularly the lack of running indoors, those are minor nitpicks when you take into account the positive aspects. The story starts off with a girl trying to find her father and she quickly discovers a mystery at the Willows mansion and her journey takes her delving into a centuries-old tale that tugs at the heartstrings. If you like stories that evoke emotion and make you think then you can't go wrong with this one. Just make sure you pick up all of the notes lieing around for the entire story.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Whispering Willows is a nice game, the story is rich, the end is beautiful and really easy to complete 100% of the game and achievements. The soundtrack is normal and simple, there's nothing special in it, the same goes to graphics and gameplay. Overall it worth a try.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
playing the game and reading the diary
this kind of game its really nice to play
love it!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Release trailer looks amazing.

Game is.. not as amazing but worth playing.

Good story, good game mechanics, just a bit short.

Then again, making this game longer might been bad for the story.

4/5
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Whispering willows was an interesting Adventure game. It is played in a platformer style and was engaging for the most part. A short and sweet kind of game, however the story was not investing enough. I would recommend it to any adventure game fanatic but if you are looking for high quality, you won't find it here. Good game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
The real winner in this game is the art. It's beautiful 2-D animation, and the artists should really be commended for making something so damn pretty. The world is very immersive for a side-scroller. I enjoyed Elena's little comments about the objects around her, even though most of them didn't have much to do with the plot.

The plot was decent. The story was uncomplicated, but it was revealed in an interesting way. I found the ending to be a little too neat and tidy, but I'm a bit of a stickler for storytelling. Overall, it was an enjoyable couple of hours of story. As everyone else has said, it's not a horror game, so much as a ghost story game with spooky elements. That doesn't mean it's not good, but if you want hardcore horror, go find another game.

The game mechanics were simple, but as the emphasis was on story that wasn't really a problem for me. I didn't find the puzzles that challenging, though they were still enjoyable. It doesn't have a lot of replay value, as it's going to follow the same plot everytime and there's no real challenge to the puzzles, but I'll probably play it again at somepoint to finish up the achievements.

I'd also recommend picking it up on sale, if you can. You might feel that you get more for your money that way.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Good game, not really horror but I did enjoy it. The puzzles is for the most part easy and the story is good. The game is beautiful to look at too.
If you like mystery and adventure games you will probably like this one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Good game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I feel like my mom was a dev on this game...... there's a very frustrating "no running in the house" rule

Honestly, I don't really have anything too bad to say about Whispering Willows. It's a fairly short game, but that works in it's favor as the gameplay, story and incredibly slow walking pace does wear thin by the end. It killed a couple of hours and I didn't hate it... best praise I can muster.

That said the current asking price of $15 is VERY hefty for what you get. I cleared it in under three hours and there is little to no replay value for most people. I'd personally recommend waiting for a sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
I'm glad I backed this little gem on Kickstarter! It's an atmospheric adventure game with a nice story and some cool mechanics. I quite like the concept and the delivery, graphics and sound are nice too.
It may be a little short, I played it through in one session in less than four hours. The quests and puzzles are not too challenging and should appeal to a wide audience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Odlicna igra, jednostavna a zanimljiva, steta sto kratko traje.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Whispering Willows is a pretty bland game. You are quite railroaded while playing and overall there isn't much gameplay, it's mostly walking and following breadcrumbs. I enjoyed the game as I really like the look and feel of it, but if it were any longer I probably wouldn't have recommended it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Probably one of my new favorite games.
It is somewhat short but it has interesting level and puzzle design.

It is a story rich, 2D puzzle game with some great creepy atmosphere and well made mechanics.
I had no issues at all with this game.

I bought it on the Steam Halloween Sale but would recommend full price for this game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
A decent and very simple puzzle-adventure game, with focus on storyline (and reading a diary) and nice visuals.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Loved the character design and art. The game was simple enough that I as a casual gamer did not feel defeated by it, and there wasn't a learning curve. I really enjoyed the diversity in the characters and storyline, definitely a worthwhile (but different) story to be told and played through.
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