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.
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Very Positive (17 reviews) - 88% of the 17 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (334 reviews) - 85% of the 334 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 9, 2014

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January 19

Patch 1.29

Hello spooky spirits, and happy 2016!

We've been gathering feedback over the last several months, and wanted to do one big patch that fixes a lot of the common issues still lingering. If you have any issues, please let us know very soon, as we won't be doing too many more patches after this one.

Patch Notes:

  • Translations - All languages have been updated once again, with mostly minor tweaks that we've received from our avid fans. This includes spelling, grammar, incorrect words, and most commonly bugs where text would go off the screen, or be gone entirely.
  • Controller Support - We've fixed several major controllers that weren't working in the latest few versions (Xbox One), and updated our controller plugin which now supports even more controllers (Moga) - http://www.gallantgames.com/pages/incontrol-supported-controllers
  • Steam HUD Imprint - If you had double monitors, any Steam HUD that popped up (friends logging online, etc) would stay up on the screen, appearing like a bad glitch. This is fixed
  • Changing Resolutions - We did additional fixes to this
  • Additional Minor Bug Fixes

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Reviews

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

“Whispering Willows is well-supported with touching themes of regret, lost love, and one's spiritual connection to nature.”
7/10 – Gamespot

“Whispering Willows wants you to learn its story, connect with its characters, and become engrossed in its world.”
8.5/10 – CGMagazine

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
Customer reviews
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Very Positive (17 reviews)
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Very Positive (334 reviews)
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Aurodeus
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A real ghost does not simply pass through walls.
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Healithe
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I bought this game during the Steam sale and finished the game on the same day. Some pros and cons:

Pros:
+ Nice graphics for a simple game
+ Nice music
+ Interesting/simple gameplay
+ Good for killing time or when you're bored
+ Good for multitasking since you only need one hand to play the game

Cons:
- Linear storyline so don't expect much
- The ending
- Pretty hard to hit all achievements in the first run through cause you can miss it w/out realizing

I would recommend the game if you're looking for something to play for fun. I just wouldn't recommend it at full price. I like the art, especially the background. Overall the game wasn't bad. I made the mistake of finishing the game too quickly b/e I didn't expect to hit the ending so soon. I'll definitely play it again for exploration and achievement hogging purposes, but it'll be awhile before that happens.
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arch3r3
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Very enjoyable!
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Matt
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
A pleasantly short horror themed side-scrolling RPG. It has a cartoony art style but manages to convey a sense of dread.
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Homecrust
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
What a great game! Amazing visuals, sound design, and music. The story's pretty good too. I enjoy the mechanic of being a ghost. What more could you want in a game?! Buy it if you want a good experience.
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shanks
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Whispering Willows is a fun narrative driven game with some really nice looking art. The story is interesting and characters you meet have fleshed out backstories too. A lot of the negative reviews seem to be that its not as scary as they were hoping. And in truth, Whispering Willows really isn't. And that's okay. Personally I was just looking for a game with an engaging story. Though that's not to say that the atmosphere of the game isn't spooky though. As a said earlier, the art is really great, and gives off an unsettling vibe as you walk around the mansion solving puzzles.

tl;dr
Fun narrative driven game- just dont be expecting it to be scary like Fatal Frame.
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ScrumpDIDDLY
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
TL;DR: Different than those other games you played (and that's a good thing.)
NOTE: I played through this game mostly offline on my laptop, time wasn't recorded.

If you're looking for an atmospheric adventure game, look no further. Whispering Willows is one of the prettiest indie games I've seen. The art direction led to a painterly style that captures what I imagine when reading Lovecraft and the like, and immersed me in the world. A lot of reviews have likened the game to a novel, but it has nowhere near that much reading. That being said the game IS, as a whole, great for people who love stories. Clues to solving the mysteries of the game are not only in the writing, but in the visual storytelling strewn across the haunted catacombs and manicured mansion courtyards of the game.

Contolls are smooth, and even tough I prefer using a controller, using a keyboard is just as good.
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beansbo
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Product received for free
Fun game! I received it as a gift and really enjoyed it. Great for casual gamers and anyone looking for some easy to understand gameplay or a spooky story. It is reminiscent of Nancy Drew games (story-based, thriller, female protagonist). The artwork is beautiful and the soundtrack is great. I would definitely play it again!

If you enjoy Hatoful Boyfriend, you will enjoy this game.
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Homecrust
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Whispering Willows is a heavily story-based game with beautiful graphics, a fantastic score, and the sound effects will keep you drawn into the immersive world the team at Night Light Interactive has created. This game truly stands out for its sheer beauty and touching themes.
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MissDarkAngel167
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Really intruiging story and nice gameplay, not overlly scary but definitely tense (there was only really one part *SPOILER* with the little rat/monster things that couldn't be seen dropped onto me that made me jump *END SPOILER*). Nice character design and display, little annoyed there are some achievements you can't get past a certain point because of the autosave but will probably be going back to replay this at some point. Otherwise, really enjoyed going through uncovering the story and secrets this game had to offer! Really enjoyable overall!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Really intruiging story and nice gameplay, not overlly scary but definitely tense (there was only really one part *SPOILER* with the little rat/monster things that couldn't be seen dropped onto me that made me jump *END SPOILER*). Nice character design and display, little annoyed there are some achievements you can't get past a certain point because of the autosave but will probably be going back to replay this at some point. Otherwise, really enjoyed going through uncovering the story and secrets this game had to offer! Really enjoyable overall!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Whispering Willows is a fun narrative driven game with some really nice looking art. The story is interesting and characters you meet have fleshed out backstories too. A lot of the negative reviews seem to be that its not as scary as they were hoping. And in truth, Whispering Willows really isn't. And that's okay. Personally I was just looking for a game with an engaging story. Though that's not to say that the atmosphere of the game isn't spooky though. As a said earlier, the art is really great, and gives off an unsettling vibe as you walk around the mansion solving puzzles.

tl;dr
Fun narrative driven game- just dont be expecting it to be scary like Fatal Frame.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
TL;DR: Different than those other games you played (and that's a good thing.)
NOTE: I played through this game mostly offline on my laptop, time wasn't recorded.

If you're looking for an atmospheric adventure game, look no further. Whispering Willows is one of the prettiest indie games I've seen. The art direction led to a painterly style that captures what I imagine when reading Lovecraft and the like, and immersed me in the world. A lot of reviews have likened the game to a novel, but it has nowhere near that much reading. That being said the game IS, as a whole, great for people who love stories. Clues to solving the mysteries of the game are not only in the writing, but in the visual storytelling strewn across the haunted catacombs and manicured mansion courtyards of the game.

Contolls are smooth, and even tough I prefer using a controller, using a keyboard is just as good.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Whispering Willows is a heavily story-based game with beautiful graphics, a fantastic score, and the sound effects will keep you drawn into the immersive world the team at Night Light Interactive has created. This game truly stands out for its sheer beauty and touching themes.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Product received for free
Fun game! I received it as a gift and really enjoyed it. Great for casual gamers and anyone looking for some easy to understand gameplay or a spooky story. It is reminiscent of Nancy Drew games (story-based, thriller, female protagonist). The artwork is beautiful and the soundtrack is great. I would definitely play it again!

If you enjoy Hatoful Boyfriend, you will enjoy this game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
This is one of my favourite adventure games aside from one very key part about the end.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
What a great game! Amazing visuals, sound design, and music. The story's pretty good too. I enjoy the mechanic of being a ghost. What more could you want in a game?! Buy it if you want a good experience.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
A pleasantly short horror themed side-scrolling RPG. It has a cartoony art style but manages to convey a sense of dread.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Very enjoyable!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I bought this game during the Steam sale and finished the game on the same day. Some pros and cons:

Pros:
+ Nice graphics for a simple game
+ Nice music
+ Interesting/simple gameplay
+ Good for killing time or when you're bored
+ Good for multitasking since you only need one hand to play the game

Cons:
- Linear storyline so don't expect much
- The ending
- Pretty hard to hit all achievements in the first run through cause you can miss it w/out realizing

I would recommend the game if you're looking for something to play for fun. I just wouldn't recommend it at full price. I like the art, especially the background. Overall the game wasn't bad. I made the mistake of finishing the game too quickly b/e I didn't expect to hit the ending so soon. I'll definitely play it again for exploration and achievement hogging purposes, but it'll be awhile before that happens.
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