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 (200 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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August 28

Xbox One and Mobile Launch

Whispering Willows launched on iOS and Android yesterday, and Xbox One today! We've already been featured on the Android TV store as well as Xbox One's Summer Sale.

We're currently working on updating translations for all versions. We hired some professional proofreaders to clean up all languages. We also will be making a few fixes for a bug that occurs when switching resolution.

The mobile version will be getting updated controls in a week or two. We're currently looking into solutions for it.

David ːCatacombSkullː

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July 2

PlayStation and Beyond!

After a long journey, we have an exciting update for you -- we have very recently released the game on Playstation 4 and the Playstation Vita! You can find more information or purchase the game at the Playstation store.

Later on this month or early next month we'll be releasing for the Xbox, Mobile, and the Wii-U-- keep an eye on our social media and we'll let you all know as soon as we announce! For more information on Night Light and Whispering Willows check us out on our official website and social media pages -- Facebook and Twitter!

Best regards, Night Light Team

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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
    • 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
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Whispering Willows is a simple game that blends elements of puzzle, point-and-click, and visual novel games. There is a large focus on storytelling, and very little focus on gameplay.

While the game offers many puzzles, most of them are very simple and will likely not require much careful thought or the assistance of an online walkthrough. However, players who wish to experience the full enjoyment of Whispering Willows are expected to do a bit of reading.

The game features a multitude of brief notes and diary entries which the player collects throughout their playthrough. These notes are well-written and help bring the game to life. While there is nothing forcing the player to read these notes, to neglect them would be to skip the entire point of the game.

This is because simply playing the game will not yield much enjoyment in itself. There is nothing particularly "fun" about the gameplay; the entire two to three hour experience is comprised simply of exploring the game's two-dimensional settings and "examining" your surroundings by pressing the Space bar.

However, in spite of its simple gameplay, Whispering Willows does do a great job of telling a unique story. It does so strongly enough that I found myself interested to follow the game through to the finish while also enjoying the experience.
While I really appreciated this, I understand that a lot of people do not have the patience or curiosity to play a game for its story or message alone. If you are one of those people, Whispering Willows is not for you.

Whispering Willows is a great introduction for players who are interested in but not necessarily familiar with gaming as a medium of storytelling. The price may be a bit steep for a rather short game, but all in all, I really recommend this game to you if you enjoy a good story and contributing to smaller indie titles -- especially if it's on sale! ^_^
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Short story but Awesome puzzle game :P
10/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
The game is good, has two stories really. The one you're playing of a girl trying to find her father in a haunted mansion, and the one told through the notes you find lying around of the genocide of a native american tribe and the man who's responsible. The game is worth a play but I HIGHLY suggest you buy it on sale. My 6 ish hours on the game is essentially me beating the game twice, the second time because I only needed 4 more achievements, also I left the game running while I was afk eating and such so probably only 5 hours or so on this. Also if you skip reading the notes and such this game would probably only take you 2 hours or even less.

Pros:
Interesting story
Decent puzzles involving your native american ability to project your spirit.

Cons:
Incredibly short (I think $10 is too much for the length)
Knight puzzle was kind of lame, it was really touchy for me anyways
Not actually that much danger, there are only 2 enemies in the entire game and one's harmless if you're running.

Worth considering if it's on sale, I got it for $3 so pretty good I'd say.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Great adventure with a style that makes the whole experience quite immersive. 8/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Whispering Willows is a sidescrolling adventure game, driven by its story and atmosphere, about a haunted mansion and the surrounding grounds. It's charming, and can pull you in for a little while, but it's hampered by some cumbersome situations and rudimentary elements. I beat it in five hours, while taking my time, and had a decent amount of fun despite the flaws. There are a few last achievements you can hunt down when you're done, but no real replayability.

The game has very attractive graphics, with nice lighting and glow effects. The ghosts you meet have a cartoony style, but are still depicted with various fatal injuries that add some distinction to each one. I'm not a fan of the cutscene artwork, as it looks a lot more crude and clumsy than the game itself.

The sound is nice as well. Subtle music and eerie ambient noises give each indoor and outdoor location its own feel. Invisible creatures, both helpful and harmful, are signaled by the noise of your character's amulet, or of their own mysterious movements.

The game is played by exploring each area of the mansion. This is a mostly linear experience: talking to ghosts, unlocking doors and collecting necessary items along with documents that gradually tell the game's story. Experiencing new environments and reading the story are really the high points of the game, but toward the end, many of the rooms are bleakly similar to each other, the abritrary size and layout of the mansion leading to some slow backtracking. If you manage to miss something, you'll be plodding around for a few minutes, trying to figure it out, and the feeling of reward when you get it right isn't as satisfying as in some more elegantly built games.

Puzzles are often solved by assuming a spirit form which can pass through openings in walls and ceilings, and manipulate objects like switches or keys. There are a few moments of novelty to this, but compared to some games about changing forms or manipulating your environment, Whispering Willows uses it in a fairly simple and straightforward way. The final scenarios of the game remind me of the game Ghost Trick, but Whispering Willows can't really compare to something like that.

The story is fairly interesting, largely delivered through notes that you pick up. It's fairly easy to find them all, so you probably won't miss out on any details. The story falters a bit near the end, in my opinion, by trying to be a bit more epic than it is, but it reveals some final truths and then wraps itself up without dragging on too long.

In the end, parts of the game shine more than others, but it still all comes together to a decent experience. It can feel slow or annoying in some areas, but I've played worse. If the ghostly atmosphere, solving a few puzzles, and collecting and reading notes and letters to piece the story together sounds fun, you might have a good time with this game; otherwise, I would steer far away from it. Either way, I would wait for a sale. This isn't a game so amazing you just have to play it right now, and $15 is a lot for a short one like this.
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