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 (270 reviews) - 85% of the 270 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) -
  • 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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November 15, 2015

Language and Settings Update- Patch 1.26/1.27

Hello ghosty guys and gals,

As of a few months ago we have officially launched Whispering Willows on every major platform and device including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, WiiU, iOS, Google Play, and of course Steam.

There were a few updates we made on other platforms that we wanted to apply to the Steam version.

Patch Notes:

  • Updated all translations, fixing various errors
  • Chinese characters are displayed more clearly now, before they were blurry at certain resolutions
  • Updated Mac and PC to allow the user to change resolutions (and with the mouse now)
  • Additional controller support. See full list here-

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

“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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 27 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2015
How much gameplay do you expect from your games? It's a salient question in this post-Greenlight age, with many games offering impressive gimmicks and visuals propped up by only an hour or two of gameplay. Whispering Willows is just such a game, a no-frills adventure game with some charming graphics and a neat mechanic that's over before you know it.

You play Elena, the Native American daughter of a groundskeeper at a super spooky mansion. He disappears, you gear up to find him, and the next thing you know you're in the ♥♥♥-end of some pretty dire catacombs. Like I said, it's an extremely straight-forward side-scrolling adventure game with notes to find, keys to collect, and notes to read. The one gimmick is astral projection, which releases your fabulously-coiffed soul to roam, slipping through tiny cracks, moving mundane objects, and talking to dead people. This mechanic develops one or two additional uses over the course of the game, and is pretty fun to dink around with, since there are no living NPCs.

Game flow is clear and steady, for the most part. There's no map but the mansion and its environs are usually simple enough to follow to your next objective. The hand-drawn graphics are delightful and well-animated, though I must admit the horrific condition of the spirits you encounter clashes a bit with the lighter, kids anime art style. The story rides a fine line between dark and silly and I was engaged the whole time, it's just that the whole time was about 90 minutes. It's a short, short game and if you like the simple gameplay, you'll surely be left wanting more. I'm glad I didn't Kickstart it, but if you pick it up on sale it's a charming little adventure and I can't knock it for anything but its length.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
This is pretty basic and short, but if you know to expect that going in, it's an enjoyable adventure game for what it is.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
Whispering Willows is an impressive, beatifully made indie horror/suspense game. You play as a young girl who can communicate with the dead as you explore a large mansion filled with ghosts, killer insects, and other horrors.
The game is well written, has a beautiful art style, and a great soundtrack. The game is not voiced, all dialogue is through text.

Gameplay wise it is a side-scrolling adventure game. You do have an inventory but never have to use it manually, all inventory puzzles will automatically use an item (such as a key) if you have it and come across the place to use it. Basically the game uses just three buttons: one to interact/use items, one to become a ghost, and one to open the menu to read the game's notes which tell the meat of the story.

It's a short experience that can be finished comfortably within three hours, but it's a three hours that give one of the best horror/suspense experiences in a game I've had in years. Definitely recommend this one.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
In Whispering Willows you play as a young girl on an adventure searching for her missing father. He probably shouldn’t have taken that job as a groundskeeper at that spooky, decaying old mansion, but good thing for you he did as it leads you on quite an adventure. As you attempt to forge your rescue you will explore many macabre locals, uncover fascinating character stories via letters scattered about, and even get to mingle with the dead via your spirit powers. That’s right, thanks to a very friendly and very long dead Indian shaman you have the power to leave your body as a spirit. This will be the main tool at your disposal as you navigate through the 2D landscape of catacombs, old mansions, garden mazes and the like. Your spirit can get to places you can’t, open paths that may be blocked, interact with puzzles and even speak with ghosts of the long deceased who have a story to tell. The art style is gorgeous and combined with the music and story successfully created a world in which I was eager to explore. If you enjoy adventure games, good ghost stories, exploration and an occasional puzzle do yourself a favor and give this gem of a game a try.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2015
As Elena Elkhorn you're tasked with finding your father who has gone missing at the Willows Mansion: your heritage gives you supernatural powers as you can see and speak with the dead or project an astral body that can interact with remote objects.
Whispering Willows is a pretty good adventure game where simple puzzles and gameplay give way to exploration and a quite interesting story.


-great art style, the character model and ghosts are really nice while the backgrounds are pretty detailed

-good sound design with creaking floors, echoing dripping water and distant ghostly moans: the soundtrack is also quite nice

-eerie and creepy atmosphere from start to finish

-the story is pretty interesting and is slowly made clear by interacting with ghosts or finding notes scattered around the levels


-animations are very basic

-art style during cutscenes feels a bit too simple

-gameplay lacks variation or complexity and boils down to finding the right object to appease a ghost or unlock a location

-ghosts could have used some more dialogue and interactions

-puzzles are very easy

-some levels have rooms/areas that look very similar and this, coupled with the lack of a map function, can sometimes make exploration a bit frustrating as you try and get your bearings

-the few aggressive ghosts do not feel too menacing and are just annoying, in fact if you get caught you'll just lose a few seconds of gameplay since there's a checkpoint at every door

-while I appreciate the full controller support the lack of controller prompts feels lazy

-short (2,5 hours)

Whispering Willows lacks a bit of substance due to its very simple gameplay, there's not much challenge as simply wandering around and speaking to ghosts will give you everything you need to pass the few puzzles thrown your way. There's no denying that exploring ther mansion and its grounds is a nice experience though, the sounds make it an appropriately creepy journey and the level design does a good job in representing the abadoned, haunted locales.

The story is pretty good even though it's, for the most part, sadly relegated to the various notes scattered around: the ghosts themselves don't have much to say apart from some details on their death or a few clues concerning puzzles and this is a bit of a shame as I feel that some more depth in dialogues'd have been a welcome addition.

All things considered the game is a decent proposition- especially on sale- if you don't mind its simplicity and are ok with it being more interested in providing you with rooms to explore and a good story rather than an interesting gameplay.
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