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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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
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Costinux
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Whispering Willows gets a big approval from me. I don't know about the other people that have played the game till now but the haunting music of the game really shoved horror under my skin. And I've really loved it for doing this to me! Nowadays, you get to see less and less games that can really have an impact on you. It's nice to see one of these games once in a while.
In this game you play as Elena. A young little girl that is looking for her missing father. You learn while playing the game that he disappeared when he was working at the Willows Mansion. As the game progresses, you'll need to find clues which will show you what happened with him and where he went exactly from there. While doing that, you'll get to do unspeakable things, like talking to ghosts, transforming yourself into one of them or even resolving a lot of puzzles.
The core concept of the game is that you're capable of leaving your body to another realm through the amulet which you've received from Elena's father. In which you can communicate with spirits, possess objects or even get scared of demons. The story it's very interesting as it’s one of the game’s strengths. And if you want to get the full access of it, you'll have to read all the notes that are scattered around the map. These notes are well-written and help bring the game to life. While there is nothing forcing the player to read the notes, to neglect them would be to skip the entire message of the game.
The game also does an interesting job at delving into the Native American folklore, which was interesting to see unfold through the course of the game.


Pros
- Support for Achievements and Trading Cards.
- Haunting music which fits to the game, creating an atmosphere and ambience that you would rarelly get from an adventure game. The sound is good too, there are some good ambient sounds in the environment. The game is not fully voiced but the character's groans and sounds work well within the game.
- Auto-saving system. You'll have all your progress saved everytime you enter a new room.
- Beautifully drawn artwork, I really like how hard they've worked on the design of the characters.
- Nice unique concept that will keep you tied to the game.
- If you're an achievement hunter, you'll love this one from the bottow of the heart. The achievements are easy to find and get a 100%, though some are hidden and might require you replay the game, but even so, it's a fun game to play.
- Around a few hours of delights.
- You will get to know some pretty interesting and macabre stories about the people who once used to live at the Willows Mansion.
- A lovely puzzle design that's not very challenging, I can promise you that you will not rage while playing this nice game.
- You have an awesome supernatural power!
- The graphics are very nice! Nice lighting effects matched with textured objects. Unique rooms, interesting sights, the style the game has it's definitely one of the best elements.

Cons
- No support for Steam Cloud.
- You don't have a map which can tell you where are you in the game. You'll find yourself lost and frustrated a couple of times if you're a scatterbrain like me.
- Slow movement that drags the game down, it feels a bit strange.
- There are enemies into the game, but they're so few and far between.

Conclusion
This is a great game for those who are into adventure games. And the game it's not even very challenging, you can relax while playing it and it has something for almost everyone within it's content. I cannot recommend it at it's full price due to the short length. You can actually finish it in less than 4 hours, but if you'll find it in a sale, don't think anymore about it, just purchase it. Whispering Willows blends elements of puzzle, visual novel, and point-and-click games which it's unique and satisfactory. While the gameplay may be a bit simple, the game compensates with the complex story and good artwork it has. Whispering Willows gets an 4.5/5 from me.


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psousa
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
In "Whispering Willows" you play as Elena, a young girl looking for her missing father. All we know is that he disappeared while working at the Willows Mansion. Along the way, you discover that you are capable of leaving your earthly body, through your amulet, to another realm, where you can communicate with spirits and possess objects.

  • The gameplay knows how to take advantage of it: to progress you have to change between "realms", talk to all kind of ghosts and interact with objects. However, there are not many puzzles to solve and they all are quite easy (there's an image with the solution always nearby).

  • All the characters (ghosts included) are beautifully drawn. The artwork is really amazing, but is in the characters where it shines the most.

  • The soundtrack is very fitting for this game's atmosphere.

  • Although, almost every aspect of this game is great, it's the story that comes on top. Sure, the atmosphere is eerie but you can only fully experience it if you talk with every character and, most important of all, if you read all the notes you find throughout the game. They help provide a more immersive experience. So, if you play the game, take time to read all the notes, they'll help you understand not only what happened but what is happening too.

The game also has its faults:
- loading/saving screen takes more time than it should;
- the pose Elena takes after leaving her body does not make sense (she should fall on the floor). Although, having to get up every time you came back to the corporeal body, would take more time and would be more annoying too.

The game isn't very long. You can complete it in few hours even if you read all the notes.
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Chewie
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
....
I don’t know what to say sorry, my breath has been taken away. (Joke, get it, spirits......ghosts. Oh forget it.)
Joke aside this game is fabulous, it really is a dime!! Indie games do really put out all the stops when it comes to making games no matter how small or simple they may be.

The controls of this game are perfect, just like cream on a lovely Victoria sponge cake. The story truly is the core of this game don’t, expect action and fps here. I would agree with the puzzle part in this game, the horror…not so much, I can’t really play horror as I’m usually a scared ♥♥♥♥ but this one isn’t very scary. The atmosphere is glim and dark with the expected night time all game long. There is friendly ghosts and the freaky monsters that come to get you, with nothing to fight back with btw.

So yeah this game is pretty good!! I would recommend it to everyone actually as the story is interesting enough to keep you playing till you finish the whole game.
Its a real shame i wish more people knew about this game and more played and enjoyed the experiace. Strongly recommended 9/10.
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TigerTrix
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
A light little story-driven adventure, with simplistic puzzles, that will take you 4 hours to complete (or longer if you read the notes you pick up). It isn't great. But for what it is, a little diversion with decent atmosphere, you might find some interest here.

It played great for me on Windows 10 on my Alienware Alpha on a 47" TV using an xbox 360 gamepad. The on-screen controls indicate keyboard, but they are simplistic enough to intuitively remember what the button mapping is on the gamepad.

3/5 star = Its ok.
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Practical Problems
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
The hero's name Elena is looking for her father.
+art style
+story
+atmosphere
+simple puzzle
+thanks amulet can become a ghost and communicate with the dead people
- sometimes you can get lost on what to do or where to go
-short story
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Wolf
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
It's meh game.

Not a good horror game.
Don't have good control (I know it's a horror game but the control is too slow and clumsy).
Most of the time I spent in game is watching the main character walk with her snail speed.
Artwork is below the average.
Story is normal, not interesting nor having any twist.

4/10.
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S-teamified
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
Whispering Willows gets a big thumbs up for me. I love the core gameplay mechanic that was chosen for the game. The mechanic is that you can press a button and your character transforms into a ghost-like form that enables you to get to places and solve puzzles that your full human form would otherwise be unable to do. Although it’s definitely not the first time that I have played a game that utilizes this form it fits the game like a glove here. It helps blend the puzzles and the story into a fascinating whole and ties the game together perfectly. This is aided by what Coke identified as a great atmosphere which I thoroughly agree with. The mood, ambience and everything that you would hope for an adventure horror game to be is at a high level.

The story itself is quite a reasonably told one. It’s one of the game’s strengths. It tells the story of a girl, Elena if you don’t change the name, who is on a journey to discover her missing father. In order to do so she will have to discover the many mysteries that haunt the Willows Mansion. The game starts relatively quickly which is a strong positive as it shows you receiving the amulet from her father which allows the core gameplay mechanic to come to life. I could delve into much deeper detail but I really don’t want to spoiler the game for you.

I would argue that the biggest problem with the game is the slow movement. I don’t understand why the developers made the decision for the character’s movement not to be smoother and quicker but it is what it is – arguably the games greatest problem. The other significant problem which can be argued either way is the lack of an in game map. I can understand that it was left out for exploration and perhaps even puzzle purposes but numerous times, particularly in the catacombs, I found myself lost and frustrated with where I had to go to get to where I was supposed to be. A map would have solved this issue. The puzzles themselves tend to be on the easier end of the difficulty scale and some will take issue with that as they may not feel that the game is rewarding enough. But given that we’re discussing a few relatively minor design choices to pick the game apart with I think that says a lot about the overall quality of the game. Though the sum of those negatives does add up, of course.

I recommend Whispering Willows for the adventure fans out there. The horror is on the lighter, less scarier side which adds to the game rather nicely. The game can be played from the early teens onward and there is something for almost everyone within the content.

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Nickor
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
Excellent game. Sounds and visuals are quite good, driving your mind into atmosphere of scary abandoned estate filled with dark secrets. Storyline is interesting too, not very deep though, which is quite ok for a short game like this and for the most part it depends on reading notes. It's not really a horror but quite balanced gameplay suitable for all ages. Puzzles neither dull nor complex, enjoyable. Nicely polished, had no glithches. Overall truly notable instance of the corresponding genre.
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R E T N I w
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
I love this game's ambient feel.
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Kaseteufel
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
This is a cute short fun game. I wouldn't say it's scary but it has horror elemants (ghosts, occult creatures, monsters, etc...). The story was really ingaging. The only thing that is a con would be the ending, I felt like it was not well thoughtout and rushed, but it didn't take away from the fun of this game and I really hope the makers of this game make more games like this.
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Denied Benjamin
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
You play as Elena, a young girl searching for her father. He has been kidnapped, and you have to gather clues to find him. You explore a spooky mansion and its surroundings, where you will encounter many original characters. There's tons of letters to collect and read, which I highly recommend that you take your time to do. It will reveal some pretty interesting and macabre stories about the people who once used to live there.

Whispering Willows is a short and sweet sidescroller. I cannot recommend it at its full price due to the length. It only took me about 3.5 hours to finish it, and I was being thorough and slow trying to read everything and finish all the achievements. Speaking of achievements, if you're an achievement hunter you'll love this one. They're easy to find and get a 100%, though some are hidden and might require you replay the game.

I didn't have any expectations going into this, although I thought it was going to be more of a horror game than it actually is. The atmosphere is definitely eerie, with a superb soundtrack and cool art style. There's no jumpscares in this, or any scares really. I thought the stories from the letters was the creepiest part of the game.

All in all; I loved this game and you should definitely try it out, but pick it up on a sale.
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dswanson
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
It was a fun game.
Pros: Kept my attention. Works on Linux Mint with my Logitec Controller.

Cons: Way to meany diary entries. Always reading diary entries that had very little to do with the game advancement.
ame was way to short. Finished the game in less then 3.5 hours.

Neutral: The price was $9.99 for such a shorter game I would expect it to be around $4.99 The same game on Google Play is $4.99 Little expensive for a 3.5 hour game.
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ctwmitch
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
It is a short horrible adventure.

The in-game graphic is good, but the story animation is really..............

Even the game still had many areas for improvement, to enhance the gameply.
It still worth playing if on-sale.
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Fronzel
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Part of a genre of short and not very challenging adventure games; a genre that lives or dies on presentation, atmosphere, and story.

While the art direction and atmosphere are decent, the story and characterizations are pretty simplistic and shallow. Much of the story is presented through written notes found littered about the setting in typically inexplicable fashion and the writing here is indifferent at best and introduces themes and ideas which are never elaborated on.

While the game’s puzzles are straightforward and not very challenging the climax of the game still stands out as trivially easy as it gives the player explicit on-screen text prompts on exactly what to do. Even in a genre not known for challenge this is kind of silly but might have been necessary as this sequence introduces a new mechanic with no time to teach it to player.

I’d only recommend it if you happen to really like spooky, dilapidated mansion settings.
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Stooart
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Bought this game this morning and have played through it twice! This kind of game just really appeals to me and it has an old school adventure element to it that is quite charming and compelling. I thought the changing into a spirit and accessing areas that your human form can't reach was a nice touch and adds another element to the gameplay. The puzzles aren't overly taxing but are fun to solve and move the story along nicely. The bold graphics and spooky sounds gel together to make an eerie atmosphere but all with a slight cartoony tilt. All in all, if you like this sort of game, you could do a lot worse than pick this up and if you get stuck you can always check out my walkthrough! :)
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Shamira25
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
This is a nice game that's pretty straight forward in its gameplay, doesn't have much backtracking and nice to play.
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mysoul
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
Whispering Willows is a short indie game with pleasing story and art style. Unfortunately the game feels a bit too simple which may be because of the absence of diverse animations or extremely simple gameplay. However, it offers an entertaining horror story with appealing art and music so I would recommend it.
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Uo Naly
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
Nice Indi-game: 9+/10

P.S. Playing 10 hours, begins to tighten the spiritual world :D
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grauekatze
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
Pros:
Nice background graphics
Good music
Unusual setting

Drawbacks:
Mediocre animation and cutscenes
Easy puzzles
Literally no replay value
Short ~2h.

But all in all I enjoyed it. Cute, unusual.
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Cool Hand Occam
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
A beautiful atmosphere and art style, Whipsering WIllows has all you would expect of an indie game in today's times. A story that holds no bars and puzzles that can, at times, be quite difficult. Aside from the puzzles there is little gameplay aside from walking left to right and turning into a ghost. A very entertaining jaunt through a southern gothic game.
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
In "Whispering Willows" you play as Elena, a young girl looking for her missing father. All we know is that he disappeared while working at the Willows Mansion. Along the way, you discover that you are capable of leaving your earthly body, through your amulet, to another realm, where you can communicate with spirits and possess objects.

  • The gameplay knows how to take advantage of it: to progress you have to change between "realms", talk to all kind of ghosts and interact with objects. However, there are not many puzzles to solve and they all are quite easy (there's an image with the solution always nearby).

  • All the characters (ghosts included) are beautifully drawn. The artwork is really amazing, but is in the characters where it shines the most.

  • The soundtrack is very fitting for this game's atmosphere.

  • Although, almost every aspect of this game is great, it's the story that comes on top. Sure, the atmosphere is eerie but you can only fully experience it if you talk with every character and, most important of all, if you read all the notes you find throughout the game. They help provide a more immersive experience. So, if you play the game, take time to read all the notes, they'll help you understand not only what happened but what is happening too.

The game also has its faults:
- loading/saving screen takes more time than it should;
- the pose Elena takes after leaving her body does not make sense (she should fall on the floor). Although, having to get up every time you came back to the corporeal body, would take more time and would be more annoying too.

The game isn't very long. You can complete it in few hours even if you read all the notes.
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Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
Whispering Willows gets a big approval from me. I don't know about the other people that have played the game till now but the haunting music of the game really shoved horror under my skin. And I've really loved it for doing this to me! Nowadays, you get to see less and less games that can really have an impact on you. It's nice to see one of these games once in a while.
In this game you play as Elena. A young little girl that is looking for her missing father. You learn while playing the game that he disappeared when he was working at the Willows Mansion. As the game progresses, you'll need to find clues which will show you what happened with him and where he went exactly from there. While doing that, you'll get to do unspeakable things, like talking to ghosts, transforming yourself into one of them or even resolving a lot of puzzles.
The core concept of the game is that you're capable of leaving your body to another realm through the amulet which you've received from Elena's father. In which you can communicate with spirits, possess objects or even get scared of demons. The story it's very interesting as it’s one of the game’s strengths. And if you want to get the full access of it, you'll have to read all the notes that are scattered around the map. These notes are well-written and help bring the game to life. While there is nothing forcing the player to read the notes, to neglect them would be to skip the entire message of the game.
The game also does an interesting job at delving into the Native American folklore, which was interesting to see unfold through the course of the game.


Pros
- Support for Achievements and Trading Cards.
- Haunting music which fits to the game, creating an atmosphere and ambience that you would rarelly get from an adventure game. The sound is good too, there are some good ambient sounds in the environment. The game is not fully voiced but the character's groans and sounds work well within the game.
- Auto-saving system. You'll have all your progress saved everytime you enter a new room.
- Beautifully drawn artwork, I really like how hard they've worked on the design of the characters.
- Nice unique concept that will keep you tied to the game.
- If you're an achievement hunter, you'll love this one from the bottow of the heart. The achievements are easy to find and get a 100%, though some are hidden and might require you replay the game, but even so, it's a fun game to play.
- Around a few hours of delights.
- You will get to know some pretty interesting and macabre stories about the people who once used to live at the Willows Mansion.
- A lovely puzzle design that's not very challenging, I can promise you that you will not rage while playing this nice game.
- You have an awesome supernatural power!
- The graphics are very nice! Nice lighting effects matched with textured objects. Unique rooms, interesting sights, the style the game has it's definitely one of the best elements.

Cons
- No support for Steam Cloud.
- You don't have a map which can tell you where are you in the game. You'll find yourself lost and frustrated a couple of times if you're a scatterbrain like me.
- Slow movement that drags the game down, it feels a bit strange.
- There are enemies into the game, but they're so few and far between.

Conclusion
This is a great game for those who are into adventure games. And the game it's not even very challenging, you can relax while playing it and it has something for almost everyone within it's content. I cannot recommend it at it's full price due to the short length. You can actually finish it in less than 4 hours, but if you'll find it in a sale, don't think anymore about it, just purchase it. Whispering Willows blends elements of puzzle, visual novel, and point-and-click games which it's unique and satisfactory. While the gameplay may be a bit simple, the game compensates with the complex story and good artwork it has. Whispering Willows gets an 4.5/5 from me.


This review is a part of Steamified's Community Reviews program and the credit goes to both Steamified and Night Light Interactive for providing the key for review purposes.
For similar Steamified Reviews and Giveaways, please visit http://www.steamified.com/. You're also welcome to join in the fun in our Steamified group.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Excellent game. Sounds and visuals are quite good, driving your mind into atmosphere of scary abandoned estate filled with dark secrets. Storyline is interesting too, not very deep though, which is quite ok for a short game like this and for the most part it depends on reading notes. It's not really a horror but quite balanced gameplay suitable for all ages. Puzzles neither dull nor complex, enjoyable. Nicely polished, had no glithches. Overall truly notable instance of the corresponding genre.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Whispering Willows gets a big thumbs up for me. I love the core gameplay mechanic that was chosen for the game. The mechanic is that you can press a button and your character transforms into a ghost-like form that enables you to get to places and solve puzzles that your full human form would otherwise be unable to do. Although it’s definitely not the first time that I have played a game that utilizes this form it fits the game like a glove here. It helps blend the puzzles and the story into a fascinating whole and ties the game together perfectly. This is aided by what Coke identified as a great atmosphere which I thoroughly agree with. The mood, ambience and everything that you would hope for an adventure horror game to be is at a high level.

The story itself is quite a reasonably told one. It’s one of the game’s strengths. It tells the story of a girl, Elena if you don’t change the name, who is on a journey to discover her missing father. In order to do so she will have to discover the many mysteries that haunt the Willows Mansion. The game starts relatively quickly which is a strong positive as it shows you receiving the amulet from her father which allows the core gameplay mechanic to come to life. I could delve into much deeper detail but I really don’t want to spoiler the game for you.

I would argue that the biggest problem with the game is the slow movement. I don’t understand why the developers made the decision for the character’s movement not to be smoother and quicker but it is what it is – arguably the games greatest problem. The other significant problem which can be argued either way is the lack of an in game map. I can understand that it was left out for exploration and perhaps even puzzle purposes but numerous times, particularly in the catacombs, I found myself lost and frustrated with where I had to go to get to where I was supposed to be. A map would have solved this issue. The puzzles themselves tend to be on the easier end of the difficulty scale and some will take issue with that as they may not feel that the game is rewarding enough. But given that we’re discussing a few relatively minor design choices to pick the game apart with I think that says a lot about the overall quality of the game. Though the sum of those negatives does add up, of course.

I recommend Whispering Willows for the adventure fans out there. The horror is on the lighter, less scarier side which adds to the game rather nicely. The game can be played from the early teens onward and there is something for almost everyone within the content.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
A light little story-driven adventure, with simplistic puzzles, that will take you 4 hours to complete (or longer if you read the notes you pick up). It isn't great. But for what it is, a little diversion with decent atmosphere, you might find some interest here.

It played great for me on Windows 10 on my Alienware Alpha on a 47" TV using an xbox 360 gamepad. The on-screen controls indicate keyboard, but they are simplistic enough to intuitively remember what the button mapping is on the gamepad.

3/5 star = Its ok.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
The hero's name Elena is looking for her father.
+art style
+story
+atmosphere
+simple puzzle
+thanks amulet can become a ghost and communicate with the dead people
- sometimes you can get lost on what to do or where to go
-short story
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
You play as Elena, a young girl searching for her father. He has been kidnapped, and you have to gather clues to find him. You explore a spooky mansion and its surroundings, where you will encounter many original characters. There's tons of letters to collect and read, which I highly recommend that you take your time to do. It will reveal some pretty interesting and macabre stories about the people who once used to live there.

Whispering Willows is a short and sweet sidescroller. I cannot recommend it at its full price due to the length. It only took me about 3.5 hours to finish it, and I was being thorough and slow trying to read everything and finish all the achievements. Speaking of achievements, if you're an achievement hunter you'll love this one. They're easy to find and get a 100%, though some are hidden and might require you replay the game.

I didn't have any expectations going into this, although I thought it was going to be more of a horror game than it actually is. The atmosphere is definitely eerie, with a superb soundtrack and cool art style. There's no jumpscares in this, or any scares really. I thought the stories from the letters was the creepiest part of the game.

All in all; I loved this game and you should definitely try it out, but pick it up on a sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
This is a cute short fun game. I wouldn't say it's scary but it has horror elemants (ghosts, occult creatures, monsters, etc...). The story was really ingaging. The only thing that is a con would be the ending, I felt like it was not well thoughtout and rushed, but it didn't take away from the fun of this game and I really hope the makers of this game make more games like this.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
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I don’t know what to say sorry, my breath has been taken away. (Joke, get it, spirits......ghosts. Oh forget it.)
Joke aside this game is fabulous, it really is a dime!! Indie games do really put out all the stops when it comes to making games no matter how small or simple they may be.

The controls of this game are perfect, just like cream on a lovely Victoria sponge cake. The story truly is the core of this game don’t, expect action and fps here. I would agree with the puzzle part in this game, the horror…not so much, I can’t really play horror as I’m usually a scared ♥♥♥♥ but this one isn’t very scary. The atmosphere is glim and dark with the expected night time all game long. There is friendly ghosts and the freaky monsters that come to get you, with nothing to fight back with btw.

So yeah this game is pretty good!! I would recommend it to everyone actually as the story is interesting enough to keep you playing till you finish the whole game.
Its a real shame i wish more people knew about this game and more played and enjoyed the experiace. Strongly recommended 9/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
I love this game's ambient feel.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
In this review i'm not going to spoil much about this game,but i'll tell you that much,this game is about a girl who can interact with the dead and your obiective is to find your missing father,and to do this you need to pass some puzzles.

Now the part that everyone is interested in:

Pros:

- great 2D art style
- great looking models and textures
- detailed landscape everywhere you go
- atmospheric sound effects and music
- the story is pretty clear as you progress (i suggest reading the dialogues)
- there aren't really hard puzzles in it,so you shouldn't have many problems
- the game mechanincs are pretty basic but good and responsive

Cons:

- sometimes you can get lost on what to do or where to go
- the controlls are good,but it needs a controller overlay too
- there could've been more jumpscares or enemies to build up the tension in the story

Nevertheless,it is a great little puzzle game in my opinion and I would definitely recommend to people who are looking for a short but beautiful puzzle game.

"END OF THE REVIEW"
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
I greatly enjoyed this game. It has a nice atmosphere, story, and visuals.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Short and simplistic game with easy achievements (if you know what you're looking for).
Whispering Willows is a game in which you play as Elena, the protagonist whose goal is to find her father within the depths of the catacombs and beyond. It is a very ghostly and spiritual game which allows you to experience both, the real world and the afterlife at the same time.
Interesting mechanics (minus the stairs) that really immerse you in.
Story doesn't have much developed plot, but still an enjoyable game; maybe better bought on a sale considering I clocked in at 2 hours to finish the game.

Recommended overally!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Whispering Willows is a sidescroller adventure game with a lovely artstyle and quite extraordinary sound design. It's a relatively short game and you may finish it in about 2 hours, more or less. It's a solid piece, really, this genre with such design choices doesn't really attract me that much. However Whispering Willows did keep my attention as I've played through it, which fascinated me. - and I have absolutely no idea why it did. Artwork, Soundtrack and interaction between me and the ghosts with different backgrounds, telling me bits and pieces about their past. No detail is too small.

If you're into this kind of approach to puzzle games, Whispering Willows is a gem. I wish it would be a lot longer, would bring more variety of traps etc. and would have voiceacting. But less is more at this stage and I believe this team, with enough support, will bring much more. They have such potential; and they have my support. Also it has a GNU/Linux version. - which is apperciated, and I will be expecting more from Night Light Interactive in the future.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
So, I JUST finished this game as I'm writing this, and I gotta say, I wasn't disappointed. This game walks a fine line between an adventure game about a young girl exploring a spooky old mansion, and a scary story told around a campfire, and does it quite well.

The story sucks you in. You play as a 13 year old native american girl named Elena looking for her father, who has gone missing some days earlier. The last place he was seen was the old mansion where he is groundskeeper. Investigating with a shamanistic power passed down from her ancestors (astral projection, I think), she finds that the history of the mansion, and the town she lives in, is darker and more sinster than she ever could have imagined. The story is told through conversations with the spirits that haunt the mansion, as well as diary entries Elena writes and notes found on the grounds. Fortunately, you don't have to look hard for the next piece of the story. I found them all in one playthrough.

The art was beautiful, from the cute little spirit form your character has, to the friendly but often times horrorific looking ghosts (Lets just say, it's usually very easy to tell how they died), to the set pieces of the rundown old mansion and its grounds.

Puzzles aren't difficult and usually consist of, go here, get item, take item there, get another item, etc., but this is dispersed between a few environmental puzzles, like using your spirit form to access rooms you couldn't otherwise get to, and a couple that require some thought/observation.

The music and sound effects were wonderful, setting the mood quite well. Creaking floors, thunder and lightining, ghostly whispers, haunting music, all made for an amazing experience that really helped set the mood.

The only gripes I have with the game are the length (But that's my complaint about almost any game I enjoy :p ), and the fact that Elena is apparently so well mannered that she won't run indoors.

All in all, if you want a short, but excellent story, you can't go wrong with Whispering Willows.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Nice visuals, fairly compelling story and some fairly easy puzzles recommend this title. However, the lack of anything resembling running may frustrate you. Recommended getting at discounted prices or in bundles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
Fun indie game, easy to get 100% of the achievements.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
Beautiful little game. Nice story and very pretty art, just look at screenshots - its gorgeous. Oh, it has some puzzles too, but nothing too difficult. Looking forward for next game from developers.
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