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 (204 reviews) - 82% of the 204 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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“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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 14 people (93%) 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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11 of 14 people (79%) 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
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7 of 8 people (88%) 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.

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

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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
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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