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 (302 reviews) - 85% of the 302 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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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- http://www.gallantgames.com/pages/incontrol-supported-controllers

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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
Helpful customer reviews
26 of 29 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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
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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