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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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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Tillburg
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
GLANCE RECOMMENDATION: 71% YES / 29% NO

GOOD
  • Lighting, music, and sound design are impressive and all help to convey a mysterious, ghostly exploration setting.
  • Characters are simple and easy to understand, which lends itself to an easily approachable story.
  • There's a surprising beauty to the background art and especially the interior I didn't expect.
  • I never felt like I had a bad sense of navigation, despite the buildings having quite a few doors and levels and the garden areas being massive.

NEUTRAL
  • I never felt like I entirely understood the last beat of the story and was a bit offput by the villain's motives to be evil.

BAD
  • Despite some of the actual threats having cool presentation, I never enjoyed them appearing. Most of the times they struck quick and made you redo the room, which itself is easy, but it's more bothersome than enticing.
  • The in game art is rather beautiful, but for some reason we get some short cut scenes towards the end with a dip in quality. I would have rather seen these removed.

SUMMARY
At the full price point, this is an easily recommendable ghost/mystery exploration game that will demand a mere few hours of your time. With great lighting, sound design, and overall aesthetic: please take a moment to explore Whispering Willows.
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Matty Mudshovel WoodBanger
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Our team helped look over this game and of course ive played it on my other account here on steam. This is an awesome game, so awesome that we reviewed it on our Official website. Here is a bit of the except:

Overall, I enjoyed the game greatly. The art of the game itself was lovely, but for as lovely as the game art was, the artwork for the handful of cutscenes took me out of the immersion and broke it when they did pop up. This was because they were a bit more amateur in appearance in contrast to the lovely environments, especially the interiors of the mansion and guest house. The only other gripe I have is there are in a couple places in the game where they tried to add enemies, which you will find out in game what they really are. These entities only make passing thru certain spots more annoying and tedious than anything else; I think they were trying to add a sense of dread and urgency by placing these things in there, but it didn’t really do that. Luckily this is only in a handful of places and you can get past those once you figure out the pattern. Otherwise, I enjoyed the game. I couldn’t help but feel for some of the characters as I learned about them and their stories, heart actually aching for a couple of them. There were even a couple places of cute or slightly morbid humor mixed in as well, that I found amusing (a few of these are linked to non-story achievements). There are some easter eggs tucked in if you look and you can get achievements for. The Steam version of this game features 20 achievements (13 story related, 7 easter eggs), Steam trading cards, emoticons, badges, and backgrounds.


full review can be read here http://www.woodbangersentertainment.com/whispering-willows-steam-game-review/
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リリー Lillyella
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I play it so weird game that i have ever play it
its not worst but the places its make me lost
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Nemesis
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
I have mixed feelings about this game. I saw it during the summer sale, and decided to take a gamble. I'm not sure it totally paid off.

The art is great! During the gameplay, anyway. The cutscene art is not so good. And the animation is really hit and miss. Sometimes it feels like some frames of animation are missing. The music is atmospheric, and sets the mood. The story in the notes is intriguing, but the main story of Elena finding her dad is really basic and forgettable. And the ending could have been interesting, but it didn't really work.

The puzzles are also really easy. I only got stuck on one because I thought it was more complicated than it really was. And unfortunately, the movement speed is too slow. Add frequent backtracking, and it can get frustrating. Enemies were a minor nuisance at best. And they were disappointing, with only bugs and some demon hedge things.

I also had a few minor control issues. I played on an Xbox One gamepad, and it didn't always play nice. Down on the thumbstick didn't work on the menus, but other directions did. And down worked fine for ladders and such. Also, kind of frustrating that you have to stop moving the stick to open a door. There were also a few UI issues, namely with text going off screen or being obscured by other text. And the game gave me gamepad movement prompts and keyboard interaction prompts.

The bit in the crypt at the beginning was probably the best part of the whole game. You know, after you open the coffin and then that thing starts chasing you? It gave me really high hopes for the rest. But it doesn't fully embrace the horror atmosphere for the rest of the game. The ghosts are harmless, and again, very few (and kind of lame) enemies. And well, it's really short. I'm seeing most people say 3-4 hours, and I got through it in just over 2.

Still, I think this is a good way to burn through an afternoon. $10 might be a bit much, but I've paid more to see a movie. And I got it on sale, so that helps. I think that, overall, it's worth checking out if you can get it on sale.
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Knight Murphy
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Fun game, very atmospheric. The puzzles are not particularly challanging, and require a lot of backtracking.
There are a lot of 'notes' and messages you collect throughout the game, can't say they add a lot to the experience. Even so, the atmosphere of the game is tense and frightning. The music is a bit weak. The game is a tad short (3.9 hours for me, and this includes a lot of backtracknig 'dead' time) so I don't recommend buying it for full price but only when there's a sale.
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moezero
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Product received for free
1、虽然本作自带中文,但糟糕的字体和几近机翻的翻译还是让人感觉缺乏诚意。
2、游戏的美工比较地粗糙,PV很好地回避了这些缺点
3、我玩游戏切换时经常会崩溃,这导致了我退款。
4、他们至少同意了我的退款,所以我会给个好评。


1、We'd like to suppourt games included offical chinese language,but the fonts and translation suck.
2、A little poor art design,which will not realized in PV on the shop page.
3、fatal error happened too ofter so I give up to play this game.
4、At least they return my money,so I think I must like this game:)
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Tildy
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Yay, my favorite genre! (runny climby haunted house ghosty genre, to be precise), and with a female main character, no less! No romantic subplot, ghosts literally everywhere, and lots of exploration. Nice!

Just one or two complaints. Without spoiling too much the redemption of the villain was *farting noise.* He is established to be a piece of garbage and the fact that he calmly and peacefully leaves when another, less ♥♥♥♥ character is said to be going to hell makes me want to punch something.

Also, it can be very difficult to tell what's going to hurt you and what's not, especially since you can't move while using the powers necessary to see the enemies.
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yami_san
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
I'm sorry to say this, but in my optnion the game is not very good, I'd even say bad. I expected something like Oxenfree and received something like a flash game. I'm surpized to see so many positive reviews.

+Great ingame graphics
+Music is... fitting, I suppose?

-I feel NOTHING for these characters. Maybe some backstory or voice acting would help? I don't even know.
-Whole thing feels like one fetch quest. Puzzles are primitive.
-Cutscene drawings are just plain bad.
-Not being able to run indoors is... well, boring.
-Enemies are rather annoying, not challenging.

*Adding 10 game references to obvious places does not automatically make your game good.
*The game is short. In 2 hours I've done everything. But the price is good (?). I guess it balances out.
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ibenuknow
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
This game was truly an experience. The story was unique, and the art was just amazing. It is a bit of a puzzle game, which isn't one of my fave genres, but I really enjoyed playing this
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Meh, decent enough story. Easy puzzles but lots of running around which makes the game seem longer. Obnoxious mostly invisible things to dodge and if you miss one - start the whole sequence over again. 3-4 hours long.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
This game was truly an experience. The story was unique, and the art was just amazing. It is a bit of a puzzle game, which isn't one of my fave genres, but I really enjoyed playing this
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Yay, my favorite genre! (runny climby haunted house ghosty genre, to be precise), and with a female main character, no less! No romantic subplot, ghosts literally everywhere, and lots of exploration. Nice!

Just one or two complaints. Without spoiling too much the redemption of the villain was *farting noise.* He is established to be a piece of garbage and the fact that he calmly and peacefully leaves when another, less ♥♥♥♥ character is said to be going to hell makes me want to punch something.

Also, it can be very difficult to tell what's going to hurt you and what's not, especially since you can't move while using the powers necessary to see the enemies.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I have mixed feelings about this game. I saw it during the summer sale, and decided to take a gamble. I'm not sure it totally paid off.

The art is great! During the gameplay, anyway. The cutscene art is not so good. And the animation is really hit and miss. Sometimes it feels like some frames of animation are missing. The music is atmospheric, and sets the mood. The story in the notes is intriguing, but the main story of Elena finding her dad is really basic and forgettable. And the ending could have been interesting, but it didn't really work.

The puzzles are also really easy. I only got stuck on one because I thought it was more complicated than it really was. And unfortunately, the movement speed is too slow. Add frequent backtracking, and it can get frustrating. Enemies were a minor nuisance at best. And they were disappointing, with only bugs and some demon hedge things.

I also had a few minor control issues. I played on an Xbox One gamepad, and it didn't always play nice. Down on the thumbstick didn't work on the menus, but other directions did. And down worked fine for ladders and such. Also, kind of frustrating that you have to stop moving the stick to open a door. There were also a few UI issues, namely with text going off screen or being obscured by other text. And the game gave me gamepad movement prompts and keyboard interaction prompts.

The bit in the crypt at the beginning was probably the best part of the whole game. You know, after you open the coffin and then that thing starts chasing you? It gave me really high hopes for the rest. But it doesn't fully embrace the horror atmosphere for the rest of the game. The ghosts are harmless, and again, very few (and kind of lame) enemies. And well, it's really short. I'm seeing most people say 3-4 hours, and I got through it in just over 2.

Still, I think this is a good way to burn through an afternoon. $10 might be a bit much, but I've paid more to see a movie. And I got it on sale, so that helps. I think that, overall, it's worth checking out if you can get it on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Fun game, very atmospheric. The puzzles are not particularly challanging, and require a lot of backtracking.
There are a lot of 'notes' and messages you collect throughout the game, can't say they add a lot to the experience. Even so, the atmosphere of the game is tense and frightning. The music is a bit weak. The game is a tad short (3.9 hours for me, and this includes a lot of backtracknig 'dead' time) so I don't recommend buying it for full price but only when there's a sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
GLANCE RECOMMENDATION: 71% YES / 29% NO

GOOD
  • Lighting, music, and sound design are impressive and all help to convey a mysterious, ghostly exploration setting.
  • Characters are simple and easy to understand, which lends itself to an easily approachable story.
  • There's a surprising beauty to the background art and especially the interior I didn't expect.
  • I never felt like I had a bad sense of navigation, despite the buildings having quite a few doors and levels and the garden areas being massive.

NEUTRAL
  • I never felt like I entirely understood the last beat of the story and was a bit offput by the villain's motives to be evil.

BAD
  • Despite some of the actual threats having cool presentation, I never enjoyed them appearing. Most of the times they struck quick and made you redo the room, which itself is easy, but it's more bothersome than enticing.
  • The in game art is rather beautiful, but for some reason we get some short cut scenes towards the end with a dip in quality. I would have rather seen these removed.

SUMMARY
At the full price point, this is an easily recommendable ghost/mystery exploration game that will demand a mere few hours of your time. With great lighting, sound design, and overall aesthetic: please take a moment to explore Whispering Willows.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Our team helped look over this game and of course ive played it on my other account here on steam. This is an awesome game, so awesome that we reviewed it on our Official website. Here is a bit of the except:

Overall, I enjoyed the game greatly. The art of the game itself was lovely, but for as lovely as the game art was, the artwork for the handful of cutscenes took me out of the immersion and broke it when they did pop up. This was because they were a bit more amateur in appearance in contrast to the lovely environments, especially the interiors of the mansion and guest house. The only other gripe I have is there are in a couple places in the game where they tried to add enemies, which you will find out in game what they really are. These entities only make passing thru certain spots more annoying and tedious than anything else; I think they were trying to add a sense of dread and urgency by placing these things in there, but it didn’t really do that. Luckily this is only in a handful of places and you can get past those once you figure out the pattern. Otherwise, I enjoyed the game. I couldn’t help but feel for some of the characters as I learned about them and their stories, heart actually aching for a couple of them. There were even a couple places of cute or slightly morbid humor mixed in as well, that I found amusing (a few of these are linked to non-story achievements). There are some easter eggs tucked in if you look and you can get achievements for. The Steam version of this game features 20 achievements (13 story related, 7 easter eggs), Steam trading cards, emoticons, badges, and backgrounds.


full review can be read here http://www.woodbangersentertainment.com/whispering-willows-steam-game-review/
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
First played this on the Ouya. That garbage hardware died and I was never able to play it again until now on Steam. Excellent puzzle platformer with some very creepy moments. Glad this was able to move off the Ouya onto the PC.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
A real ghost does not simply pass through walls.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I loved the art style and atmosphere in this game. But it is soooo slow! You can not run inside buildings, and most of the game takes places inside. It became annoyingly slow. But on the other hand, the atmosphere was so nice that I did finish it. And enjoyed playing. Even restarted for the last achievements. BUT...did not make those. The game is very lineair and i did not want to go through the whole thing again. So my advice is: if you play this game for a 100% achievement score, use a walkthrough. You can not go back after finishing the game, and replay value is 0.0.

It is really a 50/50, but since that is not an option, i give this game the benefit of the doubt.
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