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  • Summary: In Whispering Willows, the player takes on the role of Elena, a determined young girl with the extraordinary ability to project her spirit outside of her body. In her spectral form, Elena can interact with the benevolent spirits and wicked wraiths that used to dwell within the walls of theIn Whispering Willows, the player takes on the role of Elena, a determined young girl with the extraordinary ability to project her spirit outside of her body. In her spectral form, Elena can interact with the benevolent spirits and wicked wraiths that used to dwell within the walls of the sinister Willows Mansion - lost souls, stuck in time and space, who hold the secrets that Elena will need to traverse the terrifying old manor. Players need to make use of Elenas corporeal and ethereal forms to overcome obstacles, solve the riddles of the mansions enigmatic specters, and find Elenas lost father. Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jul 24, 2014
    75
    The gameplay Whispering Willows delivers serves its purpose, but it’s clear the developer’s aspirations were to immerse the player and draw them in. On that point, this freshman effort is a success.
  2. Sep 4, 2014
    70
    An enjoyable adventure with intriguing puzzle elements and open-world structure (without a map).
  3. Oct 10, 2014
    70
    It would have benefitted from quicker movement through most of its areas, and perhaps a little more challenge to its puzzles. Despite these issues though, its characters, scenery, and atmosphere are good enough to carry the game.
  4. Jul 10, 2014
    65
    You will enjoy the beautifully painted graphics. You will experience the charming atmosphere as you will read the stories of the deceased occupants of the Mansion and that's all. No serious challenge, no real horror.
  5. Aug 6, 2014
    60
    Coming to Steam from OUYA, the game brings an exciting story but simple gameplay.
  6. Jul 28, 2014
    60
    The plot is quite interesting, and the graphic is lovely, but the gameplay is way too slow. Still, if you are looking for a simple and short experience, Whispering Willows can be a decent suggestion.
  7. Jul 14, 2014
    50
    It means that for all Whispering Willows’ atmosphere it can’t deliver what it sets out to achieve. I don’t often say games need to be longer but here, the experience needs more locations, more detail and more time to fill out its fiction to be able to tackle the themes it wants to tell.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. Jul 20, 2014
    10
    This game has absolutely beautiful artwork, a compelling story, and a haunting soundtrack. Strongly recommended for any fans of puzzles, ghostThis game has absolutely beautiful artwork, a compelling story, and a haunting soundtrack. Strongly recommended for any fans of puzzles, ghost stories, and gorgeous art styles. Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2014
    10
    Graphically I have to say that this game looked amazing, the level of detail that was put into this game, and the art style seemed to fit theGraphically I have to say that this game looked amazing, the level of detail that was put into this game, and the art style seemed to fit the game perfectly. They also were able to make you feel and see that something has corrupted this place. I also have to say that the spirit form in this game looked right out of a top notch comic book. Actually all the art could have come straight out of a comic book. I was also impressed with the use of doors that either brought you into a room in front or behind you. This made the at times very slow pace of the game bearable.

    The sounds in the game definitely gave off the vibes of horror game. I do wish that the characters were voiced. I think that would have added a little something extra and pulled the gamer in that much more.

    Alright so lets talk game here, as you might have noticed I already made mention of the slow pace of the game, you are going to be walking the entire time. There is a time for running but it happens in such a small part of the game that you are going to wish you could do that elsewhere. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the story and the puzzles that had to be solved with the assistance of the ghosts that you could interact with when in spirit form. I also appreciated the fact that the puzzle aspect of the game required the spirit form to make things interesting.

    Now the problem with this game comes in the form of if you ever get lost or perhaps missed something big in the game, you are going to wander around, and when you do that you are going to do that in a walking form, so if you ever have a moment of clarity when you remember where you are headed you might find yourself having to do some serious backtracking/walking to get there which can definitely hurt the gaming experience. At the same time, though, if the running mechanism was in the game there's definitely a chance that you are going to miss something, either a spirit you might want to talk to or extreme danger.

    One thing that I did appreciate about this game was that there were several layers to it. If you really didn't care about the story, it wasn't going to slap you constantly in the face, you could just look for the keywords in the conversations and then move on. If you were looking for an in-depth experience you could have this as well with the notes and letters lying around the game that gave you more information on the characters and the setting. There's also the middle of the road approach where you can get the story and you don't have to read those extras you find throughout the game.

    This game definitely is not for everyone. There's a couple little glitches in the game when it comes to interacting with the actual mansion and triggering the chapter titles even when you are in a different chapter, but overall you're going to find a very solid game. If you are looking for something a little dark with paranormal undertones, you are going to like this game. Now there might be times where you are going to get frustrated with the walking everywhere, but if you stick with it you will find a solid game in the end. So after making it through this entire game I have to say that it deserves an 10 out of 10 from me.
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  3. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    Seriously one of the best indie games to come out this year. At first it looked a little cartoony, but the story is really well written,Seriously one of the best indie games to come out this year. At first it looked a little cartoony, but the story is really well written, gameplay is fantastic (and actually original!), and the environments are surprisingly creepy. I recommended playing this if you're an indie gamer. Expand
  4. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    This game has beautiful art and a fantastic soundtrack and atmosphere. Some of the puzzles are a bit simple, but it never detracted from theThis game has beautiful art and a fantastic soundtrack and atmosphere. Some of the puzzles are a bit simple, but it never detracted from the overall world and aesthetics. Whispering Willows is incredibly immersive and a gorgeous game all around. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    I love horror games this is a good one for my collecsiooun. I like the artwork and the music really kicks it into action. What is reallyI love horror games this is a good one for my collecsiooun. I like the artwork and the music really kicks it into action. What is really cool about this game is that you can really get submersed in it very quickly . i give this game a 10 for its awesome artwork music and story ! Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2014
    10
    I have found myself drawn into the game over time, all the elements of art/lighting/sound, some of which are subtle, give me an unsettlingI have found myself drawn into the game over time, all the elements of art/lighting/sound, some of which are subtle, give me an unsettling feeling (in a good way) that leads me right into the story. The spirit form mechanic offers another chance at exploring further into the narrative and a slight change of pace. A lot of thought went into this game to make me feel like I was a part of it Expand
  7. Jul 18, 2014
    8
    A nice art spooky adventure game it draws right from the start allthough a map would be nice so you can see where is where music is goodA nice art spooky adventure game it draws right from the start allthough a map would be nice so you can see where is where music is good gameplay is addicting overall a nice ghost spooky adventure Expand

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