About this game
Developer: Night Light Interactive
Content Rating: Teen
In Whispering Willows, you take on the role of Elena, a determined young girl with the extraordinary ability to project her spirit outside of her body to overcome obstacles, solve the riddles of the mansion, and find Elena
Critic Reviews10 Reviews
Kim — Jul 10, 2015
Overall, Whispering Willows is worth a go, especially for those who enjoy a slow, story-driven adventure. Despite its ease and short gameplay time, Whispering Willows has a good story to tell. The emphasis on puzzle and exploration coupled with the 2D side-scrolling presentation is reminiscent of traditional adventure games of the 90s; it’s just a shame that the puzzles in this one don’t offer much in the way of a challenge.
Justin Celani — Jun 30, 2015
I wasn’t left feeling dead cold after finishing, it and I appreciated the simplistic nature to the game. Minimal frustration, some nice exploration, and able to be finished in a single sitting if you have a few hours to spare. This ghost story isn’t the most memorable, but it doesn’t have to be. Whispering Willows was an enjoyable time, and for those that like a decent story, side scrolling exploration, and the idea of talking to ghosts, I’d recommend it.
Miguel Concepcion — Jul 06, 2015
It is a minor miracle that Whispering Willows can induce the occasional bout of goosebumps. The crudely drawn cutscenes that frame the story leave a disconcerting first impression. At least this low-budget introduction is brief, transitioning to gameplay where the hand-drawn animation of Elena is well-conceived.
Mollie L Patterson — Jul 02, 2015
Whispering Willows offers up some interesting gameplay ideas behind its tale of a young girl communicating with spirits as she desperately searches for her father. It’s unfortunate, then, that Night Light Interactive wasn’t able to flesh out most of them, leaving its side-scrolling adventure feeling unfinished for most of the way through.
Tyler Colp — Jun 30, 2015
Whispering Willows treats its tale as a standard mystery, where Elena is the catalyst for a series of plot reveals. But in any other medium those revelations happen without your input. Because it’s a game, it requires you to empathize with Elena’s choices enough to fuel your drive to play it, to drag yourself through a series of artificial barriers that seem to exist because it’s a game and that’s what games do.
Jon Ryan — Jul 02, 2015
Whispering Willows is not without its strengths - it sounds great, is (for the most part) visually interesting, and there are a lot of good story ideas and potentially interesting puzzle concepts in play. However, thanks largely to a woefully short campaign and a lack of truly challenging puzzles, it ultimately doesn’t manage to create a particularly fulfilling experience.
Charles Adams — Jul 07, 2015
At the end of the day the question is: Would I recommend this game? I would have to say no. If you like puzzle or adventure games, Whispering Willows won’t have anything new to offer you. Its lack of critical thinking puzzles, basic mechanics, and inability get you invested in the story from the beginning make it a game hard to recommend.
Aran Suddi — Jul 07, 2015
While Whispering Willows is an interesting experience it is a short one at three hours. There are also a couple of annoyances and the puzzles are incredibly simple to work out, but that keeps things moving at a steady pace. Overall Whispering Willows is for those who like adventure titles but also like to experience a story that unfolds without too much effort being put in, making it a solid debut from Night Light Interactive.
Simon Sayers — Jun 30, 2015
With its 2D side-scrolling gameplay and rather cute, doe-eyed main character Elena, Whispering Willows’ creepy adult theme is somewhat quashed by its charming graphic novel-style aesthetic -- despite the best efforts of a superbly haunting soundtrack and creepy audio effects. While the narrative ticks along nicely enough to keep you immersed, the easy puzzles and slow-paced backtracking does little to invigorate its plodding, unchallenging gameplay.
Mattias Sörbom — Jul 21, 2015
Whispering Willows är en helt okej mysrysare som hade potential att bli något djupare, något som gjorde ett större avtryck. Det tappas dock bort av inkonsekventa manusförfattare som inte kan fokusera ordentligt. Vissa irriterande spelmoment gnager fortfarande på mig, men överlag så kan jag nog rekommendera det ändå. Ett spel som bör spelas med bra ljud, nedsläckt rum och gärna med en ljummen sommarnatt utanför fönstret.