Menagerie Issue 03

Whispering Willows - Horror Puzzle Game for OUYA and PC

A project in Los Angeles, CA by David Logan

Funding Successful

Elena must control her spirit to save her father. Help ghosts and solve puzzles to uncover the secrets of the Willows Mansion.
Backers: 750
Average Pledge Per Backer: $28

Funded: $20,747 of $15,000
Dates: Feb 11th -> Mar 15th (31 days)
Project By: David Logan
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Latest News

Horror Puzzler Whispering Willows Finally Hits Consoles

July 6th - via:
Supernatural horror game Whispering Willows was partially funded through the Ouya "Free The Games" fund. Their six month "exclusivity" is finally up. (Read More)

When Game Trailers Stand Out

March 1st - via:
Game trailers often make the difference between games selling or not. This article discusses what makes certain game trailers stand out. (Read More)

I See Dead People – Whispering Willows Reviewed

June 14th - via:
For the entirety of Chapters 1-3, I was on the edge of my seat. With a captivating story meshed with complicated puzzles, Whispering Willows is an absolute must play for a pleasant scare and brain teaser. (Read More)

David Logan Discusses Horror Puzzler Whispering Willows

June 11th - via:
Whispering Willows was launched on Kickstarter back in 2013 by Night Light Interactive, exceeding its funding goal by about $5K. Since then, it has been Greenlit on Steam and has been released on the OUYA. We can look forward to the Steam release on July 9th and the release of the 4th chapter for the OUYA on June 17th. (Read More)

Art Q&A Part 2

April 10th - via:
Art Q&A Part 1 Part 2 features Amanda Kiefer, our Concept Artist, who worked on ghost concepts, our library of amazing in-game assets, and beautiful painted backgrounds. 6. Do you approach in-game art any differently than you would a promotional... (Read More)


April 8th - via:
Check out the Night Light Interactive forums to interact with the community and developers. Learn about updates to the game, discussions about new ideas, give feedback, and even announcements about new goodies and sales at the NLI Store! If you... (Read More)

Game Design - The Process

April 5th - via:
More often than not when I start a new game, I start with an open paint program of some kind. I sketch out areas, mechanics, and their interactions - I try to capture a simple visual queue of how things should work. From here I flesh out the gameplay... (Read More)

Whispering Willows: Indie Dev Grant Winner

April 4th - via:
Bundle in a Box has recently awarded Whispering Willows with the Indie Dev Grant! A $240 award for being the top voted indie game in demand for the next Bundle in a Box. Bundle in a Box is an awesome pay what you want bundle of DRM free indie game... (Read More)

Kickstarter’s Whispering Willows brings Mystery Action Puzzler to OUYA [VIDEO]

March 28th - via:
The Whispering Willows concept seems great: the further you get into the game, the more the story unfolds, and the deeper you dive into the narrative. Your character is Elena and your goal is to save your father. At the beginning of the game, you learn that you’re able to astrally project your inner-self, allowing your “ghost” form to travel in interesting ways and perform tasks that you couldn’t do in your human form. By helping ghosts and solving puzzles, you learn more about the Willows mansion (the game’s setting) and gradually move towards saving your father’s life. You’re essentially a ghost whisperer. (Read More)

PayPal accepted, Shop is now Open!

March 22nd - via:
The NLI shop is now open and accepting payments through PayPal! Did you want to preorder an extra copy of the game? How about snag a shirt that you weren't able to before? Now you can order certain, select items: Whispering Willows - Standard Edition... (Read More)

Elena Cosplay

March 21st - via:
Our artist Ayla Richards cosplaying Elena...!  (Read More)

Reward: T-Shirt Design Update

March 20th - via:
We have decided on four different color schemes for the T-Shirts. Apologies in advance if your favorite color scheme wasn't chosen. Surveys will be going out soon to let you pick which design you want. Later this week we will be officially opening up... (Read More)

Art Q&A: Part 1

March 20th - via:
Ayla Richards is our Lead Concept Artist, is responsible for most of the in-game graphics of our main character Elena, as well as some of the pre-production refinement in her design. She will be doing part 1 of the Art Q&A and then we will hit up... (Read More)

Bundle in a Box, Vote for WW!

March 19th - via:
Support indie developers by purchasing the Bundle In a Box and vote for Whispering Willows so that we can receive the Cerebral Indie Dev Grant!  Much like the very popular Humble Indie Bundle, Bundle in a Box let's people pay what they want for... (Read More)

Support Our Indie Friends: Part 2

March 16th - via:
Now that everything is wrapped up, I wanted to say a final thank you to several other indie Kickstarters that helped us reach our goal. The following are all run by truly incredible people and I highly suggest you check them out, and even donate if... (Read More)

Whispering Willows branches out on Kickstarter with playable demo

March 7th - via:
There's no shortage of Kickstarter campaigns for adventures these days, but time's running out for Nightlight Interactive's supernatural puzzler Whispering Willows. Whispering Willows tells the story of young girl named Elena as she searches for her missing father in the mysterious Willows Mansion. In order to overcome the many obstacles in her way, Elena must "harness the powers of her heritage, utilizing astral projection and other ethereal abilities to find him before it's too late." (Read More)

OUYA CREATE Game Jam winners burst forth

February 18th - via:
In order to get game developers to contribute to the OUYA project, OUYA and Kill Screen collaborated together and launched the CREATE Game Jam. The event was a massive success for OUYA, drawing in around 165 game developers. They drew in developers with special grand prizes, like a $20,000 grand prize, and a $5000 prize for each winner in the specialized categories. (Read More)

OUYA Game Jam Winners Announced

February 18th - via:
The CREATE game jam, which invited indie developers to produce a prototype game in only 10 days for the in-development OUYA console, has announced the winners. (Read More)

Whispering Willows for Ouya, PC, and Mac

February 14th - via:
Night Light Interactive has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Whispering Willows, a 2-D horror puzzle game for Ouya, PC, and Mac. (Read More)

Whispering Willows headed to Ouya via Kickstarter

February 12th - via:
NightLight Interactive is hoping you’ll turn your attention to Whispering Willows, a supernatural adventure coming to PC, Mac, Linux and later mobile platforms in addition to Ouya. The team boasts of experience on BioShock, Tony Hawk, FIFA and Call of Duty, with artsist credits at Disney, Lucas Arts, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. (Read More)

Whispering Willows and 21 other games chosen as OUYA CREATE Finalists

February 12th - via:
The 10-day developer challenge from Kill Screen called OUYA CREATE has come to a close with 22 games in total being selected as finalists in a variety of categories, all of which have rather interesting names. Some of these games are pretty solid and we've even talked about a couple of them recently including Whispering Willows, a horror-themed adventure puzzle game that will also be coming to Android. (Read More)

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