We’d gone to school for Computer Animation and Game Development at CSU, Chico, but this was our first commercial project.
Getting funding was probably the most challenging aspect of developing Whispering Willows. As a bunch of young professionals recently out of college, it was difficult to find investors, and we were so new to the process, we didn’t even really know how to go about doing that.
Kyle Holmquist, the interviewee, is an award-winning Narrative Designer and Game Writer in Los Angeles who specializes in horror. He is currently working on an experimental narrative game.
The apps I use most are probably the Steam app, which lets me check out games on their platform, and an app for Dungeons & Dragons called Complete 5e Reference that gives me tons of easily searchable information when I’m playing D&D.
We worked on Whispering Willows for about two years.
We definitely wanted to bring the feeling of the console game we’d created and intended for people to play comfortably on their couches. Additionally, the game’s absolutely full of gorgeous art, spooky sound effects, and haunting music, and we wanted to ensure players would be able to experience those things in their full splendor because they’re a big part of what makes the game so special.
Whispering Willows mobile really lets players share in the experience that we as game developers designed the game to provide – a dark, surreal, emotional experience that you won’t forget.
We will continue bringing Whispering Willows to new platforms – mobile and otherwise. We want to share the story with as many people as possible.
We’d love for fans to join us on our Discord (discord.gg/akuparagames) where you can ask us questions about the game, and talk with the community. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @akuparagames
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.
• 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.
Date: March 31, 2020
Developer: Akupara Games
About developer: Kyle Holmquist, the interviewee, is an award-winning Narrative Designer and ... Read more
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