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The Whispered World (Windows)

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Description

Sadwick is a clown but not a very happy one. He neither likes the circus nor his normal life and is always depressed. In addition, since a few days he's having nightmares. In them, a figure of light predicts that he will be responsible for the destruction of the world. But although Sadwick may not be very happy with his life, he isn't suicidal. So he decides to travel to the king's palace in Corona to prevent the destruction of world - at least that's what he thinks. At his side: the player and his only friend in the world, the caterpillar Spot.

In a traditional point & click-adventure way, the player moves Sadwick around the world, collects everything that isn't nailed to a wall, talks to the various NPCs scattered around the dozen of screens in each of the four acts and ultimately uses everything to solve the many riddles in the game to move the story forward. This includes combining items, dialogue-puzzles and even a few mini-games including a chess-challenge. Spot also plays a big part in solving many riddles, as he can transform himself into five forms. Once the player has unlocked these forms by solving specific riddles during the course of the game, Spot can spit fire, make himself as weighty as a rock or as flat as a fluke which is especially useful, if the player needs someone on the other side of a door. For a short period of time near the end of the game, the player will even take solely control the little fellow.

Although the game features a very detailed comic-graphic it isn't a gagfest but more of a fairy-tale. The humor is subtle and the laughs come mostly from Sadwicks cynical comments and his own misfortune making it a more mature adventure-experience.

Screenshots

The Whispered World Windows Loucoux has been transformed into a giant blop.
The Whispered World Windows Gutting Spot
The Whispered World Windows The train is broken.
The Whispered World Windows Spot doing all the work for a change.

Alternate Titles

  • "Ускользающий мир" -- Russian spelling
  • "Les Chroniques de Sadwick: The Whispered World" -- French title

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User Reviews

Only a clown may save us micnictic (385) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A lovely Spot for adventures Fabian Schölzel (94) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
A wonderful adventure experience, taking you back to those times, when adventure games were among the best. Nightwalk3r (21) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

The Press Says

GBase - The Gamer's Base Sep 06, 2009 9 out of 10 90
DemoNews.de Aug 27, 2009 87 out of 100 87
GamersGlobal Aug 27, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) Aug 12, 2009 85 out of 100 85
3D Juegos Apr 19, 2010 8.4 out of 10 84
Adventure Gamers Apr 30, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameElite.se May 05, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Play.tm Apr 30, 2010 68 out of 100 68
PCActu May 07, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 27, 2010 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Copy protection

The German first edition of the game had, in addition to TAGES software copy protection, a set of three twelve-sided dice with symbols instead of numbers. At the start-up of the game, the player was prompted with a picture of these three dice with all sides blank except for two. The center-side facing towards the player is marked with an "?" while one of the others has a symbol on it. The player's task is to use his real dice, turn it around until the side with the corresponding symbol is on the exact position as shown on the screen and then enter the symbol from the side the "?" in the picture is on. Once he has successfully entered all three symbols, the game starts normally. This procedure had to be done at every start-up of the game.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #2 Best Adventure of the Year
    • 2009 – #2 Best Story of the Year

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Sicarius (61025) added The Whispered World (Windows) on Aug 25, 2009