#17 The Whisperer

#17 The Whisperer

December 19, 2021 0 By Owly

Today’s promotion is a short point-and-click horror game from indie developer Studio Chien d’Or.

I hope you’ve brought a decent coat.

Investigate an abandoned trading post, explore its surroundings and solve the terrible mystery it holds. The Whisperer is a short story-driven point & click game set in Lower Canada at the beginning of the 19th century.

Before I go on, there is a mature content warning on the Steam page of The Whisperer as it includes themes of depression, guilt, and suicide. There are also depictions of graphic violence and self-harm.

I played this on my MSI GF65 Gaming Laptop, which has an i7 and an RTX 3060. I ran everything on max settings and it was a buttery smooth experience.

The year is 1814. You play as Robert, a voyageur of the North West Company, tasked in searching an abandoned trading post in Lower Canada, after the two winterers inhabiting the post were reported missing. You don’t have much ground to tread but the atmosphere does a great job at conveying the harsh reality of surviving these conditions, and there is a real ominous sense of foul play at hand. Something bad happened here.

This is an old-school point-and-click where you teleport from scene to scene. You need to explore, collect items and tools, and solve rudimentary puzzles to progress. Occasionally, you’ll stumble across a note alluding to past events and they don’t make for easy reading.

I don’t play many horror games because it is a genre I’m fussy with. I don’t want blood and explosions everywhere, with lots of screaming and shouting. I like my horror to be subtle, moving with purpose, and to leave a lasting taste in my mouth. The Whisperer has that. My playthrough was around thirty minutes, making this a concise experience, but it is fully formed and void of any fat.

If you’re a fan of point-and-clicks, and of horror games in general, I’d happily recommend this to you. This has been made with care and love for the genre. The good news is that The Whisperer is a prelude to The Whispering Valley, which is set for release in 2022. You can bet your bottom dollar that I have wishlisted it. You can too, right here on Steam. Studio Chien d’Or are a studio I’ll be keeping a close eye on.

You can purchase The Whisperer on Steam

Developer/PublisherStudio Chien d’Or