Animax is partnering with Night Light Interactive to create WHISPERING WILLOWS, a horror puzzle game that features a dark and rich narrative, lush painterly 2D visuals, and haunting melodies that will leave you yearning for more. The original game has been under development for close to a year thanks to a very successful Kickstarter crowdfunding (130% overfunded) and additional seed financing from OUYA, the new game console that can be found at Target and other retailers. Willows will launch on the OUYA console, PC, Linux, and Mac via Steam (as a result of garnering 10,000 pledges). The game, developed in Unity, will later launch on Android and iOS. The emotional story unfolds over a series of chapters, each more intriguing than the last with the gameplay becoming more complex as the player explores deeper into the backstory of the storyworld. In the game you play as Elena, a teenager searching for her missing father, exploring a haunted mansion where he used to work as a groundskeeper. Against challenging odds and working through unconventional puzzles you have to help Elena navigate other-worldly obstacles. The game mechanic has a unique cooperative element where Elena must collaborate with an ethereal version of herself in order to escape the rooms and help Earthbound ghosts find their final peace. Before the game launched it won “Most Immersive Game” in the OUYA CREATE Game Jam and it was a Finalist for both the Grand Prize and the coveted “Pop Your Eyes Out” award as well. It also won the First Place award in the Seattle Indie Game Competition and was the recipient of an Indie Developer Grant from Bundle in a Box.