The instant I saw The Whispered World I knew it was one of those games that I was going to have to play. I'm a sucker for point-and-click adventures, and the promise of hand-drawn animations and backgrounds sucked me in like none other. Plus, with the likes of Sam & Max and Monkey Island moving into 3D and episodic releases seeing a game that just looked so terribly old-school excited me like none other.
The game began as a one-man graduation project, went through a developer and an attempt at freeware until finally being picked up by Daedalic Entertainment. It's had a bumpy road, but it launched two weeks ago, and after struggling to get my disgustingly slow computer to run it, I have played through it. Does The Whispered World hold up to its promise and join the ranks of classic 2D adventure gaming or is something lost despite the clear passion and love for the genre that the game exudes? Reading on will help you answer that question.