Use gravity, tension, and wind currents to get your hot air balloon to its destination, dropping off cargo on your way, in this ultra-challenging physics-based game. All art used in the Howler was meticulously created by classically-trained experienced painters.
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Mostly Positive (84 reviews) - 78% of the 84 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,389 reviews) - 80% of the 1,389 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 21, 2016

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About This Game

Use gravity, tension, and wind currents to get your hot air balloon to its destination, dropping off cargo on your way, in this ultra-challenging game. You'll have to use your skill, wit, and reflexes, to complete all of The Howler's dozens of levels.

All art used in the Howler was meticulously created by classically-trained experienced painters. The majority of the art was created is by Rene Petruliene: all the graphic design was drawn by hand, on paper, the old fashioned way.

The Howler was inspired by Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The game's locations and architecture actually exist in Vilnius today. Come to Vilnius to see them in real life!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
    • Memory: 2 MB RAM
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (84 reviews)
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Bashman
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
Fun little game with neat gameplay and an interesting art style.
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Old Man 678
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
Not much fun and very little challenge. Graphics look alot like Machinarium and very little sound effects are in this game.

You are in a hot air balloon and you must fly to different levels where the direction of the air changes. You use these physics to fly over, under, and around objects on the map. Sometimes you must collect pkgs for delivery or bombs to blow up certain objects. And that is it. 15 levels that offered very little challenge and 1 bonus level if you find the password posted on a building in one of the levels. Took me about 65-70 minutes to beat this. At least the game is cheap.
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Devinple
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 22
I almost feel bad for saying no to this game: it does what it promises to do, but with all the other ways to spend my time, a game really has to grab me to make it worth spending time and money on it. This one didn't. I was bored too fast. Cool art style though.
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Cupnold
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 21
Great Indie game.

Cool mechanics, artwork and soundtrack!
Btw SOS opens secret mission!
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[bluestreak] Silov93
2.8 hrs
Posted: September 20
Easy
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SUPREME
3.6 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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✪ Julius Ceasar
5.8 hrs
Posted: September 20
such an innovative game. 10/10 for me. altho ♥♥♥♥ you! why do you keep crashing!
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torqueflex73
2.3 hrs
Posted: September 18
The game does not load. :(
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
This is the authentic "make stupid sounds into your microphone with your friends" experience.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Product received for free
Fun little game to play on my steam link and kill time with 9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 30
Ez card farming

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
A challenging game in which you pilot hot air balloons. You are at the mercy of the wind which is going left or right at various heights. You can only control your height. You must perform various tasks such as moving parcels, going from one place to another, etc. It gets pretty hard soon, requiring patience. In the end, considering the price when it is on sale, it is worth it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Buy it for a few cents, and will be worth.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Nice game with an amazing ArtWork.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
nice game, easy to play, very funny and cheap.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
* Play it with headphone and mic
* Control the balloon and being noisy
* Decided to howl like a husky
* Palms are sweaty
* Knees weak, arms are heavy
* People staring at me
* Mom’s pizza 10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
the art is good, but thats all thats good
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
120 of 135 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 22
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: The Howler
  • Original Release: 2014
  • Genre Tags: 2D; Simple; Puzzle; Strategy
  • My Overall Grade: B-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 2 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Aesthetes; Casual gamers

REVIEW
I love epic AAA titles that take three full work-weeks to complete just as much as the next guy; but sometimes I also enjoy those short and simple games that are easy to digest after a long day. The Howler is a great example of the latter. It has simple, straightforward mechanics with a pleasing, intimate art style. It is short and gratifyingly challenging without being too frustrating. And there is also an optional Voice-Mode which can be used to add a little dash of flavor to the experience.

The game is comprised of a small amount of short levels. Most of them won’t take long to beat. The puzzles involve simple two-dimensional movement which requires timing and precision. It is all very simplistic. But if you want to try out something a little different, you can enable Voice-Mode, which will allow you to use your voice (via humming, whistling, or blowing into the microphone) to control the game. It’s kind of fun at first, but some of the harder levels require a lot of precision and it can be real difficult in Voice-Mode.

The hand-drawn artwork is also very nice. It is a pleasing mix of intimate, curious, and casual. It isn’t the most refined or aweing art, but it is unique and full of character, and it fits the game well.

The last thing I’ll mention is that it is very short. To me, short games are great because I love variety and hate leaving things unfinished; but I know some people may have a problem with it, so be aware. Also, I generally try to not discuss price in my reviews, because everyone values a dollar differently depending on their lifestyle. But in this case I do want to say that I feel like the developers have priced this game reasonably considering its length. And so, like I suggested earlier: it is a nice, little game for those times you want something lightweight and intuitive. If that sounds like something you would be interested in, I would recommend you give The Howler some consideration.

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