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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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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AtomicMushroom
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Product received for free
Q:Do I like it?Why?
A:Yes.i do like it.im surprised that im enjoying The Howler even though I know that this is a mobile port game.But judging by the the amount of work that the devs have put to make The Howler a masterpiece of art gaming,i dont bother the mobile port part.if you think that The Howler is the kind of game that make you feel sleepy,no,it is not.the level of difficulty applied in every level is enough to give you a hard time but in the same time you will enjoy the art in The Howler.I find myself attracted to The Howler simply by the intuitive control and eyecandy-ish type of art.the price tag is also reasonable because of the amazing content The Howler has to offer.

Q:Overall?
A:beautiful,well executed and polished 2d masterpiece of gaming

Q:Any useful tips?
A:chill

DA SENTENCEEE
♥♥♥♥ING WINDS MANNN

[There is a group called AccidentlyReviewed,they give away free games. no joining giveaway,no joining random group,no liking random facebook page. they give games free of charge. you should check them out here:http://steamcommunity.com/groups/Accidently]
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Twitch.tv/makarimorph
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8BEN_AI0EM
Did a lets play on this game, its a lot of fun for what it is and really makes ya rage and get angry at wind :T
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chasgalven
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
The graphics are really good. Everything is hand drawn and has a very unique feel.
The controls feel a bit clunky, but the game is fun.
I would vote average on this one, so I'll stay with the positive review.
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Maxmetpt
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
The game has 16 levels. I must have considered just uninstalling it about 14 times, now...

Awful controls, and terribly gimmicky game making for very very slow replays, despite the levels being 40 seconds long.

I really, really dislike this one, that doesn't happen too often. Every level I feel like dropping it because of the counter intuitive way to solve the levels with very poor hit detection, while keeping you boxed in a tiny area, killing you if you leave it even a bit...

No.

P.S.: The bonus level could have been a very nice thing. You have a completely different vehicle, which is kinda nice. Unfortunately, they didn't bother to test it and check that it has very, very imprecise hitboxes, in a level with very narrow paths. So yeah, you die several times without "touching" the bombs. ...

This is game has the most contrived levels I've ever seen.
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kaqqao
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
There's very little to this game. You play the level over and over until you can precisely execute what it wants you to do, progress to the next level and repeat. Since it costs less than 1 eur, it's ok to get it for the artwork itself. Can be completed in 1.5h.
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angelofsora
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Graphic in the game is good, no doubt.

BUT, its spikes hidden in the buildings are exhausting my patience. I can't stand that when I'm going up/down against a wall, suddenly the balloon goes KABOOOOOOOM, frightening and frustrating.

The wind and the flight level is the important part of the game, but its value seemed not carefully modified. And there's not a minimap ,neither a zoom-in/out function.

The music and sound effect inside is, rather better if not existed.

I'm not a crazy fan of these kinds of games, and it's not suitable for casual tag, it should be difficult, hardcore orflappy bird like.

*Graphic +10
*Voice control +4
*Cards +1
*Mouse & keyboard 0
*Soundtrack 0
*Difficulty -2
*Modeling -8
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*Total 5/10 Not suitable for everyone
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Faith.™
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
good mic
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rikuverse
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
im not the only one who frustated at level 4 right?

nah, i frustated all the time playing this gime
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Silver Priest
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Got it on sale in a bundle.

Voice control is fun, but tiring.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Product received for free
Q:Do I like it?Why?
A:Yes.i do like it.im surprised that im enjoying The Howler even though I know that this is a mobile port game.But judging by the the amount of work that the devs have put to make The Howler a masterpiece of art gaming,i dont bother the mobile port part.if you think that The Howler is the kind of game that make you feel sleepy,no,it is not.the level of difficulty applied in every level is enough to give you a hard time but in the same time you will enjoy the art in The Howler.I find myself attracted to The Howler simply by the intuitive control and eyecandy-ish type of art.the price tag is also reasonable because of the amazing content The Howler has to offer.

Q:Overall?
A:beautiful,well executed and polished 2d masterpiece of gaming

Q:Any useful tips?
A:chill

DA SENTENCEEE
♥♥♥♥ING WINDS MANNN

[There is a group called AccidentlyReviewed,they give away free games. no joining giveaway,no joining random group,no liking random facebook page. they give games free of charge. you should check them out here:http://steamcommunity.com/groups/Accidently]
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
The game has 16 levels. I must have considered just uninstalling it about 14 times, now...

Awful controls, and terribly gimmicky game making for very very slow replays, despite the levels being 40 seconds long.

I really, really dislike this one, that doesn't happen too often. Every level I feel like dropping it because of the counter intuitive way to solve the levels with very poor hit detection, while keeping you boxed in a tiny area, killing you if you leave it even a bit...

No.

P.S.: The bonus level could have been a very nice thing. You have a completely different vehicle, which is kinda nice. Unfortunately, they didn't bother to test it and check that it has very, very imprecise hitboxes, in a level with very narrow paths. So yeah, you die several times without "touching" the bombs. ...

This is game has the most contrived levels I've ever seen.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
im not the only one who frustated at level 4 right?

nah, i frustated all the time playing this gime
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
120 of 133 people (90%) 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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64 of 77 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 1, 2015
DISCLAIMER: I was given a key for free by the publisher!

The most outstanding feature of The Howler is the art style for sure. Hand drawn art for both background and foreground objects. The later actually appear like paper cut-outs attached to the former.

Gameplay is simple and straight forward! You are only required to click the left mouse button to control your balloon (click = balloon will rise, no-lick = balloon will drop). Movement to the left/right is controlled by flowing air currents; e.g. if you want to move to the right, just let the balloon rise or drop to the corresponding current, but beware of sharp objects that will let it burst by touching.
The object in each level varies from simply getting to the landing spot to picking up packes, dropping them off and land.

As much as I enjoy my time with The Howler, there is one important thing to mention, which might be shortcoming for some people: There is NO REAL FULLSCREEN support, that is, even if you go fullscreen, the game itself takes place in a realtively small window!
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49 of 68 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 6, 2014
I will admit, I only bothered to look at this game due to its very cool graphical style. Though, on watching the gameplay video and reading the main synopsis present on the store page, I became fearful of a very real possibility. Namely, that hiding behind an excellent artistic direction is a shallow, and probably irritating, gimmick driven “game”. Not unexpectedly, I’m obliged to report that my suspicions proved accurate, but also that my discoveries come with several reservations.

First, the gameplay itself (and this should be obvious from the accompanying trailers), is minimal. The goal is to slowly raise and lower your balloon in tune with the weather patterns, which push you left and right, to varying degrees, and land at some designated point. As the game goes on, you’ll have to contend with the added complexity of doing this several times per level, and occasionally even drop things down holes or bombs on unsuspecting flying spiky balls. Playing with a standard mouse, this gets boring, and at times irritating, though mostly due to the slow nature of your balloon and having to wait for your chance to fail again. Chances are, you will have to reset levels several times due to popping or floating too far off-screen. This is where the gimmick comes in, and the developers clearly hope that people haven’t learned from every other throwaway peripheral and gimmick that console makers try to push down our throats. By using your mic, you can control the balloon with your voice. Or any manner of sound, I suppose, so long as you can easily fluctuate it. This is also where my first aforementioned reservation comes in. If you can entertain yourself for hours on end by making stupid noises in the dark, than by all means, play and thoroughly enjoy The Howler. If you’re considering this as a fun diversion for you and your drunk friends, ask yourself this – when was the last time you were able to keep a group of drunks quiet for more than 5 seconds? If you can’t answer that question, than you’re better dusting off the ol’ Kinect for another go around of drunk digital soccer.

Now here’s my second reservation: the art design. It is superb, often ranging from the melancholy to the downright foreboding. And of course, the Wolf. It really bothers me that such a fantastic art style is wasted on a game like this. Given that this mediocre excursion could be beaten in little more than hour (provided you’re forced to reset as often as I had to), than I would seriously consider recommending this title given you have a fondness for such things. If you can forgive, or at the very least tolerate the gameplay, than you may have a better time than I did, if only for the joy of viewing the set pieces. Know, though, that for some reason the game is limited to a small window (surrounded by a large black border in fullscreen), and cannot appear to be changed. While this keeps the art crisp and clean, I am disappointed that I couldn’t have a closer look at some of the better murals.

The Howler is based off of a book, and you’ll see a direct link to it on Amazon.com in the game’s menu. It’s a shame that there is absolutely no exposition or plot to the game’s events, offering only a quick phrase explaining your mission for whatever group and off you go!. Perhaps it might have alleviated the boredom of the actual gameplay mechanic to have given it all a more defined purpose. In any case, The Howler is something you probably shouldn’t even bother playing in the first place. Unless you really think you’re going to enjoy making stupid noises into your mic for an hour, or absolutely refuse to use google to find the game’s sublime artwork, I’d recommend you at least find a better mobile port to spend your time on.
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35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 7, 2015
Simple & hilarious // Recommended on sale, best with friends

~Full Disclosure: This game was reviewed with a key given by the developers~

Microphone is heavily recommended for this title

+ Spectacular, aesthetically pleasing artistic design
+ Voice controls may be a bit gimmicky, but it can quickly become quite hilarious, especially around others; one may find oneself shouting nonsensical things in order to keep afloat
+ Balancing momentum and wind currents does much to add to the title's challenge
+ The casual nature of the title makes it very easy to pick up and play for a quick entertainment fix

- Abysmal selection in the 'settings' menu; no resolution support whatsoever
- Suffered frequent CTD (mostly when failing a course)
- Limited replayability when not with friends; also suffers a sharp drop in entertainment value when using a mouse over voice controls

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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 15, 2015
I will start off by saying I did not try the voice mode. Its 6am, and I live in an aptartment building. My neighbors dont want to hear me shouting UP!
This game has a lot of character and the kind of Steampunk feel to it, that can draw you in.
The game mechanics were pretty simple. Alla mouse click anyhow, Follow the current's, drop the package, dont hit things, land on the pad.
I enjoyed what I put into it, for my 0.14 cents. This card collection booster game, might actually get a second look

Did i mention Steampunk?!
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 11, 2015
A simple idea made great with awesome hand-rendered charcoal/paint/ink art. Looks easy at first but very quickly becomes a highly precise battle against the wind and gravity. Despite only running in a 4:3 black bordered box or window, The Howlers representation of a steam-punk Lithuanian capital Vilnius remains hugely atmospheric. Excellent.
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 4, 2014
2.99 on steam or 1.99 on app store. Totaly worth it.

It a simple game to play as you talk to your ballon and yell at it to go "UP,UP,UP!"
The hardest part is trying to go quiet when you want to scream for your ballon to make it through that hole while decending down.
Artwok is beautiful, and it's got that addicting factor of...just one more time I swear....
only cons I have are
-no full screen and no options to make it so.
-I can't find how to close the game without X'ing it out
-can't access settings while in game or return to main menu so you have to close game in order to change mic sensitivity or w/e.
-the option to make a quick,loud sound to drop a bomb/parcel is too finiky to work well as I drop stuff without even yelling that loud or sharply
-TOO SHORT I WANT MORE!!!

All in All again totaly worth the price of a cup of coffee.
Do Play....
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