Best game for parties! Control hot-air balloon in steampunk city Vilnius! The game can be played in a conventional click/touch manner or you can control everything by voice: a noise will push the balloon up, or keep quiet for it to descend. You can even drop parcels or bombs by making short loud noise.
User reviews: Mixed (21 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 18, 2014
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“I don't know what it is with this game, but it is awesome to play”

About This Game

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a city where you can see hot air balloons flying over the roofs of the Old Town every day when the weather is clear. This is where the inspiration came from. Most of the places and buildings you see in the game actually exist in Vilnius today. Come to Vilnius to see them in real life!

The game is interlinked with the best-selling steampunk novel The HOUR OF THE WOLF by Andrius Tapinas.

The game can be played in a conventional click/touch manner or you can control everything by voice: a noise will push the balloon up, or keep quiet for it to descend. You can even drop parcels or bombs by making short loud noise.

The game was created by two people. The artwork is by Rene Petruliene: all the graphic design was drawn by hand, on paper, the old fashioned way. Antanas Marcelionis did the rest. The process took one year.

System Requirements

    • OS: XP
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Good game. Simple control but can hard sometimes.

This game has stunning concept arts. I really love steampunk tone in this game.
All you have to do in this game is control your balloon to reach goal or drop something but it is not easy like that because you have to avoid obstacles and calculate wind directions carefully.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2014
The Howler is a game about Howling, Where your screams take you through the levels but will this be a game you will want to scream through ? In the Howler you take controller of a baloon which you can controll by your voice by screaming or you can enable mouse controlls and controll the balloon by clicking. Overall so how is this game ? Im kinda mixed on this one. The game is actually fun but its also quite annoying. So first of all the games positives. The game has an amazing art style which is just amazing to look at. Everything is hand drawn and it looks great. The game also has simple and fun controlls but if you play with Voice mode enabled after a while youre throat will start to hurt because it requires alot of screaming in some levels. The game also has tedious level desing because sometimes its hard to navigate because some levels are more open than others and sometimes its possible to get lost. The game is quite short only an hour long but youre time will be increased because some levels are quite hard and you will need to repeat them. Overall Howler is quite a fun game but it also has a few other problems. Poorly optimized port. Its quite buggy as well . But overall The Howler is a game you should buy for puzzle game fans and people who like artistic games. I give The Howler a 7/10. Bonus for the readers who havent accesed the bonus stage The code is SOS. Enjoy.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
This is one of the funniest games I have ever played, brilliant for parties and streaming. You basically control a hot air baloon with your voice as you guide it on different tasks.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Simple gameplay, good sound, awesome art.
And it is short.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
little game with fat gameplay
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37 of 52 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
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 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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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
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

All in All again totaly worth the price of a cup of coffee.
Do Play....
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
Yes. I know it makes me sound like a re-tard-ed (steam censors be damned) monkey picking its b-hole, but I enjoy finally having something to use my mic for other than calling my friends degrading names. Not a bad little game even if it is a port from a tablet (and still tells you to 'touch here'). But the hell with all that complaining. I got unnessicary screaming to do. So... yeah... back to singing Wreckingball while trying to land a pretty balloon. Yay for pointless time wasting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
Want to take a little breather from that tedious work you've been scrawning over? Enjoy to lay your eye upon something pretty? If yes, then this is the one for you. Slow paced relaxant for a weary mind. At least at first. Can get frustrating with time, but not in a bad way.
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
Finally, a game, in which howling actually gets you somewhere.

It is one of those games that leaves a smile on your face. Although there is a lack of graphic's options, but come on, it's only 2,99€ without any discounts! This is definitely fun, especially when playing with friends. Recommended for everyone.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
A short and simple objective based version of "fly the copter" The voice control is interesting and the artwork is great, but the actual gameplay is just holding left-click or shouting "up up up" into your microphone. It's not very good, but pick this up on sale if the art style or voice controls intrigue you.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
The Howler is one of those games which, (in my opinion) is hard to (not to) recommend.

On the one hand, the game is beautifully drawn and it's quite cheap (3 bucks) for a game like this. On the other hand the gameplay just is not my kind of thing. You're suppose to fly an airballoon and land it on several platforms making good use of the gravity and ofcourse you should make sure the airballoon won't crash.

I'm sure there are lots of people who enjoy a game like this but I just did not. If you're into physical games this might be something for you.

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19 of 40 people (48%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
Hi, I played The Howler for like 25 minutes and it's really cool.

The game looks great. It's very peaceful, there not a lot of sound or music aside from your own voice. Only problem I had was that I coudln't put the game into fullscreen. So the footage I made of the game is essentially in letterbox format (I should have lowered the desktop resolution).

You control the altitude of a hot air baloon with a the mouse or by the making sound into a microphone. Lateral movement depends on the strength and direction of the air current you are in. So you have to navigate the air currents. Each level has a different objective e.g. to start you just have to fly to the landing pad and later you need to pick up and deliver parcels.

It's a lot of fun to use voice to control the hot air Baloon. I lost control several times when I spoke or burst into laughter which would seen the baloon rising out of the boundaries of the level. So I had to make myself shut sometimes lol. The game gets pretty tricky fast. It will make you navigate through currents pushing against you. The only way to do so is by gaining momentum in a current moving in the correct direction. I had back track a lot and it can be pretty slow using the air currents. But you need to concentrate to create just the right amount of sound. You are supposed to be able to drop objects by using your voice. But I couldn't get this to work so I used the space bar.

So it is a really cool game and $2.99 is an awesome price.

Click here for more let’s play videos =)
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Click to go up. Grab parcels, drop them off.
The screen is divided into three horizontal sections with arrows that are wind that blow you left and right.
You can do it with your voice, but you won't want to;
it's not precise enough, and the game becomes too difficult to be enjoyable.
[not that it was in the first place]
Art is pretty good.
Don't buy this.
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7 of 18 people (39%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
Nice art-style and that's it. Gameplay is very boring and gets old fast. Feels like a mobile game.

You can use a mic to control the balloon, didn't try it myself, but I guess it has that going for it as well.
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Summary Review
Masturbation Simulator 2014

Detailed Review
So I was in an internship where my team thought it would be a brilliant idea to make a videogame where you have players play a game where your voice is the game, and the key goal is that at certain points in the game, you scream as loud as you can. And the the louder you scream, the more points you get.

Everyone's all for that idea.
Except for me.

I thought it was a stupid idea from the start, because not only does that just sound stupid on its own, but that encourages players to be annoying.

It's already bad enough you have CoD kids screaming at you online, why the hell are we making a game that promotes being obnoxious?

I honestly hope it doesn't fly out of production. Because if it does fly, they'll probably get something like "The Howler."

This game uses the gimmick of using your voice to help elevate your hot air balloon and get from point A to point B, C and so on. And the louder you are, the faster you go up. That's basically your goal in this game.

Yeah, I could use the mouse instead, but that already sounded lame, so lets go use my voice.

I couldn't stand the idea I had to talk/scream louder than I should be, and it's really unfortunate too with this kind of art style. Whoever's the artist deserves better than this. And if the artist is one of the Game Devs themselves: shame on him for thinking this concept was even a good idea.

Eventually after 5~10 minutes of screaming, I got tired and stopped.
And you know what I did?

No, I didn't start using my mouse.

I got a paper towel, wrapped it around my mic, and started stroking it to raise my hot air balloon across the field.
...yeah. If that ain't innuendo enough for you, I don't know what is.

This game blows.

Please don't make anything atrocious like this ever again, game developers.
It encourages people to be stupid, and you should feel bad for it.
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
This game looked super fun but it just constantly crashes. I can't seem to get it to work and I'm not alone in this. Essentially, a game that can't be played is not a game. Don't buy it until you see them make major improvements.
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Extremely slow and boring gameplay, justifying its existence through voice activation instead of a left mouse click (or tap tap tap because it's mobile too, of course)
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