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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"Hilarious, fun, addictive and great for a party night or a video stream. You control a hot air baloon with your voice as you guide it over buildings."
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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
42 of 57 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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10 of 11 people (91%) 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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9 of 13 people (69%) 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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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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