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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.
Release Date: Jun 18, 2014
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$2.99

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“I don't know what it is with this game, but it is awesome to play”
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About the 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1,574 products in account
26 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 6th, 2014
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
291 products in account
11 reviews
2.4 hrs on record
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....
Posted: July 4th, 2014
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
639 products in account
19 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 7th, 2014
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16 of 33 people (48%) found this review helpful
187 products in account
47 reviews
3.5 hrs on record
Hi, I played The Howler for like 25 minutes and it's really cool.

http://youtu.be/62JBh9E0fSY

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 =)
Posted: July 4th, 2014
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
270 products in account
8 reviews
0.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 5th, 2014
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1,574 products in account
26 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 6th, 2014
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