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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Very Positive (1,053 reviews) - 80% of the 1,053 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 21, 2016

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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 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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Someone saids its short and easy.

I say its harder than Dank Souls
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114 of 125 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Pre-Release Review
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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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Pre-Release Review
Its good when on sale, other than that, you get what you pay for. A simple yet challenging game where you try to get a parchute to certain areas. The art is beautiful, and the game is a pretty good stress reliever. 8/10
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26 of 45 people (58%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Pre-Release Review
The Howler is a very simple flying game where you ride wind currents in a balloon while completing specific objectives and finally landing safely. Objectives consist of picking up objects, dropping them at specific points, or blowing things up. The artwork is all hand draw and nicely done. Gameplay is literally clicking the mouse to make the balloon rise and pressing the spacebar to drop things. Alternatively, a microphone can be used which simulates clicking the mouse by making noise.

There are only 16 levels in total and it took me about 50 minutes to complete them all. There are 2 or 3 tricky levels and the rest are pretty straightforward. If you have an hour to kill and a couple quarters to spend, you might consider adding this to your library, although you aren't missing much by passing this one up.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Pre-Release Review
This Game Can Be Played With One Finger . Not The Middle One Though.
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