At Last! A Game For Wolves: The Howler

Wolves are an under-served section of the gaming community. Why not make your game wolf-compatible, devs? You don’t even need to worry about keyboard and mouse controls, or even joypads. As adventurey platformer game The Howler shows, you can make a game about the complexities of sailing a dirigible around a city, and all you need to control it is your voicebox. Now the more astute of you will have noticed I’ve not made this post wolf compatible, but if you’ll lean in and sniff your monitor you’ll notice it’s releasing pheromones. Just take a long whiff of your monitor. I promise I’m not lying.

So a full-throated yell into your microphone will cause the balloon to rise, while a more modulated approach will allow you to control a descent. I’m not quite sure how left and right are handled. Maybe it’s automatic? There are also more traditional controls, but why would you use those when you could be making a sound like a dead wolf haunting a baby?

It seems like quite the trip. The 16 missions are build from real-world scribbles of an early 20th century rendition of Vilnius. You guide balloons and planes, solving puzzles with the power of your inner “aaoaooowww!”.

It’s not out yet, but it does have an ever-so fashionable Greenlight page for you to fawn over.


Though don’t play it around baby wolves if you value your high score.


  1. Ianuarius says:

    Game of Wolves Song of Howl and Whine.

    Looks nice.

  2. cowardly says:

    I knew he was going to yelp to drop the bomb, I knew it, yet he still scared me when he did.
    A nice idea for a game, though not to play when in company if one doesn’t want to be exposed to ridicule ^^

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get my cute gland fixed, that wolf pup seems to have overtaxed it…

  3. DanMan says:

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  4. guygodbois00 says:

    Any game that says “Do Begin” and “Play, please” is an instant must have in My Book (TM).

  5. Aaax says:

    Awesome. Finally a game that I can co-op with my dog. (not sarcastic)

  6. Revolving Ocelot says:

    Okami was a brilliant game.

  7. Lawful Evil says:

    Craig, you disappoint me, again. You’ve failed to take into account those of us who are reading your posts on a (smart?)phone. We have no 20″+ of monitors, you know.

    *snif sniff*

    Ugh, definitely no pheromones here.

  8. McGibs says:

    The left and right looks to be controlled by the vertical zone of sky your’re in. On the right side, you can see a scale with directional arrows. Want to go left? stay in the section of wind that’s blowing left. To go right, acend or decend to another section of wind.

  9. karry says:

    Howling Launcher B-mode, anyone ?

  10. The Random One says:

    It would appear that left and right movement is controlled by ascending to different parts of the level, which presumably have different wind directions.

    Yes, that what it woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooould appear.

  11. NothingFunny says:

    This is brilliant! should play when friends come over. Nice art style too

  12. yhancik says:

    It reminds me of Tmema’s Messa di Voce link to & link to