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Howl (2023) is a turn-based tactical game set in a folktale world where you battle feral beasts. Play involves planning a string of moves and attacks to outwit your enemies. It stands out for the unusual deaf hero and the welcoming forward-planning challenge.

It's a game set in a mediaeval world where a sinister Howling Plague has ravaged the land, turning all who hear it into feral beasts. You play a deaf hero who takes on the danger in search of a cure. This involves turn-based battles where you use your weapons and wits to survive. However, unlike other tactics games, here you can plan up to six steps in advance to gain the advantage and outmanoeuvre your enemies.

As you progress you must take on all manner of fiends lurking in the shadows, each with different abilities and levels of vitality. As you slay more wolves, you gain skills like Vault, Smoke Bomb, and Piercing Shot. Survive the battle and you will have also created a dynamic piece of scripture that tells the story of the battle.

The result is a game that not only looks inviting, with its living ink art style but generates curiosity and creativity in players. Carve your way through a dark, fairy-tale world made up of obscure yet magical places where you fight and write to rid the lands of the plague.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Howl 7 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Sequencing, Strategy and Traversal game with Adventure elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence, Fear.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. This is a game that leans on the skills of forward planning and strategic moves. You can turn on an accessibility setting that lets you see what the next move your opponents will make so it’s actually well-suited for younger players who don’t like surprise moments of defeat.


Howl usually costs £12.99.


Steam Store PC £12.99
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/11/2023

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Sequencing, Strategy, Traversal and Adventure

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Board, Grid and Hand-Made

Developer: Mipumi (@Mipumi)

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