astragon Entertainment and Mi’pu’mi Games have just released Howl on Xbox Series X|S and PS5. The game was previously released in November last year on Nintendo Switch and PC.

Howl slipped through the cracks for me. November is mostly a hazy memory, so it's not surprising. Nevertheless, the screenshots piqued my interest, and the press release boldly claims it's "critically acclaimed." While that phrase is often overused in the world of PR, Opencritic corroborates the positive reception from various publications.

Described as a folklore turn-based strategy, Howl revolves around a peculiar howling that transforms listeners into werewolves. The protagonist is a deaf heroine who embarks on a quest to find a cure. Contrary to expectations, the trailer suggests a gameplay more akin to a puzzle than a traditional turn-based strategy. Players strategically plan their moves in six steps, maneuvering across a tiled field and executing actions to either avoid or confront enemies. To draw a somewhat obscure comparison, it brings to mind Trogdor the Board Game.

The whole journey comprises 60 stages spread across 4 chapters, with the world map revealing new abilities and upgrades as you advance. What truly stands out, though, is the captivating art style as well as fully hand-drawn illustrations in a charming storybook. Love them!

Howl is available now on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.