There is nothing more boring and pointless in the world than the argument over what is or isn’t a game – especially when people try to use it to mark down interesting titles that try to do something new with the medium.
So, let’s get this out of the way right here. Only When Howling is not a game. It’s an interactive art piece which happens to have multiple paths and interpretations depending on how you choose to experience it.
That’s not going to be to everyone’s tastes, but if you go in with an open mind, you may be surprised about how much you get out of it.
Open hearts, open minds
Each of the three stories in Only When Howling is presented in a similar format – you’re shown a small cutscene to explain the scenario, then your character’s head opens up and you’re invited to dive into their thoughts and feelings.