What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WolfQuest is a free online educational simulation where kids take on the role of a wolf in search of a mate. The game requires the player to chase and kill gazelle and hare for meals, and some blood is shown. They may also need to fend off (kill) coyote and bears. Eventually, the player will need to feed and protect their pups, who may fall victim to predators. The game also requires players to mark their territory by peeing around their den. There is a multi-player option with a chat that is filtered, but not moderated. This can create the possibility for inappropriate messages, bullying, and other negative behaviors. However, kids can also opt for a private, password-protected chat with friends.
What kids can learn
- life cycle
Thinking & Reasoning
- time management
- work to achieve goals
- meeting challenges together
Engagement, Approach, Support
The game and its mechanics are showing their age, but it's still an effective modeling of the lives of wolves. A few moments of frustration early on make way for fun exploration.
The learning is experiential and tied directly to the game's activities, and the emotional attachment players will form with their wolves helps make information stick. Multi-player mode reinforces the social nature of wolf packs.
While the game is no longer being updated, a passionate community forum, printables, activity suggestions, and links to additional resources still offer support. Could use a bit more help early on, but kids will love figuring things out.
What's it about?
WOLFQUEST follows the story of a lone wolf in search of a mate. The first chapter of the game is about staying fed, meeting other wolves, and eventually choosing a mate. The second chapter involves choosing a den, caring for wolf pups, marking your territory, and fending off predators. Eventually, you and your new pack must make a dangerous journey to a new home.
Is it any good?
WolfQuest is a compelling simulation that's bound to draw kids into what it is like to be a wolf. Using 3D graphics, the game immerses you in the story as you communicate with other wolves, warn off enemies, hunt prey, and raise a family. However, navigating using the keyboard can be frustrating. Once you get past that, however, WolfQuest is a fun way to learn more about wolves. The second chapter, in particular, is engaging and is broken up into several smaller tasks, making it easy to save.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the circle of life. Why do wolves kill other animals?
They can also talk about communication. How do wolves communicate? How is it different from the way we communicate? How is it the same?
There is some violence in this game when wolves kill or eat other animals. What is the impact of media violence on kids?