WolfQuest

Common Sense Media says

Start your own wolf pack in this realistic adventure.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game aims to be a realistic portrayal of the life of a wolf. The player does need to nurture and protect their young, and the game may encourage the protection of wolves in the wild.

Positive role models

As the "characters" are wolves, their behavior is instinctual for survival.

Ease of play

The game has a lot of keyboard controls that can be overwhelming, but it has a keyboard map that is easily accessible at any time. The game is also lacking instruction early on, and it may not be clear how to progress for first-time players. The second chapter of the game has better instructions throughout.

Violence

Kids will need to guide their wolf to hunt and eat other animals. The animals get bloody as they are eaten, but it's not particularly graphic.

Sex

The game asks kids to find a mate and when they do, they eventually have puppies. There is no reference to sex or where the puppies come from in the game.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy and safety concerns. The single-player version of the game has no privacy/safety concerns. The multi-player version has an unmoderated chat with a filter and requires membership in an online forum. Chat opens up the possibility of inappropriate messages and other negative behaviors. However, kids can also opt for a private, password protected chat with friends.

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

Subjects

Science

  • animals
  • life cycle

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • hypothesis-testing
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals
  • life cycle

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • hypothesis-testing
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Kids can learn all about wolves, including how they live in packs, communicate, raise their young, and survive day-to-day. In addition they can practice important life skills, such as time management, decision making, and the importance of teamwork. These are the skills that will help their wolf pack survive and thrive. WolfQuest is a somewhat simplified sim, but it's highly engaging and offers insight into the life of a wolf.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Game details

Platforms:Mac, Windows
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Eduweb
Release date:December 21, 2007
Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
ESRB rating:NR for (Mac, Windows)

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Kid, 8 years old August 8, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Great game for those who can handle blood

Kids who can handle blood can play this i avoid eating hares and elk as much as possible by going to the cattle ranch i was very VERY sad when i had to drown my pup Jeff becuase i turned him into a zombie pup and it freaked me out. It teaches a wolves life and how they do live i love My den its like layed out with a meadow where the pups can play ( as long as they don't go to far ) and elk hunting grounds in front of it i can take down male elks by myself i did it ( don't think i did not die several times ) i hate to lose a pup but it happens i like running fast just zipping across the plains i love testing my speed by running from barking dogs at the cattle ranch i have been cuaght once but other than that its a great game not alot of violence except hunting and succeeding killing predators trying to get your pups pups being killed or drowned wolf dying grizzly bear catching your pup coyote catching your pup wolf killing coyote wolf killing wolf mate dying and u dying and also grizzly bear smacking u
Kid, 10 years old November 1, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

All for parents

I would say Wolfquest is a very good game and it does not have much violence. Obliviously the game is about a wolf that is a loner,and everyone has to eat or they wont live,so it would be ordinary to see blood in the game.Moving on,I have played this game for a very long time and I play multiplayer and single player.Multiplayer may have alot of different people on it but when you chat and its a bad word or a word that means something inapropriate you would not be able to say it and if your child has seen a player trying to use bad language of bullying they can always report them to the administrater and that person would be talked to.Next,I have made it to the third part on Slough Creek and I keep on failing because my pups die.Well when you think about it you dont want to kill your pups and on the other hand if you kill 3 of your pups it would make it easier to complete the game because you only have to deal with one.Honestly,I just make a rule in my mind 'If I have to put you back at the den more than three times your on your own'It mind not sound like the best option but thats how you learn from mistakes.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 11 years old May 1, 2015
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Nice.

I think this game has a lot of potential. I like the style and 3D graphics, not to mention it's nice players. Try Feral Heart, but the rating for that would be 14 and up for strong language and realistic breeding.
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns

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