WolfQuest

Game review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Start your own wolf pack in this realistic adventure.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

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.

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 & Representations

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.

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLevina T. September 20, 2016

Highly educational and entertaining, well worth your time!

As a longtime player of WolfQuest, I can safely say that this game is a great educational option. I rated it for 8+, but really it depends on the individual ch... Continue reading
Parent Written byXxConcernedParentXx January 24, 2015

Stupid..

Wow such a stupid game!
Kid, 8 years old August 8, 2013

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... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 21, 2014

WolfQuest Singeplayer And Mutiplayer

Singleplayer: The Singleplayer Begins As You Have To Find A Mate, (Simple Enough) But You Have To Hunt To Survive Hunt Animals Such As Hares, Bucks And Coyotes... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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