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Start your own wolf pack in this realistic adventure.
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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

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.


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.


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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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'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?

Game details

Platforms:Mac, Windows
Subjects:Science: animals, life cycle
Skills:Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, hypothesis-testing, strategy
Self-Direction: time management, work to achieve goals
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Available online
Release date:December 21, 2007
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
ESRB rating:NR

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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 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 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 So You Will Have A GREAT Time Trying To Survive, And Only Violence I Found Was Minor Blood, So I Give The Singleplayer A E Containing Mild Blood And Suggestive Themes Mutiplayer: This Is Where Things Get Turned Up Swearing In Chat Is Filtered It Will Show Up As Jumbled Text Blood Still As Normal And Pretty Much The Same So I Give Mutiplayer A E10+ For Minor Blood And Censored Languge hats All For Me PEACE! Oh, And It Is Good For Education And Is VERY Fun
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use
Kid, 10 years old November 1, 2013

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