A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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?
- 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
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Eduweb
- Release date: December 21, 2007
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: NR
- Last updated: June 20, 2019
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