WolfQuest: Classic

Good
  • Educational and fun combined into a wolf controlling adventure
  • Constant development has resulted in a growing amount of content and several games
Bad
  • Limited replay value in the current game structure with reliance on your multiplayer interactions that may be hit or miss
7

WolfQuest is a video game originally available for Windows and Mac that simulates wolf ecology and allows players to experience the life of a wolf living in Yellowstone National Park in both single player and multiplayer game modes. WolfQuest has a broad history of development and while it originally started as a free game has since transitioned into multiplayer paid game titles and mobile apps for iOS/Android

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Players can still play the final free version of WolfQuest (version 2.5.1) as a single player only download on their official website here. Otherwise players can play the WolfQuest: Classic game on mobile or Windows/Mac which is the original game version. Alternatively WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition serves as a complete rebuild of the game and aims to expand the game beyond its initial development cycle. Regardless of which version you opt to play though you’ll find the same core of animal gameplay albeit different levels of mechanics and features.

Starting from a demo released in 2007 WolfQuest: Classic is split into a series of episodes that explore the lifestyle and struggles that a wolf has to deal with for survival. While the game can be played alone players are encouraged to team up into maximum groups of 5 and tackle the adventure together given wolves are generally pack animals. Outside of the game you’ll find an active wolf focused community discussing the game, optimal strategies and even furthering the education experience with facts and talks from wolf experts.

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Players join this world as a relatively young wolf that has lived their entire life (2 years) into the northern parts of Yellowstone National Park and while you’ve been cared for by the pack for now it’s time to expand your own abilities and potentially even start your own pack to repeat the cycle. In the first episode of the WolfQuest experience for examples players will focus on exploring the landscape and hunting elk in order to survive. Through this process you’ll be introduced to all the mechanics available to you and how to control your wolf as you take them from one side of the game world to the other. These controls are generally what you would see in other RPGs with a full range of movement and actions that a wolf needs for success. Eventually players will attempt to integrate with other wolves and find a mate to conclude this first core episode.

The second WolfQuest episode continues the adventure as players must now claim out their own piece of territory in order to make a den and raise their new pups. An important part of caring for your newborn pups is being able to defend them from a wide range of predators such as coyotes and bears that will attempt to harm them and showcases that even life as a wolf is not an easy life.

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The multiplayer environment for the game uses the same episodes for the most part although the ability to have a mate is removed making the game more about survival and communicating with your fellow wolf pack to achieve your own goals. This mode also houses your player account which has a host of achievements and friend lists for you to stay in touch with other players and generally builds out the core single player experience with new adventures for wolf players.

Summary:

  • Play as a lone wolf or team up with friends as you trek across the Yellowstone National Park.
  • Experience the struggles and successes of being a wolf as you advance through your wolf life.
  • Hunt Elk and be hunted by your predators that create a balance of predator and prey gameplay.
  • Fun, immersive and educational experience that offers a unique adventure.
  • Multiple game versions offer limited free to play content and paid adventures.

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Review Platform: PC

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Samuel Franklin
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4 Comments

  1. I wsa looking into this game as an alternative to the dated Feral Heart, but then i went to to go and install it, but decided to look in the forums first and found out that this game is not Free, and ontop of that has disabled public chat in public games instead leaving a limited Phrase Chat in its place for public games. guess i’ll stick with feral heart and enjoy the freedom of chatting there.

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  2. The older version of this game is free and still enjoyable no matter what.

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  3. Spending $10 on WQ is worth it, its a really great game and I’m pretty addicted tbh. 2.5 is fine, but the 2.7 version is MUCH better. <3

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  4. The game is no longer worth it in recent updates, first, it is not free, the first stage is free but unless you purchase the full game you’re doomed to wander a vast nearly empty land.

    It is glitchy and practically unplayable during the stage where you move your pups, I spent two hours trying to get my pups across the river in the most shallow part and they dropped and drowned every time.

    Lastly, the chat in public servers is disabled so no more chatting, unsure if that’s a good thing since there was no moderation of the chat and the reporting did not work.

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