The original game was designed for ages 9 and up. We specifically designed it to be fun and playable by 9-13 year olds, since that was the target audience for our National Science Foundation grant funding over ten years ago, but many teenagers and adults enjoy it too! Because you play as a wild wolf, you will hunt and consume prey (mild gore), you or your pups may perish (heartbreaking), and you will fight with your competition (mild violence). Life of a wolf can be hard! These are things to consider when deciding if WolfQuest is right for your child.
The game offers four difficulty levels to create a challenging and enjoyable experience for players of all levels. If players are 12 or younger, or you are worried about internet safety, we recommend sticking to single player and phrase-chat multiplayer games. Players affected by COPPA (players under 13) will automatically have their game accounts restricted to phrase-chat in public games.
WolfQuest depicts the lives of wild wolves who hunt, eat prey, and fight to survive in the wild. Consequently, the game contains mild violence and gore. For example:
- Prey and predator animals attack/fight back and can cause injury or death to the player’s wolf.
- Prey carcasses are an important food source for many animals and are mildly gory.
- Predators and other dangers (e.g. drowning, starvation) are ever-present threats to player’s wolf and pups.
- Pups do not all survive and this can be hard for young players.
- Player wolves can visit a ranch and may be shot by an unseen rancher.
- In multiplayer, other players may choose to be combative in the roleplay (at this time, player vs. player fighting is not an option).
Other things to consider:
- Public multiplayer games for 13 and up include text chat with players from all over the world.
- Private multiplayer games are available for all players and include open text chat and voice chat.
- Players in multiplayer games must be tolerant and open-minded about other cultures and perspectives. WolfQuest community members are expected to be friendly, respectful, and helpful players. Public multiplayer games are not a place to criticize or condemn people on the basis of their race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or political views.
- Multiplayer games are not moderated live so players need to be comfortable navigating online community interactions which may not always be positive or friendly. Players can use the in-game reporting system to report inappropriate behavior.
We encourage parents to play and be familiar with games that their children love! Parents of younger children and teens should check in regularly to be sure that they understand how to behave and be safe online.