Ever wanted to know what it would be like to be Hungry Like A Wolf? A game has come out that does just that, teaching ecological principles and the ins and outs of wolf behaviour.
Developed by the Minnesota Zoo and Eduweb, Wolf Quest even incorporates an online multiplayer version of the game, so that you can team up with friends to form a pack together and learn something about these majestic and highly misunderstood animals. The developer’s have actually grasped the unique opportunities and quirks of the online gaming scene, and grabbed on the idea of episodic content to keep their game fresh and entertaining. In future games, they plan on offering the following:
Explore new areas of Yellowstone National Park, including the Lamar Valley in wintertime and denning grounds during springtime.
- Earn enough experience points and, with your mate, try to take down a bull elk without suffering a killing blow from its hooves.
- Establish a territory for your family pack through raised-leg urination marking, then defend it from other wolf packs through social challenges.
- Fight grizzly bears for control of elk carcasses.
- Find a safe den site and produce a litter of pups.
- Keep your pups healthy and well-fed until they can hunt for themselves.
- Venture away from your territory on risky missions to kill sheep on nearby ranchland.
- Once your pups are old enough, hunt as a pack!
The best part? It’s free, and available for both PC and Mac users. Head over to the official Wolf Quest site to download. Now I did download the Mac version and it was awful. The camera wouldn’t track my wolf, so if I ran offscreen I never found her again, I couldn’t zoom in or out, nor could I go right or left. The only time that I spawned with an elk carcass on my screen, I ran into it and got stuck. Apparently other iMac users have had this problem. If someone else has tried it and gotten it to work properly, please let me know, because this game rocks as a concept, but was horribly disappointing when I got it running.
I bet that Jack Thompson can find a military conspiracy in a game that teaches kids how to hunt, stalk, and kill large game and find a suitable mating partner for the continuation of their genetic line.
Via | Kotaku