Over the last year, the App Store and Google Play have seen a number of animal simulators whose popularity continues to baffle me. I felt like I was in on the joke with Goat Simulator, but when games like Giraffe Simulator and Stray Dog Simulator started making the rounds, I was dumb-founded.
Seriously. Watch YouTuber Lonnie play Stray Dog Simulator and tell me you don’t feel the same.
The latest entry in this baffling genre is Wolf Online, a multiplayer version of the developer’s earlier Life of Wolf that we’re told has already surpassed 5 million downloads.
That’s a lot of wolves.
Wolf Online takes that experience and adds both co-op and PVP options with players from around the world. In PVP, you’ll be battling other species of wolf for dominance (you can play as either a mountain wolf, snow wolf, or wild wolf). In co-op, you’ll participate in a raid alongside other players to defeat… a dragon?
While the developers claim they’re striving for realism in how a wolf hunts, they might not be quite on the nose when it comes to “what” a wolf hunts. In addition to traditional prey (rabbits, deer, etc..) you’ll be able to make a fine wolf dinner out of chimera, Cerebus and more. (I’ll take mythological dog food for $500, Alex).
I’ve gone hands-on with Wolf Online, and yes, it’s just as baffling to me as most every other animal simulator on the market. I can’t even tell if PvP and co-op are modes, or if they’re just feature descriptions. Mostly I’ve just walked around and bit other wolves (controlled by other players) in the butt.