It’s a brave developer that puts Simulator in the title of one of its games without any attempt at irony. Wolf Simulator by Second Reality is one such game, one that many will assume goes along the same satirical mountain path as Goat Simulator, but is actually attempting to be something worthier – a survival sandbox simulation where four legs and a pack mentality outperform the two of a lone wolf human.
Just released on Steam, Wolf Simulator isn’t the first survival game to put the player in control of an animal, neither is it the first to focus specifically on the lives of wolves (that accolade belongs to WolfQuest), but what it does claim to offer are playable classes (Warrior and Scout), some basic character development, territorial control, an open world in which humans hunt you down, and – rather curiously – “elements of horror”.
Early feedback suggests Wolf Simulator doesn’t simulate wolves quite as convincingly as WolfQuest, plus it lacks that game’s multiplayer modes. Still, it’s probably due a couple of updates and is also half the price, which for cash-strapped fans of lupine endurance is probably enough to distinguish it from the competition.