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WolfQuest: Amethyst Mountain Deluxe™

WolfQuest: Amethyst Mountain is the final title of the first official release of the first episode. Amethyst Mountain is a location in Yellowstone National Park, where the game is based on. You start as a two-year old dispersal grey wolf with a journey ahead of you- to seek a dispersal mate, with whom you will begin to form a pack with in future episodes.

The final version of Amethyst Mountain is known as Amethyst Mountain Deluxe, and featured several bugfixes and improvements overall. The last standalone release was version 1.6.4, now obsolete following the release of Survival of the Pack, which comes bundled with ever-improving versions of Amethyst Mountain per update.


Gameplay

The game is based in Amethyst Mountain, an area in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.[1][2] As the game is based on a real area, the development of the game shows likenesses to the actual area. During 1988, a forest fire ravaged the park, leaving trees charred and barren. The damage can even be observed in-game, since players can find acres of land with barren, pale trees marked on the map as The Burn.[3]

The player has a primary objective throughout the first quest: find a mate. Secondary and completely optional objectives exist as a challenge for the player -- hunting elk and hares or chasing off predators, such as coyotes and bears, or fighting or fleeing from stranger wolves encountered on your journey.

The primary objective involves exploring the three wolf territories to find a dispersal wolf of the opposite gender to your wolf who will become your wolf's mate.


Map

Main article: Amethyst Mountain/Map

There are two variants of the Amethyst Mountain game world: one specific to single player mode, and the other specific to multiplayer mode. Both maps are consistently set during fall, during the month of October.


Customization

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Customization screen. (Click to enlarge.)

Players can customize their wolf avatar from five pelt colours. These are grey, tan, timber, black and white, 

adjusting tint and lightness/darkness to suit their preference, modifying their wolf's stats - a selection between three tuners: stamina, speed and strength - and selecting their wolf's name and gender.

When customization is complete, the player may begin their adventure in the paws of a Grey wolf and start the quest to finding their mate.


Demo Version

The first public release of Amethyst Mountain was a demo; many things were different in the demo than they are today, such as controls, the game's environment, artificial intelligence and behaviour of NPCs. In the past, coyotes could steal your prey mid-hunt.[4]

It's advised that the player stays up-to-date with the most recent version for bug patches and compatibility, as multiplayer does not work for previous versions of the game. Just the current version available.

Images

Demo image.

Animals

Amethyst Mountain is home to a number of animals.

Ravens were introduced with the Survival of the Pack expansion.

The player should not attempt to eat from a carcass if a bear is nearby, as he will become aggressive if the player comes within range of the carcass he is guarding. Otherwise, bears are passive of the player if no carcasses are nearby for them to scavenge from. Coyotes are neutral towards the player and will attempt to flee if a set distance is not maintained, but they will never attempt to attack players.

Stranger wolves vary in their hostility and distinctive personalities; all Dispersal wolves are passive towards the player. Ravens cannot be interacted with and serve only as a beacon to show the player the location of a carcass in the distance without requiring the use of scent mode.


Amethyst Mountain is the name of the location where the first episode takes place. Originally released as a public demo on October 31st 2007 before its official launch to the public on December 21st 2007, WolfQuest: Amethyst Mountain was the first and only episode. It later received a major update on April 23rd 2008 known as the Amethyst Mountain Deluxe edition.[5]

On January 1st 2010, WolfQuest received an update in the form of a new second episode, Survival of the Pack. Like all all other levels, Amethyst Mountain continues to receive its fair share of updates and improvements.


Gameplay

The game is based in Amethyst Mountain, an area in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.[6] As the game is based on a real area, the development of the game shows likenesses to the actual area. Historically, the real Amethyst Mountain of Yellowstone National Park fell victim to a devastating forest fire during 1988.[7] This can be observed throughout the area of the map marked as "The Burn", where players may find an entire forest of dead trees and saplings scattered throughout the area.

The player has a primary objective throughout the first quest: find a mate. Secondary and completely optional objectives exist as a challenge for the player -- hunting elk and hares or chasing off predators, such as coyotes and bears, or fighting or fleeing from stranger wolves encountered on your journey.

The primary objective involves exploring wolf territories to find a dispersal wolf of the opposite gender to your wolf who will become your wolf's mate.


Map

Main article: Amethyst Mountain/Map

When the game first launched as a demo, the season was based in mid-to-late summer. When the final, full version launched in December 2007, the season was changed to instead reflect fall. The WolfQuest Team have confirmed that the first episode takes place in the month of October.[citation needed]


Objectives

Being the first quest of this wildlife simulation, the player is tasked with only one mission: to seek a wolf of the opposite sex with a good temperament. In order to progress, players must attain experience and improve upon their wolf by surviving in the Yellowstone wilderness, tackling predators and hunting prey.


Wildlife

Pending.


Trivia

  • The earliest devblog entry for the original game's development goes as far back as October 2006.[8]


This section serves as a placeholder for the upcoming Anniversary Edition update.


This section is split to cover all missions of this episode in the game, including any hidden or special missions. Miscellaneous guides and tips can be tagged under the guides categories, on the sub-page or found in the navbox.

Mission 1: Find a Mate


Game Guides
Episodes Amethyst Mt. MapMission 1
Slough Creek MapMission 1Mission 2Mission 3Mission 4Mission 5Mission 6
Tower Fall MapMission 1
Non-Episodic Lost River Map
Miscellaneous
Extras AchievementsCattle ranchEaster eggsHuman impacts
Rewards Experience points


This page is for users to voluntarily contribute their own screenshots from the game. Please do not add promotional, official or indev teaser screenshots to this gallery; they already have a dedicated article.


1.0.X-2.5.X


2.7.X


3.0.X-3.X.X



References

  1. http://www.yellowstonepark.com/location/
  2. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=amethyst+mountain,+yellowstone&sll=44.748318,-110.136395&sspn=0.114234,0.139217&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Amethyst+Mountain,+Yellowstone+National+Park,+Park,+Wyoming+82190&ll=44.853618,-110.241194&spn=0.057013,0.069609&t=p&z=14
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_fires_of_1988
  4. Versions
  5. Versions#1.6
  6. http://www.yellowstonepark.com/park/
    See it on Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode&q=amethyst+mountain,+yellowstone&sll=44.748318,-110.136395&sspn=0.114234,0.139217&ie=UTF8&hq&hnear=Amethyst+Mountain,+Yellowstone+National+Park,+Park,+Wyoming+82190&ll=44.853618,-110.241194&spn=0.057013,0.069609&t=p&z=14
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_fires_of_1988
  8. http://wolfquest.org/wordpress/index.php


Episodes
Campaigns Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3 • Episode 4
Co-operative Pack LifeRaise Pups
Non-Episode Locations Lost River
Amethyst Mountain
1.0.X - 2.7.X Wolf packs Social arenaDruid Peak PackSpecimen Ridge PackSlough Creek Pack
3.X.X Wolf packs Social arenaJunction Butte PackLamar Canyon PackMollie's Pack
Locations Map placeholder
Objectives Quests Find a Mate
Optional Survive