The Red Lantern Review

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 8 days ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Red Lantern is a personal adventure about making something of your life. You and a team of sled dogs head into the wilderness and must navigate the ever-changing events of the Alaskan bush to find your way home.

You play as The Musher as she sets out to train for the gruelling Iditarod race. With your trusty crew of dogs, each of who have their own personalities and stories, navigate the ever-changing landscape and events in the Alaskan wilderness as you find your way home.

The game tells her story as you play. "You are what you do, so choose wisely... Unfortunately for me, you are also your mistakes. I am a disappointment." You learn the journey is her way of making something of her life.

Unlike other narrative games though, this doesn't always turn out well. Hundreds of different events can occur—like fending off bears, resisting frostbite, attending your dogs, or receiving a signature moose-licking. Some you survive, and some you don't and then start again.

What starts off as a game about adventure, turns into a story about perseverance and discovering that head-on isn't always the best way to face what's in front of you. You need to make careful and intelligent choices if you are going to get through this with your pack of loyal dogs intact.

Game Director, Lindsey Rostal, describes The Red Lantern as a game about perseverance. "A game about doing something just for you, not for anyone else. Fighting through so you know you can do it. So you know you can still survive when everything seems to be going wrong."

"I think we've all imagined," she continues, "that moment where we could just hit that reset button and run off to the woods. 'It might be better there,' we think. But often these idealized plans don't come with much preparation. This is where you join our game. Chasing a childhood dream, with the barest of resources, the lightest of plans, and no idea of what might be coming next.”

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One.

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy.

Developer: @TimberlineGames

 

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CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

PEGI 16 with strong violence.

ESRB TEEN with language and violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Sub titles are provided at good contrast but they are quite small and not adjustable.

You have to hold a trigger button to see the resources on the head up display.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Assistance

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


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