The Red Lantern Review
Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 8 days ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
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.”
Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 22/10/2020
You have to hold a trigger button to see the resources on the head up display.
How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.
Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.
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