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The Red Lantern Review

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Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


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.

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.”

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Timberline Games (@TimberlineGames)


Players: This is a single player game.


The Red Lantern usually costs £19.99.

The Red Lantern

Switch Store Switch £19.99

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 16 with strong violence.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 12+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.


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.
Our The Red Lantern Accessibility Report documents 13 accessibility features:

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