The Red Lantern

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Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

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

Released: Coming soon. Added to this library 3 months ago.

Overview

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.

Tip

This game is good if you want to inhabit another world or get around in unusual ways.

Commitment

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 16+.

ESRB TEEN with violence.

Accessibility

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 wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
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  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate including Xbox Live Gold for online play £10.99/month
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