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The Red Lantern (2020) is an adventure with a team of husky dogs in the alaskan wilderness. You and a team of sled dogs head into the wilderness and traverse the ever-changing events of the Alaskan bush to find your way home. The result is a game that challenges both your instincts and decision making while you deal with memories that haunt you from the past.

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.”

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Red Lantern 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 19 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game with Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. It takes around 3 hours to perfect a successful run, but you still have reasons to play further to discover more of the branching story.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB TEEN for Language and Violence.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need to be able to embrace the repeated runs at the game. You need some skill in decision making and dealing with unintended consequences.


The Red Lantern usually costs £19.49.

The Red Lantern

Steam Store PC £19.49
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Developer: Timberline Games (@TimberlineGames)

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