The Red Lantern is out now on Nintendo Switch and this story-driven rogue-lite adventure features all of the best puppers in one game. That being said, the most important question in any title is whether we can protect these. best boys and can we stroke them? The answer to these two questions is a definite yes. The Red Lantern is a great indie title that allows players to explore an incredibly dynamic world that evolves as the story progresses. With over 100 different encounters thanks to the choice-driven narrative, the story is personalized and breathtaking and encourages rewards through exploration. Most importantly, it features cute dogs; eight different puppies, to be exact. As with any game featuring adorable companions, the question immediately comes to mind regarding the safety of these fictional animals. I’ll admit I’m a wimp when it comes to any kind of animal in a game that gets hurt even knowing it’s not real. Playing for our full review to come later, I was terrified of that first moment a puppy dies. When it happened, I cried. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m not necessarily proud, but I’m not ashamed of it. Fortunately, this pain was short-lived as there is a way to prevent these deaths from occurring between giving all the animals and cuddling. From the main menu, select options. From there, you’ll see a simple toggle that still keeps the game’s furry companions alive, as shown in the two screenshots above. This is a nice additional feature considering the play centers around these particular friends. In Red Lantern, players will have a team of sled dogs that will help guide them when they get lost in the wild. It’s a game of survival in a constantly changing world and new dangers always present. Survive and come home while protecting these canine porridge balls. Since this is a survival game, some may call for switching this option to cheating. Honestly? I do not care. If you are squeamish, even knowing it’s not real, activate this option and enjoy the game. It’s a mind-blowing adventure and the pace is phenomenal; don’t miss this opportunity just because you think that using a feature that the developers give you is “cheating” the experience. Games are meant to be enjoyed, so enjoy it. The Red Lantern is out now on Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.