Lantern Forge is a sandbox survival game with building, crafting, and RPG elements. Mine and forage for resources to build a home, plant crops, and craft weapons and armor. Then venture out to explore the wilderness, find hidden dungeons and temples, fight unique monsters, and collect the treasures they guard.
User reviews: Mixed (222 reviews) - 59% of the 222 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 18, 2014

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October 7, 2015

Lantern Forge Updated to Version 1.11

This is a hotfix patch for the periodic loading bug that showed up in version 1.10.

Thanks for your patience while we resolved this!

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September 6, 2015

Lantern Forge Version 1.10 Released!

We are happy to announce the release of version 1.10!

This release includes some pretty major updates to the way the game generates, loads, and saves maps. It also improves the lighting system. All of these things work to substantially reduce in-game lag! We know this has been a major complaint from the community, so thanks for being patient.

There's also a fair bit of game balancing in this release. Base movement speed for players has been increased. And the attack speed and durability of many items has been bumped up a bit as well. This will only affect newly generated items that you craft or find as a drop.

We've made some visual enhancements to GUI elements and icons for better visibility.

And, of course, we've added a few new items to the game to be discovered.

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About This Game

Lantern Forge is a sandbox survival game with building, crafting, and RPG elements.
It features an isometric view with hack 'n slash combat. Players will mine and forage for resources to build a home, plant crops, and craft weapons and armor. They can then venture out to explore the wilderness, find hidden dungeons and temples, fight unique monsters, and collect the treasures they guard.

Lantern Forge features:
  • A massive procedurally generated world, plant growth, and day/night cycles with dynamic lighting.
  • Choose from 4 skill trees to gain special combat and survival abilities.
  • Discover hundreds of resource types and recipes for weapons, armor, tools, food, and home furnishings.
  • Travel through 8 different biomes, each home to unique monsters and resources.
  • Enchant equipment and add powerful gems.
  • Build a town center to open up merchant stands for trade.
  • Dig down 90 levels underground in search of the rarest and most powerful materials!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win7/ Win8
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
75.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
I started a mage character. Got to L47. Then the game crashed. I could not reload my save game after that.

I started an archer character. Got to L35. Then the game crashed. I could not reload my save game after that.

I am not starting another character. 35+ hours in the game and nothing to show for it.

But if this sounds like your kind of fun - hey - it's on sale.

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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
This game has enough fun for 30 hours at least. It's a pity the game did not sell very well and the devs need to go to find a full time job, after leaving the game in it's 1.0 version, released.

It's not an abandoned project, it's a game released. True, has a few (rare) bugs here and there, nothing gamebreaking.

Now, working in their free time after job, they just released a new update with optimization, some polish and a little more content. Great work and refreshing honesty.

Build your base, farm a lot of different vegetables and herbs, fight a good bunch of monsters, explore different biomes, go down level after level to find ore and loot dungeons, level your character, choose your path: warrior, ranger or wizard, craft your own weapons and armor and, most important, don't forget to eat and to rest!

A very beautiful survival game that is, in my opinion, a little gem and it gives more for less money. Totally recommended.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
This game really needs WASD movement. Instead we are stuck with the W moving towards your cursor, making movement nothing but an irritating chore.

"Combat" is clunky and imprecise. Click on an enemy to attack it... except most times your character will just move forward because of the aforementioned movement controls.

I can't play this game for longer than 30 minutes without it crashing or glitching out. I've also had my save data corrupted once as well. All that work down the drain.

Near-constant runtime errors, glitches and bugs (sometimes my character's hair will disapper. Sometimes the animal sprites are replaced with large blinking white boxes. Other times my hair stays visible but my armor disappears. And further still, sometimes my character is just replaced with a big ol' white box.)

When questioned on the forums about this, we were given empty platitudes. How do I know? Because I reinstalled it and tried playing it again recently. Sure enough, the game crashed within 20 minutes but not before my character disappeared and walked around as a floating patch of hair. The animals were replaced with glitching white boxes again too, for good measure.

In short, this game is a broken glitchy mess and I can honestly say it was a complete waste of money.
Perhaps my game time would have been a bigger number by now if the game didn't crash as much as it had.

Avoid this game if you value your sanity.



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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
This IS a complete, finished game. It is enjoyable.

Unfortunately, it suffers from the idea of a "huge open world" which delivers as "find everything within a few screens and then just get the same stuff randomly after that." It needs more content.

I really wish the devs would regroup, take a hard look at certain systems and how they are being delivered, especially ones they are in love with, and rip some guts out & perform an operation to install fresh ideas with a solid direction for the game.

Did I get my money's worth for 47 hours? Yes. I would, however, recommend finding your enjoyment elsewhere.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
46.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2015
To counter some of the, IMO, unfair negative reviews, I'll add my two cents.

This is a $10 game. Yes, the devs sort of left us hanging and it hurts since the game is very fun and has a lot of potential to be something more, but the game you do get is very enjoyable and has a lot to do for that $10, and has replay value.

The devs have also been poking around and patching a bit lately and have improved performance (one of my biggest negatives since changing z-levels was painfully long) and added some content.

The characters are fun to play and build, there's several tiers of crafting, lots of gathering and building to do, lots of exploring of procedurelly generated open world/underground to do, several different types of biomes both above and below ground with a nice variety of mobs and content to experience.

For the whopping $10 I think this game is definitely worth it - you can easily play enough hours - and have fun doing so - to make it (more than) worth the cost. I feel some of the negative reviews are way, way, too over the top in criticizing what is a decently feature and content filled game for a low price.

I could definitely come up with a list of other early access games or even released games that cost more money and/or were far more disappointing. Some people just have too much time on their hands to troll and be negative and/or have ridiculous expectations for very low cost indie games.

PS - I have over 46 hours played, mostly before recent patching. The top negative review is by someone with 6 hours played and IMO it's kind of silly for someone to be complaining about a game being incomplete when they haven't played enough to complete what IS there.
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