A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

Lanternal is a game made in 72 hours for the Ludum Dare 43 game jam in which the theme was "Sacrifices must be made".  In Lanternal, a fast-paced bullet hell shooter, you play the role of a young mage who needs to defeat foes and capture their souls.  At regular intervals a demon will appear requiring you to sacrifice some power in order to continue. 

Controls (Mouse and Keyboard):

  • W = Up
  • A = Left
  • S = Down
  • D = Right
  • Mouse = Aim
  • Left click = Fire Staff
  • Right click = AOE Blast

Controls (Controller):

  • Left joystick = Movement
  • Right joystick = Aiming
  • Left trigger = AOE Blast
  • Right trigger = Fire Staff


  • Will Bittner (Developer support)
  • Liz Cooper (Production/Publishing) 
  • Peet Cooper (Art/Design)
  • Pat Farnach (Programming)
  •  Jesse Hijinks (Animation) 
  • Daniel Kim (Audio) 
  • Robert Parker (Programming)


Lanternal_v1.2.1_WINDOWS.zip 111 MB
Lanternal_v1.2.1_MAC.zip 120 MB


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Really good game, especially for a game jam !
You're part of my video of the Ludum Dare 43 ;)
Enjoy !

Merci beaucoup !  Je suis heureux que vous l'ayez apprécié !


Really awesome and clever stuff here! I haven't seen any other downgrade mechanics like this in recent memory and I love the idea! You keep getting weaker as the game gets harder. Not only that, but the game is gorgeous too. The style looks painted and I don't often see detail like that in a jam title. While I don't think it has a ton of replay value, I still had a blast with it! Great work!


Thanks so much for making the video and I'm glad you enjoyed it!  Totally agreed about the art -- it was done by Peet Cooper who is a beast with the (digital) paintbrush.