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Steam Store Description (from Ad Blurbs)

TANGLEWOOD® is a brand new and original puzzle-platforming game originally released for the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis, coming soon to Windows, Mac, Linux, Everdrive, and your favourite Mega Drive emulators. A true 16-bit, challenging platforming experience that will make fans of the golden gaming era feel warm and fuzzy.

Set in a fictional world, the game follows a young creature, Nymn, who is separated from home after the twin suns set. Unable to get back to safety, Nymn must find a way to survive the night terrors and make it to morning. TANGLEWOOD’s world is a dangerous one after dark, and Nymn must use skills of evasion, special abilities, traps and trickery to defeat predators.

TANGLEWOOD® is programmed in pure 68000 assembly language, using original development tools and processes from the 1990s.

  • A real 16-bit game, created for and playable on genuine SEGA consoles
  • Mixes fast-paced 2D platforming action with puzzles, special abilities, tricks and traps
  • 28 challenging levels spanning 8 story chapters
  • Lovingly crafted characters and fluid animations
  • Original soundtrack by freezedream, authored specially for the Mega Drive's sound processors
  • Time of day cycle, influencing the types of enemies encountered
  • Collectables, achievements and secrets

Following its successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, TANGLEWOOD and its development process has received worldwide attention from the likes of BBC News, Nintendo Life, Destructoid, Kotaku, Motherboard, Computerphile, Games Master, Retro Gamer Magazine, and TecToy.

TANGLEWOOD was lovingly hand crafted by industry professionals Matt Phillips (TT Games, Crytek, Dambuster Studios), Matthew Weekes (Freedom Planet, Poncho), Armen Mardirossian (Pier Solar and the Great Architects), Nathan Stanley (freezedream), and more.

Mega Drive ROM File Included

This Steam package also includes a Mega Drive ROM file for you to play on genuine SEGA hardware (using a flash cartridge such as Everdrive), most major emulators, or home arcade setups (such as RetroPie).


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User Reviews

Tanglewood takes you back to the golden age of 2D platformers: the 16-bit era! Linux Agostinho Barone (60)
A charming new and original Sega Genesis/MegaDrive game that does a good job of combining nostalgic technical elements with modern gameplay influences Genesis David Howland (14)
Finally, a proper modern retro game. Genesis Thomas King (2)

Critic Reviews

16-Bit Dad Genesis Aug 29, 2018 92 out of 100 92
Orange Bison Windows Aug 14, 2018 9 out of 10 90
Gert Lush Gaming Windows Aug 20, 2018 8 out of 10 80
TGG / The Gaming Ground Windows Sep 02, 2018 4 out of 5 80 Genesis Aug 17, 2018 8 out of 10 80
Retro Video Gamer Genesis Sep 01, 2018 8 out of 10 80
GamingTrend Windows Aug 20, 2018 80 out of 100 80 Genesis Aug 17, 2018 7 out of 10 70
Gamereactor International Windows Aug 19, 2018 7 out of 10 70
Big Boss Battle (B3) Genesis Sep 06, 2018 Unscored Unscored


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