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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)

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Genesis 6 4.6
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Windows 5 4.6
Combined User Score 11 4.6

Critic Reviews

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Genesis16-Bit Dad (Aug 29, 2018)
Tanglewood is a phenomenal game and, as it is a Mega Drive game with a cartridge, I can actually say with complete accuracy that it is now one of my favourite Mega Drive games ever released.
WindowsOrange Bison (Aug 14, 2018)
Like many great games before Tanglewood, you can easily lose hours playing and find something new each time you play. Take charge of your senses, transport yourself to the 90s and grab yourself a copy. You won’t regret it.
GenesisIndie Ranger (Aug 14, 2018)
The novelty of it being a classically made video game does not bring down the quality or impact of the story. It’s a short story that can be completed in just a few hours, but the gratifying experience you get while playing makes it feel like a much longer experience.
GenesisGameGrin (Aug 25, 2018)
Overall, whilst Tanglewood has a few minor niggles, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a must-have title on either the Mega Drive or Steam. It's cute, colourful and great fun. It's also a great achievement and testament to the dedication Big Evil Corp have put into authenticity.
90 (Aug 23, 2018)
BEC has made a very impressive debut on the Genesis, giving players a rock-solid little platformer that oozes with personality and excellent presentation.
WindowsJapan Curiosity (Sep 21, 2018)
Tanglewood is a brilliantly compelling platformer that boasts not only great gameplay, visuals and music but compatibility with original SEGA hardware and a physical Mega Drive cartridge release to boot. I highly recommend trying it for yourselves, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
WindowsGamed (Aug 21, 2018)
Tanglewood is een vermakelijk retro-avontuur. De gloriedagen van de Sega Mega Drive liggen lang achter ons, maar dankzij Big Evil Corporation krijgen we opnieuw de kans te beleven wat deze gamesgeneratie zo goed maakte.
WindowsPast Game Rebirth (Aug 11, 2018)
Sans se placer dans l’élite des jeux Mega Drive il mérite bien évidement de finir dans votre collection.
WindowsThe Digital Fix (Sep 06, 2018)
Tanglewood looks gorgeous - the game's aesthetic is remarkably varied with levels providing various biomes for you to explore. At times it even reminds us of the much more recent Limbo with Nymn silhouetted against a gorgeous sunset soaked backdrop. The audio is very much inline with the 1990s chip tunes - and it helps to transport the player back to a simpler time where gaming didn't have to be a huge commitment of time.
WindowsTGG / The Gaming Ground (Sep 02, 2018)
It’s been a very long time since I played a 16-bit puzzle/platformer that’s been this charming and impressing as Big Evil Corporation’s “Tanglewood” is. As a matter of fact, I would have to go back to the 16-bit golden era of the 90s to find games such as “Sonic”, “The Lion King” and “Another World” to even have any titles to compare “Tanglewood” to. Simply put, “Tanglewood” is a must play for fans of 16-bit puzzle/platformers.
GenesisRetro Video Gamer (Sep 01, 2018)
So overall this is a game worthy of your collection, the above screenshots don’t really to the game justice, the animation is simply stunning and the wonderful parallax scrolling just leaves you breathless, one gripe would be the lack of real music throughout the game, I am assuming this was done to help set the tone and suspense of the game, and when I think about it, it really works, the controls are responsive and work well. I’m in no doubt that should this game have been released back in the day it would have been greeted with high scores in magazines like Mean Machine, for me you have to give extra created to essentially to Matt for creating this game more or less on his own.
WindowsEntertainment Focus (Aug 31, 2018)
By every account, Tanglewood is a retro trailblazer undoubtedly worth checking out. It’s not easy and won’t hand you any answers, but if you’re a true fan of the Mega Drive era, there’s no way you can pass this up. It takes everything that was technologically available and brings out the absolute best of those capabilities. My big hope is that there will be many more to follow in Tanglewood’s steps.
WindowsEvilgamerz (Aug 29, 2018)
Tanglewood is een ontzettende leuke verrassing voor de fans van klassieke platformers. Nymn nam me weer even mee op een nostalgie-trip en heb er enorm van genoten. De bijzondere graphics, de onheilspellende sfeer en de moeilijkheidsgraad zorgen voor een plezierige ervaring die ik iedereen kan aanbevelen. Dat de game ook is uitgegeven op een ouderwetse Sega cartridge zorgt alleen maar voor veel bonuspunten.
WindowsGert Lush Gaming (Aug 20, 2018)
It combines a lot of platforming with a sprinkling of puzzles and exploration. Every ability mixes the game up and generally, you love it all. In short, this is a must own for any retro fans or gamers wanting the challenge only old games gave. Excellent title.
WindowsGamingTrend (Aug 20, 2018)
Developed with genuine Sega Genesis tools, Tanglewood is the epitome of retro throwbacks. Outside of that novelty, Tanglewood succeeds through its intuitive puzzle design, constant drip of new mechanics, and varied locations. While the general lack of music and slow introduction do detract from the game, the sum of its parts is a genuinely great 2D platformer worthy of your time.
80 (Aug 17, 2018)
We’re always wary of neo-retro games that just try to copy what already exists but Tanglewood is fascinating for the fact that a game like this could’ve existed back in the Mega Drive era but nobody thought to make it. But whether you take this as a lesson in changing trends in game design or simply a homage to a beloved console Tanglewood is a real triumph. We’re glad the Mega Drive isn’t dead and we take this as proof that it really can live forever – not only in our hearts but also on Steam.
WindowsDigital Chumps (Sep 07, 2018)
Overall, Tanglewood is a solid game that shows there is still life in a video game era long since forgotten. I highly recommend it, if not just for the puzzles and visuals. It’s a well-made game.
WindowsThe Inner Circle Games Network (Aug 15, 2018)
Nevertheless, I think Tanglewood is a pretty good game. There is a fantastic atmosphere conveyed by the graphics and sounds alike, and the puzzle-platforming gameplay wrapped within is solid stuff. The fact that it’s built with the same exact hardware and materials used to make SEGA Genesis games back in the day is extra impressive. I just feel there are a few things that could be ironed out so nothing gets in the way of the game’s impact.
GenesisDigitiser 2000 (Oct 01, 2018)
Ultimately, Tanglewood is charming, and noble, and - for all my grumbles - I am happy that it exists.
WindowsDigitiser 2000 (Oct 01, 2018)
Ultimately, Tanglewood is charming, and noble, and - for all my grumbles - I am happy that it exists.
WindowsVGU (Video Games Uncovered) (Sep 07, 2018)
Overall, Tanglewood is a cute 2D platformer that will appeal to retro and modern gaming fans alike. The graphic style and soundtrack will make fans of the 16 bit era feel like they are booting their consoles for the first time all over again. Despite it’s flaws, Tanglewood is a successful end result of an ambitious project whose creativity and ingenuity should be celebrated and replicated for many years to come.
70 (Aug 17, 2018)
Tanglewood presents you with a beautiful world to platform and puzzle through, and delivers a potent rush of nostalgia, but it's merit is tied inseparably to its hardware, and risks gimmickry.
WindowsGamereactor International (Aug 19, 2018)
All in all though Tanglewood sets out to deliver us a Mega Drive game, and it does that successfully, sticking to the tropes and styles of two decades ago. It might not be for everyone's tastes for that very reason, but it's got a lot to look at, collectibles to find, cute characters to see, and plenty of lovely environments. It's even got that iconic spookiness you'll remember from games like Ecco the Dolphin and Sonic, and if that isn't a testament to how faithfully the Mega Drive spirit has been recreated, we don't know what is.
WindowsSEGAbits (Sep 06, 2018)
Overall Tanglewood is a charming game that features likable protagonists, a vibrant world and overall a highly authentic experience for anyone looking to dive into a 16 bit SEGA Mega Drive nostalgia rush. Just when it seems it might start to feel a bit repetitive, the game introduces new mechanics to try and keep the player engaged and despite at points feeling unfair on the player, the unlimited lives and checkpoints often help paper over this and you’ll find yourself coming back to it again to try and overcome the obstacle. For better or for worse, Tanglewood is truly a 90s game, there is no cutting edge graphics or revolutionary idea, nor is it trying to be that but instead a true jump back in time and a neat little puzzle platformer. For any fan of the Mega Drive it’s a must, so grab it if you want to relive a bit of the 90s again!
GenesisRetroCollect (Oct 23, 2018)
Tanglewood is a game that once again demonstrates the Mega Drive's ability to provide a quality 2D platform adventure experience. The inclusion of some mechanics from the modern-day means that it comes highly recommended and a worthy addition to your gaming library. If you were one of the kickstarter backers eagerly anticipating the game dropping through your letterbox soon, you should find the wait to have been worthwhile. For those who didn't, as a physical product, the game can be purchased for a price that is equitably commensurate with the price of what a new Mega Drive game would have cost back in the console's retail life, resplendent with a choice of cover art that is synonmymous with your region of choice.
GenesisBig Boss Battle (B3) (Sep 06, 2018)
Tanglewood is a brand-new Mega-Drive game, by Matt Phillips of UK indie studio Big Evil Corporation, coming off the back of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, being a new Mega-Drive game in 2018 is cool enough, but the fact that this game was made on an original 1990s Sega dev kit in full assembly language is even cooler. This gives it an authentic 90s feel.