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Tanglewood brings puzzle and platforming action to Mega Drive and Steam

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You can even buy the game with packaging modeled after classic Genesis releases, if you're so inclined.

Big Evil Corporation, the indie developer with a name you can trust, today released a new puzzle/platformer title for Mega Drive/Genesis and Steam. Called Tanglewood, the game is digitally and as a physical product in online stores, ensuring you can pick it up for as little as £13.95 / $17.99 USD / €14.95, or for as much as £54.00 if you find yourself completely in love with the idea of owning another cartridge.

According to the press release issued to mark the occasion, Tanglewood is "a genuine 16-bit experience, produced using original 1990s SEGA development tools and programmed in pure 68000 assembly language." The man in charge of the development, Matt Phillips, should know; he has worked for a variety of publishers through the years, including Traveller's Tales and Crytek.

"My aim for Tanglewood was to create it in the same way as my favourite games from my childhood," said Phillips. "This idea has been brewing since I was nine years old -- the kid in me has long wanted to see my very own Mega Drive box on a store shelf."

Tanglewood is playable on PAL, NTSC and NTSC-J consoles, so region locking isn't likely to prove an issue. If you purchase the Steam version of the game, you also get a Mega Drive ROM file so you can load it to a flash cartridge and play it on original SEGA hardware, as intended.

"Tanglewood is the culmination of 25 years of gaming influences, as well as a love letter to every 1990s gem, and to every 2D platformer that captured my imagination," Phillips added. "A great big thank you, too, to SEGA, for inspiring me to enter the world of video games development."

You can find more about the game at its official site, where the game is also available for order. Are you interested in playing a new 16-bit platformer on your old hardware?

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Staff article by Jason Venter (August 14, 2018)

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Masters posted August 14, 2018:

Wow, I'm a sucker for retro titles like this. But yeah, I think it's safe to say I'll be getting the Steam version if anything. Also, that beast at 0:27 is the stuff of nightmares...
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honestgamer posted August 14, 2018:

£54.00 does seem like an awful lot to pay for what is offered, for sure (though I might not say that so quickly if it were an NES or SNES effort). And there have been a lot of retro-style games made lately. I really like the look of what the developer did here, so I could see myself getting it on Steam at some point and maybe even loving it.

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