Tanglewood Is a Platformer Out Today for Steam and Sega Genesis (Seriously)

A new 16-bit platformer called Tanglewood is out today—not only for Steam, but also for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, believe it or not.

on August 14, 2018 11:53 AM

In a bit of unexpected news, independent British studio Big Evil Corporation released their first game, a 16-bit platformer titled Tanglewood, for Steam and the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. Yes, you read that correctly.

Tanglewood is described as a side-scroller that calls back to older platformers like Aladdin and The Lion King on the Genesis, both classic products from Virgin Games. Big Evil Corporation also took inspiration from the Sonic the Hedgehog titles and the Metroidvania genre.

The premise involves a fox-like creature named Nymn, who players control as he attempts to reunite with his family pack; along the way, he will encounter dangerous beasts and creatures. The game will provide several power-ups for Nymn to utilize, with puzzles and “demanding boss fights” along the way.

This isn’t simply another retro-inspired game meant to imitate the past—it is an authentic Genesis game, using original Sega development tools and “programmed in pure 68000 assembly language.” Not only is Tanglewood playable on its own cartridge, but the Steam version will include a ROM file that will allow flash cartridge owners to play it on a Genesis or Mega Drive console.

Tanglewood was funded by a Kickstarter campaign that raised almost $70,000. It is available on PC, Mac, and Linux through Steam, and Genesis/Mega Drive owners can order the cartridge (a cost of £54.00) here—although it appears at the moment that orders for the second “batch” will not ship until this October. Check out the launch trailer, screenshots, and a photo of the cartridges below.

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