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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).
Release date
Big Evil Corporation
Big Evil Corporation
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS+ or equivalent
  • Processor: Dual Core 1.8ghz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Additional Notes: Requires accelerated OpenGL drivers

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: MacOS Sierra 10.12.5+
  • Processor: Dual Core 1.8ghz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7+
  • Processor: Dual Core 1.8ghz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD
  • Storage: 50 MB available space
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TANGLEWOOD (2018) reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Product received for free Tanglewood is not trying to reissue an old Game. Tanglewood is simply an old Game, which was only released in 2018. What you think of it is up to everyone themselves. If you can do something with old gameplay mechanics, charming Old-school look and great 16-Bit music, you can do everything right with Tanglewood. For everyone else, it could at least be an interesting Glimpse into the World of Video Games nearly 30 Years ago. And that's worth a lot in Times of Graphic Bombast and cinematic Sound, too. My detailed Test can be found here: https://videospielkombinat.de/tanglewood-in-einem-spiel-vor-unserer-zeit
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Microsoft from Deutsch
First Of all: I participated in the closed Beta And am a Backer of the Kickstarter campaign. Tanglewood is a wonderful and very atmospheric Game. Since it was developed for the Sega Mega Drive, it has an absolutely authentic pixel art style and the musical Accompaniment Is stunning. The Gameplay is reminiscent of Titles like Oddworld Abe's Oddysee. You explore the Jump and Run Levels and solve puzzles or flee from Predators. The Story of the Game will tell you through the Environment without disturbing the flow of The Game. Tanglewood is one of the best Games ever developed for Mega Drive and doesn't need to hide in the modern PC landscape! Clear Buy recommendation!
Translated by
Microsoft from Spain
Beyond being a game originally created for the Megadrive console, the game has a quality and quantity of content above many current PC indie games. The game does not disappoint with brilliant puzzles in terms of originality and challenging difficulty. Its inherent retro appearance adapts well to the present town of new retro-aesthetic productions. No doubt this game had gone out in the age of 16 bits would have been one of the great in the catalog of the Megadrive, only those reluctant to the puzzles would have forsaken him. By the way the game I play in its version of Megadrive although it is accurate to the Steam. I Have a game series on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dww3jECYIN8&list=PLYZRzgTJplWM9DDwFswJ5mA0b_rMvKS9s
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Microsoft from French
Tanglewood is a very good platform-reflective game. Tanglewood is a MegaDrive game above all. That's why I played it the most on its original support. However the sensations of the games are the same. You will control Nymn, a small red-and-white fur mammal who is alone in a world of dangers. Fortunately, Nymn is not alone. He will find on his way Fuzzl (cute little hairballs that remind me of the chaudoudous =)) that once escorted to their nest provide Nymn with various powers very useful for his journey. Tanglewood is a beautiful sound atmosphere, a very pleasant gameplay and a wonderful adventure through beautiful landscapes. In short, you will have understood, I recommend this game to 100% because it is my most beautiful discovery of the year.
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