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Genesis platformer ‘Tanglewood’ could be coming to Dreamcast

Tanglewood is shaping up to be one of the more exciting Kickstarter projects we’ve seen this year.

The Genesis platformer looks every bit like one we would have played growing up and is described as a combination of games highly regarded platformers like Another World and The Lion King and is scheduled to release next winter.

Tanglewood only has four days left in its campaign and has raised $52,62 of its $60,747 goal. Developer Matt Phillips has announced an exciting new stretch goal to release a Dreamcast version of the game if they can raise about $64,000.

C'mon, you know you want it!
C’mon, you know you want it!

“If we secure £10,000 beyond our original goal, we’ll put that extra into a SEGA Dreamcast edition of Tanglewood, after we’ve finished and released the Mega Drive version,” the update read. “Once again, created on genuine development hardware, and released on physical disc, because we can! This will be a complete port of the game’s code (not emulated) using the original graphics and audio.”

What’s more, if they can reach £75,000, Phillips and his team will release an HD version on the Dreamcast. “With an extra boost of £30,000, we’ll be expanding upon the Dreamcast port by reworking all of the 16-bit graphics and audio to bring you a high definition version of Nymn’s story, for the Dreamcast and more!”

Phillips is a game industry veteran, having worked on 14 games dating back all the way to the SEGA CD, Saturn and Dreamcast. He’s going to painstaking detail to ensure Tanglewood is top quality and is creating the new Genesis platformer using original “SEGA development tools, software and processes, and programmed in raw 68000 assembly language.”

You can download the prototype ROM here and check out Tanglewood’s Kickstarter page here.


Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief at SEGA Nerds and Mega Visions Magazine. Over the years, he's written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others. Oh yeah, he's also been a diehard SEGA Nerd his entire life.
  • Tarnish

    “Phillips is a game industry veteran, having worked on 14 games dating
    back all the way to the SEGA CD, Saturn and Dreamcast.”

    Now this might be just me, but I recall him saying he’s 30 years old now, so considering it’s been 16 years since the Dreamcast was relevant, I kinda doubt he was working as a game developer at the age of 14, let alone on Saturn and SEGA CD…I think what he said was he dabbled in Saturn and Dreamcast development in his free time since he has dev kits for them.

    • Berto Yulianto

      Curious as well. From other source :
      “I got my degree in Computer and Video Games at the University of
      Salford, then started as a programmer at Traveller’s Tales working on
      engine tech, mostly audio and visual effects systems. I worked on 12
      LEGO games over 5 years – everything from LEGO Indiana Jones II to The
      LEGO Movie game, and also worked on some of the special effects tech
      used to render the LEGO Batman movie. My last project there was a port
      of LEGO Star Wars Saga to iOS.”

      “Worked on 12 lego games” —> 12 of 14 –> there’s no lego games SEGA CD, Saturn and Dreamcast. So……….. two games left on three system?


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