An Aussie Is Helping To Create A New Sega Mega Drive Game


An original game for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis (yes you read that right) is on KickStarter and is set to feature music from Adelaide chiptune artist freezedream (Nathan Stanley), if successful.

Taking inspiration from classic Sega Megadrive titles such as the Lion King and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as more recent titles including and Limbo and Ori and the Blind Forest, Tanglewood could be the newest game to add to your Sega Megadrive collection.

Being developed by Matt Phillips, a game developer from the Manchester UK, who has recruited Nathan Stanley, or better known as freezedream in the chiptune community, to create the soundtrack and sound effects for the game.


Tanglewood is a puzzle, platformer and follows Nymn, a creature separated from their pack after the sun sets, who must find a way to survive the night. The game is programmed on original Sega development hardware and is set to have a physical cartridge release, compatible with the European Mega Drive and the US Genesis.

“This isn’t a 16 bit look a like game, this is a 16 bit game, it’s the real deal, running on real Sega Hardware. This is a chance for fans to add a new game to their Mega Drive collections, and those seeking a nostalgic kick, will fill right at home in Tanglewood.”

Freezedream fits the style and development of the game well, as the Sega Megadrive is his favourite console to create chiptune on. And in 2010, he became the first artist to ever release a chip music album for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis, on a physical cartridge.

Over the past two years, Matt has been writing the engine, level editor, tools and content pipeline, and a significant part of the development has already been completed, but he needs some help making it happen, hence the KickStarter!


But fear not, if you don’t happen to have a Sega Mega Drive, Tanglewood will also be releasing on Windows, Mac and Linux through Steam. You’ll be able to download an app, which will provided as close-to-authentic Mega Drive experience on your desktop, without the hassle of setting up an emulator.

Tanglewood is already over %38 percent of the way there and is set to come out in the winter (our summer!) of 2017, if it hits its goal.