Indie throwbacks to the NES, SNES or even the N64 era have become extremely common, so much so that it has become extremely difficult to break out within the marketplace and stand out from the other ones. However, I think Tangledeep has the potential to do just that.
You take up the role of an aspiring adventurer who has spent their entire life living in an underground village. The only way up to the surface is through a labyrinth known as Tangledeep. Terrifying monsters and bandits litter the way through, and only the bravest of adventurers take on the challenge.
The first and most notable thing about Tangledeep is the presentation. A gorgeous color palette, well-designed pixel art, and stylish scan lines make for fantastic visuals. The Secret of Mana influence is very apparent in Tangledeep’s aesthetic, but it still brings enough to the table to look original. Every character playable or otherwise looks and feels unique to one another, and fits the theme that Tangledeep has created very well. Along with the visuals comes an amazing soundtrack. After the first song in the first location played, I was already on the Steam store checking if I could purchase the soundtrack on its own. From relaxing melodies to exciting fight jams, every part of Tangledeep’s OST captures the mood.