OK, this is something real special. How often do you get a chance to own a video game sound track on cartridge? Not often… not often at all. Almost never actually.
Have a look at the Tanglewood OST with its beautiful red (orange?) cartridge for play on your original Sega Genesis and Sega Mega Drive. This is a sight you won’t see often!
In addition to the OST cartridge you might have noticed a set of 10 Tanglewood themed Post Cards.
Normally you’d only get one random Tanglewood Post Card in every physical copy of Tanglewood the game from Matt Phillips’ Tanglewood Kickstarter campaign. The full set of ten was only available to those who purchased the collectors edition. A true gem that I could not afford at the time.
So how did I end up with a full Post Card set?
Courtesy of a very close friend who reached out to the creator Matt Phillips of Big Evil Corporation and asked if he could buy a set for me.
Not only was Matt willing but he went one step further and included a free OST cartridge as well. When I received this packaged I was truly beside myself. I like very niche things. Things that are incredibly hard for family and friends to deduce. And my buddy nailed it… in a very big way.
Thank you RamboRy!
How good is this 16-bit video game sound track by freezedream?
Oh, it’s good. It’s very good.
The very first track is the Tanglewood theme and it sets a serene and calming mood. Conjuring images of the fairy tale ending you’ll want to earn for our fury friends; Nymn and Echo.
If I had to choose, I’d say my favourite songs would be tracks #20 (So long) and #21 (Deadwood). Not only are they incredible songs in their own right but they play at a very pivotal storytelling moment in the game and they are major contributors to a very emotional moment of loss and enduring.
Below is a recording I captured of the entire OST playing from my original model 1 Sega Genesis. Have a listen!
Unfortunately the Tanglewood cartridge OST is sold out at the time this post was published.
But a digital version is available over at freezedream.bandcamp.
Haven’t heard of Tanglewood? Read my spoiler free review here: Tanglewood 16-bit Perfection.
And have a peak at my Tanglewood longplay:
Honestly, if you’re a retro gamer you need to get your hands on Tanglewood.