Tanglewood (video game)

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Developer(s) Microdeal
Publisher(s) Microdeal
Designer(s) Ian Murray-Watson
Programmer(s) Timothy Purves
Artist(s) Pete Lyon
Platform(s) Dragon 32, TRS-80 Color Computer, Atari ST, Amiga
Release 1987
Genre(s) Puzzle/adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Tanglewood is a puzzle/adventure computer game produced by Microdeal in 1987. It was initially released for the Dragon 32 and TRS-80 Color Computer in early 1987 and later converted for the 16-Bit Atari ST and Amiga in 1988.


The game had originally been planned to be based on the children's TV series Willo the Wisp but this was dropped.[1] It was designed by Ian Murray-Watson and programmed by Timothy Purves with graphics by Pete Lyon. Pete Lyon also produced the graphics for other MicroDeal games including Karate Kid (1986), Goldrunner (1987), Airball (1987), Leatherneck (1988) and Fright Night (1988).


Main screen of the Dragon 32 version

The 8-bit and 16-bit versions of the game have a different setting and characters but the same basic premise. In the 8-bit versions, Tanglewood is a peaceful glade under threat from a property developer and wizard named Sharck. The player controls five different animal characters who have ten days to defeat Sharck before the bulldozers move in.[1]

In the 16-bit version, the premise is that Tanglewood contains valuable minerals that have only been discovered after the protagonist's uncle Arthur acquired mining rights from an unscrupulous company. The company now want to mine Tanglewood themselves and are suing Arthur for the rights back. The player has 10 days until the court case and must find the documents to win the case. Instead of controlling animals, the player controls five remote controlled vehicles.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

The game was first released by Microdeal in 1987 in a joint release for the Dragon 32 and TRS-80 Color Computer. It was released on the 16-bit Amiga and Atari ST in 1988. It was also published by Microdeal in the US.

Reviews were favourable with Dragon User giving a full score of 5/5 with the reviewer stating Tanglewood is "very hard" but "an excellent game".[1] A review of the Atari ST version in ST-Log also emphasised the difficulty of the game but gave particular praise to the graphics and sound effects. "The animation is faultless... but it's the detail that'll knock your socks askew. If the colorful graphics don't get you, the multiple sound effects will. They're superb, from the underwater gurgles to the mobile motors."[2]


  1. ^ a b c Tanglewood review, Jason Orbaum, Dragon User, Issue 48, April 1987
  2. ^ a b Tanglewood review, Betty D. DeMunn, ST-Log, Issue 28, February 1989