The folks at Evercade just aren’t slowing down! Not long after the announcement of the Atari Lynx cartridge, we’ve got news of the latest addition to the growing Evercade cartridge library. This one is certainly different though! The Xeno Crisis and Tanglewood Dual Game Cartridge features two modern games that have been designed for the Sega Mega Drive.
This is a great indication that Evercade will be experimenting with their cartridges and we could possibly see further cartridges like this in the future that will hopefully introduce us to games we haven’t known and loved quite yet.
Matt Cope, Technical Director at Bitmap Bureau had this to say on the new cartridge featuring their title, Xeno Crisis:
“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to bring Xeno Crisis to the excellent Evercade handheld, a device we’ve been monitoring since we first heard about it. Having tested Xeno Crisis on the Evercade we were impressed not only with the build quality, but also by the standard of the emulation, and it is quite possibly the best way to play the Mega Drive version in portable form. The Evercade team are as passionate as we are about retro gaming, and we hope that this evolves into a long-term partnership.”
The new cartridge is planned for release alongside the Atari Lynx cartridge in Q3 2020.
Xeno Crisis is a top-down arena shooter originally designed for the Sega Mega Drive from Bitmap Bureau. In Xeno Crisis you take control of battle-hardened marines embarking on a deadly mission to confront an alien menace! Run and gun your way through thousands of adversaries, searching for survivors, and ultimately facing the origin of the outpost’s demise.
A successfully Kickstarted project from 2017, Xeno Crisis has been nominated for awards and delivers a truly excellent retro shooter experience.
Players have several weapons at their disposal, but ammo is limited so players must constantly be on the move, grabbing new weapons and extra ammo as they go. When a room has been cleared of all hostiles the player can choose which exit to take, with the aim being to rescue any of the colony’s inhabitants who might still be alive, and then progress to the area’s boss. There are 7 areas in total, each with their own enemies, hazards, secrets and gameplay nuances.
TANGLEWOOD® is a brand new and original game for the Sega Mega Drive, now available on Evercade cartridge following its successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016. A true 16-bit, nostalgic platforming experience running, that will make fans of gaming’s golden era feel warm and fuzzy.
Set in a fictional world, the game follows a young creature, Nymn, who is separated from the family pack after the sun sets. Unable to get back to the safety of the underground home, Nymn must find a way to survive the night terrors and get to morning.
TANGLEWOOD’s world is a dangerous one after dark, and Nymn must use skills of evasion, special abilities, traps and trickery to defeat predators.
The Xeno Crisis and Tanglewood Dual Game Cartridge joins 11 other cartridges featuring over 135 classic games.
You can pre-order your Evercade here, ready for launch on May 22!