Enter the magical world of Tangledeep, a beautifully polished dungeon crawler inspired by classic 16-bit RPGs! Colorful characters, a unique job system, tons of skills, items, and diverse environments with deep, turn-based roguelike gameplay. A different adventure every time you play!
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June 14

Patch Notes 1.15 and ARRANGE Album Released!

Greetings, adventurers! We've been hard at work improving the game (as always) in addition to working on the Switch port which is running better than ever. We may yet see a Switch release in August, if all goes according to plan. Before we get into recent changes, we're pleased to announce the release of...

Tangledeep ~ Arrange ~

This remix album includes 21 arrangements of your favorite themes from the Tangledeep original soundtrack, all in a diverse array of styles and genres! From 80s rock and heavy metal to EDM/trance and jazz, there is definitely something for everyone here. The musicians from OverClocked ReMix absolutely knocked it out of the park, and if you enjoyed the original soundtrack, you're sure to love this!

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Patch Summary

In patches 1.14 and 1.15, we focused on a few major areas.

For a long time, Percy's healing services have been very expensive and bordering on 'punishing' depending on your level and how many times you've used them. While healing should not be free and unlimited, the way costs scaled was almost exponential at times. We've revised the healing cost formula to simply be 50g, plus another 50g per time you've healed in your current level.

In other words, you should no longer see jumps like 50g -> 500g -> 1500g. Now, this doesn't help adventurers who get in over their heads in a nasty champion fight, but it will help you avoid character losses due to simply running out of resources. Defeat due to attrition was never a design goal of Tangledeep, which is why the game has no hunger system!

Several key early game cutscenes have been much improved for clarity and dramatic (or comedic) impact. More visuals, audio, and even new music! Plus, we've put in lots of quality of life (QOL) changes that will definitely improve your play experience. For example, ordering pets "Come to me" will force them to stay right next to you for a little while, rather than running away immediately!

All sorts of strange things can happen in Item Dreams, but these special events were not communicated well previously. Now, when entering new Item Dream floors, you'll see any sort of special floor modifiers like Big Mode, Costume Party, Fountain Floors, Berserker Floors, etc. upon entry. You'll also learn the effects of Dream crystal auras when first entering the aura (previously, you had to use the mouse to hover), and once you complete a dream you'll see a little 'report card' of what you earned and encountered during the dream!

A common request from roguelike veterans has been a so-called "bones" file, showing previous characters that have been lost on your current save slot. The idea of "bones" is a bit wrong for Tangledeep's tone, so instead, we now have the "Tree of Memories" which is inscribed with the names of fallen characters. You'll also be able to read where and when they were lost, their level, max floor reached, etc. This data is collected going forward on your local save, so older characters will not be shown.

We did a number of deep engine-level optimizations largely to benefit the Switch version of the game, since the Switch has a much less powerful CPU than just about any desktop or laptop processor. Some of these changes affected just about every object in the game and while we think we've addressed any bugs related to them, let us know if you find anything weird!

Some jobs had passives and innate bonuses that were particularly lackluster compared to other options. We've improved a selection of these, such as Gambler's Cheat Death, Edge Thane's low-health innates, Budoka's Vital Point: Bleed, and Brigand's Detect Weakness. Though Tangledeep is a single player game, we don't want there to be overwhelmingly powerful options OR jobs/skills so weak that they are never worth picking!

Patch Notes 1.14 and 1.15 (Combined)

  • Allies buffed by moonbeams (from the Moonbow legendary) now show the buff animation
  • Improved the cutscene involving the Dreamcaster in town
  • Improved the cutscene involving the escaped frog
  • Improved the cutscene when picking up the cube from Dirtbeak for the first time

  • New music for the escaped frog sequence
  • Replaced some placeholder SFX
  • Crab Grab now has SFX
  • Planting a tree now has SFX
  • Selecting items in your inventory / equipment screen now has SFX
  • Various Monster Corral actions now have SFX

  • Pet insurance cost is now simply player level * 75 gold, rather than monster level.

  • Gambler’s Cheat Death passive now works a bit differently. Now, if it triggers from any damage source, you cannot die from any other damage sources that turn. For example: 5 monsters attack you. The 3rd monster’s attack would normally reduce you to 0 Health, but Cheat Death triggers. Previously, the 4th and 5th monsters could still defeat you. Now, they cannot.

  • Brigand’s Detect Weakness passive now has a 50% higher chance of marking a monster each turn, and the damage bonus has been raised to +100% (up from +35%)

  • Edge Thane’s Glorious Battler passive now also grants 25 CT when defeating a non-worthless enemy with a song active.

  • Edge Thane’s innate abilities have more generous Health thresholds. The base innate now triggers when health is <= 60% instead of 50%, and the final innate (triggers when health is <= 33% instead of 25%. Also, when the base innate triggers, your damage mitigation is increased by 20% (up from 15%).

  • Budoka’s Vital Point: Bleed now has a buffed ‘trigger’ effect. Once an enemy is marked for bleeding and you strike them with another Budoka technique, the bleed will spread to enemies within *3* tiles of the original enemy, instead of within 1 tile.

  • For the first 3/4 of the dungeon, there is now a ~2 turn buffer from when you first enter a floor to when monsters can aggro you naturally. This should help with edge cases where a ton of aggressive monsters happen to spawn right next to stairs. However, note that if the monsters were already aggressive, or if you attack them, they will still fight back. Note: This does not apply on New Game+.

  • Monsters knocked out with a Monster Mallet should now gain immunity to mud and lava, and any ‘charged’ ability they may have been using should now be canceled

  • Jade Beetle’s ‘Armor Break’ skill removed (was only accessible by pet Jade Beetles)

  • Flat damage resistance (such as the Physical damage reduction granted by Medium and Heavy armor) is now applied AFTER your % resistance. This is most noticeable when you have higher resistance values.

  • Percy’s healing costs have been reduced to a flat, linearly scaling 50 -> 100 -> 150g (etc), resetting each time you level up. The costs are no longer based on character level. JP healing starts at 100jp and increases by 25jp per time you heal in your current level.

  • The cost to deposit an item at the bank has been reduced by about 20% on average

  • Attempted fix for bug where monster echoes and powerups would sometimes not trigger if they spawned on top of you. The powerups should now be obtained automatically at the end of the turn
  • Job Trials are now accessible immediately in New Game+ (if you’ve mastered your current job)
  • When hovering your cursor over an enemy and using a melee weapon with an Overdrawing bow on your hotbar, clicking on an enemy at max range should properly switch to the Overdrawing bow
  • Fixed monster wander behavior in Item Dreams with Deadly Void
  • Fixed bug with certain monster ability targeting such as Battousai’s Iaijutsu
  • Fixed bugs with inaccurate estimated healing on food items
  • Fixed bug that was allowing certain status effects like Sneak Attack to trigger on the wrong conditions
  • Fixed bug that made the Overdrawing magic mod always reset CT to 0 even when at less than max range
  • Fixed bugs with effects that required enemies to have not noticed you (these were always triggering)
  • Fixed visual bug with ‘icy ground’ (dropped by Frosted Jellies) sprite
  • Fixed bug where certain status effect sprites would “stick” to a corral pet and never come off
  • Corral pets should now gain XP even if you are at the level cap
  • Another attempt at fixing bug where getting pulled or pushed would not update line of sight properly
  • Fixed some monster abilities not using proper targeting
  • Fixed bug where monster letters would sometimes display garbage text
  • Fixed bugs with Armor Training (Paladin skill)
  • Fixed bug where the block bonus from Big Giant Circlet and Crystal Ring did not stack correctly
  • Fixed bug where friendly River Spirits’ water shot attack could sometimes target the player. Also fixed a number of other assorted friendly monster attacks
  • Fixed bug where the cursor could permanently disappear when returning to title
  • Attempt at fixing bug where the Summon Mini-Panthox effect would not trigger all summons (sometimes)
  • Fixed visual bugs with button colors in equipment and inventory screens
  • Fixed random floating “new item display” popup text
  • Enemy buff animations should no longer play while outside line of sight
  • Orbs/seeds should no longer drop in Job Trials, as intended
  • Fixed bug with high level rumors spawning after doing job trials
  • Fixed the monster family of one of the final hub side area bosses
  • Fixed random error that could happen and prevent game load on some older systems
  • Fixed health bars sometimes rotating out of position
  • Attempted fix at issue where Fungal Columns (and some other enemies) would occasionally be invisible
  • Monsters KO’d with monster mallet should no longer take lava damage (this should have been fixed already, so re-fixed?)
  • Fixed bug that was not incorporating your Spirit Power into Iron Breathing’s healing calculation (this may have affected some other healing abilities)
  • Fixed issues with sprite layering of summoned objects or terrain like mud and lava
  • HuSyn’s Autobarrier is now correctly classified as a Passive skill again
  • Gold cost of upgrading bank storage has been capped at your max gold held amount
  • Casino 2F now gives a super treasure chest when cleared, as intended
  • Parting Gifts should now work correctly with Runic Crystal

  • You can now find a new tree in Riverstone Grove that will be inscribed with the names of characters you’ve lost in Tangledeep. This data has been tracked only recently and will show level, job, champions defeated, etc. for each of your previous characters.
  • Upon completing an Item Dream, you’ll now see a popup showing the results of your Dream run: gold, XP, and JP earned, fountains found, items looted, and Goldfrogs caught. You’ll also see what (if any) upgrades your item got!

  • Yet more XML optimizations for faster load time
  • Support for dialogs with multiple pages of reponses! Wow!
  • Major optimizations related to map objects, monster spawns, and wandering monster behavior
  • Major optimization related to monsters trying to pathfind from very far away
  • Major optimizations related to many damage-dealing effects

  • On the Equipment screen, pushing left on your list of equipped gear via keyboard or controller will wrap the cursor around to the Filter buttons. Pushing right on the Filter buttons will then return to your equipped gear list.
  • When walking into an Item Dream aura (after not being in that aura the previous turn), the game log will show the aura effect. Also, the aura effect will pop up over your head for a second.
  • When purchasing Pet Insurance, the game will now let you know if you already have insurance *before* checking to see if you have enough money
  • When attempting a Job Trial, if you have a corral pet, you will now have the option of putting the pet back in the corral automatically
  • The Recipe book now updates ALL recipes to check if you have ingredients, each time you cook a recipe.
  • When handing in quest-related items like Tsukida’s coffee, the game will try to use unmodified versions (such as Coffee with no seasoning)
  • You can now sell items to Nando in town.
  • A new confirmation dialog now appears if you try to leave a campfire area without resting or cooking at the fire.
  • New tutorial popup the first time you knock out a monster in the dungeon reminding you to use your Escape Portal to easily escape
  • New tutorial popup if you have not returned to town after going through several dungeon floors (and if you have never used your portal before!)
  • You can now swap places with merchants in the dungeon.
  • When using the “Come to me at once” pet command, your pet should now stick right next to you for a few turns. It will not move away for any reason (unless pulled away.)
  • The “Wandering Merchant” message should no longer obscure the “Harvest Food” dialog after exiting an item dream.
  • Dungeon areas that are roughly on-par for your level will be noted as “Tricky” in the upper left, which is generally accurate to the challenge you would expect in these maps.
  • When finding unusual Item Dream events, you will now see some overlay text the first time you enter that floor
  • Grove Pest and two of the final hub area bosses (re-used sprite) removed from the Monsterpedia, secret rift boss *added* to the Monsterpedia
  • “Shaken” status now displays exact amount of CT lost per turn
  • Added numbers to various special item and effect descriptions

  • JP: Numerous text updates and fixes
  • “Spirit-Linked” modifier was previously used for both armor and shields and had the same name for both. Now, the shield version is called “Refreshing”.
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May 16

Patch Notes 1.13: Corral improvements, optimization and Japanese localization!

Hello adventurers! Today's patch has been in beta testing for nearly two weeks, as it contains some big changes to the pet system, lots of engine optimizations to make the game smoother than ever, and complete localization to Japanese! We're extremely excited to bring Tangledeep to a new audience :D

To switch languages, just click the flag on the title screen and restart the game.

Going forward, your corral pet will (finally) gain experience and level up while fighting alongside you! This is something that’s been a long time coming. Your pet gains a % of the XP that *you* earn, whether through defeating monsters or completing rumors. Once your pet gets enough XP, it will level up, gaining more power, stats, and health.

This new method of advancement feels a lot more intuitive, and it supercedes the wonky previous system of pet health scaling. Also, this means that you can actually get a really powerful pet simply through regular gameplay, without *needing* to do any pet breeding.

To make sure pets aren’t too overpowered, your pets can now only reach a maximum of level 12 in the regular game (which is about the level of the very hardest monsters.) To get them to level 15, you will need to beat the game and play New Game+. In either case, breeding is a way to increase a monster’s power even if they are at the level cap.


Breeding is still a powerful tool, and it works almost identically to how it did before. Breeding two pets will average all their stats, generate a new pool of abilities based on the parents’ abilities, and - if you add some extra JP - increase their base stats further as well. The only difference is that now, breeding will NOT cause the pet to actually gain an XP level. So, by both breeding AND leveling up a pet, you can gain even higher stats - without needing to go through as many ‘generations’ of pets as before.


Previously, monster relationships (affection) would develop naturally over time, but in many cases, affection would go down for any number of reasons. Now, monster affection will either stay the same, or increase. The chance of affection between two monsters rising is based on beauty (higher beauty = more affection), happiness of both monsters (the higher, the better), and monster family (same family, such as Frogs, means more affection.)

Bottom line: It should be much easier for pets to *naturally* develop loving relationships without needing to be force-fed Romantic meals.


Because you can now invest much more time into a pet, we think it would feel really bad if you’re adventuring with your Harmless Frog from level 3 to level 12, only to lose it to a random crit. So now, if a pet would normally be defeated, it will instead go back to the corral with its Happiness reset to 0. Furthermore, it will be unavailable as a pet for 3 ingame days. (The corral UI will say that the pet is upset with you.)

If you have Pet Insurance, of course, that penalty will be removed (just like it is now.)


There is a new NPC who can show up in Riverstone Grove! To find the NPC, visit the Frog Bog. She will be able to teach your pets unique skills that can’t be obtained anywhere else! Teaching your pet these skills will cost JP and scales up based on the level of your pet. There are four skills now, and more may be added later.

  • Way better game load / dungeon creation screens featuring Grace Liu’s original art

  • New music for the final areas of the game
  • Steam soundtrack now includes the final area(s) music and the Job Trials theme

  • JP is now capped at 99,999 per job
  • Gold carried is now capped at 9,999,999*
  • You can no longer capture Barrier Crystals as pets (didn’t make sense anyway!)
  • It should no longer be possible to get duplicate legendaries in NG+ or on NG+ restarts (however, in making this change, you will temporarily find duplicate legendaries…)
  • “Toxified” status now qualifies as a poison, for the purposes of abilities like Iron Breathing
  • Necro Band no longer gives your Escape Portal or Healing Flask a health cost (lol)

  • Fixed bug with Elemental King power scaling being too high
  • Fixed various bugs with **Wild Untamed** monsters
  • Fixed rare Item Dream monster scaling bug
  • Fixed bug where some special areas allowed you to walk through walls near stairs (i.e. craggan mine entrance)
  • Fixed game errors that could occur relating to Wild Untamed rumors and item dreams
  • Fixed yet more strange LOS bugs… maybe? Switched to a new spiral check method
  • Fixed rare bug that could happen with monster summoning
  • Multiples of the same legendary should no longer show up in the Casino shop
  • The banker will no longer let you withdraw more than the max possible gold
  • Summoned objects should no longer appear under terrain
  • Fixed bug where Tsukida’s Elixir and Muguzmo’s Campfire Meat would not stack with identical items
  • Fixed bug where restarting NG+ would allow you to learn more Ultimate techniques
  • Fixed bug where entering NG+ would *not* preserve the # of champs defeated with each weapon type
  • Attempted to fix issue where mod levels (such as Replicator 88) would sometimes show up in earlygame rumors
  • Medi-Ray Dispatchers can no longer be knocked out with a monster mallet
  • Fixed game error that could occur when switching combat log text sizes
  • Fixed bug that could make certain mastery abilities not appear in the skill list (or appear when they shouldn’t, while switching from one mastered job to another)
  • Attempted fix at bug where the Painter quest would sometimes not mark as completed if you hit a monster with the Monster Mallet
  • The Spirit stat no longer makes Delayed Teleport take longer (lol)
  • Fixed bug where Kunai Toss (monster ability) could hit friendlies

  • See the monster pet changes and additions above!

  • Significant work done for localization prep
  • Miscellaneous minor engine optimizations
  • Major optimization related to the combat log draw time (caused stutters during heavy combat)
  • Faster and smoother game loading
  • Major optimization related to any objects spawned ingame, ranging from dialog buttons to sprite FX, reducing stutter and making the game smoother
  • Up to 38% reduction in save file size, which means faster load times
  • Further data file size reduction (faster loading of core data)

  • Further cleanup of the hover info bar, giving monsters their own separate line(s)
  • When landing a stun with Shield Mastery, “STUNNED!” should appear above the monster.
  • Merchants will now consistently announce that they have new goods upon entering the floor, until you talk to them next
  • Jesse, the monster rancher, now explains the new pet advancement mechanic, and will also remind you of how monster romance works!
  • Consolidated Dreamcaster affinity UI if the dream has all 5 elemental affinities
  • You will now be prompted if you attempt to destroy an object such as an Ice Block that causes damage on destruction.
  • When starting or restarting New Game+, all toggle abilities will be cleared and reset
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“Few games are as vibrant as this one, and that joy it exudes makes the deep combat and vast progression systems so much more fun to explore and master.”
Gold Plated games

“Tangledeep is like the platonic ideal of RPGs: it has everything you want in a dungeon crawling roguelike without all the mess of outdated graphics or frustrating UI. The gem evokes memories of 16-bit Super Nintendo RPGs from back in the day. Do yourself a favor, grab Tangledeep before it gets more popular, and just try it for a couple twenty hours. Did I mention there’s great replay value?”
OP Noobs

“Tangledeep feels like a solid follow-up to games like Dungeonmans. Great music and atmosphere, straightforward gameplay. Accessible and fun!”
90% – DLH

About This Game

Tangledeep combines the 16-bit graphics and polish of classic SNES-era RPGs with elements from roguelikes and dungeon crawlers to create a magical experience for players of all skill levels. Trapped in underground villages with no memory of the world at the surface, you must survive an ever-changing labyrinth to discover what lies above. Experience rich, tactical, turn-based gameplay as you explore a sprawling dungeon that’s different each time you play. Tangledeep features a customizable job system and hundreds of collectible items that allow you to approach each playthrough in a totally new way!

The Setting

For hundreds of years, people have lived in the safety of underground settlements and villages – where the only route to the surface is “Tangledeep,” a mysterious and ever-changing labyrinth. With memories of the surface world long forgotten, you set out for the labyrinth to discover what lies above. With each floor – full of magical beasts, ancient automatons, bizarre environments and hybrid biomes – the mystery grows ever deeper…

Key Features

  • Experience finely-tuned, procedurally-generated and handcrafted gameplay as you fight challenging monsters, complete quests, and collect rare items.
  • Master deep, tactical turn-based combat across 12 unique jobs with over 100 skills.
  • Choose between three game modes – including Adventure Mode, which removes the pain of permadeath.
  • Capture nearly any monster in the game and raise them in the Monster Corral as a pet, or breed them with other monsters!
  • Make your experience easier, harder, or just plain wackier with over 10 included Game Modifiers
  • Share some of your progress between characters by using the banking system and planting magic trees
  • Explore ITEM DREAMS, randomized mini-dungeons where anything goes, and power up your gear!
  • Take in the scenery – comprised of beautiful 16-bit graphics and carefully handcrafted maps!
  • Relax to a beautiful soundtrack inspired by the most legendary RPGs of the SNES era, composed by award-winning composer Andrew Aversa – joined by Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), Grant Kirkhope (GoldenEye 007, Civilization: Beyond Earth), and Norihiko Hibino (Metal Gear Solid 3, Bayonetta)
  • Participate in daily / weekly challenge runs and compare to your friends with Leaderboard support!
  • Full support for Steam cloud saves, trading cards, and crafting with lovely badges, emoticons and profile backgrounds
  • Steam Workshop: Create and download player mods with new monsters, items, spritesheets, areas, and more!

Multiple Platforms and Control Methods

  • Runs on PC, Mac, and Linux!
  • Play with virtually any controller, and remap any control, binding, or shortcut
  • Old-school keyboard-only support (numpad movement) as well as WASD preset bindings available
  • Full mouse support - can even be played with ONLY the mouse!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics supporting DX9 or DX11 with 9.3 capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.8+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics supporting DX9 or DX11 with 9.3 capabilities
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+ / Steam OS+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics supporting DX9 or DX11 with 9.3 capabilities
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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