New Evercade double-pack will include Alwa’s Awakening and Cathedral

Following the popularity of their Xenocrisis/Tanglewood double indie game cart, Evercade has revealed a similar two-game package.

Cart number 27 will include Alwa’s Awakening from Elden Pixels and a native port of Cathedral from Decemberborn. That’s to say, Cathedral isn’t an emulated version – it’s a bespoke and fully optimised conversion.  

Pre-orders go live July 29th ahead of an October 2022 release.

Alwa’s Awakening is a puzzle filled “Metroidvania” with an interconnected map, authentic to the NES era. We made good headway on the Xbox One version a while ago but sadly never got around to reviewing it. What we played, we enjoyed.

It managed to spawn a sequel, Alwa’s Legacy, too.

Cathedral was released on PC in 2019 and features similar 8-bit style pixel art, offering 600 rooms – spread across dungeons, towns, and hidden areas – to explore and monsters to slay. It’s defined as a modern retro experience and has ‘mostly positive’ reviews on Steam.

“With the great success of the Xenocrisis/Tanglewood collection, we’ve made a space where we can celebrate all facets of indie development from grass roots and homebrew all the way to larger scale titles and projects. This collection of Alwa’s Awakening 8-Bit Edition and Cathedral also marks our first completely native port of a game to Evercade, meaning we are no longer bound by emulation only. The gates are now truly open,” says Marketing Manager Sean Cleaver.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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