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Submission #2733: Kyman's NES Digger - The Legend of the Lost City in 03:44.66

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: Digger - The Legend of the Lost City
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Digger - The Legend of the Lost City (U).nes
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 03:44.66
FrameCount: 13502
Re-record count: 4090
Author's real name: Kyle L.
Author's nickname: Kyman
Submitter: Kyman
Submitted at: 2010-07-08 13:11:46
Text last edited at: 2010-07-08 19:19:23
Text last edited by: Kyman
Download: Download (2487 bytes)
Status: decision: cancelled
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Author's comments and explanations:
Digger - The Legend of the Lost City is a game where you star as Digger T. Rock, who must dig his way through 8 caverns to find the lost city, which if you look in the credits, still has a running water fountain! This game is fairly hard in real-time but with tools it becomes quite fun.

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: FCEUX 2.1.4a
  • Takes damage to save time
  • Uses warps
  • Colors more than 1 dinosaur


I started this run when I looked at nitrogenesis' run. I also found a new shortcut in cavern 6 that saves a few seconds. I also optimized a lot of movement and saved frames on every level.

Stage by stage comments

Cavern 1

Easy stage, saved a few frames from optimization, did the warp.

Frames saved in this level: 26 Frames saved overall: 26

Cavern 2

Another easy stage, just collect 2 items. More optimization here too.

Frames saved in this level: 13 Frames saved overall: 39

Cavern 3

A bit harder of a warp to do, but still quite easy. I optimized this a bit more, not too much though.

Frames saved in this level: 40 Frames saved overall: 79

Cavern 4

The first level without a warp. I bought dynamite for later on in cavern 8. Nothing else really, just more optimization.

Frames saved in this level: 64 Frames saved overall: 143

Cavern 5

I take the same route as nitrogenesis and fall really far. I had to wait for the elevator so I didn't save as much time as I could have if I didn't have to wait.

Frames saved in this level: 33 Frames saved overall: 176

Cavern 6

I take a new route at the end that saves a good chunk of time. Other than that time was saved from optimization.

Frames saved in this level: 200 Frames saved overall: 376

Cavern 7

Most of the optimization comes from the ladders areas. Nothing too special here.

Frames saved in this level: 160 Frames saved overall: 536

Cavern 8

I dealt with the dynamite a lot better than nitrogenesis did, which saved some time.

Frames saved in this level: 243 Frames saved overall: 779

Special Thanks

I'd like to thank nitrogenesis for his original run, I wouldn't have known what to do at all without his routes.

Suggested Screenshots

Frame 1649

Thanks for watching my movie, and don't forget to question yourself as to how there is dinosaurs living in caves underground.

Cancelled because of a few seconds of improvements, will submit with a co-author soon.

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