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Submission #2904: DarkKobold's NES Mendel Palace in 19:02.97

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: Mendel Palace
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Mendel Palace (U).nes
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 19:02.97
FrameCount: 68691
Re-record count: 2435
Author's real name: K. Thomson
Author's nickname: DarkKobold
Submitter: DarkKobold
Submitted at: 2010-11-06 22:19:54
Text last edited at: 2010-11-11 21:33:56
Text last edited by: Flygon
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Status: published
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Judging can be a dangerous thing. As a judge, Its important to not just claim a movie looks sloppy, or has a low re-record count, even if it may seem obvious. So, judges often have to test TASing the game. However, this leads to a problem - What if the game makes for a fun TAS to do? You have a new project on your plate.

Mendel Palace is a result of that process.

Mendel Palace is an Action-Puzzle game. When playing in real-time, it becomes more action than puzzle, and when TASing, it becomes more puzzle than action. The plot of the game revolves around 'Bon-Bon' trying to save his girlfriend 'Candy' from a dreamworld where her own dolls have taken her captive. There are 8 sub-worlds, each consisting of a different type of doll, and then 20 end levels in Mendel Palace. The key is to flip tiles that push the enemies (dolls) into walls or blocks, or reveal special tiles. From Wikipedia:

The worlds can be done in any order - I followed TwistedEye, and went clockwise, as opposed to counterclockwise. No abilities are gained, so there is really no difference. Also, this movie is 511 frames faster than TwistedEye's WIP.


This is by far the easiest of the worlds. Every round has a sun tile, and thus one player makes a beeline for that tile, while the other handles the furthest doll. The dolls have the ability to split - however, this being a TAS, that never happens.


Dragon dolls hop, which causes a problem for Sun tiles, as they can only be pushed when they have landed. Thus, grabbing a sun tile requires manipulation and timing, so all Dragons are hit on the ground.


This doll draws on the ground, creating a ghost doll in the process. It is the only doll with a secondary death method - if all tiles are unavailable, All Vinci's die automatically. However, it is much, much faster to simply push them against walls.


Brown Toby Dolls can be tricked into not jumping by turning towards them and starting the tile shift immediately. However, the Red Toby dolls jump almost immediately, hence needing to use the projectile ability to kill them faster.


This doll can be a real pain. She only moves when your character moves, and shifts tiles with your character. However, this world goes relatively fast - when I re-encounter Mira in Mendel Palace, it is much more painful.


Wasser Dolls swim across the screen, and are invulnerable on the edges. most of the time, they simply require waiting. However, I think my solution to round 5 was pretty clever - using the swim feature to flip the spawn tiles.


This doll is supposed to be a male. Uh. yeah. Anyway, a very simple world, as it just requires coordination and timing.


This doll bounces when shifted, and can send a shockwave of tiles. I really enjoyed that I could use this to manipulate one Sumo doll to kill another. This starts with the purple Sumo Dolls

Mendel Palace (Ground)

The first 8 rounds are repeats of the first 8 doll types. Round 9 is a boss fight, and Round 10 is a cut-scene. Sadly, while these levels were supposed to be far more difficult, they turned out simplistic, with the exception of round 8. Round 8 was killer to optimize, as only 3 tiles can be flipped! Also, I believe the bosses are supposed to be evil 'Bon-Bon' and evil 'Candy'

Mendel Palace (Sky)

A new ninja-monk-style doll (no name was given in the manual), which can punch tiles flipped. Unlike the other mendel palace, these enemies pose a much harder challenge. Additionally, almost every level contains numerous hidden spawn tiles. Round 8 was especially hard to manipulate, as the monk dolls wanted to flip tiles,and every tile is a stack of 6 spawn tiles. Thus, I only flip 1 tile space per character. Also, the green 'Bon-Bon' makes out with the final Boss. WTF?!??

Suggested Screenshot:

(Click for old skool Nintendo funny.)

Actual Suggested Screenshot:

Flygon: Added YouTube module.

Mukki: Judging...

Mukki: Perhaps overuse of the Sun Tile in some rounds detracted from the entertainment value somewhat, but those that did not make use of it made for some very interesting puzzle action (Mendel Palace Ground Round 8 was my favourite and it's a shame that there was not more like that in the run). A good deal of the audience seems to agree. Accepting for publication.

Flygon: Processing...

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