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Submission #3227: MUGG's GB The Smurfs in 08:28.18

Console: Game Boy
Game name: The Smurfs
Game version: USA/Europe v1.0
ROM filename: Smurfs, The (UE) (V1.0) (M4) [!].gb
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 08:28.18
FrameCount: 30491
Re-record count: 8375
Author's real name: Christoph H.
Author's nickname: MUGG
Submitter: mugg
Submitted at: 2011-07-18 14:05:07
Text last edited at: 2011-09-14 20:45:08
Text last edited by: mugg
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Status: published
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About the game

In this game you set off to find Gargamel and rescue three Smurfs that have disappeared from the village. This game is very adventurous and has a lot of variety. It features 12 levels in total and 3 boss fights.

About the run

  • Plays on hardest difficulty
  • Takes damage to save time
  • Uses warps (glitch warp in Act 1)
  • Genre: Platform
Emulator: VisualBoyAdvance v23 The movie will desync on v19~22.

This is an improvement of 24 seconds over my published movie.

Level comments

Level Frames saved Comments
Menu +2 Not sure how I saved them.
1 +1242 The main improvement in this run was the warp glitch in this level. Enter the stump and hold "up".
2 +2 Moved into the goal earlier. Apparently I messed it up in my previous movie.
3 +12 Better strategy and optimization.
4 +24 Better strategy, skipping some vines. At one place the frogs submerge just 3 frames before I arrive so I have to take a long detour >_>. Also, I manipulate luck for the Snake (the spawning place) in this level. RNG changes every few frames when there's a mosquito flying around. If the mosquito at this level's end it killed, you can wait all you want and the spawning spot of the Snake doesn't change.
Snake +84 Got the best spawning place, but didn't get best luck with when the Snake lifts its head - It's not possible to hit him at the first opportunity repeatedly (unless it is where he lifts his head, but I haven't seen him do so when testing). I still got quite good luck, and it's probably not possible to get him to lift his head at the first opportunity (too time-consuming).
5 +0 Nothing to say here.
6 +0 Unchanged.
7 +0 Almost unchanged. As I explained in the post in the submission thread, this level didn't hex-edit properly so I had to fix something and that's why I lost an additional frame at Act 12 (1) due to the fading screen taking longer for some reason. Also I didn't kill a bird which is another bad side-effect of hex-editing but I left this mistake in, since it is not major and I can't seem to fix it. Also I'm too lazy to re-TAS this autoscroller.
8 +0 Unchanged.
9 +34 Grabbed and dropped the springboard at the end, rather than going the way around.
Dragon +0 Unchanged.
10 +0 Unchanged.
11 +0 Unchanged.
12 (1) -3 Lost probably due to lag. This level and Act 7 are the only levels that aren't hex-friendly so I had to re-play this.
12 (2) +48 Kept my HP in the beginning in order to jump off of a tomato later to save some time.
Gargamel +0 Unchanged.
= 1446 frames saved.

Possible improvements

Manipulating the snake to appear from the middle-left and lift his head at the first opportunity. It's probably impossible to manipulate. Apart from that, I'm not aware of any possible improvements. Maybe a few more optimizations could be made in the unchanged levels, but I doubt there's anything worth more than 10 frames.

Closing words

Enjoy the run.

Thanks to

  • Maximus for his TAS Editor
  • oudepatattezak (Youtube) for pointing out the Act 1 Warp glitch

sgrunt: Replaced the submission file as described here.

klmz: High quality and positive audience response. Accepted as an improvement to the published movie.

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