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Submission #3420: MESHUGGAH's NES Rod Land in 07:49.39

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: Rod Land
Game version: Europe
ROM filename: Rod Land (E) [!].nes
Emulator: (unknown)
Movie length: 07:49.39
FrameCount: 23473
Re-record count: 24704
Author's real name: Oliver H.
Author's nickname: MESHUGGAH
Submitter: MESHUGGAH
Submitted at: 2012-01-05 19:46:56
Text last edited at: 2012-01-15 22:23:21
Text last edited by: Ilari
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
Rit and Tam saves their mother by defeating evil monsters with ladder summoning and shuriken throwing skills.

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: FCEUX 2.1.6-interim svn2267
  • Heavy luck manipulation
  • Abuses death to save time
  • Abuses programming errors
  • Spams ladders and shurikens
  • Makes fun of bosses


The reason to choose [E] rather than [J] is ability to jump and shortening the cutscenes between levels

The game is all about luck. Hence the rerecord number, I learned how the game works:

- The 1st path the AI will do depends on the previous level input (ABSTUDLR)

- The spawn depends on the current frame the level starts

- The AI acts depending:

    1. is there a power up
    2. what type of power up
    3. where are the players (X and Y)
    4. semi random (input)
- The bosses has a "check input at every frame and act as I want" thing.

Overall, I made a TAS which completes the game then rerecord the whole to optimize it and get the best luck at all bosses and scenes. Notice that sometimes it looks like it's possible to improve a level but it just visual. For instance, obtaining the multiball powerup will change the AI's mind even if I don't pick it up, that's why it could look "clumsy" while it's actually a great pull I did.

Other comments

Thank you:

- goofydylan8 for showing this gem

- tasvideos for being existing

- Zeupar for motivating me to NOT rush the game and go for optimization

- you for reading this and probably watching the movie

See you until my next TAS =)

Mukki: Judging...

Mukki: Good response on the whole. Accepting for publication.

Toothache: Publishing

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