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Submission #3841: Quibus's MSX King & Balloon "Perfect first bonus stage" in 00:57.99

Console: MSX Home Computer System
Game name: King & Balloon
Game version: unknown
ROM filename: King & Balloon (1984) (Namcot) (J) [a1].rom
Branch: Perfect first bonus stage
Emulator: openMSX 0.9.1
Movie length: 00:57.99
FrameCount: 3415
Re-record count: 523
Author's real name: Manuel Bilderbeek
Author's nickname: Quibus
Submitter: Quibus
Submitted at: 2013-01-25 22:12:40
Text last edited at: 2013-02-03 09:26:20
Text last edited by: Ilari
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
Ah, King & Balloon! A game ported from the arcade, only to MSX. Clearly based on Galaxian and perhaps the predecessor of Galaga.

Talking about Galaga: this run has the same goal as my earlier Galaga run: finish the first bonus stage as quickly as possible. A run going beyond that would not be very entertaining, as the game repeats (mostly) after that, very similar to Galaga indeed.

This time I also put more serious effort in making the run entertaining. Here are some things you may have noticed:

The latter is an interesting one: the already fired bullet disappears in mid-screen when the game enters "bonus stage mode". You see the cannon-guys ("the player") become red and suddenly you can shoot more than one bullet at a time, just for the bonus stage. This is being used in that stage of course.

You'll notice that sometimes there is a tiny little pause before the bullet is fired. This is game lag, unfortunately.

Despite the entertainment, I optimized the run as far as I could:

I hope you enjoy this little movie. I certainly enjoyed making it.

Here is my own little rendering of it:

(Link to video)

FractalFusion: Placed ROM filename.

FractalFusion: Accepting for Vault.

Ilari: Processing.

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