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Submission #4829: Archanfel's Genesis The Flintstones in 17:05.99

Console: Sega Genesis
Game name: The Flintstones
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Flintstones, The (USA).bin
Emulator: Gens Rerecording v11c
Movie length: 17:05.99
FrameCount: 61480
Re-record count: 8766
Author's real name: Alexey
Author's nickname: Archanfel
Submitter: Archanfel
Submitted at: 2015-09-08 19:12:03
Text last edited at: 2019-06-13 23:22:05
Text last edited by: adelikat
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Status: published
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Yabba-dabba-doo! This is improvement of 4649 frames (or 1 minute and 17 seconds) over the khv-user's submission.

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Game objectives

  • Emulator used: Gens Rerecording v11c
  • Takes damage to save time
  • Uses death to save time
  • Uses secret bonus (warps)
  • Genre: Platform

About the Game

The Flintstones a classic 2D platform video game based on the famous Flintstones animated series from 1960s. Developed by Taito Corporation released in 1993, exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. There are six levels, in each one Fred must to complete a small quests: to retrieve a lost necklace for his wife, to item find his daughter lost in desert, liberate pterodactyls race from the yoke of the evil witch and etc. The gameplay involves mostly jumping and hitting the enemies on the heads with a heavy cudgel. During the game Fred will find many useful items, some of them that will increase his health or increase speed of power charging his cudgel, besides he can meet with friendly pterodactyls egg which will follow him everywhere until hatching or death. In the end of in all but one levels there is a boss battle. Changing the difficulty to hard increase Bosses HP, no sense to prolonged boss battles => so normal mode is the best choose for speed and for entertainment purposes.

Improvements table

Level Improvement (frames) Improvement (seconds)
Bed Rock 338 [1] 5.63
Swimming Pool 730 12.16
Desert Drive 13 0.21
Dino Express 1357 22.61
Fire Rock 1227 20.45
Hard Rock 984 16.4
Total 4649 1:17.48

[1] JPN version have advantages over USA. Some frames were lost because of USA/JPN difference.

Level by Level

The Flintstones probably one of laggiest games in observed universe. So significant part of improvements came from lag reduction. Some other tricks/changes/optimisation i will describe briefly below.

Bed Rock

At waterfall screen jump up during egg-pterodactyls-transformation, besides use different timbers to climb up, + intensive lag reduction during pterodactyl flight. Hit the big pink dino-rhinoceros to force him destroy the wall earlier. At boss fight manipulate Kermit the Frog to drop necklace righter to the exit.

Swimming Pool

Take a big breath. Physics of swimming with long acceleration/deceleration cruelly to optimise in some places, especially with lags. Besides general optimisation everywhere, in 2-4 manipulate second column to open at the same time with first and skip sweet piece of waiting. Manipulate boss to avoid using whirls type of attack, allow him to use only falling shells.

Desert Drive

Autoscroller, nothing special to say. At screen with trampolines preferred lower path and reduce several of lags. Unlike all others levels it almost have no lags, actually now only single lag is left. Damage «car» just for fun.

Dino Express

Another autoscroller... sorry about it. But there is sweet trick - use deaths at checkpoints to break autoscroll limit: after resurrection Fred appear in the middle of screen, so the right boundary of train became farther than it should. Keep second egg until Boss fight, well, egg have lot of additional lags as unpleasant side-effects, but nevertheless in total it is faster. Jumping rocks damage have 4-HP, so they should never be used to harm bird, only the most powerful 5-HP attacks.

Fire Rock

Intensive lag reduction during pterodactyl flight. At 5-3 -> 5-4 transition used bonus level as small shortcut. Just before boss there giant bones which are drowning in lava (not confuse with falling bones), by one tricky jump Fred avoid triggering start of their drowning, as you already guessed - it saved lots of lags. Collected three Power Ups to get the most powerful heavy cudgel ever possessed by man in stone age era. Help to the last fire-breathing dragon to extinct. Last hip while dragon stand on the ground so fall down less distance while dying (very classic trick from Darkwing Duck or/and Chip and Dale TASes).

Hard Rock

Almost nothing special about level itself, just small optimisations here and there. Only final boss is tricky, because of all Power Up are disappear. So it's time to use head instead of brute force. Three "long" 5-HP charging are obviously during which transformation. And also one during lightning phase phase. 60= 5+4+4+4+4+5+4+4+4+5+5+4+4+4. Last hit in point to be able finish input earlier and get hat without extra input.

Possible improvements

  • Lag reduction can be done yet a little bit further.
  • Most likely better patterns of falling shells are can be found at underwater boss.

Special thanks

  • At first i want to say thanks to khv-user for his submission.
  • To XYZ, TheRandomPie_IV and HHS for their test-movies.
  • Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.
Someday, maybe Fred will win the fight
Then the cat will stay out for the night
When you’re with the Flintstones
Have a yabba dabba doo time

P.S. Egg-keeper challenge

In Fire Rock level try to keep egg to far as you can. It can turn to be surprisingly fun/tricky.

Suggested screenshots

2858, 4611, 13731, 16935, 20628, 24566, 37296, 43491, 45577, 49829, 56814, 60685.

ars4326: Judging!

ars4326: Hi, Archanfel. Very good time savings made over khv-user's past submissions! The efforts made in lag reduction, especially, made a difference. And even though the auto-scroll stages were slower paced, they ended up having some entertaining moments here and there (e.g. getting nudged out-of-bounds, Fred Flintstone's movement choreography). Overall, nice job on improving this one!

Accepting for publication to the Vault!

feos: publishing

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