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Submission #5353: Arcree's Genesis Crack Down "2 players" in 09:37.16

Console: Sega Genesis
Game name: Crack Down
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Crack Down (USA, Europe).md
Branch: 2 players
Emulator: BizHawk
Movie length: 09:37.16
FrameCount: 34585
Re-record count: 8935
Author's real name: Paul.L
Author's nickname: Arcree
Submitter: Arcree2
Submitted at: 2017-01-09 18:04:54
Text last edited at: 2017-01-27 00:25:29
Text last edited by: Fog
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:

About the game:

Crack Down is a 2D game created by Sega and published in arcades in 1989 first and on Genesis in 1990. This is a 2D Run and Gun game where you need to plant bombs in designated locations then escape. It has a 1 and a 2 player mode.
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Game objectives:

  • Emulator used: BizHawk
  • Hardest difficulty
  • Abuses programming errors
  • Luck Manipulation
  • Aims for fastest time
  • Use death to save time
  • 2 Players !

Important things to know:

  • There are 2 weapons: Machine Gun and Rocket Launcher. You can do melee attacks too.
  • The Rocket Launcher is mainly used in this run because I can kill more than 1 enemy with 1 rocket.
  • Every corner, I try to be stuck for 1 or 2 frames against the wall while walking. This teleports me forward a few pixels, saving a lot of time.
  • You can clip into a wall in your right by pressing Right Left and Up at the same time: But When you are on, you get stuck on exept if the wall is very thin.
  • The camera follows you but you are a bit displaced compared to the camera when you do the corner strat or when you press R L and U at the same time, and it stacks each time you do it.
  • The game sometimes lags: In 1 or 2 levels, this is due to the emulator (= The console) which drops a ton of frames, but on some other levels, this is because the game is very badly optimized.
  • 2 Players mode makes the game very laggy and slow ! That's not an emulation problem
  • When you plant a bomb, You are invincible for a while and you automaticly kill enemies when you approach them.
  • The big bomb item kills all the enemies on screen and gives you a bit of invincibility, but this is very slow.


-About "Useless" kills:

On a few places, I've chosen to kill "useless" enemies. Sometimes there are not even in my way. I've killed them for various reasons. Mainly because they will move in a very problematic place and if I don't kill them at this moment, I will need to lose a ton of frames later to kill them.

-About "Useless" moves:

These moves are most of the time for RNG manipulation.

-About the 2-3 door:

I need to shoot 7 times on the door to open it with the blue character but the 2nd door is glitchly and need a very bug amount of shoot

-About Death Warp:

On Stage 3, Act 2, there are 3 Death Warps which saves me a bit of time. The first one teleports me to a place soon to a mark. The second one teleports me soon to a mark (Normally you have to get around). The third one teleports me soon to the level's end (Normally you have to get around too).

-About Boss Fight:

On the path to kill the boss, there are invisible walls. To destroy them, you need 5 shots. I had a lot of problems with the trigger which spawn the little robot at the end, I need them because if I can't kill them, I can't open the door to the end: I can go throught every door and go to the end but the enemies will not be here so I will be stuck so I need to open some of them to activate the trigger. I can kill the mad scientist when I want but same: Enemies will not spawn. Normally, In casual and 1 player I should use the big bomb to kill the enemies at the end but here, shooting on them is faster.

Thanks to Patashu who corrected my 1 player submission text and Thanks to Dimon12321 who helped me to do this TAS !

feos: There's no solidarity on how this should be treated, so I'll apply my own vision. This run plays like a version of the 1P one, just slowed down and having one more screen to follow at once. I found it very hard to enjoy it, I even watched them room by room, side by side, and I see how much easier the 1P is to watch, follow and enjoy: it's faster paced, it doesn't demand spreading your eyes, and you can see all the glitches used clearly.

So if this run was slower, I'd reject it, but it's faster, so it can be vaulted, while the other one remains in Moons. There were people who liked it, but the votes don't quite agree, and I assume it's because of what I described above. So by entertainment level this run can't obsolete the other, because it doesn't have better content, and it can't be rejected, because it's faster, so I'm accepting it to Vault.

Also fixed the branch.

Fog: Processing.

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