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Submission #5974: TheRealThingy & Alyosha's GB A-mazing Tater "Puzzle Mode" in 17:22.0

Console: Game Boy
Game name: A-mazing Tater
Game version: USA
ROM filename: A-mazing Tater (USA).gb
Branch: Puzzle Mode
Emulator: BizHawk 2.2.2
Movie length: 17:22.0
FrameCount: 62236
Re-record count: 8865
Author's real name: David M
Author's nickname: TheRealThingy & Alyosha
Submitter: Alyosha
Submitted at: 2018-05-22 18:41:21
Text last edited at: 2018-05-30 18:31:50
Text last edited by: feos
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
Amazing Tater is a puzzle game for the Game Boy and is the sequel to kwirk. The games are known in Japan as Puzzle Boy 1 & 2, so I'm not sure why they got such different titles in the US releases.

This run improves 4 levels over TheRealThingy's run. Overall, the levels are much more straight forward then in Kwirk, with many being akin to mazes with only one viable solution path.

For reference, the current move counts are:

Level Moves Level Moves Level Moves Level Moves
1-1 39 2-1 97 3-1 105 4-1 83
1-2 23 2-2 69 3-2 57 4-2 101
1-3 32 2-3 54 3-3 121 4-3 182
1-4 31 2-4 39 3-4 136 4-4 169
1-5 62 2-5 145 3-5 242 4-5 99
1-6 42 2-6 67 3-6 116 4-6 332
1-7 55 2-7 84 3-7 276 4-7 167
1-8 48 2-8 41 3-8 138 4-8 176
1-9 47 2-9 78 3-9 109 4-9 197
1-10 65 2-10 90 3-10 81 4-10 308

The improvements compared to the existing run are:

1-4 improved to 31 moves from 35

1-9 same moves, one rotation saved

2-1 improved to 97 moves from 111

3-4 improved to 136 moves from 139

I decided to submit this since the remaining levels were pretty linear and didn't interest me enough to give them more then a cursory look. What I found was that TheRealThingy had already optimized them quite well.

Many of these levels would be tractable for an automated search approach, which had been started for Kwirk by CyberShadow but never finished. The move counts here are mostly much lower, so any better solutions would be relatively easy to find. However the levels are also quite straight forward for the most part so I doubt there are many improvements left.


ThunderAxe31: Judging.

ThunderAxe31: Replacing file for 2 blank frames trimmed.

The movie length results longer than its precedessor due to the introduction of BIOS emulation, but the actual gameplay is faster. Accepting as improvement over the published movie.

feos: Pub, after #5970: arkiandruski's NES Conquest of the Crystal Palace in 10:41.43.


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