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Submission #6059: ViGadeomes's A2600 Private Eye in 29:52.99

Console: Atari 2600
Game name: Private Eye
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Private Eye (1983) (Activision) [!].a26
Emulator: BizHawk 2.3
Movie length: 29:52.99
FrameCount: 107441
Re-record count: 1050
Author's real name: Arthur L.
Author's nickname: ViGadeomes
Submitter: ViGadeomes
Submitted at: 2018-07-25 20:18:49
Text last edited at: 2018-08-09 17:36:49
Text last edited by: feos
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
was boring to resync but it's done.

Game Presentation

This TAS is done to obsolete http://tasvideos.org/3740M.html and doing all cases previously cancelled.


  • Aims for fastest time
  • Emulator: BizHawk 2.3
  • Completes all cases of the game
  • Max score without losing time for entertainment


My route between cases has been chosen with the number of frames between the last input of the case and the first frame where we see the last "Police screen" of the case :

  • Case 1 : 152 frames
  • Case 2 : 274 frames
  • Case 3 : 219 frames
  • Case 4 : 86 frames
  • Case 5 : 128 frames

The Case 2 is the case where the last input is earlier so my route is Case 1, Case 3, Case 4, Case 5, Case 2.

Case 1

My TAS reaches the same time as Greg Degeneffe and glen sampson's World Records : https://www.twingalaxies.com/game/private-eye/atari-2600-vcs/ntsc-game-1-switchable-difficulty-fastest-completion/page/1?ref=fbshare

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Map : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JRlAOTRFHLsrDRF1KJkM5-JbEfHLXEHW/view?usp=sharing

Route : Road 1, Bank's money, Road 1, Gun, Road 2, Gunstore, Le Fiend, Road 2, Police.

Total : 56 screens.

Case 3

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(Link to video)

Map : https://drive.google.com/file/d/10LbpnbqenQCnEtEXnjcgVGO2tsPPApLY/view?usp=sharing

Route : Road 4(right), Road 1, Road 2(left), Comb, Road 2(right), Road 1, Road 4(left), Road 3(left), Haircut, Road 3(right), Road 5, Necklace, Road 1, Road 6, Gemstore, Road 6, Road 2(left), Le Fiend, Road 2(right), Road 1, Road 4(left), Police.

Total : 109 screens.

Case 4

I lose some frames before starting the Case 4 to do not need to avoid the flower pot

Temp Encode:

(Link to video)

Map : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1r0WQeUW2lVq7Yb0aTtbC3wcmFAtGZF74/view?usp=sharing

Route : Road 19(right), Road 3(right), Road 4(right), Road 8, Road 9(right), Road 10(right), Road 11, Shoes, Road 12, Road 14, Shoe store, Road 1, Road 2, Stamp, Road 2, Road 19(left), Stamp store, Road 19(right), Road 3(right), Road 4(right), Road 8, Road 9(right), Road 10(right), Road 11, Road 12, Road 18, Road 17, Le Fiend, Road 17, Road 18, Road 14, Road 19(left), Police.

Total : 223 screens.

I didn't press the reset button before selecting the next case because I discovered you don't need to. Did the same between the Case 5 and the Case 2. Before, it was useless because I would lose these frames at the start of the Case 4.

Case 5

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Map : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gn_WrlAszORcKYzAJ-PZiR9fuk2rTNy3/view?usp=sharing

Route : Gun, Road 11, Bank, Money, Road 11, Bank, Road 11, Road 10, Road 21, Comb, Road 21, Vase(letting the comb here), Road 5(left), Museum, Button, Road 5(right), Comb(letting the Button here), Road 8, Road 9(left), Haircuts, Road 9(right), Road 8, Button, Road 8, Tailor shop, Road 6, Road 24(right), Necklace, Road 22, Road 26, Gemstore, Road 26, Road 22, Road 23(left), Road 7, Road 14(right), Road 28, Stamp, Road 28, Road 7, Stampstore, Road 7, Road 14, Road 12, Road 1, Road 15(right), Road 16(right), Road 2, Shoes, Road 3, Road 4, Shoestore, Road 13(right), Road 1, Road 15(right), Road 16(right), Road 2, Road 3, Road 18, Le Fiend, Road 19, Road 20, Road 27, Road 4, Police.

Total : 386 screens.

Case 2

Temp Encode:

(Link to video)

Map : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nRVWNM_x7F_Ee49JCtRcw-oO-MiptFNH/view?usp=sharing

Route : Vase, Road 1(left), Museum, Button, Road 1(right), Tailor shop, Le Fiend, Police

Total : 51 screens.


Greg Degeneffe. Memory to advising me rework on it ! The route 3, 4, 5, 1, 2 is slower because you need to wait more on the case 4 to do not avoid the flower pot.

Memory: Judging

Memory: Replacing file with 25 frame improvement.

Memory: Optimization is good. It managed to even improve on one of the submitted individual cases. It was agreed that having the final screen show for 1 frame when carrying the villain is sufficient to qualify as beating each case and this TAS does such here.

The game is still incredibly boring. The Case 5 TAS hasn't gotten enough ratings to even be visible yet and this is more of the same. Votes were fairly negative as well.

Accepting to Vault to obsolete [3740] A2600 Private Eye (USA) "Case 5" by ViGadeomes in 14:53.28.

feos: Pub.

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