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Submission #6344: theenglishman's DS Spanish for Everyone "completo%" in 14:20.66

Console: Nintendo DS
Game name: Spanish for Everyone
Game version: USA v1.0
ROM filename: 1584 - Spanish for Everyone (U)(Independent)
Branch: completo%
Emulator: DeSmumE 0.9.11
Movie length: 14:20.66
FrameCount: 51490
Re-record count: 10757
Author's real name: Noah Tomlin
Author's nickname: theenglishman
Submitter: theenglishman
Submitted at: 2019-04-01 02:23:09
Text last edited at: 2019-04-11 22:56:57
Text last edited by: feos
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Status: decision: rejected
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NOTE: In order to prevent the DSM file from desyncing, please make sure to import this backup memory file (titled SRAM_BLANK), which simulates erasing the DS battery memory.

Before I start my submission notes, extra special thanks to greysondn, who wrote a brute-force script for solving the minigames and saved me hours, if not days, of agony. This TAS could not have been submitted in time for April Fool's Day if not for him!

Spanish for Everyone is a 2007 language-learning educational videogame for the Nintendo DS, developed by GameMill and published by Activision. It is notable for its nearly 6000-word dictionary, with every word fully voiced in both English and Spanish, as well as a story campaign that must be seen to be believed.

This TAS does not skip cutscenes, as they are far and away the most entertaining part about this game.

Without spoiling anything, the bare-bones premise goes like this. Our protagonist, Shawn, has lost his brother’s Nintendo DS when Shawn’s friend Miguel accidentally took it with him after his father called him home. Nothing will stop Shawn on his quest to get back his DS, even though he doesn’t know a lick of Spanish - thankfully, a helpful cast of friendly characters serve as his tutors while he travels across Mexico to Miguel’s house. The rest will have to be experienced for yourself :)

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There are four minigames in Spanish for Everyone: La Piñata (hangman), Match las Tarjetas (snap), Finding Palabras (word search), and Vocabulario (a Scrabble-style anagram game which is unlocked after passing World 3). Each minigame has four difficulty levels (Easy, Medium, Hard, and Extreme) with slightly different rulesets, and each gives out bigger rewards when completed on higher difficulties. You must score a certain number of points to reach the next area, upon which your tutor will give you an "exam", which is just replaying all three minigames under a time limit and escalating difficulty (Gina is Easy, Mr. Bull is Normal, and Tio Juan is Hard).

Finding Palabras on Extreme is by far the fastest way to get points, as unlike the other two minigames, the celebratory animation for finding a word (in the word search's case, a wolf howling) can be immediately cancelled. It also gives anywhere between 5000 and 6500 points per round, and the game can be completed in just three seconds. For the very last minigame I play Vocabularia, because the final "exam" with Tio Juan doesn't use it and I want to show it off.

While relatively straightforward, each minigame has some gameplay quirks as well:

The rest of the TAS should be self-explanatory, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask, and happy April Fool's Day! :)

feos: This movie is incredibly entertaining, so I voted Yes. It is so entertaining that it doesn't require any input at all, the highest superplay value would have been demonstrated if the author just provided emulator savestates for each cutscene that everyone must watch, and we would accept such a movie to Stars.

This wasn't done, but it's not a problem, because the author carefully dodges introducing any subplay by skipping the cutscenes, so this movie can be easily considered optimal enough to be published as the only TAS on the site, because nothing can compare to it and everything else will just be obsoleted by it.

Because watching how extraordinarily cutscenes are not skipped is incredibly entertaining, I'm accepting this movie to Vault as a "completo completion percent%" branch. Since educational games are exactly what we want in Vault, I'm also accepting it to Moons as an "any percent completion%" category.

This game requires drawing straight lines on the screen. It requires you to use your human memory. It requires you to learn. It requires you to magically know things. It requires you not to solve any puzzles that require muscle memory or planning. You can also avoid all that and write down all the solutions before applying them. Also this game elegantly relies on praying in order to get good luck from the game spirits that live between ones and zeros of its code. Since there's no way for a TASer to know anything in advance, I accept this movie to Stars for pleasing the game spirits and getting the best ever possible luck probably.

This game demonstrates how to travel to Spain from Australia on a car, so the movie is obviously a demonstration. For that reason, I'm rejecting this movie to the Demo tier which we will create yesterday. Make sure to publish it as a "demonstration demo monstration% completion" when you finish reading this lozenge-shaped fishy cucumber of square schizophasia.

Accepted to adelikat

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