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Submission #6767: nitrogenesis's SMS ALF in 04:52.39

Console: Sega MasterSystem
Game name: ALF
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Alf (U)
Emulator: BizHawk 2.4.2
Movie length: 04:52.39
FrameCount: 17521
Re-record count: 2934
Author's real name: ISD
Author's nickname: nitrogenesis
Submitter: NitroGenesis
Submitted at: 2020-05-31 07:01:34
Text last edited at: 2020-06-12 18:08:59
Text last edited by: fsvgm777
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Status: published
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Remember nitrogenesis? He's back, in pog form.

This TAS is over 30 seconds faster than my published run (and that's with the new SMS boot screen in BizHawk). My old TAS is pretty out of date, but even then I still didn't expect sub-5 minutes.

How to make this crappy game faster

You don't need to get Lucky (the cat) to beat the game. I guess I figured since Twisted Eye went out of his way to collect him, he is necessary. But yeah, he's not. In addition, not getting Lucky adds another death warp when I leave the cavern for the last time.

ALF's swimsuit generates in a random place (3 spawning locations). I had no clue it was random, so the past two TASes settled for suboptimal locations. Luckily, the new Master System boot-up screen changes the RNG to the optimal location on its own. Bonus.

The ladder that was formerly needed to get the fuel from the basement can be skipped with a glitchy jump. This also means I can skip getting money from the oyster in the swimming section.


It's a shame the last 2 minutes of the game are so boring. I think the rest of the game is pretty good for a TAS. It's pretty strategic and requires some mild luck manipulation and decent optimization. Too bad the game itself is horrible. In addition to the music being shit, the controls are super stiff. And sometimes the game just unavoidably freezes for a few seconds for no discernible reason.

I was going to end this with a joke about how this will be the only time ALF is relevant in 2020, but I looked it up to be sure, and he actually appeared on Duncanville with Paul Fusco reprising the role. Wow! Maybe this TAS is part of an ALF renaissance!!

Make some noise for Twisted Eye for TASing this game in the past. And TascoDLX and Starbird, the speedrunners who I believe found the ladder skip.

feos: Nice improvement!

The votes completely disagree with feedback in posts and ratings of the previous movies, but due to their silent nature they seem to be irrelevant in this case.

Accepting to Vault over [2887] SMS ALF (USA) by nitrogenesis in 05:23.97.

fsvgm777: Processing.

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