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Total movies: 17


[Tier: Stars][Fastest Completion]Arcade The Simpsons "4 players" in 13:37.73 by adelikat & DarkKobold.
Final Burn Alpha movie (.fbm) (date: 2010-09-01)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 64.6 MB, length: 15:50)
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Submission #2821 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.7 (40 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- 4 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Fighting
Award - Arcade TAS of 2010
¡Ay, caramba! The Simpsons Arcade Game is Konami's 4-player beat 'em up based on the ultra-hit TV show, The Simpsons. The Simpsons cartoon has now (at the time of writing) spanned 21 seasons, a world-wide movie, and licensing from here to kingdom come. In this TAS, adelikat and DarkKobold use four of the five Simpson family to track down the missing 5th member, Maggie.

All right now, play friendly!


[Fastest Completion]Arcade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (World) "4 players" in 12:14.85 by DarkKobold.
Final Burn Alpha movie (.fbm) (date: 2010-08-14)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 87.28 MB, length: 14:50)
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Submission #2795 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.4 (29.5 votes)
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- 4 Players
- Forgoes time-saving death
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an arcade game based on the TMNT cartoon released in December of 1987. Konami released this mega-hit in 1989, as one of the first arcade games to offer 4-player beat-'em-up action.

In this run, DarkKobold uses all 4 ninja turtles to freak the foot soldiers, mangle the mousers, total the Technodrome, and kick Krang and The Shredder back to Dimension-X in a little over 12 minutes.


[Notable improvement]Genesis Shining Force (USA) in 1:59:59.05 by DarkKobold.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2009-06-23)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 284.86 MB, length: 2:08:11)
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Submission #2258 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1146 (2:04:26.37)
Rating: 7.2 (21 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
Award - Lucky TAS of 2009
Shining Force is just under two hours of luck manipulation action. The random number generator is abused to the highest degree. The author used MATLAB, a math scripting language, to optimize the battle speeds.

This is a 4 minute 27 second improvement over the previous movie by the same author.


[Fastest Completion][Has commentary]NES Kid Dracula (JPN) in 19:49.12 by adelikat, Randil, arukAdo & DarkKobold.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2009-08-09)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 29.04 MB, length: 21:57)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Compatibility) (size: 38.09 MB, length: 21:57)
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Submission #2359 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #89 (20:41.57)
Rating: 6.8 (22.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
For the fans of the Castlevania series ― here's a TAS of a Castlevania game that is hmm.. much much more aimed toward children than the darker-themed games. The game was only released in Japan.

There is also a Game Boy sequel that is known as Kid Dracula.

This is a 50+ second improvement over the previous movie by Phil and Genisto.


Commentary from adelikat and DarkKobold are available in the downloadable encodes and in closed captions on the YouTube link.


GBA Shining Soul (USA) in 49:46.88 by DarkKobold.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2010-06-01)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 106.91 MB, length: 54:33)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 112.72 MB, length: 54:33)
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Submission #2683 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.8 (13 votes)
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Shining Soul is an Action RPG by Atlus. It is the first 'Shining' game to not be produced by Camelot Software Planning, and thus is not considered canon in the 'Shining' universe. However, the game serves as an internal homage to much of the 'Shining' series. All of the bosses are major villains from a previous 'Shining' game.

The author manipulates randomly-placed monuments to appear, increasing attack power as much as eight-fold during the run. Additionally, hundreds of critical attacks had to be painstakingly manipulated to allow for enemies to die in a single hit.


[Fastest Completion]Arcade Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (bootleg) "3 players" in 11:49.83 by DarkKobold.
Final Burn Alpha movie (.fbm) (date: 2010-12-29)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 58.86 MB, length: 13:49)
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Submission #2943 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.8 (20.5 votes)
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- 3 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Fighting
Not only does Michael Jackson have a Genesis video game, he also has an Arcade game! This game is loosely based on the movie of the same name, featuring Michael Jackson saving children from Mr. Big. When Michael meets his pet monkey Bubbles, he turns into a killer robot!

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is a 3 player arcade game, where you play either a white-, red-, or black-suited Michael Jackson. The author uses all three players to complete this game as fast as possible.

This movie uses a bootleg version because the proper version did not work on the emulator used.


[Fastest Completion]Arcade Mercs (World) "3 players" in 10:23.03 by DarkKobold.
Final Burn Alpha movie (.fbm) (date: 2011-03-16)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 75.19 MB, length: 14:45)
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Submission #3034 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.6 (18.5 votes)
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- 3 Players
- Genre: Shooter
In Mercs, an arcade game that is also available for the Genesis, each player takes control of a member of the Wolf Force, to rescue the former President in Africa.

DarkKobold uses all three guys to save him as fast as possible.


To play the FBM file without any problems, it is important to disable the Use M68000 assembly core option in the emulator.


[Fastest Completion][Has commentary]PCE Dungeon Explorer (USA) "5 players" in 20:19.3 by DarkKobold.
Mednafen/PCEjin movie (.mc2) (date: 2010-10-16)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 44.37 MB, length: 37:46)
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Submission #2867 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.6 (17 votes)
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- 5 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: RPG
Dungeon Explorer is based off of Gauntlet, but adds a plot, bosses, magic spells and RPG elements. Notably, it also one-ups Gauntlet by allowing for five players.

The author races through the dungeons with all five players, making short work of bosses. The five characters were selected for their high starting agility, and include a fighter (blue), a warlock (purple), an elf (green), a bard (orange), and a thief (red).

Also, the only exit that matters is the last one used by a player, and the author uses this extensively to use the fastest character, the thief, to run when an earlier exit is available for the other characters to use.


A technical commentary with extra features by the author is available here.

[Fastest Completion]PCE Bloody Wolf (USA) in 14:19.74 by DarkKobold.
Mednafen/PCEjin movie (.mc2) (date: 2010-12-23)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 41.17 MB, length: 17:36)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 36.73 MB, length: 17:32)
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Submission #2938 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.6 (10.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Bloody Wolf is an Arcade port of a Heavy Barrel-esque game. The goal is to rescue the president, and then rescue the man who rescued the president, due to insufficient leg room in the rescue helicopter.

In this run, the author bunny hops through the game, throws grenades at everything, and dies for no apparent reason.


[Fastest Completion]PSX Final Fantasy VIII (USA) in 8:08:32.98 by DarkKobold.
PSXjin movie (.pjm) (date: 2011-07-04)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 1.37 GB, length: 8:33:26)
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Submission #3160 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.5 (21.5 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Final Fantasy VIII (1999) marked a significant departure from earlier SquareSoft titles — it was their first game to have realistically proportioned characters and did away with much of the traditional gameplay systems used by earlier titles. Additionally, it is the first Final Fantasy to focus on a love story.

This is the first multi-disc publication on the site, and is also one of the longest published runs.


Note for viewers: Due to an emulation error, there is a slight graphical glitch at Fisherman's Horizon which may be seizure-inducing. The YouTube encode compensates for this by removing the frames that cause this issue by dropping the framerate in half.


[Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]Genesis Shining Force II (USA) in 3:11:04.65 by DarkKobold.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2010-05-19)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 408.22 MB, length: 3:15:05)
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Submission #2667 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1467 (3:26:17.75)
Rating: 6.4 (13 votes)
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- Heavy luck manipulation
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: RPG
- Genre: Strategy
In this second game of the series, watch nearly three and a half hours of luck manipulation so intense that it took scripting and bot-work to perform most of it. Most of the bosses in the second half of the run die in one or two rounds.

This is an improvement of 15 minutes and 13 seconds over the previous movie, due to a variety of improvements, and in spite of playing on "Super" difficulty, which is functionally the highest difficulty level.

If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out the first game in the series as well.


[Has commentary]GBA Shining Soul II (USA) in 1:12:02.43 by DarkKobold.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2010-09-20)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 129.57 MB, length: 1:19:11)
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Submission #2833 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.4 (12 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Shining Soul II is the last 'Shining' title to reach American shores, and the author's 5th 'Shining' TAS on the site. Unlike some previous games in the series, this game and its prequel play more like traditional Action-RPGs. This game, like its prequel, allows the player to pick a character type. In this run, the character chosen was a ninja, for his ability to use speed magic.

The author uses a glitch to dupe power wines and bombs, the former massively increasing his attack strength, and the latter making the run look more like Bomberman than a 'Shining' game!

This run is 17:58.75 faster than his previous Shining Soul II publication due to some very impressive manipulation to slaughter bosses in mere seconds. It is recommended that you read the authors comments for more information about the run and the game.


There is also a humorous commentary (dead link) by the author and a couple of guests.

[Fastest Completion]PSX Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles (USA) in 46:31.18 by DarkKobold.
PCSX movie (.pxm) (date: 2010-10-24)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 657.43 MB, length: 51:40)
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Submission #2851 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.0 (12 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Jedi Power Battles is Star Wars meets Double Dragon with a ton of crazy platforming.

The author, DarkKobold, uses Obi-Wan to run through all of Star Wars Episode I, ignoring tons of battle droids and droidekas to get to the final confrontation with Darth Maul. Look for a tribute to SW: EP1 in the final battle!

The author also dies intentionally at one point in the run by making Jar Jar Binks disappear. I'm sure everyone has wished they could do this, at least once.


[Fastest Completion]PCE Shockman (USA) "2 players" in 21:50.11 by DarkKobold.
Mednafen/PCEjin movie (.mc2) (date: 2010-12-08)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 65.26 MB, length: 25:58)
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Submission #2924 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.0 (12 votes)
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- 2 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Doc, the creator of the two cyborgs Arnold and Sonya, has been kidnapped as a prelude to an alien invasion. It's up to the two of them to stop the invasion and rescue their creator.

The author uses an unconventional mode of transport in this run. A dual-player charge shot that is done incorrectly causes the players to be ricocheted around the screen. This provides a faster form of movement than walking, when aimed correctly!


Genesis Shining in the Darkness (USA) in 43:27.2 by DarkKobold.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2009-08-15)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 63.13 MB, length: 46:51)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Compatibility) (size: 59.2 MB, length: 46:51)
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Submission #2322 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.8 (19 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Uses death to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Shining in the Darkness is the first in the Shining series, which includes Shining Force. Unlike the later games, it is a first person dungeon crawler.

The author dissected the game with the help of Lua scripts to find optimal battles and avoid random encounters.


NES Mendel Palace (USA) "2 players" in 19:02.97 by DarkKobold.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2010-11-11)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 50.38 MB, length: 21:52)
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Submission #2904 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.2 (11 votes)
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- 2 Players
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Puzzle
Mendel Palace is an action-puzzle game. When playing in real-time, it becomes more action than puzzle, and when TASing, it becomes more puzzle than action. The idea is to shove your opponents into the walls of the arena by flipping over ground tiles. This is harder than it looks, since the enemies often approach in swarms and can kill you with one touch.

Flipping can also reveal some other tile types. For instance, the sun tile flips over everything else, which often cleans up the arena in a hurry. However, there are also extra enemy spawn areas that can be uncovered, especially in the last levels. For more details, see the run's submission comments.

DarkKobold beats the game in just over 19 minutes by using 2 players at the same time.


[Fastest Completion]GB Knight Quest (USA) in 23:22.73 by DarkKobold.
VBA movie (.vbm) (date: 2011-10-02)
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Submission #3297 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.1 (8 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: RPG
Knight Quest is a rare RPG for the Game Boy. In it, you take control of a 14-year-old boy named Will who sets out to defeat baddies and save a princess. Nothing groundbreaking to see here, move along...

This run was created by DarkKobold while he was testing the game out as a potential candidate for Dream Team Contest 4. For more details, please see the author's notes.

Please read the welcome page if you haven't already done so. It explains the rules and methods that apply to all of these movies, particularly the use of savestates and frame advance. Also refer to our Glossary to understand terms we use, such as TAS or other unfamiliar terms.

Added [Fastest Completion]GB Knight Quest (USA) by DarkKobold in 23:22.73 (2011-10-02)
Added [Fastest Completion]PSX Final Fantasy VIII (USA) by DarkKobold in 8:08:32.98 (2011-07-04)
Added [Fastest Completion]Arcade Mercs (World) "3 players" by DarkKobold in 10:23.03 (2011-03-16)
Added [Fastest Completion]Arcade Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (bootleg) "3 players" by DarkKobold in 11:49.83 (2010-12-29)
Added [Fastest Completion]PCE Bloody Wolf (USA) by DarkKobold in 14:19.74 (2010-12-23)
Added [Fastest Completion]PCE Shockman (USA) "2 players" by DarkKobold in 21:50.11 (2010-12-08)
Added NES Mendel Palace (USA) "2 players" by DarkKobold in 19:02.97 (2010-11-11)
Added [Fastest Completion]PSX Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles (USA) by DarkKobold in 46:31.18 (2010-10-24)
Added [Fastest Completion][Has commentary]PCE Dungeon Explorer (USA) "5 players" by DarkKobold in 20:19.3 (2010-10-16)
Added [Has commentary]GBA Shining Soul II (USA) by DarkKobold in 1:12:02.43 (2010-09-20)
- obsoletes GBA Shining Soul II (USA) by DarkKobold in 1:30:01.18 (2010-06-25)
Added [Tier: Stars][Fastest Completion]Arcade The Simpsons (any) "4 players" by adelikat & DarkKobold in 13:37.73 (2010-09-01)
Added [Fastest Completion]Arcade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (World) "4 players" by DarkKobold in 12:14.85 (2010-08-14)
Added GBA Shining Soul (USA) by DarkKobold in 49:46.88 (2010-06-01)
Added [Notable improvement][Fastest Completion]Genesis Shining Force II (USA) by DarkKobold in 3:11:04.65 (2010-05-19)
- obsoletes Genesis Shining Force II (USA) by DarkKobold in 3:26:17.75 (2010-02-23)
Added Genesis Shining in the Darkness (USA) by DarkKobold in 43:27.2 (2009-08-15)
Added [Fastest Completion][Has commentary]NES Kid Dracula (JPN) by adelikat, Randil, arukAdo & DarkKobold in 19:49.12 (2009-08-09)
- obsoletes NES Kid Dracula (JPN) by Phil & Genisto in 20:41.57 (2004-05-13)
Added [Notable improvement]Genesis Shining Force (USA) by DarkKobold in 1:59:59.05 (2009-06-23)
- obsoletes Genesis Shining Force (USA) by DarkKobold in 2:04:26.37 (2008-07-25)
- - obsoletes Genesis Shining Force (USA) by DarkKobold in 2:08:40.07 (2007-11-26)

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