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Total movies: 414


[Tier: Vault]NES 8 Eyes (USA) in 16:40.28 by Slotermeyer.
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Rating: 6.1 (34.5 votes)
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- 2 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
8 Eyes (1990) is a Castlevania clone that was made by Thinking Rabbit, the originators of Sokoban. But, unlike Castlevania, this game is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which eight nuclear explosions almost destroyed Earth. The game features two characters—the human Orin and his falcon Cutrus—in either 1- or 2-player mode. Cutrus can attack enemies, hit switches, collect items, and generally do all sorts of useful things.

The game allows the player to recover the eight jewels in any order. The player can save time in the boss fights by choosing the optimal sequence.


[Tier: Vault]NES Abadox (USA) in 15:30.03 by NecroVMX.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-12-08)
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Submission #1168 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.6 (6 votes)
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- Genre: Shooter
Abadox is a futuristic sidescrolling shooter developed by Natsume. A gigantic alien organism known as Parasitis has eaten the planet Abadox and everyone on it, including the planet's princess. With time running out, the galactic military sends their best fighter inside the alien to save her before she is digested.

In this run, NecroVMX provides plenty of entertainment during the autoscrolling sections while taking out the level-end bosses surprisingly quickly.


[Tier: Moons][Console-verified]NES A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (USA) in 01:41.73 by Kyman & SilentSlayers & Aglar.
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Submission #3261 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.2 (24.5 votes)
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- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (1989) is a popular, whimsical game in which a shapeshifting blob (named Blobert) from the planet Blobolonia teams up with an Earth boy to overcome obstacles on both planets and to defeat Blobolonia's evil emperor.

This movie is 14.96 seconds faster than the previous version by Aglar, by using a new route.

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[Tier: Vault]NES Action 52: The Cheetahmen (USA) in 03:56.06 by Swordless Link.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2010-08-02)
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Submission #2754 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.6 (39 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Unofficial game
- Genre: Platform
Even the worst video games ever made can make for a good TAS.

This movie speedily plays through "The Cheetahmen", game #52 of a compilation of horrid games called Action 52. While the game is pretty horrible in general, it has a rather catchy BGM.

There is also a published run of the unreleased sequel, Cheetahmen II.


Important: The version labeled (Rev A) has to be used in order to get the movie to sync. However, before playing back the movie, make sure that you select "Ooze".

[Tier: Vault]NES Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance (USA) in 06:18.4 by Randil.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2012-12-02)
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Submission #915 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.1 (10.5 votes)
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- Pacifist version
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: RPG
Heroes of the Lance is based on the first Dragonlance campaign and novel. The party journeys through the ruined city of Xak Tsaroth, face the ancient dragon Khisanth and retrieve the Disks of Mishakal. The interface is setup as a side scroller and only one member of the party is controlled at once.

In the run Randil blitzes through everything, not taking the time to kill or even hit any of the regular enemies. The spell being cast most of the time is Protection From Evil. This creates short term invulnerability and allows for jumping through enemies.


[Tier: Vault]NES Adventure Island, Hudson's (JPN) in 37:01.37 by foda.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2006-07-07)
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Submission #1047 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.2 (20 votes)
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- Genre: Platform
In the South Pacific, Master Higgins lives peacefully wearing only a grass skirt and a cap. That is, until the Evil Witch Doctor decides to capture Princess Leilani and hold her as his own. Now Higgins must rise to the task of saving her!

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This is a run made from a fan to other fans. It won't be impressive for people who haven't tried playing it seriously. But for people who know the game well, it's quite an amusing watch.

The most obvious way to save time in this game is to pick up as little fruit as possible and be close to dying from starvation when the level ends so the score-countdown will take less time.


[Tier: Vault][Console-verified]NES Adventure Island 2, Hudson's (USA) in 22:22.41 by red-crowned-crane & hellagels.
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Submission #3264 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.9 (12.5 votes)
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- Uses warps
- Genre: Platform
The second in a series of Hudson's Adventure Island games. Much like its predecessor, it's extremely straightforward but by no means easy.

This run is 12.61 seconds faster than the previous thanks to a new glitch.

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[Tier: Vault]NES Adventure Island 3, Hudson's (USA) in 18:44.95 by ECCO.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-04-13)
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Submission #1486 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.3 (23 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses warps
- Genre: Platform
The Adventure Island game series is known for its extreme straightforwardness. Regardless, the games are pretty fast-paced so if you have some free time on your hands, shut down your brain and watch this carefree TAS.

This version is significantly shorter than the previous movie mainly due to the use of warps, but also from better precision and some new tricks.


[Tier: Moons]NES Adventure Island 4, Hudson's (JPN) in 19:32.15 by Cardboard.
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Submission #2247 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.5 (17 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
This is the fourth in a series of Hudson's Adventure Island games. It was only released in Japan as Takahashi Meijin no Boukenjima 4. Unlike the first three games in the series, the gameplay behaves more like Metroid, where you explore the world freely, you collect items (and dinosaur helpers) to gain new abilities, and the ending is triggered by defeating all the bosses. Also, there is no timer, and the hero can survive more than one hit, using fruits to replenish his health.

In this run, Cardboard beats the game very quickly by using damage boosts to proceed at high speeds. For more details, read the submission comments.


[Tier: Vault]NES Adventures of Lolo (USA) in 22:24.68 by Baxter & Zugzwang.
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Submission #2202 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.9 (20 votes)
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- Genre: Puzzle
Adventures of Lolo (1989) was the first game of the Eggerland series that received a Western release. Interestingly, the series was developed by HAL Laboratory, who also created the Kirby series, and Eggerland protagonists Lolo and Lala make cameo appearances in Kirby games as Lololo and Lalala.

The goal of the game is to collect all of the hearts in every stage and then get the ball from the chest to open the door to the next room. Though it may seem simplistic, it remains a truly well-made puzzle. Finding optimal solutions to most of the rooms has proven to be a very nontrivial task, and every once in a while a new improvement is found.

As such, this is Baxter's 10th attempt at this game, this time 10.16 seconds faster than the previous with the help of Zugzwang. Eleven rooms have been improved.


For the weak-spirited who aren't willing to watch the run all over again only for the improved rooms, the authors have inserted an easter egg into the input file! If you run the same .fm2 on the NES game Defenders of the Crown, it will complete it as well in just 3 minutes and 38 seconds.

Use the ROM "Defenders of the Crown (U).nes" to watch it.


[Tier: Vault]NES Adventures of Lolo 2 (USA) in 23:31.52 by Hanzou.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-08-11)
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Submission #1659 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.9 (27 votes)
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- Genre: Puzzle
Adventures of Lolo 2 is the second game in the popular Lolo-series.

This run aims to beat every room as fast as possible, often by strategies the game developers had not intended, including glitch abuse. In addition to Hanzou, strategies were developed by many players, such as Bag of Magic Food, CtrlAltDestroy, Deign, Nitrodon, and Randil.

This update beats the previous submission by 39.13 seconds.


[Tier: Moons]NES Adventures of Lolo 2 (USA) "Pro levels" in 02:04.72 by Baxter.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2005-11-27)
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Submission #879 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.9 (41.5 votes)
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- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Puzzle
Lolo 2 contains four so called PRO levels that can only be accessed by inputting a level password. This movie plays those four levels quite fast.

This movie is actually a result of competition/co-operation between Baxter, Randil and Hanzou.


[Tier: Vault]NES Adventures of Lolo 3 (USA) in 1:07:19.17 by Nitrodon.
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Submission #1920 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.0 (19.5 votes)
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- Genre: Puzzle
Lolo 3 is the third in the series of Lolo games based on the Eggerland series. From the author's description:

The great devil turned all of the inhabitants of Lala's kingdom to stone. Lolo and Lala go through 100 rooms to defeat him, or something like that. This run is 14 minutes and 50 seconds faster than windeu's rejected submission, and [ 1:49.38 seconds] faster than my test run.

[Tier: Vault]NES Air Fortress (USA) in 41:08.37 by Tool23.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2012-11-22)
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Submission #1040 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.9 (5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Air Fortress is a combination game: one half side scrolling shooter, and one half platformer. Since the shooter is an auto-scroller, the author elects to kill all enemies and collect all powerups in those stages, which is not that easy. In the platform stages, pure speed is the goal. More details are available in the author's comments.

[Tier: Moons]NES Alter Ego in 06:41.06 by MESHUGGAH.
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Submission #3899 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.1 (8.5 votes)
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- Unofficial game
- Genre: Platform
Alter Ego is an NES homebrew port of a ZX Spectrum puzzle game of the same name. You control a character who can switch places with his shadow a limited number of times in each stage. The goal is to collect all the items without touching any enemies. To further complicate matters, the blue-outlined items can only be collected by the shadow, whereas the pink-outlined items can only be collected by the main player.

This hardly stops MESHUGGAH, though, who barely avoids death in a number of puzzles and finishes in record time.


[Tier: Moons]NES Amagon (USA) in 18:01.79 by Tanooki Teabag.
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Rating: 6.5 (7 votes)
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- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Amagon the Marine has crash-landed on a mysterious island in the South Pacific and must get to the rescue boat. In his way lie wild animals, dinosaurs, and aliens, all of which are likely to be endangered or extinct after their encounter with this gun-wielding man who can double his muscle mass to punch them into oblivion.

This is an improvement of nearly 26 seconds over the previous run by Tailz due to increased use of the Megagon form, lag reduction, improved boss fights, and a time-saving death in level 5-1.


[Tier: Vault]NES American Gladiators (USA) in 17:28.91 by x2poet.
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Submission #2970 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.4 (8.5 votes)
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- Genre: Sport
American Gladiators is a game based on the popular TV game show of the same name. Players get to test their speed, skill and strength against a trained team of ten "Gladiators", five male and five female.

In this run, X2poet plays through all seven events, using tool-assisted precision and some glitches to finish the game in just under 17 and a half minutes.


[Tier: Moons]NES A Nightmare On Elm Street (USA) in 13:25.57 by goofydylan8.
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Rating: 6.6 (7.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Everyone knows Freddy Krueger, who turns the peaceful dreams of people living on Elm Street into lethal nightmares. In this game, the teenager(s) must stay awake and combat Freddy's various forms while collecting his scattered bones so that they can be incinerated.

This movie is 1:05.98 faster than the previous version by Randil. This is accomplished by using 2 players, which allows for faster bone collection without losing time thanks to the excessive lag created by using 4 players (Displayed in the 4 Player run). For more details, please see the author's notes.


[Tier: Moons]NES A Nightmare On Elm Street (USA) "4 Players" in 16:15.75 by chupapi.
FCEU movie (.fcm) (date: 2007-02-03)
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Submission #1424 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.1 (35 votes)
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- 4 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Everyone knows Freddy Krueger, who turns the peaceful dreams of people living on Elm Street into lethal nightmares.

In this run, the author, chupapi, aims for the fastest completion time using 4 characters but treats us to some interesting character movements along the way.


[Tier: Vault]NES Archon: The Light and the Dark (USA) in 01:10.0 by MESHUGGAH.
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Rating: 5.2 (6.5 votes)
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- Genre: Strategy

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