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Scrimpeh

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Hello, everyone. My name's scrimpeh, and I watch and make TASes. I mainly TAS MSX and Castlevania games, so if you wish to improve one of my movies or work on a game I'm interested in, please do contact me and I'll be glad to assist you with all that I know and WIPs I have made.

You can find movies I worked on below.

Total movies: 11


[Tier: Moons]MSX Arsene Lupin the 3rd: Babiron no Ougon Densetsu (JPN) in 04:49.66 by scrimpeh.
openMSX replay (.omr) (date: 2015-01-24)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 7.20 MB, length: 05:58)
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Rating: 6.2 (4.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Arsene Lupin the IIIrd - Babiron no Ougon Densetsu (ルパン三世 バビロンの黄金伝説) is a game based on the animated movie released in 1988 by Toho. You control Arsene Lupin through 7 stages to help a mysterious space woman get her golden space ship.

scrimpeh runs (or rather, jumps) through this fairly short game in 4 minutes and 49.66 seconds.


[Tier: Vault]MSX Arsene Lupin the 3rd and the Castle of Cagliostro (JPN) in 07:15.86 by scrimpeh.
openMSX replay (.omr) (date: 2012-11-20)
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Submission #3350 — Author's comments
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Rating: 4.5 (7 votes)
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- Genre: Platform
Arsene Lupin the 3rd and the Castle of Cagliostro features a plot of hero saving his girlfriend from some evil forces...

The hero seems to have a sword sharp enough to apparently cut through solid wall to hit targets on the other side plus ability to fall through floors...


[Tier: Moons]MSX Contra (JPN) in 10:21.37 by scrimpeh.
openMSX replay (.omr) (date: 2011-03-12)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 9.12 MB, length: 11:25)
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Submission #3030 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.2 (16 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Of the many Contra ports, the MSX version perhaps differs most notably in that taking damage is not instantly fatal. There's also significantly less horizontal scrolling due to the limitations of the system.

[Tier: Vault]MSX Invasion of the Zombie Monsters in 04:15.31 by scrimpeh.
openMSX replay (.omr) (date: 2011-11-27)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 4.52 MB, length: 06:39)
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Submission #3379 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.1 (8.5 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Invasion of the Zombie Monsters is a B-Movie style platformer for MSX. You take control of Ned, a geek trying to save his girlfriend from a giant demon terrorizing the city. This game was designed to be a throwback to games like Legend of Hero Tonma and Ghouls 'n Ghosts.

This is an improvement of 37.88 seconds over the previous run, courtesy of better boss fights and other general optimisation.


[Tier: Moons]MSX The Cure in 08:40.85 by scrimpeh.
openMSX replay (.omr) (date: 2014-01-23)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 10.04 MB, length: 09:40)
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Submission #4164 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.0 (6 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Platform
Every one hundred years, the forces of evil mysteriously start to weaken. Though some of these evil creatures band together to counteract this weakness, many of them are still slaughtered by the forces of good. But one day, One, the most evil one, found a way to break this curse and grow only stronger and stronger. Sensing the presence of a cure within the blood of a young woman, he pulled her into the darkness...right before our hero's eyes! Filled with anger, he grabbed his mystical whip and followed One through the night until finding himself at the base of One's fearsome castle. What evil awaits him there? Will he save the girl in time?

The goal in each level of this MSX homebrew game is to find the cleverly hidden white key and use it to open the door to the next level. There are also items that can be picked up along the way to help our hero in his quest.

In this run, scrimpeh manipulates enemy movement and utilizes damage boosts and invincibility frames to beat the game in under 9 minutes.

For another MSX game with very similar gameplay, see the run of Vampire Killer done by the same author.


[Tier: Vault]MSX Vampire Killer (JPN) in 17:32.07 by scrimpeh.
openMSX replay (.omr) (date: 2011-01-02)
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Submission #2958 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.8 (9 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Platform

This movie has been obsoleted!

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As you can see here, the original Castlevania wasn't only on the NES, but also on the MSX computer. scrimpeh did on the MSX Castlevania what Phil Côté & Morrison did on the NES Castlevania.

This version is different in some important ways. For instance, you must collect a white key in each stage to advance to the next stage. The chain whip is lost after each boss battle. Some subweapons can be bought from sitting bystanders in white or red clothes.


Note: To play the OMR file, you'll need to use the Panasonic FS-A1WSX bios and openMSX 0.8.0.dev-11840.

[Tier: Moons]MSX Vampire Killer (JPN) in 15:47.75 by scrimpeh.
openMSX replay (.omr) (date: 2013-08-20)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 22.35 MB, length: 17:37)
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Submission #4049 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.9 (8.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Platform
As you can see here, the original Castlevania wasn't only on the NES, but also on the MSX computer. Author scrimpeh did on the MSX Castlevania what Phil Côté & Morrison did on the NES Castlevania.

This version is different in some important ways. Some new gameplay elements include the requirement to collect a white key in each stage in order to advance, the removal of the chain whip after each boss battle, and the ability to buy subweapons from sitting bystanders in white or red clothes.

This is an improvement of 1:14.89 over the previous run thanks to a few new time-saving tricks.


Note: To play the OMR file, you'll need to have openMSX 0.8.2 / 0.9.0 with the Panasonic FS-A1WSX BIOS installed.

[Tier: Moons]MSX Vampire Killer (JPN) in 17:02.65 by scrimpeh.
openMSX replay (.omr) (date: 2011-05-05)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 20.72 MB, length: 18:53)
WebM file via BitTorrent (size: 23.18 MB, length: 18:53)
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Submission #3126 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.7 (9 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy luck manipulation
- Genre: Platform

This movie has been obsoleted!

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As you can see here, the original Castlevania wasn't only on the NES, but also on the MSX computer. scrimpeh did on the MSX Castlevania what Phil Côté & Morrison did on the NES Castlevania.

This version is different in some important ways. For instance, you must collect a white key in each stage to advance to the next stage. The chain whip is lost after each boss battle. Some subweapons can be bought from sitting bystanders in white or red clothes.

This is an improvement of 29.03 over the original run thanks to a few new time-saving tricks.


Note: To play the OMR file, you'll need to have the Panasonic FS-A1WSX bios installed and openMSX 0.8.1.dev-12131 (or official 0.8.1).

In addition to the normal encode, an experimental WebM encode is available for download. Feedback would be appreciated.


[Tier: Moons]NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Grant path" in 28:35.19 by scrimpeh.
FCEUX movie (.fm2) (date: 2012-03-04)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 42.67 MB, length: 31:31)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 52.39 MB, length: 31:31)
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Submission #3475 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.0 (9.5 votes)
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- Uses a suboptimal character
- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).

This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.

This movie takes the path that recruits Grant. It is about 22 seconds faster than the previous version. Improvements come from more optimization, better heart management, and new tricks like manipulating moving platforms and entering walls. There is also a Sypha path movie and an Alucard path movie.


[Tier: Moons]NES Frankenstein: The Monster Returns (USA) in 09:39.48 by scrimpeh.
BizHawk Movie (.bk2) (date: 2015-06-26)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 17.92 MB, length: 11:37)
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Submission #4716 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.9 (4 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
Frankenstein: The Monster Returns is a NES game released by Bandai in 1990. The evil monster Frankenstein has risen from the grave and kidnapped the girl Emily. Our hero is out to save her and defeat the evil monster once and for all.

This TAS completes the game as fast as possible using several glitches like boss skips. Check out the author's commentary for more details.


[Tier: Moons]PSX Castlevania Chronicles (USA) in 24:58.72 by scrimpeh.
PSXjin movie (.pjm) (date: 2014-07-09)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 78.56 MB, length: 27:47)
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Submission #4351 — Author's comments
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Rating: 7.6 (8.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
Castlevania Chronicles is a PSX remake of the Japan-only X68000 game Akumajō Dracula (悪魔城ドラキュラ), which is a remake of the first Castlevania. In this game, Simon Belmont is out to defeat the evil Count Dracula.

In this run, the author uses Arrange Mode, as it's more suitable for taking damage to save time (Simon loses less HP when getting hit than in Original Mode). He also abuses a trick that allows him to use a subweapon with a shorter attack animation (jumping and whipping before attacking with the subweapon).


[Tier: Moons]MSX Knightmare 2: The Maze of Galious (JPN) in 25:04.67 by zggzdydp & scrimpeh.
openMSX replay (.omr) (date: 2011-07-03)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 29.59 MB, length: 27:28)
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Submission #3188 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.8 (8 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Adventure
- Genre: Platform
You take control of two Knights, Popolon and Aphrodite, out to rescue their baby Pamperse from the evil high priest Galious. They have their own subtle differences in gameplay, but for the most part, they just act as two separate health bars.

The authors, zggzdydp and scrimpeh, run through the game at breakneck pace, taking much more damage than they should be able to.


[Tier: Stars][Notable improvement]SNES Super Castlevania IV (JPN) in 29:38.08 by arukAdo, Bablo, Cardboard, and scrimpeh.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2011-08-09)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 113.60 MB, length: 36:30)
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Submission #3236 — Author's comments
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Rating: 8.3 (26.5 votes)
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- Takes damage to save time
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
Super Castlevania IV is the first game in the Castlevania series for the SNES. In it, Simon Belmont, equipped with the ability to whip in 8 different directions, sets out to vanquish Dracula yet another time.

In this run, the authors, arukAdo, Bablo, Cardboard, and scrimpeh obsolete a seven year old movie by over a minute and a half by a different subweapon choice, new tricks and better optimization. For more details, as always, please see the authors' notes.


[Tier: Stars]PSX Rayman (USA) in 1:03:18.69 by scrimpeh & Got4n.
BizHawk Movie (.bk2) (date: 2017-04-12)
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- 100% completion
- Uses death to save time
- Takes damage to save time
- Heavy glitch abuse
- Genre: Action
- Genre: Platform
When a villain known only as Mr. Dark appears, trouble brews in Rayman's world. Mr. Dark captures the Toons - the source of light - and Rayman's friends. Without the light, evil creatures begin to roam, making the world unsafe for everyone. It's up to you, as Rayman, to free your friends and put an end to Mr. Dark's dastardly schemes!

Rayman is a side-scrolling platformer starring the titular Rayman, a big-nosed chap with no arms or legs. Rayman can jump and use his hair to hover for a short period of time. He can also attack by throwing his fists, or winding up his fists for a more powerful punch. He can occasionally find special powerups that grant him unlimited flying power, giving him the ability to navigate through tricky mazes.

scrimpeh and Got4n tear through this difficult game with a variety of glitches and physics exploits. For more details on how these glitches work, we recommend reading the authors' comments for information about this run.

Note that any% is the same as 100% for this game, as Rayman requires all the Toons to unlock the final battle with Mr Dark.

  • Rayman

I've been desiring to make a Rayman run ever since I joined the site. After several WIPs and redos of the Game Boy Advance version, the final submission ultimately came from got4n.

Should at one point the PSX or DOS version become TASable, I will drop everything for a chance to properly work on it. The PSX version will have a significantly different route (Mosquito's Nest before Bongo Hills, no Bongo Hills revisit) from the GBA version due to different cage placement. Here's hoping for PSXhawk to come soon.

Since PSX is TASable as of BizHawk 1.11.0, a full-game TAS of Rayman is in progress with got4n and fuerchter.

[3371] PSX Rayman (USA) by scrimpeh & Got4n in 1:03:18.69 is now complete.

  • Castlevania: No Subweapons, No Damage

A pet project born out of curiosity to see whether it is possible to complete the game within those conditions. A run has been submitted, but rejected due to poor entertainment value. It is also possible to save several seconds with better optimization and manipulation.

  • Super Castlevania 4

Several improvements to the current publication exist, but have yet to be implemented.

  • Frankenstein - The Monster Returns

I made a testrun of this game in 11:34. Refer to this forum post for details.

Later a full run of the game saving over two minutes was submitted and accepted to the site.

The purpose of this section is to list known improvements to published movies of mine for the benefit of others looking to update them. Also for myself, so I don't eventually forget about them.

[1756] MSX Contra (JPN) by scrimpeh in 10:21.37

  • Destroy the weapon box in the second screen of Stage 1 to reduce lag. Same procedure in other rooms.
  • Take one or more additional damage boosts in the falling stages. There's enough health overall.
  • Better general lag reduction and optimization

[1855] SNES Super Castlevania IV (JPN) by arukAdo, Bablo, Cardboard, and scrimpeh in 29:38.08

  • Faster 4-4 zip (about 8 sec.?)
  • Missed damage boost in 8-2 (~10 frames)
  • More aggressive clock tower strat (~130 frames)
  • 4-3 improved by 9 frames (?, lag might kill this)
  • Grab Koranot orb early (90 frames)
  • Grab drumstick in 9-2 (?)
  • Get rid of Snes9x 1.43 (- many, many frames)

[1927] MSX Invasion of the Zombie Monsters (any) by scrimpeh in 04:15.31

  • Could potentially avoid ducking for the flower at ~1:25 by picking up a screen-clearing powerup instead. Untested if it actually saves time

[1979] NES Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (JPN) "Grant path" by scrimpeh in 28:35.19

  • Get a knife at the beginning of BLK-01 - doesn't save any time, but adds more variety.
  • Save 10 frames in BLK-01 by better zombie manipulation
  • Save a lot of lag frames in the clock tower by killing a medusa head
    • I had a WIP doing this which saved a lot of time, but Grant would not cooperate at all. Unfortunately, I lost the input file, and, on further attempts, was not able to replicate it
  • Pick up the axe later in the clock tower, might save some frames (pointed out by Cardboard)
  • Incorporate stair glitch shortcuts (c.f. forum thread)
  • The published run loses 4 frames on the BLK-03 boss due to bad optimization, it may also lose time on other bosses in similar fashion.

[2444] MSX Vampire Killer (JPN) by scrimpeh in 15:47.75

  • Why did I whip the Medusa Head in Stage 6 again?
  • Potential route change in BLK-05. Rather than going to the merchant in Stage 13 for the stopwatch, get it en-route in a treasure chest in Stage 15. (cf. this map). Also investigate if the getting the holy water is worth it
  • Take 5 more hearts to Dracula for one more stopwatch use

[2516] MSX The Cure (any) by scrimpeh in 08:40.85

  • Shouldn't jump in Stage 2. Generally no need to pick up as many hearts
  • Sloppy final boss

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