Submission #1436: Cardboard's GBA Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon in 22:01.98

Console Game Boy Advance Emulator VBA
Game Version USA Frame Count 79319
ROM Filename 0045 - Castlevania - Circle of the Moon (U).gba Frame Rate 60
Branch Rerecord Count 15936
Unknown Authors Cardboard
Game Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
Submitted by Cardboard on 1/31/2007 1:57:35 AM

Submission Comments
VBA rerecording 19.3 was used for the creation of this TAS.
  • Aims for fastest time
  • Takes damage to save time
  • No warps/passwords used
This is my first TAS, and I decided to improve OgreSlayeR's "full" Circle of the Moon TAS. This is an improvement of 2540 frames (42.3 seconds) over the previous submission.
I get a Cotton Robe from an early enemy to get more INT, which let me have the DSS-combos active for a longer time, and also gives me a slight DEF-increase. This robe allows me to take a different route, which is a great timesaver. I also visit one less save room than the previous run does. I take a smaller detour in the first room of the Machine Tower, where I have to wait next to a Fox Hunter for a couple of frames (Around frame 23850, where I have to wait for the moving platform to lower itself). This move itself gains me 22 frames.
Other improvements:
  • The different routes gains me about 1000 frames
  • By using the Cotton Robe, I get more INT (Basically more MP), and can therefore keep the dash DSS between Cerberus and the save point, which saves me around 200 frames.
  • I slide and kill a few Skeletons on the way to the Eternal Corridor and the Underground Waterway, this saves me about 5 frames per Skeleton.
  • I manage to get an extra hit on Hugh before he does the Grand Anchor-move, so I'll only have to throw one bone after his move.
  • I gain around 200 frames by manipulating Dracula to do 2 charges (The minimum), instead of 3.
  • The rest of the frames are gained by taking more damage, more precise jumping, and better disposal of the speech-boxes.
I would like to thank the following people:
  • JXQ for getting me started with TASing
  • moozooh for mentioning countless of improvements
  • Zurreco for encouraging me through the creation of the run
  • adelikat, Upthorn, Baxter and Brushy for support
  • Everyone else who has been supporting me
  • OgreSlayeR for the previous TAS

adelikat: Accepting for publication.
Bisqwit: Maza is encoding it.

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