Submission #6191: klmz's GBA Mr. Driller 2 "Time Attack" in 07:26.75

Game Boy Advance
Time Attack
VBA-rr v23.6 svn480
Mr. Driller 2 (U).gba
Submitted by klmz on 12/16/2018 3:53:08 AM
Submission Comments
Mr. Driller 2 is a fast paced puzzle game, where the goal is to drill to the bottom of the level within the given time limit. This TAS completes the 10 stock Time Attack Driller courses of the game instead of the Mission Driller mode and the Endless Driller mode.
This is the 3rd time I've TASed the "Time Attack" branch of this game since Year 2011. The first 2 runs were never made public though. This latest run is a 5.47 "in-game seconds" improvement over [2017] GBA Mr. Driller 2 "Time Attack" by Kyman in 07:28.80. All of the improvements came from optimizations and better routes. It also features some play-style change that erases much more blocks without losing any time.
Preview encode by mtvf1

Game Objectives

  • Emulator used: VBA-RR 23.6 svn480
  • Completes the 10 stock Time Attack Driller courses and get an ending
  • Aims for fastest in-game time
  • Genre: Puzzle

Time Table

CourseTime limitRandil's timeKyman's timeMy timeImprovement
Course A00:24.0000:10.9800:10.8300:10.7500.08
Course B00:16.0000:06.5900:06.4300:06.1900.24
Course C00:46.0000:33.2400:33.0400:32.8700.17
Course D00:16.0000:07.7500:07.6800:07.4300.25
Course E00:28.0000:15.6500:14.6700:14.5200.15
Course F00:37.0000:24.5500:24.5200:24.2200.30
Course G00:28.0000:11.0600:10.9000:10.7100.19
Course H00:43.0000:32.8900:31.5200:31.3900.13
Course I00:36.0000:19.1400:18.0400:15.9902.05
Course J01:45.0001:00.9000:59.2900:57.3801.91

Other comments

Some screenshots

Suggested screenshot

During "the big avalanche" in the second half of Course I or around Depth 1100 fts in Course J which shows some new strategy.

Special Thanks

I would like to thank Randil and Kyman for their previous runs, as those helped me out a lot doing comparisons.
I would like to thank mtvf1 for the preview encode.

Memory: Judging
Memory: The optimization was good, improvement over the published movie.
Personally I found the movie charming. The game had fun movement and a cute art style that was pleasant to look at. Current audience response is positive but there wasn't exactly much of it. The average entertainment rating of the published run is at 6.2 which is a little on the low side but within margin for error and there's some notable outliers in those ratings too.
Accepting for Moons as an improvement to [2017] GBA Mr. Driller 2 "Time Attack" by Kyman in 07:28.80.
feos: Pub.
Last Edited by adelikat on 10/29/2023 12:22 AM
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