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This is my second submission for Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs/Adventure, achieving an in-game time of 16:16 - an improvement of 02:07 compared to the published run! Most of the improvement comes from using new sequence breaks and optimisations.
Apart from that, the main plot of the run is more or less the same - Ripto breaks into the Lab, Professor gets kidnapped, Spyro gets a bunch of items and gems, Moneybags gets richer, and Spyro goes to Ripto's world to save the day... I guess.

Goals

  • Uses GBAHawk (VBA-Next core)
  • Aims for fastest Any% completion
  • Aims for Moon Tier + Notable Improvement
  • Takes damage to save time
  • Uses death to save time

About this submission

After making my original submission, Leblancanator9000 (a.k.a. Crash41596) informed me, on the forum, that the run had a suboptimal route, and also that it was possible to skip one of the Ripto fights without using a certain glitch. Taking this advice into account, I decided to make a new test run in VBA. Once GBA support was added in BizHawk, I started the actual run. Originally, I estimated the total improvement to be about one minute. However, with all of the new time-savers I had found since the old run was completed (along with a few I discovered during the development of the run) I managed to bring the time down even further.

Level Comments

Intro

Virtual Playground was slightly improved by using faster routes for the targets.
Jumping before Butler gets shocked allows me to move freely before the next conversation scene starts. I use this to my advantage to stand on Ripto's spawn point. This reduces the distance that the camera has to scroll, saving time.

Fairy Library

In the Foyer of this level, I use one of the Flutterbugs to go inside a wall. Letting go of the bug when this happens causes Spyro to 'teleport' to the top. The rest of the level is mostly unchanged.

Banana Savannah

Here is where the route changes from before. Visiting this level early allows both Butler 2 and Thieves' Guild to be skipped.

Byrd Barracks

Used the deathwarp that was mentioned as an improvement in my previous submission text.

Yeti Serengeti

Same route as the previous run, but with two new timesavers: a new fence-walk which is used on the way to the lettuce gems, and a hover-jump used to skip the Springbok outside the Vault.

Rabbit Habitat

The route for the end of this level is somewhat different this time around. I collect the gems on the last raised section in a different order, and I exit the level through the door rather than by Quick Escaping because of the different level order.

Habitat -> Hoodoos

At last, we get to the route change that all you guys have been waiting for. Firstly, I use a precise jump+glide to skip the Ripto fight (which is much quicker than using Wind Breath Hover) and in the next area I perform another tricky jump to get on to the high ground. This allows me to pick up a lot of extra gems here instead of getting some from Thieves' Guild, because that level is no longer part of the route.

Kangaroo Hoodoos

In the first area, there are three targets which make platforms appear. The second platform is not needed, so I only hit the first and third targets. However, the third target is hit in such a way that it skips a certain dialogue, which causes the game to get a bit confused. Not only does the game give me an item in the middle of a jump, but it also causes a storage effect on the NPC, which causes her to pop up a text box if you stop moving, but this is only a small time cost compared to what is saved by skipping the initial dialogue.

Moneybags' Mansion

After the last hit on Butler, I push Moneybags closer to him to minimise the distance Butler has to jump to crush Moneybags. Apart from that, it's the same deal as before.

Secret Lab, Clocks

Mostly unchanged from the published run.

Chateau Ripto

This level contains a surprise new skip - the Rhynopede 2 skip, that is. By standing near the drill and getting hit, I use Spyro's invulnerability frames to jump on top of the drill - this technique is TAS-only because it requires frame-perfect jumping so that Spyro actually lands behind the drill when he gets hit again. This is the only part of the TAS where it is required to take damage.
Before the final hit on Ripto, I position Spyro in such a way that he catches both the Warp Device and the Heart when Ripto drops them. The direction in which the items travel when they are dropped is affected by both Spyro's position and whether you are pressing A when Sparx's text box pops up, so I had to position myself precisely. Doing this delays the Heart of Chateau Ripto text box, so that it is skipped when the screen fades out after the Professor dialogue ends.
...And that's the run. Enjoy!

Noxxa: Judging.
Noxxa: Accepting as an improvement to the published movie.
feos: Pubbing...

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verry good tas i wait encode
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Thank you so much for updating this tas. Can't wait to see an encode.
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I'm glad that you went back to this TAS and updated it!
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Awwwww... Thanks, guys! I'm glad you all like this run. It was inevitable that I would improve it, seeing how much of a piece of crud the old run was (lol). P.s. Anyone making a temp?
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making a temp encode, encoding atm :P Link to video
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Hmmm it tells me the video is private :/
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Hmmm it tells me the video is private :/
sorry modified it lol
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First thing that I want to say, I am 1 of 2 runners of this game and this tas is great. The 2 new skips that were found (Robot fight 2 & Rhynopede skip) are absolutely awesome. This time around the route is much cleaner, but I think it still could be better, but not by much. It would be really hard to think of a better route, and still it would only make a ~10 second difference or so, which is good seeing how there are so many damn gems to collect in this game. That is the only downfall that I see in this tas. When the runner submitted his old run, I didn't tell him any of the tricks that he didn't use because I thought he was finished with the game or something, but in this improved version of the run he managed to find all and more of the tricks I didn't inform him about, which is very impressive. The runner put a lot of work into this run, and I am happy to say that this is the attack of the rhynocs run that I have been wanting for a long time. I am going to vote yes. Thanks for making this tas.
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Leblancanator9000 wrote:
First thing that I want to say, I am 1 of 2 runners of this game and this tas is great. The 2 new skips that were found (Robot fight 2 & Rhynopede skip) are absolutely awesome. This time around the route is much cleaner, but I think it still could be better, but not by much. It would be really hard to think of a better route, and still it would only make a ~10 second difference or so, which is good seeing how there are so many damn gems to collect in this game. That is the only downfall that I see in this tas. When the runner submitted his old run, I didn't tell him any of the tricks that he didn't use because I thought he was finished with the game or something, but in this improved version of the run he managed to find all and more of the tricks I didn't inform him about, which is very impressive. The runner put a lot of work into this run, and I am happy to say that this is the attack of the rhynocs run that I have been wanting for a long time. I am going to vote yes. Thanks for making this tas.
^^Awesome review, man. Just awesome. Also, @got4n: the encode is meant to end when the credits fade out. I'm sorry if,you just left it running, but yeah, just a little nitpick...
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EgxHB: It's just a temp encode so it doesn't matter if it ends too soon/too late. Watched the TAS and gave it my yes vote.
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Also, @got4n: the encode is meant to end when the credits fade out. I'm sorry if,you just left it running, but yeah, just a little nitpick...
Eh. I wouldn't nitpick it. A temp encode is a temp encode. Many people who do a (quick) temp do it different ways. For example someone else who did a temp encode cut it during the credits.
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very interesting !! verry good TAS I vote yes yes yes !!
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This movie has been published. The posts before this message apply to the submission, and posts after this message apply to the published movie. ---- [2707] GBA Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs by EgixBacon in 16:39.87