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grassini: I was thinking the same thing. There's also one stage of Rainbow Islands (Bubble Bobble 2) that is probably referencing this game, since it starts with the same music and similar images.
The scrolling made my head hurt at first, but the action is pretty good. It looks like the run makes the game look too easy. zupapa, can you explain bosses 6 and 7, since they look quite different from the other fights?
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Still haven't gotten around to actually TASing yet... I was going to improve Kid Dracula for GB. It seems I was beaten to it, though, with a recent awesome run by Hetfield90 and StarvinStruthers. (http://tasvideos.org/2928M.html.)
Thanks to goofydylan8 for running Gargoyle's Quest 2 because I mentioned the game! (http://tasvideos.org/2001M.html)
Thanks to feos and MESHUGGAH for taking up runs of Duck Tales 2 because of my old signature!
Thanks also to Samsara for finishing a Treasure Master run. From the submission comments:
Boss 6 has a period of invincibility, I think this can not be manipulated.
Boss 7 is much healthier than others, and usually follows the character making it impossible to beat him with normal methods.
That is a version improved in the boss 1,boss 6 and some routes were improved.
According to the Wikipedia article of KiKi KaiKai: Like The Ninja Warriors, KiKi KaiKai had been a one-off work until 1992, when Taito allowed Natsume to release KiKi KaiKai: Nazo no Kuro Mantle, which would be known as Pocky & Rocky for its North American release.
Therefore, Pocky & Rocky is the sequel of this game.
Anyway, the TAS was pretty solid, but....I'd prefer if it was either done on the Arcade or the PC Engine version. Really, this port's main weak point is the choppy scrolling. This gets a very weak Meh for the entertainment for me.
By the way, the 7th boss is a tanuki (or rather, a bake-danuki), known in Japanese folklore to transform into humans or other objects. See the Wikipedia article for more details. By the way, said Wikipedia article also mentions this is, in fact, Rocky, who turns out to be an ally in Pocky & Rocky.
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Yes, it was very expensive and the review also mentions that as one of the reasons why the conclusion is "Highly NOT recommended!!".
It was a direct import from Japan and these were always quite expensive in those days. But for that money you could buy much better new Japan imports.
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I enjoyed this run's movement optimization but I struggled with the scrolling. I don't often vote Meh but I've opted to do so here as I think it falls just short of the bar in the entertainment category to be in consideration for Moons. Well done on the optimization though!
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Synced/dumped. Should I judge or publish this?
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