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It is the year 2242. You are Paladin, the galaxy's toughest bounty hunter. Cyborgs are about to take complete control of the universe under the direction of Vipron, their evil leader. You are sent to the cyborg fortress to get rid of all the chief cyborgs in each of the seven areas.
This TAS is 3445 frames (56.71 seconds, without BIOS - 09:05.62) ahead of the published run, thanks of a new route and a deathwarp on Area C, as well as better gameplay and boss optimization.
But with BIOS, this TAS is 2960 frames (48.62 seconds - 09:13.61) ahead of the published run.
Cyborg Hunter is a horizontal scrolling, action video game released in 1988 on the Sega Master System. The game was originally developed as a title called Chōonsenshi Borgman (超音戦士ボーグマン), and was based on an animated TV series of the same name. For non-Japanese territories the game was marketed as Cyborg Hunter. The Japanese version of the game has a storyline more resemblant of the anime series.

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Game Objectives

  • Emulator used: BizHawk 1.13.0
  • Uses death to save time
  • Takes damage to save time
  • BIOS used: Version 1.3


Cyborg Hunter. A Paladin, bounty hunter who is part man, part machine. The task at hand is to punch and kill cyborgs. Running around within' the halls of the enemy base, which is a maze of connected sectors and floors linked by elevators. The screen is divided into three sections: map, close-up first-person view, and side-view, where the action takes place.
By killing the "Master Cyborgs" in each "end" sector gives the player a key so you can unlock the next "corridor" and you also have to kill all the "Guardians" in the sector before you can leave it/advance to the next sector. Some levels even has usefull things/items or weapons that will help you on the way to the last sector. Things like bombs, shields, a jet pack, guns and other useful items.

About the TAS

I decided to TAS this game for 2 reasons:
1 - This is a interessing game.
2 - The published TAS is one of oldest SMS/GG movies, and was done on Dega emulator. I actually decided to TAS this game 1.5 weeks before at the creation of the 'Dega Project' topic.
This TAS was played and is done using the USA/Europe version, since the published run used this version. Also, the japanese version of the game was originally released with FM sound.
It's possible to play the FM sound on the western release. But since the FM wasn't released outside Japan, I resynched the TAS to FM on the japanese version of the game (It's a cool sound):
JP version is 21 seconds faster than US/Europe version, because of faster text. But due of version and sound differences, the pattern of the last 2 bosses (I tried to fix this), was ruined, forcing me to add more time on that bosses. Most of the run was resynched with TAStudio, but due of different pattern of the last boss, I did a new (but slower) way to defeat this boss, manually.

RAM Watch

Addresses Description
00B5 X Scroll Speed
00B2 X Position (With Scrolling)
020C X Position (Without Scrolling)
020A Y Position
0211 X Speed
02OF Y Speed
0216 P.P (Psycho Power)
021B Energy Life
00D2 Boss Health
021F Invicibility Time

Table of Improvements

Areas Gameplay Bosses + ID card drop Total area improvementsTotal
Area C 1847 77 + 54 = 131 1978 1978
Area E 273 66 + 120 = 186 459 2437
Area F 298 58 + (-34) = 24 322 2769
Area G 340 462 (Boss only. No ID card) 802 3571
I also saved 37 frames before the title screen, thanks of a better input.
Total = 3608 frames ahead (gameplay only), but comparing with framecounter, the total is 3445 frames ahead.
Also, there are different loading times between emulators (I didn't calculate). Dega 1.14 and 1.15 is less acurrate than 1.16 and BizHawk, respectively.

Stage-by-Stage comments

Area C
  • I got a new route, to avoid much backtracking and also one of the enemies appear on a different location (see the map).
  • Sometimes I jump for no reason to manipulate the enemies, since they spawns at different positions.
  • Better optimization.
  • Instead to pause and change Psycho Punch to Normal Punch, I manipulated the patterns and optimized the boss defeating with Psycho Punch (altrough is a bit slower). It saves a pause and a backtracking after get the key (ID card)
  • Takes damage almost all the time, to a deathwarp after defeats the last enemy (It saved about 500 frames, or more).
Area E
  • Better optimization.
  • Skipped one of the enemies to defeat later without wasting time. A good amount of time is saved.
  • Boss is manipulated to defeat must next of the door while optimizing, avoiding backtracking after get the key (ID card).
Area F
  • Due of emulation differences, the enemies pattern didn't the same. But despite this, I optimized all of them. Note that I waited during that enemies, because otherwise, they didn't spawn on the screen.
  • Once again, manipulation and better optimization. Since I lost more energy than the published TAS, I lost 34 frames during the recovery, resulting 24 frames faster, because I originally saved 58 frames.
Area G
  • The lasers acts as enemy. So, I manipulated to avoid them, saving 1 and 2 hits, on the first and the last room, respectively.
  • Like the enemies of Area E, I take damage and attacks while moving forward.
  • Instead to return after defeats the second enemy, I enter at the other elevator, because the last enemy, is almost next of the elevator.
  • Manipulated the boss pattern to attacks without wasting much time with one of annoying patterns that any attack on him didn't have effect.

Special thanks to

  • Frenom, for the published TAS.

Other comments

One more Dega movie bites dust. TASing this game was interessing, but the bosses, is very annoying to optimize, because of that patterns. Resynching to FM was much more difficulty than I did on Wonder Boy in Monster Land, but the result was cool, despite with time loss due of different patterns. I like the FM sound. :)
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Masterjun: Judging.
Masterjun: Great improvements and a really detailed submission text! The previous run is in Vault, but these improvements are almost enough to grant an upgrade to Moons. However, the gameplay of this game is still mostly the same. With good ratings this can be elevated into Moons.
Accepted to Vault as an improvement to the previous run.
fsvgm777: Processing.

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This topic is for the purpose of discussing #5582: Challenger's SMS Cyborg Hunter in 09:13.71
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Nice work! That is a pretty big improvement for such a simple looking game, good research and optimization.
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Solid improvement! I liked the original run by Frenom for making quick work of a surprisingly complex game. The fact that you even tried to do decent dancing attempts in the elevators during downtime is enough to make me vote Yes on this.
Used to be a frequent submissions commenter. My new computer has had some issues running emulators, so I've been here more sporadically. 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. ( Thanks to goofydylan8 for running Gargoyle's Quest 2 because I mentioned the game! ( 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:
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I forgot to mention that SMS pause trick is not applicable to this game. But, to acess the menu, it's necessary a second controller (Button 1 or Button 2).
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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. ---- [3469] SMS Cyborg Hunter by Challenger in 09:13.71
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Nice work with the TAS Challenger :) Love the dances in the elevator :D haha I still wonder who Trevor and Catherine is :)
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Frenom wrote:
Nice work with the TAS Challenger :) Love the dances in the elevator :D haha I still wonder who Trevor and Catherine is :)
Nice to see you! Actually, It's possible to move during the elevators. Well, about Trevor and Catherine, I think that Sega invented to cover Chuck Sweagar and Anis Farm, respectively. Screenshot comparision: US/Europe version (Cyborg Hunter) JP Version (Chouon Senshi Borgman)
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Challenger wrote:
Anis Farm