Salutations to the community of Tool Assisted Speedruns! I have come (with peace on my side) to post my progress on a new TAS: Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle. I remember playing this as a kid on the Game Boy version with my uncle. We've beaten it quite a few times. But enough with my childhood, that's not what you guys want.
Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle is a Puzzle game which most of you know by watching the Angry Video Game Nerd. I, for one, do not fall in that category. There are 60 levels in this game, which I intend to do 1 for each day.
Well, let's ignore that.
Right now, it's day one (of course). I will update this post when I finish each level. When that is done, I'll play the entire game on one segment (unless someone suggests me something better to do). My progress will also be marked on my youtube channel.
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Progress: 1/60 = x/100 = 1.666...% per completed level
Location: Norrköping, Sweden
I TASed the first four levels of this some time ago, just for fun. I have no intention of continuing it. We used the the exact same strategy on the first level, but my version is 33 frames faster. I also started the first level 1 frame faster, but that's a small detail. Here's the movie file. Perhaps you can shave off even more frames from it!
And also, welcome to the forum! :)
This will help me a lot, thanks!
EDIT: I have improved my run by 30 frames thanks to you, and I know that there are some really minor improvements to make on that run (First and second time when going up the stairs, I seem to stop for a frame or two).
I'm not really a script wiz, but I still took the time to read what the lua file contains. I'll try it out for now to see if it works, although this lua file is intended for a GBC game.
EDIT: This is really a bummer, I don't have lua installed, so I can't really do anything. Either I download lua or you provide me a lua file if it isn't too much to ask.
Location: Norrköping, Sweden
The beautiful thing about lua script is that you don't need to install anything, they automatically work if the emulator supports lua, which FCEUX does.
Today I made a lua script for this game that checks if you lose a frame anywhere. Basically, what the script does is compare your X and Y position between two frames, and if they're the same, the program will tell you that you lost a frame there. This works well for this game, because you should be constantly moving in a TAS. I have tested the script, and it works very well.
Here's the script, uploaded to mediafire. The only thing you need to do to get it to work is to go to File->Lua->New lua script window. In the new window that pops up, select browse and choose this script, then click on "Run" to start the script. Unpause the emulator if it is paused. The top left corner of the emulator should now say "Lost frames: " and then a number. Now, play one of your movie files with this script running. Whenever "Lost frames" increases, the script alerts that you have probably lost a frame here, so you should investigate it further. Pretty handy, right? No more checking for lost frames manually!
This is going to help for sure. What's left is something that removes those useless frames, but I doubt that would ever work.
EDIT: I'm not sure if this route for stage 2 is faster than randil's route.
Also, I don't care at all if i messed up the password part, it won't be part of the official run.
Oh and by the way, if someone finds any good routes for the game OR finds a glitch that will help complete the game faster, share it with me, I'll put you on the special thanks list.
I've also finished stage 5, 55 more to go.
Pressing Up, Down, Left, Right all at the same time is not possible with the arrow keys (due to limitation), but by turning num lock off you can press 2, 4, 6, 8 on the keypad all at the same time, it's possible.
For game controllers, set up to up on the d-pad and the left analog stick, down to... you get the idea.
FCEUX can assign more than one key/button to the same command.
The Thunder Star icon is a creation of mine a few years ago and is associated with Marbleous Racing.
- Mylo the Cat: Shortest Video on YouTube Series
- Ace Trainer Liam: Form Fight, MetroMania
- Marble World
- Jelle's Marble League (postponed for now)
- Bloons TD 5
- Pokemon Stadium
- NES Tetris
Soon to be Watching:
- Fubeca's Marble Runs: GlassCar 2023
- Jelle's Marble Runs: Marble Rally Season 6
- Mylo the Cat: Shortest Video on YouTube Part 1000
So, I wanted to do a TAS of Bugs Bunny: Crazy Castle 3, but I realized that this would be very annoying to watch because you need to enter so many unnecessary doors. Furthermore, after TASing the first 3 levels, I realized that this wouldn't be very fun. A such, I think I'll give the NES version a shot. Screw what the AVGN says; if Birthday Blowout made for a good TAS, then this should too. It might also give me the opportunity to try some luck manipulation on the movements of the enemies. What do you think?
Location: Norrköping, Sweden
There is already thread for this game here: http://tasvideos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9604
Mysterypea made some good progress, and has finished up to level 33, though he says he has put it on hold for now. Maybe you want to get in touch with him. I messed around with this game a bit too some time ago, so I would be interested in seeing this game TASed.
No matter what I do, I can never find the threads for these games. Oh well. Can a mod merge these topics? Also, if Mysterypea would allow, I'd happily continue his progress, submit it, and get bottom billing. Why reinvent the wheel? I'm going to watch it now and see if I see any potential improvements.
Edit: I'm discussing with Mysterypea the fate of this. I'm probably going to work on my own version first and see if I can find any improvements. I finished Level 1 with ease with the same path. Also, Randil, can you provide that script you made? The link is broken in the old topic.
Location: Norrköping, Sweden
Of course! Here you are:
while true do
if xpos1==xnew and ypos1==ynew and mover==0 then lost=lost+1 end
gui.text(10,10,"Lost frames: " .. lost)
(I don't know why I didn't post the script like this in the first place)
The script simply checks if you are constantly on the move. If you for any frame stand still (both in terms of X and Y position), the "lost frames" counter will increase.
Thanks, Randil! So, I discussed with Mysterypea, and he agreed that I should only add him as a coauthor if he gives significant contributions to the new version. Otherwise, I will just credit him in the submission. My strategy right now is to run each level using his path (If the AI don't conflict because of a desync), then try to beat that time. I tried doing this for level 1 and failed because the path is perfect. However, I made a massive improvement of 71 frames to Level 2! See my progress here. Only 58 more levels to go...
EDIT: Level 3. For some reason, Mysterypea unnecessarily stalled in several places. Why is this? Was it a simple mistake, or do the AIs run on a variable that carries over from level to level? Would adding empty frames in between levels cause a desync? This could be a big deal, as it'd mean that I can't go back and edit levels easily. Will test around soon. Any feedback would be helpful.
I am an absolute perfectionist; When I collect a carrot, I will find the exact frame to turn around in order to potentially save time. I have a feeling, at this point, though, that this doesn't make a difference with these game physics. If someone confirms this, I'll probably speed through this more and use less rerecords. The 666 is just mere chance.
Edit: I just tried to insert some frames in between levels, and it doesn't change anything. I think that I just somehow manipulated the AI differently than Mysterypea, often not intentionally. One factor to consider is what direction you are pressing when you are going up the stairs. I once went up the stairs pressing right and pressing left, and they resulted in the Sylvester moving in a different direction. This has two conclusions: I can edit fixes into particular levels, and I should always try to manipulate the AI before prematurely halting movement. Will continue on shortly.
Edit 2: Up to Level 7. I am positive now that the enemies move based on input, not on result. Does anyone think they can somehow look into their physics? Don't get me wrong, I think this will make a great blueprint for this game as it stands, but levels 2, 5, and 7 use paths that would not be optimal if you removed the enemies from the screen. If I can truly manipulate the movement of these enemies, it'd stand to reason that all three of those levels, and presumably many levels in the future, can be improved. Let me know if you have any ideas.
Edit 3: OK, now this is getting ridiculous: I can influence AI after dying. That's just silly. I'm going to go back to Level 2 and try to make it so that I never once stall. I'll repeat this for 5 and 7, and hopefully, I'll get a result. It'd be best to understand the AI, but it seems like brute forcing might be the only option.