Tool-assisted movies (26)

Published on 11/5/2008
Ninja Gaiden Shadow (aka. Shadow Warriors) is actually a licensed GB port of Shadow of the Ninja on the NES console. Because of this, it is fairly faithful to the original despite starring Ryu Hayabusa, the main character of the Ninja Gaiden series.
In this Gaiden of a gaiden, Ryu Hayabusa manages to defeat Emperor Garuda and save mankind in under 12 minutes, notwithstanding running slower than in other Ninja Gaiden games.

Published on 9/8/2016
Everyone who has at least once attempted to gather a soul from each of the 120 different enemies in Aria of Sorrow, especially during a speedrun, knows the frustration it incurs after a hundredth failed attempt to get the required drop. That just makes this all-souls TAS, played on hard mode, even more impressive.
This is an improvement of 1:38.85 over the previous movie, thanks to a more optimised route and newly used items. Please read the authors' comments for more details.
If you would like to see the game beaten even faster, don't miss the any% run by one of the authors, klmz.

Note: Starting from reset was necessary to use hard mode. However, doing so is normally not allowed — refer to the rules to see the reasons.

Published on 11/18/2018
The Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow main quest TAS has become even more glitched. Using an obscure out-of-room travel technique involving in-game saving and subsequent dying, klmz plows through the game with the confident pace of a cold-blooded killing machine in a little under seven minutes — a whole minute and 8.13 seconds faster than the previous movie by the same author!
We recommend reading the author's comments for more information on the death warp glitch and other time-saving techniques used to make this improvement happen.
If you would like to see more of the game, we also have a run that does not make use of major warp glitches, as well as a run that collects every soul in the game.

Published on 3/7/2023
Those who greatly dislike that Aria of Sorrow's main character isn't related to the Belmont clan whatsoever can safely relax, because the powerhouse known as Julius Belmont enters the stage in the relatively short run of this Castlevania installment.
Julius is only available to those who have completed the main quest. While he can't do most of Soma Cruz's fancy tricks, he can get around just as quickly by glitching through walls and hopping madly around the castle, producing almost inhuman sounds with every jump.
This is an improvement of 7695 frames over the previous publication, thanks to newly found glitches and a brand new route.
Note: This movie starts where a main quest TAS left off. We do not usually accept movies beginning from a save. Please read the rules to see our reasons.

Published on 12/11/2018
When played normally, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is a rather long game, in which exploration, leveling up, and killing bosses in order to gain access to different items or portions of the castle is necessary. However, a bit of luck manipulation and a series of glitches involving DSS cards throw all these aspects of gameplay out of the window, allowing the player to warp directly to Dracula and kill him humiliatingly in just over 5 minutes.
This movie is a 227 frame improvement over the previous movie by klmz with some more optimizations.

Published on 12/17/2018
Normally using the DSS card system of Castlevania: Circle of the Moon grants abilities that one would not otherwise have access to. With a glitch, one can access these abilities anyways, making the DSS cards themselves mere collector's items. When placed under the control of klmz however, Nathan Graves proves himself to be an avid collector, abusing zips and other glitches to quickly go around the castle and obtain all the DSS cards and finish off Dracula in 19 minutes and 30 seconds.

Published on 11/2/2020
The main quest completion time has been shortened to nearly one sixth of what it initially was, thanks to the discovery of a glitch that allows Juste to sink into walls.
This is a 02:51.65 minute improvement over the previous movie.
The author has created an elaborate encode that shows the player's position on the map, contents of the game's memory, and hacks the camera to follow the character's movement more. It is available on YouTube, NicoVideo, and Bilibili.
However, if you still think there is not enough zipping through walls, be sure to watch the second quest completed in less than half a minute!

Published on 4/22/2018
Lady Sia is a platform game with action-adventure elements made by RFX Interactive for the Game Boy Advance. It was published by TDK Mediactive, released in the USA on October 15, 2001, and released in Europe on October 19, 2001.
The game takes place in a fantasy world where the player assumes the role of the Xena-esque warrior princess, Lady Sia. It is her task to defeat the T'soas, a race of anthropomorphs created by the evil warlock Onimen who has declared war on the other realms. Her quest leads her through four different realms, the last one being the home continent of the T'soas themselves...
Or, it would go through four realms, but klmz skips about half of the game with a glitch in the walrus boss. For more details, read the submission comments.

Published on 4/24/2018
Lode Runner is a long-running series of action/puzzle games where the objective is to collect all of the gold in a level while avoiding enemies. This iteration of the series for the GBA was released only in Japan.
In this run, klmz completes Small world, the first set of levels, while improving his previous movie by 00:56.34 seconds.

Published on 5/13/2009
Zero has a new body which he does all the same old stuff with. Once again, it's on the Game Boy Advance. As with the other games in the series, there is a delay with every hit of the Z-Saber, so many enemies are killed in other ways. (In particular, in this game, Zero can pick up guns from some enemies and use them for added variety.)
This run is almost 4 minutes and 20 seconds faster than the previous movie, in spite of having over 30 seconds more text due to game version differences. A large part of this improvement is due to new combos. Also, the invulnerability times of midbosses are abused even further with midair wobbling of the Z-Saber or the Z-Knuckles. For more details, see the run's comments.

Published on 12/23/2018
Mr. Driller 2 is a fast-paced puzzle game where you have to drill to the bottom of the level within a fixed 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.
In this run, klmz drills through the ten time attack courses in slightly under seven and a half minutes. Furthermore, he aims primarily for in-game time, as it adds to the entertainment value and adds also to the strategy, as there are time bonuses in this mode which subtract time.
This is an improvement of 5.47 in-game seconds over the previous publication. The real time improvement is 00:04.10 seconds. All of the improvements came from optimizations and better routes. This also features some play-style change that erases much more blocks without losing any time.

Published on 12/18/2010
Survival Kids is a game about a boy or girl who gets trapped on an island and tries to survive and escape. There are multiple endings in the game.
The author aims for the fastest ending: ED 1. It is 00:35.65 seconds faster than the cancelled submission by Aqfaq due to new tricks, shortcuts and overall better precision.

Published on 1/22/2021
Chack'n Pop is the classic predecessor of the very popular Bubble Bobble series. Originally an arcade game, it features a small yellow creature named Chack'n who can walk on the floor and ceiling, climb steps, and throw hand grenades. Avoiding Monstas, Chack'n must free hearts from their cages using grenades to destroy solid walls and get to the top of the screen.
klmz improves the previous movie by 12.8 seconds, thanks to abusing death, but also making use of the invincibility power-up.

Published on 7/31/2018
A plane filled with terrorists attempting to steal money from a treasury plane while airborne is shot down by an FBI plane. The terrorists survive and send out a distress signal, which the main character, Gabe, responds to. However, Gabe does not know that the mayday signal is coming from a group of terrorists, and after reaching them, the terrorists capture Gabe's partner, Hal, and hold him hostage. Gabe must then set out and retrieve the money in order to save Hal.
Cliffhanger is a platform game that was released on November 17, 1993 based on the film of the same name.

Published on 9/11/2018
Cocoron is a game for the Famicom released exclusively in Japan in 1991. The game lets the player create customizable characters to play with, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The first half of the game can be played in any order featuring unique entrance and exit sections.
klmz, using three characters he created, completes the game in record time.
You can watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 8/11/2018
Conan: The Mysteries of Time is a side-scrolling action video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System released in 1991. It was developed and published by Mindscape. While it features the Conan the Barbarian character, it is a simple adaptation of a computer game called Myth: History in the Making, which was developed by System 3.
In this single player side-scrolling platform game you control Conan, on a quest ordained by the Gods to destroy various mythological creatures, under the control of the sinister Dameron.

Published on 3/19/2023
In the third installment in the Donkey Kong series, Stanley the bugman discovers Donkey Kong in his greenhouse, releasing insects that are attacking his precious flowers. To save his flowers, Stanley aims to stop the ape by blasting him away with a bug spray can.
In this movie, klmz improves on previous submissions through better optimization as well as an extra death abuse that's used to skip ending level transitions.
Donkey Kong 3

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.1.6

Published on 6/26/2018
Formation Z is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up video game initially released in arcades in 1984 by Jaleco. The arcade release was distributed by Williams and known as Aeroboto outside Japan. It was later ported to the MSX and to the Famicom. Taking place in the year 2701, the player controls a robot which can transform into an aero fighter on a mission to stop an alien super weapon from reaching the Earth. The robot may move forwards, backwards and jump, and the aero fighter may travel anywhere on screen but has limited fuel in which to do so. A combination of the two must be used to avoid obstacles, as well as to destroy any on-screen enemies for extra points.
klmz did precise shots in order to stop the alien in record time.

Published on 8/4/2018
Friday the 13th is a video game adaptation of the movie series of the same name. You are one of six camp counselors on a mission to defeat Jason Voorhees three times before he kills the other counselors or some of the children.
In this run, klmz beats jlun2's previous movie by an impressive 00:37.75 seconds, taking a well-planned new route that is mostly TAS-only due to tight luck manipulation and control required.

Published on 12/16/2018
Jumpin' Kid: Jack to Mame no Ki Monogatari (Jumping Kid: The Tale of Jack and the Beanstalk) is a variation of the famous fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. The game was released on December 19, 1990 in Japan for the Famicom.
It is a challenging platform game that plays similar to Mega Man. Beans help to improve the player's attack, while springs are used to improve his jumping height.

Published on 7/20/2018
Little Samson and his team are out to deliver tool-assisted fun!
This game consists of four heroes with very different strengths and weaknesses. The object (and fun) of the game is to use these traits to your advantage depending on the situation.
In this run, klmz improves his previous movie by 01:59.47 minutes thanks to new glitches and better optimization.

Published on 7/19/2020
Multidude is a homebrew puzzle game released on NES in 2014. There are 20 levels in this game. The goal in each level is to control and take each robot to an activated exit that hasn't been occupied by other robots.

You can watch the complete run being played back on a console.

Published on 6/10/2011
Nuts & Milk is a platform game deriving influences from a number of famous Nintendo games, including Kirby (puffy pink blob as a protagonist), Mario Bros. (green and red fireballs), Donkey Kong Jr. (spring platforms, jumping from ladder to ladder and fruits) and Wrecking Crew (barrels).
This improvement of 00:15.22 seconds over the previous published movie collects all the fruit in all stages, including the bonus round (the latter of which triggers the 'PERFECT' ending).

You can watch this run being played back on a console.

Published on 6/26/2018
Arabian is a platform arcade game created in 1983 by Sun Electronics and published by Atari Inc. A Famicom version was developed and released by Sunsoft only in Japan as Super Arabian. The player assumes the role of an adventurous Arabian prince whose goal is to rescue the princess from her palace. During his quest, the prince will sail seas, crawl through caves, and fly magic carpets.
klmz saves the princess in record time.

Published on 12/26/2018
The Krion Conquest, known in Japan as Magical Doropie, is a side-scrolling action-adventure video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, developed by Vic Tokai in 1990.
Players control a wand-wielding character that fires different types of projectiles based on the wand type the player has selected. The game play resembles Capcom's Mega Man series.
In this movie, klmz improves the predecessor movie by 01:07.06 minutes thanks to new techniques and strategy, as well as tighter optimization.

Published on 3/4/2017
Urban Champion is one of the most memorable games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, where two normal-looking guys trade blows in front of your favorite neighborhood drugstore, in broad daylight, pausing to look nonchalant and whistle in innocence when a police cruiser passes by.
Alternating between high and low punches, and fast or slow jabbing speeds, you seek to outwit your urban adversary and knock him backwards, a screen at a time, until finally he falls to his death by plummeting, helpless, headlong into the darkness of an open sewer-access manhole.
This run improves the previous "GAME A" run by 8 frames using the same tactics with better luck manipulations.

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