Tool-assisted movies (32)

Published on 8/4/2015
As the Pharaoh's Son, it is up to the Prince to lift the curse of Anubis, God of the Dead, by reaching the Temple of Ra and solving the riddle of the Sphinx. Armed with a sling and some rocks, the Prince journeys across Egypt, trading with nomads, digging for treasures, and calling upon the goddess Isis for counsel and healing.
This run by Samsara uses the Sceptre to move faster, and carefully manipulates nomads, Isis, and the Sphinx to finish the game in the fastest time possible.

Published on 8/12/2022
Knight Guy in Low Res World: Castle Days is a homebrew action platforming game for the Atari 7800. You play as a knight who decides to go into a castle to rescue their pet from a dragon. There are 99 rooms of danger and puzzles to go through if you are to get to your pet before an hour is up and you lose completely.
MrTASer and Samsara collaborate to go through all 99 rooms and defeat the dragon as fast as possible. A cat was also chosen as the knight's pet.
You can get the game here.

Published on 5/2/2023
Where's an Egg? is loosely based on the Knights and Knaves puzzle. The objective is to find the culprit who has the egg.
Watch as Samsara already knows who has the egg so the culprit is found immediately.
Game Version:
Emulator Replay:
libTAS 1.4.4 + Ruffle Nightly 2023-04-01

Published on 4/4/2021
As one of the many video game adaptations of the Harry Potter series, this adventure game for the GBA sticks fairly closely to the plot of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone as Harry attends his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Despite the large number of adaptations out there, at the start of 2015 this was only the first Harry Potter game to receive a movie on TASVideos.
Rather than replay the events of The Sorcerer's Stone, the authors instead dabble in the dark arts of barrel-amplified Flipendo magic to end the game much earlier than intended.

Published on 10/2/2021
Mario Party 6 is a party game released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2004 (and 2005 in Europe and Australia). The game features two main game modes: Party Mode, where 4 players compete to get the highest amount of stars, and Solo Mode, in which one player must reach the end of the board to get a Rare Mini-Game. If the player goes further than that space, they'll lose all mini-games they've collected, amongst other events.
GoddessMaria and Samsara play through all three boards of the game's Solo Mode and get the Rare Mini-Games in record time.
We also have a TAS of Mario Party 7's Solo Cruise.

Published on 1/31/2022
Barney's Hide & Seek Game is a 1993 Sega Genesis game for young kids. It has Barney looking around for his friends in a game of hide and seek, and features educational concepts such as counting, matching, and problem solving.
The game also has a feature that walks the player through the whole game without requiring any input. However in this TAS, that is not done and instead the authors opt to beat the game manually as quickly as possible, using tricks to reduce lag and maximize walking speed.

Published on 12/9/2015
Earnest Evans is an Indiana Jones-esque treasure hunter who has to go through various levels and settings and battle hordes of monsters and bosses.
Samsara knocks off another 14.94 seconds from the previously published movie, thanks to new tricks and better optimization.

Published on 12/5/2016
Gunstar Heroes (1993) is widely considered to be one of the best action games on the Sega Genesis, but, ironically, was commercially unsuccessful due to poor promotion. It features a variety of melee attacks, as well as 4 basic weapons which can be combined in pairs (making a total of 14 combinations) — all densely packed in a swift and explosion-heavy gameplay spanning over seven uniquely designed stages. The author takes special care to showcase all the moves the game is capable of, using every possible attack and having lots of fun playing around in autoscrolling sections.
This movie is a little under 4 and a half minutes faster than the previous one due to more aggressive boss fights and a new movement technique. See the author's comments for more details.
The encodes for this movie are also slightly larger than usual — this is due to an amount of colors and on-screen motion even the best codecs have problems coping with.

Published on 8/29/2015
Coca Cola Kid is a platformer starring Coca Cola's Japanese mascot of the 90s. On his way through the levels, the kid can make use of a skateboard, but has to continue by foot if knocked off. Enemies can be defeated by kicks and flying kicks. Unsurprisingly, energy is restored by collecting cans of a certain soft drink. Its gameplay bears a very strong resemblance to Sonic the Hedgehog, which is no coincidence, since it's built off of the Sonic the Hedgehog engine and was made by Sega.
Samsara, ars4326 and dekutony rush to the end in good old Sonic-- ahem, Coca Cola Kid fashion in 8 minutes and 26.47 seconds.

Published on 8/17/2020
Everyone knows Freddy Krueger, who turns the peaceful dreams of people living on Elm Street into lethal nightmares. In this game, the teenager(s) must stay awake and combat Freddy's various forms while collecting his scattered bones so that they can be incinerated.
Samsara improves the previous movie by a minute and a half through better movement, lag reduction, and a new trick that skips several boss refights.

Published on 7/16/2021
Even the worst video games ever made can make for a good TAS.
This movie speedily plays through "The Cheetahmen", game #52 of a compilation of horrid games called Action 52. While the game is pretty horrible in general, it has a rather catchy BGM.
EZGames69 and Samsara improve the previous movie by 44.76 seconds, thanks to better optimisation and using a warp in the 5th level to spawn the last boss early in a glitched up level.
There are also two published runs of the unreleased sequel, Cheetahmen II. One plays through all the levels, whilst the other starts from level 5 from power-on, due to abusing the fact that some games do not initialize their states before reading them.

Published on 7/24/2023
Even the worst video games ever made can make for a good TAS.
The Cheetahmen is game #52 in Action 52, probably the most infamous multi-game cartridge released for the NES. The story goes that the "Action Gamemaster" (i.e. some guy) was playing his video game when three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ripoffs pull him through the TV and into their world. They tell him that there are enemies in their world and then leave him behind to fight the enemies.
In this run, EZGames69 and Samsara decide not to use any warps that can skip large portions of each level. This includes the glitch in level 5 that can warp the player to a grey void that has a chance of spawning the final boss.

Published on 4/17/2016
Battletoads (1991) is a futuristic beat 'em up game known for its extreme difficulty spread over 12 difficult levels. The mechanics in the game also change drastically from level to level, making the game one of the hardest and most varied for the NES.
In this game, the second most diabolical evil genius in the universe, The Dark Queen, has kidnapped Princess Angelica and Pimple - a battletoad. Rash and Zitz must save them by traveling through the most insane multilevel set of plans ever designed. This includes falling down huge shafts, racing through obstacle courses at breakneck speeds, riding on snakes through a massive maze of spikes, passing through a killer ventilation system, navigating through a missile defense system, climbing a never ending revolving tower, and much much more. Along the way, the Battletoads must also face off against an evil army of robots, genetically engineered rodents, and The Dark Queen herself.
In this run, feos, Alyosha, and Samsara improved upon the previous publication by 02:39.34 using many new tricks and glitches.

Published on 3/11/2021
Bio Hazard is an unlicensed demake of Resident Evil for the NES by Waixing. Its Mandarin name is 生化危机 Bio Hazard, where "生化危机" means "Resident Evil." The game's physics and aesthetics are based off of the GB game Resident Evil Gaiden.
Like the 3D game it is based on, this game requires the player to navigate a zombie-infested mansion while managing inventory space, ammunition, and puzzle items. Unlike the original Resident Evil however, shooting zombies is accomplished via a mini-game where a moving reticle must be stopped when in range of a target. Also unlike the original game, ammunition does not stack, and items are not droppable.
Spikestuff and Samsara take a pacifist-leaning approach to conflict and complete the game in record time through careful planning and routing.
Bio Hazard

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.5.2

Published on 1/10/2023
BlobQuest is a homebrew platformer for the NES. The premise involves the player character being turned into a blob by an evil wizard. You must now find the eight mystic rubies in order to return back to normal. Along the way, you can find special powerups for your blob form that allow you to traverse the hazardous world.
Cephla, Samsara, ThunderAxe31, and Alyosha collaborate to complete the game in record time, making liberal use of a zipping glitch in the second half of the run.
You can get the game here.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 7/6/2016
Gimmick! (1992) is another gem from Sunsoft, the company that brought us Ufouria and Journey to Silius. It was only released in Japan and Scandinavian countries, but eventually achieved something of a cult status thanks to its refined gameplay, as well as exceptional music and graphic design.
The plot follows a green toy on a quest to rescue a little girl from the clutch of other toys, who were rightfully upset at her forsaking them in favor of our protagonist. What these other toys can't do, however, is conjure stars to use them both as projectiles and very effective transportation devices!
This venture between Aglar, Hotarubi and Samsara improves the previous movie by 00:46.87 seconds thanks to a new zipping glitch that skips most of Stage 5 and a new clip that skips most of Stage 6. This run doesn't collect the special items required to access the 7th level, and thus gets a bad ending. However, we have another run that attains the best ending for your viewing pleasure!
This run has been console verified using micro500's TASLink replay device (3.5 ms timing window).

Published on 3/3/2023
KUBO 2: L'Aventurier Courageux (KUBO 2: The Brave Adventurer in English) is the sequel to homebrew NES game KUBO and was developed by the same father and son duo as the first one. This time, however, the son now has a hand in the level design in addition to the graphics. The story involves a cowboy turtle going into ancient pyramids and ruins in order to find a special gem that can save a nearby village from an unspecified calamity.
LogansGamingRoom, Samsara and ViGadeomes complete the game as fast as possible, going out of bounds at one point to save time, also saving 46 frames in the process.
You can get the game here.

Published on 10/3/2022
Puss 'n Boots: Pero's Great Adventure is an NES game that's derived from the Famicom game Nagagutsu o Haita Neko: Sekai Isshū 80 Nichi Dai Bōken (長靴をはいた猫 世界一周80日大冒険). Both games are loosely based off of the 1976 anime film Puss 'n Boots Travels Around the World (長靴をはいた猫 80日間世界一周), which is part of a small series of anime films starring Toei's old mascot Pero. Watch as Pero visits various places and rides various vehicles to get to them, all while fighting monsters and random bad guys along the way.
For this run, a collaboration of various authors have come together to complete this game as fast as possible.

Published on 8/7/2015
Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (スプラッターハウス わんぱくグラフィティ) is the second game to be released in the Splatterhouse series. Unlike the other games in the series, it's more comical, with several references to popular horror movies and a more cartoonish art style.
In this run, Samsara goes through the game's two secret areas to get an extended ending.

FLASHING LIGHTS WARNING: 8:50 to 9:00, and 19:10 to 19:30.

Published on 8/16/2015
Inspired by the Action 52 game of the same name, Streemerz is a NES port (by thefox) of a Flash game made for the "Action 52 Owns" game jam by Arthur 'Mr. Podunkian' Lee. This run plays through "Streeeeemerz Mode", which, as the name implies, features gameplay closer to VVVVVV.
It originally started with Noxxa's winning run of the SGDQ 2015 speed TAS competition organized by dwangoAC, which resulted in some interesting top-10 comparison encodes. Later, adelikat, Aglar, Really_Tall and Samsara joined the party after finding many improvements throughout the run as described in the submission comments.
There is also a run that completes the game in "Superb Joe" mode by MESHUGGAH.

Published on 7/10/2014
Treasure Master is a side-scrolling action game that sends your character on a quest of treasure acquisition. Jump your way through a variety of world environments including the islands, microprocessor-level circuitry, and the moon, and accumulate all of the material wealth you can possibly amass. You have a number of enemies to beware of (such as sharks, caterpillars, and springs). But you also have an impressive array of tools to help you in your quest (moon buggy!).
Treasure Master offers the opportunity to collect not only virtual treasure in a video game, but also treasure in the real world. After practicing the game, players had the opportunity to compete for real prizes.

Published on 11/2/2020
Rick and his girlfriend Jennifer enter West Mansion (known as Splatterhouse) to study Dr. West's parapsychology teachings for a school project. After a flash of lightning and a scream, Jennifer is gone, and Rick is left wearing the Terror Mask, which gives the wearer great strength.
Splatterhouse is the first game in the series, but only the second game to appear on a home console (after Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti on the Famicom), which was later continued on the Sega Genesis.
Samsara and EZGames69 improve the previous movie by 155 frames, if emulation differences are not accounted for, thanks to better optimisation. Please read the authors' comments for more details.

Published on 2/15/2023
Fausseté Amour is a platforming game developed by AIM and published by Naxat Soft in 1993 for the PCECD. It follows the story of a woman named Corque, enjoying a peaceful life with her sister and her friends. However, a strong demon named Goatbone appears, possesses Corque's friends, turning them into terrifying monsters, kidnaps her sister, and burns down the village. A mysterious old man approaches the desperate Corque and bestows her with a wonderful armor, weapon, and magic powers. With those, she is ready to venture into Goatbone's lair and free her sister; however, she will also have to defeat her friends who are now under Goatbone's control.
Samsara rescues Corque's sister in record time.

Published on 9/24/2015
Umihara Kawase Shun (1997) is the little known sequel to the little known Umihara Kawase for the SNES. The game adheres to the same exact formula: a little schoolgirl uses her trusty rubber wire physics simulating engine fishing rod to escape another trippy world of mutated fish. (Oh, the kids these days!)
Samsara improves the previous publication by 3.19 seconds, thanks to even further optimization.

Published on 4/7/2022
Why, when I was your age, I had to take several buses to get to school, and carry a sword with me to fight off those evil creatures that attacked me on my way. You kids have it so easy...
This is an anime-style platformer starring an American girl named Jo who has gone to Japan to attend a summer kendo school. In order to get to class on time, she has to fight off a barrage of monsters along the way.
Samsara slashes their way through this game in a little under 10 minutes, while improving on the previous publication by 1591 frames, despite emulation differences. Normal difficulty is used this time around to showcase some more interesting gameplay, especially in Stage 3.
Kendo Rage

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 8/24/2016
Abel's daughter has been kidnapped by his former friend, Bayer. Bayer has sold his soul to the devil, and sacrificed Abel's wife, in an attempt to resurrect the King of Demons. With no other choice, Abel vows to save his daughter, no matter what the cost - even if it is his own humanity...
Majyuuou is a side-scrolling platformer for the Super Nintendo, taking influences from Castlevania and Contra. You play as Abel, intent on rescuing his daughter from the depths of Hell. As you defeat certain bosses, they will drop large, color changing gems. Pick up the gem, and you'll transform into either a red Harpy, a blue Dragon, or a green Lizard, depending on what color it is when you pick it up. Each demon type has its own special attacks.
This run aims for the game's True Ending, which requires unlocking and using the Black form in Stage 6. To unlock the Black form, you need to use a unique form for every stage before Stage 6. Any combination of Red, Green and Blue will do, as long as you use all three of them.

Published on 8/3/2015
This game is practically a mix of Contra and Strider. As always, aliens have taken over Earth, and only genetically enhanced humans can stop them.
This run by Samsara beats the previous movie by over half a minute with improvements in every level.

Published on 2/28/2022
Shin Megami Tensei is a first person RPG developed by Atlus. It is the 3rd game in the Megami Tensei series but the first game in the Shin Megami Tensei series. The main playable character, simply referred to as the protagonist, lives in a post-futuristic Tokyo, where a portal to the realm of demons has been opened and Earth becomes ravished by demons.
The game's "Law" ending is achieved in record time with some heavy glitching.

Published on 8/11/2021
The date is Tuesday, September 13th, 1921. It's a stormy night, and the luxury ocean liner "Lady Crithania" is about to be capsized by an enormous wave. Many of its crew and its 2300 passengers will be killed outright in the initial overturning; in the transfigured catastrophic ship environment, most of the remainder will be unable to locate, reach and secure a safe exit from the sinking ship before it floods entirely.
Samsara improves over the previous movie thanks to using a different character; Redwin Gardner which resulted in a newer and faster route.

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.6.2

Published on 5/16/2016
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is the second game in the Super Star Wars series, notable for its unforgiving difficulty and run-and-gun gameplay.
In this run, the authors deal with intense lag reduction and luck manipulation to beat the game in a little over half an hour. Most impressive.
There are also runs of the first and third games in the series: Super Star Wars and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Published on 4/15/2015
Umihara Kawase (海腹川背) is about a schoolgirl with a bag of holding and a rubber fishing line setting out to rid the world of giant mutant fish.
This video plays the fastest path of the game having only two bosses, which you can find at the Field Map page.
The Umihara Kawase page has more information about this game.
The boss levels are quite long in this movie ― they can't really be sped up, but the authors of the movie have done their best to make them worth watching.
Thanks to a different route and a lot of optimization, this run obsoletes one of the oldest previously unobsoleted runs of the site by about 01:29.04 minutes.
No frogs were harmed in the making of this movie.

Published on 11/21/2020
Bugz is an all-original 2D platformer, written specifically for the Uzebox. It has 21 levels, and the object is to collect all the cookies in each level without dying.
This game was run as part of TASVideos' Dream Team Contest 9, and this TAS was built on a combination of multiple submissions of said contest, which was further improved on.
The authors of this TAS go through the 21 levels in the 1P VS 2P mode (allowing one player to stomp on the other) in record time.

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