Tool-assisted movies (8)

Published on 11/26/2022
Hangman is a simple guessing game that is usually done on pencil and paper. With a set number of blank spaces representing a word or phrase, you guess which letter appears in that word or phrase. Guess right and the letter appears in one or more of the blank spaces. Guess wrong and a stick figure body part is added to a noose. The game ends when either all spaces are filled or the stick figure is complete.
In this run, yep2yel, ShesChardcore, and negative seven work together to complete a single game of Hangman on the Atari 2600 as fast as possible.

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 12/21/2022
Othello is a board game that is a modern variant of Reversi. It looks similar to Go with its checkered board and black and white pieces, but it's completely different.
negative seven saves 7.31 seconds over the previous "maximum score" run through extensive research and development, the most notable being the usage of a modern Othello AI engine and pitting it against the Atari 2600 AI. You can read the author's notes here for all the details on the efforts put into the run, including the creation of a custom Atari 2600 emulator.

Published on 9/2/2013
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (1999) is the Game Boy Color version of the original Super Mario Bros. In addition to the standard game, it features some new unlockable modes, such as a challenge mode and "You vs. Boo", where Mario must race Boo through several levels which have been modified to make them more interesting in a race.
In this movie, got4n and negative seven complete the You vs. Boo mode, beating Boo in all eight levels, and over half a second faster than the previous run.
Note: Although this run appears to be longer than the previous movie, that run's time was calculated with an incorrect frame rate. This run is indeed faster.

This run starts from a save file that has beaten the game and collected 100,000 points in challenge mode to unlock the "You vs. Boo" mode. Runs that start from SRAM are not normally allowed; see the Movie Rules for more on this.

You can watch a resync of this run played back on console.

Published on 3/18/2015
Mario is back to the Game Boy, but this time in color.
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is a remake of Super Mario Bros. with some new game modes, including a challenge mode where coins and time remaining are crucial to gaining the target score, and a race mode where Mario competes against Boo to reach each level's finish first.
This run completes the Original mode, and 33 frames faster (ignoring lag frame differences due to different emulators) than the previous version. While this mode looks like a direct port of the NES game, there are different physics and glitches, making optimizing Deluxe a very different task.
There is also a run of the You vs. Boo mode by got4n and the author of this TAS.

Watch a resync of this run being played back on real hardware.

Published on 11/28/2022
140 a minimalistic platformer with abstract colorful graphics. Electronic music provides an atmospheric experience when playing the title.
Watch as negative seven goes through all level in record time.

Emulator Replay:
libTAS 1.4.3

Published on 8/6/2022
Gateways is a game by Smudged Cat Games released for PC in 2012. Set in a 2D environment, it takes inspiration from Portal. The protagonist, a scientist, finds himself locked in a lab, and he needs to find and use the various Gateway guns scattered throughout the lab to find his way out of it.
rythin and negative seven, however, decide to only get 2 of the normally required 4 Gateway guns, and abuse glitches to go out of bounds and help the scientist escape from the lab in record time. Please read the authors' comments for more details.
The authors also provide an encode showing the entire map and the player's position marked with a yellow dot. It can be viewed right here.
The "Minimal Obstruction" alternate encode features completely transparent graphics related to getting a power up, with the exception of the text, as it completely obstructs the view normally, and gameplay still continues while it's ongoing.

Published on 2/23/2015
Metal Force is an unlicensed game developed by Open Corp. (who also made Buzz and Waldog) and released in 1994 in South Korea. It is of surprisingly solid quality for an unlicensed title. It controls similarly to classic Mega Man games, except you have two different weapons which you can switch between and upgrade by collecting powerups from enemies. Aside from that, it is a linear adventure comprised of 7 missions, with a boss battle at the end of each. The stages of each mission are quite expansive and packed with enemies and obstacles.
This game was run as part of TASVideos' Dream Team Contest 5, and this TAS was built on a combination of multiple submissions of said contest - hence the high number of authors.
In this TAS, the authors make expansive use of the weapons and the various boosts in order to beat the game in 13 minutes and 9.6 seconds.
Watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 3/2/2023
Superfast Mario Bros. is a romhack of the original Super Mario Bros. game that can only be described as a chaotic experience. The game speed has been jacked up to ludicrous levels; the frame rule is now 1 frame instead of 21, and transitions are instant. And despite all that, the romhack is surprisingly playable, albeit barely. Not that it matters in a TAS setting, that is.
Denial140, negative seven, and chatterbox team up to beat this romhack in a little over a minute with the use of warps. We also have a longer warpless run for those that want to see more of the game.

Note: This hack can be very glitchy visually and occasionally have moments of flashing lights that may be uncomfortable to some viewers.
Uses warps
Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.2.1

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