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Zook Man ZX4 (路克人ZX4) is a Game Boy Advance game by Vast Fame and the third known game in their Zook series. It is based loosely on the Rockman X games.
The game spans eight levels including an intro stage and a final boss rush. Several enemies are taken from Rockman X and Rockman 8, with the bosses being either recycled from previous Zook Hero games or being edits from other official Megaman games. The main character's design is based off of X.
This game was run as part of TASVideos' Dream Team Contest 6, and this TAS was built on a combination of multiple submissions of said contest - hence the high number of authors.
Published on 11/19/2017 12:33 PM

Ikaruga (2001) is a vertical shoot 'em up published and developed by Treasure as a spiritual successor to its earlier title, Radiant Silvergun (1998). It was first released on arcade machines, then eventually ported to Dreamcast, GameCube, XBLA, Android, and even Steam, thanks to the loyal following among the Western shoot 'em up fans. GameCube version was chosen for creation of this TAS as it provided both the most arcade-accurate port, and the most accurately emulated platform of those available at the time.
Ikaruga features a polarity mechanic wherein enemies can be black or white, shooting black or white bullets, respectively. Additionally, player ships themselves can switch between black and white: when white, ship absorbs white bullets and deals extra damage to black enemies, and vice versa. When enough bullets are absorbed, a powerful enemy-seeking attack can be unleashed. As such, typical gameplay consists of frequent polarity switching, chain-killing enemies, and absorbing bullets instead of dodging them; to capitalize on this, the author chooses to control both player ships in order to absorb as many bullets as possible, do more damage, and pick off escaping enemies without breaking a kill chain.
The goal of this TAS is to maximize the score. Ikaruga's scoring system mainly consists of color-based enemy chaining: killing three enemies of the same color in a row increases chain value, messing up the color sequence resets it. Absorbing bullets and lasers, speedkilling bosses, and having spare lives at the end are also significant score boosts—all of these are used in the TAS to the fullest extent. The final score is a massive 50,230,200, only attainable with two players.

Ikaruga has been extensively competed in both Western and Asian gaming communities, leading to publication of an official superplay DVD, as well as blessing us with many amazing feats of unassisted gameplay. If you've enjoyed this TAS and would like to see what some of the best human players have to offer, make sure to watch VTF-INO's unassisted doubleplay, in which the player attempts to achieve maximum score by controlling both ships in realtime; also check out RNA's flawless stage 5 boss fight done solo, and Sa Suisai's full-game unassisted playthrough on Normal difficulty, executing some inhumanly precise chains on the XBLA version of the game.
Published on 5/4/2015 2:41 PM

In the sequel to Super Monkey Ball, you must once again guide a monkey trapped inside a plastic ball to the goal in each stage by tilting the game world. New features include mechanics like portals and more complex level designs, which in a speedrun, lead to some really interesting routes.
In this TAS, the authors skip all the easy levels and warp to the Expert stages, where they proceed to tear through all 50 levels as well as the 10 Master and 10 Master Extra stages, breaking many of the heavily optimized console world record times.
Published on 4/4/2014 10:34 AM

1001 Spikes is a platform game released by Nicalis in 2014, consisting of a series of levels with various traps and hazards. The protagonist is Aban Hawkins, who explores different environments in search for his father, the archaeologist Jim Hawkins, and the treasure of Poko-Mum rumoured to be behind a golden door.
This time, keylie plays with 4 Abans and completes the game, while collecting all skulls, in record time. This obsoletes keylie's 1-player run by nearly 9 minutes.
Published on 4/13/2020 1:00 PM

Axiom Verge, released in 2015, is a 2D Metroidvania centered around the protagonist Trace, a scientist who finds himself on the world of Sudra after an experiment gone wrong, separated from Earth by a deadly void called the Breach. When Trace arrives on Sudra he finds its civilization collapsed due to the release of a deadly pathogen in the act of biological warfare. With the help of the Rusalki — giant war machines that guard this world — Trace has to uncover the truth behind the fall of Sudra, confront the perpetrator behind it, and return back to his home world across the Breach.
Axiom Verge takes heavy inspiration from early Metroid games and some other platformers of the era and employs a number of unconventional storytelling and gameplay design decisions, and is all-around well-polished. If you enjoy action platformers or exploration-driven games with a solid sci-fi plot, playing through the game before watching the TAS is highly recommended so that the latter 1/4 of it (and especially the 4th boss, Vision) become easier to comprehend.
keylie improves the previous TAS by almost 3 minutes thanks to getting the grappling hook, better optimisation, and skipping one of the bosses. He completes the game's speedrun mode (which shows an in-game timer and disables all cutscenes) in 25:09.24 by the in-game timer, picking up 15% of items.
Boss times: 02:26.52 (Xedur), 05:39.08 (Telal), 11:02.19 (Uruku), 18:20.54 (Vision), 20:23.42 (Ukhu).
Published on 7/30/2019 12:41 PM

Braid is a famous indie platform game with some unique puzzlework. It was originally released on Xbox Live Arcade before being ported to other platforms. A major feature of the game is the player's unlimited ability to reverse time and "rewind" actions, even after dying. The game itself was intended to be an artful deconstruction of traditional video game concepts.
keylie improves his previous TAS by 1 minute 11.52 seconds in in-game time, thanks to better optimisation. Please read the author's comments for more details.

A warning for our headphone users and those who are sensitive to loud noises: There are two instances of a very loud noise playing at 6:55 and at 7:15 in the encodes. Please lower your volume beforehand.
Published on 12/19/2020 4:43 PM

This is it, Madeline. Just breathe. You can do this.
Celeste is a platform game released in 2018 and developed by independent game studio Matt Makes Games, who also developed TowerFall Ascension. It features Madeline, a young girl who sets on a journey to reach the summit of the titular mountain. Can she survive the many dangers that await her on her ascent?
Buhbai, DevilSquirrel, EuniverseCat, fishmcmuffins, KT and keylie reach the summit of the mountain in record time, attaining an in-game time of 23:15.224.
Published on 2/13/2019 6:57 PM

This is it, Madeline. Just breathe. You can do this.
Celeste is a platform game released in 2018 and developed by independent game studio Extremely OK Games, who also developed TowerFall Ascension. It features Madeline, a young girl who sets on a journey to reach the summit of the titular mountain. Can she survive the many dangers that await her on her ascent?
This time, EuniverseCat, fishmcmuffins, keylie, dahlukeh and Lanvilla collect all 175 red strawberries, the moon berry, all 24 crystal hearts, all B-Side cassette tapes as well as completing every chapter (which also includes the B- and C-Sides as well as the recently released Farewell chapter) in a record in-game time of 1:16:51.335.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by EuniverseCat, fishmcmuffins and Chaikitty, a speedrunner of the game.
Published on 12/25/2019 8:05 PM

Flywrench is an action video game developed and published by Messhof. The game puts the player in the role of 6802, a spacecraft floating through the Solar System in search of a mysterious access point. As 6802 passes the different planets (including Pluto) towards the Sun, the player is tasked to maneuver 6802 through a variety of levels, in which they, by pressing or holding one of two certain buttons, must change 6802's color adaptively to barriers blocking the way to the finish and at the same time control 6802's movement behavior.
keylie completes the game in a record in-game time of 6:55.75.
Published on 3/7/2021 11:49 AM

FTL: Faster Than Light is all about planning ahead. Though it features many different weapons and ship systems, it's up to the player to come up with tactics that will use such upgrades effectively rather than just getting bigger guns and fighting bigger enemies. It is necessary to learn which tactics work in order to survive long enough to reach the Federation forces and help them defeat the Rebels.
keylie warps around to reach and destroy the Rebel flagship in record time.
The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 7/21/2020 10:15 AM

Minit is a peculiar little adventure played sixty seconds at a time. Journey outside the comfort of your home to help unusual folk, uncover countless secrets, and overcome dangerous foes, all in hopes of lifting a rather unfortunate curse that ends each day after just one minute.
keylie lifts the curse in record time, attaining an in-game time of 6:30.85.
Published on 5/11/2019 10:16 AM

Shovel Knight is a retro-esque 2D platformer released by Yacht Club Games in 2014, and inspired by mechanics from NES platform games. It initially featured Shovel Knight as the playable character, but then received additional campaigns with three other playable characters, namely Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight.
keylie shovels his way through the Shovel of Hope campaign (which stars the titular character, Shovel Knight) and defeats the Enchantress in record time.
This is the first ever publication using libTAS, which lets people TAS games that were released on Linux. It's basically the Linux counterpart of Hourglass.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 10/8/2018 6:03 PM

Shovel Knight is a retro-esque 2D platformer released by Yacht Club Games in 2014, and inspired by mechanics from NES platform games. It initially featured Shovel Knight as the playable character, but then received additional campaigns with three other playable characters, namely Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight.
keylie bursts his way through the Plague of Shadows campaign (which stars Plague Knight) and defeats the Plague of Shadows and the Corrupted Essence in record time.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 10/13/2018 4:53 PM

Shovel Knight is a retro-esque 2D platformer released by Yacht Club Games in 2014, and inspired by mechanics from NES platform games. It initially featured Shovel Knight as the playable character, but then received additional campaigns with three other playable characters, namely Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight.
keylie slashes his way through the Specter of Torment campaign (which stars Specter Knight) and defeats Nightmare Reize in record time.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 10/20/2018 6:05 PM

Shovel Knight is a retro-esque 2D platformer released by Yacht Club Games in 2014, and inspired by mechanics from NES platform games. It initially featured Shovel Knight as the playable character, but then received additional campaigns with three other playable characters, namely Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight.
keylie shoulder bashes his way through the recently released King of Cards campaign (which stars King Knight) and defeats the Grand Trimvirate in record time.

The encodes feature commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 5/27/2020 7:28 AM

SteamWorld Dig 2 is a Metroidvania-styled game released in 2017 by Image & Form, where an underground mine is explored by digging and collecting resources. As opposed to its predecessor SteamWorld Dig, the levels are not procedurally generated, except for the location of resources.
This TAS by keylie finishes the game as fast as possible by skipping upgrades and manipulating the level layout.

The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 11/24/2018 7:06 PM

TowerFall Ascension is an updated release of the arrow-based single-screen arena fighting game TowerFall, which was originally released on the failed Ouya console. It builds upon the original game with a new cooperative quest mode for one or two players. Played in a normal or a hardcore difficulty mode, it offers different levels selected from a large map where different types of enemies need to be killed in multiple rounds to progress. The game also features trials, where a player has to shoot down all targets as fast as possible.
keylie completes all 48 trials, including the ones featured in the Dark World expansion, in a record in-game time of 1 minute and 13.842 seconds.
NOTE: There is no audio during the splash screen (the "Matt Makes Games" screen), the rest of the game does have audio. The movie file is also at 1000 FPS (meaning libTAS tells the game that it runs on a virtual 1000 Hz monitor), while the primary encodes are at 60 FPS, as encodes at 1000 FPS cannot be reliably played back. The secondary encodes are played at 24% speed (240 FPS), which preserves all of the frames (except for the YouTube encode).
Published on 12/2/2018 9:22 AM

Völgarr the Viking is a video game released by Crazy Viking Studios in 2013, inspired by old arcade games like Ghosts 'n Goblins or Rastan. Players take the role of the titular Völgarr, risen from the dead and commanded by Odin to find and slay the greedy dragon Fáfnir. The game has minimal presentation and story, having no formal title screen or opening menu and no cutscenes or dialogue. It has a high level of challenge and a deliberate pacing, expecting the player to proceed with caution and learn the layouts of each level, playing each through multiple times until they are mastered. It also encourages speedrunning, including a speed runner HUD option, as the game uses very few randomized elements and has many options for increasing the speed a player can get through a level.
There are two paths available after beating Stage 1, namely the Crystal path, where difficulty gradually rises, eventually reaching its peak in the Tower, and where the player has infinite retries, and the Valkyrie path, where the player has a limited amount of retries (if one loses all retries on this path, the player is going to play the Crystal path variant of the same level) and generally much harder than the Crystal path. Doing a full Valkyrie path run is necessary to obtain the best ending, as it unlocks the true final stage as well as the true last boss.
keylie slices and dices through the Valkyrie path and obtains the best ending in record time.

Extra downloadable encodes at 540p are also available: MKV Modern HQ MP4 Compatibility
Published on 10/27/2018 8:51 AM

Chrono Trigger is one of the most dearly loved games from the SNES library. In it, you play as Crono and set off on a journey through time to save the world from the villainous Lavos.
The game can be ripped apart in a matter of minutes through advanced save corruption techniques, but in this movie the author forgoes this exploit in order to play through more of the game, and does so in barely more than half the time of the last run in the same category. Don't expect this run-through to follow a coherent narrative any time soon, though — it still skips quite a lot of content.
Published on 5/11/2014 12:35 AM

Final Fantasy VI (renamed to Final Fantasy III in North-American publication) is arguably the most famous RPG on the SNES console.
This run by Keylie, eddie, pirohiko and Kadmony improves on the previous movie by 08:21.29.
For more details, we recommend reading the authors' detailed comments.

The second YouTube stream cuts almost all the game overs out, only leaving the first and the last one.
Downloadable encodes have the authors' commentary as soft subtitles.
Published on 4/29/2017 11:40 AM

Trials of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 3 in Japan) is an RPG about your typical ragtag group of young adventurers. They are tasked with rescuing the eight elemental spirits from the clutches of evil and using their power to save the world.
In this run, keylie and kadmony exploit a problem with the programming of screen transitions to warp to the ending in under 11 minutes. Details are in the authors' comments.
We also have a run that does not use this glitch.
Published on 11/15/2019 4:37 PM

Rayman Origins features the return of the Rayman character in a 2D platformer. Many of the original Rayman game's characters and enemies make an appearance, like Livingstones, Electoons, Betilla and the Magician's hat. There are also various characters from Rayman 2 such as Globox, the Teensies and Lums. The game's atmosphere, however, is different from the original Rayman game and has a very "wacky" feel instead. The main objective of each level is to rescue as many Electoons as possible similarly to the original game.
keylie, as 4 players, collects the minimum Electoons required to reach the Magician and defeat him in record time.
Published on 2/24/2017 2:59 PM

Unworthy is an indie adventure game by Aleksandar Kuzmanovic inspired by Dark Souls released in 2018. It features a nameless knight robbed of their own life, but unworthy of death, and traverses a ruined landscape, looking for meaning.
keylie defeats the last boss in record time.

It should be noted that this TAS was made possible by unofficially porting the game from Windows to Linux using a runner executable from a different game that saw a Linux release. However, the actual game files were left untouched.
The encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles.
Published on 1/30/2022 8:45 PM


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