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Published on 10/11/2022
Checkers is a video game based on the board game checkers. It was made for the Atari 2600 by Activision. What's notable about this version of the game is that the screen turns black when the opponent AI is computing moves to make against you, and given how fast the Atari 2600 is, a regular game can take nearly an hour to play.
Winslinator carefully chooses moves that minimize the amount of time the AI takes to compute its own moves in order to beat the game in record time. The strategy used here is not one that can beat the AI in the fewest moves, but one that can beat the game in the least amount of time. You can read the author's notes for more details.
There's a video that trims out the loading screens for those in a hurry.

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 12/2/2022
Yathzee [sic] is one of many ports of the dice game Yahtzee to the Commodore 64. The goal of the game is to score as many points as possible by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. Points are earned depending on the scoring category chosen. A Yahtzee is when all five dice have the same number and is worth 50 points, the most of the categories. Unique to this particular port is the usage of a synthesized voice, which sounds pretty rough due to being on an 8-bit computer.
nymx decides to max out and glitch the score counter by consistently scoring Yahtzees many times in a row. The synthesized voice was kept in to showcase its ability, despite being able to save an additional 43 seconds with it turned off.

Published on 11/14/2022
Dexter's Laboratory: Chess Challenge is a licensed chess game with a few extra features. In addition to a mode where you just play a quick game of chess, there's also a tournament mode that basically serves as the campaign mode and a Puzzles mode where you have to put the opponent in checkmate under a specific layout and with specific restrictions.
In this run, Walgrey plays Puzzle mode and completes all 30 puzzles in record time.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 3/27/2016
Mario Party Advance follows a different format than the main games, since only a single person can play without connecting to another GBA. In this game, the player moves around the game board, visiting characters, running quests, and playing minigames. Many of the non-player characters are from classic Nintendo 64 games like Super Mario 64, Mario Party, and Paper Mario.
In order to beat the game as fast as possible, Nacho manipulates luck to achieve favorable rolls. Careful Mushroom management also allows him to intentionally lose some minigames when it would be faster than beating them.

Published on 10/21/2022
Perfection is a board game where you have to fit a number of different shaped pieces into a board under a time limit. Run out of time and all of the pieces pop out of the board. The game has received video game adaptations to a number of systems.
In this run, ShesChardcore completes a single game of Perfection on the Game Boy Advance in record time.
Game:
Perfection

Genres:
Board
Tags:
Single level
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 1/19/2021
Winnie the Pooh: Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood is an adventure game developed by NewKidCo and published by NewKidCo and Disney Interactive. It was released in North America in April 2000 for the Game Boy Color.
The game follows Winnie the Pooh as he interacts with other characters in the wood. Most of the game uses a board game structure, where the player rolls a dice and draws cards to move around on the map in an attempt to explore the wood. The game is aimed at a younger demographic and was designed to be simple. It was the first Winnie the Pooh game to be released on a video game console.
In this movie, Winslinator achieves "100% Knowledge", equivalent to 100% completion of the game, in record time.

You can watch the console-verification of this movie here.

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 8/24/2020
Mario Party 7 is a party game released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2005. Four players race across a board trying to get stars.
In this TAS, BeastlyN64 plays on the "Solo Cruise" gamemode. This is the main story mode for Mario Party 7 in which the player must play through all 6 boards against one CPU opponent. Each board has a different objective the player must beat before progressing on to the next board. Unlike party mode, you don't play minigames at the end of each turn.
Game:
Mario Party 7

Genres:
Board
Emulator Replay:
Dolphin 5.0 Stable

Published on 10/11/2022
Checkers is a video game for the Intellivision based on the board game of the same name. Being produced on a console that's of the same generation as the Atari 2600, the opponent AI takes a while computing possible moves to take against you. Unlike the Atari 2600 version, it takes much less time to do so and it doesn't cut to a black screen while it computes.
Winslinator carefully uses moves that minimize the time the AI takes to compute its moves and beats it in record time.
Game:
Checkers

Genres:
Board
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 2/4/2023
Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack is a collection of gambling games released for the Intellivision and was the first game to be bundled with the Model 1 console during its launch. The collection includes Blackjack and three Poker variants, Five Card Draw, Five Card Stud, and Seven Card Stud. You can either play against the computer dealer or another player in each game.
Winslinator beats all four gambling games offered in record time, doing a hefty amount of RNG manipulation in the process.

Published on 12/23/2018
Mario Party is a party video game featuring characters from the Mario franchise. It combines the mechanics of board games with more than 50 different mini-games. The two modes of Mario Party are Adventure Mode, the standard mode of play with up to four players, and Mini-Game Island, a single player mode which forgoes the board game mechanics and instead has you win mini-games to progress through levels layed out on an world map.
In this run, Doomsday31415 plays through the game's Mini-Game Island mode as fast as possible, improving upon the previous publication by 01:12.92.

Note #1: Every second encode of each type leads to a version where all mini-game explanations and results screens have been removed.
Note #2: There are also lossless encodes and encodes at additional resolutions available in the discussion thread.

Published on 12/12/2022
Battle Chess is a chess game for the NES with a few neat gimmicks. In addition to standard 2D depictions of chess pieces you get to play with, you also have "3D" pieces that walk and interact with other pieces like they're real people. You also have animations for when pieces overtake and destroy other pieces. There are also features to aid in gameplay such as letting the game suggest moves to you if you're stuck and being able to take back moves and play again.
adelikat decides to play the game using 3D pieces on the hardest difficulty. Moves have to be considered not just to minimize CPU thinking time, but also to take the lengthy "3D" animations into account and minimize those as well. To make things quicker, a glitch was performed that allows for two moves to be played in a row when doing a take back during a CPU's turn.
Game:
Battle Chess

Genres:
Board
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 11/27/2022
Battleship is an NES adaptation of the board game of the same name. As with the board game, your goal is to sink your opponent's battleships by correctly guessing the locations of where they are and launching attacks at those locations. You don't know where your opponent's ships are from the start and neither does your opponent for your ships, but with proper guesswork, you can tell where they are soon enough. The NES version adds additional features such as special weapons that can hit more than once per turn.
ShesChardcore completes all 40 levels in this run as fast as possible, manipulating the AI as intended for the most favorable outcomes.
Game:
Battleship

Genres:
Board
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 9/3/2016
Bible Buffet: a turn-based board game with action stages and bible quizzes. In it, you spin a spinner and move the number of spaces it says.
When you land on your spot, if it is just a regular spot, you play an action game for points, weapons, hearts, etc. If it has a red circle, you spin again. If the space you land on has a red circle connected to another red circle by dashes, you move forward or backwards to the second circle. If the space has a red circle with a question mark in it, you take a pop quiz of three trivia questions then get to select either a key, a heart or move ahead one, two, three or four spaces.
When you spin, if you get the book instead of a number, you get a pop quiz of three questions. If you get the happy face, something good happens like move ahead ten spaces, get a key, get a heart, etc. If you get the sad face, something bad happens like lose your turn, move back 1 space and lose your turn, and so on.
Invariel and Spikestuff reach the end of the board in record time.

Published on 5/2/2022
Blackjack is an unlicensed card game made by American Video Entertainment. The rules are simple: the dealer gives you and themselves two cards each. You both then have to get a number of cards so that the sum of the cards' values is as close to 21 as possible without going over. Getting exactly 21 is known as a Blackjack, which gives you an automatic win. If you go over, you lose. Otherwise, whoever is closest to 21 wins the bet.
In this run, ShesChardcore manages to break the bank (get all the money from the dealer's table) with a single doubled down hand of Blackjack in record time.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Tags:
Single level
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 11/21/2006
While the CPUs were distracted, FractalFusion changed the dice on them and then left the board for a few minutes. When he came back, all the CPUs were crying. The fraud squad is still investigating.
This movie aims to defeat 4 CPU controlled players, ceasing to press buttons on the controller after as little time as possible. Luck is manipulated for the first 1:08, and then the CPUs are left to lose by themselves without requiring any further actions by the player.

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

Published on 1/31/2020
This movie aims for the fastest time to get the CPU player bankrupt, and abuses luck to its fullest to make that happen. adelikat utilizes trades, a glitch, and a new innovation he discovered to bankrupt the CPU. This is the first Monopoly submission that does not depend on "stacking the deck" on the community chest or chance cards.
From power-on to bankruptcy, this movie is 00:12.75 seconds faster than the previous record. It is also 27 frames faster in terms of input.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 11/5/2022
Spot: The Video Game is a licensed variant of Reversi starring 7UP's mascot at the time, Spot. The objective of the game is to either take control of the entire board with your own discs or capture all of your opponent's discs, leaving none for your opponent to play with. Spot would later star in other video games such as Cool Spot and Spot Goes to Hollywood.
ShesChardcore utilizes some deceptively untrivial movement tech in this run in order to beat the game in record time.
Tags:
Single level
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 1/2/2023
Taboo: The Sixth Sense is a tarot card reading simulation for the NES that was probably sold at full price. You give the simulator your name, date of birth, and gender, and with that information it will generate a tarot card reading. After that, you give the simulator the state you live in, assuming you live in the United States, and it will generate lottery numbers for you.
ShesChardcore presses her luck by consulting this simulator in record time.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 7/6/2022
The Three Stooges can be described as a board game where you play various minigames, often aiming to collect as many items or correct answers as possible. The plot of the game involves Moe, Larry, and Curly trying to raise enough money to make sure the local orphanage doesn't get taken away by the big bank.
Darkman425 in this run chooses the most optimal sequence of games to gain the minimum amount of money needed for the best ending, $20,000, and finish in record time.

Published on 9/29/2022
Only in the '80s can an IT business company make a stock market simulation game for a Nintendo console, and that game is Wall Street Kid. You are an upcoming stockbroker in the 1980s, the era of the Japanese asset price bubble, Reaganomics, and gross consumerism, and your goal is to prove your worth as a member of the Benedict family by taking $500,000 in seed money and putting that into the stock market so you can have more money to buy opulent luxuries such as a big house, a yacht, and eventually a castle that can be worth up to $10 million. Successfully prove your worth and you win the disproportionately fattest inheritance ever of $600 billion in 1990 dollars (or $1.35 trillion in 2022 dollars). Don't and you're disowned by the family.
In this run, ShesChardcore takes advantage of the small RNG, which is very generous for a stock market simulation, and optimizes the text generation and the menu actions in order to become obscenely rich, while also ripping off the bank in the process by skipping out on loan payments at the end.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 4/6/2012
The game of Clue has been attempted many times here at TASVideos. After years of research and planning, it's finally been honed down to a tidy 00:26.50 seconds. Whodunit? You'll have to watch to find out.


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