Tool-assisted movies (84)

Published on 2/19/2021
Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble is a Looney Tunes-based video game published by Sega in 1996 for Genesis and Game Gear, developed by Probe Entertainment and Climax Studios.
In the game's storyline, Bugs Bunny is having some wacky dream involving Yosemite Sam as a laboratory professor who tries to catch Bugs Bunny and take his brain. Bugs takes off, runs into a television-like machine, and finds that it transports him through various worlds (based on classic Looney Tunes episodes) where Bugs needs to go through various adventures.
Noxxa completes the game on the hardest difficulty in record time.

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 4/30/2023
Disney's animated film Aladdin has been adapted to many video game consoles, including the Sega Master System and Game Gear. Like the other versions, the Master System and Game Gear versions are both side-scrolling action games. In fact, they both have identical gameplay. The player controls Aladdin, making his way through a variety of locations, including the streets of Agrabah, the Cave of Wonders, the Sultan's palace and more. Gameplay takes several different forms: some levels are chases, others are standard platforming affairs. There are also several magic carpet rides in the game, in which the level scrolls automatically and the player must make sure to avoid any obstacles in the way.
Here, OtakuTAS plays the Game Gear version and creates a run that is 14 seconds faster than the previous run that uses the Master System version.
Game Version:
Aladdin (Japan).gg
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 3/13/2023
Home Alone is a game loosely based on the movie where Kevin McCallister must avoid and stop the Wet Bandits from capturing him after being left home alone. While the movie has him planning everything out and playing Harry and Marv like a fiddle, the game has you going through a weirdo house filled with traps and hazards that can stop you for a moment.
ShesChardcore improves on her previous run by 6.5 seconds by choosing the Beginner difficulty instead of Expert and finding a better spot to camp at, a table with an annoying spider. By choosing the easier difficulty, the real-time length of the run is now 20 minutes shorter.

Published on 8/14/2019
Mega Man on the Game Gear is a mix of stages and bosses based on Mega Man 4 and Mega Man 5 of the NES. However, it has only 8 stages in total: 4 Robot Masters, 2 Cossack Castle stages and 2 Wily Castle stages.
As the screenshot shows, the game has some very large movement glitches which Baddap1 exploits to beat the game very quickly.

Published on 9/3/2022
Ninja Gaiden for Game Gear is quite unlike the NES version or even its cousin on the Master System. It has a similar (but simpler) feel as the Master System version, but has the wall climbing element of the NES game. But like the others, it has ninjas. And ninjas are cool.
The key to a TAS of this game is special weapon maintenance. Bosses receive double the damage when hit with special weapons, so managing the weapons used and conserving force are critical to optimizing this game.
This movie improves the previous run by 861 frames.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 9/8/2023
GG Aleste II (GGアレスタII), also known as Power Strike II in Europe (not to be confused with the game of the same name for the Sega Master System), is a space shoot 'em up for the Sega Game Gear. The story takes place in the far future, where Earth is now protected by a number of armored defensive satellites. An unknown object the size of the moon has attached itself to one of these satellites and has taken control of it. Space pilot Alice Waizen was testing a prototype GG Aleste II ship when she is alerted about the alien threat and is tasked to stop it.
In this run, Darkman425 saves the Earth from possible destruction as fast as possible while also managing game lag at the same time.

Published on 3/9/2023
Sonic Blast, known as G Sonic (Gソニック) in Japan, is a platforming game for the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System that was released in November 1996. A similarly titled game, Sonic 3D Blast, was released in the same month for Sega's Genesis and Saturn consoles, though the games had different gameplay, plot, and a separate development team. In this game, you can play as Sonic or Knuckles as they go off to stop Dr. Robotnik from collecting the Chaos Emeralds again.
The8bitbeast improves on the previous run by 16 seconds thanks to improved routing and the exploitation of a few minor bugs.
Sonic Blast

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 8/5/2018
Sonic Labyrinth is a puzzle and platform game featuring isometric game play. Sonic must obtain keys located throughout the first three acts of each zone and then battle a boss to retrieve the chaos emeralds.
While Sonic has an incredibly slow walking speed, there is plenty of super fast bouncing around that makes good use of the spindash. The best ending is achieved in this run by entering the bonus stage in 2-3 to collect a chaos emerald.
Sonic Labyrinth

Best ending
Emulator Replay:

Published on 5/10/2022
Sonic Spinball is a pinball game based off of the animated series Sonic the Hedgehog, better known as SatAM. In this game, Sonic himself takes the role of a pinball in a giant pinball table-like contraption built by Dr. Robotnik, who plans to use the machine to turn the entire population of Mobius into his robot slaves. Sonic must collect all of the Chaos Emeralds that power the machine in order to defeat him.
Finalflame maneuvers through the very awkward physics in this Game Gear port and completes the game in record time.
Sonic Spinball

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.6.2

Published on 7/29/2017
The Sonic games for the Sega Master System and the Game Gear are much less well known than their Genesis/Mega Drive counterparts and have a reputation for being quite challenging, especially in handheld form. You'd never know this from the speed Sonic blazes through the game here.
Unlike later 8-bit Sonic games, there are significant differences in levels between the SMS version and the Game Gear version; here the latter is used primarily for faster boss fights.
This run improves the predecessor movie by 00:02.30 real-time seconds, and by 01:22.41 minutes of total in-level time. What makes the real-time difference so small is the larger time bonuses. To compensate for that, the author has made an encode that cuts out the bonus screen and the level title cards.
If you like this run, also check out the run for SMS Sonic 2.

Published on 1/15/2013
Sonic Triple Trouble is the sequel to Sonic Chaos, they are also known in Japan as Sonic & Tails 1 and 2. Long story short, Dr. Robotnik is after the chaos emeralds again and convinced Knuckles that Sonic and Tails want to steal them, again... But here comes a new challenger! Nack the weasel is here and wants to, guess what, steal the chaos emeralds too! (but just because they are shiny and might sell well on eBay)

Published on 12/31/2017
Wendy Witchcart is an old human witch who rides around in a specialized rail cart on an island that she claims as her own, and is the main villain who turns the islanders into crystals. Miles "Tails" Prower, better known as Sonic the Hedgehog's sidekick, is afraid of seeing a world filled with the witch's rails and decides to stop her on his own.
While Sonic collects rings to protect himself, Tails carries a special ring that he can throw like a boomerang or grab things with. Since collected crystals cost time on the score tally screen, the author simply ignores them all.
While this movie appears to be slower by 0.20 seconds than the previous publication, it is in fact faster by around a third of a second. This is because the site now assumes the proper framerate for Game Gear movies, while it assumed a flat 60 FPS back when the previous movie was published.

Published on 2/24/2019
The Game Gear Shinobi is the first of the two Shinobi games released for the Sega Game Gear. The level design structure starts off with a non-linear stage select, players must rescue all 4 ninja pals and use their combined strength to get through the City of Fear.
Greenalink collects all life expansions in the game to upgrade the character, and as a result you get to see some interesting damage abuse strategies in the later levels that cut down a decent amount of time.

The author has provided textual commentary that can be seen as soft subtitles in the encodes and in the movie file.

Published on 2/26/2017
The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck is a platform game released for Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear in 1991. It is the 8-bit counterpart to QuackShot.
Donald Duck is on a mission around the world to rescue his kidnapped nephews and return Scrooge's stolen lucky dimes.
Challenger retrieves the lucky dimes in the Game Gear version in record time.
We also have a TAS of the SMS version, with different level layouts.

Published on 1/7/2016
Borderline is an overhead shooter that puts the player in control of a Jeep in a war zone. The Jeep is equipped with a gun that has unlimited ammunition. Each round consists of four stages; after the player has completed all of them, the game proceeds to the next round, with increased difficulty.
adelikat completes the four stages in record time.

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 1.11.4

Published on 10/30/2020
A little Native American boy was separated from his family and he needs to find his way back home. Home just happens to be situated on top of a 2000-meter tall tree, so a bit of climbing is involved.
Magical Tree is a vertical platforming game, originally developed by Konami for the MSX and released in 1984. It was later ported and released in Taiwan for SG-1000 by Aaronix.
Magical Tree

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.4.2

Published on 9/1/2022
Pitfall II: The Lost Caverns (ピットフォールII) is the sequel to Pitfall and was released for a variety of systems during the mid-1980s including the SG-1000 in 1985. It was also ported to Sega System 1 arcade hardware by Sega. Gameplay is similar to the original game, but the levels are more maze-like. It features tweaks such as a lives system, minecarts, balloons and even a final Demon boss. Other than that, the plot is identical to the versions released for the Atari 2600.
aiqiyou retrieves the Raj diamond in record time.

Published on 3/28/2013
Sega Galaga is the only port of the classic arcade game that has a different name. It is effectively a completely different game than the arcade version. While the basic concept is the same, this version has simplified sound and rules, no challenge modes and all of the waves are identical, although the enemy movement increases and decreases in cycles, reaching the fastest speed at level 35.
This run by dwangoAC beats the example high score in the fastest time possible.
We also have runs of the MSX version and Atari 7800 version.

Published on 8/15/2017
Rumor says that the legendary Black Onyx, an artifact that grants eternal youth and happiness to those who can find it, lies within the Black Tower near the town of Utsuro. You assemble a party of brave adventurers and venture into the tower, defeating monsters on your way to the great treasure. ruadath gets to the treasure in just 41 seconds, moving through the rooms with godlike speed.
The Black Onyx is one of the first traditional role-playing games made by a Japanese company. It is similar in gameplay to early Wizardry and Ultima games with killing monsters and exploring dungeons, with dark, realistic visuals. The player creates a party (up to five members) and explores a maze-like 3D dungeon, fighting random enemies on the way. The heroes also meet adventurers who can be convinced to join the party. The combat engine is turn-based.
The Black Onyx

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.0.1

Published on 10/20/2022
Wonder Boy is an arcade game developed by Sega that serves as a sort of precursor to the Adventure Island series. You play as a tribal jungle boy known as Wonder Boy, who must rescue his girlfriend Tina from a dark king with his trusty hatchet and skateboard. It has received ports to the Sega SG-1000 and Master System, the former essentially receiving a remade game due to system limitations and lacking items such as the skateboard.
In this run, Darkman425 plays the SG-1000 version to completion as fast as possible.

Published on 6/13/2016
This is the most famous game in the Alex Kidd series, due in no small part to frequently being bundled with the Master System (and being built in to some versions of the console).
In this game, Alex Kidd discovers he is the prince of Radaxian, and his father, the king, has been kidnapped, allowing the tyrant Janken to claim power. The game details Alex's efforts to dethrone Janken (surprisingly, his father is not tracked down until a later game in the series).
Few other games allow mini-bosses to be defeated by playing rock-paper-scissors. In fact, the name "Janken" is a reference to rock-paper-scissors.
This is an improvement of 02:41.47 over the previous run due to the use of new glitches, and other optimizations.

Published on 2/14/2017
This is the final game of the Alex Kidd series, once Sega's flagship series. As the title suggests, this is a bit of a departure from the other games in the series and borrows concepts heavily from the Shinobi games.
Here, Alex Kidd's girlfriend has been kidnapped and he needs to go rescue her. In addition to his bizarre ability to use poles and ropes to turn into a fireball, he also apparently has the ability to use ladders to warp through solid walls.
The8bitbeast improves the previous run by 47 seconds, thanks to better optimisation and the addition of a major new trick which allows zipping across screens with the tornado powerup.

Published on 3/3/2020
Alex Kidd: High-Tech World is a side-scrolling video game with platforming and adventure elements, released by Sega in 1989 for the Master System, that is part of the Alex Kidd series. It is a modified version of the 1987 Japanese Master System game Anmitsu Hime, which was based on a manga series of the same name.

Published on 2/14/2017
Find the Miracle Ball!
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars is the second game of the Alex Kidd series, and by far the most simplistic. The game features Alex Kidd, with much less abilities this time around, mostly running and jumping through levels. However, the game features voice acting.
This run by The8bitbeast beats the game collecting all twelve Miracle Balls in a little over 20 minutes.

Published on 6/13/2020
ALF is a game based on the TV show, where the titular character is seeking parts for his spaceship so he can meet his friends.
nitrogenesis improves the previous TAS by 31.58 seconds, thanks to a more optimised route. However, poor Alf still dies a lot in order to warp around. Please read the author's comments for more details.

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.4.2

Published on 12/26/2018
Based on the movie of the same name, this game has heroine Ellen Ripley fighting aliens and saving prisoners on planet Fury 161.
zoboner quickly terminates the alien threat in this run of the Sega Master System version, often using glitches based around the flamethrower weapon to guide an invisible Ripley through the labyrinthine levels.

Published on 12/22/2013
Alien Syndrome is a scrolling shooter arcade conversion.
Your job is to run around and rescue all the captives and make it to the escape hatch before the time bomb explodes, then face the mother alien at the end of the level.

Published on 7/26/2017
Argos no Juujiken (アルゴスの十字剣) is a side-scrolling game from the Rygar series, involving a hero with a shield as a weapon. Unlike the NES version, this game is much more linear.
This run is an improvement of roughly 20 frames over the predecessor movie, and it's slightly longer due to more accurate emulation.
Argos no Juujiken

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.1.0

Published on 6/2/2023
Based on the characters of the popular French Asterix comic series, this platform game released in 1991 has you follow the two indomitable Gauls Asterix and Obelix as they travel to Rome to confront Julius Caesar. In each level the player must find the key and make their way to the exit while avoiding dumb looking legionnaires and making use of potions with various fantastical effects. An interesting feature of this game is that the player can choose between the two heroes for each level, and their different control styles mean that most levels can be completed in a variety of different ways.
The8bitbeast improves on the previous run by 2.29 minutes thanks to the use of more modern strategies and techniques that have since been discovered by real-time speedrunners and better lag management. For more information on the techniques used, you can read the author's notes.

There is also a video from the author with audio commentary for those interested.

Published on 5/2/2015
Batman Returns is a platforming game based on the movie of the same name. Normally, Batman must move through five stages on his way to defeat the Penguin. These include the streets and rooftops of Gotham City, Max Shreck's department store, the sewers, and the Penguin's lair.
Mamuuuut, however, uses a glitch which allows him to skip directly to the final portion of the last stage from the first stage. Therefore, he completes it in less than two minutes. For more details, read the author's comments.

Published on 5/16/2021
California Games is a SMS port of the popular 80's Arcade game. This game contains six Californian sports to partake in: Half Pipe, Foot Bag (Hacky Sack), Surfing, Skating, BMX and Disc Throw.
In this run, arnaud33200 aims to beat all the default high scores displayed for each event.
We also have a TAS of the NES port.
California Games

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.5.2

Published on 12/26/2016
In this run of the SMS version of a game concurrently released for the Genesis/Mega Drive (and part of a much larger series of games), Mickey must collect seven jewels to reach the final boss and save Minnie.
Tee-N-Tee has improved 62.01 seconds over the previous run by several new tricks, like preserving speed after coming off of a slope, and a new shortcut. You can see details on all of these things in his write-up.
Quoting AngerFist:
I think you will share my views that the theme of this game clearly is about chocolate, cake, pencil, A B C letters and stuff like that :)

Published on 10/18/2015
Cheese Cat-Astrophe Starring Speedy Gonzales is a 2D single-player platform video game developed by Cryo Interactive, based on the Looney Toons cartoon series.
Here Mephistus and Really_Tall use Speedy Gonzales to 'speedily' beat this game.

Published on 7/16/2017
Cyborg Hunter. A Paladin, bounty hunter who is part man, part machine. The task at hand is to punch and kill cyborgs. Running around within' the halls of the enemy base, which is a maze of connected sectors and floors linked by elevators.
The screen is divided into three sections: map, close-up first-person view, and side-view, where the action takes place.
Challenger improves the previous TAS by 48.62 seconds, thanks to a route change and better optimisation. For more details, please read the author's comments.

Published on 8/15/2015
Long ago, in the distant land of Moralos, in a time when vast jungles still covered the Earth, an evil presence emerged from his tomb beneath the ground. His name was Gilbas, and he was about to destroy the inhabitants of the land. Aganan, a great warrior, was summoned to save the troubled land and put an end to Gilbas by sealing him in the tome from where he came.
Unfortunately, Gilbas was successfully resurrected and another warrior, Danan, was called. His quest is to locate the three sacred objects that Aganan used to defeat Gilbas: "The Orb of Light", "The Amulet of Light", and "The Knife of Light".
This run by Aqfaq uses careful experience point management and precise boss fights to save time and beat the game in under seven and a half minutes.

Published on 7/23/2022
Desert Speedtrap Starring Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote is a Sega Master System video game based around the Looney Tunes shorts of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. In this game, Road Runner must outwit Wile E. Coyote to avoid getting caught and reach the end of the stage, where Coyote will be seen destroying himself as is typical in the shorts.
The8bitbeast and aiqiyou avoid Coyote and beat the game in record time.

Published on 6/15/2017
Dragon Crystal is an early Roguelike RPG in the vein of Fatal Labyrinth and Azure Dreams, thus it's naturally vulnerable to the same type of luck manipulation in its random level generation to allow the protagonist to miraculously find stairs up in the opening area of each floor and complete the game in record time.
Challenger's improves upon the previous run by 00:16.37 seconds through making use of the pause button in order to manipulate better luck.

Published on 12/31/2019
Enduro Racer is a BMX Arcade game that saw a port on the Sega Master System. Unlike the arcade version, the Master System port takes on an isometric view. In this game, the player takes control of a racer and has to avoid many obstacles, such as trees, rocks, lakes, and other players.
In this TAS, The8bitbeast defies the laws of gravity and manages to leave all of his opponents in the dust.
Enduro Racer

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.3.2

Published on 2/27/2023
Fantasy Zone is a shoot 'em up game that was initially developed by Sega as an arcade game and is the first game in the Fantasy Zone series. It later received ports for home systems such as the NES, Sega Master System, and PC Engine. The game is best known for its cute aesthetic that it popularized for shoot 'em ups, and for popularizing the boss rush concept, where multiple bosses are fought in succession without breaks.
In this run, The8bitbeast exploits a bug in the Sega Master System version where the demos that play when you start the game can be manipulated so that they actually beat the levels they're showing off, which somehow counts as progress for the player. Since the demos show off all the levels in the game, including the final one, a huge portion of the game can be skipped. You can read the author's notes for further details.

Published on 1/11/2015
In Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa, the goal is to knock out all the stationary enemies and open the red warp to fight each level's boss.
Unlike other Fantasy Zone games, the stages are separated into a few submaps connected with blue warps. Because the stages are nonlinear, backtracking is unavoidable and the player must find the shortest path through them.
This run by Odongdong uses increasingly powerful upgrades and a well-planned route to beat the game in under 6 minutes.

Published on 4/14/2022
It's the year 33XXX, and aliens have stolen Olivia Run's Sega Master System, and she wants it back. Oh, and they also killed her boyfriend and emptied her fridge. That is the plot of Galactic Revenge, a homebrew platformer that plays similarly to Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
Watch as Darkman425 jumps across conveyor belts, deftly takes care of any robots and aliens he sees, and trades life points for more speed in order to beat the game in record time.
You can download a ROM of the game here.

Published on 5/19/2023
In Garbagefield Saves Christmas Vinesauce Swedish extraordinaire Vargskelethor Joel has created some trouble in Sweden as he decided to write and send a mean-spirited letter to Santa Claus while streaming drunk.
It's up to dekutony taking control of the anxiety-ridden cartoon cat pal Garbagefield (who has no relation to Garfield) to try and save this holiday season.

Viewers who have photosensitivity problems may want to avoid watching as there's an amount of flashing visuals during gameplay that can become uncomfortable to watch. There is an alternative encode which attempts to make these flashing visuals by holding the sequences better.

Published on 12/31/2017
You're "Big George" Foreman - the people's champion - and you've got an appetite for big action that only KO boxing can satisfy. It's a full menu of hard-hitting, real-ring action! Take on a roster of heavyweight contenders as you go for the World Championship. Rock your opponents with stinging left-right combos and pound your way to the title with a spectacular "Big George" Super Punch, while the computer tracks the action. George Foreman's KO Boxing puts the power of the greatest knockout artist in your hands!
This run is 00:21.69 seconds faster than the predecessor movie despite of losing some time to the BIOS screen. The improvement comes from much better strategy and optimization. See the author's notes for more details.

Published on 5/1/2017
Golden Axe Warrior is a spinoff of the Golden Axe series that more resembles The Legend of Zelda than it resembles other Golden Axe games. While the game takes many ideas from Zelda 1, it improves upon its inspiration in a number of different ways.
The game is beaten in under 31 minutes by zoboner using luck manipulation, glitched key drops, and other optimizations.

Published on 2/10/2016
Hokuto no Ken is one of many video games based on the long-running manga Fist of the North Star (北斗の拳, Hokuto no Ken). This game follows Kenshiro across a world devastated by nuclear war as he journeys to rescue his girl, Julia, from his rival, Shin. To beat Shin's seemingly unstoppable army, Kenshiro uses the secret fighting technique Hokuto Shin Ken to twist his opponents' muscles until they literally explode.
Jules improves the previous run by 5.93 seconds, thanks to better optimisation.

Published on 10/27/2017
Impossible Mission was released in 1984 for the Commodore 64 and later ported to a various array of systems, including the Sega Master System in 1988. In the game, the player is a secret agent on a quest to stop the evil Professor Elvin Atombender - but first they must find 36 puzzle pieces and combine them to unlock the control room where the Professor is hiding. Many gameplay elements are randomized, such as puzzle piece location, building layout, and robot movement, in an effort to make each playthrough unique.
In this run, the authors front-flip through obstacles and manipulate the game's randomization in order to reach the Professor in less than 8 minutes.

Published on 12/30/2017
Kenseiden follows the story of Hayato, a samurai looking to retrieve five ability-granting scrolls and kill some evil warlocks. Normally, this involves battling through sixteen levels, the last several of which are very difficult without the abilities gained from the scrolls.
This run forgoes all but two of the scrolls and heads directly for the final round, as opposed to the 100% run which finishes all of the stages and collects all the scrolls.
While this TAS appears to be slower than the previous movie, it is in fact an improvement of 1.76 seconds when only considering time saves during the levels, resulting from better optimisation and a new strategy at the final boss.

The second set of encodes feature a re-synced version of the TAS done on the Japanese version with the FM sound. Due to the shorter boot time, the main gameplay starts about 7.35 seconds earlier.

Published on 2/4/2018
Kenseiden follows the story of Hayato, a samurai looking to retrieve five ability-granting scrolls and kill some evil warlocks. This involves battling through sixteen levels, including four rounds of impossibly difficult "training".
It's a prime infuriating example of fake difficulty, as Hayato moves incredibly slowly and there are generally an impossibly large number of enemies on the screen at any given time (especially bad in the training stages, where one hit sends you back to the beginning).
This version of the run collects all the scrolls and bonus upgrades (as opposed to the any%).
While this TAS appears to be slower than the previous movie, it is in fact an improvement of 5.22 seconds when only considering time saves during the levels, resulting from overall better optimisation and a new strategy at the final boss (the same one as in the any% TAS).

The second set of encodes feature a re-synced version of the TAS done on the Japanese version with the FM sound. Due to the shorter boot time, the main gameplay starts about 7.37 seconds earlier.

Published on 12/23/2017
King's Quest is a popular adventure franchise for the PC by Sierra that focuses on exploration and puzzle solving. This movie features one of the few console ports of any Sierra adventure game. Notably, it features improved graphics and sound as compared to the original, which is usually not the case for these ports.
Usually this game would take many hours of wandering, collecting objects and solving problems. The authors however are able to focus on key events and manage to beat the game in less time than Super Mario Bros...
This run is a 00:02.12 second improvement over the predecessor movie, if you count the actual gameplay. The real time is longer, because the BIOS screen is included this time, and the movie length is bigger, because the authors decided to advance the ending to the real final screen, which required further input.

Published on 7/3/2017
In Kung Fu Kid, the wicked Madanda has awakened from a sleep of several thousand years and it's up to you to fight your way through seven stages of thugs to find and defeat him.
As jumping at the maximum height is the fastest way to move, prepare to see AngerFist and Alyosha jump through this game both gracefully and speedily.
This run makes improvements upon the previous publication, but takes longer due to using the SMS BIOS which is not used in the previous publication. Without the BIOS, this run improves the previous publication by almost a full second.
Kung Fu Kid

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 1.13.0

Published on 2/16/2023
Land of Illusion Starring Micky Mouse is a sequel to the classic game, Castle of Illusion. Though not as famous as its predecessor, this game has many improvements and new mechanics from the series. Levels are selected from an overhead map and can be replayed. Mickey can gain several abilities from levels which are necessary to proceed, such as the ability to shrink himself. Many stages are finished by collecting a star to open the exit door, and there are plenty of puzzles and platforming tricks to keep things entertaining.
The story of the game involves Mickey Mouse himself suddenly finding himself in a gloomy village after falling sleeping while reading his book of fairy tales. The village had its special crystal stolen by an evil phantom, turning the village from one of happiness into one of misery. Mickey must now go off and defeat the Phantom and get the crystal back in order to restore peace and happiness back to this special world.
The8bitbeast improves on his previous run by around 58 seconds (accounting for the boot up screen absent from the previous run) thanks to the usage of a new shortcut and a better understanding of the game's mechanics, allowing for more rigorous optimization. You can read the author's notes for more details.

Published on 1/20/2018
Lord of the Sword (ロード オブ ソード) is a side-scrolling action-adventure game for the Sega Master System. As the knight Landau, you use your trusty sword and bow to slay evil and prove your worth as an aspirant king of Baljinya.
Here, Isotarge extensively uses an enemy boosting bug, along with glitchy pause and demo screen warps to beat the game at max speed.
This run improves Isotarge's previous effort by 00:32.61 seconds with new tricks and skips and better luck manipulation.

Published on 12/4/2017
Master of Darkness is an action platformer developed for the Sega Game Gear and the Sega Master System by SIMS, and published by SEGA in 1992. The gameplay is very similar in nature to the Castlevania series of games. You play as a psychologist trying to defeat Dracula. This requires you to fight your way through several spooky locations such as cemeteries, laboratories, castles or a house of wax dolls.
zoboner makes his way through the five rounds and defeats Dracula in record time.

Published on 8/15/2014
Montezuma's Revenge was one of the first platform games, combining treasure hunting, multiple rooms and puzzle solving. The player controls Panama Joe as he explores labyrinthine 16th century Aztec temples filled with enemies, obstacles, traps and dangers. Panama Joe can jump and climb ladders, but doesn't have much to offer in terms of combat, making it imperative for him to steer clear of enemies.
This run by Calfd skips most of each temple by abusing a bug that lets Panama Joe climb through the air. Calfd plays until the eleventh stage, after which there is no new content.

Published on 12/23/2022
My Hero, known as Seishun Scandal (青春スキャンダル) in Japan, is a beat 'em up arcade game that was released in 1985 and later ported to the Sega Master System in 1986. You play as a guy named Steven (Takeshi in Japan), whose girlfriend Remy (Mari in Japan) suddenly gets kidnapped by some gang leader. Steven must now go across town to save Remy, beating up any thugs that try to stop him, and defeat the gang leader.
Unique to the arcade version is the inclusion of a hostage that can be rescued mid-stage and fight for you until they are defeated. It also has extra stages that change the setting and enemies, with the second stage involving ninjas in Edo period Japan and the third stage involving ape-beings in a far-off future a la Planet of the Apes.
In this run, enderpal7 and ThunderAxe31 both complete a single loop of the game in record time, kicking everything off the screen.
My Hero

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 6/19/2017
In this gaiden of a gaiden, Ryu Hayabusa saves the world from ultimate powers being unleashed. Doing so involves slow battles with sumo wrestlers and members of the Yakuza.
This run from Challenger improves upon the previous publication by by 00:48.03 seconds, thanks to the use of new tricks, including an infinite ammo glitch, as well as better optimization.

Published on 9/22/2019
The original Phantasy Star is one of the pioneers of console RPGs, featuring fully traversible overworld maps, random enemy encounters, and turn-based battles. It was also one of the first games to feature a female protagonist.
One peaceful day in Algol, the benevolent King Lassic decides to convert to a new religion. Unfortunately, this new faith turns him into a cruel dictator who silences all who go against him. When Alis' brother tries to rebel, he is killed by Lassic's robot-cops. After seeing this, Alis sets out to stop him, not only to get revenge, but also to liberate the people from the King's oppressive rule.
This is an improvements of 21:41.93 over the predecessor movie.

Published on 5/4/2018
Monsters have blown up and escaped from a top secret Psychic Research facility and stolen one of the lovely lab assistants as well. Dr. Knavik gives Lucia his precious ESP Booster to save her twin sister Cecile.
By collecting various items on her travels, the ESP Booster grants Lucia various powers (kind of like Mega Man...) to destroy her enemies and also navigate quickly through levels. This is exacerbated for the author by poor hit detection and finicky input control. Input is only allowed one time every four frames. Nevertheless the end result is a fast paced and varied movie.
This run improves the previous movie by better strategies and lag optimization, but its overall time is longer due to using a BIOS and better emulation causing yet more lag.
Psychic World

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.2.2

Published on 12/17/2017
Psycho Fox is about furry animals out to stop the evil Madfox Daimyojin, using their trusty bird friend as a baseball to knock out enemies. This all happens in a blink of an eye, so watch closely! Again, Tiger is the fastest one and is used ASAP.
This run beats the previous run by 40 frames, thanks to optimizing the pause glitch and movement. Despite the time save, the final run time is slower due to the SMS BIOS not seen in the previous run. For more details, please read the authors' comments.
There is also a run of this game, which completes the game without warps.
Psycho Fox

Uses warps
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.2.1

Published on 12/18/2017
Psycho Fox is about furry animals out to stop the evil Madfox Daimyojin, using their trusty bird friend as a baseball to knock out enemies.
This run from The8bitbeast completes the game as fast as possible, while forgoing warps. For more details, please read the authors' comments.
There is also a run of this game, which completes the game with warps.

Published on 7/3/2017
Quartet is a fairly basic run-and-gun platformer, with little in the way of objectives besides "kill the bosses" and "find the exit". Although the total run time is longer than the previous publication, the run is 1.73 seconds faster when not taking into account the SMS BIOS thanks to some small optimizations throughout the run.

Published on 5/3/2023
Rastan, also known as Rastan Saga in Europe and Japan, is a hack-and-slash video game that initially released as an arcade game and was later ported to systems such as the Sega Master System, MSX2, and Commodore 64. The game is about the story of Rastan, a barbarian hero who took on the task of saving a princess and a kingdom from a red dragon and its evil partners for glory and riches.
The8bitbeast bunny hops his way to the end of the game in record time, manipulating enemies into dropping special items in order to beat the game faster.

Published on 12/18/2022
Rocky is a video game adaptation of the famous Rocky movies, featuring familiar characters like the Soviet superboxer Ivan Drago.
In this run, ShesChardcore improves the predecessor movie by 00:06.31.

Game Version:
Rocky (World).sms
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 2/15/2018
Robotnik is trying to take over South Island once again. Our blue little hero decides to stop him, while also collecting all the chaos emeralds in his free time. A glitch which allows Sonic to skip the cutscene after most bosses helps him to proceed even faster to the following zone.
The goal of this TAS is to beat the game with the best ending, which requires collecting 5 emeralds throughout the game, causing a 6th emerald to drop after the final boss.
This run improved the predecessor movie by 00:33.06 seconds. The main timesave comes from lag reduction, but a few seconds were saved thanks to other tricks, techniques and routing.

Published on 11/8/2018
The Sonic games for the Sega Master System and the Game Gear are much less well known than their Genesis/Mega Drive counterparts and have a reputation for being quite challenging, especially in handheld form. You'd never know this from the speed Sonic blazes through the game here.
Unlike later 8-bit Sonic games, there are significant differences in levels between the SMS version and the Game Gear version. The SMS version was primarily used, due to much shorter score screens.
The8BitBeast aims to collect the maximum special bonus at the end of the levels. More about this goal in the submission text.

Published on 2/18/2019
The Sonic games for the Sega Master System and the Game Gear are much less well known than their Genesis/Mega Drive counterparts and have a reputation for being quite challenging, especially in handheld form. You'd never know this from the speed Sonic blazes through the game here.
Unlike later 8-bit Sonic games, there are significant differences in levels between the SMS version and the Game Gear version. The SMS version was primarily used, due to much shorter score screens.
Thanks to better strategies, The8bitbeast improved his predecessor movie by 36.43 seconds. It only appears to be a 26.08 second improvement, but the timing of the previous TAS did not include the BIOS, which loses 10.35 seconds.
Note: this run have been commentated by its author, you can watch it here.

Published on 12/8/2007
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Master System completed with all emeralds. Unlike many Sonic games, acquiring emeralds is done within normal stages rather than bonus levels, and getting all of them allows you to play the true final level.
Trivia: This game slightly predates the Mega Drive/Genesis version, so it features the official first appearance of Sonic's flying mutant fox friend, Tails.

Published on 12/10/2020
Super Boy 4 is the fourth and final game in Korean pirate company Zemina's series of unlicensed Super Mario Bros. clones. Most of the graphics in the game are ripped from Super Mario World, with the notable exception of Super Boy himself, receiving an original design for the first time in the series. The game contains 16 stages, loosely divided by 4 worlds, and a final boss stage. In each stage, Super Boy has to reach the end of the stage and break a special block which contains a gem that ends the stage when collected.
Noxxa and EZGames69 reach the princess in record time by carefully managing the game's copious lag and employing some time-saving tricks, such as overflowing Super Boy's position to warp him to the top of the stage.

Published on 7/7/2020
Super Boy II is a 1989 clone of Super Mario Bros. created by the Korean pirate company Zemina (재미나, roughly translates to "It's fun!") and is the sequel to its earlier game, Super Boy I. Besides having bad controls and graphics, this game leaves out some of the original features, including warp zones, water levels, Worlds 5-8, and even the princess.
nitrogenesis improves the previous TAS by 0.87 seconds, thanks to better optimisation and a few new strategies. Please read the author's comments for more details.

Published on 12/20/2017
The Flash is a side-scrolling platformer starring the eponymous D.C. comics hero. The game is divided into six episodes, each episode has two stages and a boss fight. Within each stage, Flash must get to the exit before the time limit runs out, though the exit must first be unlocked by activating a switch.
zoboner clears the game in a flash.

Published on 3/2/2019
Based on the 1994 Disney movie of the same name, The Lion King follows Simba's life as he grows from a lion cub to the ruler of the Pride Lands.
The Sega Master System port has different level layouts than the Genesis and SNES versions. In this run, EZGames69 completes the hardest difficulty in record time.
We also have runs of the Genesis and SNES ports.

Published on 10/2/2016
The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck is a platform game released for Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear in 1991. It is the 8-bit counterpart to Quackshot.
Donald Duck is on a mission around the world to rescue his kidnapped nephews and return Scrooge's stolen lucky dimes.
Challenger improves the previous movie by 1 minute and 36.87 seconds, thanks to better optimisation.

Published on 8/27/2016
Early in Japan's edo era, circa 1630, peace had continued in the western province of Ohkami until the feudal lord passed away. Gyokuro, an evil emperor, gained power and his oppressive rule caused great hardship to the people, and the princess who opposed him was confined to a dungeon somewhere in the Ohkami castle. Gyokuro has the Ohkami ninja under control at his command. Utilizing various ninjitsu techniques, in addition to the one that transforms them into a wolf, they protect him from the people who are his enemies.
You play Kazamuru, a great warrior who challenges the clan to a fight in order to rescue the princess. However, he can't rescue the princess unless he finds the five scrolls in the thirteen areas of Ohkami. On his quest, he must defeat various ninjas such as Kuno-ichi and Ninniku, as well as fire-blowing ninjas, slashing ninjas, and footloose ninjas. You'll explore grassy fields, shrines, river banks, towns, and the castle itself. Some of the steps have varied gameplay. For example, you must avoid boulders in Step 2, must use logs in order to cross a river in Step 5, avoid being trampled on by horses in Step 7, and scale a cliff in Step 9.
The Ninja

Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 1.11.6

Published on 3/12/2023
Tom and Jerry: The Movie is a video game for the Sega Master System and the Game Gear that has the same name as the 1992 animated movie. While it may have share the name and stars classic cartoon stars Tom and Jerry, the game has nothing to do with the movie. You play as Tom as he chases Jerry across various settings, with various obstacles and puzzles impeding Tom. Eventually, Tom will corner Jerry and catch him, but he can catch him much sooner than that.
The8bitbeast saves 1.28 seconds over his previous run through better strategies and better manipulation of Jerry's AI, allowing for earlier catches.

Published on 4/3/2023
Tom and Jerry: The Movie is a video game for the Sega Master System and the Game Gear that has the same name as the 1992 animated movie. While it may have share the name and stars classic cartoon stars Tom and Jerry, the game has nothing to do with the movie. You play as Tom as he chases Jerry across various settings, with various obstacles and puzzles impeding Tom. Eventually, Tom will corner Jerry and catch him, but he can catch him much sooner than that.
In this run, The8bitbeast decides to have Tom and Jerry explore the entirety of all the levels in the game, letting Jerry be captured only when he is cornered. To do this, Tom has to keep Jerry moving by walking through walls and taking damage like he usually does.

Published on 12/22/2018
Toto World 3 (토토월드 3) is a platformer released exclusively in South Korea where the player controls a caveman kid who must traverse prehistoric landscapes and defeat the predominantly animal-shaped enemies standing on his way. The kid is armed with a club, which can be swapped for a more powerful hammer if the player collects the appropriate power-up.
The8bitbeast completes the game in record time.

Published on 2/18/2008
In this first game in the popular Wonder Boy series, Tom-Tom is out to rescue his beloved girlfriend Tanya from the wicked monster Drancon. Our nearly naked hero must travel through a variety of different environments, using a hatchet and several powerups to defend himself against the dangerous enemies along the way. The game was later ported to the NES (with altered graphics and music) as Hudson's Adventure Island.
AngerFist runs, jumps, shoots, and shreds his way to Drancon, beating the game in a little under 45 minutes.

Published on 5/28/2016
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is a 1989 platform game by Sega and Westone. This game is a direct sequel to Wonder Boy in Monster Land and starts in the final lair of the previous game. According to Wikipedia, it is widely considered to be one of the best games produced for the Sega Master System.
The8bitbeast shaves off over ten and a half minutes over the previous run by grinding enough Charm Stones to open the Charm Stone door that takes you straight to the final boss.

Published on 3/24/2017
Eleven years have gone by since Tom-Tom rescued his girlfriend Tanya from the clutches of the evil King. Word of Tom-Tom's dangerous adventure soon spread throughout Wonder Land. The people were very proud of Tom-Tom and gave him the highest honor of all — the legendary name of Wonder Boy. With the evil King defeated, Wonder Land returned to its peaceful state, and for over a decade, the kingdom was a paradise, and everything and everyone lived happily together.
Eventually, the peace was broken when a ferocious fire-breathing dragon appeared out of nowhere and took over Wonder Land with an army of evil, monsterous henchmen, throwing Wonder Land immediately into utter chaos. The defenseless people were quickly taken over and the tranquil and serene kingdom was transformed into a land of demons and devils. Wonder Land was now a Monster Land. Tom-Tom, Wonder Land's last hope, is now summoned to set out on a journey, destroy this dragon, and restore peace once again.
In this movie, Challenger improved upon the previous publication by 01:46.37 minutes, thanks to new tricks, better luck manipulation, and better optimization.

Published on 5/24/2019
An army of monsters has invaded Monster World, prompting the young Shion to undertake a quest to save his land. His adventure takes him through various environments --desert, forest, and even underwater -- in order to gain the items necessary to progress.
In this run, The8bitbeast uses movement glitches and strategic pausing to skip entire sections of the game. Details are in the author's comments.
Note: One of the glitches causes music not to play on the next screen. The author has provided an encode with music restored here.
We also have a run of the Genesis version.

Published on 7/22/2015
Ys: The Vanished Omens is the first in a long series of role-playing games. Young swordsman Adol Christin has arrived in the town of Minea, only to find that a great evil is sweeping the land. He must seek out the six books of Ys and use the knowledge they contain to defeat the evil forces.
But after our hero visits a nearby shop, the shopkeeper decides he likes him and gives him his personal copies of all the books of Ys to complete his quest.
In this run, IzzyThePenguin improves upon the previous run by 21 frames by walking further down the screen, which makes going into the menu unnecessary.

Published on 11/19/2012
Zillion is a video game companion for the anime of the same name. It features a freely explorable world in the vein of the Metroid games. JJ, the main character from the anime, must infiltrate the base of the evil Noza (misspelled as Norsa in-game) Empire and find five floppy disks in order to input the self-destruct sequence into the main computer and destroy the base.
In this run, Caitsith2 manipulates enemies to fire earlier and the four-digit codes to only contain numbers above 4. He also rescues both of his captured friends in order to achieve 100% completion.

Published on 4/28/2020
Zool: Ninja of the "Nth" Dimension is a fast-paced side-scrolling platformer. The protagonist can run, jump, climb walls, and shoot enemies. Power-ups for Zool are scattered across the levels. These include life-spending hearts, smart bombs, shields, more powerful jump-skills and a twin Zool. This "twin" imitates the original's motions a few seconds after he performs them.
The8bitbeast abuses a glitch to skip directly to the credits 02:48.45 minutes faster than in his previous run.
This run aims to end input as early as possible. The8bitbeast also created a movie that reaches the ending 2 frames faster by having 3 extra input frames.

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