Tool-assisted movies (100)

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Published on 7/7/2022
Pepsi Invaders is a reskin of Space Invaders that was privately commissioned by the Coca-Cola Company. According to legend, only 125 carts were made and distributed to various Coca-Cola executives, making it one of the rarest video games of all time. The main difference between this game and vanilla Space Invaders is that you can only shoot one bullet at time, as the trick to having two bullets on-screen at once doesn't work in this game.
Nevertheless, ShesChardcore manages to work around this disadvantage and complete a single level in record time.
Game:
Pepsi Invaders

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

Published on 11/28/2017
A fixed shooter game for the Atari 2600, where you must fight bird-like enemies and an alien in a giant spaceship.
This movie completes one full round.
This run is a 00:00.03 second improvement of the predecessor movie.
Game:
Phoenix

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.2.1

Published on 4/13/2015
River Raid is an early vertical shooter where you fly a plane down a river and fire missiles to blow up helicopters, jets, ships and bridges.
As you can imagine, a tool-assisted speedrun turns this regular raid into an unstoppable barrage of destruction.
This movie obsoletes the previous one due to Lord Tom getting 1 million points instead of 100,000, thus reaching the true end of the game.
This run was performed by a bot coded by the author, based on a Java port of the game he wrote himself. For more on the extensive work put into this TAS, see the author's comments.

Published on 6/23/2022
This is the Atari 2600 version of Space Invaders, the classic game where you fight to defend your planet from a rectangular array of descending aliens.
KiwiCracker and ShesChardcore clears one wave of aliens systematically, improving on the previous movie by 0.57 seconds through the use of a new technique that changes the size of the ship.
Game:
Space Invaders

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

Published on 12/26/2022
Death Star Battle is loosely based on the events of the film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Your task is to destroy the Death Star before its construction is finished. You start the task outside the shield perimeter of the Death Star, where you have to combat different imperial vessels and avoid the death ray while waiting for an opportunity to slip through one of the random openings in the energy shield. After reaching the Death Star, you must reduce its structure up to the point where you can hit the core. In the following destruction of the station, you must avoid collision with the Death Star's debris.
This is an 11 frame improvement over the previous movie thanks to better maneuverability facing the Death Star.

Viewers who have photosensitivity problems may want to avoid watching as there's a high amount of flashing visuals during gameplay that can become uncomfortable to watch.

Published on 12/30/2022
Word Zapper is an edutainment game for the Atari 2600. With a given word shown to you for a few seconds and a 99 second time limit, you are to scroll a set of letters from the alphabet and zap each letter in the correct order to form the word, then finish the round by shooting the alien emoji. You can also use the alien emoji in place of any letter, but the round must be finished with it and another one won't be given to you unless you shoot down five asteroids.
ShesChardcore completes a cycle of the game as fast as possible by manipulating the RNG to generate the words that can be zapped out the fastest on-screen.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 8/21/2014
You and your grandfather just bought a small farm for growing vegetables and raising horses. Unfortunately, you find that the place is infested with animals that are determined to drive you away. Using your trusty gun, you aim to rid the property of these pests.
This run completes the first three levels, after which there is no new content. A trick is used to end the bonus levels immediately by shooting Gramps.

Viewers who have photosensitivity problems may want to avoid watching as the amount of flashing visuals due to the use of the light gun can be uncomfortable to watch.
Game:
Barnyard Blaster

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 1.7.4

Published on 6/25/2014
Choplifter is one of the few games that got ported from home systems to the arcade instead of the other way around. The goal of the game is to pilot an attack chopper to rescue 64 hostages from the clutches of the evil Bungeling Empire.
Besides being fun to play in real-time, it's also well-suited for TASing. It has fast-paced and lag-free gameplay, nice graphics, and simple mechanics. Both moving up and down and rotating the helicopter don't decrease your horizontal speed, which is great for both optimization and entertainment.
In this run, CoolKirby uses tool-assisted precision and tricks like blasting open enemy camps as soon as possible to beat the game in under three minutes.
We also have a movie of the Commodore 64 version.
Game:
Choplifter

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 1.7.0

Published on 1/23/2013
Galaga is the classic arcade shooter that takes place in space, and that's a sufficient enough description. We also have movies of the MSX version and SG1000 version.

Published on 12/1/2017
Front Line is a vertically scrolling action game, where you play as a solider on a mission to infiltrate enemy territory and destroy their fortress.
In this run, the author notably abuses a glitch that allows the hero to travel over 40 times faster than was intended by the developers, leading to stages being completed in mere seconds.
Game:
Front Line

Genres:
Action
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
MAME-rr 0.139 v0.1 beta

Published on 12/25/2017
Jail Break is an arcade game produced and released by Konami in 1986. The game's story is loosely based on the 1981 film Escape from New York, wherein Manhattan has become an island prison from which the hero must rescue the President of the United States, who is being held hostage. In Jail Break, the game's hero, Aki, must fight through 5 stages to rescue the warden of a prison following a mass escape.
This game is quite advanced for it's time. It offers good multi-sprite movement and decent frustrating artificial intelligence. It also has a host of semi-understandable speech phrases such as "Help me!", "Save the hostages.", "The warden has been taken hostage."
But whatever, none of that matters after what £e Nécroyeur has done to the game with some intense glitching. Bizarre sprite mess just blazes around and terminates the poor prisoners who happened to meet what was left from the hero. Climbing sheer walls, moonwalk shooting, killing aligned groups of enemies with a single bullet - no hostage shall be afraid anymore!

Published on 3/16/2011
In Mercs, an arcade game that is also available for the Genesis, each player takes control of a member of the Wolf Force, to rescue the former President in Africa.
DarkKobold uses all three guys to save him as fast as possible.

To play the FBM file without any problems, it is important to disable the Use M68000 assembly core option in the emulator.
Game:
Mercs

Genres:
Shooter
Tags:
3 Players
Emulator Replay:
FBA-rr 0.0.5

Published on 3/2/2017
In this entry of the popular Metal Slug series, the evil would-be dictator General Morden launches another attempt to take over the world - or so it seems on the surface; this game proves that Morden is no Dr Wily by having the true villains turn out to be something else entirely.
Several of this game's stages branch; this run takes the shortest possible route through the game.
This run is faster than the predecessor movie by 02:41.75 minutes. Improvements come from using new strategies, using new tricks/glitches, and optimizing everything better.

Published on 8/25/2011
This is a run of the fourth game in SNK's big franchise, Metal Slug.
Author x2poet dual-wields Trevor Spacey and Nadia Cassel and conquers General Morden's army like an army of two controlled by a single person!
This run beats the author's previous one by 00:52.82 seconds and features a much more entertaining final battle.
You can also watch the other Metal Slug runs for more intense military action.

Published on 12/12/2011
This entry in the Metal Slug series features the theft of information on the next generation of Metal Slug by the "Ptolemaic Army", wherein our heroes are tasked with recovering that data and putting an end to the evil group.
The author improves his previous version by using a new strategy on the last boss. You can find out the details in the submission text.
You can also see more of x2poet's Metal Slug work by looking at his runs from Metal Slug, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, and Metal Slug Advance.

Published on 11/7/2009
Metal Slug X (1999) is an updated version of Metal Slug 2, the second installment of an immensely popular run'n'gun series released on the Neo Geo MVS. The games are notable for incredibly detailed pixel graphics, fluid animation, and good humor; but the real key to their longevity is, of course, their high difficulty as far as survival goes.
This is AngerFist's debut performance on FinalBurn Alpha. Please read the discussion thread if you experience desyncs.

Published on 5/18/2011
Metal Slug X (2001) is a remixed version of Metal Slug 2, the second installment of an immensely popular run'n'gun series released on the Neo Geo MVS. The games are notable for incredibly detailed pixel graphics, fluid animation, and good humor; but the real key to their longevity is, of course, their high difficulty as far as survival goes.
This is x2poet's 00:16.20 seconds improvement over the previous movie, despite now using the hardest difficulty setting. One notable improvement is the use of both players, compared to one in the obsoleted run.
You can also see more of x2poet's Metal Slug work by looking at his runs from Metal Slug, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4 and Metal Slug Advance.

Published on 2/8/2015
Released in 1996, Metal Slug is a widely popular game about two soldiers named Marco Rossi and Tarma Roving, enrolled in the Peregrine Falcon Squad, fighting against General Morden and a bunch of other Nazi impersonators in giant mechs & machines in order to stop his New World Order under his power.
Watch x2poet destroy anything that stands in his path through wide use of bombs and guns, and about half a minute faster than the previous run!
If you enjoyed this movie, check out the other Metal Slug runs for more explosive military action.

Published on 8/30/2022
Super Contra is the sequel to the original Contra (also known as Gryzor in Europe). It has different level layouts than the NES version, itself known as Super C in North America and Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces (and with modified sprites to feature robotic characters) in Europe. The Arcade version allows the player to control their jump height by holding Up (for a higher jump) or Down (for a lower jump).
Clicher completes the game on the hardest difficulty setting with 1 player in record time.

Published on 8/21/2022
Tron is an arcade video game based on the Disney movie Tron. It consists of 4 minigames loosely based on the movie. One where you get enemy cars to run into your line, one where you shoot each other with tanks, one where you shoot a moving wall, and one where you must reach the exit.
Clicher plays through 12 loops of this game to max difficulty in record time.
Game:
Tron

Genres:
Action
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
MAME-rr 0.139 v0.1 beta

Published on 5/11/2021
"Astro-PANIC!" is a fast-paced, high-speed, all-machine-language game. The object is to defend your cannon, maneuvering it left and right as alien saucers dodge and dive in a relentless attack. - description in COMPUTE!'s Gazette Part #8
Astro-Panic! is a computer game released as a code listing in the very popular Commodore series magazine, COMPUTE! Gazette, in 1984. The author of the game, Charles Brannon, was a great contributor to the magazine for many articles and programs. Astro-Panic! was one of his most popular games, written completely in 6510 machine language and printed in the Gazette.
nymx manipulates the alien's RNG so much that they look like they want to get shot, and gets to level 15 in record time. Note that at level 15 the game continues, but difficulty drops to 0 and the game is effectively over.

Published on 7/28/2019
At first glance it looks like a pleasant wooded glade on a peaceful, mild day. Watch out! It's a giant spider! Run! You don't know how it happened; you don't know how you got here, but, unfortunately, you've wandered into the Forbidden Forest!
You'll find a bow in your hand and a quiver full of arrows on your back, as well as four more full quivers on the ground beside you. You're going to need them.
The Forbidden Forest is a place on this world but certainly not of this world. It is a place of unrelenting terror and trial. It is ruled by the dreaded Demogorgon demonic king of monsters. He will send in his horde of grisly creatures against anyone who dares enter his realm. And if by some miracle, or your own skill, you should vanquish his army, you will have to face the Demogorgon himself. A word of encouragement: no one has ever returned from the Forbidden Forest alive!
Note: Loading finishes and gameplay starts at 2:32. The loading section may be seizure-inducing.

Published on 8/25/2015
The original arcade game Zaxxon was the first game to employ an isometric perspective, later used in other games like Q*Bert, Marble Madness, and Fallout. This ColecoVision port preserves the graphical style which gave the game its name – AXONometric projection.
This run by dwangoAC uses the hardest difficulty and performs several difficult shots in order to beat the first cycle of the game in under two minutes.

Published on 6/22/2022
Doom II: Hell on Earth is the hit sequel to Doom, one of the most influential first person shooters of all time. The Doomguy has returned from his mission on Mars and his banishment to Hell, only to find that Earth has been invaded by demons. He must now kill all the demons on Earth and go back to Hell so he can kill everything there.
almostmatt1 and Zero Master utilize a variety of glitches and tricks that exploit the Doom engine's quirks to complete the game on the "Ultra-Violence" difficulty as fast as possible. The RNG was also manipulated to ensure the enemy AI acts as the runners' intended. You can read the authors' notes for more details on how each level was achieved and a list of all the glitches used.

Published on 2/23/2017
Final Doom is a Doom game that uses the engine, items, and characters from Doom II: Hell on Earth, distributed officially by id. It is meant as a sequel to the events of Doom II and includes two sets of levels, TNT: Evilution and The Plutonia Experiment.
This run by Clumsydoomer and 38_ViTa_38 beats The Plutonia Experiment using Skill 4, Ultra-Violence. This is the most common skill level used in the Doom speedrunning and TAS community.
This is an improvement of 1:12.69 over previous movie.
Note: There are encodes of higher resolutions in the discussion thread.

Published on 10/10/2015
Kama Sutra is a 32-level Doom 2 megawad released in March of 2005, created by Adolf "Gusta" Vojta and Jakub "method man" Razak, a pair of Czech speedrunners. They are together known as the "KSteam" after this project.
This run uses Skill 4, Ultra-Violence. This is the most common skill level used in the Doom speedrunning and TAS community.

Published on 4/19/2015
Finally, 16 years after Doom was modified to allow savestates and slowdown (giving birth to tool-assisted speedrunning), TASVideos presents such a movie!
Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter (FPS) video game by id Software. It is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for having ushered in the popularity of the first-person shooter genre. The original game is divided into three nine-level episodes and distributed via shareware and mail order. The Ultimate Doom, an updated release of the original game featuring a fourth episode, was released in 1995 and sold at retail.
This run by Akse beats the second episode using Skill 4, Ultra-Violence. This is the most common skill level used in the Doom speedrunning and TAS community.
Note: The encode has been extended to include the full ending music. This is not present if you play back the movie in Doom.

Published on 6/30/2015
Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter (FPS) video game by id Software. It is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for having ushered in the popularity of the first-person shooter genre. The original game is divided into three nine-level episodes and distributed via shareware and mail order. The Ultimate Doom, an updated release of the original game featuring a fourth episode, was released in 1995 and sold at retail.
This run by Akse beats the third episode using Skill 4, Ultra-Violence. This is the most common skill level used in the Doom speedrunning and TAS community.
Note: The encode has been extended to include the full ending music. This is not present if you play back the movie in Doom.

Published on 7/19/2015
Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter (FPS) video game by id Software. It is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for having ushered in the popularity of the first-person shooter genre. The original game is divided into three nine-level episodes and distributed via shareware and mail order. The Ultimate Doom, an updated release of the original game featuring a fourth episode, was released in 1995 and sold at retail.
This run by Akse beats the fourth episode using Skill 4, Ultra-Violence. This is the most common skill level used in the Doom speedrunning and TAS community.
Note: The encode has been extended to include the full ending music. This is not present if you play back the movie in Doom.

Published on 12/27/2020
Doom is a 1993 science fiction horror-themed first-person shooter (FPS) video game by id Software. It is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for having ushered in the popularity of the first-person shooter genre. The original game is divided into three nine-level episodes and distributed via shareware and mail order. The Ultimate Doom, an updated release of the original game featuring a fourth episode, was released in 1995 and sold at retail.
This run by almostmatt1 & 38_ViTa_38 beats the first episode using Skill 4, Ultra-Violence. This is the most common skill level used in the Doom speedrunning and TAS community.
Note: The encode has been extended to include the full ending music. This is not present if you play back the movie in Doom.

Published on 5/1/2018
In the year 1997, the maniacal Dr. Proton has developed mechanical creatures known as Techbots. Commanding an army of Techbots, the insane scientist intends to conquer the entire world. There is only one hero on Earth who can stop him with his guns and attitude: Duke Nukem.
Duke Nukem: Episode 3 - Trapped in the Future is a side-scrolling shooter with platform elements. Most of the gameplay consists of shooting enemies and exploring the environments, trying to reach the exit and advance to the next stage.
In this final episode, Dr. Proton has created his own future, where his power cannot be matched; Duke is thrown into this future nearly defenseless, and has to figure out a way to escape and defeat the mad doctor once and for all.

Published on 12/28/2010
Jazz Jackrabbit is one of the earliest products released by what was then known as Epic MegaGames, better known these days for producing the Unreal engine. It was viewed initially as being a pastiche of the Sonic the Hedgehog games and arguably developed along those lines, bearing much of the same fast platformer action.
This run completes a special Christmas episode called Holiday Hare. This is the 1994 version of this episode. A run has been made for the 1995 version of Holiday Hare. There is also a run of the original game available.
Emulator Replay:
JPC-rr 11.2

Published on 12/28/2010
Jazz Jackrabbit is one of the earliest products released by what was then known as Epic MegaGames, better known these days for producing the Unreal engine. It was viewed initially as being a pastiche of the Sonic the Hedgehog games and arguably developed along those lines, bearing much of the same fast platformer action.
This run completes a special Christmas episode called Holiday Hare. This is the 1995 version of this episode. A run has been made for the 1994 version of Holiday Hare. There is also a run of the original game available.

Published on 7/19/2014
Jazz Jackrabbit is one of the earliest products released by what was then known as Epic MegaGames, better known these days for producing the Unreal engine. It was viewed initially as being a pastiche of the Sonic the Hedgehog games was and arguably developed along those lines, bearing much of the same fast platformer action.
This run completes all the standard levels of the full game, which consists of six episodes. We also have a run of the three bonus episodes by the same authors.
You can also watch runs from one of the authors, Ilari, that completed the two Christmas episodes of this game.

Commentary subtitles are available in the YouTube encode and the archive.org page for this run.

Published on 7/19/2014
Jazz Jackrabbit is one of the earliest products released by what was then known as Epic MegaGames, better known these days for producing the Unreal engine. It was viewed initially as being a pastiche of the Sonic the Hedgehog games was and arguably developed along those lines, bearing much of the same fast platformer action.
This run completes all the extra episodes (A-C). There is also a run of the original game available.

Commentary subtitles and WebM encodes are available on the archive.org page for this run.

Published on 10/27/2010
If you've been in Europe long enough, you've probably heard of the Lada car company. However, you probably haven't heard of this relatively obscure tie-in game, involving racing - yes, you guessed it - a Lada... which happens to have a rocket launcher and machine gun (those are almost certainly not standard features).

Published on 4/8/2017
Released by Gray Design Assoicates in 1994, Nitemare 3D is a first person shooter in the same vein as Wolfenstein 3D. The game is a follow-up to the Hugo trilogy of parser-based adventure games and chronicles Hugo's fight to rescue his girlfriend Penelope from an evil scientist named Dr. Hammerstein.
The first episode, played by slamo in record time, is a journey through Hammerstein's bizarrely designed mansion, featuring witches, vampires, and closets that seem to go on forever.

Published on 2/12/2016
Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software in 1992. It follows the mission of a World War II Allied spy, William "B.J." Blazkowicz, to take down Hitler's Nazi regime. Also known as Wolf3D, it is widely regarded as having helped popularize the first-person shooter genre on PC and is id's precursor to the wildly popular Doom series.
dwangoAC and slamo escape from Castle Wolfenstein as fast as possible, using various tricks. Read the authors' comments for more details.

An alternate encode by the authors with the map display is available right here.

Published on 3/19/2016
Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software in 1992. It follows the mission of a World War II Allied spy, William "B.J." Blazkowicz, to take down Hitler's Nazi regime. Also known as Wolf3D, it is widely regarded as having helped popularize the first-person shooter genre on PC and is id's precursor to the wildly popular Doom series.
slamo utilizes diagonal dashing and careful manipulation to get through Operation: Eisenfaust as fast as possible.

An alternate encode with a map display provided by the author is available right here.

Published on 6/25/2016
Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software in 1992. It follows the mission of a World War II Allied spy, William "B.J." Blazkowicz, to take down Hitler's Nazi regime. Also known as Wolf3D, it is widely regarded as having helped popularize the first-person shooter genre on PC and is id's precursor to the wildly popular Doom series.
slamo, using various tricks, kills a modernised version of the Führer (and thus rewrites history) as fast as possible.

An alternate encode with a map display provided by the author is available right here.

Published on 10/3/2016
Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software in 1992. It follows the mission of a World War II Allied spy, William "B.J." Blazkowicz, to take down Hitler's Nazi regime. Also known as Wolf3D, it is widely regarded as having helped popularize the first-person shooter genre on PC and is id's precursor to the wildly popular Doom series.
slamo uncovers the dark secret and kills Otto in record time.

An alternate encode with a map display provided by the author is available right here.

Published on 5/13/2017
Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software in 1992. It follows the mission of a World War II Allied spy, William "B.J." Blazkowicz, to take down Hitler's Nazi regime. Also known as Wolf3D, it is widely regarded as having helped popularize the first-person shooter genre on PC and is id's precursor to the wildly popular Doom series.
slamo follows the trail of the madman and uses tricks to skip this episode's boss in order to beat it in record time. Please read the author's comments for more details.

An alternate encode with a map display provided by the author is available right here.

Published on 10/8/2017
Wolfenstein 3D is a first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software in 1992. It follows the mission of a World War II Allied spy, William "B.J." Blazkowicz, to take down Hitler's Nazi regime. Also known as Wolf3D, it is widely regarded as having helped popularize the first-person shooter genre on PC and is id's precursor to the wildly popular Doom series.
slamo survives the confrontation with General Fettgesicht and clears the record in record time. Please read the author's comments for more details.

An alternate encode with a map display provided by the author is available right here.

Published on 7/19/2019
Contra 4 (2007) is largely a combined remake of the early NES and SNES Contra titles, featuring remixed music and vastly improved visuals utilizing both screens of the DS as if they were one contiguous screen.
Soig improves upon the previous publication by not only optimising it further, but also playing through the 40 missions of the game's challenge mode, which are unlocked after the main game is beaten.

Published on 9/15/2015
Dementium: The Ward is a first-person survival horror game created by Renegade Kids and Gamecock for the DS. You wake up in a mysterious, derelict hospital and must explore the dark, solve puzzles, and avoid the fearsome surgical experiments roaming the halls to escape with your life.
In this tool-assisted speedrun, jlun2 makes his own path through the game, cutting through enemies, bosses, and even walls to assure his character's freedom in under 37 minutes.

Note: Due to an emulation error, certain sounds play louder than intended.

Published on 9/1/2015
The classic Metal Slug series comes to the DS with Metal Slug 7. Although there is only one player this time, this version is notable for allowing the player to keep two weapons and switch freely between them. Also, each player has a special advantage compared to the others: for instance, Eri can use more grenades, whereas Tarma does more damage while using a Metal Slug.
This run uses Eri and Tarma, just like mtvf1's first Eri/Tarma run. It improves zk547's deathless run by 01:08.10, despite having to use two continues to switch between Eri and Tarma.
Also check out the runs of other Metal Slug games such as Metal Slug, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, Metal Slug 5 and Metal Slug Advance.

Note: The second pair of downloadables and torrents are encodes of only the top screen.

Published on 9/6/2016
Metroid Prime Hunters is the DS spinoff to the "Metroid Prime" trilogy, involving Samus in a race against six other bounty hunters to collect the eight Octoliths and get the "Ultimate Power".
At least, that's what was supposed to happen. Unfortunately for those bounty hunters, Memory is on the case. Thanks to a variety of tricks, out of bounds glitches, and optimization, Samus blazes through various planets in the Tetra Galaxy and collects the eight Octoliths in record time, destroying everything in her path. World's greatest bounty hunter indeed.
For those curious to see how the series originated, we also have a run of the original Metroid.

Published on 7/10/2010
Space Invaders needs no introduction. Space Invaders Extreme 2 is part of a recent revival of the series, introducing power-ups and a variety of new gameplay modes.
This run plays Score Attack mode on the hardest available path. Note that it doesn't aim for highest score because doing so would make the movie considerably longer.

Published on 7/24/2010
Otocky was created by Toshio Iwai in 1987 and was only released in Japan for the Famicom Disk System. It is best described as a musical side-scrolling shoot 'em up where the primary weapon is a ball which, when fired in one of eight directions, plays different musical notes on the primary instrument quantized to the beat of the background music.
Needless to say, when such a weapon is put into the hands of a tool-assisted speedrunner, you might just find yourself humming along to the end result.
This run was console verified using micro500's TASLink replay device (with 1 frame per latch poll).
Game:
Otocky

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.1.3

Published on 11/16/2022
Arsenal is another game in the Flash sniper assassin genre, but with the addition of also being a spy. Not only are you tasked with killing your assigned targets, you also have assignments where you are to eavesdrop on certain people and retrieve intel once you kill them. There are also other assignments such as delivering non-lethal knockouts and protecting valuable material.
Spikestuff shoots, snoops, and protects their way through the game in record time.
There is also an encode that removes the scope view with the use of an in-game setting so that the whole area is shown.
Game:
Arsenal

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
libTAS 1.4.4 + ruffle-nightly-2022-10-10
Additional Downloads:
(No Scope View Movie)

Published on 11/16/2022
BloodShot is another one of those simplistic Flash games where you play as an assassin that's been assigned to eliminate a number of targets. Unlike a good number of Flash assassin shooter games, you have multiple things to shoot, giving you a number of ways you can kill your target with your sniper rifle.
Spikestuff takes out every one of their targets in record time.
Game:
BloodShot

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
libTAS 1.4.4 + ruffle-nightly-2022-10-10

Published on 11/17/2022
Hitstick 3: Deadly Breeze is the sequel to Hitstick 2: No Time For Diplomacy. As with that game, it appears to have been inspired by the Hitman series. You play as an assassin that's tasked to kill very unsavory targets, some of which plan to sell out company secrets to others and others that plan to commit war crimes with chemical weapons.
Spikestuff goes though many seconds of loading screens to eliminate their targets in record time.
Emulator Replay:
libTAS 1.4.4 + ruffle-nightly-2022-10-10

Published on 11/18/2022
Kyoushuu! Nobuyuki Gundan 2 is a Flash game developed by SKT, and the second game in the Nobuyuki Gundan series. As a lone officer of the Nobuyuki Task Forces, your task is to take down an entire gang in their headquarters without any armor and only a pistol with unlimited ammo.
Spikestuff improves on their previous run by 8 frames by exploiting the fact that you can shoot through walls during the helicopter battle, destroying it more quickly.
Emulator Replay:
libTAS 1.4.4 + ruffle-nightly-2022-10-10

Published on 12/20/2022
My Friend Pedro is a platforming-shooter Flash game that was later remade in Unity for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A mysterious man has found himself in the middle of an alleyway seemingly with no memory what just happened before. A floating, talking magic banana named Pedro then appears and convinces him to kill a bunch of gangsters. To aid the mysterious man, Pedro teaches him that the pills he was forced to take before he became unconscious allow him to slow down his perception of time. With that ability and all the guns he can find, the mysterious man sets off on a rampage for unclear reasons.
In this run, rythin rolls her way to the end as fast as possible, only using bullet time for more optimal platform landings.
Emulator Replay:
libTAS 1.4.4 + ruffle_nightly_2022-12-02

Published on 11/16/2022
Sniper Assassin 2 is part of the Sniper Assassin series, another set of entries in Flash sniper assassin subgenre. Unlike most others in said subgenre, it has an ongoing story. Your wife has been murdered by unknown forces, and you must use your particular set of skills to find who's responsible and eliminate them. Along the way, you torture some of your leads to get information that will get you closer to your wife's murderers.
Spikestuff kills and tortures their way through this game in record time.
There is also an encode that removes the scope view and leaves just the reticle using a modified SWF file.
Emulator Replay:
libTAS 1.4.4 + ruffle-nightly-2022-10-10

Published on 11/17/2022
Sniper Assassin 3 is the sequel to Sniper Assassin 2, and part of the Sniper Assassin series of games as part of the Flash sniper assassin subgenre. It continues where Sniper Assassin 2 left off, as the protagonist continues to kill and torture his way through many mooks as he avenges his wife's murder. This time, his crusade is ramped up in scale as he commits vandalism and more varied strategies of torture, all in the name of taking down his wife's murderers.
Spikestuff completes the game as a fast as possible with the help of a level skipping glitch that happens when level progression is done too quickly after killing a certain number of enemies in a level.
There is also an encode that removes the scope view and leaves only the reticle with the use of a modified SWF file.
Emulator Replay:
libTAS 1.4.4 + ruffle-nightly-2022-10-10

Published on 4/7/2020
After Burst for Game Boy was released Japan-exclusively by NCS in 1990. Conceptually just a simple 2D shooter it features three modes (normal, 1P VS, 2P VS) of which this run plays the 1P VS mode. To reach this mode's ending, 15 (instead of 30 in normal mode) single-screen stages have to be cleared (all of which are different from the ones in normal mode).
The game features a ballistic bullet mechanic where you can charge each shot to have a higher exit velocity. Since only one player bullet can be visible at a time, the damage that can be done in any given timespan is severely limited, necessitating hitting multiple targets in one shot for best efficiency.
Quite strikingly, this game is plagued by extreme lag, slowing in-game time down significantly and contributing to about 80% runtime of the entire movie (about 4 lag frames per normal frame).
jlun2 improves the previous TAS by 7.74 seconds, thanks to decreasing the downtime between shots by changing their aim.
Game:
After Burst

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.4

Published on 4/18/2020
After Burst for Game Boy was released exclusively in Japan by NCS in 1990. Conceptually just a simple 2D shooter, it has three modes: Normal, 1P VS, and 2P VS.
The game features a ballistic bullet mechanic where you can charge each shot to have a higher exit velocity. Since only one player bullet can be visible at a time, the damage that can be done in any given timespan is severely limited, necessitating hitting multiple targets in one shot for best efficiency. Quite strikingly, this game is plagued by extreme lag, slowing in-game time down significantly.
This run completes the Normal mode's 30 stages in record time. We also have a run of the 1P VS mode, which has different stages.

Published on 12/28/2009
In this game, some short fat guy decides to prove that the police as well as Batman are incapable of doing their jobs. So he steals Batman's outfit, some of his toys, and brings along with himself advanced military weapon prototypes to wipe out the Joker once and for all 'till the next game, and save Gotham city.
This run starts off with walking by enemies, showing how incompetent criminals are at firing guns. It proceeds to aerial combat a bit reminiscent of Gradius, further demonstrating that even when criminals fire, their weapons are no match for Batman's Batwing, even when piloted by a Batman impostor. The big finale here shows that as evil as the Joker is, he like all others cannot withstand rocket grenades indefinitely.
Game:
Batman

Genres:
Platformer
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
VBA-rr v21+

Published on 7/3/2017
Contra: The Alien Wars is the third entry in the Contra series. Like its predecessors, it is a predominantly side-scrolling shooter with a heavy emphasis on action. The protagonist can fire in eight directions when standing still. New abilities include climbing on walls, grabbing poles and navigating tanks. Parts of scenery can be destroyed. Originally released on the SNES, this version of the game was released on the Game Boy in 1994.
ThunderAxe31 makes quick work of this game, jumping and shooting his way through aliens as fast as possible.

Published on 5/31/2020
Contra: The Alien Wars is the third entry in the Contra series. Like its predecessors, it is a predominantly side-scrolling shooter with a heavy emphasis on action. The protagonist can fire in eight directions when standing still. New abilities include climbing on walls, grabbing poles and navigating tanks. Parts of scenery can be destroyed. Originally released on the SNES, this version of the game was released on the Game Boy in 1994.
ThunderAxe31 makes quick work of this game, while refusing to kill any enemies. Well, he accidentally stomped on a couple of them, watched one fall into the abyss, wasn't careful enough and enabled some landmines... Some enemies even exploded by themselves. But it was never his intention, okay? It's a pacifist completion.

Published on 11/5/2022
Cosmo Tank is a space tank battle game. You're the commander of the tank "Tiger Alpha-1", and your mission is to fight on land and in space against the Master Insect and his minions. The game features both top-down levels and first person levels in which you can freely move around in all directions. Settings feature both open outdoor environments, caves and space. Slowly upgrade your cannon and armor as you progress for more firepower and the ability to sustain more hits.
Alyosha improves on tool23's run by nearly 2 minutes by properly upgrading the laser weapon, better RNG manipulation, and better optimization.
You can watch this run being played on a real console here.
Game:
Cosmo Tank

Genres:
Action
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 10/11/2021
The Game Boy Camera is a peripheral for the Game Boy by Nintendo that allows you to shoot photos with it. However, there are also mini-games included in the cart itself, namely Space Fever II (a shoot-em-up), DJ (a music creation tool), Ball (a juggling game similar to the G&W games) and Run! Run! Run! (a sports game where you race against the clock, which needs to be unlocked first).
CasualPokePlayer improves on ThunderAxe31's previous run of Space Fever II and Run! Run! Run! by optimizing the end of the running level with a jump.

Published on 11/28/2022
The bare-chested alien crushing ultra macho hero is back, and he's portable this time!
This Contra game combines elements from the original Contra and Super C while adding some elements into one action packed game. Watch our hero cruise through 5 levels of steadily increasing difficulty yet still crushing those aliens in record time.
This movie is approximately a 23 frame improvement over the previous publication. This current movie is longer due to more accurate emulation compared to VBA-rr.

This TAS has been console verified.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 1/28/2015
Volley Fire is a shooter originally released in 1990. The player's objective is to destroy the enemies on the other side of the screen, tactfully aiming shots through moving debris while avoiding any hazards.
In this TAS by MUGG, enemy AI is manipulated to end all the fights in record time.

Published on 2/20/2013
Alien Hominid is a 2D side-scrolling shooter with heavy references to the Metal Slug series of games - from the hand-drawn graphics, huge explosions, right down to the ability to eviscerate FBI Agents when you get up close to them. The graphics are by featured artist Dan Paladin. Your goal, is quite simply, to get to the end of the stage, and die as little as possible. Which is made difficult due to the fact that any bullet is an instant kill.
You control some sort of yellow alien with a gun. For whatever reason, he also has very Earth-like grenades with Earth-like explosions. He collides with some sort of satellite around Earth and crash-lands right in front of the FBI, who then runs off with his spacecraft and somehow forgets that bright yellow alien thing in clear sight. If you're looking for story, this isn't the game, as it just gives an excuse why you're doing these things.
This TAS improves the one provided by the winner team at Dream Team Contest 3 by 00:41.22 seconds.

This movie has a lua script that contains the Author's chatty commentary, and the encode of it can be seen on YouTube here.

Published on 7/27/2022
Dark Arena is a Doom-style first-person shooter for the Game Boy Advance. It was also the first FPS released for the system and boasted levels that were developed by members of the Doom modding community. Our hero, Angelina Bradshaw, is the sole survivor of a spec ops team that was sent to contain an off-world facility, which was overran with Genetically-Engineered Organisms. She must now escape the facility and the planet before it gets nuked by her superiors.
tapioca abuses numerous out-of-bounds glitches in this run to complete the game and get the best ending as fast as possible.

Published on 9/23/2018
Disney's Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 side-scrolling shoot 'em up platform video game based on the Disney animated film of the same name that was released on June 7, 2002 for the Game Boy Advance. It was developed by Digital Eclipse and published by Disney Interactive, with Ubisoft distributing the game in Europe and Australia.
The game takes place at an unknown point of time after the original film. An extraterrestrial bounty hunter kidnaps Lilo and brings her aboard the spaceship laboratory of a robotic, mosquito-like alien named Dr. Pestus, who plans to use her as food for his genetically-modified mosquito army. Stitch must go out into space to rescue Lilo and defeat Dr. Pestus.
In most levels, the player takes control of a four-armed, plasma blaster-wielding Stitch who must run and gun his way past enemies and various other obstacles to complete the level. In puzzle-platform-styled levels, the player takes control of Lilo as she sneaks around the spaceship to find a way to escape and contact Stitch. In tube shooter-styled segments, Stitch must fly a spaceship to reach the next level, shooting down other enemy ships and dodging obstacles along the way.

Published on 11/18/2009
Gunstar Super Heroes is the sequel to Gunstar Heroes for the Genesis. Compared to Gunstar Heroes, in this game, you can go much faster. You can also yell and shout more than should be possible in a game!

Warning!

Those who experience motion sickness easily might not want to watch the autoshooter segments too closely. You have been warned.

Published on 2/22/2013
Metal Slug Advance is an action shooter game from the popular series Metal Slug. In it, you are a recruit for Peregrine Falcon, training on an unnamed island with limited equipment. All seems to be going as planned, but when General Morden's troops invade the island, capture many of your allies, and attempt to build a base, you must rise to the task of fending off the approaching army.
There are some key differences between Metal Slug Advance and other games of the Metal Slug series. In this game, you have a health meter, so damage boosts can be used to save time. There are also collectable cards which provide bonuses or upgrade the power of certain attacks.
In this run, the author, mtvf1, utilizes Tyra Elson to finish the game in just less than twelve minutes, 00:33.25 seconds faster than the previous movie by x2poet.
See also the runs of Metal Slug, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, and Metal Slug 7. You can also see a 100% run of Advance that collects all the cards and completes all the stages.

Published on 7/23/2013
Metal Slug Advance is an action shooter game from the popular series Metal Slug. In it, you are a recruit for Peregrine Falcon, training on an unnamed island with limited equipment. All seems to be going as planned, but when General Morden's troops invade the island, captures many of your allies, and attempts to build a base, you must rise to the task of fending off the approaching army.
There are some key differences between Metal Slug Advance and other games of the Metal Slug series. In this game, you have a health meter, so damage boosts can be used to save time. Also, there are collectable cards which provide bonuses or upgrade power of certain attacks.
This run aims for 100% completion, which completes all stages and collects all the cards. This requires replaying many stages to accomplish different goals. There is also one death in the movie, because one card is obtained by dying. See the submission comments for more details.
You can also see runs of Metal Slug, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, and Metal Slug 7. You can also watch an any% run which does not collect all the cards.

Besides the main YouTube encode featured here, there is an alternate one with a HUD that displays gameplay statistics such as enemy HP, number of cards obtained, and the protagonist's X and Y position.

Published on 9/28/2020
Mo Jie Qibing (魔戒奇兵 "Lord of the Rings") is a bootleg action game developed by Taiwanese bootleg game developer Vast Fame and released in 2003. It is a top-down shooting game in the vein of Pocky & Rocky - in fact, it even uses the engine from Kiki KaiKai Advance (known as Pocky & Rocky with Becky in the US), which Vast Fame are rumored to have obtained legitimately from its developers. This game's US release was translated as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, but the movie scenes that appear before each stage are captured from The Fellowship of the Ring.
Players take control of their favorite The Lord of the Rings character analog (Alice, Glenda, Jerry, Shredder, or Roger), and shoot their way through 8 enemy-infested locales (such as a desert full of cacti) that bear little resemblance to any place in the source material that the game is ostensibly based on. Each world has 1 or 2 stages, and ends with a boss fight.
Watch as Noxxa blazes through the game on hard mode with record-setting alacrity, using the fire-flinging wizard Gandalf Glenda for his slow-moving secondary projectiles that shred bosses. Both the camera and luck are manipulated in this run to get to the final encounter with Sauron (?) as quickly as possible - see the author's notes for a detailed breakdown.

Published on 5/31/2022
Pocky & Rocky with Becky, known in Japan as Kiki Kaikai Advance (奇々怪界あどばんす), is a shoot em' up that involves two shrine maidens and a tanuki teaming up to fight off a powerful demon that threatens the world. The last installment in the Pocky & Rocky (Kiki Kaikai, 奇々怪界) series until Pocky & Rocky Reshrined (Kiki Kaikai: Kuro Manto no Nazo, 奇々怪界 黒マントの謎) in 2022, this game implements a new ranking system that affects how hard the bosses will be when you encounter them.
Darkman425 uses the American version as it allows him to take damage to save time. chooses Becky (Miki, 美紀) for her superior shot type, and manipulates the AI patterns and the ranking system in order to beat the game in record time.

Published on 8/2/2010
In Silent Scope, you're a sniper trying to take out a band of terrorists who have kidnapped not only the President, but his entire family as well. However, in this version the sniper apparently drank 25 cups of coffee and may possibly have ADD.
This version is 1 minute 47.3 seconds faster than the old version thanks to skipping the credits, killing multiple enemies with one shot in some circumstances, and lag avoidance.
Game:
Silent Scope

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
VBA-rr v22

Published on 8/28/2019
Turok: Evolution for the Game Boy Advance is a side scrolling 2D shooter video game released in 2002.
In this prequel to the previous Turok games, you are Tal'Set, the saviour of natives of the River Village in the Lost Lands, who must confront the evil Lord Tyrannus, leader of the reptilian hordes. Tyrannus is bent on a "Holy Mission" to purify the Lost Land through slaughter and misery.
During the fight with your nemesis Captain Tobias Bruckner in 1886 Texas, you were injured and sucked in to the Lost Lands. After recovering in the village, you discover that Tyrannus appoints a new general to his armies – Bruckner. So you begin the war in a land of lush jungles, suspended cities, mysterious temples, reptile armies, and towering dinosaurs.
This movie is 00:58.62 seconds faster than hejops's previous attempt, thanks to better optimization and routing.

Published on 8/20/2013
Alex "Action Man" Mann makes a stop over onto the Game Boy Color where once again he must stop the world from falling into the clutches of the evil Dr. X. The player takes control of Action Man as he travels through seven different levels ranging from jungles to the Arctic, battling a sizable army of robots with a variety of weapons and battle suits in search of Base X and stopping Dr. X from launching a terrifying new weapon that could very well bring an end to the world.
The game is a standard side-scrolling action platformer where the player advances through the levels by shooting at enemies and jumping over obstacles. Along the way, Action Man can find new items and suits which allow him to discover alternate routes, new levels, and even more items.
In this TAS, Noxxa runs and jumps through the game, carefully choosing items and paths and using a few tricks to finish the game as fast as possible.

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

Published on 9/8/2020
Men in Black: The Series is a GBC game based on the animated series, which was based on the movie, which was based on the original comics. In it, you play as rookie agent J as he goes up against an alien invasion to save Earth and rescue K.
TehBerral abuses a wall-jumping glitch to make short work of this very derivative game. Furthermore, Alyosha noticed and corrected a mistake that saved an additional 7 frames while working to console-verify the TAS this run obsoletes, yielding an improvement over the previous movie of 0.09 seconds.

You can watch the complete run being played back on a console.

Published on 2/4/2011
RoboCop for the GBC is a top-down shooter made by Mirage Interactive and Titus. The game itself consists of large maze levels and the slow movement pace of RoboCop. The difficulty in this game can be very obnoxious.
In this run, the author makes usage of a simple L+R glitch which doubles RoboCop's speed without affecting camera speed if three directions at once are pressed. In addition to this, it even allows him to warp to the next screen immediately when he catches up to the edge of the camera view while performing this glitch, and if there is an adjacent room to the direction where he's going. This allows him to get through most troublesome walls. The author provides detailed comments which help understanding what is going on.

Published on 7/7/2016
007: Agent Under Fire is a James Bond game. You know what that means: guns, rockets, cars, tanks, girls, and megalomaniacs.
In this run, alec kermit shows off impressive stunts, including dead-on firearm accuracy, apparent resistance to explosions and broad vehicular destruction. The author has also made a commentary video that explains many of the tricks used.
For more of the cinematic secret agent, see our other James Bond TASes.

Published on 12/8/2017
007: Nightfire is a James Bond game. Does anything more need to be said? Guns, cars, planes, submarines, spaceships, girls, and megalomaniacs.
Authors FitterSpace, gamerfreak5665 and aleckermit show off James Bond's impressive skill set, including cocaine-induced firearm handling and driving so reckless, not even a cute animal would give him car insurance.
This run improves upon the previous publication by more than six minutes of total run time, but with increased load time accuracy, new out of bound glitches, and better optimization, the real time saved compared to the previous run is nearly ten minutes.

Published on 5/4/2015
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 9/2/2009
VISUALSHOCK! SPEEDSHOCK! SOUNDSHOCK!
NOW IS TIME TO THE 68000 HEART ON FIRE!
Alien Soldier, released in 1995, is a spiritual successor to Gunstar Heroes (you can tell by the cameo appearances of certain bosses), and a real treat in terms of production values as described in the tagline quoted above. The game's rather nonsensical plot boils down to the protagonist, Epsilon-Eagle, having to fight his former terrorist comrades (as well as everything on his path). Thankfully, speedrunners don't care about plots either way.
What is more important is that Alien Soldier epitomizes Treasure's concept of an action game: a fast-paced, flashy, relentless boss rush. As such, it has 33 grotesque bosses, each of them promising a guaranteed game over for inexperienced players. However, using Epsilon-Eagle's vast arsenal of weapons and dodging abilities, the authors plow through the game's "SUPERHARD" difficulty without any regard to its name in this long-awaited movie, achieving a total in-game time of 8 minutes 13 seconds.

Published on 8/18/2014
Alien Storm is a 1990 beat 'em up arcade game by Sega. The aliens are invading Earth, and it's up to the "Alien Busters" to wipe them out and destroy their creator.
Watch as martandelus completely destroys all those dang aliens with the power of the Ghostbuster's proton backpack.

Published on 9/2/2015
Contra: Hard Corps (1994) was the first game in the series to be exclusively released on a non-Nintendo console. The game took a lot of elements from previous installments and spiced them up with even more dynamic combat, different playable characters, nonlinear plot and about twice the amount of boss fights.
In this movie the author takes the secret "fifth ending", thereby skipping most of the game. If you want to see runs which play more of the game, then you should see this run (with the quickest "normal" ending) or this run (with the "best" ending).
The Japanese version was chosen because, for some reason, it gives the players a health bar, allowing them to take some damage without dying.

While the time may look longer, it is a 00:00.25 second improvement over the previous movie. The previous movie used an inaccurate FPS (60) instead of the standard Genesis framerate (59.923).

Published on 12/10/2018
Contra: Hard Corps is the only game of the Contra series released on the Genesis / Mega Drive console. In this game, you get to choose between four characters, each with different abilities and weapons.
This game has four completely different final stages, each with a different ending, depending on the choices you make earlier. This run takes the second quickest path leading to one of these final stages. There are also runs which get the faster secret ending and the best ending.
The Japanese version was chosen because for some reason it gives the players a health bar, allowing them to take some damage without dying.
Fang is used due to a glitch that allows him to deliver fully charged D weapon shots without taking time to charge them.
This movie by Soig beats his old record by 00:06.88 seconds. To learn more about these improvements, you can read the author's comments.

Published on 12/26/2018
Contra: Hard Corps is the only game of the Contra series released on the Genesis / Mega Drive console. In this game, you get to choose between four characters, each with different abilities and weapons. The Japanese version was chosen because, for some reason, it gives the players a health bar, allowing them to take some damage without dying.
You can also get several different endings, based on which choices you make at several points. In this movie, the author takes the "best ending", which is the only ending that rewards the player with a "GOOD JOB!" screen at the end. There is also a run which obtains a worse ending but still shows off a number of the game's stages. There is also a run which gets the secret ending.
In this movie, Soig improves his previous effort by 00:12.77 seconds.

Published on 2/14/2017
Crack Down (クラックダウン) is a run and gun arcade game originally released by Sega in 1989, and ported to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1990.
The two heroes, Ben and Andy, have to get through the levels as quickly as possible placing bombs on X marks scattered around the levels. Although the levels are heavily defended, the player has an array of weaponry including a cannon, machine gun, and superbombs.
This game also features some neat music.
This run has Arcree controlling both players in order to beat the game as fast as possible. We also have a 1 player run available, also by Arcree, showing how fast the game can be beaten with only a single player.

Published on 3/10/2017
Crack Down (クラックダウン) is a run and gun arcade game originally released by Sega in 1989, and ported to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1990.
This is a 2D Run and Gun game where you need to plant bombs in designated locations then escape. It has a 1 and a 2 player mode. This game features some neat music as well.
This is an improvement over the previous "1 player" TAS of 02:05.09 minutes due to a glitch which allows to cross some very thin walls. This run also obsoletes the "2 player" one.

Published on 12/18/2012
Death Duel is a side-scrolling first person shooter where the player controls a mech versus a set of nine other mechs. There is a bonus stage after each battle where the player must qualify for the next battle. The player has to purchase repairs, weapons and ammunition with the credits that are earned for destroying the enemy body parts and completing the rounds quickly.
In this run, Trask takes out the enemies mostly through well placed missiles and the more expensive homing missiles. At one point a missile is used to punch through a wall to open up a path for more missiles.
Game:
Death Duel

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
Gens 11 svn304

Published on 3/24/2020
Doom Troopers: Mutant Chronicles is a video game released in 1995 by Adrenalin Entertainment for the Super NES and Sega Genesis gaming systems. It is a platform shooter.
The player assumes the role of one of two commandos, Mitch Hunter and Max Steiner, fighting an evil horde of invading zombies and mutants. The game features eight different levels and a cooperative multiplayer mode for two players.

Published on 10/11/2014
This version of Duke Nukem 3D was released exclusively in Brazil. The gameplay is fundamentally the same and has the player blasting invading aliens from Duke's point of view. It consists of nine levels based on the PC's Lunar Apocalypse episode and a range of enemies and weapons from the original game. The difficulty has been raised significantly, and the framerate is noticeably reduced. The port also makes heavy use of scanlines and a smaller window size to reduce the overall render load.
Dimon12321 follows the fastest path through each of the maps, and moves extra quickly by running and strafing at the same time.

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 6/2/2007
An overhead shooter with a one man versus an army theme. A lot of time was put into optimizing walking paths, vehicle use and M-bomb use.
This is a 26.5 second improvement over the previous movie. Details can be found in the author's comments.

Published on 7/7/2007
Midnight Resistance (1990) was a rather lackluster attempt at making a Contra-esque game, ported later to Sega Genesis. Still, it manages to preserve some of the genre's core values, and therefore is well suited for a TAS.
Selected quotes from the author:
Story: an evil enemy kidnaps the hero's family. The hero is pleased, as this gives him a reason to wear a tight sleeveless shirt and blow up stuff with big guns.

Published on 5/3/2011
A late-lifetime release for the Genesis/MegaDrive, Ranger-X features the eponymous character fighting back an invasion of his homeworld with a powered suit, jetpack, and more weaponry than most people could ever use in a lifetime.
This run originates from TASVideos' Dream Team Contest 2 back in 2009, and is an improvement of 01:48.68 over the best submission from then.

Published on 9/15/2019
Star Control is a science-fiction wargame which pits the forces of the Alliance of Free Stars against those of the predatory Ur-Quan Hierarchy. The games are designed so that you can ease into play, familiarizing yourself with menus, options and player controls. The Alliance and Hierarchy each possess different types of warships. Each vessel has its own maneuvering and firing characteristics, plus a unique special power that you can employ when circumstances dictate.
artbreeder plays through the Melee mode with the Alliance faction in record time.

Published on 10/3/2020
Star Control is a science-fiction wargame which pits the forces of the Alliance of Free Stars against those of the predatory Ur-Quan Hierarchy. The games are designed so that you can ease into play, familiarizing yourself with menus, options and player controls. The Alliance and Hierarchy each possess different types of warships. Each vessel has its own maneuvering and firing characteristics, plus a unique special power that you can employ when circumstances dictate.
artbreeder plays through the Melee mode with the Hierarchy faction in record time.

Published on 12/18/2007
Sub-Terrania is a very different game with a fresh (unforgiving) physics engine. As the pilot of a small ship, you explore areas to collect items and rescue miners, fighting against momentum and gravity.
This movie has an Atlas Map encode of Mission 6, which shows the standard encode overlaid on a zoomed out map.

Published on 7/21/2019
An action-packed wild-west shooting game converted from the arcades. It doesn't have all the levels and characters of the original compared to the SNES version, but makes for an interesting movie nonetheless.
In this run enemies blindly spray bullets at the main characters, naturally missing every shot as bad guys generally do. (Heroes, no matter where or when, can be assumed to have plasma shields.)
This version by Juarez is 6.06 seconds faster than the previous movie.

Published on 12/19/2011
Some people have interesting fantasies, but Super Fantasy Zone isn't one of them. Here you get to see a flying egg with legs demolish some weird looking bosses in a matter of seconds.
Enjoy this short, fun looking run!
This improves the previous publication by 00:12.88 seconds due to better optimization.
Game:
Super Fantasy Zone

Genres:
Shooter
Emulator Replay:
GENS


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