Tool-assisted movies (100)

Published on 8/21/2012
Dragon Unit (also known as Castle of Dragon) is an obscure arcade game about a castle with a dragon in it. Perhaps it's not the most original sounding game; but it does have nudity, gratuitous violence, and Engrish to make up for it. The action is very fast paced, and with the help of TAS skills, the dragon master is dispatched quicker than a hard boiled egg.
We also have a movie of the NES version and a 2 player run.

Published on 1/25/2012
Ghosts 'n Goblins (1986) (known in Japanese as 魔界村 Makaimura, "Demon World Village") begins with a normal scene: a half-naked knight is on a date in a graveyard with a princess. Suddenly, a demon appears and abducts the princess! The knight quickly suits up and makes rapid progres (sic) through the demon world in an attempt to rescue his royal girlfriend.
This run of the original arcade game completes the first cycle in 6 minutes and 27.17 seconds. We also have a run of the NES port, but the game engines are so different that a comparison between the two times doesn't make any sense. Reaching the end credits requires a second run-through of the game which would be identical to the first run-through; this is omitted in this run.

Published on 6/3/2012
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter is the 4th Capcom fighting game to incorporate characters licensed from the Marvel Comics universe. It is in many ways a direct sequel to X-Men vs. Street Fighter, featuring many of the same characters and the same tag-team gameplay. It was well-received and paved the way for the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
In this playaround, the author shows many different characters, sometimes controlling both 1P and 2P, sometimes against the CPU. Infinite combos, glitches, and strange situations appear non-stop. A number of the glitches and techniques are detailed in the author's comments.

Published on 9/3/2012
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is a 1998 Arcade fighting game developed by Capcom. It continues the lineage of Capcom fighting games featuring characters from Marvel comics, and is the game that paved the way for the hugely successful Marvel vs. Capcom 2.
Each team has two characters (which can be simultaneously controlled at certain times), plus a third summon assist character. This leads to quite a few things happening on the screen at once. There are quite a few glitches showcased; see the author's comments for a complete listing.

Published on 10/25/2012
Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters is the direct sequel to Mega Man: The Power Battle. Like its predecessor, this arcade-only game does away with the levels of the classic Mega Man games and instead pits you against Robot Master after Robot Master. The game features four characters and three game modes to choose from, with different Robot Masters to fight in each mode.
For this run, Marx runs the "Search for Wily!" mode with 2 players at once, using both Mega Man and Proto Man to defeat each robot faster than just 1 player could. Though the battles are speedy, the brief waiting periods after each match allow some time for entertainment.

Published on 3/22/2012
Dramatic battle is a special mode in the Street Fighter Alpha games that allows both players to fight on the same side. As in the previous movie, error1 again uses this mode to show a variety of entertaining combos with Rose and Dhalsim.
Note: See this post for an explanation about why this movie obsoletes the Street Fighter Zero 2 Alpha one.

Published on 2/29/2012
In this first publication from the King of Fighters series, x2poet uses the game's female characters to swiftly humiliate their opponents, showing off multiple combos and AI manipulation along the way.

Published on 11/2/2012
Avoid the Noid is a platform computer game for the Commodore 64 and MS-DOS, written in 1989 to promote Domino's Pizza. It was modeled after the company's ad campaign during the late 1980s. The ads featured a "noid" that destroyed pizzas and must be avoided.
The protagonist must traverse a 30-story building and deliver the pizza within 30 minutes. Colorful rabbits armed with booby traps, phone bombs, rocket launchers and bomber planes that drop water balloons seek to prevent the delivery.
Partners in crime turska & Ilari deliver the pizza in a record-breaking 03:33.52, or 7:42.00 according to the ingame clock. For details on how they did it, read the authors' commentary.

Published on 11/10/2012
Castle Adventure is a game made in 1984 about a cloverleaf person trapped in a deserted castle with monsters roaming around. You have to find a way to escape the castle by searching for clues.
You move around with the arrow keys. If you manage to find a weapon, you can attack enemies by simply moving into them. Similarly, you can pick up objects on the ground by moving into them. You can also type in commands such as "LOOK DESK", "TAKE KEY", "READ BOOK", and "DROP FLASK". There are treasures to be found and monsters to be slain in order to increase your score.
In this TAS, Ilari & Truncated clear the game in a blindingly fast 19.45 seconds utilizing subframe optimization and rapid keyboard-twisting input. For details, read the authors' comments.
The run is so fast that the emulator can't draw all of the game's video output, so the downloadable encodes are made with a hacked version of the emulator that draws all of them. There is also a secondary YouTube encode that slows the gameplay footage down to 14% speed.

Published on 5/11/2012
Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars started the iconic game series. In this episode, aliens from the planet Vorticon VI find out about the eight year-old genius and plan his destruction. While Keen is out exploring the mountains of Mars, the Vorticons steal vital parts of his ship and take them to distant Martian cities! Keen must wrest the parts back from their wicked, clawed hands.
In this run, the author takes back what is Keen's without firing shots at any organic lifeform. Reading the author's comments is recommended.

Published on 5/3/2012
Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes (1990) is the second game in the Commander Keen saga. In it, the Vorticon mothership intends to destroy Earth, and only eight-year old Billy Blaze, as Commander Keen, can save us.
Here the author beats back the Vorticon invasion in slightly under 5 minutes, leaving one to wonder why we here on Earth bother with military defense at all. It's not quite that easy though; reading the author's comments is recommended to understand the planning and manipulation required for Keen to waltz by Vorticon after Vorticon.
If you enjoy this movie, check out these other Commander Keen TASes, all by the same author.

Published on 2/24/2012
Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle (1991) is a part of the popular Commander Keen saga, developed by id Software, and is the first episode of Commander Keen in Goodbye Galaxy.
Several months after the freeing the Vorticons from Mortimer McMire, Commander Keen (Billy Blaze) finds out that an unknown race called the Shikadi are planning to destroy the Milky Way. He sets course towards Gnosticus IV on a quest to discover their location with the Oracle's aid. Upon arrival, he discovers that the Shikadi have captured the Council Members. In order to save the universe, Keen must fly to the Shadowlands and rescue them.
Using a series of tricks listed in the submission text, Keen reaches the ending in a mere 10 minutes.
Be sure to also watch the exciting conclusion to Goodbye Galaxy.

Published on 3/3/2012
Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine (1991) is a part of the popular Commander Keen saga, developed by id Software. It is a direct continuation of the previous episode of Goodbye Galaxy, in which Commander Keen (Billy Blaze) has learned from the Oracle of Gnosticus IV that the evil Shikadi plan to blow up the galaxy with their doomsday device, the Omegamatic (It slices! It dices! It causes a 100,000 light year-diameter quantum explosion!). Naturally, he sets out to sabotage the machine and stop the Shikadi.
Using a series of glitches, Keen completes only four stages to get to the end game, only one of which takes any significant length of time, and destroys the Quantum Explosion Dynamo, the core of the Omegamatic in the impossibly short time of 2:02. In the process, he manages to inadvertently prevent the Shikadi from accomplishing their escape (though you have to watch the ending very closely to figure out that this has happened here).

Published on 4/3/2012
Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter is the final chapter in the Commander Keen saga. Eight-year old Billy Blaze, as Commander Keen, must save his babysitter from being eaten by Bloogs.
Commander Keen 6 is also the third Keen game to get absolutely destroyed at TASVideos. Watch as Keen goes over, around, or through everything in his way to beat the entire game in a bit over three minutes. Reading the author's comments is recommended, and probably mandatory if you want to know what happened.

Published on 11/11/2012
Mario & Luigi for MS-DOS is an independent game created by aspiring coder Mike Wiering in 1994. Although it's limited in some ways, the game is reasonably solid and shows decent smooth-scrolling graphics for a 25MHz 486.
Here, veteran DOS TASer Ilari uses tricks requiring exacting precision to squeeze every last millisecond out of this 6 level game.

Published on 7/28/2012
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (2005), the first installment of Castlevania on Nintendo DS, is a direct sequel to GBA hit Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.
Like its predecessor, after finishing the game, you can choose to ignore pretty-boy Soma Cruz and instead play as Julius Belmont. Unfortunately, it seems that Julius's skills have waned a bit since his last appearance. Yoko Belnades and Alucard easily pick up the slack, though.
This run avoids the use of large-skip glitches that can be seen in our other run of Julius in Dawn of Sorrow, showing off more of the game.

Published on 12/12/2012
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (2005), the first installment of Castlevania on the Nintendo DS, is a direct sequel to GBA hit Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. In it, Soma Cruz continues to cultivate his unhealthy obsession with collecting the souls of his enemies.
Using the powers that only tool assistance can provide, every single possible soul is collected in a bit over 35 minutes. If you've ever played the game, you know what a pain those souls can be.
Very detailed information on the run is available in the author's comments.
There are also runs that complete the game as fast as possible with Soma, with Julius, and with Julius while staying in bounds.

Published on 9/1/2012
Mega Man ZX Advent is the second game in the Mega Man ZX series. What's so different between the classic series and ZX Advent? First, you get to choose between a male (Grey) and a female (Ashe) character. Then, instead of stealing weapons from the bosses, the player steals the boss itself! Instead of switching between weapons, the player switches between forms using the Biometal Model A. Finally, the player has less freedom to pick the stages of his choice.
In this run, hellagels and red-crowned-crane collect all secret disks, life ups, BM upgrades and sub tanks, achieving a 100% completion rate.

Published on 5/11/2012
Sonic Colors (2010) is a fast-paced platform game for the Nintendo DS featuring Sega's mascot Sonic the Hedgehog. It makes good use of the dual screens, having Sonic freely zipping from screen to screen, and also features unique "wisp" powerups, which turn Sonic into various other fast-moving objects.
Here, VanillaCoke makes very good use of the superhuman speed and reactions of tool assistance to navigate Colors much faster than a human ever could. Sonic's motion is very carefully tracked at all times to ensure the fastest possible completion. You can read the author's comments for more information.

Published on 12/13/2012
This is a TAS of the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, a.k.a. 'The Lost Levels', using Mario's brother Luigi. He jumps higher than Mario, but acts slower in many ways. However, the movie is in no way worse than the Mario version - some new creative solutions have been found.
This is an 110 frame improvement over the previous movie by Phil.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 12/30/2012
Buster Brothers, also known as Pang, is a well-known series of puzzle games. This is the first release of the series, ported to the Game Boy. The Author decided to pick the GB version for TASing because the levels are simpler, which makes the run shorter and easier to optimize.
The plot is rather simple. Some "bubbles" are attacking the Earth and you must travel across the world busting them. The game has 50 stages divided into 17 locations: Mt. Fuji, Mt. Keirin, Emerald Temple, Australia, Taj Mahal, Leningrad, Paris, London, Barcelona, Athens, Egypt, Kenya, New York, Maya, Antartica and Easter Island. It offers the option to start from Leningrad and thus skip 18 levels. However, p4wn3r ignored this and went through all the levels to show the entire game.
Buster Bros.

Emulator Replay:
VBA-rr v23 svn217

Published on 9/27/2012
Final Fantasy Adventure is the first game in the Seiken Densetsu (聖剣伝説) series, a series best known for the Super Nintendo game Secret of Mana. It plays similarly to The Legend of Zelda, with some Final Fantasy elements added.
This run by Atomnium forgoes warps so as to show off more of the game. It also improves upon the previous run by 00:13.47 seconds thanks to improved manipulation and strategies.

Published on 12/30/2012
In this low quality port of a very popular arcade game, Thevlackdemonn2294 speeds through the game as fast as possible. No second round is ever fought, as it it glitched past, except for Shao Kahn, the final boss.

Published on 8/19/2012
Aside from Tetris, Super Mario Land is probably the most well-known cartridge for the original Game Boy. It features a marked departure from traditional Mario enemies and themes, including Sphinxes, seahorses, fists emerging from pipes, Egyptian-themed levels, Chinese-themed levels and UFO-themed levels.
This publication improves on the previous one by 00:04.33 seconds from a new trick that allows Mario to warp around the screen on auto-scrolling levels as well as a new strategy used to end the mandatory bonus game after each world quicker.
If you enjoyed this movie, be sure to see hard mode.

A resync of the TAS has been console verified

Published on 4/29/2012
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a classic Game Boy Zelda adventure. Link must travel across the dream world of Koholint Island, collecting the 8 Instruments to wake the Wind Fish and go home after a terrible shipwreck.
bobmario511 (the author), however, realized that "Hey, I'm in a dream. That means I can do anything I want!" With that in mind, he embarks on a journey as the legendary hero THIEF to live out his wildest fantasies. Unfortunately, he would soon find out that this dream would end up being the worst nightmare of his life, traveling through a chaotic world devoid of any logic, meaning, or consistent appearance. Summoning the power of all of the allies he can get, our hero, BowWow, Marin, a ghost, and a flying rooster travel together to make sense of the nonsensical hell of Link's own imagination, collecting what he believes to be the 8 Instruments and Secret Seashells on their way.
To see a run of the "normal" completion of this game, see this movie by the same author.

Published on 7/14/2012
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a classic Game Boy Zelda adventure. Link must travel across the dream world of Koholint Island, collecting the 8 Instruments to wake the Wind Fish and go home after a terrible shipwreck.
bobmario511 (the author), however, decided collecting instruments for a one-man band was a waste of time, so he skipped all of that and went straight to the Wind Fish (with a pesky boss battle in the middle).
This is a 00:00.57 second improvement over the previous run. See the author's notes for more details.
If you liked this, be sure to also check out the Game Boy Color version (DX), which completes all the dungeons.

Published on 9/4/2012
Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makai no Tobira is the third installment of the Yuu Yuu Hakusho series for the Game Boy. This game is unique because, unlike the other games, this isn't a fighter. This is a side-scrolling action RPG.
jlun2, with some tricks explained in his submission text, beats the game in less than 17 minutes.

Published on 12/2/2012
In another delightfully colorful Kirby game, Kirby is out taking a walk when a dark copy of Meta Knight appears, slices him into four different Kirbys (each having only a limited ability to inhale), breaks the mirror leading to the Mirror World, and scatters the eight pieces far and wide. To save the real Meta Knight and free Dream Land from great evil, the four Kirbys set out to traverse the maze and collect the pieces.
In this run, mugg utilizes a variety of different enemy abilities to help speed things along and improves his previous run by 02:45.15 minutes.

Published on 11/27/2012
Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge is an offshoot of the Mega Man Battle Network series of Mega Man games. While not the most popular game in the series, it offers many opportunities for TASing, with lots of luck manipulation and route planning.
This run by mtvf1 plays through the game speedily and gets the best ending. See the author's comments for a detailed analysis of some of the strategies and routes used.

Published on 4/3/2012
Metroid: Zero Mission is a retelling of Metroid with new plot twists and updated gameplay.
This run aims to complete the game as quickly as possible while collecting as few items as possible. This changes the gameplay, requiring more careful ammo management and new solutions to complete certain areas without powerups. Reading the author's comments is recommended.
The in-game clear time is 0:23:48. The item collection rate is 9%.

Published on 5/5/2012
In this run of Sonic Advance, the author doesn't take advantage of the game-destroying spindash glitch featured in the normal run. It goes somewhat slower because of this, but new inventive solutions are used to get through each act, and the result is still much faster than any oversized ferret ought to be moving.

There are two encodes for this movie: The first is a standard encode and the second is a camhacked encode that keeps Sonic in the center of the screen more often.

Published on 7/14/2012
Tekken Advance appears to be a good handheld port of the original arcade and PSX series, maintaining the Tekken spirit and physics despite the omission of some moves and characters.
AKheon plays around with another fighting game and, as always, succeeds in creating something impressive. This movie plays the game's unique Tag Battle mode, which allows the player to use 3 characters for each fight and switch between them at any time.
For more of Tekken Advance, see the run of the main mode.

Published on 11/16/2012
It would be pointless to describe The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past here, because this run has little to do with the game itself. Using glitches exclusive to the GBA version, Link rips a hole in the space-time-continuum, enters the Palace of the Four Sword, and finishes the game in just over 5 minutes.
This run improves the previous publication by 00:21.17 seconds, primarily through a new trick that ends input early, using buggy boomerangs to finish off the Dark Links.

Published on 2/22/2012
This is a game unusually suited for a run for a game based on a movie based on a (famous) TV series. While the game follows the movie's plot quite closely, the author manages to make it look almost incomprehensible thanks to sheer speed in glitching through the stages.
This is an improvement of 01:26.53 minute over the previous published run by the same author.

Published on 10/24/2012
The Wild is the movie tie-in game for the Disney animated film of the same name. While the movie was not well received, the game fares better, with lions and squirrels milling around the most unlikely of places at high speed. Look out for flying squirrels and wall-zipping lions!

Published on 12/19/2012
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow is the second game in the Splinter Cell series. Unlike its predecessor, you have to pay some heed to the stealth system. This leads to more creative solutions to many levels. The author's comments contain many details about the gameplay and routes chosen.

Published on 5/8/2012
Enix decided to hop on the monster collection/battling bandwagon with Dragon Warrior Monsters, in which the main character, Terry, makes friends with various monsters from previous Dragon Warrior games so he can win the Starry Night Tournament and rescue his sister.
This movie is 07:46.48 faster than the previous version. Some time is saved by using the (JPN) version over the (USA) version, but much more time is gained through heavy bot-assisted luck manipulation. Reading the author's comments is recommended.

Published on 11/11/2012
Dragon Warrior Monsters 2, originally titled Dragon Quest Monsters 2 (ドラゴンクエストモンスターズ) is the second game in the Dragon Quest series spin-off, Dragon Quest Monsters. Like its predecessor, it revolves around taming and training monsters from the Dragon Quest universe to do your fighting for you.
What is normally a long RPG has been significantly shortened from the use of glitches to skip content; a full listing is available in the author's comments.

Published on 2/1/2012
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons is a Game Boy Color game that carries over much of the graphics from Link's Awakening. Surprisingly, much of the game engine is completely different and developed by Capcom. In it, the Oracle of Seasons, Din, is kidnapped by Onox, General of Darkness. Link must travel throughout both Holdrum and Subrosia to collect the 8 Essences of Nature, power up the Rod of Seasons, and defeat Onox.
This game has been attempted by various authors over the past 5 years. Finally, SwordlessLink, along with Tompa, who joined the project after dungeon 4, beat this legendary game in 1:25:57.22 primarily through the use of pitwalking, Pegasus Seeds, and enemy manipulation. Please see the authors' notes for more details.

You can watch the complete run played back on console.

Published on 6/13/2012
Based on the 1995 action movie, Batman Forever is a critically panned sidescrolling beat 'em up. 2 players can take control of Batman and his circus acrobat sidekick Robin to battle Two-Face and The Riddler and other standard lackeys. It combines the Mortal Kombat engine with a generic sidescroller.
Keirden uses both of the superheroes and rolls through the game in a speedy 15 minutes.

Published on 10/6/2012
Long after Chuck Rock rescues his significant other, they are married and have a son. In this game, Chuck is kidnapped, and it's up to his son to rescue him!
With the help of new tricks and more precise actions, Truncated has shaved 00:32.25 seconds off of the previous movie. See the author's comments for an explanation of the new tricks as well as detailed comments on the improvements made in each level.

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.
Death Duel

Emulator Replay:
Gens 11 svn304

Published on 11/19/2012
Gain Ground is a game about three warriors sent out to take down a rogue supercomputer by entering its Gain Ground battle simulator and defeating all the enemies the supercomputer can throw at them. They can also rescue hostages that are recruited in their battle against the supercomputer. Originally an arcade game, this Genesis port has 10 extra levels in it.
In this TAS, both player characters are controlled and shots are precisely placed to defeat every enemy in every level at blinding speed. Many precise tricks are used; details and stage-by-stage rundowns are available in the author's comments.

Published on 7/4/2012
High Seas Havoc is essentially a Sonic game without the spin dash, wallzipping or any hedgehogs. Seals really are not as fast on land. But this one knows what he wants, for he is a pirate: Treasure!
In this movie, philipptr runs against all the hardships, enemies heads and bosses lives, all to get the treasure map and his beloved Bridget back.

Published on 6/23/2012
In this cookie-cutter platformer based on the movie of the same name, watch as Kevin runs through levels sometimes doing unorthodox things like standing on toilet water to dodge the Wet Bandits and make it to his mom as fast as possible.

Published on 12/12/2012
Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World is an RPG with some amazingly grand scope. Levels up to 255, hp to 65535, +63 weapons, battles with 255 opponents, time travel, and characters dying of old age.
This run takes care of money problems by finding a nameless, glitched party member and taking all his stuff. Teleportation is used in some places it normally can't be by resting to reset the forbidden flag. Walking backwards is employed when it reduces screen draw time. Temple blessings are used rather than a cleric, and items are used instead of a sorcerer.

Published on 12/20/2012
Outrun is a racing game where the player is presented with forks in the road. The left fork leads to an easier stage and the right fork leads to something more challenging. The camera travels along with the car rather than just presenting a birds eye view. Its designer, Yu Suzuki, describes it as a driving game rather than a racing game.
In this run weatherton uses a couple of tricks to speed things up. By quickly switching between high and low gear driving-off road is possible without slowing down. While using this trick the car stays a fixed distance from the road, making impossibly tight turns possible. The position, type and number of cars and the position of obstacles can be manipulated by horizontal position and the frame they load on. Proper timing of the accelerator allows for a turbo start. And revving a few frames before that adds a little bit more.

Published on 12/19/2012
Starflight puts the player into the captains seat and sets them free on a galaxy of 270 stars and 800 planets. This is an early example of a sand box game which leaves the player free to explore for minerals, locate habitable planets, upgrade the ship and crew, and interact with aliens. The eventual goal becomes stopping unusual solar flares in the region.
In this run the clairvoyant space pilot already knows the cause of the flares and gets straight to business. He buys a better engine and pumps a ton of fuel into his ship called "A". The initial resources are barely enough to reach the key destinations. The pilot hero and his multi-talented single crew member sidekick also called "A" work together to obtain the Black Egg and the Crystal Orb as quickly as possible. All is done with a minimalistic route. All pieces seem to fit together seamlessly. The ship called "A" reaches the Crystal Planet with only a drop of fuel left, so it is a bit strange that the heroes manage to escape the effects of the Star Wars-esque planet-scale explosion. Most of all, this is a lesson in ecological driving as the fuel would have ran out, if the final destination had been even a few pixels further.

Emulator Replay:
Gens 11 svn304

Published on 12/30/2012
Street Smart is a 1989 beat 'em up arcade game developed and published by SNK, later ported to the Genesis in 1991. It is notable by North Americans for being one of the earliest arcade games to show the anti-drug slogan, "Winners Don't Use Drugs".

Published on 7/27/2012
Streets of Rage 2 is an excellent Beat-'Em-Up game with an extraordinary soundtrack composed by Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima. This run is played with Max and Skate on Mania difficulty.
The author, Sonikkustar, has discovered some new glitches and used 2 players to improve 04:56.97 over the previous run.

Published on 8/5/2012
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is a classic fighting game that's been seen before at TASVideos. But, with each port comes a different set of bugs, and we wouldn't want to leave them out.
Here the authors break everything in sight, using both duel and cpu fights to show off as many glitches as possible. Try not to rip your heart out while watching this.

Published on 3/31/2012
Vectorman 2 is a somewhat darker sequel to the original game involving Vectorman, an "orbot" (robot made of orbs). In this game, Vectorman's sludge barge suddenly gets blasted by a missile. He escapes and ends up in a place infested by mutant insects led by the horrendous Black Widow Queen, whose plan is to take over the Earth and kill all humans, as expected.
This is an improvement of nearly 26 seconds over mmbossman's previous movie. Time savings come from better optimization, lag reduction, and a new trick that effectively allows triple jumping. The author's comments explain the improvements in greater detail.

Published on 12/28/2012
Wardner is a classical save-the-princess-platform released on arcade in 1987 and converted to Genesis in 1991. In NA arcade version of Wardner was known as Pyros.

Published on 12/17/2012
World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck is a platformer where a player controls either Mickey or Donald, or two players can use them together co-operatively. In the game Mickey and Donald are magicians who can turn enemies into harmless objects with the flourish of their capes. Defeating bosses unlocks new spells, like a flying carpet and underwater breathing.
In this run Mitjitsu uses both characters at once. A number of jumping glitches are possible. Frame perfect jumps off springs can get to triple normal height. At the end of the cape flourish animation the game briefly assumes the player is on the ground. This can't be used to jump, but the other character can jump off their head.

The author of this TAS has been known to make statements and/or take actions that do not reflect the values of TASVideos as a community.
TASVideos does not in any way condone the statements and/or actions made by this author.
This video is presented not to support or glorify this author, but to archive and showcase this tool-assisted superplay.

Published on 12/9/2012
Antarctic Adventure was released by Konami in 1983 for the MSX and was later ported to other platforms. You play as Penta, a penguin racing around Antarctica to different research stations while avoiding sea lions, breaks in the ice, and a time limit. The game was popular enough that it spawned a sequel, Penguin Adventure, and Penta became Konami's mascot for a time.
This run by Vampier makes one full round around Antarctica and finishes in just under 14 minutes.
Antarctic Adventure

Emulator Replay:
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Published on 11/20/2012
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro is the MSX2 video game adaptation of the anime movie of the same name. What was once a complex plot involving counterfeit money distributed by a tiny country, the game reduces it to just saving a princess in a castle.
The hero here seems to have a sword sharp enough to apparently cut through solid wall to hit targets on the other side plus ability to fall through floors...

Published on 12/9/2012
Penguin Adventure is a game about a penguin going on a journey to retrieve a special fruit to save the penguin princess.
Unfortunately, saving the princess takes more than just successful recovery of the fruit and raw speed, so this run gets the bad ending.

Published on 7/7/2012
The protagonist of this game is a blue chameleon named Davy who, upon following a rabbit (closely resembling the one from a Lewis Carroll book) into a magical hole in the ground, finds he has taken on a humanoid form.
Chameleon Twist has a total of 6 levels, of which only 4 need to be played through in order to reach the end.
This run is 00:11.33 seconds faster than the previous run thanks to a timesaver in the second candle room and a better fight against the last boss.

Published on 3/15/2012
Chameleon Twist 2 (カメレオンツイスト2) takes place after the events in Chameleon Twist. Davy and his friends (Jack, Fred and Linda) are playing in the forest, still carrying the backpack from his last adventure, when suddenly the rabbit from before falls down and knocks one of the chameleons into the sky.
Contrary to the Chameleon Twist run, all 6 levels need to be played through in order to reach the end; Sky Land, Carnival Land, Ice Land, Great Edo Land, Toy Land and Pyramid Land.

Published on 2/14/2012
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is a 2.5 dimensional side-scrolling adventure game featuring Kirby, our little pink hero. This time around, it's up to Kirby to collect the seventy-four crystal shards and save the fairies' home, Ripple Star.
In this run, Nahoc collects all shards while showing off some of the abilities this game has to offer. Please read the submission text for more information.
Note: There are encodes of higher resolution in the discussion thread.

Published on 6/1/2012
Scooby-Doo! Classic Creep Capers is an adventure game released by THQ in 2000. The game follows Shaggy and Scooby through four different mysteries, and on their way, they are assisted by other Mystery Inc. members.
The game was critically panned due to the poor controls and camera angles, but Swordless Link still manages to make the game look fast and fluid. Read the submission text for more information on the tricks used.

Published on 6/22/2012

Published on 12/13/2012
In a shocking twist of events, Bowser kidnaps Peach inside her own castle. Mario shows up and rains on Bowser's parade by collecting all 120 stars and winning in record time.
Numerous bugs are exploited in order to speed up Mario's progress and the physics engine is abused to its fullest.
This is an improvement of 09:04.17 over the previous movie by Rikku.
If you prefer to see the game beaten in the fastest time, then watch the "0 Stars" run.
If you're looking for a TAS on the Nintendo DS remake, you can watch it here.
Note: There are encodes of higher resolution in the discussion thread.

Published on 5/8/2012
Wildwaters (also known as "Extreme Kayak" and "X-Stream") is a cancelled racing game that was in development by Looking Glass Studios for the Nintendo 64 in 1998-1999. The project was announced at E3 1999 by the company's publisher, Ubisoft, while the studio was working on Destruction Derby 64 (released in the same year), but sadly it was discontinued the following year. The game features an engine with real waterflow physics on the river, an impressive feat on the N64.
In this run, Swordless Link completes the first level (the only playable one in the prototype) using the fastest character, abusing rocks, walls, and everything in his path! There is no proper finish line because one wasn't programmed into the prototype.

Published on 3/9/2012
Yoshi's Story (1997), a loose follow-up to Yoshi's Island, tracks the adventures of the Yoshi clan as they attempt to reclaim the Super Happy Tree after it is stolen by Baby Bowser. This apparently involves eating copious amounts of fruit in an effort to find happiness for themselves.
Here, the Yoshis stuff their faces so quickly that one wonders if this is an adventure or an all-you-can-eat banquet.
This is an improvement of 00:20.53 seconds over the previous movie by Comicalflop thanks to several small improvements.

Published on 4/22/2012
Everyone knows Freddy Krueger, who turns the peaceful dreams of people living on Elm Street into lethal nightmares. In this game, the teenager(s) must stay awake and combat Freddy's various forms while collecting his scattered bones so that they can be incinerated.
This movie is 01:05.87 faster than the previous version by Randil. This is accomplished by using 2 players, which allows for faster bone collection without losing time thanks to the excessive lag created by using 4 players (Displayed in the 4 Player run). For more details, please see the author's notes.

Published on 6/29/2012
A Week of Garfield is a 1989 Famicom exclusive based on the comic strip character Garfield. In the game you play through levels which take place on each day of the week on your search to find Odie.
This game is surprisingly hard. Playing the game without dying (which results in a game over since you only have one life), let alone not losing any health, is extremely challenging. At times the screen is nearly filled with enemies and requires frame specific movement to avoid taking damage.
But don't worry, goofydylan8 manages to make this game look like a piece of cake and beat the console world record by 4 minutes.

You can watch this run being played back on a console.

Published on 12/8/2012
Abadox is a futuristic sidescrolling shooter developed by Natsume. A gigantic alien organism known as Parasitis has eaten the planet Abadox and everyone on it, including the planet's princess. With time running out, the galactic military sends their best fighter inside the alien to save her before she is digested.
In this run, NecroVMX provides plenty of entertainment during the autoscrolling sections while taking out the level-end bosses surprisingly quickly.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 11/22/2012
Air Fortress is a combination game: one half side scrolling shooter, and one half platformer. Since the shooter is an auto-scroller, the author elects to kill all enemies and collect all powerups in those stages, which is not that easy. In the platform stages, pure speed is the goal. More details are available in the author's comments.

Published on 11/25/2012
American Gladiators is a game based on the popular TV game show of the same name. Players get to test their speed, skill and strength against a trained team of ten "Gladiators", five male and five female.
In this run, X2poet plays through all seven events, using tool-assisted precision and some glitches to finish the game in just under 17 and a half minutes.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 11/25/2012
Back to the Future Part II & III is a side-scrolling platform/puzzle game produced by Beam Software and distributed by LJN, based on the second and third movies of the Back to the Future trilogy.
This run by GlitchMan completes this long game in the fastest time possible.

Published on 1/18/2012
Bram Stoker's Dracula is a platformer based on the famous 1897 book of the same name. Count Dracula has cast his hypnotic spell on the lovely Mina Murray. To save her from eternity as a vampiress, you take control of Jonathan Harker as you ram through hordes of enemies, bombard bosses with stones, with ghosts?
This run by Randil is an improvement of 59 seconds over Shiru's rejected submission by taking more damage and using better strategies for the boss fights. See the author's notes for more details.

Published on 6/23/2012
Created by an Asian pirate developer, Koko Adventure was released in Korea in 1993. The game was planned to be released unlicensed in America as Buzz and Waldog, but was cancelled before it could hit store shelves.
The game's pirate origins are obviously visible - many of the graphics are ripped from popular games like Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog, and the sound effects are borrowed from Tiny Toon Adventures.
This is the author's second submission of this game, and improves on the previous one by skipping intermission screens faster.

Published on 12/5/2012
California Games is an NES 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, Luke demonstrates superhuman play in each of the sports. For more information, see the author's comments.
California Games

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.2.0

Published on 3/4/2012
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (originally known as 悪魔城伝説 or Akumajō Densetsu, meaning "Legend of the Demon Castle") is the story of Trevor Belmont's battle against Dracula from the times before Simon's battle in Castlevania. In this complex and difficult game, there are three playable allies whom Trevor can recruit: Alucard (Dracula's son), Grant DaNasty (a pirate captain), and Sypha Belnades (a mystic warlord).
This game has a technically high-quality soundtrack because it uses a VRC6 sound chip that works in the Japanese Famicom but not in the NES. Thus, the movie was made with the Japanese version of the game instead of the USA version.
This movie takes the path that recruits Grant. It is about 22 seconds faster than the previous version. Improvements come from more optimization, better heart management, and new tricks like manipulating moving platforms and entering walls. There is also a Sypha path movie and an Alucard path movie.

Published on 5/20/2012
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 is quite an improvement over the original Chip 'n Dale in terms of graphics and a whole lot of other things. Thankfully, the original game's solid controls haven't been changed. The plot of this game is that Fat Cat has stolen the Pharaoh's Urn and wants to use its power (for evil purposes, of course).
This run only uses Chip. It's an improvement of 01:19.40 over the previous "1 player" publication, through careful optimization, some new tricks and manipulating the bosses.
See this run replayed on an actual Famicom console.
For a 2-player run of the same game, see here.

Published on 7/1/2012
Clash at Demonhead is a complex game to say the least. There are over 40 levels in the game, and they are all connected to each other. In the network of levels, the player must control Billy "Big Bang" Blitz to find 6 medallions and then rescue the kidnapped professor. This is no simple task. To make things even harder for a (tool-assisted) speedrunner, there are items available that greatly increase the player's speed, but in return cost money. This means that the route and strategy must be carefully planned.
This movie certainly does not lack speed or complexity, and is especially entertaining if you have played the game and know how hard it is. In this run, Randil improves the previous movie by over 4 minutes primarily thanks to a new trick that allows you to use the Power Boots for twice as long. As a result, he doesn't need to shop as much, allowing him to forgo the detour to Route 22 in order to exchange his gold for money.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.1.4a

Published on 11/21/2012
Clu Clu Land is an odd Nintendo puzzle game in the same vein as the old PC game Clockwerx. The goal of the game is to uncover patterns of golden ingots buried under the ground by passing over them. You do this by moving your character to the pegs and having her grab onto and spin around them.
The author, pdk, controls two players simultaneously for more speed and entertainment.

Published on 3/20/2012
Crystalis is an awesome action RPG by SNK. What little plot there is involves the world ending on October 1, 1997. Naturally, after that the world became full of mutants and monsters. Technology regresses and people can use magic. There is an evil empire trying to revive the ancient technology, specifically the obligatory tower floating in the sky. The hero pops out of some sort of stasis chamber and proceeds to topple the empire and take down the tower with the help of some wise men and a friendly dolphin. There's a heroine named Mesia, but she only shows up a few times, most of which are skipped in this run.
This beats the previous run by almost 12 minutes. As with that run, the second-controller cheats are off-limits (the fm2 only has data for controller 1). Other than that, no holds are barred. Many new glitches are used. For a complete list, see the Game Resources page. Movement is faster by abusing the no-subpixel engine. Much effort went into lag reduction, especially in certain areas. However, the vast majority of the time savings is due to better experience management.

We recommend watching the movie on an emulator and using the author's LUA script. There's quite a bit of useful information.

Published on 3/22/2012
Double Moon Densetsu (ダブルムーン伝説 Legend of the Double Moon) is a 1992 turn-based NES RPG. The author uses a complex memory corruption glitch to skip many events, slimming this normally long RPG down to under 20 minutes. Technical details about the glitches used are in the author's comments.

Published on 1/19/2012
A storybook game like Shadowgate and Uninvited.
In this one you star as Ace Harding, a detective who wakes up having no idea who or where he is. As the game progresses you discover that you have been framed for a crime you didn't commit, and must find a way to clear your name.
This, the fifth submission of this game by the same author, is a 35.45 second improvement over the author's previous attempt. Most of the improvement comes from using a "leave bullet" bug, as detailed in the submission text.
See the Déjà Vu GameFAQs page for more information about this game (we recommend Mr. Kelly R. Flewin's Déjà Vu Speed Guide).

Author's commentary is provided in the movie file and the YouTube encode.
Déjà Vu

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.1.4a

Published on 4/13/2012
Final Fantasy is a well known RPG about saving the world with the usual assortment of characters.
Here, the author defies all common sense and takes a team composed entirely of White Mages, the token "weak healing caster" class. What's worse, three of them meet their untimely demise at the hands of pirates not very far into their journey. Not to worry, because this survivor has a few tricks up her sleeve.

Published on 7/20/2012
The original Final Fantasy follows four heroes who are trying to restore the four orbs which have been contaminated and ultimately defeat Chaos.
Unfortunately only one of the warriors is actually a hero; the rest are sissies who die early on during the quests. Strange as this may sound, much time is saved by doing so since fewer commands need to be entered every time the player runs from a random encounter.
On TASVideos, perfect runs are continually improved, often through very unexpected changes. This run by TheAxeMan improves the old TAS by 00:09.10 seconds by getting lower stats and spending more time at inns and item shops.
For those who think they have a better sense of humor than the author, he has provided Python scripts which allow you to recreate the entire run with your own choices for character names substituted for his. Available as a Windows standalone program or as source.

The downloadable videos and the YouTube stream contain soft subtitles with commentary from TheAxeMan.

Published on 11/21/2012
Fire 'n Ice is the prequel to Solomon's Key, known as Solomon's Key 2 elsewhere. In it, Dana manipulates ice blocks to remove all of the fire from each level. Randil completes all 101 levels of this "highly addictive" puzzler in 1:03:26.33.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.
Fire 'n Ice

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.1.5

Published on 11/9/2012
Front Line is a military combat-themed game ported from the arcade. The objective is to fight off infantry units and tanks until you reach the enemies compound. illayaya completes the first iteration of this game in 02:38.97, though the game repeats this stage forever upon completion.
Front Line

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.1.0a

Published on 1/25/2012
If what was done in this movie was possible in real life, economies worldwide would crash.
Ghostbusters is a hastily produced game based on the 1984 movie of the same name. The NES version is a notoriously bad port, and the Japanese version contains a glitch that allows the Ghost Alarm item to be sold for more than it costs, allowing entry into the Zuul Building much earlier than intended.
In this movie, MESHUGGAH improves the first run of this game by 38 frames through a few small optimizations. See the author's notes for more details.

Note: A bug in the Japanese version causes the ending screen to incorrectly display "りり". This movie will also sync while the PAXKKLAA Game Genie code is used, which shows the corrected text:
Conglaturation !!!
You have completed a grate game.
And prooved the justice of our culture.
Now go and rest our heroes !

Published on 12/1/2012
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode is a game based on a popular Japanese manga. You control Golgo 13, an assassin who is ordered to take out the leader of the DREK Empire. The game features four different gameplay modes: action, flying, 360 degree shooting and 3D maze.
The author, dave_dfwm, speeds through this little-known game in less than 45 minutes.

Published on 12/6/2012
Gumshoe is a game developed by Yoshio Sakamoto of Nintendo (known for his work on the Metroid games). Using the NES Zapper accessory, shoot the enemies and obstacles in the hero's path or shoot the hero himself to make him jump over them on his way to save his daughter from the Mafia.
Since the game is an autoscroller, highness aims for maximum kills and score instead of time.
Due to regular flashing caused by the use of the Zapper and the ending, viewers prone to epileptic seizures are strongly discouraged from watching this movie.

Published on 11/13/2012
Gyromite is one of two video games designed for use with the Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.), the other being Stack Up. You control a professor who must clear levels by picking up lighted bundles of dynamite while R.O.B. raises and lowers the red and blue gates.
The author, kirbymuncher, plays through the game as fast as possible with optimized movement and a couple of glitches.

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.1.5

Published on 12/13/2012
A weird game, very loosely based on the second movie of the Home Alone movie series. Features, among other things, Kevin McCallister dodging brooms and suitcases, obtaining the Screw Attack from Metroid, and, of course, fending off those two crooks that are going after him.

Published on 12/13/2012
James Bond Jr. is a 1991 video game developed by Eurocom. The world’s greatest scientists have mysteriously disappeared! Intelligence reports indicate that James Bond Junior's old enemy, SCUM Lord, has imprisoned them on his island fortress in the Caribbean. Without hesitation, Junior heads out on four dangerous missions to save the scientists and thwart SCUM Lord’s plans!
Here, our brave hero ignores normal elevators, uses all available items and manages their amounts very precisely, and generally abuses his lifebar.
We also have a run of the SNES version.

This movie features the new .FM3 format, intended to be watched in TASEditor, where detailed comments on the run are visible. You can play around with branches included in the movie as well. See the author's explanation on how to use this feature.

Published on 5/23/2012
In Kanshakudama-nage Kantarou no Toukaidou Gojuusan-tsugi (かんしゃく玉投げカン太郎の東海道五十三次), you play a fireworks-maker traveling the Tōkaidō road. The game actually bears quite a resemblance to the actual geography of the Tōkaidō road; famous landmarks, rivers, and flora types are reproduced as well as they can be given the limitations of the Famicom.
The game is quite difficult -- the hero is slow moving and hard to control, and your only weapon is an endless supply of fireworks. The author's comments detail the methods used as well as explaining all of the various baddies encountered during this quest.

Published on 1/31/2012
Legend of the Ghost Lion, also known simply as Ghost Lion, is very loosely based on the obscure Japanese-made English-language direct-to-video movie Beyond the Pyramids: Legend of the White Lion. It features a young girl searching for her parents and the mystery of the White Lion, using the power of dreams to summon allies to fight for her.
Maria is seemingly a lucid dreamer, and gains the ability to control her dream and guide it to the truth of this game with the minimum of fuss. Now that's what I call a power nap!

Published on 12/8/2012
Mad Max is based on the 1981 Australian film Mad Max 2. The object of the game is to survive life after the end of the world by battling survivalists and collecting valuable food, water, gasoline, and money. There are three nonlinear stages, referred to as Road Wars, and each one ends in an Arena where the goal is to demolish every car and be the last one standing.
Twisted Eye blazes through this game, utilizing precision and a few glitches to get to the end in a little more than 13 minutes.
Mad Max

Emulator Replay:
FCEUX 2.2.0

Published on 12/7/2012
Majou Densetsu II may have the same (translated) name as the MSX game Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious, but it's almost a completely different game. Though the plot is the same, the maps are totally different and there are some different items and fewer dungeons.
Hisatoki runs through the Maze, utilizing damage boosts and a glitch to fall through the floor underneath a ladder to finish in less than 19 minutes.

Note: This movie was created using a specific ROM reported by No-Intro as "Bad" and labeled by TOSEC as "Non-Alternate" (i.e. no "[a]" present). It needs this ROM to play back properly.

Published on 8/18/2012
Mario Adventure is a hack of Super Mario Bros. 3. These are its most noteworthy characteristics:
  • Mario can keep a power-up in reserve like in Super Mario World, and the change is immediately effective.
  • There is a new power-up, Magic Mario, which allows Mario to stomp on more enemies than otherwise possible, shoot extremely powerful projectiles, and take a few hits before losing the power-up.
  • Graphics are rendered with a custom palette.
  • Almost all levels end with a Boom-Boom battle.
  • There are 7 worlds which Mario can visit in any order, each containing a hidden key.
  • After finding all 7 keys and beating the 7 worlds, Mario can access the 8th world to beat Bowser and win the game.
This movie is an improvement of 45 seconds over the previous effort.

The movie file and YouTube encode has commentary from the author in the form of captions.

Published on 11/9/2012
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom is a menu-based game resembling Déjà Vu. In it, the main character, Sir Cucumber, sets out on a quest to save Princess Tomato from the sinister Minister Pumpkin upon the request of the late King Broccoli.
Aided by his sidekick, a baby persimmon named Percy, the author, Tool23, navigates through 9 levels to save the day in record time.

Published on 3/16/2012
Dizzy, the intelligent egg-like creature, is back in this second game of the famous series from the 1980s. He needs to gather items that he can trade for boat parts to escape from some islands. For the best ending, he also needs to find 30 coins, some of which are hidden.
This game has a reputation of high difficulty because of its physics and control scheme, but goofydylan8 makes it look like a relaxing platformer through masterful route planning and item management.
We also have a run of Dizzy the Adventurer.

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

Published on 11/30/2012
Rainbow Islands is a sequel to Bubble Bobble. Protagonists Bubblun and Bobblun now appear in their human forms as Bubby and Bobby. The objective is to climb to the top of each stage in a time limit, while avoiding or destroying various baddies along the way.
The players can summon rainbows which can be used as platforms and weapons. In a TAS, they can be abused greatly to allow dizzying rates of ascent.
This run obtains the bad ending, because it does not collect any of the Big Diamonds used to unlock the secret last level.

Watch this run being played back on a real console.

Published on 12/31/2012
Rocman X is an original game created by the Taiwanese company Sachen, the most prolific unlicensed developer for the NES/Famicom. Despite the name and pirated title screen, this game has almost nothing to do with Mega Man.
The game takes place in Thunder Blaster Man's home of Gadem City. The mayor is in the middle of throwing a big party for the city's centennial when a mysterious figure crashes the party and kidnaps the mayor's daughter, Miss Lucy. The kidnapper turns out to be the leader of an evil crime syndicate who demands a large ransom for her safe return. Now it's up to the eponymous hero to save Miss Lucy and bring the syndicate to justice!
In this run, FractalFusion jumps and flies through all four levels of this odd platformer and saves Miss Lucy in just under thirteen and a half minutes.

Note: The provided movie file will only sync on certain versions of FCEUX (2.1.5-2.2.1). It will not sync on any other version.

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