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Published on 1/18/2023
Knuckles' Chaotix is one of the few Sonic games that doesn't feature Sonic himself. The story differs between the English and Japanese versions of the instruction manual that came with the game, but they both involve Dr. Robotnik trapping Knuckles' friends on a special island. Knuckles must now save his friends and discover the mystery behind the island. The gameplay is similar to that of earlier Sonic games, with the added gimmick of being bound to a partner with an elastic tether, giving the game its reputation for wonky rubber band physics. After each stage, the next level and your next partner are selected via roulette.
Tuffcracker improves on the previous run by 3:29.42 by making use of more modern and quicker routes and glitches that have been used by real-time speedrunners. For all the details on the glitches used and the routes taken, you can read the author's notes.

Published on 1/18/2023
Knuckles' Chaotix is one of the few Sonic games that doesn't feature Sonic himself. The story differs between the English and Japanese versions of the instruction manual that came with the game, but they both involve Dr. Robotnik trapping Knuckles' friends on a special island. Knuckles must now save his friends and discover the mystery behind the island. The gameplay is similar to that of earlier Sonic games, with the added gimmick of being bound to a partner with an elastic tether, giving the game its reputation for wonky rubber band physics. After each stage, the next level and your next partner are selected via roulette.
Tuffcracker completes the game while going for all 6 Chaos Rings to achieve the best ending in this game.

Published on 5/6/2022
Basic Math is an Atari 2600 video game where you get to practice elementary mathematics with one or two-digit numbers. All four arithmetic operations are used here: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The game keeps track of how many problems you get right and shows your final score at the end.
The8bitbeast manipulates the game so that it gives him problems that can be solved with the fewest amount of frames necessary. For more information, you can read his notes here.
Game:
Basic Math

Genres:
Educational
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.7

Published on 7/9/2022
Dragonfire is a video game where you infiltrate into a dragon's castle and steal all of its treasure, all while avoiding its fire attacks. The difficulty of the game increases with every castle looted as the dragon itself gets more and more powerful.
In this run, ShesChardcore plays the game until the difficulty stops increasing. The white dragon is the hardest dragon and will be the only dragon available to steal from once beaten. The RNG was manipulated to give the most favorable layouts.
Game:
Dragonfire

Genres:
Action
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 12/21/2022
Othello is a board game that is a modern variant of Reversi. It looks similar to Go with its checkered board and black and white pieces, but it's completely different.
negative seven saves 7.31 seconds over the previous "maximum score" run through extensive research and development, the most notable being the usage of a modern Othello AI engine and pitting it against the Atari 2600 AI. You can read the author's notes here for all the details on the efforts put into the run, including the creation of a custom Atari 2600 emulator.

Published on 8/4/2015
As the Pharaoh's Son, it is up to the Prince to lift the curse of Anubis, God of the Dead, by reaching the Temple of Ra and solving the riddle of the Sphinx. Armed with a sling and some rocks, the Prince journeys across Egypt, trading with nomads, digging for treasures, and calling upon the goddess Isis for counsel and healing.
This run by Samsara uses the Sceptre to move faster, and carefully manipulates nomads, Isis, and the Sphinx to finish the game in the fastest time possible.

Published on 8/30/2022
SwordQuest: EarthWorld is the first in a series of adventure games released for the Atari 2600. The games came with comic books that explained the plot of the games and contained clues needed to progress. Those that manage to solve the cryptic puzzles would then have a chance to submit their results to Atari and win prizes totaling up to $150,000. Unfortunately, the fourth game and the contest itself were cancelled in the wake of Atari's financial collapse. While the contestants would be compensated, the story of the series was left unfinished.
In this run, ShesChardcore speeds through the game with strategic use of the teleporting Amulet and efficient item management in order to get the "Sword of Ultimate Sorcery" and complete the game in record time.
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.8

Published on 5/6/2019
Tapper, also known as Root Beer Tapper, is a 1983 arcade game released by Bally Midway. Tapper puts the player in the shoes of a bartender. The player must serve eager, thirsty patrons before their patience expires while collecting empty mugs and tips.
Here, Spikestuff completes two loops of the game (which is the point where the difficulty stops increasing) in record time.
We also have runs of the Arcade and Commodore 64 versions.

Note: There is also a lossless encode available in the discussion thread.
Game:
Tapper

Genres:
Action
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.3.1

Published on 9/1/2022
Tomarc the Barbarian is an action game where Tomarc the Barbarian must rescue Senta from a cave she got herself lost in. Senta also managed to get herself kidnapped and is imprisoned in a cage that can be opened by Tomarc's sword. Unfortunately, Tomarc lost his sword in the same cave, so he must now find his sword and rescue Senta before the cave bats eat her alive. Special to this Atari 2600 is the ability to switch between two characters to control, Tomarc and Senta, and both characters continue to be affected by their environments even when you're not controlling them. While Tomarc is used to find the sword to rescue Senta, Senta herself is controlled to fend off the bats that are trying to kill her.
DrD2k9 decides not to go through all that trouble in this run by using a good amount of RNG manipulation to get a cave layout that requires the least amount of movement needed and controlling only Tormac to get the sword and rescue Senta as fast as possible.

Published on 6/17/2022
Warlords for the Atari 2600 is best described as a competitive multiplayer version of Breakout. Each player has a tiny hitbox defended by a wall that chips away with each hit from a bouncing ball and a shield to defend the wall with. A player earns a point each round when every other player's hitbox has been eliminated. The first one to five points wins the game.
As it turns out, at the highest difficulty, you can actually win the game without even moving the shield at all. ShesChardcore takes advantage of this and provides only a quarter of a second of input time, most of it just selecting the game with the hardest difficulty.

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 2/27/2011
Musashi Ganryuki, known outside of Japan as Ganryu is a simple platform Hack and Slash game on the Neo Geo. In this game, you play the warrior Musashi on a quest to fight your old enemy Kojiro who has risen from the dead. Watch as Musashi slides past most dangers and chops up bosses in record time.

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 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 5/20/2016
Osman is a arcade game in the spirit of Strider. It's a very obscure and underrated arcade game, which didn't see much of the light of day, thanks to various issues with the hardware... and the fact that the game is unforgivably hard.
This run by xy2 beats the game with the highest score possible, without relying on checkpoint farming to increase the score further.

Published on 3/19/2017
Osman is a arcade game in the spirit of Strider. It's a very obscure and underrated arcade game, which didn't see much of the light of day, thanks to various issues with the hardware... and the fact that the game is unforgivingly hard. The game never once lets you breathe, and in unassisted play, there are a lot of things to manage at the same time. This, along with the 3 health you start out with, can make clearing with just a single credit a nightmare.
The game mostly revolves along Osman and his power: he has the power to make clones of himself when he attacks that stay for a varying amount of time and reproduce the attack he just did.
This run is an improvement of 21.95 seconds over the previous one by the same author. Note that the real time of this run is 5:25.2 - The extra 1:11.57 is because the author puts his initials in the high score table after the credits roll.

Published on 7/13/2018
One year after the defeat of Amakusa from within the first Samurai Shodown, a new threat soon emerges in the form of Mizuki Rashojin: a vengeful spirit who possess a local shrine priestess named Bizuki and seeks to bring forth chaos and destruction to the world in the name of the dark god Ambrosia's will. Those who had fought before in the past during Amakusa's reign of terror now find themselves, along with a few new faces, battling against Mizuki and her loyal forces in order to determine the fate of the entire world itself.
Samurai Shodown II is a 1994 fighting game released as a second entry in SNK's Samurai Shodown series.

Published on 3/13/2011
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In Spinmaster, known in Japan as Miracle Adventure (ミラクルアドベンチャー), you play as Johnny and Tom, two treasure seekers. They have to save Johnny's girlfriend and gather map pieces in order to find the biggest treasure in the world! Along the way, they must fight past lots of quirky henchmen, large bosses, and more, all accompanied by cartoony graphics and stereotypical cowboy voice clips.
In this game, Johnny and Tom can use several different types of weapons, such as the elements of ice, fire, and thunder. They can collect a limited number of super attacks, denoted by the letter "B" under their health bars, to hurt everything on the screen and damage bosses heavily. Also, health does not refill between levels.
If you want to see another Arcade game involving two treasure hunters fighting lots of enemies, be sure to check out x2poet's run of Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy.

Published on 2/25/2013
Street Fighter Zero 3 (ストリートファイターZERO3), better known as Alpha 3, was released in 1998.
SFZ/A3 is an evolution of the previous Zero series, and there was a huge improvement in the fight style, combos, animations/mode and with addition of fighters that were missing in Street Fighter Alpha or Zero.

Published on 5/25/2017
Tapper is a 1983 arcade game released by Bally Midway. Tapper puts the player in the shoes of a bartender. The player must serve eager, thirsty patrons before their patience expires while collecting empty mugs and tips.
£e Nécroyeur completes one loop of the game in record time.
We also have runs of the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 versions.

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 11/3/2019
Warriors of Fate is a 2D side-scrolling beat 'em-up and sequel to Dynasty Wars taking place in ancient China. Akkila-orkhan, the dark lord of Shang-Lo, has decided to conquer the neighbouring countries. The wise Kuan-Ti has summoned the five greatest warriors of the lands to stop this from happening.
xipo completes the game in record time.

Published on 4/10/2022
Anarchy is a puzzle game where the goal is to shoot a number of blocks in each level using a tank under a set time limit, all while enemy droids are chasing after you. Once all the blocks are shot, an exit opens up and you have to get there before the droids get you or time runs out. Introduced in the later levels are yellow blocks which materialize in different places when shot, creating new passageways and more opportunities in how to tackle those levels.
nymx and DrD2k9 complete the first sixteen levels (the levels loop after that) in record time with help from a script created by the former to brute force the most optimal solutions out of the yellow block levels.
Game:
Anarchy

Genres:
Puzzle
Emulator Replay:
BizHawk 2.6.3

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 3/12/2019
The Rat was released for Commodore 64 in 1984. The game was developed by Cymbal Software, Inc. and published by Personal Software Services.
The Rat is a top-view single-screen game where you are a rat spending the night in a cheese warehouse to eat all the cheese on various floors. On each floor there are six cheeses with letters spelling THE RAT and all have to be eaten to open the entrance to the next floor.
See the author's comments for more information about the game and its mechanics.

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

Published on 5/8/2018
The king's treasures have been stolen! As the daring young prince, your goal is to recover them all.
Dragonfire is a 1982 video game published by Imagic, developed for Atari 2600, Intellivision, Commodore 64, Apple II, ZX Spectrum, ColecoVision, and more. The objective of the game is for the player to run over a castle drawbridge while avoiding fireballs and other obstacles, and then grab treasures guarded by a dragon who spits more fireballs at the player. Leave the room, rinse and repeat until lives run out. Other obstacles include a moving drawbridge, an archer firing arrows at the player, and a troll inhabiting the treasure room.

Published on 10/17/2019
Jumpman Junior is a game developed by Randy Glover, who described it as a "lite" version of Jumpman containing 12 levels for users without disk drives. In it, you need to defuse all of the bombs placed on Jupiter by terrorists. To do this, you must climb up ladders, touch the vines, and, of course, jump.
DrD2k9 improved most of the levels from the previous run by route changes and RNG manipulation for a total time save of 00:04.06 seconds.
Note: The character should not be confused with Mario, who was originally named Jumpman. Interestingly enough, Glover cited Donkey Kong as inspiration for this game. It is not known whether the naming is a coincidence or not.

Published on 2/13/2016
In Oil's Well, you control a robotic arm with a drill head as it mines deep below the earth's crust to mine oil and make you rich. But two kinds of enemies lie in wait for you – bugs that damage your robotic arm, and land mines that damage your drill head. You must coordinate your movements to avoid them or your drill is toast!
This run by BrunoVisnadi completes all 10 stages in under three and a half minutes with carefully planned routes and some close calls with enemies.

Published on 9/14/2018
Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle is a 1982 video game published and developed by Coleco for the ColecoVision and Atari 2600. The game is based on the television series The Smurfs. In the game, the player must brave a series of obstacles to rescue Smurfette from Gargamel's castle.
EZGames69 and Noxxa rescue Smurfette in record time.

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 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 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 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 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 11/24/2010
Hocus Pocus, published by Apogee Software (developed by Moonlight Software) in 1994 sees a "puny" dropout wizard setting on a quest to collect crystals which will make him powerful. On his way, Hocus is ignoring important information given to him by Terexin while defeating enemies and bosses so that Land of Lattice will become more safe to travel. By completing four tests, he will also be accepted into the Council of Wizards and marry Popopa, daughter of Terexin who leads the Council.
IsraeliRD completes the first of these tests in 15:09.62 minutes, while the player doesn't care about the enemies and get through a horde of them without taking a lot of damage. You can check the author's comments to learn more about his techniques.
The same player did a run for the next episode as well.

Published on 1/26/2011
Hocus Pocus, published by Apogee Software (developed by Moonlight Software) in 1994 sees a "puny" dropout wizard setting on a quest to collect crystals which will make him powerful. On his way, Hocus is ignoring important information given to him by Terexin while defeating enemies and bosses so that Land of Lattice will become more safe to travel. By completing four tests, he will also be accepted into the Council of Wizards and marry Popopa, daughter of Terexin who leads the Council.
IsraeliRD completes the second of these tests in 13:48.61 minutes, while the player doesn't care about the enemies and get through a horde of them without taking a lot of damage. You can check the author's comments to learn more about his techniques.
The same player did a run for the first episode as well.

Published on 10/27/2013
Jetpack is a platformer game (now freeware), featuring a man equipped with a jetpack which he uses for flying (if it has fuel, otherwise he can jump) and a phase shifter for temporarily getting rid of troublesome bricks. His goal is to collect all the green gems in 100 devilish stages and avoid hordes of enemies.
In this extremely carefully planned run, slamo completes the game in 32 minutes and 22 seconds with large heaps of luck manipulation and glitch abuse. A normal player would barely get through the first 10 levels in that amount of time.
Prepare to be blown away watching large complex levels completed in under 20 seconds on average. Enjoy seeing extremely tight movement with enemies all around without getting hit, or getting hit yet somehow managing to complete the level anyway. Be dazzled as a dozen teleporters are all simultaneously manipulated to keep enemies away from our hero. Be sure not to fall off your seat when you see Jetman passing through spikes unharmed or completing levels with just the right amount of fuel, and narrowly avoiding certain doom from becoming trapped in reappearing walls.
Practically every aspect of the game was carefully analyzed and thoroughly documented by our users, slamo, Svimmer, Ilari, Nach, creaothceann, and hegyak for the creation of this run. This includes full level maps, with secrets in plain view.

Since the action is so fast paced, there's an alternate YouTube encode at 43% speed, and alternate download encodes at 50% and 75% speeds. It is recommended to watch this run at a slower speed to fully appreciate the timing and many of the tricks performed.

Published on 5/1/2018
Developed by Australian company Animation F/X and published by Manaccom domestically and by Apogee Software internationally, Mystic Towers is an isometric action RPG released in 1994. You play as Baron Baldric, a geriatric wizard who must rid the twelve Lazarine Towers of all of their monsters to release his village from a curse.
slamo lifts the village's curse in record time.

Published on 12/10/2017
Space Quest: Chapter I - The Sarien Encounter is a humorous sci-fi adventure game made with Sierra's AGI engine. The gameplay is similar to that of King's Quest: the player navigates Roger around with the arrow keys and interacts with the game world by typing commands. There are puzzles to solve and plenty of situations where the player will have to use his wit to save Roger from death.
DrD2k9, c-square and Radiant speed through the game in record time.

Due to the sheer speed of the movie, the second set of encodes play back the movie at 1/5th of the regular speed.

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 9/4/2015
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!! is a DS game developed by WayForward, based on the popular show Adventure Time. Its gameplay is heavily inspired by Zelda II.
In this run, arandomgameTASer heavily abuses many glitches in the game, in particular an item jumping glitch, to beat the game in record time. Mathematical!

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 2/4/2017
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is the second remake of the original Fire Emblem, and the first Fire Emblem game for DS. The story follows the Altean prince Marth on a quest to win back his home kingdom and save his kidnapped sister. Characters and chapters that were omitted in the original game and the first remake were introduced in this title.
This is an improvement of 3 minutes and 18.01 seconds over the previous movie. Please read the author's comments for more details.

Published on 11/27/2022
Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu (ファイアーエムブレム 新・紋章の謎〜光と影の英雄〜) is a remake of Fire Emblem 3 developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the DS in 2010. As such, it follows the same plot as the third game of the series, but with more chapters and recruitable characters.
lapogne36 obtains the best possible rank on the hardest difficulty (for which SRAM is needed) in record time.
An alternate encode by the author that features the battle animations can be found right here.

Published on 10/15/2022
Intellivision Lives! is a collection of Intellivision titles developed to preserve the best of the best, such as Crown of Kings, also known as Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Cloudy Mountain on the Intellivision console. These may appear identical games on the surface level, but under the hood, this is based on the prototype release, and have different RNG algorithms.
Watch as Winslinator walks through walls to retrieve the Crown of Kings in record time.

Published on 10/15/2022
Intellivision Lives! is a collection of Intellivision titles developed to preserve the best of the best, such as Crown of Kings, also known as Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Cloudy Mountain on the Intellivision console. These may appear identical games on the surface level, but under the hood, this is based on the prototype release, and have different RNG algorithms.
Watch as Winslinator walks through walls and substantial luck manipulation to tear through the game's content while collecting the key, axe, and boat in the process.

Published on 9/1/2015
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is the first 3D handheld Kingdom Hearts game, released in North America in 2009. It follows Roxas during his time working for Organization XIII.
In this run, arandomgameTASer runs through the game's missions very quickly, utilizing extensive route planning and tricks throughout.

Downloadable encodes have the author's commentary as soft subtitles. The YouTube encode removes the credits and its associated ending theme for copyright reasons.

Published on 10/8/2014
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded is a remake of the mobile game Kingdom Hearts coded, released in North America in 2011. It is notable for combining many elements from previous handheld games in the Kingdom Hearts series, in particular 358/2 Days and Birth by Sleep.
In this run, watch as arandomgameTASer dodges, lunges, and yells his way through the game's various Disney inspired levels, abusing a surprising number of bugs and tricks along the way. Let's hope Sora finds a good masseuse.

All encodes of this run come with the author's lengthy commentary. The YouTube encode removes the credits and its associated ending theme for copyright reasons.

Published on 12/8/2016
Kirby: Canvas Curse is one of many sequels in the Kirby franchise. In this installment, Kirby and the inhabitants of Dream Land are all turned into paint by the witch Drawcia, with Kirby being stuck as a limbless ball. Players must guide Kirby through various stages via the DS touchpad.
In this run, GloriousLiar exploits quirks in the way the game handles said touchpad, allowing him to launch Kirby at ludicrous speeds to beat this game in the blink of an eye.

Published on 11/27/2019
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is a role-playing video game developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS in 2009.
The game follows Mario, Luigi and Bowser as they work together to take back the Mushroom Kingdom from the clutches of Fawful.

Note: Due to poor emulation there are instances of incorrect sprites throughout sections of this game.

Published on 9/19/2018
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is a role-playing video game developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS in 2005.
The game follows Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi as they travel through time in order to rescue Princess Peach from the Shroobs.
This improves the previous run by 1:27:58.28 thanks to a a few major glitches such as entering the Shroob Castle early.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring audio commentary by the author.

Published on 12/5/2010
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.
Noxxa picks Ashe, the female character, to minimize the cutscenes and to save time.

To play the DSM file, make sure that "Enable Advanced Bus-Level Timing" is unchecked in the "Emulation settings".

Published on 9/25/2014
In this spin-off game based on Metroid Prime, Samus gets knocked and rolled around a pinball table in Morph Ball form. The table contains Metroids, which can latch onto her and suck away health. Tables initially include the surface of Tallon IV, the Pirate Frigate, the Phazon Mines, and Phendrana Drifts, though more can be unlocked by finding and collecting Artifacts, which are found by destroying Space Pirates and other dangerous creatures in certain missions.
In this TAS, Noxxa extensively uses the game's nudging mechanic to give additional momentum and control to the ball's trajectory, along with crazy pinball action to collect the twelve Chozo Artifacts and beat the final boss as fast as possible.

Published on 7/14/2015
Pokémon: Pearl Version is part of the 4th generation of Pokémon games, after Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. For the first time in the main series, it features 3D graphics and online play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. In addition, there are 107 new Pokémon to catch.
In this run, MKDasher beats the game fast using luck manipulation and a major glitch that loads the overworld map incorrectly, allowing him to venture outside the level boundaries. For more information, see the author's comments.

There is also an alternate YouTube stream featuring commentary by the author.

Note: Due to an emulation error, there are moments of flickering black pixels across the ground.

Published on 12/30/2017
Pokémon: Pearl Version is part of the 4th generation of Pokémon games, after Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. For the first time in the main series, it features 3D graphics and online play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. In addition, there are 107 new Pokémon to catch.
Although it is possible to warp large distances within the game by using out-of-bounds glitches, making it possible to skip directly to the end, this movie refrains from saving and resetting, which is required to perform that sort of long-distance warp. However, glitches are used for other purposes, such as bypassing obstacles.

Note: Due to an emulation error, there are moments of flickering black pixels across the ground.

Published on 7/22/2013
Super Scribblenauts is the sequel to Scribblenauts, a puzzle game for the DS consisting of spawning any object from a database of thousands of possibilities (from "chair" to "God") to solve given situations. It is fundamentally the same game with two major novelties: the possibility to add adjectives (a color, a size, a state, etc.) to the objects we want to summon and the possibility to use the D-Pad to control Maxwell, the protagonist of both games, in addition to the touch screen, the only possible input method in the first installment.
This TAS completes the 10 main worlds of Super Scribblenauts. Speed is not the main goal; instead, the levels are completed in funny or unusual ways.

Published on 8/6/2015
Touch! Gostop DS is a handheld version of the popular Korean card game Gostop, developed and published by CTGAME Entertainment in 2008.
In this run, perfectacle carefully manipulates luck to beat every ranked opponent as quickly as possible. For each opponent, a minimum amount of points must be obtained before being able to move on to the next one. Clever strategy and use of auto-wins are also used to rack up multipliers and obtain extravagant high scores in a remarkably short period.

Published on 6/13/2015
The second quest of The Legend of Zelda is what you get by having completed the game once. It is more difficult than the first quest. In this movie, the authors enter ZELDA as the player's name to start the 2nd quest without having to complete the game first.
The authors in this run also enter some of their own code, and don't really complete the game a second time either – yet somehow do. See the authors' notes for more details.

Published on 12/1/2022
Caesars Palace is a licensed tie-in to the Caesars Palace brand of casinos for the Game Boy. In the game, you get to play a number of gambling games in the titular Caesars Palace: Roulette, Video Poker, Slots, Blackjack, and the Big Wheel. Leave the casino with enough money gained from your playthroughs and you get a car based on what you have.
ShesChardcore opts to play the Big Wheel in order to get the minimum required ($140,000) to get the best car, a Ferrari-looking sports car, as fast as possible.

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 5/3/2022
Final Fantasy Legend II (Sa・Ga2 秘宝伝説, Sa・Ga2 - The Treasure Legend) is a role-playing game developed by Square and is the second game in the SaGa series. You take on the role of one of eight different characters of varying race and gender who leaves on a journey to find his or her lost father and recover the Magi, pieces of a magical statue of the goddess Isis.
Unlike the standard run, Darkman425 opts to skip over half the game through careful usage of the poison bug and a well-timed game reset to overwrite the desired RAM values and get the desired ending quicker than intended.

Published on 10/23/2009
Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (カエルの為に鐘は鳴る, For the Frog the Bell Tolls) is a Japanese-only action-adventure game with RPG elements. In this funny, cool, and unique game, Prince Sabure is on a journey to save the Mille-Feuille Kingdom and its beautiful princess before his rival does. Along the way, he gains the ability to transform into a frog and a snake and can use these new powers to make it to the overtaken castle even faster.
The rival, Prince Richard, is known as one of the characters who make an appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
In this movie, author Ryuto uses a few tricks and even death as a shortcut to help him beat the game in under an hour and a half.

Published on 10/2/2011
Knight Quest is a rare RPG for the Game Boy. In it, you take control of a 14-year-old boy named Will who sets out to defeat baddies and save a princess. Nothing groundbreaking to see here, move along...
This run was created by DarkKobold while he was testing the game out as a potential candidate for Dream Team Contest 4. For more details, please see the author's notes.

Published on 12/15/2018
This time Wily is back, or actually forwards – in time that is; where he plans to destroy the future and bring back technology to destroy the past. Join Mega Man as he too travels to the future to prevent Wily and face his greatest enemy yet.
This run has fewer major glitches than some other Mega Man runs on this site, but it still has the same classic action, and it pulls off some very unlikely maneuvers that are enjoyable to watch.
Tremane & Noxxa beat the previous record by 00:16.96 seconds, mostly due to improved RNG and strategy changes.

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

Published on 2/1/2017
Mega Man IV, known as Rockman World 4 (ロックマンワールド4) in Japan, is the fourth installment of the Mega Man handheld series. The game continues the quest of the protagonist, Mega Man, in a never-ending struggle with his arch-nemesis, Dr. Wily. As with previous Game Boy releases, the game incorporates gameplay elements and bosses from two sequential Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games: Mega Man 4 and Mega Man 5.
This is an improvement to the predecessor movie by 00:57.90 seconds.

Published on 12/19/2017
This is the final installment of classic Mega Man games on the Game Boy, and the first Super Game Boy Mega Man game. Unlike the four earlier Game Boy games which copied a lot from their NES counterparts, Mega Man V has all new enemies and bosses: you fight the Stardroids, robots from outer space named after the planets of the solar system (note that Pluto was considered a planet at the time). Unlike every other classic Mega Man game, Dr. Wily is not the final boss and our hero uses the Mega Arm instead of the Mega Buster.
Tremane and Noxxa improve the previous movie by 41.83 seconds, thanks to overall better lag management, sub-pixel optimisation, as well as new tricks and strategy changes.

Published on 5/6/2016
Pokémon: Blue and Red Version are part of the first generation of the Pokémon franchise. They were developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo in North America in 1998. They feature a 10-year old boy who ventures around the Kanto region and aim to become the Pokémon champion. During his journey, he encounters various monsters, which he can catch to use for battles, or just to fill up his Pokédex.
In this run, MrWint fills the Pokédex without resorting to any glitches and obtains the diploma in both games in less than four hours. Note that Mew isn't caught here; this is because it can only be obtained through either an event or glitches.

The official encodes feature commentary by the author as soft subtitles. In addition, the downloadable encodes feature additional audio tracks: The first (default) track features audio from both games, while the second and third tracks feature audio from Blue and Red, respectively.
There's also an alternate encode provided by the author which features a detailed overlay.

Published on 5/29/2021
Pokémon: Red Version is part of the first generation of games within its famous series, known for having a very large number of beneficial glitches. In fact, the game can be completed in less than one minute of in-game time by save data corruption as shown by this run, and it can be completed in around 10 minutes using a more "conventional" glitch, as shown by this run. These runs break the game, and avoid much of the gameplay intended by the developers.

Published on 8/14/2021
Pokémon is a phenomenon that made itself very famous in a short time a few years ago. Pokémon Blue is part of the first generation of the games of that series that were made.
Up until this day, thousands of Pokémon fans have analyzed the games, finding out the exact formulae of how each battle situation in these games works out, how experience and levels and everything works, and what are the most effective ways to battle.

You can watch the complete run played back on console

Published on 3/9/2022
Rolan's Curse is like a simplified version of the NES Legend of Zelda with slower gameplay and more restricted game world, resulting in a primitive hack-and-slash experience. Nevertheless, there exists an interesting storyline: The kingdom of Rolan has been invaded by the forces of some evil being called Barius. However, in this movie the final boss is never actually seen. Instead of meeting Barius face to face, the hero dies while defeating the first level boss. The game then decides to freak out and end right there, declaring the rest of the story unnecessary.
While this run appears to be slower than the previously published movie due to more accurate emulation, it is in fact faster by 16 frames if emulation differences are not accounted for.

Published on 7/15/2022
Rolan's Curse is an action-adventure game that's very similar to The Legend of Zelda, right down to the plot. The people of Rolan are being terrorized by the evil rule King Barius, who escaped from his imprisonment, and monsters have run amuck thanks to him. It's now up to you, with your trusty sword and subweapons you can collect, to stop him and save Rolan.
In this run, not only does ThunderAxe31 end the game early by glitching the first boss into letting him win the entire game, he also uses a password to give his character maxed stats so he can beat the game even quicker.

Published on 1/6/2018
In Rolan's Curse II, a single player takes control of a brave knight destined to once again destroy King Barius' forces and restore peace to Rolan. This time, however, the player can take along a number of items for a quick boost when they're in big trouble. The player can also level up, perform magic, and fly to certain points on the map. The player can also take along up to three allies and switch between them as the situation warrants.
hejops defeats Lord Barius in record time.

Published on 12/25/2021
The Final Fantasy Legend, also known as Makai Toushi SaGa in Japan, is a Game Boy RPG. It is the first entry in the long running SaGa series and has a lot of strange and esoteric mechanics. You can form a team of up to four party members consisting of humans, mutants, and monsters. Each character type gets stronger by wildly different means.
Darkman425 completes the game in record time by getting the 4 spheres and defeating Ashura and the Creator. Please read the author's comments for more details.
We also have a movie that uses a warp glitch that skips the vast majority of the game.
You can watch this movie being played back on real console here.

Published on 5/11/2011
Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs' Big Break was the first Tiny Toon Adventures-related game released on the Nintendo Game Boy.
In this game, the player takes control of the main Tiny Toons as they attempt to stop Montana Max from breaking Babs Bunny's dreams of becoming a big star.
To learn more about the glitches x2poet used in his run, you can look at the author's comments.

Published on 12/23/2009
In the second game of this popular series, the four warring countries from the original game find themselves uniting against a common foe who, at the game's opening, has almost completely overrun the planet.
With the help of carefully devised strategies, a little bit of luck manipulation, and moving the cursor at inhuman speed, the author repels this planetary invasion over the course of slightly more than an hour.
Reading the author's comments is strongly recommended to help keep track of what's going on.

Published on 8/2/2021
Astro Boy: Omega Factor is a side scrolling beat em up game developed by Treasure and published by Sega for the Game Boy Advance. Based on the anime and manga series of the same name, the game's fast paced action includes punching and kicking enemies (which can make enemies hit other enemies in the process) and using a laser pointer which can be used as a special attack.
Drakodan completes the "Birth" campaign in record time.

Published on 9/10/2019
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge is an isometric platformer released by Rare in 2003. It is an "interquel" to the original two N64 games, taking place while Gruntilda is trapped under the boulder in Spiral Mountain. Klungo creates a Mecha-Grunty suit for Grunty's soul to control, and she kidnaps Kazooie, travelling back in time 20 years (somehow) to keep Banjo and Kazooie from ever meeting! Mumbo sends Banjo back in time as well (somehow) to rescue his friend and destroy Mecha-Grunty, with the help of Bottles's ancestor, Bozzeye.
g0goTBC collects all jiggies, notes, jinjos, moves, Mumbo tokens and honeycombs in less than an hour.

There is also an alternate Twitch stream featuring audio commentary by the author.

Published on 10/2/2021
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge is an isometric platformer released by Rare in 2003. It is an "interquel" to the original two N64 games, taking place while Gruntilda is trapped under the boulder in Spiral Mountain. Klungo creates a Mecha-Grunty suit for Grunty's soul to control, and she kidnaps Kazooie, travelling back in time 20 years (somehow) to keep Banjo and Kazooie from ever meeting! Mumbo sends Banjo back in time as well (somehow) to rescue his friend and destroy Mecha-Grunty, with the help of Bottles's ancestor, Bozzeye.
Using a trick that allows Banjo to gain insane speeds, the author is able to clip through the wall that leads to the final area, to defeat Mecha-Grunty in record time.
If you want to watch a TAS of this game that doesn't skip all the levels, you can watch the "No Levels Early" TAS here.

There is also an alternate Twitch stream featuring audio commentary by the author.

Published on 3/3/2010

Published on 3/13/2011
Everyone who has at least once attempted to gather a soul from each of the 120 different enemies in Aria of Sorrow, especially during a speedrun, knows the frustration it incurs after a hundredth failed attempt to get the required drop. That just makes this all-souls TAS, played on hard mode and without using glitch warps in a little less than 25 minutes, even more impressive.
Upon completing his warpless run, Kriole decided to take another jab at this category, improving upon his earlier effort by 51 seconds.
However, if you would like to see the game beaten to a pulp in a mere quarter of this time, don't miss the any% run by klmz.

Note: While the player doesn't use glitch warps (neither by death nor by getting out-of-bounds using transform souls), he uses the normal warp rooms present in the castle.
Note: Starting from reset was necessary to use hard mode. However, doing so is normally not allowed — refer to the rules to see the reasons.

Published on 6/25/2015
Normally a solar eclipse isn't a dangerous event, but for Soma Cruz being sucked through a portal and into Dracula's castle during one will turn his day into a total nightmare. As Soma you must venture through the castle and find a way out. As you do so, you will discover the true meaning behind the event, and why Dracula has risen yet again.
Those who greatly dislike that Aria of Sorrow's main character isn't related to the Belmont clan whatsoever can safely relax, because the powerhouse known as Julius Belmont enters the stage to destroy every boss faster then Soma ever could.
Julius is only available to those who have completed the main quest. While he can't do most of Soma Cruz's fancy tricks, he can get around just as quickly by glitching through walls and hopping madly around the castle, producing almost inhuman sounds with every jump.
This movie obsoletes the previous one in this category, despite having a longer time, because it uses hard mode, is more optimized and also manages to get into a Julius vs. Julius fight.

Note: This movie starts where a main quest TAS left off. We do not usually accept movies beginning from a save. Please read the rules to see our reasons.

Published on 9/8/2016
Everyone who has at least once attempted to gather a soul from each of the 120 different enemies in Aria of Sorrow, especially during a speedrun, knows the frustration it incurs after a hundredth failed attempt to get the required drop. That just makes this all-souls TAS, played on hard mode, even more impressive.
This is an improvement of 1:38.85 over the previous movie, thanks to a more optimised route and newly used items. Please read the authors' comments for more details.
If you would like to see the game beaten even faster, don't miss the any% run by one of the authors, klmz.

Note: Starting from reset was necessary to use hard mode. However, doing so is normally not allowed — refer to the rules to see the reasons.

Published on 11/18/2018
The Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow main quest TAS has become even more glitched. Using an obscure out-of-room travel technique involving in-game saving and subsequent dying, klmz plows through the game with the confident pace of a cold-blooded killing machine in a little under seven minutes — a whole minute and 8.13 seconds faster than the previous movie by the same author!
We recommend reading the author's comments for more information on the death warp glitch and other time-saving techniques used to make this improvement happen.
If you would like to see more of the game, we also have a run that does not make use of major warp glitches, as well as a run that collects every soul in the game.

Published on 4/7/2008
Nathan Graves is a vampire hunter trying to save his master, Morris, from the clutches of Dracula. Normally this would require collecting lots of different items as well as hours of leveling, but Cardboard proves collectible cards passé by gathering almost none of the cards required for spells and blazing through the game at warp speed without regard to levels or his own safety.
This movie is a 10.5 second improvement over the author's previous movie through various small & thorough optimizations.
For those interested in the areas of the game which this run skips, make sure to check out zggzdydp's run which achieves 100% map completion.

Published on 12/17/2018
Normally using the DSS card system of Castlevania: Circle of the Moon grants abilities that one would not otherwise have access to. With a glitch, one can access these abilities anyways, making the DSS cards themselves mere collector's items. When placed under the control of klmz however, Nathan Graves proves himself to be an avid collector, abusing zips and other glitches to quickly go around the castle and obtain all the DSS cards and finish off Dracula in 19 minutes and 30 seconds.

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