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I try my luck on Addam's Family (NES, PAL) at the moment. It's the first game (the one where you play as Gomez) if somebody's wondering. As there are a couple of spots where dying saves time, I'm working on a run with deaths, but no continues as I suppose that's forbidden by default (even though there's basically no difference between continue and normal death in this game). My best run up until now is around 16.30 (approximately 1 minute slower than the tas if recalculated with the 6/5 rule), but that must go down quite a bit before I think it's worth to bother any verifier with it. I will put some research in a no-death run as well, which should be possible despite the pretty unforgiving hit detection, but that's a later problem...
Anyways, I thought that it wouldn't hurt to see if someone was sitting on some good information that is not readily available on the net. So, here are my questions :
- Is there something in Fester's room ? The manual hints in a way that leads one to think there is something other than the visible money bag in there ?
- Is the middle music manuscript in the library of any use ? The manual states that "each piece of music may help you".
- Has anyone found any hidden stashes (or 1-ups !) outside the four secret rooms detailed in the walkthrough on gamefaqs ? (these are also hinted out in the manual)
- ...

Well, I'm not sure I actually expects someone to have a positive answer on any of the above questions, but then I can at least say that I'm not missing out on anything obvious.
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If you're 1 minute behind a TAS adjusting for PAL, it sounds like you've got a great start. Finish it so we can have one update with this and Fester's Quest!
Let the music play!
Da da da dum *click click*

This is my way of giving approval for this run :-)
I would help, but the NES and SNES versions are so wildly different that it'll be impossible (in fact, the SNES version of this game actually became the NES version of Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt). Instead I can merely offer words of encouragement.
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Finish it so we can have one update with this and Fester's Quest!

Couldn't agree more ! I'm glad you're doing FQ and not the other way around though. I have bad memories of the red enemies that can go through walls and just keep respawning later on in the game. I'm curious to see how you will handle those.
I played AF again today and tried some more strategies. It's funny, I had high hopes for a new route and pulled off a good run that I was very excited to time. Turned out that while better executed, the route was actually slower for some reason.  Sad A rough estimation of the route I'm currently working on indicates that a run of just above 16 min would look pretty clean. So 30s to shave off. I will see how close to that I can come...
Emptyeye "Mr. Battletoads" "Mr. Rygar" "Mr. Willow" is doing Fester's Quest, I'm just waiting for it.
Not a walrus
I don't see why a continue would be forbidden, I abused the hell out of them in one of my Blaster Master runs. Sounds like regular old death abuse to me.

I remember this game being a pain in the ass to control and very slow paced, though I did manage to beat it (can't remember if I ever did a deathless playthrough or not), so I'll be watching for this.
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ktwo: 2009-04-30 04:23:58 pm
Just an update.
Regarding the questions in my first post, I haven't found anything yet (I also asked the tas authors, but they were unable to answer). I think I will conclude that I'm not missing out on much. I also found a site that kind of looks like a place where nostalgic ocean gamers hang out (or whatever), called the ocean experience. I have asked the same questions as here in their forum. I was hoping that one of the developers would lurk around and release something that has not published before, but no reply so far.

Of greater interest, I just got a run of around 16.07 (with deaths). My target time remains at 16 min, so I'm homing in...

New best is 15.42. Looks like I was a bit conservative in my initial estimate about the time to aim for. It was a nice run, but with a couple of completely retarded mistakes (5-6s lost). The luck was good, but not perfect. If I can get it down to 15.35, it would be fantastic. However, right now my thumb is soar, I feel dizzy and I'm tired of "make-it-or-break-it" jumps and waiting for the right luck...

Edit2 (300409):
One good news and another good news. New best is 15.27. The other good news is that there are still unacceptable mistakes so more time can be shaved off (around 10s of mistakes, so new target time is 15.20). The new run might not be for the sensitive viewer though. There are a whopping 7 deaths... Finding new spots to death warp is the main reason for the improvement.
Waiting hurts my soul...
You'll surprise yourself quite often by the amount of time you save on repeat attempts.  A lot of time is saved just based on all around tighter gameplay not to mention better luck.
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ktwo: 2009-05-11 08:04:10 am
Ok, my strategy (including 7 deaths) and completion times have seriously started to converge the last sessions. I have therefor requested to get my best run into verification. It's far from godly (read: Contra III:ly), but (in my opinion) with no big mistakes either. The most glaring ones come towards the end where you apparently need better jumping skills than I was able to muster this time around (in the attic, where my nerves always freak out before the said jumps).

I doubt there are many people with a lot of experience with this game (for reasons I fully understand), but I hope it will still be possible to find verifyers. It's a pretty slow-paced game, so even with rudimentary knowledge, it should be easy enough to follow what's going on. In the meantime, I'll start working on a no-death run. I have not started planning it and I have no idea what it will look like or how hard it is. Anyways, at least I won't stop until I beat the 40+ minute run published on twingalaxies  Wink (yeck, I can't even imagine what that must look like).

Edit (110509) :
I have now managed to come up with a good route for the no-death run and have also managed to execute it once. As expected, it's considerably more difficult than with deaths because of a hit detection that is far beyond ultra cheap. Time ? A little over 17.10, but with a couple of mistakes. It's difficult to say how much time was lost, but my next target will be to improve the run by 15-20 seconds (16.50-55) and then take it from there.
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ktwo: 2011-03-01 02:40:12 pm
ktwo: 2009-09-10 11:41:38 am
First of all, sorry for double-posting, but I decided to share a no-death run with you.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd6HiYJYinM (part 1)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RnoYxXGcKY (part 2)

It's easily the best no-death run I have done so far, but it's still probably unaccetable for sda. There is a 7 second mistake (I have to excuse myself by saying that it's because of bad luck) around 5 min in of part 2. It will be a test of mental strength to play enough times to eventually get lucky in that part (= trigger the bat so you can run past unscathed). This game is tricky to no-death, so I hope you will enjoy the clip despite the flaws.

(at least I think this run would beat the current record at twin galaxies, 45.25 on ntsc  Smiley )

Edit (160509)
Bad weather in Scandinavia today, so I've been playing some more... I felt concentrated today and had several good attempts until I finally got a full no-death run with decent luck. It's not perfect, but I'm happy with the overall result. I'm submitting this together with the death abuse run.

Edit 10/09-09
Youtube clips have been removed.
I discovered glitch, as explained at http://tasvideos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=147&start=27 , it allows Gomez fly and go thru wall but it's only has few uses in area with stairs or ladders.

Anyone with cartridge try it out, does it also work on console?

To do this glitch:
1. Find any stair / ladder (rope / curtains won't work)
2. Walk up (press up)
3. When you reach to top, continue holding UP.
4. Jump in air, release any button except UP. If Gomez is stuck in air, SUCCESS.
Hi ventuz, cool to see you're playing Addams Family again.

As for the glitch, it works (unsurprisingly) on console as I just tried it out. I hadn't seen it before, but I can't say I'm much of a glitch finder either. I checked the thread on tasvideos and you mentioned that this glitch should save 10 seconds or more. I can see that it should save a second when going from the right landing to the left landing (avoid going down the right stairs), but other than that I'm not so sure. What other places did you have in mind ? The "floating" speed is the same as walking speed, right ?

It feels like it was ages since I touched this game, but I'm kind of motivated to try to improve the death abuse run some day...
If you're a hardcore old-schooler and don't mind wip:s, then here is a little something for you (it's ~40s faster than my published death abuse run):

The run looks pretty poor near the end, but some areas are luck-dependent. When things didn't go my way, I lost concentration and this was the result. I hope the final product will be half a minute faster or so.