Mobile Planet speedrun

by great_knight on 07-12-2008, 11:32
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MSX gamer great_knight has provided the world with a new speedrun: The Roving Planet Styllus (also known as Mobile Planet). This top-down adventure was released in 1986 by HAL, and has decent graphics and music, considering its age. The video takes about 12 minutes and is available at youtube.

Relevant link: YouTube - Mobile Planet - speedrun part 1
Relevant link: YouTube - Mobile Planet - speedrun part 2

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By JohnHassink

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08-12-2008, 11:41

Again, kick-ass work from this user!

and has decent graphics and music, considering its age
Quite the understatement. Smile
The music of that little gem easily grinds at least 50% of the contemporary game soundtracks to a sad, measly turd of sticky blood 'n' bone-pulp. Tongue
This while using only 2 channels most of the time!

(IMHO ofcourse, that goes without saying Wink)

By Manuel

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15-04-2016, 22:48

OK, I just tried this game, but why isn't the wall opening when I shoot it? A kazillion times? After killing all enemies?

By anonymous

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16-04-2016, 01:37

You probably need a stronger weapon, Manuel. Your gun is automatically upgraded with every 10th orange/yellow star you pick up, you know, the ones that often emanate from destroyed enemies. You technically never need to dispatch of all the enemies to destroy any wall or obstacle in the game, it really just depends on your weapon strength. Smile
The weapon you start the game with can't chew through any walls, but the very first upgrade (a red gun icon) is strong enough to open that wall in the first area, so you only need 10 stars.

Problem is, that it's a random drop. Just a bit of bad luck is enough to yield you with an insufficient amount of stars.
In case all of the 'blue enemies' are gone (the 'eyes' never leave a star), and you didn't gather 10 stars yet, you could try to harvest the remaining one(s) you need from the light-yellow bouncing thingies in the room right before the boss, although they seem to drop stars more rarely than the blue enemies and are more dangerous to take on (the 'cannons' in that room don't help, either). But they at least respawn, so you can keep leaving and re-entering the room until you succeed.
If you're particularly lucky, an enemy will sometimes (rare) drop a 'special', bigger star that's worth more (there's also a variant that renders you temporarily invincible). Saves some hassle.

Oh, yes, and the game is a bit picky in which section of the wall you're shooting at, so move a bit when it doesn't open after about 10, 15 shots and try again.

By Manuel

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16-04-2016, 09:08

Quote:

Problem is, that it's a random drop. Just a bit of bad luck is enough to yield you with an insufficient amount of stars.

Yes, the problem is that I shot all enemies and only got 9 stars.

Quote:

In case all of the 'blue enemies' are gone (the 'eyes' never leave a star), and you didn't gather 10 stars yet, you could try to harvest the remaining one(s) you need from the light-yellow bouncing thingies in the room right before the boss, although they seem to drop stars more rarely than the blue enemies and are more dangerous to take on (the 'cannons' in that room don't help, either). But they at least respawn, so you can keep leaving and re-entering the room until you succeed.

There are no other rooms you can go to to find other enemies before shooting that wall. So what you're saying there is not possible, as far as I can see.

IMHO: the game sucks! You get stuck right at the start if you're not lucky enough to get enough stars spawned from the enemies!

This is what i mean: https://youtu.be/Bh-9lro2gKk

Or am I still missing something?

By anonymous

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18-04-2016, 02:28

Manuel wrote:

There are no other rooms you can go to to find other enemies before shooting that wall. So what you're saying there is not possible, as far as I can see.

Stand on the white/grey square in what you apparently think is the last room, push action button B (or [GRAPH] key) and presto.

Manuel wrote:

IMHO: the game sucks! You get stuck right at the start if you're not lucky enough to get enough stars spawned from the enemies!

No it doesn't, and no you don't. Tongue
You just have to harvest the rest of the stars somewhere else in that case. It's completely fail-safe.

Manuel wrote:

This is what i mean: https://youtu.be/Bh-9lro2gKk

Playing on 50 Hz? :-?

By anonymous

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18-04-2016, 02:28

JohnHassink wrote:

Stand on the white/grey square in what you apparently think is the last room, push action button B (or [GRAPH] key) and presto.

OK, so *that* is what I was missing... I tried some buttons, but nothing happened, apparently I tried the wrong ones...

Edit: tested and indeed, it works. I'm quite quickly confronted with an end boss though, who is quite tough to beat :S

JohnHassink wrote:

Playing on 50 Hz? Question

My poor excuse: it was also released in Europe Smile (As "The Roving Planet Styllus" and "Planète Mobile".)
Real reason: I didn't care Smile

By JohnHassink

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16-04-2016, 19:47

Manuel wrote:

Edit: tested and indeed, it works. I'm quite quickly confronted with an end boss though, who is quite tough to beat :S

Try to get all of the upgrades in the hidden section of the area, and maybe even get the second or third upgrades (through the stars) for your weapon. He'll die a lot sooner. Just mainly keep walking from left to right and vice versa, and watch his projectile patterns to see if you can get a quick shot through.

By anonymous

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18-04-2016, 02:35

JohnHassink wrote:

Playing on 50 Hz? Question

Manuel wrote:

My poor excuse: it was also released in Europe Smile (As "The Roving Planet Styllus" and "Planète Mobile".)
Real reason: I didn't care Smile

It's not my place or business to tell you how to enjoy a game, but both the 'flow' of the game and the soundtrack were clearly meant for 60 Hz.

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