How fast are you at Claw?

The object of the Speed Run contest is to see who can complete Claw's levels in the least amount of time. Start a level, type MPSTOPWATCH to activate the timer, get to the end, and then submit your time. Submissions can either be emailed to me or posted on Gunner's Forum. Screenshots are optional although preferred.

Level 1 -- La Roca
1:14Artur
1:16Teo phil
1:19Proximity
1:21boss-96
1:22Treasurer


Level 3 -- The Footpath
1:55Artur
1:59Teo phil
2:08Grey Cat
2:11Proximity
2:14Pw


Level 5 -- The Township
1:57Artur
2:03Teo phil
2:19boss-96
2:20Pw
2:26Danio


Level 7 -- The Docks
2:34Artur
2:40Teo phil
2:48boss-96
2:52Proximity
2:58Pw


Level 9 -- Pirates' Cove
3:50First
4:04Teo phil
4:13Proximity
4:34Pw
4:48boss-96


Level 11 -- The Caverns
0:14Artur
0:15First
0:19Teo phil
0:20boss-96
0:21Wujomaro


Level 13 -- Tiger Island
3:17boss-96
3:19Proximity
3:25Teo phil
4:21Zuczek
4:39Grey Cat


Custom Level -- Cross Country
1:56Artur
1:57Proximity
1:58Pw
2:01boss-96
2:07Matik
Level 2 -- The Battlements
1:57Artur
2:03Teo phil
2:04Wujomaro
2:08Proximity
2:09Pw


Level 4 -- The Dark Woods
2:01Teo phil
2:10Pw
2:16Artur
2:25Proximity
2:25boss-96


Level 6 -- El Puerto del Lobo
2:35Artur
2:44Proximity
2:45Teo phil
2:50Pw
2:58boss-96


Level 8 -- The Shipyards
3:00Artur
3:04Pw
3:15Teo phil
3:17Wujomaro
3:30boss-96


Level 10 -- The Cliffs
2:57Teo phil
3:03Proximity
3:11Grey Cat
3:27boss-96
3:39Pw


Level 12 -- The Undersea Caves
3:40Proximity
3:49Teo phil
4:14boss-96
4:16Pw
5:07Zuczek


Level 14 -- The Temple
3:18Artur
3:42Teo phil
4:10boss-96
4:15Pw
4:30Grey Cat


Custom Level -- Siege Cat
1:11Artur
1:15boss-96
1:16Proximity
1:25Swistak
1:26Pw


RECORDS:
  • Overall best player: Artur
  • 2nd place: Teo phil
  • 3rd place: Proximity
  • 4th place: Pw
  • 5th place: boss-96
  • Shortest time: Artur (0:14 on level 11)
  • Longest time: Zuczek (5:07 on level 12)
  • Longest time that is nevertheless a win: First (3:50 on level 9)
  • Biggest difference between #1 and #2: 24 seconds (between Artur and Teo phil on level 14)

RULES:
  • you must play through the level from beginning to end without using any cheats except MPSTOPWATCH to time yourself. You are allowed to load from save points. As Teo phil has pointed out to me, the game will remember the time you had when you left off.
  • if the level has a boss, there is no need to include the boss fight in your speed run. Just get to the boss warp, grab a screenshot, and then call it a day.
  • it helps if you can post a screenshot (with MPSTOPWATCH of course) as proof of your time. Press Ctrl-D to take a screenshot and email it to me along with your time. If a level has several times already and yours would put you in first place, you MUST provide a screenshot.
  • if two people have the exact same score the winner will be decided by the highest score.
  • honesty is assumed, although I have the right to remove or reject times that sound dubious or fake.
  • please start all levels as a New Game. If you Load Game you'll have all the points from the previous levels in the game, as well as things like Magic Claws etc, giving you an unfair advantage.

HINTS:
  • Get as familiar as possible with the level you're speed running on. Play through it with cheats on and memorise where all the powerups/enemies/shortcuts are. In the site's download section there are map shots of all the game's levels, consider downloading it.
  • Try to run uninterrupted for as long as possible, as you get a speed boost. If you stop, or bump into an enemy, the boost is lost. Jump over enemies if possible, or use magic claws.
  • By all means pick up catnip if it's available, as it makes you about 30% faster. But don't go out of your way to get it, if you spend more than 3-4 seconds trying to get catnip it usually isn't worth it. (Unless of course it would enable you to take a major shortcut.)
  • If you die, the timer will continue to run through Claw's death animation. Since this takes a few seconds, you may want to consider restarting if you die.
  • Magic claws are precious, use them wisely. Not only do they kill all enemies in their path instantly, they can be cast while running (if you jump a little bit as you fire), so you can easily fire one off without breaking your speed boost.
  • You don't need to play through the whole level in one go. Try getting to save point one in the fastest time possible, then from there getting to save point two, and from there to the end; working through the level in stages and perfecting your speed gradually.


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