Speedrunning a game from Zoink Games

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been seeing a lot of new speedruns pop up for our games!

I’ve been a fan of speedruns for a few years now. I can’t remember what made me got into it but it was probably Games Done Quick – the speedrunning event that started in a living room back in 2010 but has now grown into a huge event that raises millions for charity. The objective of a speedrun is to finish the game as fast as possible and there are multiple categories to run in. To my knowledge, the most common is Any%.

”Any% – A run with no additional completion requirements; anything goes. The “default” category for speedrunning a game. The term comes from the old school Metroid speedrunning community. Metroid has a percentage counter, while other games may not, but the term stuck around.” –http://www.speedrunslive.com/

So when speedruns for both Zombie Vikings and Stick it To The Man started popping up I was very excited and over the last couple of weeks a few very talented speedrunners have been battling over the current World Record for both games.

Current world record for Stick it To The Man (Any% in 27m 42s by EmeraldAly)

I asked Emil who was game designer for Zombie Vikings, if speedrunning was something that was considered when designing the levels and weapons.I designed the enemies in the game to each have some “trick” to them, if you knew what you were doing whether it be blocking, throwing stuff at them or stunning them, you would be able to defeat them much quicker than someone who is just mashing buttons. Many of the weapons were also designed to enable players to find niche strategies for different levels. I’m myself a fan of the weapons that changes based on your health, sometimes intentionally taking damage to be more effective

Since Zombie Vikings has a certain amount of enemy waves that you can’t skip finishing the game takes longer than let’s say Stick it To The Man. The current world record for Zombie Vikings is around 2 hours and you can watch it below.

NG+ Any% – 1 Player in 2h 09m 03s by SwedishCheese

It’s going to be fun to see if people keep speedrunning our games and if our upcoming game Fe gets a speedrun community. I would say Fe is the most speedrunner-friendly game Zoink has ever developed. The beauty about speedruns is that it never gets old. Just a few weeks ago someone beat the speedrun record for Super Mario Bros and that game is over 30 years old!

EmeraldAly, who’s the Stick It To The Man runner just recently submitted the run to AGDQ (Games Done Quick) so let’s hope it gets picked! Getting picked would mean the game would be shown at the world’s largest speedrunning event!

Follow SwedishCheese and EmeraldAly on Twitter for more sweet speedruns.

What’s your favourite speedrun?

@MikaelForslind
PR & Marketing Manager
Zoink Games