Definitely possible, though I will need to rebalance some of my safety strats again to push it below. I even think that sub 1:49 is possible, though that might be a flawless holy grail run unless some new strats are found.
I've been experimenting more with the Crystal Palace 3 skip in-between the two runs. The strat I later used in the new run turned out to be very easy and consistent (hasn't failed even once so far). Just jump and run right after the trigger, then hold heli as soon as you leave the edge. Still feels just as scary though.Hunchman801 wrote: ↑Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:05 pm It was ballsy of you to go for the damage boost in Crystal Palace 3, glad this worked out! The UFO skip went well too, and you also took a lot more chances in the water part (that was a close one at beginning, wasn't it?), which paid off as you saved more than a minute in Eat at Joe's alone, compared to the previous run.
The beginning of the water part was indeed close, but semi-expected. After dying there in the first run I specifically practiced using the damage boost as a backup strat.
Another thing that hasn't really happened like this before, neither when grinding ILs nor in practice runs. I need to get a better feeling for when exactly the platforms switch directions. Really lucky there was a secret down there, didn't even know that before.
No, or rather, not anymore. The main benefit of casual mode is actually the additional tings you get from collecting lives, which lets you acquire the 1500 tings needed for the Power-Up upgrade a bit earlier. I feel comfortable enough with the late game now, so I'm skipping the upgrade entirely in the future. This means there is no reason for me to run casual anymore. Might as well go for the swag then.Hunchman801 wrote: ↑Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:05 pm I like how you were really careful in the antitoon funnel but with only 2 HP left, you had to be! And you didn't buy the power-ups at the end, that was cool. Also, I noticed you're not playing casual anymore? Does it change anything besides the unlimited lives?