Parlor and Alcatraz
Crateria Save Room
Final Missile Bombway
|Adjacent rooms||Landing Site
The Alcatraz escape ("Alcatraz" being the smaller of the two areas pictured above) is one of the first tricks a player new to the game typically learns. When coming back to the room after defeating Bomb Torizo, this strategy saves a minimum of eight seconds compared to going around the other side, and only requires Morphing Ball.
To perform the Alcatraz escape, walljump on the lower part of the first section to the left, then repeat on the next section. When you reach the narrow "bottleneck" above at the end, quickly walljump, morph (press down while continuing to hold jump) and hold left.
Most routes for Any% will optimally use Speed Booster to break through the bomb blocks on the way to Tourian through Terminator Room. The optimal method for KPDR is to Space Jump through the blocks while retaining the Speed Booster blue state, but it's relatively tight without hitting the wall above the bomb blocks. A more reliable method is to morph into a speedball on the far side of the pit.