''The Twisted Tales of Spike [=McFang=]'' is an obscure ActionAdventure[=/=]ActionRPG game for the SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem and produced by Naxat Soft. It's a sequel to the equally obscure Japanese-only TurboGrafx16 game ''Makai Prince Dobrabochan''.
You play as VegetarianVampire Spike [=McFang=] of Vladamasco, who battles the evil General Von Hessler, a zombie who attempts to invade Spike's parents' and his friend Camelia's kingdoms. Camelia herself is playable, as is Rudy, Von Hessler's repentant son.
Gameplay is an overhead view similar to 2D ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games. However, instead of a sword, Spike uses his trusty cape and magical hat to attack foes. The cape functions as an omnidirectional melee attack, while the hat works like a boomerang.
Playing cards are also used to attack, and higher levels means more damage. Spike can restore his health by drinking tomato juice and using tomato cards, but must beware of garlic cloves and other monsters that lurk about.
!!This game contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: Camelia.
* AdorableEvilMinions: The garlic cloves.
* AllThereInTheManual: Averted - the ability to play two player is never mentioned in the manual or in-game.
** For the curious, after [[spoiler: Beating Felicia in Dracuman Castle, and Rudy rescues you]], at the title screen you can enter "Down, B, Left, B, Up, Y, Right, Y". If done correctly, you should hear a chime and then your partner will be controlled by player 2. Exceptionally handy since they cannot be hurt.
* AmazonBrigade: Felina's Feline Fighters.
* TheAtoner: Rudy, son of Von Hessler, is certain something has changed with his father and intends to bring him back to his senses.
* BigBad: Von Hessler.
* BadassCape: Spike's main attack is his cape, which he spins around to whack enemies. If he spins too much at once, he starts to spin out of control and creates a massively damaging vortex - although it leaves him dizzy and vulnerable for a few seconds.
* CatGirl: Felina.
* ChargedAttack: Spike's hat throw is done this way.
* CoolPet: Cid, Spike's friendly pet lake monster.
* DarkActionGirl: Felina and Hydra.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Von Hessler is possessed by the demon Owasa]].
* DifficultyByRegion: The US version makes enemies so strong that you have to do a ''lot'' of level grinding to be able to substantially damage bosses.
* TheDragon: Hydra; she's also Felina's mother.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Waddling garlic cloves, an old mystic's cane, demons, and cat warriors are all out to get you.
* FightLikeACardPlayer: Cards are used to attack.
* ForcedTutorial: Spike's training under Clarence on Fighter Island.
* TheGoomba: Basic garlic cloves.
* HopelessBossFight: The first battle against The Freezer.
* LadyOfWar: Hydra.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Owasa, a demon, is possessing Von Hessler]].
* MoneyForNothing: 10G and 50G coins are dropped more frequently by enemies the further you are in the game. It becomes really easy to grind for money in the final area. Unfortunately, there are no shops in the final area for you to spend your money in.
* MoneyGrinding: The largest gold sinks in the game are the upgraded hats and possibly the tomato juice cards. While your main source of steady gold comes from defeating enemies, the game tries to [[AntiFrustrationFeatures help speed up the process]] throughout:
** In Batland Castle, Professor Steam gives you 100G right off the bat. Also, after defeating Felina, you get to keep the giant gold token she baits you with.
** In Ratville and Kalala Desert, you can find several Mystery Flowers that give you tomatoes, gold coins or a swarm of bugs. As long as you collect the items or defeat the bugs as they are spawned, it will provide an endless supply. If you accidentally "kill" one, you can always just leave and return to respawn another.
** By the time you arrive in Vampra, 10G and 50G coins will have become much more common. In addition, just two screens away from town there is an area where an endless supply of enemies falls from the sky.
* ObviouslyEvil: Von Hessler.
* PALBonus: In the US version, you're allowed to set your currently equipped card to a blank space, so you don't use any by accident.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Spike's magic hats. The strongest version will actively track down and attack enemies before returning.
* SomeCallMeTim: Spike's trainer, Ching Cao Qiang, Clarence for short.
* SpinAttack: Spike's main means of offense is spinning his cape around. When done repeatedly, it becomes a stronger version that lasts a while and does good damage, but leaves him dizzy for a few dangerous seconds.
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: After you defeat Felina in battle, she tries to ensnare you in a [[SchmuckBait painfully obvious]] trap. The game can't continue until you fall for it.
* TurnsRed: Every boss, when near defeat, refills their life bar and gains new attack patterns.
* VegetarianVampire: Spike eats tomatoes rather than drinking blood.
* VoiceGrunting: Every character talks with different-pitched beeps.
* WaddlingHead: Garlic cloves.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The Freezer is completely invincible, unless exposed to his one weakness, chicken noodle soup.
* WeaponizedHeadgear: Spike's hat behaves like a boomerang.
* WhenTreesAttack: Root, the protector of the Kalala water.
* WorthyOpponent: The Freezer may be one of the top officers of an evil army, but he refuses to finish a fight with Spike when he has an unfair advantage.