* AllAnimationIsDisney: To some extent. The character designs resemble the works of Creator/DonBluth while the animation itself looks like it came out of [[CoolWorld Ralph Bakshi's colors]].
* AnimationAgeGhetto: There's really no other explanation for why this has a K-A rating.
* BreatherLevel: The entire "Vivi's Funeral Salon" sequence, in which you encounter over a minute of dialogue before an easily-avoidable death by spider. From then on it results in more dialogue and pretty much less of the "PressXToNotDie" scenes, one of which (the "[[SimonSaysMiniGame deadly manicure]]" scene) is pretty difficult to master without noticing Vivi's clumsy finger-pointing clues. Otherwise, it's a bit of a relief in this level.
* EarWorm: Pretty much of the soundtrack. And it's on the playlist [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL750B06C836664C1B&feature=plcp here]].
* EvilIsSexy: Vivi the {{vampires|AreSexGods}}s.
* FauxSymbolism: One of the resurrection scenes (in case Lance dies in haunted rooms) shows the "fires of rebirth" reform Lance's body and restore him to life. This is a bit strange, as it is kind of reminiscent of ThePhoenix, which is an ancient and well known symbol of death and rebirth and portrayed as a magical bird made of living flames; the story says that when a Phoenix reaches the end of its life, it would make a cinnamon stick nest and self-immolate itself with fire, and from the ashes a new Phoenix is reborn. This could explain the "fiery" resurrection scene that Lance, like a Phoenix, can rise from the ashes of defeat and start over. Weird.
* HilariousInHindsight: At one time in the confrontation scene in the long stairway, Fritz kills Lance by [[FlayingAlive scalping him]] with his HookHand and ''[[GenuineHumanHide using said scalp as a hat]]!'' It's pretty gross, but believe us, Fritz is no VideoGame/{{Kirby|SuperStar}}.
** Also, earlier in said scene, during Fritz's long trip down the stairs, he loses many things from his trenchcoat, among them a [[PornStash porno magazine with a picture of Vivi's clothed breasts on the cover]]. A vampiress in a porno magazine... somehow it kinda predates dhampyr Rayne of the ''VideoGame/{{BloodRayne}}'' series [[http://www.actiontrip.com/features/atstop10videogamechicks.phtml appearing in the "Gaming Grows Up" page of the October 2004 issue of]] ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' by nine years... and at least Vivi wasn't topless unlike Rayne.
* NauseaFuel: In one death scene, Fritz sticks Lance's head in a blender, then turns it on, purees his entire body, and drinks it like beer, eyeballs and all. This is just so barf-worthy.
* PolishedPort: The {{Philips CD-i}}, [[UsefulNotes/ThreeDOInteractiveMultiplayer 3DO]] and PlayStation ports of the game have higher video qualities than the MS-DOS, Windows, AtariJaguar, and SegaSaturn ports, though the former first three each have two [=CDs=] instead of one; but only the {{iOS|Games}} port, which does not require any [=CDs=], has a higher video resolution that surpasses all of the earlier versions. Also, the 3DO port has two versions of Disc 1: the original one, and "Version 1.1", which fixes a bug that would sometimes cause a crash in Vivi's Salon in the original release. The [=iOS=] port did the same in December 2010 by upgrading its version from 1.0 to 1.1, which added support for [=iOS=] 3.0 and 4.2 and fixed various bugs.
** PortingDisaster: The Jaguar port, on the other hand, has a very low video resolution and blocky graphics than all the other ports of the game.
* {{Squick}}: Several of the deaths.
** Moose giving Lance a wedgie that ''splits him in half'' and ''rips out his spine and pelvis''.
* ThatOneLevel: Moose's entire scenario. It starts when you enter Moose's room and, immediately on entering it, you notice a stone football [[DinnerDeformation getting thrown into your mouth]] if you don't avoid it. Once you get past that football, you have to dodge another football, along with Moose's grabs, shoulder charges, [[BatterUp baseball bat attacks]], being flung by a basketball net as a catapult, and the grab from below his head, all in the first quarter of this scenario (followed by a lot of DeadlyDodging of the lightning rods in the second quarter; finding a way to destroy Moose in the third quarter; and dodging Fritz as usual in the final quarter)! Failure to avoid any of these attacks in the first quarter of this scenario will send you all the way back to where you entered the room in the split-second that the same stone football is getting thrown into your mouth again!
** Also, TheMaze (which has many of these ''literal'' [[{{Pun}} dead]] ends if you don't go in the right direction, accompanied by deadly {{mushroom|Man}}s, {{s|caledUp}}nakes, [[ImAHumanitarian man-eating]] {{frogs|AndToads}}, spike traps and deadly vines); and the [[LivingStatue giant statue]] at the end of it, which can require a whole lot of situations where you can't just "press X to not die", but you LITERALLY have to make it more like a BIG "[[PressXToNotDie Mash the X Buttons a Whole Lot of Times to Not Fall or Get Doused in or Sprayed by Acid,]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Impaled,]] [[SquashedFlat or Squashed Flat]]" situation.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: It's a game where the protagonist gets to die in all sorts of graphically violent ways, which has made it extremely hard to understand why this was given a K-A rating [[note]](Kids to Adults, the mid-90's equivalent to the Everyone rating)[[/note]] then. (Some could argue that "it's because it looks so silly" but many of the deaths were not exactly all that light nevertheless so in other words the fact that this game was given a K-A rating might be considered to be really... baffling to put it mildly.)
** Then there's the whole issue with Vivi the {{vampires|AreSexGods}}s and her... ''[[{{Pun}} titillating]]'' appearance, [[BuxomIsBetter figures]] and MaleGaze... and one suggestive magazine in the FreezeFrameBonus that can be too suggestive for children, yet we may never understand why all of these are ''[[SarcasmMode totally safe for kids]]'' with a K-A rating! [[SarcasmMode Very subtle, ReadySoft.]]
*** What's even stranger is that Japan's game rating organization (pre-CERO) slapped each box of the game (exported from America) with an "all ages" (全年齢, ''zen nenrei'') rating on a green sticker, hoping that its audience of children would be less sensitive to mind-numbing bloodless violence and sexuality than America's children (due to cultural differences).
** The [=iOS=] port thankfully averts this by ramping up the rating to a 12+, which could be an equivalent of either a "Teen" or an "Everyone 10+" rating.