Video Game: The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang
The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang
is an obscure Action Adventure
game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System
and produced by Naxat Soft. It's a sequel to the equally obscure Japanese-only Turbo-Grafx 16
game Makai Prince Dobrabochan
You play as Vegetarian Vampire
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 The Legend of Zelda
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:
- Action Girl: Camelia.
- Action RPG
- Adorable Evil Minions: The garlic cloves.
- All There in the Manual: Averted - the ability to play two player is never mentioned in the manual or in-game.
- For the curious, after 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.
- Amazon Brigade: Felina's Feline Fighters.
- The Atoner: Rudy, son of Von Hessler, is certain something has changed with his father and intends to bring him back to his senses.
- Big Bad: Von Hessler.
- Badass Cape: 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.
- Cat Girl: Felina.
- Charged Attack: Spike's hat throw is done this way.
- Cool Pet: Cid, Spike's friendly pet lake monster.
- Dark Action Girl: Felina and Hydra.
- Demonic Possession: Von Hessler is possessed by the demon Owasa.
- Difficulty By Region: The US version makes enemies so strong that you have to do a lot of level grinding to be able to substantially damage bosses.
- The Dragon: Hydra; she's also Felina's mother.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Waddling garlic cloves, an old mystic's cane, demons, and cat warriors are all out to get you.
- Fight Like A Card Player: Cards are used to attack.
- Forced Tutorial: Spike's training under Clarence on Fighter Island.
- The Goomba: Basic garlic cloves.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The first battle against The Freezer.
- Lady of War: Hydra.
- The Man Behind the Man: Owasa, a demon, is possessing Von Hessler.
- Money for Nothing: 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.
- Money Grinding: 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 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.
- Obviously Evil: Von Hessler.
- PAL Bonus: 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.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Spike's magic hats. The strongest version will actively track down and attack enemies before returning.
- Some Call Me Tim: Spike's trainer, Ching Cao Qiang, Clarence for short.
- Spin Attack: 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.
- Stupidity Is the Only Option: After you defeat Felina in battle, she tries to ensnare you in a painfully obvious trap. The game can't continue until you fall for it.
- Turns Red: Every boss, when near defeat, refills their life bar and gains new attack patterns.
- Vegetarian Vampire: Spike eats tomatoes rather than drinking blood.
- Voice Grunting: Every character talks with different-pitched beeps.
- Waddling Head: Garlic cloves.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The Freezer is completely invincible, unless exposed to his one weakness, chicken noodle soup.
- Weaponized Headgear: Spike's hat behaves like a boomerang.
- When Trees Attack: Root, the protector of the Kalala water.
- Worthy Opponent: 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.