The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang is an obscure Action Adventure/Action RPG game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and produced by Naxat Soft. It's a sequel to the equally obscure Japanese-only TurboGrafx-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.