Kid Dracula is a Lighter and Softer two-game Gaiden Game spin-off of the Castlevania series, better known as Akumajou Special: Boku Dracula-Kun! in Japan, where Castlevania is known as Akumajou Dracula.
The first game was released for the Nintendo Famicom in 1990, though it never received an overseas release, until May 16th, 2019 when it was released as part of the Castlevania Anniversary Collection for the first time in English. The second game was released for the Game Boy in Japan and the US in 1993 and, despite being treated as a sequel, basically is a Polished Port of the first game.
The plot revolves around the 10,009-year-old son of Dracula (Alucard? Maybe) who awakens from a nap to discover that a powerful demon lord named Garamoth has brainwashed all of his demonic minions. The youth borrows his dad's cape and sets out to reclaim what rightfully belongs to his family, growing more powerful along the way.
Oh, and about that ten thousand year thing...
This series contains examples of:
- Actually a Doombot: Garamoth's first fight in the Game Boy version.
- Alien Invasion: Seen in the city levels, and the late levels become more and more futuristic. It's also stated in the Game Boy version that Garamoth is the "ruler of space".
- Bag of Spilling: At the beginning of the Game Boy game, Kid Dracula tells Death that he forgot all of his moves from the first game.
- Bonus Level: After every level, you can spend coins on minigames to get extra lives.
- The Cameo: Kid Dracula was a playable character in Gokujou Parodius!.
- Also in Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius: Forever With Me as an unlockable character... two to be exact.
- And very heavily implied that he can appear in the Castlevania Stage of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, while also serving as an equippable Spirit.
- Charged Attack: Kid Dracula's basic attack is simple, but the attacks he earns require him to charge up first.
- Checkpoint Starvation: During stages 7 and 9.
- Continuing is Painful: Because you'll lose the HP upgrades.
- Feed It a Bomb: The only way to hurt King Garamoth in the NES game's finale is to shoot him in his open mouth when he spits a fireball.
- Flash of Pain: Both Kid and boss monsters will flash when hurt.
- Friendly Neighbor Hood Vampire: Kid Dracula.
- Ghost Leg Lottery: Used to determine the minigame in the Famicom version. The word "amidakuji" even appears in the official English translation.
- Heart Container: Health upgrades show up as a square with a heart on the, and increase Kid's health by one heart (up to 5). Collecting one when he has all 5 just refills his health.
- Hearts Are Health: This at least makes sense, given you're playing as a vampire. Regular red hearts fill one heart, while glowing hearts fill the whole meter.
- Humongous Mecha: Two boss examples, one of which is the height of the level and is reached via elevator ride.
- Kill It with Ice: The Kirin can only be harmed by the ice attack; anything else will just bounce off.
- Konami Code:
- If used on the title screen of the first game, the game will just laugh at you and say that it does nothing.
- Referenced in the cutscene where Kid gets the UpDown spell, with the words "Up Up Down Down!" appearing during the demonstration.
- Laser Blade: Garamoth opts to use one of these in the Game Boy version, as opposed to his standard sword on the Famicom.
- Lighter and Softer: The chibi versions of characters are just cute, that you may forget that they are based on demonic entities.
- Look Behind You: The Famicom game's credits try to pull this on the player."But be careful. A man with a whip might come to fight you..."
- No Swastikas: The first bosses of the game resemble The Klan with swastikas on their hoods, but are actually ghosts with Manji symbols on their heads. The US version naturally removes them, hopefully making them resemble ghosts.
- Parasol of Pain: One of Kid Dracula's weapons in the Game Boy version is his father's umbrella, which he uses as a shield.
- Pop Quiz: The Famicom game has a boss fight against the Statue of Liberty that turns into one of these, since she can't move.
- Rollercoaster Mine: A variation - rather than an actual roller coaster, it's a platform that appears to be a very tiny bullet train. Except it still has loop-the-loops.
- Servile Snarker: Death serves as Kid Dracula's guardian in the Game Boy game, but not all of his words are supportive.
- The first stage theme is a remix of "Beginning" from Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, but is sufficiently bouncy and upbeat that it's hard to tell. In addition, the stage itself is a traditional Castlevania stage, except beginning in the throne room. Naturally. Though it still somehow ends at the bottom of the staircase leading up to where the throne room usually is.
- On the NES version, a mook who bares a resemblance to Spider-Man on Stage 5: New York.
- The final stage of the Game Boy version contains xenomorphs as enemies. The Famicom game has expies of Jason and King Kong (who attacks by throwing airplanes) in the city stage.
- In the Game Boy version, Jason or Rick Taylor appears.
- One of the Statue of Liberty's questions in the Castlevania Collection's translation is which island is the furthest south: Hawaii, Guam, or Shadow Moses.
- Slouch of Villainy: Kid Dracula at the ending.
- Sound of No Damage: Invulnerable targets will resound with a metallic "ping" when shot.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Ever since Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Galamoth has been spelled with an L in English. Despite the fact that it was released in the west in 2019, well after SOTN corrected this, it's still spelled Garamoth in the Anniversary Collection.
- Spinoff Babies: The cast are mostly kids, obviously. Though Dracula's son isn't directly named here, just "Kid Dracula".
- Suddenly Voiced: Inverted. Garamoth makes a number of villainous threats in this game, but has never received dialogue in any of his Castlevania appearances.
- Super-Deformed: Characters are drawn in a cartoonish manner, like chibis.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: One of Kid Dracula's weapons is an Ice Ball, the only purpose of which is to temporarily freeze enemies and turn them into platforms...at least until you reach the flaming unicorn boss in the last level that can only be harmed with it.
- Your Vampires Suck: The American manual takes a gratuitous swipe at, "those pasty faced phonies, you see flaunting their fake fangs, in the flicks."