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  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Pumpkin King (Not THAT Pumpkin King!). Despite having an intimidatingly large lifebar of 1100 points, if you have a fully loaded crossbow you can take it down from afar effortlessly. However, the PS 4 remake averts this as it now has additional phases such as regenerating and gaining a shield that will not go away till you find and destroy the vines hidden throughout the stage that appear which means you can't attack it all willy nilly with the crossbow this time. So players who'll play the original is in for a rude awakening from The Pumpkin King.
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  • Awesome Music: Practically the entire soundtrack to each game.
  • Breather Level: The Entrance Hall, especially since it falls between the very difficult Ghost Ship and Time Device levels.
  • First Installment Wins: The first game's far more well-known than its sequel. This is the most probable reason as to why only the first game got remastered for the PS4 instead of coming in a multi-pack like the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy or Spyro Reignited Trilogy did, though fans are certainly clamoring for a remake of the sequel.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • The tank-esque controls take on a new meaning when you realize you're playing as a skeleton in armor. Of course Dan would have issues moving around.
    • Dan was the only hero resurrected by Zarok's spell (Canny Tim, who was from the same time as him, wasn't resurrected); he's also the only undead not under Zarok's control. Zarok tried to avoid resurrecting heroes precisely because he couldn't control them... but ended up accidentally resurrecting Dan, who is the only soul with heroic potential that wasn't accepted in the Hall of Heroes.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Dan finally earning his place in the Hall of Heroes if he collects all the Chalices, complete with his own statue, and the gargoyle at the front door who was previously mocking him now congratulating him for his accomplishments.
    • The PS4 remake's credit sequence has a dedication to Paul Darrow (Zarok's voice actor), who passed away June 2019.
    • Pretty much everyone in general going from mocking Dan for being such a failure at the beginning of the game to eventually putting their trust in him and wishing him luck in the final confrontation.
    • Just as heartwarming are the heroes who have faith in Dan from the start: Canny Tim, Stanyer Iron Hewer, and Megwynne are nothing but polite and supportive to Dan even before he proves himself. Megwynne in particular believed in Dan from the beginning and is the first to congratulate him when he returns to the Hall Of Heroes in triumph.
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    • In the PS4 version of the ending, just before Dan lays back down on his resting place, he takes a moment and looks up at the stained glass window with a heroic depiction of his living self. He then starts to slowly smile as he realizes he's now earned his heroic reputation, almost looking like he might shed a tear if he still had tear ducts. And if you've collected all Chalices, after he returns to his eternal sleep you see another cutscene where he joins the Hall of Heroes, having finally gained his rightful place in the afterlife.
    • At the start of the game, all the gargoyles refer to Dan as "it". By the end, the gargoyles in the Hall of Heroes and outside Zarok's Lair call Dan by his full name with pride.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucks: The PS4 Remaster to some. Some like Jim Sterling wishes the developers had more confidence in itself to give the game even more bells and whistles like Medievil Resurrection did, while others like Caddicarus didn't mind it at all, realizing the goal is obviously a shot-for-shot remaster of the original, enjoyed it for what it was.
  • Moment of Awesome: Returning all the Lost Souls to their proper places in the 2019 remake has the narrator congratulate you, and when you return to the Main Menu, there is a new option on the skeleton's gravestone: "Old Game". When you select it, it is the original full game of MediEvil. With the PS1 startup sounds and screen.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The PS4 remake has various tomes and entries to remind you never to lick toads. Seriously, do NOT lick toads!
  • That One Achievement: Getting the Chalice in the Lake, which requires you to completely ignore the warning given to you at the start of the level and trigger all of the green eyeballs, forcing you into fights with extremely resilient enemies. And you have to kill every single one of them personally, as knocking them into the lake will only make them jump back out. Sometimes. Depending on where they are, they'll just disappear and force you to start the entire level over again. So don't do it by accident (which is surprisingly easy to do,) or accidentally destroy any of the green eyeballs before they've summoned enemies.
  • That One Boss:
    • The flying demons from The Enchanted Earth. The battle is real hard to put it lightly because you not only have to shield yourself from the repeatedly fire shots but also to avoid to fall in the deep gorge below as the platform where you stand will occasionally tip over with no warnings. The fact that these bosses have the highest health bar doesn't help a bit.
    • The captain from the Ghost Ship is quite exasperating. While the captain himself is a Non-Action Guy you have to fight the skeleton crew while at the same time trying to light the cannons and thus hitting the captain. Most players have given up in frustration.
  • That One Level: Once you leave the Graveyard, the game splits into three different paths: the "Pumpkin Path", leading to the Pumpkin Gorge, the "Asylum Path" leading to the Asylum, and the "Lake Path", leading to the lake. The Lake Path is the longest of the three and by far the hardest, containing a number of That One Level.
    • "Pools of the Ancient Dead" is fairly small and has an easy to complete objective, but the imprecise controls can lead to some fatal mistakes as it's extremely easy to fall into the water and waste a whole life bottle. It also contains the chests that generate shock-waves which while normally helpful, will here push you into the water. Getting the Chalice is pretty tough as well.
    • "The Lake" is nightmarish. Long, filled with tough enemies, hard to traverse and looks the same so it's easy to get lost.
    • "The Ghost Ship" can seriously drive you crazy with its tricky jumps and unhelpful camera angles.
  • Ugly Cute: Fortesque may be a one-eyed skeleton with no lower jaw, but he still has a pretty charming design (especially in later titles where he's more expressive.)

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