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Spikeyfruit Shadows (スーパーSpikeyfruit in Japan, meaning Super Spikeyfruit) is a 2D Platformer/FPS game developed and published by RECHSOFT for the Sega CD & Mega CD, PC, AtHome Disc, and SNES & Super Famicom on August 23rd, 1995. It focused on Spikeyfruit and Passionfruit's adventure against the Impire, and was notably the first Spikeyfruit game to give Spikeyfruit his squeaky, high-pitched voice, and he uses it to shout profanities. A lot. And make pop culture references.

The game was received rather negatively due to the darker plot, but incredibly well received for it's humorous dialogue and solid anti-piracy practices.

Story

The game begins with Spikeyfruit saving Luv Lee from danger, during Spikeyfruit 1. Fast forward two years. Spikeyfruit is 20 years old, single, unemployed, dirt poor and spending all his (remaining) money on alcohol, and in jail with a porcupine named Chuckles, and a carpenter named Mary.

Suddenly, a police hovercar bursts through the prison wall, freeing him and the other two inmates. Spikeyfruit checks the car, and finds his cousin, Passionfruit "Kushi" inside. After nearly word-for-word quoting a line from The Blues Brothers and throwing Kushi out of the car, Spikeyfruit drives off, being chased by Kushi.

A while later, Spikeyfruit crashes his new car into a mill, takes one of the rifles, and starts the first FPS segment of the game, and later the first platforming segment of the game, after clearing all the enemies. Upon destroying the mill, he starts getting chased by imps, and flees in a motorboat towards one of the Moderate Lakes, Lake Inferior.

A long while later, Spikeyfruit and Kushi have cleared out everyone from surrounding areas. Upon talking to Danger Durian, one of their new friends, he gives them The Seawalker, a parody of Metal Gear. It allows them to reach Lake Eerie and it's surrounding mountain, Mukade Mountain.

Upon demolishing the interior of the Impire HQ in Mukade Mountain and defeating the ruler of the Impire, Iron Fist, a tank containing a giant brain opens, causing Spikeyfruit to scream, "Holy shit!" as the brain reveals it's Centipede. It even has his face!

After killing Centipede's disembodied, flying brain, Spikeyfruit and Kushi are separated by Kushi breaking through the window, and Spikeyfruit fleeing in time, where he meets another durian, implied to be Luv Lee, upon which Spikeyfruit says, "It's good to see ya, sweetheart."

Fast forward 50 years. Spikeyfruit has been M.I.A., and Passionfruit is in a judge's room, sitting in the judge's chair. Talking to himself, he says, "He's 106 miles to the ground, full tank of lighter fluid, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and he's wearing sunglasses." Passionfruit puts on punk shades, and says, "Hit it," followed by the game ending.

Levels

Wet Woods

Level Name Level Code Description
Riverside Run W01 A run in the woods and in the river.
Treetop Town W02 A climb in the trees and into the tree village.
Bamboo Bridge W03 A bridge made of bamboo above a rushing river. Totally reassuring!
Hill Bottom Zone W04 A descent down a hill and the river around it.
Asshole's Aqueduct W05 An aqueduct fashioned from a cave in a pond.
Perennial's Pond W06BOSS A pond inhabited by Perennial, evil flower counterpart to Spikeyfruit

Magma Mine

Level Name Level Code Description
The Bat Cave M01 A basalt cave filled with bats.
Rock & Roll Yard M02 A basalt cave filled with rocks.
Delirious Digsite M03 A mine that contains an extremely large mining laser.
Hell & High Water M04 A magma lake with small stones that are jumped across.
Train Exercise M05 The second FPS level. A train above the mine.
This is a Drill M06 A chase by a giant drill.
Anti-Chamber M07 A chamber filled with lava. The player must defeat 90 enemies within the 3:00 time limit.
Krakatoa Chasm M08BOSS A boss fight against Krakatoa, the anthropomorphic volcano.

Smoggy Skyline

Level Name Level Code Description
Jailhouse Block S01 A city block.
Death Alley S02 A dangerous alley filled with the remaining Stickmen loyal to Centipede.
Lobby a Ball S03 The third FPS level. An apartment building lobby. Removed in the Sega CD version.
Elevator From Ipanema S04 The fourth FPS level. An elevator with different enemies and places each level. Areas include prison, hell, heaven, etc. Removed in the Sega CD version.
City Heights S05 A chase across the tops of the buildings.
City Fall S06 A fall down an apartment building.
Submarine Way S07 A battle in a subway station. The player must defeat 90 enemies in 2:00.
Underground Railroad S08 A conquest of a metro train.
Run For Mayor! S09 The city hall.
Admiral Crunch S10BOSS A fight against Admiral Crunch's Death Metal Robot on the tops of buildings. Removed in the Sega CD version.
Ping Pong S10BOSSMD An airplane battle against a King Kong parody. Replaces Admiral Crunch in the Sega CD version. One of two times the Darkfruit bi-plane appears in the Sega CD version.

Tail Feather Tropics

Removed in the Sega CD version.

Level Name Level Code Description
Son of a Beach T01 A level on the beach. No shit, Sherlock.
Bing Bong T02 A level in the jungle including a giant ape mini-boss.
Shake a Tail Feather T03 A tropical lake with flamingos.
BOOM T04 The fifth FPS level. A battle in the jungle with tons of landmines.
Canyon Cruise T05 A swim across the canyon that uses Mode 7 to show the water and canyon.
Over The Falls! T06 A descent down a waterfall, similar to Smoggy Skyline's "City Fall" level.
River Rush T07 A race upriver, using Mode 7 to show extra water.
Ten-Ock-Dick-Long T08 A stereotypical Native American village.
Continental Divide T09 A split between the previous tropical/jungle levels and a Death Valley parody.
Sky Pop Music T10 Spikeyfruit flies across the desert in his bi-plane, Darkfruit. One of two times the Darkfruit bi-plane appears in the SNES version.
Dead Valley T11 The sixth FPS level. A skull-covered Death Valley parody.
Luv Lee, But Dead Lee T12BOSS A battle against Dead Lee, who has a suspiciously similar name to Luv Lee.

Nightly North

The most dangerous area in the game.

Level Name Level Name Description
Tundra Terror N01 A tundra that eventually ends up in a snowstorm that uses Mode 7 to show the snow and clouds. Snowstorm removed in Sega CD version.
A Very Ice Level N02 A snowfield during a snowstorm. Snowstorm and snow particles removed in the Sega CD version.
Operation Stay Frosty N03 An abandoned Impire base, from a failed attempt to study the area.
Let it Snow N04 Another snowfield, yet this time without a snowstorm.
Half & Half N05 A half of a sunken ship that's over water. Snowstorm effects removed in Sega CD version.
The Low-Down N06 The lower half of a sunken ship that's underwater.
Frozen Reef N07 A frozen coral reef. Again, no shit, Sherlock.
Pipe Line N08 The inside of an underwater pipe. Serves as transport between levels 1-7 and 9-14.
Ice Flow N09 An ice floe battle level. 120 enemies must be beaten in 3:00.
I-Glue N10 The inside of a giant igloo.
Yet Another Snowfield Level! N11 Exactly what the level name says. Snowstorm and snow particles removed in the Sega CD version.
Battle Over Ice Caps N12 A bi-plane battle over a ton of icebergs. The second time the Darkfruit bi-plane appears in the SNES and Sega CD versions, and the third time it appears in the AtHome Disc and PC versions.
Welcome to Iceburg N13 The inside of a giant iceberg.
Pissed-Off Perennial N14BOSS A battle against Perennial, radiating with Centipede's energy.

Lake Eerie

Level Name Level Code Description
Fort Eerie CM01 An abandoned early Impire fortress, showing how long the Impire's been around.
Lake Eerie CM02 The bottom of Lake Eerie, and one of the most dangerous areas in the game, due to Spikeyfruit's weaknesses.

Mukade Mountain

This is one of the most dangerous worlds in the game, due to one of Spikeyfruit's weaknesses.

Level Name Level Code Description
Onwards & Upwards CM03 An ascent up Mukade Mountain.
To The Summit CM04 The top of Mukade Mountain.
Greenhouse Rock CM05BOSS The Impire's HQ. Ironfist, leader of the Impire, and Centipede's Brain are fought here.
CM06BOSS CM06BOSS Kushi's descent down Mukade Mountain by snowboard, using Mode 7 to show tons of snow. Unnamed in game, as it instantly starts after defeating Centipede's Brain. Removed in the Sega CD version.
Pissed-Off Perennial 2 CM06BOSSMD Spikeyfruit's final battle against Perennial, powered by Centipede's Brain.

Differences

There are four versions of Spikeyfruit Shadows:

  • The SNES version, Supaikīfurūtsu Kage is the original release, and contains the original level setup.
  • The Sega CD version, Spikeyfruit MD removes some levels, and removes Tail Feather Tropics altogether, but includes some new levels, clearer voice acting, music lyrics, and 3D cutscenes.
  • The AtHome Disc version, Emcee Complete, contains all features from the SNES and Sega CD versions, and some new features, such as Passionfruit speaking during levels.
  • The PC version, also known as Spikeyfruit Shadows Compilation, is simply a port of the AtHome Disc version with slightly lower quality voices.

Concepts

Environmental Weaknesses

Spikeyfruit, being a tropical durian, is extremely vulnerable to cold, and extremely resistant to heat. Kushi, being a Yellow Passionfruit and therefore of unknown origin, is resistant to cold and heat. Since both are plants similar to people, they can only say under for some time, though they can swim at a rather alarming rate.

Darkfruit Bi-Plane

Spikeyfruit's black bi-plane, christened, "Darkfruit," in memory of his late older brother, is used in 3 missions. It's controls are as follows:

Default Button Command
D-Pad Move
A/B Fire bullets
X/Y Drop bombs
A+B Double bullets
X+Y Super Bomb
Hold L/R Short Out Engine
Start/Select Pause

Platforming Level Controls

Default Button Command
D-Pad Right/Left Move
D-Pad Left/Right while moving in opposite direction Moonwalk
D-Pad Down Crouch
A Jump
D-Pad Left/Right while crouching Roll Dash
X/Y Homing Spike Shot
B while moving Left/Right Tornado Dash
L/R Change Characters
Start/Select Pause

FPS Level Controls

Default Button Command
D-Pad Up/Down Move
D-Pad Left/Right Turn
A Jump
B Shoot
X/Y Stab/Pick Up
Start/Select Pause

Anti-Piracy Measures (SNES Version only.)

If the game is played while pirated, connected to a copying machine, or includes a regularity, the game will display normally, until the final battle with Centipede, where the game will start playing a frightening scare chord normally reserved for horror movies, stop, show a realistic, decapitated picture of Spikeyfruit that flickers every couple of seconds, before freezing on that picture.

After that, the scare chord is slowly replaced by a loud, robotic screeching sound, along with other sounds similar to the noises that usually emit from Emergency Weather Announcements, and the following message, read by a deadpan serious, operator-esque voice, with an ever-so-slightly different speech for each console and region, as well as the problem.

SNES NTSC (Pirated Copy)

"This game is an unlawful and unauthorized reproduction of Spikeyfruit Shadows Cartridge, "Supaikīfurūtsu Kage Version 1," NTSC version. We demand that production on these pirated copies cease immediately, lest certain problems including the law occur.

Piracy is a serious crime. If you consider pirating video games, then we do not believe that you would have to refer to your Super Nintendo Entertainment System booklet for more information. If you have purchased this game from a store with an untrustworthy reputation, or if other copies with this problem have emerged from the store, then please purchase this game with another store.

With all due respect, RECHSOFT.

This copy will now eject it's battery."

SNES NTSC (Copying Machine)

"This copy of Spikeyfruit Shadows Cartridge, "Supaikīfurūtsu Kage Version 1," NTSC version is connected to a device used to make unauthorized copies. We demand that production on these unauthorized copies cease immediately, lest certain problems including the law occur.

Piracy is a serious crime. If you consider pirating video games, then we do not believe that you would have to refer to your Super Nintendo Entertainment System booklet for more information. If your cartridge is not connected to such a device, remove the cartridge, and wait 10 seconds before reinserting the cartridge into your system.

If the problem persists, please contact where you brought this copy from, and ask if any other copies have had this problem.

With all due respect, RECHSOFT.

This copy will now eject it's battery."

SNES NTSC (Error)

"This copy of Spikeyfruit Shadows Cartridge, "Supaikīfurūtsu Kage Version 1," NTSC version has encountered an irregularity that has caused the game to crash.

To fix the problem, remove the cartridge, wait ten seconds, and reinsert the cartridge into the system.

With all due respect, RECHSOFT."

Super Famicom (Pirated Copy)

"このゲームは、 NTSC -JP版」 、 Supaikīfurūtsu鹿毛バージョン1 」 スーパーSpikeyfruitカートリッジの違法、不正に複製したものです。我々は、これらの海賊版でその生産が発生し、法律を含む特定の問題といけないので、すぐにやめます。

海賊行為は重大な犯罪です。あなたがビデオゲームを著作権侵害を検討した場合、我々はあなたが詳細については、お使いのスーパーファミコンの小冊子を参照しなければならないとは考えていません。あなたは信用できない評判でストアからこのゲームを購入した場合は、この問題を持つ他のコピーがストアから浮上している場合は、その後、別のストアでこのゲームを購入してください。"

Super Famicom (Copying Machine)

"スーパーSpikeyfruitカートリッジのこのコピーは、 「 Supaikīfurūtsu鹿毛バージョン1は、 「 NTSC -JP版は、不正コピーを作成するために使用されるデバイスに接続されています。我々は、これらの不正コピーにその生産が発生し、法律を含む特定の問題といけないので、すぐにやめます。

海賊行為は重大な犯罪です。あなたがビデオゲームを著作権侵害を検討した場合、我々はあなたが詳細については、お使いのスーパーファミコンの小冊子を参照しなければならないとは考えていません。あなたのカートリッジが、そのようなデバイスに接続されていない場合は、カートリッジを取り外して、お使いのシステムにカートリッジを再挿入する前に10秒待ちます。

問題が解決しない場合は、から、このコピーを持ってきた場合には、お問い合わせください、および任意の他のコピーがこの問題を抱えているかどうか尋ねます。

失礼ながら、希少ゲームと。"

Super Famicom (Error)

"スーパーSpikeyfruitカートリッジのこのコピー、 「 Supaikīfurūtsu鹿毛バージョン1は、 「 NTSC -JP版は、ゲームがクラッシュする原因となったむらが発生しました。

、問題を修正するカートリッジを取り外し、 10秒待ってシステムにカートリッジを再挿入します。

失礼ながら、希少ゲームと。"

SNES PAL (Pirated Copy)

"This game is an unlawful and unauthorized reproduction of Spikeyfruit Shadows Cartridge, "Supaikīfurūtsu Kage Version 1," PAL version. We demand that production on these pirated copies cease immediately, lest certain problems including the law occur.

Piracy is a serious crime. If you consider pirating video games, then we do not believe that you would have to refer to your Super Nintendo Entertainment System booklet for more information. If you have purchased this game from a store with an untrustworthy reputation, or if other copies with this problem have emerged from the store, then please purchase this game with another store.

With all due respect, RECHSOFT.

This copy will now remove it's battery."

SNES PAL (Copying Machine)

"This copy of Spikeyfruit Shadows Cartridge, "Supaikīfurūtsu Kage Version 1," NTSC version is connected to a device used to make unauthorized copies. We demand that production on these unauthorized copies cease immediately, lest certain problems including the law occur.

Piracy is a serious crime. If you consider pirating video games, then we do not believe that you would have to refer to your Super Nintendo Entertainment System booklet for more information. If your cartridge is not connected to such a device, remove the cartridge, and wait 10 seconds before reinserting the cartridge into your system.If the problem persists, please contact where you brought this copy from, and ask if any other copies have had this problem.

With all due respect, RECHSOFT.

This copy will now remove it's battery."

SNES PAL (Error)

"This copy of Spikeyfruit Shadows Cartridge, "Supaikīfurūtsu Kage Version 1," NTSC version has encountered an irregularity that has caused the game to crash.

To fix the problem, remove the cartridge, wait ten seconds, and reinsert the cartridge into the system.

With all due respect, RECHSOFT."

The screen is notable for how jarringly serious it is to the rest of the otherwise comedy-filled game, although the screeching noise decoded into a special audio system displays Spikeyfruit near the screen, flipping off the player with both of his hands, along with the text, "Fuck you pirates."

Battery Removal

Due to the game's incredibly large size (Every single character had clear voice acting, CG-i Graphics, 10 endings, and 141 songs, along with hundreds of sound effects, the game needed a bigger motherboard. One so big, that the save-game battery couldn't even fit in the cartridge.

So RECHSOFT just made a bigger one. The battery was included in a slot, where it could easily be ejected and promptly be destroyed upon impact with harder floors, if the game detected a pirated copy or being connected to a copying machine.

Quotes

For a full list of quotes, see here.

Graphics

The game's graphics were made using clay models, producing a pseudo-3D effect similar to Earthworm Jim and Donkey Kong Country games.

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