"Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden" is a role playing game made with the RPGMaker. Most freeware RPG games deal with fantasy themes like dragons, knights, heroes and a princess in need for help. But this game is different. It is based on the "Space Jam" movie and the whole story is so weird that it's hard to explain:
"The Great B-Ball Purge of 2041, a day so painful to some that it is referred to only as the "B-Ballnacht". Thousands upon thousands of the world's greatest ballers were massacred in a swath of violence and sports bigotry as the game was outlawed worldwide. The reason: the Chaos Dunk, a jam so powerful its mere existence threatens the balance of chaos and order. Among the few ballers and fans that survived the basketball genocide was Charles Barkley, the man capable of performing the "Verboten Jam"...
Flash forward 12 years to the post-cyberpocalyptic ruins of Neo New York, 2053. A Chaos Dunk rocks the island of Manhattan, killing 15 million. When the finger is put on the aging Charles Barkley, he must evade the capture of the B-Ball Removal Department, led by former friend and baller Michael Jordan, and disappear into the dangerous underground of the post-cyberpocalypse to clear his name and find out the mysterious truth behind the Chaos Dunk. Joined by allies along the way, including his son Hoopz, Barkley must face the dangers of a life he thought he gave up a long time ago and discover the secrets behind the terrorist organization B.L.O.O.D.M.O.S.E.S." (developer's description)
Meet well known basketball players like Charles Barkley, Larry Bird or Michael Jordan and use forbidden basketball moves to fight bizarre enemies (Ghost Dad, Das Fructose Ungeheuer) in a strange post-apocalyptic world.
Definitely recommendable for players who like RPGs and B-Ball!
Pater Alf : Not sure if it is a joke, but according to their homepag Tales of Game's Studios are preparing a Kickstarter project for part two of the Barkley series. Title will be The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 – Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie – Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa.
Scythe : Well, the whole premise of the game is exceedingly strange. I mean, a game that takes the Space Jam movie as canon for its world is off to a rocky start from the beginning. After that, it just gets weirder.
Lots of graphics from RPGMaker, but at least a science fiction-y game, not a fantasy one. Lots of text. Lots and lots of text. 74% of it completely irrelevant to the game (and even to the setting). It's sickening to talk to NPCs who just go on and on about nothing. And don't even get me started on the save points.
Combat has lots of nice ideas to make things a little different, but most are poorly executed. In fact, that's my description of the entire game: Lots of good ideas, lots of poor execution. For a world as full of fun ideas as this, it's a damn shame that it ends up being a dungeon crawl, fx.
The best thing is probably the mobs, which are pretty funny. Probably more funny if you have any kind of relation to b-ball. I guess that goes for the entire game. Me, I have no interest in b-ball, and couldn't hardly follow most of the name dropping, even.
What I'm getting at is that this game is pretty average, but has some outstanding ideas that unfortunately are badly executed. It may appeal a lot more to anybody with a special interest in b-ball or the Space Jam movie. Possibly.
Go play Super Hero League of Hoboken. It's better, it's funnier, it's abandonware.
Pater Alf : Strange! I played and completed the whole game and didn't encounter any technical problems...
eMTe : To sum up what happened. Savegame pump worked only once, when I tried to save game again in the same pump I could see only short screen flickering. When I returned to title screen and tried to load the game I couldnt. So I quitted. My Firefox started behaving oddly - I could click with mouse all search boxes (together with google which was opened before I had run the game), but comp stopped answering the keyboard (browser + desktop, keyboard just stopped working). What's more, if I clicked any FF element with left button, "save as" window popped up, so I couldnt even close it. Pressing alt+f4 or ctrl-alt-del resulted with "save as" window too. I decided to restart since my browser (whole desktop in fact) was unusable.
Scythe : Interesting. I've been banging on the doors of what I thought was the church, but apparently those were not the doors. Gotta try again.
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