Game music of the day: Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden

Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.

“The Year is 2053. Basketball is dead.” The Chaos dunk changed everything. Charles Barkley, attempting to impress his son Hoopz, accidentally unleashes the “Chaos Dunk” a slam so powerful it devastates Neo New York, killing millions. Basketball is outlawed and the world’s greatest players are hunted down and killed in the "Great B-Ball Purge of 2041". Barkley survives, but is forced underground by the B-Ball Removal Department, a secret anti-basketball police force led by Michael Jordan. For his son's safety, Barkley must ally himself with terrorist organization B.L.O.O.D.M.O.S.E.S, but all is not as it seems in the Post-Cyberpocalypse, and this is only the beginning…


October 15, 2010

Game: Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa
Song: Epic Battle aka johnathan taylor thomas
Artist: Tales of Game's Studios

Above: “Epic Battle aka, johnathan taylor thomas” is the game’s boss encounter music, clearly inspired by Final Fantasy VI’s iconic “Decisive Battle” track.

Shut Up and Jam Gaiden is, at its core, a ridiculously apt parody of JRPGs, their fans, and gaming in general. A freeware game developed by “Tales of Game’s Studios” (sic), it was created by a group of forum posters on an amateur game developer site. While the bizarre premise led people to question how serious its creators were, they shocked the indie gaming world in 2008 when they delivered a game that was not only incredibly funny, but extremely well made to boot. The sprawling story is a tongue in cheek jab at JRPG’s typically convoluted, nonsensical plots, and the game is intentionally packed the brim with clunky dialogue and characters who constantly trail off into ellipses for no reason...

The overall quality of the game extends to the soundtrack, which, despite the goofy titles, are excellent chiptune jams that wouldn’t sound out of place in any 16 bit SquareSoft/Enix game.

Above: “Final aka zalatar precious pellets”, more classic JRPG battle music

While the game ruthlessly mocks JRPGs and their irrationally rabid fans, the game clearly comes from a group of people who grew up on the genre, and Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden is a loving tribute that manages to mix humor and great gameplay in a way major studios have failed to do. The whole thing is a joke, but it’s such a carefully crafted, well made joke that you can’t dismiss it; it’s a great game with a bizarre sense of humor that deserves way more attention than it got.

Download the game for free here! 

BONUS: The game’s hilarious/amazing title theme is a hybrid of the Quad City DJ’s ultra corny “Space Jam Theme” and Quazar of Sanxion’s chiptune song “Funky Stars”. On paper it sounds awful, but together these two songs manage to be waaaay more than the sum of their parts. In other words, a perfect theme song for this game.

Above: "Title Theme"

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  • AA95mp - October 18, 2010 5:22 p.m.

  • elpurplemonkey - October 18, 2010 4:26 a.m.

    Jesus that trailer was funny. And all of these songs are surprisingly good. Honestly, I'm just happy to live in a world where this exists.
  • asljirk - October 17, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    ThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYou for posting this! This is one of the most hilarious games I've ever played. If you haven't played it, get it NOW!
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - October 17, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    @Slaanash Yeah this game is a personal favorite, figured I'd get it on the site anyway I could!
  • ChipTheExecutioner - October 17, 2010 4:24 a.m.

    LMAO "fully playable in English and Al Bhed"
  • Slaanash - October 17, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    And because you can't edit comments, yes I realize I got that wrong. So... If you can't slam with the best, then jam with the rest.
  • Slaanash - October 17, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    I am incredibly shocked that this was featured. IF YOU CAN'T JAM WITH THE BEST SLAM WITH THE REST
  • antitrop - October 16, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    BSUJ:G is one of the best free games ever made, this article made me a happy panda.
  • Metroidhunter32 - October 16, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    Strange plot.
  • Aeshir - October 16, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    "Nothing's been the same since the Great B-Ball Purge of 2041, when I unleashed the Chaos Dunk." I never got further than the intro and when Michael Jordon in a sombrero stops by your house to talk b-ball because I then realized that I don't really care for Final Fantasy (got my fill with Golden Sun), but it was worth it just for that. Everybody go watch it on the TubeYouz, somebody must've put it up by now.
  • philipshaw - October 16, 2010 1:49 p.m.

    Strange game but awesome music
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - October 16, 2010 7:46 a.m.

    @Genericide Haven't heard a peep about the sequel sadly, but I pray for it and a Mother 3 port everyday!
  • Genericide - October 16, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    I remember playing through this! I found it mentioned here shortly after it came out. Does anyone have any word on the status of the next episode? Will there even be one? I know it hasn't been that long since the this game came out, but I would be really sad if the ridiculous story wasn't "resolved" (read: explained in no way whatsoever but continues to become more complex through silly twists)
  • Bobbety - October 16, 2010 3:41 a.m.

    Interesting, might give this a try next time I'm bored.
  • batmanboy11 - October 16, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    I like it!
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - October 16, 2010 12:30 a.m.

  • BubsDood - October 16, 2010 12:25 a.m.

  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - October 15, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    "Zaubers? Heh, you think you know zaubers? I'll show you zaubers"
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - October 15, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    This game is canon!
  • CH3BURASHKA - October 15, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    I remember this from an old episode of Gamespot's "On the Spot". Good episode. Never played it though. This is a pretty cool alternative to "real" games. I'm sure plenty of other indie games have awesome tracks.

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