[MAGFest 12] Barkley 2 slams with the best, doesn’t jam with the rest

Originally published on Pixelitis.net on January 15, 2014.

Within the first couple of seconds of playing Barkley 2, one can already tell that the game is leaps and bounds over its predecessor in several departments.

The days of ripped sprites straight out of RPG Maker 2000 for PC and X-Kalibur 2097 for SNES are over. While some may bemoan the lack of that stupendous remix of the Space Jam theme or the over-the-top boss music “borrowed” from Blue Dragon, indie developer Tales of Game’s is determined to make Barkley 2 the game they had always wanted to make. And given that this was a project funded by Kickstarter, that means doing away with anything that could prove legally troublesome.

In case you’re reading this and scratching your head, Barkley 2, or 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 is the long-awaited sequel to 2008’s Barkley’s Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden. The 2008 iteration is a free game that satirizes the RPG genre with an outrageous post-apocalyptic story where basketball is outlawed and Charles Barkley is the sole wielder of the Chaos Dunk that caused the world’s descent into darkness.

Thankfully, Barkley 2 looks to continue the previous entry’s penchant for witty, humorous dialogue while also altering and improving upon much, much more.

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[MAGFest 12] Getting an early taste of Bacon Man

You never know what kind of neat and kooky projects you’ll wind up happening upon at an Indie showcase. This year, MAGFest housed its own share of titles, with one of the more popular among them being that of Skymap Games’ tasty-sounding Bacon Man: An Adventure.

Bacon Man is described by the Massachusetts-based developer as a “3D action platformer beat-em-up RPG” for PC and Mac that stars a muscular superhero with a head made out of bacon. The game puts a fantastical spin on the Food Groups, which are essentially a group of kingdoms with villainous leaders that are plotting to take the throne from Bacon Man. The places we expect to find food, like the freezer, are represented by treacherous ice caves filled with various enemies, including armed Eskimos and a disgruntled boar with the power of invincibility.

You know, the usual.

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