The infamous 2008 cult video game, Barkley Shut Up and Jam Gaiden, that featured Bill Cosby’s Ghost Dad and a Boss that was a doctor that can diagnose and afflict you with Asperger’s syndrome is finally getting a sequel via Kickstarter funding.

Asking for a paltry $35,000 development budget, the project has smashed expectations and raked in $72,568 with nearly 3,000 backers funding the project and still 18 days to go in funding.

The 1st game of the series was in all honesty a piss-take of the original 1994 Barkley Shut Up and Jam! released on the SNES and Sega Mega Drive. However, instead of making a straight up basketball game, Tales of Games Studios created a 90s Final Fantasy classic styled JRPG that featured Charles Barkley an ex-NBA player that lives in a “post-cyberpocalyptic Neo New York” in 2053.

The creators behind the sequel have dubbed it: 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.

According to the Kickstarter’s page, the story will take place in 666x and will follow a powerful youngster who awakes from a B-Ball induced coma aboard a mysterious dwarf space ziggurat called Necron 7, that is held captive by a rogue A.I. called “Cuchulainn”. The player has no memory and therefore quickly adopts the identity of “X114JAM9” as he sets off into a “Post-Cyberpocalyptic Wasteland” to search for a Cyberdwarf who can reveal the player’s terrible past. Story themes will include Identity, sacrifice, love, hope, betrayal and as well as “wayward jocks struggling for a purpose”.

Tales of Games' founder and creator Eric “cboyardee” Shumaker, promises open world gameplay in the style of a top-down action RPG. From what we can ascertain from screenshots and the pitch trailer that was released, the gameplay looks very similar to Shadowrun that was released on the SNES back in 1993. The sprites look well animated and it looks like Tthe studio are creating a lot of their own in-game assets this time instead of pilfering some of it from older games or the web (though, to be honest, that was the main draw of the 1st game).

The project has offered many tiered stretch goals, all of them smashed except for (at the time of this article’s publication) the penultimate $73,000 goal which, when reached, will require that “Tales of Games employees must wear pants”.

For now, you can play the 1st game completely for free on MAC or PC at the studio's website.