YMMV / Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden

  • Captain Obvious Reveal: The Ultimate Hellbane being Balthios, to the point of parody. If he gets a status effect on him in battle, it refers to him as Balthios. His character portrait is also the same, but in silhouette—and then there's the fact that he even has a portrait in the first place. To make it worse, they refer to Balthios as an octoroon in his introduction, and then not two scenes later, before he even leaves the building, one of the two words they use to describe The Ultimate Hellbane, a cloaked, mysterious figure that is a complete enigma, as an octoroon...
  • Common Knowledge: To this day, the game is coined as being an RPG Maker creation by various sources. While this is a bit true (It was in development on RPG Maker 2003 at the beginning), the final product was finished in Game Maker 6.1, not RPG Maker.
  • Demonic Spiders: Dread Refs appear as a miniboss in the first dungeon, and then as normal enemies later on. They can summon more Dread Refs, and also inflict foul on you, making you miss a turn. They also have a relatively strong, multi-hit attack.
  • Good Bad Bugs: While enemies don't typically respawn, it's possible to make them respawn by saving, quitting to the title screen, then loading the save file. Using this it's possible to grind for more money and experience.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • CHAOS DUNK, referring to why basketball is Serious Business in-universe.
    • Although the meme of combining the main Space Jam theme with other songs was around for years before Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden was released, the game popularized it, and any images that accompany a given mashup will almost invariably have Charles Barkley's face be poorly photoshopped into them in homage of the game.
    • Any time Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden is mentioned in any particular context, a disclaimer will usually be put at the top or near the beginning with wording along the lines of:
    • "I believe ghosts are like dogs and they just sort of do things arbitrarily."
  • Moral Event Horizon: Michael Jordan is pretty bad from the start, but he comes across as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, if one with an emphasis on the extremist, until you reach the church for the second time, Jordan's already fatally wounded Larry Bird, and he is threatening to kill Hoopz. And if it's not that, it's infecting Hoopz with Type 2 diabetes after your trek through the Spalding building.
  • Nightmare Fuel: By using horror tropes, the Sugar Caves manage to turn sugar, of all things, into a sinister hazard.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The Truck Pump rants stop being funny after the fiftieth time you've had to sit through them. And by fast-fowarding through the rants you'll risk stumbling into the save menu and overwriting file 1 even if for some reason you didn't intend to. Although the Pump rants are hilarious stabs at otakus, they should have been placed somewhere other than the save points. Worst part is that you have to read this crap, because the last one quizzes the player about the rants done through the game (although you don't need to pass it).
  • That One Level: It is laughably easy to die in the Sugar Caves. Get used to reading "The...the sugar...granules everywhere! Ugh!"
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: This is what happens when you get high while on a 90's nostalgia trip.