Games in the '90s were really stupid, this much I remember from personal experience. Still, even in the heady days of things being released based on the dot in the name of 7-Up, or an actually-not-terrible Quavers tie-in, there were things that never made it to stores. Like a game where you played at former US President Bill Clinton’s cat, Socks.
In 2016, this changes: Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill has been revived, and is set to be released in proper, actual cartridge form on the SNES, as it was intended to be (along with the Mega Drive) back in the mid-'90s.
There’s a brilliant, in-depth feature over on Mel about Socks’s game, so you should go and read that for all the details. But in short, here’s the story:
“Socks must push Millie [George H.W. Bush’s dog] out the front door as well as avoid Arab terrorist felines.”
Alright, that’s technically not the whole story, but it is a couple of things you did in the game, and it’s worth pointing out, because dear god.
Anyway, Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill was one of those weird licensed platformers of the era and, while the game was made, it never released thanks to the studio behind it, Kaneko, closing its US office.
Jump ahead 23 years and the prototype for the game has been acquired by one Tom Curtain, along with the trademark – and Curtain aims to give Socks the full, physical release he thinks Bill’s old cat deserves.
Some have, of course, scoffed at the idea of not just giving the game away for free online, but as Curtain said: “The game deserves a real release: a box, a manual, a physical cartridge that you can plug in. People have been waiting 20 years to play this game; I feel like that’s the right way to do it.”
He will be launching a Kickstarter to fund the physical release, with backers able to get digital or physical copies of Socks the Cat, which sounds fair enough.
Bill Clinton was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.