The title for Second Dimensions’ Kickstarter campaign is ‘Socks the Cat-The SNES Video Game Based on the Clinton’s Cat’. That should be a good indication of what you’re getting into with this project.
The 90s seemed to be an era when anything that could be put in a mascot video game, would be put in a mascot video game. Surprisingly, this platformer disappeared after review copies went out in 1994; the original developer, Realtime Associates, shut their doors and the title became an urban legend.
Then video game collector Tom Curtin purchased the original rom prototype for Sock the Cat, bought the rights for the game, and set up a crowdfunding campaign to get the game out to the public.
The team decided not to show any gameplay (as not to ruin the surprise) and to not release the original version of the game along with the cleaned up copy.
However in a recent update, the team gave into backer demand and announced they would be giving out an ‘unaltered ROM if the project is 100% funded.’ Second Dimensions also put up some videos of the game adding the note:
“Ignore how horribly I played in these videos, late nights and using a keyboard for gaming is not my forte :)”
The game is currently halfway to its campaign goal of $30,000 USD. If the goal is met, the game will be released on PC and SNES in July 2017.
Cartridges of the game start at $40 USD (plus shipping) and a stretch goal of $75,000 USD is looking to bring the game to early Sega systems. If you want a piece of history from a very strange era, you can back the project until November 8th.