Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill
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The game stars Socks, the pet cat of 42nd US President Bill Clinton, and his family, in a platforming adventure in which he has to make his way past spies, crooked politicians and the media to warn the White House of a stolen nuclear missile. Scheduled for a release in the fall of 1993 but was delayed few times, the game was complete and ready to be shipped to retailers, but was canceled following the closing of publisher Kaneko's US branch in July of 1994 after reviewed in 60th issue of GamePro that year.
The game's bosses were made out to be caricatures of former Republican leaders such as Richard Nixon and George H. W. Bush. Nintendo's own censorship policies during the late 1980s and early 1990s condemned games that had "subliminal political messages" or "overt political statements".
The game was reviewed in the June 1994 issue (Volume 61) of Nintendo Power, which claimed the boss characters were caricatures of former political figures (including previous U.S. Presidents). It was also reviewed in the July 1994 issue of GamePro, where it was given scores of 3.0 for graphics, 2.5 for sound, 3.5 for controls, and 3.5 for fun factor (out of five possible points). Their criticisms were that the game was too easy and the graphics were flat. They did, however, like the political satire. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it a 5.8 out of 10, calling it "a cute run-and-jump, claw the enemies game."