Ahh chain gangs, aren’t they hilarious? No? But they can be if the developers of Chain Gang Chase can raise $10,000 on Kickstarter by November 17th.
In Chain Gang Chase up to 8 players share 4 controllers and sit intimately in front of their TV or PC while they must work together to get their tethered characters free of the dreaded chain gang. Freedom is a set of train tracks at the top of the screen over which the chain connecting players must be stretched in order to break it. Get in the way of the train and its game over. If you happen to make it then; well, I’m not sure what happens then but hopefully it’s better than what Paul Muni went through.
As distasteful as the subject matter name may be to some, the gameplay itself looks hilarious. Besides, the developer, Joe Pietruch, who’s a professor at the School of Interactive Games and Media at Rochester Institute of Technology, appears to be in it to make a fun game, not provide lots of social commentary. The idea of two people sharing a controller, thus continuing the whole theme of the game, is fantastic. Almost as good as that is watching the obvious discomfort people show in the Kickstarter video as they’re forced to invade one another’s space.
Check out the Chain Gang Chase Kickstarter page for more info, including how to create your own levels. As mentioned before, the funding goal is for $10,000 to be raised by November 17th.