A quick message: We understand there has been some confusion with the owner of this project and campaign. The owner is Tom, not Second Dimension. Since the publishing will be handled by Second Dimension, we wanted to give them more exposure. If you send a message to the campaign, unless you ask specifically for Second Dimension, Tom is the one responding. We hope this clears up any confusion this may have caused.
Socks the Cat is the most anticipated unreleased video game of all-time. Ever. For any platform. Don't believe me? Grab some popcorn and "Google" it.
The premise was wacky yet simple. You play as Socks the Cat, or Socks as we affectionately call him. The ultimate pet of the 90's. The White House cat. The "First Pet" of the Clinton administration. Your mission? To fight your way through the White House battling all sorts of enemies, including spies, Dobermans, protestors and satirical versions of famous political figures as end bosses. The game was set to be released on the ever popular, Super Nintendo Entertainment System or SNES in the early 90's.
The game was well received by some, disliked by others, but all agreed it was a great theme with excellent end bosses. Several publications reviewed the game but when the publisher closed its doors, Socks went missing. For years. And years. And years.
20+ years later some retro gamers and enthusiasts wondered what happened to Socks and started asking questions. There were some disagreements. The developer said it was complete while former employees of the publisher whole-heartedly disagreed, saying the game was nowhere near completion.
Then in 2011 things got really interesting. A private collector allowed a friend to shoot some video footage and upload it to YouTube of what appeared to be the Socks the Cat video game. Instant vitriol would follow. While some were happy there was finally proof of the existence of the long lost game, others were upset that the collector would not release the game for others to enjoy. One thing was clear, the 20 years of speculation were over. Socks did exist. This created even more questions.
Was it complete? Did it play well? What was the plan for it? Well those answers would start to be answered in 2012 when another collector, Tom Curtin, purchased the only known copy of Socks. His plans were simple, he wanted to release the game. He has since teamed up with retro video game publisher, Second Dimension. Finally, hope.
Curtin would acquire the rights to Socks the Cat a couple of years later and pursue the release. He hired a dream team of retro game experts. A publisher, a programmer, an artist, and two experts in releasing previously unreleased games. They would work together to bring Socks the Cat, the most anticipated unreleased game of all-time to reality. And we're off!!
The Socks the Cat Proto
Original Development Artwork
Socks Game Play Videos
Stage 2 Boss Fight (The Donkey):
Clarification on Edition Contents
Standard CIB Editions: The standard edition will come with the cartridge, box, and instruction manual, using the Standard Edition artwork.
Limited Editions: Limited editions will come with the cartridge, box, and instruction manual with the Limited Edition artwork, plus the Uncle Socks poster (11x17"). Additional items are also in the works for the Limited Editions and will be announced when secured.
Dev Team Editions: The Dev Team Editions will come with the cartridge, box, and instruction manual with the Dev Team artwork, plus all of the items as the Limited Edition, plus additional posters (The Sanders and The Trump), with the box autographed by the team.
Standard, Limited, and Dev Editions: These editions will also include an 8.5x11" folded poster insert, and guide book (LE and Dev Editions only) if the stretch goal is met. Once the artwork is completed, we'll reveal it, but trust us when we say it will knock your socks off!
Digital Editions: Digital Editions will get get digital versions of the posters, manual, and guide book if the stretch goal is met.
The You Asked And We Listened Update!
- Every reward tier at the cart level and above will receive a digital copy of Socks as well
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We've added 2 new games to bundle with Socks the Cat - Get'em Gary for the NES and Handy Harvy for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, both brand new games by Second Dimension.
Risks and challenges
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The game will be released for both PAL and NSTC compatibility. PAL editions will ship to PAL territories by default unless otherwise requested.
Fantastic and important question. The $30,000 goal essentially represents our break even amount. We have spent a great deal on this release including acquisition, legal, manufacturing, trademark, programmer and artist costs.
A fair question. Please keep in mind there will always be delays in the manufacturing part. July is worst case scenario should we have unexpected delays. Our goal is to get you Socks the Cat as soon as absolutely possible. We are very excited for this project and even more excited to get you the game that you have waited so long for.
If we have any say, it will be DRM free.
The rights were obtained two years ago by Tom.
No, we hired an incredible artist and have all new original artwork for the boxes, posters, manuals and advertising pieces
We've been slowly releasing later stage material as the campaign moves on. We assure you that the game is 100% complete.
No, but it was. Our programmer has resolved all the known issues with the game, made visual improvements, deleted repetitive and cluttered text, cleaned it up and enhanced the performance
Not telling, that's our programmer's secret. JK - We found a programmer that works on SNES games and is familiar with the code. He was able to make adjustments and delete unnecessary text and fix a major issue that caused Socks to enter a "kill screen" on the 6th or 7th level and deplete his lives, thus ending the game. Don't worry we have the original unedited ROM archived for preservation
I guess you'll have to play to find out. What we will say is they were all unknown to us as well. As we played through the game there were MANY times when we reached an end boss that generated quite a few chuckles and an occasional "WTF?"
He*l yeah it's fun. You play as a cat and swipe the faces of political figures. What's not fun about that?!? It's also challenging, in a good way. Don't expect to just pick up the controller and beat the game. Unless you are Thor Ackerlund that's probably not going to happen
Yes, after polishing and cleaning up the files we are able to reproduce the files successfully.
We know people. Not sure why this question has riled people up but our publisher, Second Dimension and 3 other team members have released other retro video games for multiple platforms. That experience has led us to locate vendors for manufacturing the games. We will be using SNES style cart shells for Socks
We're terribly sorry for any confusion about this. Tom is the owner of Socks, thus he owns/runs campaign. Second Dimension helps out where possible, which includes the publishing of the physical releases.
Don't be silly, he's a cat. And he's dead.
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