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Dust off your Super Nintendo. Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill, the most anticipated unreleased video game of all-time is finally coming!
Dust off your Super Nintendo. Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill, the most anticipated unreleased video game of all-time is finally coming!
339 backers pledged $33,148 to help bring this project to life.

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 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.

The Posters
The Posters

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!!

Box Editions

The Socks the Cat Proto

The Infamous/Famous Socks the Cat Proto
The Infamous/Famous Socks the Cat Proto

 

The "Don't Put It In The Wrong Way" Label
The "Don't Put It In The Wrong Way" Label

 

Original Development Artwork

- Original "Socks Running" Artwork -
- Original "Socks Running" Artwork -

 

- Original "Uncle Socks" Artwork -
- Original "Uncle Socks" Artwork -

 

- Original "Usual Suspects"  Artwork -
- Original "Usual Suspects" Artwork -

 

- Original "Stupid Rat Creature" Artwork -
- Original "Stupid Rat Creature" Artwork -

 

Socks Game Play Videos

Teaser/Trailer:

  Stage 2 Boss Fight (The Donkey):


Screen Shots

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.


Tier Updates/Additions

 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

Make sure to follow us on Twitter for updates daily:

@alteredimension @socksinhales

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.

Get'em Gary:

Title Screen
Title Screen

 

 
Game play image
Game play image

 Handy Harvy:

Handy Harvy
Handy Harvy

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We are pleased to say that we have taken our time to do the proper due diligence. Several hurdles were addressed upfront to make sure we have a smooth release.

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    Show your support for the Socks release by pledging $5 and get your name printed in our "Socks Supporters" section of the manual! If you've never had your name in a video game manual now is the time.

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    Socks the Cat - CIB - Standard Version

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    Cartridge Only Bundle

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    Socks the Cat + Get'em Gary CIB Bundle

    Backer will receive a Complete In Box copy of Socks the Cat for SNES and Get'em Gary, an all new NES game created by Second Dimension

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    Socks the Cat and Handy Harvy CIB Bundle

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    Socks the Cat - CIB - Limited Edition

    Backer will receive a physical Super Nintendo cartridge, a manual, and a box with original "Limited Edition" artwork.

    Backer will also receive a "Uncle Socks - Make Games Great Again" poster.

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    CIB Bundle

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    Original "Stupid Rat Creature" Artwork

    This is the original drawing used by the Socks Team in developing the Standard Edition box art. This piece is titled "Stupid Rat Creature" and he was originally going to be on the Standard Release box art. Stupid Rat Creature is a main antagonist in the Socks the Cat video game This is an original sketch on 8.5"x11" paper and will be signed by the artist and delivered in a mailing tube. This is a 1 of 1 original item

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    Original "Usual Suspects" Artwork

    This is the original drawing used by the Socks Team in developing the Socks character. This piece is titled "Usual Suspects" for its resemblance to a police lineup. This is an original sketch on 8.5"x11" paper and will be signed by the artist and delivered in a mailing tube. This is a 1 of 1 original item

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    Original "Uncle Socks" Artwork

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    Original "Socks Running" Artwork

    This is the original drawing used by the Socks Team in developing the Standard Edition "Socks Running" box art. This is an original sketch on 8.5"x11" paper and will be signed by the artist and delivered in a mailing tube. This is a 1 of 1 original item

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    Socks the Cat - CIB - Dev Team Copy

    Backer will receive a physical "Dev Team" copy of a Super Nintendo cartridge, a manual, and a box with original "Dev Team" Edition artwork.

    The box will be autographed by the Socks the Cat release team. Backer will also receive a "Uncle Socks - Make Games Great Again" poster as well as another secret poster.

    There will only be 15 Dev Team copies produced with the majority going to the team working on the release.

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    Socks the Cat Proto

    The piece that started it all. This is the only known proto of Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill. This legendary piece of gaming history is the most famous proto in all of video games and the storied piece that brought this project to fruition. The proto is fully functional and playable and is the unaltered original ROM.

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