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Weekly Kick Pick – Socks The Cat: Rocks The Hill

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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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgfWzP-pCdM

Video Source – Evil Pixel

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 sort 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.

Limited Edition Box Art

Limited Edition Box Art

 

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!!

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