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Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill [SNES/MD/G – Cancelled]

Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill [SNES/MD/G – Cancelled]

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Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill is an unreleased video game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis. It 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, the game was complete and ready to be shipped to retailers, but was suddenly cancelled following the closing of publisher Kaneko’s US branch.

It has been speculated that its subliminal political themes may have also had a hand in its demise. The game’s bosses were made out to be caricatures of former Republican leaders such as Richard Nixon and George H. W. Bush. Also, Nintendo’s own censorship policies during the late 1980s and early 1990s condemned games that had “subliminal political messages” or “overt political statements”. As well, it is assumed that it is unlikely that Sega would had allowed such content into the game.

In a pre-release review of the game, Nintendo Power openly questioned the reason that such figures were in the game, and deemed the title as politically controversial. This, coupled with the fact that Kaneko’s US branch was closing down, prevented Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill from ever being shipped, and no known ROM has been found on the Internet. – [info from Wikipedia]

Thanks to MathUser and DDobson from www.gamingafter40.com for some of these scans!

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9 thoughts on “Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill [SNES/MD/G – Cancelled]

  1. monokoma

    ASAP as.. right now! Ops, yeah, i just forgot to add this to the today update, but now they are in there :) Thank you MathUser! And sorry for the delay as always ;D

  2. Scott

    I worked at Kaneko USA’s Advertising agency for the years that they developed that game as well as some others. Chester Cheetah, Fido Dido, Deadly (Power) Moves and some others that never saw the light of day… The Soda Pop Kid comes to mind. I was the artist for the package cover for Socks and designed the sell sheet shown and the game packages for Sega and Nintendo releases. I still have the final illustration and design cover alternates that were rejected. I remember seeing a vhs tape back then that we were given to use as reference for the promotional materials. Yes, there was a playable version of the game at the Consumer Electronics Show that year.

    1. monokoma

      Thanks a lot for your comment Scott, it’s always interesting to read this kind of info from who worked on lost games :) If you can share those rejected covers, we’ll be happy to preserve them in the U64 archive!

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