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Description

Soko-Ban is a classic puzzle game, the basis of numerous clones in the later years. It is set in a warehouse. On each level, the player must push crates (from square to square) to get them onto designated spots; once each crate is on a marked spot, the level is complete. Crates can only be pushed one at a time (so two crates next to each other cannot be pushed together), and cannot be pulled--so it's possible to get a crate stuck in a corner, where it cannot be retrieved! By the last levels, you must plan 40 steps in advance.

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Soko-Ban Epoch Game Pocket Computer All the boxes must be moved in order so as not to block each other
Soko-Ban Epoch Game Pocket Computer Stage 1 clear
Soko-Ban Epoch Game Pocket Computer Even the Game Pocket Computer version has a level editor
Soko-Ban Epoch Game Pocket Computer You are the little (four pixels tall) guy in the middle

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Alternate Titles

  • "倉庫番" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Sokoban" -- Dutch title

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Sokoban appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

NEC version

The first edition of Soko-Ban was programmed in BASIC on the NEC PC-8801 computer. It had twenty levels, of which the latter ten had false walls which had to be passed through in order to solve the mazes. This feature was not retained in later ports.

Title translation

Sōkoban means "warehouse duty" in Japanese.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • June 1991 (Issue 9) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Power Play
    • 1987 - #3 Best MS-DOS Game '87


Information also contributed by Indra was here and FatherJack
Rola (7766) added Soko-Ban (Epoch Game Pocket Computer) on Dec 09, 2012
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