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Soko-Ban

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
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PC-6001
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TRS-80 CoCo
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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.

Screenshots

Soko-Ban SG-1000 Story
Soko-Ban SG-1000 Editor menu
Soko-Ban MSX You may cr(e)ate your own mazes as well
Soko-Ban DOS The Elevator

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

The Good Old Classic DOS Buuks (179)

The Press Says

Power Play DOS 1987 9 out of 10 90
Happy Computer DOS Dec, 1987 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Apr, 1988 83 out of 100 83
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS May, 1988 546 out of 1000 55
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 May, 1988 487 out of 1000 49

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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

  • Power Play
    • 1987 - #3 Best MS-DOS Game '87


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