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Soko-Ban (TRS-80 CoCo)

Soko-Ban TRS-80 CoCo Title screen


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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.


Soko-Ban TRS-80 CoCo Level 4 in one of the alternative color modes that don't rely on artifacting ("green mode")
Soko-Ban TRS-80 CoCo The main menu
Soko-Ban TRS-80 CoCo Hmm, I might be stuck on level two...
Soko-Ban TRS-80 CoCo When played on a CoCo 3, there are many more colors available to change the palette (level 1/RGB)

Alternate Titles

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

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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.


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

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Corn Popper (69754) added Soko-Ban (TRS-80 CoCo) on Feb 16, 2006
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