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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 DOS Level Constructor
Soko-Ban DOS In the elevator (Tandy/PCjr)
Soko-Ban DOS The lobby (Tandy/PCjr)
Soko-Ban DOS Set up a new game (Tandy/PCjr)

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Press Play On Tape Feb 20, 2021 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Power Play 1987 9 out of 10 90
Happy Computer Dec, 1987 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1988 83 out of 100 83
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) May, 1988 546 out of 1000 55
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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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.

Sharp X1 version

The X1 version, which is also written in BASIC, features 18 levels. In Level 16-18 the walls are invisible. You have to navigate the level with the help of a minimap in the corner of the screen.

Sharp PA version

The game also received a port for Sharps PA series of personal assistant devices. It's played on a 96x64 LCD.

Title translation

Sōkoban means "warehouse duty" in Japanese.


  • 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

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emerging_lurker (178) added Soko-Ban (DOS) on Jun 20, 2000
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