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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 SG-1000 Screen 3
Soko-Ban Epoch Game Pocket Computer Level 1
Soko-Ban PC-88 Screen 3
Soko-Ban TRS-80 CoCo Level 2 with another CoCo 3 specific palette (composite)

Promo Images

Soko-Ban Magazine Advertisement
Soko-Ban Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "倉庫番" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Soko-Ban: A Strategy Maze Game" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Sokoban" -- Dutch title

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Press Play On Tape DOS Feb 20, 2021 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
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
Sega Does SG-1000 Aug 23, 2014 B+ 83
Zzap! Commodore 64 Apr, 1988 81 out of 100 81
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
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 May, 1988 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS 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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