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Soko-Ban

The title screen, where CGA colors actually look like pretty pastel tints. The guy is just waiting for you to press Enter.

The title screen, where CGA colors actually look like pretty pastel tints. The guy is just waiting for you to press Enter.

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Soko-Ban is a puzzle game where the player pushes boxes around in a warehouse maze, and tries to put them in predetermined areas. There have been many versions of this game, but this page mainly covers the 1988 IBM PC version by Khaled Bentebal (Spectrum Holobyte).

Packing box
Packing box
'Soko' is the Japanese word for warehouse and Soko-Ban means warehouseman or storeman. A storeman is left in charge of a warehouse, which consists of a number of rooms or chambers connected by doorways and corridors. Inside these rooms various packing cases have been left lying around and the storeman has been told that he must get them all into one particular chamber.

CGA and EGA comparison

The EGA version of Soko-Ban uses exactly the same graphics as the CGA version, but with a less painfull colour palette. A bit of a shame though, as 12 colours are unused now.

Soko-Ban title screen in CGA
Soko-Ban title screen in CGA
Soko-Ban title screen in EGA
Soko-Ban title screen in EGA
The warehouse entrance hall in CGA
The warehouse entrance hall in CGA
The warehouse entrance hall in EGA
The warehouse entrance hall in EGA


The 1988 PC version

This puzzle game is incredibly difficult and starting from level 2 and up, the mazes are pretty much impossible to finish. The 1988 CGA version has a few cool features, where the storeman begins outside of the building, and then takes the elevator to one of the 50 floors (levels) in the warehouse. There doesn't seem to be any real ending, at least not when you finish level 50. The only reward you get is some blinking boxes, which looks pretty cool!

I've also included a few screenshots of the 1994 version. You'd think this new game would look much better with it's high res VGA graphics than the CGA version, but you'd be wrong. The main guy is replaced with a sphere, and the levels aren't very fun to play at all. It's actually very difficult to see what are boxes and what are walls.

All screenshots

thumbnail The title screen, where CGA colors actually look like pretty pastel tints. The guy is just waiting for you to press Enter.
Soko-Ban
The title screen, where CGA colors actually look like p...
thumbnail Our guy just can't wait to go to work today! When you enter the lift you can select a level.
Soko-Ban
Our guy just can't wait to go to work today! When you e...
thumbnail This is level 04. Actually, all levels from 02 up are pretty much impossible to finish!
Soko-Ban
This is level 04. Actually, all levels from 02 up are p...
thumbnail Time to go to the 23th floor. This poor guy doesn't look good in CGA.
Soko-Ban
Time to go to the 23th floor. This poor guy doesn't loo...
thumbnail There you are! Finish the final level and you'll be rewarded by blinking boxes. Pretty cool!
Soko-Ban
There you are! Finish the final level and you'll be rew...
thumbnail This is the 1994 version in full VGA resolution! Every level has a name in this version. They've also added a cool Japanese flag!
Soko-Ban
This is the 1994 version in full VGA resolution! Every ...

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Radcliffe   Sokoban   Japan   Box   Warehouse   Building   Puzzle   1988   1994   Spectrum   Holobyte   Khaled bentebal   Farah soebrata   Jody sather   Elevator   Lift   Floors  

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