Enjoy Sokoban? Enjoy solving Sokoban puzzles?
This might be a place for you. You will occasionally, hopefully often, find a new level or two here.
And you will find other stuff about Sokoban added if the author finds it worthwhile and finds the time.
Lots and lots of remade levels.
But seldom reinvented levels.
A reinvented level is a level with a layout so simple that it is possible to believe the author invented it himself/herself and published it even if it was already published by some other author.
It isn’t hard to believe this levels has been reinvented several times:
When the levels are not very symmetrical and when there are about 4 boxes or more, you will most of the time create a brand new level never done before.
I thought so when I published Merry-go-round. I checked the level against my level collection (Bigger than Letslogic or Sokobanonline) and found no match.
Well not an exact match:
But very close. Only the layout of the boxes differs a bit. The solution is basically the same.
Thanks to Jordi Domenech for pointing that out.
And not thanks to myself for only looking for “Exact match” but not “Similar level” with YASCs copyfinder.
(I prefer my layout of the boxes 😎 )
Comment: Sokoban has been around since 1982 and yet nobody created this simple level before.
My work bored me so I made a new level for you instead.
Title: It Is All Greek – Tau
Skin: Pacman by DrFogh
Xi didn’t come out as I wanted. Can be solved with way fewer moves than I thought. And Anian proved the level can be solved without moving at least 7 of the boxes at all.
I really had to remake the level…
Title: Xi Hard – Take That!
Comment: With no boxes unmoved my best solutions are 305/92 and 360/84.
If you manage to solve this level without moving every box I will treat you to a swedish lättöl on any bar of your choice in Copenhagen.
07:30: I owe Anian a lättöl. But at least only one stationary box is possible.
Isn’t it wonderful. Playing around with some walls and boxes and eventually out of nothing you carve a beautiful level.
I had this feeling tinkering around with something not very useful and suddenly the right stuff emerged. Just had to be honed a lot and presto. I got Xi (Big).
The box at [7,4] is just scenery but I think everything else need to be moved. Prove me wrong if I am. (21:46: Another illusion broken. Jordi Domènech just mailed a solution with 2 more boxes not needed to be moved.)
But I am still pleased to announce you have to do all the solving yourself. No solver succeded.
Bricks aren’t blue. Are they? We already got Boxworld Indigo. Now we got Boxworld Red.
Once in a while a new author pops up. Usually making af few levels and then disappearing again.
A few continue to make new levels.
Right now you can enjoy levels by the author Nebula at Game-Sokoban.com
Above Nebula Level 02 published 2018-12-22.
Sokolution managed to solve 14 levels out of 17. But that doesn’t reveal much about the difficulty. Solvers might easily solve levels troublesome for humans and vice versa.
I hope Nebula (She or he? Not many women constructing Sokoban levels) will continue publishing new levels.
First Matthias Meger send me a solution for Omicron where 2 boxes don’t need to be moved.
Then Anian claimed he had a solution where 3 boxes don’t need to be moved. He didn’t send me the solution. Thought it would spoil the fun for me not finding the solution my self…
Didn’t find it yet but redesigned the level.
Try to find any boxes not needed to be moved in the level below!
And no [5,10] doesn’t count. Just a trap to lead you into a cul de sac.
Title: It Is All Greek – Omicron Hard
Skin: Sokofun 1.a. by Laurent Brassard
Title: Nice Cross
Comment: You can use any autosolver but where is the fun then? My best optimized solution 160.
Skin: A classic. Nintendo Boxxle
Did you find another box with no need to move in Omicron? Matthias Meger send me a solution with no need to move two boxes at all. 😕 I will try to be more careful with my levels in the future. 😎
Title: It Is All Greek – Omicron
Comment: You thought it is an O ? Or a 0 ? No ! It is the greek letter Omicron. I think you should challenge yourself but it is easy to cheat since you can just let Takaken do the job. All other noteworthy solvers failed.
One box need not to be moved and if you do you will be in real trouble 😉
Tell me if you can solve the level without moving two boxes.
Skin: Sokofun 1.a. Laurent Brassard made this nice skin with graphics found in the Sokofun program folder. He wrote to me he made 12 skins. Looking forward to see the rest.
If you like Thinking Rabbit (I think you do) you should go to Jordi Domenechs Blog. Jordi remade Thinking Rabbit levels of which many have previously been published in the collections “The Beautiful World of Remodels” and at the Sokoban.org website. Now you get it all in a special collection.
Be ready for a challenge.
New levels? No big issues at the moment except for Archanfel adding lots of remade classics to the collection ABHT 02 at LetsLogic.com. And dont forget Level of The Month at Sokofun.de and The MF8 competition at Sokoban.ws
Title: It Is All Greek – Xi
Comment: You need to move everything. I think
Skin: Matrix by Gerry Wiseman
I made some bad statements and lashed to the left and right without much reason. Please accept my apologies and maybe reread the changed article about changed levels.
Title: The Apple Tree (Right)
Comment: Inspired by Sylvain Gravejat Level 3. Recognize it?
Skin: Soukoban Rev by Staffan Modig
Merry Christmas from the staff at Sokoban.dk
Title: Merry Christmas 2017
Comment: Made a little beforehand
Skin: Christmas by DrFogh
If you like Sokoskinner skins you get a few more in the updated version 1.2. Ready for download at The Skin Download Page.
Title: Perfect – Screen.248
Author: Thinking Rabbit
Skin: Sokoskinner Star Wars 2008
Title: It Is All Greek – Nu
Comment: Loved to create this one. You just need to move one box one row upward to solve the level. But you need to move every box in the level to solve it. My best solution 412. Hope you enjoy.
Skin: Jumanji 2 by Gerry Wiseman
2017 coming to and end and what happened in Sokoban?
Have a look around by trying the link collection here at Sokoban.dk
Or download the updated skin collection Sokoskinner version 1.1. Brian Damgaard found a few more skins and converted them so the collections now contains more than 200 skins available for YASC, YSokoban and Sokoban++. The YASC collection comes with a handy installer. Find installation instructions for YSokoban and Sokoban++ at the skin download page. Joris Vit send me a few more skins so there might be a version 1.2 in the future…
Or download my latest collection Original02 containing 50 levels. Around 20 of them never published before. Above my favorite level. Oblique. Previously published at SokobanOnline. In a not far future Original02 will be found at LetsLogic. for low score competition.
And don’t forget to download Sokolution 2.0. The latest version of Florent Diedlers Sokoban solver. Arguably the best in the world. Now with a self installing package for YASC. Using the solver with Sokoban++ follow the instructions here at Sokoban.dk
The skins from top to bottom: Gatekeeper by Sokoskinner, Bejeweled by unknown and Metallica 2B by Gerry Wiseman.
Title: It Is All Greek – Iota
Skin: Ancient Greek by Alberto Pettarin
Title: November 2017
Skin: Marble Magic by Gerry Wiseman
Title: Blooming Flower
Comment: Time for a small easy level
Skin: Jewel Quest
Rifling through “Passion Fruit” the last of Rikitins collections to see what was plain plagiarism, what was not credited, what was wrongly credited and so on, I found this little mystery:
This bull looks too good to be homemade so I started to look for the original.
The credits to Bent Seegert, Tom Sirgedas, Alex Chernov and Lezhankin Petr are pure fantasy. These guys participated with great succes in Gil Dogans Sokoban Level Contest 2015 but never made anything else on the Sokoban scene.
A1master sometimes made some clever designs but I found nothing in his collections.
Buddy Casamis might be a little light on republishing himself. But usually published his levels as rectangular. And I found nothing even close to this level.
I searched my collections for the words bull, toro and likes but found nothing.
And suddenly I realized I was the victim myself:
I am not amused.
A remodel should be properly credited and it should add value to the original.
Neither is the case here.
Remove it from The Net.
The level has been taken down. Thank you.
Brian Damgaard went into his programming den and converted all the Sokoskinner Skins to the Common Skin format:
If you use the skins with YASC (you need version 1.647 or higher) you get all the backgrounds and the colored buttons.
The skins will work with any Sokoban player supporting the Common Skin format, e.g., YSokoban, but you will not get all the special stuff.
Download the installer package for the skins from The Skin Download Page.
With YASC 1.647 you get a nice new skin-related feature: Press F4 (or right-click the “Settings” button) and the skin will change to the next skin in your collection. Press Shift+F4 (or Shift + right-click “Settings”) and you get the previous skin.
This one is a little difficult. Don’t worry. I solved it for you:
Comment: Anybody play hanjies? This beautiful design is made in 2015 by Tuffty19 and can be played at hanjie-star.com
Want to try yourself? Get Grapes here
My best result 4100. I guess less than 4000 is possible.
Archanfel is unstoppable with sharpened levels. He even managed to sharpen my favorite level from The Original Collection from Thinking Rabbit:Level 37 Original with one more box. Actually there is room for one more box at the question mark. But this makes the solution shorter(!) and really doesn’t add to the fun.
Play Archanfels collection ABHT (A Bit Harder Than…) at LetsLogic.com
The collection Original Extra Sharpen is finished. I deemed several levels not worth sharpening but Archanfel proved otherwise and now you will find interesting changes for all of the levels 51X-90X.
The last one was 90X Sharpen:The original level is rather messy. Lots of unneeded floors and and sloppy designed goal areas. Archanfel made all the goal areas rectangular and added 4 boxes. I discovered it was possible to reduce the width by one column by removing a wall that has no noteworthy influence on the solution.
Play Original Extra Sharpen at LetsLogic.com (The collection will not be changed any more and I promise never to change levels in a collection at letsLogic.com again)
Download the commented collection from Sokoban.dk’s Level Download Page. There are af few more cosmetic changes in this. No changes that influence the solutions.
A little digression from Original Extra Sharpen (Archanfel is still working).
Sorry. Not finished yet…
12:22 Archanfel found some improvements to Original Extra Sharpen.
20:17 And I found room for another box in 85X…
I updated the collection accordingly here and at LetsLogic.
For a few years around 2013 you could find a homepage with lots of beautiful skins for Sokoban++. The skins were made by Sokoskinner alias Annie Lee(+). Check out the skins here. Brian Damgaard mailed me his collection so now again they can be downloaded. From the Sokoban.dk Download Page of course.
I uploaded the set “Original Extra Sharpen” to Letslogic. Letslogic erases all the comments but Go there if you want to compete for the highscore.
By the way I changed Original Extra Sharpen 4 times. Always something you miss. Reread the presentation of the collection to see what and the changes. And don’t worry. I will not change the collection any more since now it is distributed outside Sokoban.dk
Revised the menu. I think you will like the changes.
Purely by chance I discovered Howard Abed years ago published his Set 4 with sharpened versions of some levels from the Original and the Extra Collections. Find a revised version of this collection with properly numbering and comments on Sokoban.dk’s Level Download Page.
Some issues on the Skin Download Page has been fixed. The Visual Sokoban skin file is now more usable. And the YASC file has been updated. Not much so you only need to pick the extra slick version of Magic Pearls.
And I found the first two obvious revisions of my collection Original Extra Sharpen working my way through Howard Abeds fourth set. You might want to reread the article to be updated. The collection has been updated so scrap the first version.
You can also find it for easy download in the files on The Revised Skin Download Page.
The level: Omega. And I am sorry to admit that two boxes needn’t be moved at all. Get the file here.
And how about this one? Where did that level come from? And how many moves do you think you need more to solve the puzzle with one wall added? icon-hand-o-right
So where did I steal this nice little piglet ?
While you wait for the upgrade of the Skin Download Section you can read a little about Gerry Wiseman and his skins icon-hand-o-right
Title: Round34 icon-file-o
Comment: My 34. attempt to get it necessary to move all the boxes to solve the level. As is often the case it is a pain in the xxx to get this done in a circular level. Didn’t succeed this time either. Hope you enjoy the level anyway.
Skin: Monty by Vitaly Pinchuk. I made the level rectangular to show some of Monty’s features. Get it from the skin download section.
The skin pages really need some reconstruction. So expect som alterations in a not to distant future. Eg. common skins designed specially for YASC as well as for YSokoban.
Waiting for that you might take some time solving Flacon 3: icon-file-o
Not difficult. Just pave your way and you have solved it.
Skin: KSokoban aka KDF Sokoban aka Warehouse Guy by Anders Widell
2017-08-10Skins – The Download Page
Jordi Domènenc wasn’t satisfied by my attempt at a sharpened level Original Extra 83 and send me this little gem with the comment “Easy, but I think nice…”
In my book the level is neither a sharpened level nor a remodel but a level in its own right inspired by Original Extra 83.
And I would rather say “Nice, but not easy…”. Actually I got tired solving and used an autosolver (Don’t tell anybody).
It is impossible to get all the boxes to a 3×3 goal with this layout.
But you can easily let all the boxes go to a combined goal.
So it is a nice extra touch letting both the 8th and 9th boxes go to separate goals making the level a little more difficult.
Brought here by permission from Jordi. icon-file-o
Sokoban.cn celebrates this with a main level by Zou Yongzhong. Possibly the hardest level I ever have come across. Haven’t solved it yet. However the puzzle is very logical so a lot of hard work and elimination should do the trick. Eventually. The puzzle is only solved twice so far.
The extra level is by DrFogh (Thanks for the honour). Fairly easy. Lots of solutions. The hardest challenge is not to solve the level but to get the lowest score.
The illustration above is a new wallpaper created by Xiaomao specially for the anniversary. Click the illustration for download.
At Sokoban.org Anain published a huge level, “A Hundred Flowers Bloom”. I haven’t solved it so far. Wonder if I ever will.
And this isn’t all. You might know the forum BBS.MF8-China? On a page created for the occasion you will find another tribute to the anniversary, a level by Laizhufu:Title: 百里挑一 (One Out Of Hundred)
A nice looking level hard to find so I took the liberty to republish it here.
Follow this link and just copy and paste the level to your favorite Sokoban program.