The Frontpage 2018/2





Merry Christmas from the staff at

CandleTitle: Candle/Christmas2018
Comment: Started as an attempt to make It’s All Greek – Big Theta.
Constructed way before time.
Date: 2018-03-23
Skin: Aymeric du Peloux

Depending on which Sokoban Player you use, which background you use and which skin you use the level will be presented differently. Not allways as beautiful as here using YASC with black background and the skin Aymeric du Peloux (With black for floors).

“Winter is coming”. The Starks motto in “Game of Thrones”. Or is it “Christmas is coming”? Time to flash a Sokoban chrismas skin together with one of the last entries in “It´s All Greek”
Title: It-s All Greek -Rho
Author: DrFogh
Date: 2018-05-28

As always suggestions for changes to make a better level are welcome.
By the way Anian found 6 dead boxes and 4 unused floors in Theta so you will surely get a revised level in a not to distant future.

You can give your favorite Sokoban program a litte Christmas look. The graphics Christmas.png below is usable with YASC, JSoko and XSokoban.
Easiest with XSokoban. Just drag the graphics to the XSokoban window! Else copy the graphics to the Skin folder in your Sokoban program.

Christmas - Tyge Fogh - 2017 - YASC

Why not finish Theta by publishing the small one right away. Actually the small one are bigger than the big one and vice versa.
Well, Small Theta are so big and has so many big areas that it will surprise me if you really need to move everything. I didn’t succed but give it a try and give me a call if you find dead boxes and superfluous floors.
2018-12-08-ThetaTitle: Theta
Author: DrFogh
Date: 2018-03-14

Actually the big one is solvable in a smaller version. Anian took the time I didn’t to explore if the room at the left was a lille bit to big. And actually it was. The floors at A7 and A8 are superfluous. And you will find you don’t need to move the box at H8 by the way.
Test your skills on Big and Small Thetas in the collection The Three Thetas

Title: It’s All Greek – Big Theta
Author: DrFogh
Comment: Just do everything right and you solve the level in less than
220 moves.
Date: 2018-04-06
Skin: XSokoban

A new challenge to get everything in the right place. Enjoy.
Please inform me of any dead boxes or superfluous floors. Then I will try to change the level.

Did you spot the superfluous floors in Upsilon? I didn’t but Anian did. If you have a closer look upper right it is obvious the floors at J3 and J4 are unneccesary.
Find the correction in the collection “It’s All Greek” to be published in a probably not distant future.

Time for a new level and not the endless variations and improvements of levels published before.

UpsilonTitle: Upsilon
Author: DrFogh
Date: 2018-01-25
Skin: WinSoko 2 by Robert Vasizek (A bridge player by the way. You should try that game)

Sorry, but you will also be presented with a new variation on Delta. Yet again Anian found a dead box. I remade the level and killed that (Dead+Dead=Alive) With yet another touch by Anian:deltarev3Title: Delta X (To the right)
Author: DrFogh, Anian
Comment: The x’th version to get everything moving
Date: 2018-11-25

Want to play the levels? Click here

Welcome back to It’s All Greek.
Today I present two revised levels to you.
First is Beta (actually Alfa is first). In this totally revised version I already know the dead box at D4 so finding this doesn’t count.

BetaRevTitle: BetaRev
Author: DrFogh
Date: 2018-10-19

Next is Delta. Anian found a dead box but didn’t tell me which one. I think it is J9 but you can try it out.
My countermove to make the box alive again is placing a wall at C12.
I think I am home making a level without dead boxes but you are welcome to prove me wrong.
I needed 420 moves to solve the new level. 52 more than the old but you can probably beat that.

Title: Delta. A wall more and a box less at the left. A wall more at the right
Date: 2018-11-14

Download the levels here


Delta Title: It’s All Greek – Delta
Author: DrFogh
Comment: First version had 4 stationary boxes. This one has none (I think)
Date: 2017-05-15
Skin: KSokoban by Anders Widell

Time to present the skin “Glowing Pumpkins” by Ticko since Halloween is close at hand.
No autosolver solved Phi.
Title: It’s All Greek – Phi
Comment: My kid brothers birthday so I dedicate this level to him.
Date: 2018-02-09

Turns out the last version of Beta didn’t add much new. 3 floors less. Yes. But the level can still be solved without moving the lower right 6 boxes at all.
Waiting for yet another attempt at a satisfying Beta I reworked the most recent version of Beta a bit and changed it into a P. My best 244.
Happy solving.
FromBetaToPTitle: Peta
Author: DrFogh
Comment: It turned out my first versions of Beta was solvable without moving a big part of the level at all. I took the usable part of the level and reworked it a bit.
Date: 2018-10-20

I could have saved me the trouble creating a new Beta. Jordi Domenech didn’t send me a solution but a remake of the original Beta reduced by 3 floors.
Didn’t solve it myself yet.
Title: It’s All Greek – Beta Jordi
Author: DrFogh and Haikemono
Comment: Original reduced by 3 floors increasing the difficulty considerably.
Date: 2018-10-05

Mattias Meger and Jordi Domenech both found solutions for Beta with 4 and 5 dead boxes.
I will try a remake (Well, a completely different level). I already know solutions without moving H7 and I6 so telling me about these boxes doesn’t count.

betarev Title: It’s All Greek – Beta rev
Author: DrFogh
Comment: Happy Hunting for dead boxes and unnecessary floors. H7 and I6 don’t count. They are just part of the scenery.
Date: 2018-10-14

Time to get back to It’s All Greek. I still got a few unpublished levels.

betaTitle: It’s All Greek – Beta
Author: DrFogh
Date: 2018-05-15
Skin: Ancient Greek by Alberto Pettarin

Only Sokolution solved this one.
As usual I appreciate your comments and findings of dead boxes and unnecessary floors very much.

I promised not to make further versions of Big Euro. A promise can be broken. Can’t it? At least you get a little tougher version. And I got an excuse to present the skin Antique Desk 2 by Gerry Wiseman.

bigeuro2Title: Big Euro 2
Author: DrFogh
Comment: Not unexpectedly Anian found some dead boxes in row G. Furthermore he found the floors at N5-O6 can be stoned. Easy to think it is the same thing with the floors at N16-O16 which was easily proven. The level has been redesigned with walls at the aforementioned places and a new layout at the left making a more difficult level. Still you might find some dead boxes in row G and maybe F9.
Date: 2018-09-20

With Trump and Brexit The Euro are in for serious challenges. You might be able to help with this one.

BigEuroTitle: Big Euro
Author: DrFogh
Comment: You might be able to find a solution not moving e.g the marked boxes at G9 or G13 but probably not both. You might be able to find other dead boxes or floors in the level. I will not change the level but let me know if you do.
Date: 2018-08-31
Skin: Antique Desk 3 by Gerry Wiseman

Looking for a challenge?
For more than two years Qqwref occasionally publishes a Sokoban level at SokobanOnline. Always challenging with a twist.

QqwrefTitle: A Little Cross
Author: Qqwref
Comment: Inspired by a pattern in SBMendonca VI #44. Don’t get cross, you can do it!
Date: 2017-10-08
Skin: SokobanOnline

Remember how to calculate the area of a circle?
Or the circumference?
Don’t worry. You need not to know to solve this level.
BigPi Title: It’s All Greek – Big Pi
Author: DrFogh
Comment: Very simple design but only Takaken and Sokolution managed to solve it.
Date: 2018-02-18
Skin: Ancient Greek by Alberto Pettarin

By the way: Anian found solutions for New Euro 2 with several dead boxes and floors. It isn’t possible to construct a level with the given layout without dead boxes so I will make no further attempts. A bigger layout means more possibilities so I think you will meet Big Euro some time in the future.

Well. Well. Well. Now i don’t really like New Euro much either.
On the level below below I marked the boxes and floors with no purpose found by Anian.
Had to make New Euro 2.
NewEuro2Title: New Euro 2
Author: DrFogh
Date: 2018-08-21
Skin: Snooker by John C Davis

I already found some flaws so you will not get any credit finding the dead box at C7 or the dead floors at L9-N9 which I kept for symmetry.
Can you find any more flaws?
You can also just enjoy solving the level and not bother about flaws.

Backhoes (1) and (2) and Qqwref (3) had some fun with my old Euro level.
Never really liked the original much since a lot of boxes are dead.
Decided to give it another try.
NewEuroTitle: New Euro
Author: DrFogh
Comment: Tested a lot and so far I didn’t find dead boxes or dead floors (=floors not needed to solve the level). I might be wrong.
Date: 2018-07-25
Skin: Snooker by John C Davis

Why do I have a feeling of deja vu when Anian found a dead box (=box not needed to move to solve the level) at G8 in the first published version of Kappa.
Can’t have that.
I think/hope you need to move everything in the revised level below. If not you might find a dead box as marked.
Give it a try.
By the way the level is more difficult. At least for the solvers. None succeded solving the level.
The shortest solution? My best is 506 so far.
KappaRevTitle: It’s All Greek – Kappa Rev
Date: 2018-08-15

Last in my little cavalcade of Boxworld skin variation. This time the original tampered with by yours truly 😎 to make “Boxworld Red”.
Title: It’s All Greek – Kappa
Comment: Everything need to be moved.
Date: 2018-01-02

Only solved by Takaken and Sokolution.
As always please notify me if you find any flaws in the level.

Making a new level I start out with something I am able to solve or an autosolver is able to solve. Adding to that and using an optimizer to reveal and correct unused floors and boxes not needed to move I finally end up with something I think is worth publishing.
But the optimizer doesn’t look for other solutions but try to make a given solution shorter.
Finding an alternative solution often ends up with unneeded floor, boxes not needed to move and shorter solutions.
So it is not a very big surprise Anian figured out the floors at H12, I12 and J12 in Eta are not needed.
Should have suspected that myself. Awful lot of floors lover right in the first version.
The revised Eta below. Shortens my best solution around 50 moves.
By the way Epsilon is exactly the same thing. Arranging the boxes upper right a little differently allows a floor less lower right and shortens my best solution around 50 moves.

Download: icon-bullsey

First was Boxworld.
Then was Boxworld Indigo.
You can look at the net for further variations of the Boxworld skin.


Title: It’s All Greek – Eta
Author: DrFogh
Comment: You need to move everything.
Date: 2017-11-29

A simple design and despite of that only solved by Takaken and Sokolution.
As always please notify me if you find any flaws in the level.

Making Epsilon Rev I suspected the level was soluble with a floor less in the lover right area, but didn’t quite get it right.
Anian claimed the level is sovable so I tried it again. Right he is. Probably the final version of Epsilon below.

2018-08-03-EpsilonRevV2Title: It’s All Greek – Epsilon Rev V2
Author: DrFogh, Anian
Date: 2018-08-03

Download: icon-bullsey

Anian didn’t hesitate to point out Epsilon is solvable without moving one of the boxes.
Can’t have that. I changed the level and now no solver is able to solve it.
By the way Epsilon now looks much better so it really is a win win situation.
2018-07-29-EpsilonRevTitle: It’s All Greek – Epsilon Rev
Date: 2018-07-29

Below: Old Epsilon is still solvable even if the marked squares are changed into walls.

Find below the original skin for the Sokoban player Boxworld and further below the modified version Boxworld 2016.


Title: It’s All Greek – Epsilon
Author: DrFogh
Comment: Second version. First one with flaws not published
Date: 2018-04-02

Only solved by Takaken and Sokolution.
As always please notify me if you find any flaws in the level.

I have a lot of unpublished levels so I made a small collection to increase publishing schedule.
In these two levels you need to get everything inside before you can fill the goal area.
The skin is Go+. Original artist unknown. Modified with seemless walls and a more golike board by the webmaster at 🙂
2018-07-21-AllIn01Title: January 2017
Date: 2017-01-07

2018-07-21-AllIn02Title: Count
Comment: You have to count how many boxes you need inside before
filling the storing area.
Date: 2017-07-22

icon-archive 2018-07-21-Get Them All Inside First

2018-07-07Title: It’s All Greek – Gamma
Author: DrFogh
Date: 2018-05-19
Skin: Moonstar by Barbara Chamberlin

Only Sokolution and Takaken solved this level.
Yes. I know. The floor at I14 isn’t needed. Just for the looks.

2018-07-022018-06-30Title: It’s All Greek – Omega
Author: DrFogh
Date: 2018-02-12
Skin: Happy Face by Barbara Chamberlin

Thought this was a though one but all autosolvers did the job.