On the move

Transport spheres to the storage area in this challenging puzzle game.

Sokoban has been around since the 1980s, challenging users to move boxes around a puzzle and into designated storage areas. It sounds easy in theory, but there's actually quite a bit of strategy involved. Sokoban++ is a basic version of the puzzle game that won't impress you with its graphics, but will definitely strain your brain with its 50 levels of challenging gameplay.

The program's interface is plain and not particularly intuitive; if you've never played Sokoban before, you'll definitely be turning to the HTML Help file in short order. Although some versions of Sokoban have graphics reminiscent of boxes and warehouses, Sokoban++ is a little more abstract; you must push a series of spheres into the green storage areas using a mover, which can be controlled with either the mouse or the arrow keys on the keyboard. The mover must navigate through a mazelike setup of bricks, a task that quickly becomes a logistical challenge. Sokoban++ has quite a few features; there are multiple menus across the top of the interface. The program comes with a selection of different skins, and users can even create their own levels of the game. We also liked that there's an undo feature, because one wrong move can ruin a whole lot of hard work. Overall, Sokoban++ didn't impress us with fancy graphics, but it did impress us with the sheer difficulty of its gameplay and its comprehensive list of features. Any fan of logic games will want to give it a try.

Sokoban++ installs and uninstalls without issues.

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