21 April 2014

Sokoban lessons - Storage: One entrance

There are lots of storage puzzles. To analyze them with comfort, it is necessary to make a division. But, what criteria establish? I have chosen the criterion of the number of entrances in the storage area: one entrance, two, three ... This is a criterion as valid as any other (for example, the number of goals in the storage area, etc.).

An interesting feature of the puzzles "one entrance", is that many of them are with closure from inside the storage area, so it is necessary to place the boxes temporarily in a certain way in the interior of the storage area, in order to close.

Criteria:

- The storage area has a single entrance.
- Storage area: minimum 10 goals.
- In addition to the storage area, in the puzzle may have other goals, but with a maximum of 20 %.

I reserve the "lines" for another specific post (see "Big lines").

You can download all puzzles (except commercial) here:






Level 39 - 倉庫番2, Thinking Rabbit, 1984, for FM-7

Author: unknown (Thinking Rabbit)
Title: 倉庫番2 ("Sokoban 2"; Thinking Rabbit, 1984) #39
Later publications: Soko-Ban (Spectrum HoloByte, 1988) #50; Sokoban Perfect (1989) #283
Date: February 1984
Difficulty: 5.5
Best moves/pushes: 1165/429

It is the last level of the "Original" collection and one of the most famous of this series. It can be considered as "one entrance", with a cargo area attached?

It is also the first puzzle of Sokoban with two innovations: 1) a stepped storage area; 2) a cargo area, to which it is necessary to move all boxes before proceeding to the storage. The closure of the storage is from inside.

As a curiosity, these are the first puzzles of Sokoban with a stepped storage area:
- Sokoban 2 (1984) #39 (= Original #50; Sokoban Perfect #283)
- Sokoban 2 (1984) #49 (= Sokoban Perfect #280)
- Sokoban (MSX, ASCII Corp., 1984) #51 (= Original #45; Sokoban Perfect #218)
- Sokoban Perfect (1989) #296




Author: unknown (Thinking Rabbit) + monry + hir
Title: Sokoban Perfect #64 b
First release: 涙の倉庫番スペシャル ("Namida no Soukoban Special"; NES, Famicom - ASCII Corp., 1986) #40
Date: July 1986. Remodel: 1998.10.27
Difficulty: 6
Best moves/pushes: 2095/506

Funny labyrinthine structure. The excellent version of monry + hir adds 2 boxes and some changes in the structure that make it difficult to take out the first box.




Author: Yoshio Sakae
Title: Sokoban Perfect #128
Date: 1989
Difficulty: 5.5
Best moves/pushes: 1555/406

Pinwheel-shaped storage area, and circulation around. A classic! See also Sokoban Revenge #151, remodel of the own Yoshio Sakae.




Author: Hidemitsu Kobayashi
Title: Sokoban Perfect #273
Date: 1989
Difficulty: 6
Best moves/pushes: 1072/319 (lsdzxy)

Perfect! Double trouble: take out the first box, and then the storage. Nice to solve.  





Author: Hidemitsu Kobayashi + York Shen
Title: Sokoban Perfect #291 a
Comment: added 1 box
Date: 1989. Remodel: c.
February 2007
Difficulty: 6.5
Best moves/pushes: 1739/647

Hard storage. This version of York Shen, with one more box, makes it difficult to take out the first box.





Author: Eiji Takeuchi + Jordi Doménech
Title: Sokoban Revenge #73 直角二等辺三角形(+3) (Isosceles right triangle (+3))
Comment: added a wall and a box, redraw map
Date: 1991. Remodel: 2014.3.6
Difficulty: 6
Best moves/pushes: 1505/489

Simple and fun! I made a special remodel for this post :)





Author: Yoshio Sakae
Title: Sokoban Revenge #78 ドクターK (Doctor K)
Date: 1991
Difficulty: 6
Best moves/pushes: 1405/446 (yutaka yamada)

Doctor K is a manga by the Japanese artist Kazuo Mafune, published in 1988. Excellent puzzle with closure from the inside.





Author: Přemysl Zíka
Title: First levels #124
Date: c. 1990-1995
Website: www.zusbreznice.cz/rozvrhy-zika-premysl-sokoban.cz
Difficulty: 5
Best moves/pushes: 3269/418

Fun maze, a incredible mess.





Author: Jean-Pierre Kent
Title: JPK Levels #19
Date: November 1998
Website: sokoban-jd.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-favorite-authors-jean-pierre-kent.html
Difficulty: 6.5
Best moves/pushes: 583/246

A excellent remodel of XSokoban #80. It's incredible that it can close from the inside. See also a similar remodel of Howard Abed, Fourt Set #39, I think subsequent.





Author: Jean-Pierre Kent + monry
Title: JPK Levels #39 a
Comment: stoned 7 floors
Date: November 1998. Remodel: March 1999
Website: sokoban-jd.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-favorite-authors-jean-pierre-kent.html
Difficulty: 6
Best moves/pushes: 819/343

Another difficult storage, remodeled by monry. 





Author: Jean-Pierre Kent
Title: JPK Levels #40
Date: November 1998
Website: sokoban-jd.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-favorite-authors-jean-pierre-kent.html
Difficulty: 6.5
Best moves/pushes: 905/361 (Tiaoa)

Difficult and unusual storage, with closure from inside.





Author: David W. Skinner + York Shen
Title: Sasquatch #48 a
Comment: added 2 boxes
Date: January 1999. Remodel: c. November 2002
Difficulty: 6
Best moves/pushes: 2774/836

Excellent puzzle, with a stepped storage area and closure from inside.





Author: David W. Skinner
Title: Sasquatch II #42
Date: August 1999
Difficulty: 6
Best moves/pushes: 2091/383 (Johannes Steinmüller)

Nice and fun to solve.
This puzzle is similar in style to Sasquatch #27.




Author: Gerald Holler + Masato Hiramatsu
Title: gh 8 (B)
Date: 1999.8.22. Remodel: 1999.8.30
Difficulty: 5
Best moves/pushes: 740/288

Can be considered "one entrance"? In any case, I'm happy to rescue this little forgotten gem.





Author: Howard Abed + František Pokorný + Frederik Goethals
Title: SokoCreation #68
Date: November 1999 (Pokorný). Remodel: December 1999 (H.A.), September 2000 (F.G.)
Website (F. Pokorný): kantorek.webzdarma.cz/sokobana.htm
Difficulty: 8 (H.A.)
Best moves/pushes: 1251/416 (Archanfel)

Complex storage. Actually, I think the original level is of František Pokorný (see fpok004; November 1999); then it was remodeled by Howard Abed and the own Pokorný (see fpok008, added 10 boxes; December 1999); finally Goethals added 2 boxes and deleted a wall (see Frederik Goethals #19, September 2000; and SokoCreation #68). Therefore, the author credits should be: František Pokorný + Howard Abed + Frederik Goethals. My rating: 7. See also of František Pokorný, #53 "Funnel".





Author: David W. Skinner + York Shen
Title: Sasquatch III #39 a
Comment: added 1 box
Date: June 2000. Remodel: c. May 2003
Difficulty: 5
Best moves/pushes: 862/191    

Two storage areas of a single entrance. It is not difficult, but it is nice to solve.





Author: Andre Bernier
Title: #4 M B
Date: April 2004
Difficulty: 7.5
Best moves/pushes: 1308/514 (Sokobano)

The Canadian André Bernier surprised everyone with a series of puzzles of great difficulty, dedicated to their children. There are several with only one entrance to the storage area: do you choose? My doubt is between the #4, with the initials "MB" (Michael Bernier), and the last in the series, level #12, with the initials "RB" (Ryan). The latter is perhaps more difficult and exciting to solve (my rating: 8), but the level #4 is perhaps more beautiful. So, I recommend both :)





Author: Keijo Sopuli
Title: #21 Unit
Date: August 2004
Difficulty: 6
Best moves/pushes: 1583/449 (lsdzxy)

Old style. Although it seems incredible, it closes from inside.





Author: Sven Egevad
Title: SE 1041
Comment: assemble hard
Date: c. 2004
Website: www.egevad.nu/sven/
Difficulty: 6.5
Best moves/pushes: 2520/1174 (Tiaoa + Archanfel)

Double storage, both difficult and both with closure from inside. The underpass is irrelevant, and in fact the puzzle has only one entrance on top.





Author: Sven Egevad
Title: SE 1723
Comment: assemble hard
Date: c. 2007
Website: www.egevad.nu/sven/
Difficulty: 5.5
Best moves/pushes: 2247/433

Curious puzzle with two pairs of "switches" (at the top and bottom) between the boxes area and the storage.





Author: Vipul Patel
Title: 100,000 moves only #7
Date: September 2008
Difficulty: 5
Best moves/pushes: 90,686 (MikeArcher)

Vipul Patel has a lot of puzzles perfect for an afternoon of rain. I choose it because I think it is the most entertaining. As Vipul says in his commentary to the collection, the difficulty of this levels is to solve with less than 100,000 moves. I have not achieved :(  Note: it is imperative to use a program of Sokoban that allow to play automatically.

Finally, if you enjoyed this level and it is still raining, you can also try to solve these other "one entrance": 100,000 moves only #2, Mastervip #44, #59 et seq, #66; Maximum 100,000 moves #1.





Author: unknown (Thinking Rabbit) + Jordi Doménech
Title: Original remixed #20 arr.
Comment: arranged version, stoned 2 floors
Date: September 2009, April 2014
Website: sokoban-jd.blogspot.com/
Difficulty: 6
Best moves/pushes: 1688/625

Special arrangement for this post: I have stoned 2 floors ;)




Author: Přemysl Zíka
Title: First levels #243 EU - chaos and tragedy
Date: May 2012
Website: www.zusbreznice.cz/rozvrhy-zika-premysl-sokoban.cz
Difficulty: 8.5
Best moves/pushes: 24005/4328 (Sokobano)

It is the Sokoban maze more complicated and difficult I know. If you dare, I advise patience. With one box is easy, with two also, but with 16 ... :P   But what I like most is the title: indeed, EU is at present a real Chaos, and a factory of suffering for millions of people.




Author: Aleksey Krupenko
Title: Sonic - Room 31
Date: 2012.8.1
Difficulty: 6
Best moves/pushes: 1370/567

Storage with two attached cargo areas. The closure is very witty.





Author: Aleksey Krupenko
Title: Sonic - Room 49
Date: 2013.4.11
Difficulty: 6.5
Best moves/pushes: 1674/661

Another difficult storage with closure from inside.



New additions
 
These new additions are not incorporated yet in the downloadable file.


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Author: 20603 (Yongzhong Zou)
Title: 曲径通幽 (A winding path leads to quiet seclusion) <1009>
Date: c. 2001
Difficulty: 6.5
Best moves/pushes: 14500/3113

The bottom storage area, in fact has only one entrance. Fun to solve. With respect to the author, see the post "20603 (Yongzhong Zou)".


 

In addition to the levels above-mentioned, see also:

- Howard Abed
    Fourh Set 37 (remodel of Original 23), 39 (remodel of XSokoban 80), 41 (remodel of Original 20)

- Archanfel, "Tower of chameleon"

- Péter Asztalos
    AKK Informatika 22

- Jordi Doménech
    Alberto Garcia remixed 48

- Sven Egevad
    SE 1049, 1379

- Jean-Pierre Kent
    See
especially JPK Levels 5, 12, 29, 33 (there is a remodel of York Shen with +1 box), 34 (see remodel of monry), 42, 64

- Aleksey Krupenko
    Sonic - Room 4 (simple and witty), 12, 13, 21, 22, 23 (posted in Storage: Two rows), 27, 35, 61

- laizhufu, "X" (difficult)

- monry
    monry-light 7

- Yoshio Murase
    handmade 13

- Kevin B. Reilly
    kbr193, 237, 243, 396, 488, 550, 663, 875 (nice), 877, 1059

- David W. Skinner
    Sasquatch #32, #40 (see remodel of York Shen +2 boxes); II #45 (see remodel of Marek Letrab, stoned 2 floors); IV #6, #25 (see Sokoban lessons - Parallel); XII #39

- Keijo Sopuli #8

- Eric F. Tchong
    Chuchubi 1 #61

- Thinking Rabbit
    Sokoban Perfect 79 (see remodel of monry), 159 (see remodel of monry + hir), 177 (Yoshio Sakae; see also my version The beautiful world of remodels 3 #34), 233, 297 (Masaki Ishino)
    Original 20, 23 (see also Sokoban Revenge 72), 30, 39, 40, 50
    Sokoban Revenge 77 (Yoshio Sakae), 202 (Masaki Nakajo), 268 (Yoshio Sakae), 274 (Yoshio Sakae), 287 (Takahiro Suzushima)

- XSokoban 52

- Přemysl Zíka
    First levels 121
    Primus gradus ad Olympo 104
 

2 comments:

  1. Hello, we're high school students trying to make a computer game based on your helpful sokoban maps. We would first like to thank you for your websites helpfulness! We were wondering if your website's puzzles had solutions for us to use when testing our game? Thank you!

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