Life

I've done this collection "Life" in a few days, a puzzle after another, between November and December 2015. I have tried that every puzzle raises a typical problem of Sokoban. There are some difficult puzzles, others are easier, all mixed, and there are two hard levels (#21 "cottage" and #37 "S"): If you can't solve them, leave them. As a whole, I think that it is a beautiful collection and fun to solve.

I have built this collection for peace in the world, and most especially to Syria, where any war had to have been!

You can download this collection here:


Life (48 puzzles)

Below I publish a old video of Pau Casals interpreting El cant dels ocells ("The song of the birds"). Pau Casals was born in El Vendrell (Barcelona, Spain), neighboring town to mine. The landscape in both peoples is the same: very hot and dry climate, soft light, white roads between vineyards... El cant dels ocells is a traditional Catalan Christmas song. All the Catalans we get excited to hear this melody.






With better sound here.

Pau Casals he composed the Hymn of the United Nations, known as the Hymn of Peace. On 24 October 1971, the day of the premiere, also interpreted El cant dels ocells. Before, he spoke these words:

Peace has always been my greatest concern. I learnt to love it when I was but a child. When I was a boy, my mother – an exceptional, marvellous woman -, would talk to me about peace, because at that time there were also many wars. ...

I have not played the cello in public for many years, but I feel that the time has come to play again. I am going to play a melody from Catalan folklore: El cant dels ocells – The song of the birds. Birds sing when they are in the sky, they sing: "Peace, peace, peace", and it is a melody that Bach, Beethoven and all the greats would have admired and loved. What is more, it is born in the soul of my people, Catalonia.





Title: crossroads
Difficulty: 5


Who hasn't ever been at a crossroads? All crossroads have something mysterious and disturbing...





Title: round and round...
Difficulty: 5


This puzzle is inspired by the beautiful Russian folk song "Степь да степь кругом" ("Steppe all around"). The song tells the story of a coachman who was lost in the steppe  - round and round!... - and he died frozen cold. It is one of the most beautiful Russian songs I know.







Title: labyrinth game
Difficulty: 5


This puzzle presents one of the most classic Sokoban problems: change all boxes to the opposite wall. The secret of the puzzle is the "tooth" from the bottom, which allows to reverse the direction of the boxes.



Title: bottle
Difficulty: 5


Sometimes, fill a bottle is not so simple...



Title: dark rooms
Difficulty: 5


This puzzle reminds me the flash game The Dark Romm by Jonathan May.
 


Title: stairs for kids
Difficulty: 5



Title: stairs for kids+
Difficulty: 6


Problem of the "stairs". The first puzzle is relatively simple, but the second is more difficult. In fact, in the second puzzle only changes the location of a goal, but to solve it is necessary to move all the boxes by the double staircases.



Title: carousel
Difficulty: 7


One of the most fascinating topics of Sokoban: rotatory structure with alternate goals. It is inspired by Přemysl Zíka, "Tertius gradus ad Olympo" #26.



Title: mandala
Difficulty: 6.5







Title: karakuri box
Difficulty: 6.5


A "karakuri box" (also called "puzzle box", "secret box", or "trick box") is a box that can only be opened through some obscure or complicated series of manipulations. The correct series of movements that can range from two to over 1500 moves. The karakuri box originated in the Hakone region of Japan at the turn of the 19th century...  Good luck!



Title: mug
Difficulty: 6


It is inspired in Sokoban Revenge #118 by Eiji Takeuchi. The biggest difficulty is the closure.



Title: classic rows
Difficulty: 6


A recurrent structure in Sokoban: storage in the center and rooms around. The classic model is Original #29.



Title: heart
Difficulty: 7


Replica of Přemysl Zíka, "Tertius gradus ad Olympo" #42 ("Heart").



Title: strange tree
Difficulty: 6


You only have to push the boxes upward, and then to the right... approximately.



Title: sailing boat
Difficulty: 6


Replica of the boat of Laizhufu, "乘风破浪" (Ride wiht the wind and waves).



Title: ooO
Difficulty: 6

Triple "O" with two boxes unplaced, within similar structures.




Title: peace
Difficulty: 6


Classic theme "fix one". This type of levels is my favorite :)



Title: peace 2
Difficulty: 6




Title: pipe organ
Difficulty: 6.5

Another rotatory puzzle with alternate goals ahhhh...




Title: 1000 rooms
Difficulty: 6

A fun theme: rooms chained.




Title: cottage
Difficulty: 8.5


Difficult "pyramid"... Inspired in Sokoban Revenge #283 by Yoshio Sakae.





Title: A
Difficulty: 6

The difficulty is in the last boxes.



Title: four roads
Difficulty: 7


Typical puzzle "many-in-goal", according to the terminology of Sven Egevad.


Title: castle
Difficulty: 7

This puzzle is inspired in the old role-playing video games.





Title: ornate capital L
Difficulty: 6.5


Chessboard in the shape of "L". It is not difficult...


Title: six
Difficulty: 6.5


Classic "six" with a box of hindrance in the storage area... :)


Title: Marrakesh souk
Difficulty: 7

Maze in concentric circles.





Title: Mac SE
Difficulty: 6.5

Mac SE (1987), my first computer... On the screen, the Apple logo. Fun "fix one".





Title: tres eran tres...
Comment:
Tres eran tres las hijas de Elena.
Tres eran tres y ninguna era buena...
Difficulty: 7


This puzzle is inspired by the unfinished level of Monry known as "Nancy". The idea of the puzzle is that the player has to cross continuously the three storage areas...


Title: oldies
Comment: remembering Frank Mentzer
Difficulty: 6


Replica of J. Franklin Mentzer, "Still more!" #2.




Title: London Underground
Difficulty: 6



Title: pink maze
Difficulty: 6.5


This maze is inspired by the much more difficult and complicated version of "Secundus gradus ad Olympo" #48 by Přemysl Zíka.




Title: puppy
Difficulty: 6.5


Little "snake" inspired by Marcis Berzins, "C-Soko" #55 Puppy.


Title: sea snail
Difficulty: 6.5


Replica of "Secundus gradus ad Olympo" #60 by Přemysl Zíka.



Title: pinwheel
Difficulty: 6.5

Rotatory puzzle. The biggest difficulty is to close the central area.




Title: Zhenying magic board
Comment: from an idea by Zhenying
Difficulty: 7

Fun chessboard inspired in Zhenying 61-31.




Title: S
Difficulty: 8

This little "snake" is very hard. Take it calmly.




Title: Christmas tree 2015 for peace
Difficulty: 6.5

Christmas tree in the classic "Sokoban pilgrimage" style.



Title: peace 3
Difficulty: 7

My last level "peace"...








Title: Ten - in the Premysl Zika style
Difficulty: 7


Storage area in the center and rooms in the four corners. A classical structure of Přemysl Zíka.





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Author: Jordi Domenech + Premysl Zika
Title: Life #18 pipe organ - a

Comment: add 2 boxes, 2 floors, rearrange some goals 
Date: 2015.12.30


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Author: Jordi Domenech + Archanfel
Title: Thug Life
Comment: based on Life #31, add a box
Date: 2016.1.1




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Author: Jordi Domenech + Premysl Zika
Title: Life #32 S - a

Comment: enlarge map, stoned many boxes
Difficulty: 9.5 (P.Z.) 
Date: 2016.12.15
 

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