New Sokoban: Out With the Old, in With New Brain-Busting

New Sokoban - Toni Sala

 

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New Sokoban Video App Review

 


Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

New Sokoban iPhone app, which has been carefully crafted by developer Toni Sala, offers a fresh breath of Sokoban gameplay on the iPhone. Each of its fifty levels are brilliantly designed to tease your brain and relax your spirit. If you’re looking for the next great puzzler on iOS, New Sokoban could easily be your new (and free) favorite.

Gameplay

For those unfamiliar with the Sokoban concept, players are tasked with sliding a set of boxes around until they’ve been placed on specified areas. Usually these games are played along a grid, and that’s exactly how New Sokoban operates: The game has you sliding red boxes about a block layout, maneuvering the pieces in various ways until they come to rest on grayed-out landing pads. Once you have all the boxes in their proper spots, you’ve completed the level and can continue to the next. The concept may sound simple, but it very easily becomes complex. Eventually, New Sokoban tasks it players with using sets of boxes to guide other boxes, or using a combination of playing pieces and available walls to correctly manage the puzzle. It’s wonderfully difficult, and also very relaxing. However, if you find any one puzzle too difficult, the app allows you to skip it entirely without penalty. This removes any brain-anxiety the player might be suffering from, and puts the emphasis on fun, rather than completing the layouts. Likewise, in-app controls allow you to step backward or completely reset the level at any time.


Design

New Sokoban

The thing I appreciated most about New Sokoban is its pace: The app eases you into the gameplay, and then adds newer and more difficult elements at a comfortable rate. Each of the fifty included levels is very skillfully crafted, and I have to tip my hat to the developer. A very obvious amount of time and care was put into making New Sokoban, and it shows. I often spent several minutes staring at levels, working out various paths the pieces could take. It’s an extremely relaxing experience, and one that’s perfectly complimented by expert design.

However, I do have one complaint with what New Sokoban is packing, thought it makes me seem a bit cheap: I don’t like the game’s in-app adverts. Considering the app is free, and offers such quality gameplay, I’m willing to overlook the banner at the top, but I did find the included advertisements very distracting.

Value

The most unbelievable thing about New Sokoban is its price: One hundred percent free in the AppStore. Offering fifty astounding levels, relaxing gameplay, and superb design, you have absolutely no reason to ignore New Sokoban. The designer has put an impressive amount of work into the game, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

New Sokoban iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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One Response to “New Sokoban: Out With the Old, in With New Brain-Busting”

  1. Peter Babiy says:

    I actually got this game recently and really enjoy it! Like u said, very relaxing and music is actually pretty chill too, I don’t mind it at all. Thanx for the review Luke.

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