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Boxy Boy

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Released: 1990

Genre: Puzzle

Format reviewed: PC Eng/Turbografx-16

Publisher: Media Rings Corp

Developer: Media Rings Corp

Submitted by: Paul Driscoll

Known as Sokoban World in Japan, there have been many variants of this ’83 classic arcade puzzler and of course the 1990 Arcade game of the same name. But this is to my mind the best version there is of it.

The concept of the game is you have to push boxes around to a certain area of the room. The puzzle aspect comes in that you can only push a box forward and so you have to think carefully to make sure you don’t block other boxes or push a box somewhere where you can’t move it.

Admittedly describing the game it doesn’t sound too exciting but it is a good puzzler and some of the rooms are deviously devised meaning you will have plenty of head scratching before you work out the right order to move the boxes.

In this version of the game you have to tackle 250 levels set around America, Egypt, Japan, China and the South-pole and everything is excellently done with nice cartoon graphics that change for each country and bouncy catchy tunes that will stay in your head for days. But it’s the excellent fiendish level design that keeps you at it. I have been stuck for days in certain levels swearing that it was impossible to complete and then one day you just see how to do it and kick yourself for having missed the solution before.

Obviously if you don’t like puzzle games then chances are this isn’t going to win you over. But for those that enjoy a good cerebral challenge this little classic is worth tracking down and playing.