Puzzle game

Sokobos: an inspired and satisfying puzzle game

There comes a time in every reviewer’s life when they have to face a rather ugly truth about themselves. Today, as I sat staring at the same amazingly beautiful puzzle that I had been for the past thirty minutes, I decided it was time for me to realize what I had known about myself for so long. . I suck at thinking games. Like really awful. My mind cannot comprehend the most basic solutions, even when presented to me in a simplistic way. However, despite this flaw, I absolutely adore the genre. So even though it took me a while to master the deceptive simplicity Sokobos by the infinitely talented Daisy Games, I can firmly say that I nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed my time with him.

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“To complement the exceptionally exquisite visuals is an inspired and meaningful one soundtrack.”

In all my time playing puzzle games, I’ve never come across one with such a beautifully minimalistic art style as Sokobos. Inspired by the wonderful art of ancient Greek pottery, Sokobos not only uses the limited color palette to its advantage, but also creates a more authentic and atmospheric experience. The levels appear both complex and simplistic in their design, capturing the essence of the original art forms’ use of limited space and intricate imagery.

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Rounding out the exceptionally exquisite visuals is an inspired and meaningful soundtrack. He masterfully changes the tones from time to time to match the mood of the level and to avoid Sokobos more and more stale. It alternates between being melodiously bubbly and eerily dark, perfectly encapsulating both the garish and tragic nature of Greek mythology.

“The hard difficulty of Sokobos is incredibly rewarding and enhanced somewhat by a host of much-loved difficulty options.”

Fortunately, Sokobos’ the qualities extend beyond its glorious visuals and into its intricate and challenging gameplay. Like their previous game, Black sheep, Daisy Games opted for a Sokoban-style puzzle game. This apparently means you’ll have to push a block around a tight space to form a particular shape. The difficulty comes from finding the right order in which these blocks must be correctly positioned.

I’m not too ashamed to admit that I couldn’t complete all the levels of Sokobos. In fact, there are still levels that haunt my dreams to this day. These are no simple affairs, despite their deceptive appearance when you start a level. There’s a staggering amount of challenges found in virtually every level of Sokobos. This is especially the case when new mechanics are introduced later down the line.

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Fortunately, Sokobos’ the hard difficulty is not only incredibly satisfying, but can be increased somewhat by a host of popular difficulty options. Every time I completed a puzzle, I felt an overwhelming sense of satisfaction wash over me. Due to the lack of punitive mechanics, I never got frustrated with my inability to solve any given puzzle, and as a result, I was able to enjoy the gameplay to a much greater extent.

“Sokobos’ phenomenal visuals, stunning soundscape, and rewarding gameplay keep me coming back for more.”

This is, in large part, due to the aforementioned difficulty options. For example, levels can be skipped entirely if you struggle for too long, and you can also undo as many moves as you want. Can’t underestimate how grateful I was for some of these mechanics, and how much more accessible they are. Sokobos like an experience.

Of course, for puzzle game enthusiasts, Sokobos is going to be an almost legendary experience. But for those of us who aren’t the most adept at puzzle games, the fact that we don’t have to work on a particular puzzle before the next one is available is greatly appreciated.

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Sokobos’ Phenomenal visuals, great soundscape, and rewarding gameplay keep me coming back for more. The fact that I never felt pressured to complete a level allowed me to come back with new puzzle-solving abilities to try the hardest. Sokobos has to offer once again. With over sixty levels to complete, there’s a lot to enjoy here, especially for the low cost of entry. Suffice it to say, Sokobos is a truly engrossing and satisfying puzzle experience for newcomers and veterans alike.

you can pick up Sokobos for yourself through its Steam store page when it launches on April 1.

* Disclaimer: Reviewed on PC, code provided by developer.

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Summary

Despite being a rather difficult puzzle game, Sokobos offers a hugely rewarding and fulfilling experience that feels as inspired as the developer’s previous efforts. With sixty levels to go through, a range of accessibility options for those who struggle, and stunning aesthetics to tie it all together, Sokobos is definitely worth it for those who want a challenging puzzle game.

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challenging puzzles

Gorgeous aesthetic

Range of options to help those in difficulty