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The Game:

Sokoban's Creed is an "open-world" sokoban game made for LOWREZJAM 2020.
Explore an abandoned city, solve interconnected puzzles and discover many secrets.

This started as a silly joke where I would mix Sokoban with open-world design, so block-pushing puzzles but also skill trees & XP.
It sounds absurd but I ended up really linking working on this. Making a non-linear game like that is completely new to me and designing puzzles that could be solved in different order while preventing too much unintended solution was a real challenge. But this also led to a few surprises!

It ended up being HUGE, with ~160 levels/screens, a lot of secrets and a full optional dungeon with secret ending! Which might not have been the ideal thing for a jam but oh well! I spent a lot of time on the saving system too, which is something I had barely done before, so this was kinda hard to manage.


Small warning:

Since it's a Sokoban game, pushing boxes often result in dead ends, so a rewind mechanic is necessary. And Checkpoints too. But the open-ended nature of the game also means that the player can choose to abandon an area and go elsewhere. This could lead to a few softlocks if you're not careful!
So: If you're leaving an area before completing it (usually this means reaching a new checkpoint or a new object acting like one) make sure to use the restart function before leaving. It sends you back to the last checkpoint!

I made sure checkpoints were only in safe areas that you can only reach by doing the right thing, so if you have any doubt, just use the restart!


Controls:

(can be remapped)

  • Movement - WASD / Arrow Keys
  • Action - Spacebar / X
  • Rewind - Backspace / Z
  • Resart - R
  • Menu - Escape
  • Map - M
  • Skill - I
  • Stats - J


Misc:

This was made in GameMaker Studio 1.4, started around August 5th. I used Beepbox for sounds, and the font m3x6 by Daniel Linssen. Secrets were written by Celim'.

I'm sure I stole a lot of idea from years of playing PuzzleScrips games too, but I couldn't attribute anything to a specific one, so I'll just say: you should play ENIGMASH.


 

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