Can't get enough Soukoban on your Super Famicom? Never fear, Nintendo is here. On New Years 1999 (yes, '99) they published this update to that ole classic...
Taking control of a devil, you go through a series of mazes with the same goal in mind as SUPER SOUKOBAN, pushing boxes (this time stones) to cover purple dots (this time pits). The modern twist? But of course, STAYING ALIVE
Staying alive? Yes, for from the excavation comes forth HELL'S ARMY!
OK, in all honesty, more like Hell's Rejects, no, Purgatory's Rejects
Baddies are more of a nuisance than legitimate threats. There are two ways to dispose of 'em:
Push a stone over them
Another modern twist is the ability to throw fireballs. You can also charge to create a powershot a la Megaman. And there's a run button as well
So then, this update is an action-puzzler with sort of a Zelda-y feel/atmosphere, very slightly, BUT it's certainly there, as anyone who has played it would surely attest to...
Rocks can also be pushed via the powershot
Whereas SUPER SOUKOBAN was straight-to-the-point, POWER features multiple paths, multi-tier puzzles and there are even friends to guide you along with hints (in Japanese, mind, but nothing you can't do without)
Speaking of friends, here's the cast
The game opens with this screen. The iron gate's locked so you must find an alternate route.... hey, what's that little crack doing there in the wall...
And off you go. There are many rooms and you can run to the next without solving the current one, but it's advisable you take care of each one as you go along
YOU CAN'T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS
Multi-tiered puzzles adds new dimension to the ole formula
Watch out for the statues up top... they'll come alive! No, not really
As you advance, more pits means more enemies. As long as the pits remain open, baddies will keep spawning. But again, they're really a non-factor... but at least they're there, eh? Plus, when defeated, some drop a power-up to aid your quest
I said earlier it'd be wise to finish each puzzle as you confront 'em; however, for some the solution is not immediately available. Only by advancing do you later arrive at a point where you can then solve a previously impossible puzzle. Confused? You needn't be
See, here you enter this room on the lower floors. Blasted stones... how can you push them to cover the slots from this vantage point? The answer is you can't, and remember you can't pull
A-ha! Later traversing to higher ground, you'll find a room leading downstairs where you can now use your powershot to shove the blocks where they belong
DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS
SS had you going from one warehouse to the next, PS, on the other hand, is different
[What are you saying about the Sega Saturn and Playstation eh? -Ed.]
POWERSOUKOBAN doesn't have levels, per se. Rather it's interconnected like (Super) Metroid or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
SOME MORE SHOTS
More multi-tier madness
Use your Powershot to break those dirt clumps
The occult-ish statues add nicely to this dungeon underworld's atmosphere
"Quick, snap a shot of me!"
Can you complete this while avoiding the circulating ring of fire?
BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Another major diff in this modern update: you'll fight BOSSES! These include more traditional American-looking fiends such as Medusa and Frankenstein to name a few. These end-of-stage bosses are entirely combat-based
AUTOMATIC, NOT MANUAL
Something to take note of if you buy this game CIB: the game's manual is a fold-out map, with instructions on the back side. So don't fret when you don't find a "regular" manual inside the box
Which do I prefer? I love the update. But there's something pure about the original I can't deny. These two are must-own's if you love these type of games, and they complement each other well. POWER SOUKOBAN is one hell of a nice update, but I prefer Super Soukoban by a hair