Sokoban level collection released!

Although Rocks’n’Diamonds can play Sokoban style levels, there was only the classic Sokoban level set available in the “Classic Original Games” section.

Thanks to the work of Dorothee Ebner, there is now a new level collection available for Rocks’n’Diamonds that contains only Sokoban style levels! She converted the following original Sokoban level sets to Rocks’n’Diamonds, resulting in 764 levels in 7 different level sets:

  • Mas Sasquatch (50 levels)
  • Microban (155 levels)
  • Sasquatch (50 levels)
  • Sasquatch III (50 levels)
  • Sasquatch IV (50 levels)
  • Sokomania in the Spaceship 1 (55 levels)
  • Sokomania in the Spaceship 2 (354 levels)

The “Sasquatch” and “Microban” level sets were originally created by David W. Skinner, while the two “Sokomania in the Spaceship” sets were originally created by various authors.

This new level collection package is available now at the “Levels & Artwork” section!

Important note: Level packages are now available in two archive formats:

  • The popular and well-supported zip format is supported out of the box by most operating systems, like Windows XP. Although popular and widespread, this archive format is technically outdated, because it does only provide poor compression ratio, so the resulting archive files are larger than needed and take longer to download over a slow network connection.

    zip archives can be extracted by virtually every archiving and compression tool, like WinZip.

  • The relatively new and less known 7z archive format offers much better compression, resulting in significantly smaller archive files which download much faster than their zip equivalent. For example, the above Sokoban zip archive version is around 300 KBytes, while the alternative 7z archive version is just around 50 KBytes!

    7z archives can be extracted by the 7-Zip file archiver, which is available as free software from www.7-zip.org for both Windows and Unix and which is able to pack and unpack a whole lot of further popular archive formats.

Conclusion: Use the 7z archive format whenever possible to increase download speed!