Welcome to the world of PocoMan! A logic and strategy game featuring the
clever and funny character PocoMan. A 21st century super-hero of
Your job is to assist PocoMan in moving all of the treasures to the marked
floor positions (see the example below) allowing him to escape to the next
level. Sounds simple, right? Don't be too sure!
Level 1: Diamonds
Even with his super powers, PocoMan can only push the treasures around the
maze. He can't pull them or push more than one at a time. But try to
overlook these shortcomings, because after all, he is a super-hero.
21st Century Super-hero of Microscopic Proportions!
PocoMan's latest adventure has landed him in real trouble. He's caught
in one of his enemy's most cruel traps. This one has 50 of the most
difficult mazes he has ever come across. His only hope of escaping back
home is to solve all 50 mazes! The difficulty of each maze increases as he
progresses through them.
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Rules of the Game
PocoMan is an adaptation of the well-known single-player strategy game
Sokoban. Sokoban originated in Japan, and its title means "warehouse
keeper" in Japanese.
The rules of PocoMan and the object of the game are simple (as they always
seem to be in the very best games).
- Push all of the treasures onto the floor positions marked with
- PocoMan is only allowed to push treasures, not pull them.
- Only one treasure may be pushed at a time.
- Treasures can only be pushed if PocoMan can get behind them.
- Every level must be solved in order to achieve victory.
Using the Mouse to Play PocoMan
Using a mouse to play PocoMan is easy and intuitive. You may be able to
figure it out on your own even without reading these instructions.
- Left Button:
The left mouse button is used to move PocoMan around the maze normally in
the empty floor spaces. Simply position your mouse pointer over an empty
square and hold down the left button. PocoMan will transform into
SUPER-POCOMAN and will begin hurtling in a very super way
toward that target position. Note, however, that if all paths to that
position are blocked, SUPER-POCOMAN will just hurtle in
To make moving around the maze less tiresome to your finger, you can hold
down the SHIFT key to enable SUPER-POCO-MODE! This will allow
you to release the left button and just move the pointer around with
PocoMan following it as best he can.
To push a treasure, simply position PocoMan next to it and click on the
treasure. Also, if you click on a square farther away that isn't empty
(e.g., a treasure or wall), and that square is directly in line with
PocoMan horizontally or vertically, then PocoMan will attempt to move in
that direction, pushing any treasures that might happen to be in his path.
- Right Button:
Clicking the right mouse button will undo PocoMan's last push of a
treasure. However, note that you can only undo the last push, and not any
of the pushes before that. If you get yourself tangled up too badly,
you'll have to hit the 'R' (restart) key.
Playing PocoMan with the Keyboard
The arrow keys can be used to move PocoMan around the maze as well as the
mouse. The following additional keys perform special functions:
Displays a picture of SUPER-POCOMAN along with some
mundane copyright and credit information.
Displays the Quick Help screen, which provides a summary of the
keyboard commands available.
This will undo the last push of a treasure. Pressing the right
mouse button will do the same thing.
This key redraws the maze with all the treasures in their original
places. You'll have to do this when you realize that you've
positioned the treasures in such a way that the maze is no longer
This switches to the previous maze in the sequence so you can
replay levels you particularly enjoyed, or keep your skills up on
levels you found especially tricky. Note that the Level menu can
also be used to switch to a particular level.
Moves to the next level in the sequence. However, don't think this
will get you past that maze you've been floundering in for the last
three hours; the 'N' and 'P' keys will only get you to levels
you've already solved! (Rumor has it that there may be a secret
way to skip levels... But then, what kind of monster could
continue to live with himself after cheating?)
Quit: Exits the game.
Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind if you want to maximize your
- Schedule your PocoMan play-time to avoid interfering with
appointments, meals, or important chores. (Alternatively, you may
want to schedule these things to avoid interfering with play.)
- Make use of PocoMan as a diet aid (this sometimes happens
- Learn to live with fewer hours of sleep.
The Game Menu
The Game menu contains the following options:
This will undo the last push of a treasure. This menu item serves
the same purpose as the right mouse button and the 'U' key.
- Restart Level:
This key redraws the maze with all the treasures in their original
places. This item does the same thing as the 'R' key.
- Exit: Exits the game.
The Level Menu
The Level menu contains the following options:
- Next Level:
Moves to the next level in the sequence.
This option does the same thing as the 'N' key.
- Previous Level:
This switches to the previous maze in the sequence;
this is the same as the 'P' key.
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced:
These pop-up menus allow you to switch to any level instantly,
simply by clicking on the appropriate icon.
The icon displayed for each level
is the treasure graphic for that level.
Levels you don't yet have access to are displayed as blank boxes,
and selecting them has no effect.
The Options Menu
The Options menu contains the following options:
When this item is checked (the default),
PocoMan will occasionally make brief comments
or play short sound clips on various notable occasions
such as the successful completion of a level.
- Motion Sounds:
This option can be used to enable or disable
the 'move' and 'push' sounds PocoMan normally makes
as he moves about the maze.
The Help Menu
The Help menu contains the following options:
- Quick Help...:
This option displays in the main PocoMan window
a short summary of the keys used to play PocoMan.
Press any key or click the left mouse button to return to the game.
- Help Topics:
Displays this help file,
providing more detailed information about PocoMan.
- About PocoMan:
Displays a picture of SUPER-POCOMAN
along with some mundane copyright and credit information.