Игра прачка (Orbox)
Although this Flash puzzler is similar to another sliding block puzzle game in its class, what I find special about this one is its presentation and execution. A name I will refer to as Orbox (Prachka), the game was developed by a Russian who goes by the name Rubilon (his real name is Arseniy Shklyaev), and he has made it available to play on his Gamebalance website along with several other games he created. Babel Fish translates the name as "The Laundress Game", though the meaning seems to have been lost in the translation.
On the opening screen of the game, click on "Начать игру" to begin a new game. The goal of Orbox is to navigate the blue and yellow blinking box to the red goal—in the fewest moves possible—using just the arrow keys for control. One key press will send the box moving in that direction, and it will keep moving in a straight line until another object deflects it or causes it to come to rest. If the box goes off the board, you must start the level again. Also, the game does not save your progress, nor does it provide a password system to start again at a desired level. This is the only significant downside to an otherwise excellent game.
The game is based on a familiar puzzle game that has been around for years. Although I can't place the game's origin, Rubilon has added his own designs and graphic effects that make this version all his own. A feature I found especially helpful was the little graphic bubbles that highlight the path you take as you move around the play field. This helps to orient yourself in later levels where the solutions are quite complex. The level design ramps up in difficulty at a very comfortable pace, allowing someone unfamiliar with the game to jump right in and begin having fun. As the levels progress, unique new devices and objects are added to keep the game feeling fresh and challenging. A fun little puzzler in a very pretty package.
Update: Rubilon has also made an English version of the game, and called it Orbox. The review above was modified to reflect the new given name.