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What do you call games where you have to move and re-arrange cars or boxes to move a goal box into a location. There have been games like this since Atari, as far as I know. It's some kind of tactical game. I can maybe draw an example, as a kind of flow chart:

1.

Goal Block Item
xxxx       xxxx

2.

Goal       Item
xxxx Block xxxx

3.

Goal Item  <--
xxxx Block xxxx

4.

WIN  <---------
xxxx Block xxxx

If you possibly know the first game of this kind, I would be interested in that, or any game names. If you add pictures or media or links to the same, that would be useful.

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Sounds like "Traffic" or "Rush Hour" –  drxzcl Jan 20 '12 at 0:08
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You may also have a look at Jaap Scherphuis' beautiful puzzle page. There is a graphical overview and some of the pages contain Java applets you can run in your browser :) jaapsch.net/puzzles/indxgraf.htm –  fjdumont Jan 20 '12 at 7:50
    
Some of the Hoshi Saga mini-games are also clever, original and beautiful sliding blocks puzzles. Do not hesitate to give it a try ! –  Anto Jan 22 '12 at 22:53
    
@Anto it's noisy. –  Wolfpack'08 Jan 23 '12 at 9:03
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I'd say puzzle game, and more accurately sliding blocks puzzle game.

Examples of sliding puzzles

  • Fifteen puzzle
  • Inakube
  • Klotski (mentioned here by Hex)
  • Minus Cube
  • Jumbly
  • Sokoban (mentioned here by Konrad)

Otherwise, there's also a list of puzzle game types on Wikipedia, but I think that the previously given term is the best match.

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Aaaannnnnd I've just discovered there was even an already existing tag for that kind of game xD –  Anto Jan 19 '12 at 14:55
    
Would a sort-of similar sort of piece-rearranging game, like the magnet puzzle be considered a sliding puzzle game? –  Peter Olson Jan 19 '12 at 14:59
    
Looks like, in my opinion. –  Anto Jan 20 '12 at 15:04
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I know a nice flash version of this called Gridlock. There was a Windows version of this game quite a few years back called Klotski.

These games generally seem to fall into the "sliding block puzzle" category.

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Do you know the genre? I'm going to leave the question open for a day or two in hopes someone will post it. –  Wolfpack'08 Jan 19 '12 at 11:42
    
Aw, man. I want to say this is the best answer because Gridlock was such a great recommendation, but the community had so much love for the "Sliding Puzzle" reference that I had to put my own opinion aside. Thanks for the speed, though, man. –  Wolfpack'08 Jan 20 '12 at 13:42
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Sounds like Sokoban (or its clones) to me.

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That wikipedia page says that is a "transport puzzle". I think that is a fitting name. –  Ither Jan 19 '12 at 11:57
    
Sokoban was exactly the kind of game I was looking for, Konrad. Do you know if this was the first game of its kind, and if there's an analog analogue? –  Wolfpack'08 Jan 20 '12 at 13:44
    
Now I'm really conflicted. I think this answer may be more accurate than the top answer. –  Wolfpack'08 Jan 20 '12 at 13:49
    
If this is what you were looking for, then this is what should be accepted. Votes come from community, "tick" from original poster. :-) –  Konrad Garus Jan 20 '12 at 14:02
    
There's doesn't seem to be a precise name for this kind of games, Wikipedia calls them "Sokoban-type puzzles". If you google for sokoban, there's a ton of clones available for free. –  Konrad Garus Jan 20 '12 at 14:04
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