Ichi is an easy to play but challenging one button puzzle game. Don't be deceived by the game simplistic look, it’s a braintwister for sure! Collect golden rings by rotating objects, using teleporters, breaking blocks and more.
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Very Positive (396 reviews) - 91% of the 396 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 12, 2014

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“Ichi is a cute yet tricky one-button puzzler”
Indiegames

“A fun, stylish and challenging indie experience”
DualShockers

“There's only one key to press, after all, so how challenging could that be? Try a whole lot of challenging.”
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About This Game

Ichi is an easy to play but challenging one button puzzle game. Don't be deceived by the game simplistic look, it’s a braintwister for sure! Collect golden rings by rotating objects, using teleporters, breaking blocks and more. If that isn’t enough, the game includes a level editor that allows you to create your own levels and share them with anyone around the globe!

  • Fun and original one button gameplay
  • Built-in level editor!
  • Over 19.000 levels!
  • Create and share your levels online.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Intel core or AMD
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Intel core or AMD
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.5
    • Processor: Intel Core
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Intel Core or AMD
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Intel Core or AMD
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Very Positive (396 reviews)
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Paradise
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
ive got mixed feelings for this.. not my type, i don.t even remerber why i got it.
however i don.t have any friends and i got a copy of it that i can gift. if you have some friend that would really like to play this type of game with you or whatever just pm me
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Singo
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Incredibly fun!
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ntd233
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
Nice game!
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Pusheen
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
It's a pretty fun puzzle game ^w^
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papanomaly
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
4,99€? No.
0,49€? Yes.
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Greenfields🐱🐾
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
The game is a classic!
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ThirdEyE
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Simple bouncing ball/collect the rings puzzle game.

Easy 100% achieve.
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CrazyC0330
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Ichi is a solid game build on a simple concept. It's completely mouse driven, requiring only a number of left-clicks per level. The first click starts a ball in motion. This ball will bounce off walls and other objects, such as triangles (which cause right angle direction changes). Other clicks rotate triangles, or make them disappear or reappear, etc. Using these principles, your goal is to guide the ball to areas of the 2D level to collect rings. Early levels have 1 or 2 rings, later levels have more, or are harder to collect.

All the shapes that can be interacted with will do so whenever you click, so where you are pointing does not matter. In fact, the clicking could have very well been implemented as a keyboard press, though I imagine left-clicking was chosen due to sometimes having to click multiple times quickly.

The levels the game comes with do not take long to progress though, though you will likely replay them at least once to better your score. There is a grading system based on the number of clicks it took to complete a level. For example, clearing a level might require 3 clicks in order to get an A, up to 6 clicks gets you a B, and any more than that and you get a C. In another level, the number of clicks for the A is different. Your goal then is to get an A in each level, which doesn't take a whole lot of time, and that's fine.

The meat of where I spent my time was creating/sharing my own levels, and then playing those made by others. This is a cool feature of the game, however, due to the grindy nature of the achievements tied to this feature, (make x levels, play x levels), most people just create crappy levels instead of trying to add to the vibe of the levels that came with the game. There is a rating system, so that after you play a level, you have the opportunity to give it 1-5 stars and also give it descriptive words such as "easy" or "fast" or even "rubbish". However, there is no culling of poorly rated levels, nor a way to disclude them from showing up when looking for new user-levels to play.

In the end though, despite the shortcomings of the user-made section of the game, the packaged levels are good, the rating system is not too tough, and the game idea is a solid implementation of a simple concept. The graphics are minimal, but not in a lazy way. It comes across as more of a stylistic choice rather than lack of artist situation.

I've talked two friends into also owning this game, so I definitely recommend it, especially when on sale. I picked it up literally at 90% off, so I definitely got my 49 cents worth. Whether full price is worth it, is up to you, but I can tell you I've spent $5 on a lot worse things!
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Provoker
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Simple and pleasant puzzle
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Mightyelk
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Worth a 1$ or so. It's ok.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Incredibly fun!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Ichi is a simple looking puzzle game where you guide a yellow ball through a maze with the goal to pass through all the gates before you die. The simple conceit is that you control the maze with only a left-click of the mouse.

There are various elements in the maze, blue triangles that reflect the ball 90° red triangles that also reflect the ball 90° but also rotate 90° with each mouse click, another sort of triangle that can be turned invisible at a click allowing the ball to pass through, objects that are destroyed after a single hit, teleporters, switches and splitters that spit out 2 balls for twice the fun! Every click will change the state of the maze, you can't set and forget, you have to constantly adjust and watch the ball like a hawk.

Though the most important tool is if you click and hold the mouse, you can draw a single use short grey wall where the ball is currently traveling. As you get to the higher level puzzles you will have to reflect the ball multiple times a level to succeed. Whether it's a bug or intended, there is a small but noticeable delay from when you click and hold and where the wall starts and this will have to be taken into account.

The graphics are quite good, the game is presented as though drawn in pen on graph paper though the mobile origins are obvious, giant buttons! Levels range from simplistic to quite challenging and you receive a grade from A to C based on the number of moves, clicks, you make. There is also an easy to use editor and an inbuilt publish and rate system with more that 20000 levels available online!

While there are only 60 official levels, there probably should have been more, in the release and you'll probably be done with those in 2-3 hours, this is a fantastic little puzzler presented with style that's very worthy your time.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
Ichi's blueprint philosophy extends into the design beyond the colorful and inviting crayon aesthetic. While it comes packed with 60 premade levels for you to complete, these are merely a teaser for the main course that is making and playing user created levels. It's a one touch game with more depth than it gives itself credit for, but is simple enough to be instantly understandable to anyone that gives it a go.

As I said, Ichi is a puzzle game that relies on a single touch to interact with the various mechanics within levels, with the goal being to bounce your ball around the screen collecting all the dots without running into spikes or getting overzealous with your taps (which will earn you a lower grade). The items you control start off simply, with triangles that rotate or disappear with a touch, but then evolve into more complex tools from switches to portals and various others which add upon each other to make puzzles more complex and engaging. Despite this, my biggest issue with Ichi is that all the developer made levels are surprisingly easy, to where I rarely felt any challenge from them up to the very end. Ultimately they act more like a tutorial to the user generated levels than something to fill a game with in their own right.

Thankfully, with already 20,000+ created and more popping up every day, there are tons and tons of absolutely brilliant user created puzzles that will give you a far greater challenge if you want it. A handy tagging and rating system makes sorting through them easier than you'd expect, and a simple (if slightly over restrictive) editor allows you to forge your own puzzles should you feel no one has made one that's just quite right for you yet. It took a long time to get here, but in the end Ichi is just as much fun as it was when I first played it ages ago long before it managed to get on Steam, and can recommend it without reservation to anyone interested in an immensely easy to put up and hard to put down puzzler.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2015
Ichi is a fun little puzzler that shines all in the right ways. No doubt, a pencil like written board and little touches of pencil eraser make you feel like you are playing on the notebook at break time between classes back in the school years. It is a game meant for all those players who loves a chill out at evening with a puzzle game. The game keeps you addicted and the feel of paper background makes the game just the best. It is a one button to click kind of game that requires quick finger and a good reaction. I find it to be an incredibly charming game with well designed puzzles. It is a simple enough at first, but gets more challenging as it progresses. The first few levels are simple and easy, but as you progresses the levels become tough and difficult. You control a ball that travels round the screen and it must bounce off against the walls and triangle objects that are placed all around the board. The triangles can be interacted easily with the tap of a screen. The ultimate goal is to collect all circular objects with the less taps as possible. To finish a level you need to manipulate objects on the board through tapping, like rotating triangles, toggling buttons, drawing temporarily walls and so on. How well you finished a level determined by a grading scale where A is obviously the best completion grade, like in school. If you don't like the inbuilt levels of the game or you have an idea for genius level, you can create and share the custom level. It is easy and simple to use the editor. Custom levels created in number of thousands make the game endlessly playable. I would recommend getting this game. It is great and deserves a chance for everyone.
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
ichi is a simple and addictive puzzle game with crayon style, in which you have to solve a lot of puzzles.

Pros:
- Simple and smooth gameplay.
- Good soundtrack.
- Friendly interface.
- You can create your own levels.

Cons:
- The online interactions are limited

Definitely i recommend this game if you love the puzzles like me. :)

10 / 10
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27 of 37 people (73%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2015
Rather unsatisfying, simplistic little puzzler.

About 2 hours in and having completed (with an "A" grade) almost all of the 60 official levels in the game, I've yet to find a single one of them even remotely challenging (and therefore rewarding) to figure out. And yet, I still feel like those levels have taken far longer than they should have to complete, for two reasons;

First, because the pace of gameplay is so gratingly slow. The level starts, and within a few seconds it's pretty clear how to solve it - and you are left for several minutes just watching the ball crawl its way back and forth across the level before you can move on. Worse, maybe you overlooked something, and need to make a minor change to the sequence in which you collect the circles - so you must start again, and crawl your way along the same path again... This sense of boredom is only made worse by the extreme simplicity of the graphics, with the result that every level looks so similar as to barely be distinguishable.

The second, and probably more significant problem, is the control system. Having been designed entirely around touchscreen support, they are an overly simplistic "left-click-anywhere-does-everything" affair, with no alternate or rebinding options. It wouldn't seem like a big deal, as the game mechanics are so limited - and, as far as rotating and activating or deactivating bumpers, if you've got a smoothly functioning mouse there's no real problem. The second control mechanic of drawing lines, however, becomes unnecessarily clumsy with these controls. If, for example, you need to turn a bumper then immediately draw a line, or vice-versa, this imprecision can easily trip you up and force you to restart the level - taking us back to problem #1.

Overall - as a lover of puzzle games, I became so bored as to find playing the game a chore after less than 2 hours of gameplay - which in any case, was enough to grind through almost all of the levels. Unless it's 95% off, I'd recommend avoiding this one.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Worth $5? No.
$1? Yes.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
Ichi is a very simple, puzzle game. There are sixty different levels to solve, as well as community created content. They range from very easy to very challenging, depending on how much experience you have in this game genre.

The abilIty to create your own levels to share with the world is, like most games that have this feature, often abused. This makes the search for fun, challenging levels a bit difficult at times. Though most of the time you will be able to find easier puzzles, once you work your way past the all of the empty levels. It's not really much of a problem, just a little annoying.

The music can get very repetitive, very quickly. The good news is there is a mute button, so if you don't enjoy it, you can just shut it off.

I really enjoyed this game, and would recommend picking it up anytime. It's already cheap, so you don't even have to worry about getting it on sale.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
Ichi is a little "pong" puzzle sandbox game developed by a small Dutch indie studio.
The look and feel of this game is quite good. There are 2-3 endless music loops, with trumpet, flute, strings, piano and guitar
During gameplay you have rotateable or switchable triangle bumpers to change the direction of the quick moving "pong" ball. On walls the ball is reflected except if they have spikes - then you die. Another interesting elements are a divider, switches or swirl portals. A special ability is to draw a grey reflect line per left mouse hold which is useable once. The main purpose of the game is to collect all yellow coins in a level without dying. That's all. In the standard levels you have also a bonus for minimum use of actions.
But then you'll find the level creator and begin to generate your own puzzles. After you published them, they can be played by other players, rated, tagged and you earn each time a gamepoint your level is played. So try to make popular puzzles. Unfortunately the game points are highly neccessary to reach at least the 1000 points achievement. It's a real grinder.
You must play or generate tons of rubbish empty levels to get this last achievement. The base game should you take 5 hours of playing but the further point collection bind you even longer. I needed over 30 hours.
One small tip: You can change your game resolution if you press ALT+Shift on startup.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
If there's a simple yet challenging puzzle game, it's Ichi. The gameplay only revolves around rotating 'bumpers', so you can collect all items in a level (the objective). If you can rotate just enough, you'll earn better scores. A being the best and you can achieve every level with allotted rotations. There are sixty basic levels included in the game.

The game also supports workshop, so you can download user made levels for more challenges. The workshop has no regulation, though, so you can literally upload broken levels and/or spam.

Note about buying price: The game's been on bundle multiple times already. According to Enhanced Steam it's been 9 times, so there are bound to be keys floating around for cheap. Check Steamtrades.

All in all, recommended little puzzle game. 7.5/10
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