Ichi – The Brief


Draw a line, bounce a ball

Ichi is a simple one button puzzle game. You are challenged to direct a little ball into a little hole. You must rotate and vanish blocks. You must flip switches and draw lines, all to manipulate a little ball. Does this game do enough, or is it just an ichi (one) trick pony?

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Puzzle games with simple premises are a dime a dozen these days. Developers often latch onto one element and then develop a large number of puzzles exploring that theme. All interaction within this game is done via single clicks. One click will rotate the red triangles once and fade in or out certain blue triangles. If you hold the click you will draw a line.


As there is no way to independently control these elements, forward planning becomes essential if you want to complete each map in as few actions as possible. There are 60 puzzles included by the developers, but many more community created puzzles are available to be downloaded.

Overall, the introduction of new elements was done well, the player was never in too deep. I do feel that they missed a beat as they failed to capitalise on some elements after their introduction, regularly returning instead to the basics, even in the later levels.

This is definitely a nifty little game for a couple of dollars. While the graphical style is quite nice, I don’t feel that this game does enough to stand out from all the other cheap puzzlers games out there.

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...