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Screenshot of Ikachan

Developer(s) Daisuke Amaya
Publisher(s) Independent
Designer(s) Daisuke Amaya
License Freeware
Engine Custom
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s) June 23, 2000
Genre(s) Platform game
Mode(s) Single-player
Media Free download
System requirements Windows 98, 2000 or XP, DirectX 5.0+
Input methods Keyboard

Ikachan (いかちゃん "Squid kid") is a freeware computer game created by Daisuke Amaya, art-name Pixel, and the predecessor to Cave Story. In the game, the player plays a squid named Ikachan, who swims through an underground cave, meeting and helping other creatures.





Ikachan takes place in Ironhead's realm, an underwater cave system. A series of earthquakes had recently caused cave-ins that cut off Ironhead's realm from the open sea. As such, the inhabitants of the cave ran out of food and were required to carry pearls marking their allegiance to Ironhead. Ironhead himself remains stuck in a private cave, spreading paranoia and encouraging violence against non-citizens to keep the population of the cave from overthrowing him as their leader. Ikachan wakes up inside the cave and swims around, searching for a way to escape.[1]


  • Ikachan is a squid-like creature who awakens inside Ironhead's realm. He is the main protagonist and playable character.
  • Pinky is a young sea creature who helps Ikachan in his escape.
  • Ironhead is a large fish with an iron helmet and the self-appointed leader of the caves.
  • Storehouse watchman is the father of Pinky and guard of the remaining food supply.
  • Carry is a large fish who guards Ironhead's cave.


The game play is unique. As opposed to using the arrows to move respectively, the player used the left and right arrow keys to tilt Ikachan in that direction. The player must then use the 'z' key to swim in the direction Ikachan is pointing. Ikachan cannot swim directly left or right, originally. Ikachan later gets an item that allows him to charge directly left or right. Once Ikachan receives an item called the Dunce Cap, he can attack enemies by touching them with the point of the hat.

The game is largely a Role Playing Game. Ikachan can level up after attacking enough enemies or eating fish.

Ironhead and Ikachan, as seen in Cave Story

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