Game #5: Ikachan
くコ:彡 くコ:彡 くコ:彡 くコ:彡 くコ:彡Ikachan
is an odd freeware single-map sidescrolling swimming action game by Pixel, better known for the phenomenal Cave Story
. (It was originally an engine prototype for Cave Story
, I believe?) The title character is a squid who wakes up to find himself trapped in an unknown underwater village, ruled by the fish tyrant Ironhead, whose subjects live in fear of the constant earthquakes happening in the area. Ikachan's goal is to escape, and he'll help a bunch of villagers and fight Ironhead along the way. His sole method of propulsion and attack is swimming around; there are also minor Metroid
-esque elements with swimming upgrades, and very slight RPG elements with a level system. The game is very short (I finished it in under an hour), but it's very fun during that time, and it's full of the same charm and smart game design that made Cave Story
a beloved classic. Highly recommended!