About us

We have over twenty years of experience building music games and authoring software in Japan and Sweden. Ichigoichie (stylized 151A) is a Japanese idiom that can be interpreted as "one chance in a lifetime". Ichigoichie drives us to treat each encounter with respect and cherish the opportunity: every day another beat, another line of code, another laugh. Our headquarters is in the center of picturesque Stockholm though we also spend a good part of time collaborating with our colleagues in Tokyo. After self-publishing our first title, award-winning Hexagroove: Tactical DJ, we're currently working on our second title, Backbeat, that blurs the lines between gaming, art, and performance.


David was a lead developer for a number of iconic rhythm games from Japanese studio iNiS including the Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! / Elite Beat Agents and Gitaroo Man Lives! before moving to Stockholm in 2013 to work on music creation tools for Propellerhead. That's where he met Magnus Hallin, who previously had developed Nordic Game Award darling Blocksworld with Boldai before it was acquired by Linden Lab. The two share a love for music and experiences that allow the player to grow to something larger than just a content consumer.

Corporate summary

Ichigoichie is an independent game developer and middleware company located in Stockholm with twenty-years in console and desktop publishing experience in the Japanese and Swedish industries. Ichigoichie creates games with a music theory foundation, incorporating art and self-expression into cross-genre puzzle and strategy games. Their first title, award-winning Hexagroove: Tactical DJ was self-published in 2019 for Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and Steam. The company also develops musical instrument and effect plugins for consumer software companies, as well as custom audio analysis middleware for video game studios. Currently the team is at work on rollout of their sophomore title, the multi-linear puzzle/strategy, Backbeat.



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Awards & Recognition

  • "Excellence in Sound Design Nominee" BitSummit X-Roads 2022, Kyoto, Japan
  • "Selected Indie Exhibitor" Tokyo Game Show 2022, Tokyo, Japan
  • "Best Game Audio" Baltic Sea Games Award 2019, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • "Jury Grand Prix Nominee" IndieCade Anywhere and Everywhere 2020, Santa Monica, USA
  • "Official Selection" Bitsummit Gaiden 2020, Kyoto, Japan
  • "Selected Game Camps Delegate Studio" GDC 2019, San Francisco, California
Check out the press kit page for our time-based puzzle/strategy game, Backbeat! backbeat.
Check out the press kit page for our award-winning DJ simulator, Hexagroove: Tactical DJ! hexagroove.