In IKAN, players can each choose to be one of the different characters in the game: The Master of Shadows, Ikan, the Skeleton or Yaga the Jaguar.
Each character has a different purpose: on one side of the screen, the Master of Shadows builds the 5x5 tile labyrinth; on the other side the rest of the players must navigate blindly through the labyrinth by loudly announcing their move to the Master of Shadows, who in turn moves the different Wooden Characters.
To complete a quest, the player impersonating Ikan must find the Magic Spear and the Key to defeat the Stone Serpent, take the Golden Idol, and then exit the labyrinth to win the game.
The Master of Shadows is joined by the Skeleton in a 3 player game. In a 4 player game, the Master of Shadows and the Skeleton remain in the same team while Ikan is helped by his faithful friend Yaga the Jaguar.