It’s IGN’s 25th anniversary, and we’ve made a game to celebrate! Developed in partnership with the creators of the 2020 Game, IGN 25: The Game is a globetrotting journey through IGN and gaming history, and you can play it right now.
A love letter to video games and entertainment, IGN 25: The Game is a 2D platformer staring IGN’s anthropomorphic d-pad, Iggy, in their very first video game appearance. Beginning in 1996, they will journey through the launch of the Imagine Games Network sites that started it all — N64.com, Saturnworld.com, and PSXPower.com — and continue through key moments in IGN’s history.
Alongside Iggy, you’ll be able to see the site’s first E3 (1997), the first San Diego Comic-Con Live (2013), the opening of IGN’s offices across the world, and the launch of flagship shows including Game Scoop! and Daily Fix. You’ll also relive the release of the many beloved video game consoles that have launched over the past 25 years.
Designed in the Unity engine over the course of nearly a year, and featuring a completely original score, IGN 25: The Game includes more than 35 unique achievements for players to unlock. Iggy features more than 35 animations and is able to assume 15 different “Alter Igos,” from skateboarder to photographer to superhero to mythical warrior. Don’t worry: IGN 25: The Game is totally free and features no microtransactions.
IGN 25: The Game is intended to be played more than once in order to appreciate all the small references and details packed within, and to aid in that, players will be able to jump to specific years and spend time in their favorite areas. The difficulty has been designed so that it can be enjoyed regardless of your level of experience.
IGN 25: The Game is available to play on browsers via both desktop and mobile. Please enjoy as we celebrate an amazing 25 years here at IGN!