You Have to Win the Game is a free exploration platformer with a retro 1980s PC aesthetic.
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Very Positive (90 reviews) - 93% of the 90 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,533 reviews) - 93% of the 4,533 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 6, 2012

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Originally released in May 2012, You Have to Win the Game has now arrived on Steam with a more difficult remixed campaign and Playable Cat DLC*!!

You Have to Win the Game is a free exploration platformer with a retro 1980s PC aesthetic.

Run, jump, and avoid deadly pitfalls as you explore the ruins of a lost world in search of hidden treasures and rare artifacts!

Experience the thrill of four-color CGA graphics and monotonic PC speaker sounds! Or take a peek at the future of home entertainment with the SIXTEEN-COLOR EGA GRAPHICS option!

Want a tougher challenge? Try YOLO mode! You only live once -- one wrong move and it's back to the start of the game!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 20 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 32-bit executable
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Storage: 20 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 64-bit executable
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or similar
    • Storage: 20 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 64-bit executable
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Very Positive (90 reviews)
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Very Positive (4,533 reviews)
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Ultm8_FgtPenetrator
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
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Novibear
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
You have to.
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Fela
( 136.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Nice game to kill time
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Airbits
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
PUT ME BACK IN 1987!
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gamecocksfan2000
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Pretty great game, and it's free. What else could you ask for?
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DoctorPersonPHD
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
This game was really fun especially since its free and stuff, plus i like how the protagonist looks :D
the classic/nostalgic sounds and colors are awesome i give it five brownies out of five
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Soggyllama
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Makes me feel like I'm on my Amstrad CPC464 again with the graphics, and the hard as all balls to "Win the game" gameplay. I suspect the downvoters are from the "Playstation generation" of gamers, as this is pretty much the type of thing us oldies had to play back in the early 80's on our Spectrums, Amstrads and Commodore 64's (before Nintendo and Sega appeared on the scene of course).

Highly recommended if you like games with asthetics such as the earlier Dizzy games, The Roland Series and the like. Plus its free, if you dont like it, remove it, you havent lost anything bar a few minutes/hours of your time, no faffing around with refunds and lets face it, you can make that time back up by pooping faster next time you go to the toilet.
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Kierol
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
This game is good, but i can't win THAT ♥♥♥♥♥♥ GAME!
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white_mage
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Excellent game. I got all the way to the end but sadly did not win. It was quite challenging, engaging, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a challenging, deep, beautiful free game.
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Legendairenic
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
A really good game. Its a Metroid-like game where you have explore an cave to find..... something. Along the way, you find power-ups and unlock paths. There also money bags to collect for completionists. The main downside is that this game, is a rage game. You'll die and die and die and die because difficult obstacles. But, there is many savepoint trough out the game. I love how mysterious the game is. Even tho its all pixelated, its still intriging and you to explore more of this world


A solid 8/10 for me
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Do you like platformers?
Do you like cats?
Do you like unkillable bosses?
Do you like climbing up walls?
Do you like mechanics so simple a baby blobfish could play it?
Do you like giant caves?
Do you like wining?
Do you like losing?
Do. You. Like. Fun?????

If yes, this is the game for you


The goal? The only goal? The single only goal in your entire life?


YOU HAVE TO WIN THE GAME


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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
You Have to Win the Game is a 2D platform game which has a certain VERY DIFFICULT levels. (Yes! I clearly said VERY DIFFICULT.)

After spending some time with the game, like 1 or 2 days, it will be less difficult. (Like a piece of cake but the cake is make of bricks! Yes it is still difficult! :D)

After you finish all the achievements, there's nothing to do. So it will only take a little bit of your time. Try it!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
A nice addition to the metroidvania genre. Great quality for a free game. Most 1$ games on Steam don't even compare.

Btw, I had to win the game, and I won it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
+ tight controls
+ good challenge
+ level design not too confusing but gets complex
+ cool CRT simulation on retro pixel art graphics
+ quick restart on deaths (very frequent)
- extremely simple (feels almost like a dos game vs NES)
- confusing ending

verdict: if you like simple retro platforming exploration, this is a great game. if you want a story, flashy graphics, or to kill stuff, you will hate this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
An addictive metroidvania/DOS platformer with a crushing difficulty.

Cons:
-No map, Hope you have a good memory.
-Bosses are meh
-So old school it doesn't support adlib. Sadness...

Pros:
-Platforming is hard but fair
-The world is fun to explore
-Power ups are handle well
-Masochistic humor. (Please don't go left. You'll hate yourself)
-EGA!
-The extra modes

Really great game. Can't go wrong with it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Easy to play,just WASD or arrows,little funny free game to kill some time but also forcing you to focus at the higher difficulty levels.
Played for about half an hour and I recommend you to try it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Wonderful Metroidvania game. For a free game, it exceeded my expectations!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
This game is short and easy. lasts 1-2 hours max.
It's fun to play the first time around but lacks in replay value.
Otherwise a great game, 8/10. :3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Excellent game. I got all the way to the end but sadly did not win. It was quite challenging, engaging, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a challenging, deep, beautiful free game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Very fun rage prone game.
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