You Have to Win the Game is a free exploration platformer with a retro 1980s PC aesthetic.
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Very Positive (51 reviews) - 92% of the 51 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,721 reviews) - 92% of the 4,721 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 6, 2012

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About This Game

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 (51 reviews)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
55 of 68 people (81%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
10% luck,
20% skill,
15% concentrated power of will,
5% pleasure,
50% pain,
and 100% reason You Have to Win the Game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
This Game is truly a masterpiece.
No Joke
It entertained me for hours just to see me fail at the end. But when you finaly manage to find out the magic word its really saisfying

10/10 would die again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This is a great game. It is basicly a dungon type platformer. You need to go thrugh all sorts of puzzles and triles to get poer up's and to progress, getting little money bags that up your progress. The progress is saved thugh a little persentage at the bottom right hand side of the screen. In case you were wondering, no this game has no music. all there is, is your chericter jumping around, so if you were looking for a musical game, this is not the one for you (Try LOVE). All in all this game has some great platform puzzles, it is free, and amazingly fun. So if you like platform games, try it out, you'll love it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Ragequited. Totally worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Challenging, yet not overly frustrating, retro platformer reminiscent of Cave Story. Free and worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
For a platforming game, it's layout reminds more of the franchise Lemmings...and I loved that game. This one is so simple...it's addicting. And only one guy put this together? Bravo, sir!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Challenging but fun
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
I am old enough to remember CGA games with four colors. I played many of them, and this game is fantastic. If this game was released in the 1980's, it would be considered a classic today. Play it and you will have a great sense of accomplishment as you get through each screen. The controls are spot-on, and the gameplay is just plain fun, which is what games are supposed to be.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
no m9,i cant win the game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Pretty good game for free:)
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paerarru
7.4 hrs
Posted: September 30
Love the game, got 100%, not sure if I will bother with speed run and no death (or 9 death) run... the game is fun, fun enough to explore all of it, but maybe not to explore all of it or even part of it multiple times. Also the secret word is kinda obscure to figure out... I'll have to confess that I looked it up, simply because I didn't want to spend hours figuring it out, possibly even while not playing the game. Still, it didn't take away from my enjoyment, just a minor annoyance. Definitely worth playing!
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Commander Kotori
0.6 hrs
Posted: September 29
Faithful reproduction of CGA games from the 80's. The only thing it's missing is game freezes during quicksaves.
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Alyan
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 28
Good game.
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LordDaveTheKind
2.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
The game is stunning for the simplicity of the rules and the puzzles you face in each stage. The humour in the screen captions (and in the game name) keeps the player always challenged and entertained. It runs with very low system requirements, and it is perfect if you want to recycle an old laptop with simple and fun games.
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TIKI_MAN
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
great game
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brouhaha
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
You Have to Win the Game: Prepare to Die Edition. No really it's a hard game. An AWESOME game at that, in addition to a kickass soundtrack. Play it!
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toxsined pikachu
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 23
so hard so awsome
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Honkki
8.5 hrs
Posted: September 23
The high pitched jump sound eventually drove me to the brink of insanity.
But other than that, it's a really good platformer! It has tight controls and addictive gameplay. Definitely worth checking out if you're interested, considering it's free.
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