You Have to Win the Game is a free exploration platformer with a retro 1980s PC aesthetic.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (66 reviews) - 95% of the 66 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,542 reviews) - 93% of the 4,542 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
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Very Positive (66 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (4,542 reviews)
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melancholyorchid
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I hate platformers generally, but the retro feel of this drew me so much and I still adore it. Super challenging, though.
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KANU
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
One of the best free to play platformers available on steam.
9/10
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Seijaku.kun
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Very very good game for its price (FREE MATHAFAKAH). Old school jumping mechanics which appeals people of my age (I'm 32 at the time of this review). Brings good memories to your hands (keep dirty thoughts away please) while providing a whole new game to it. In short: wanna play Mario/-vania/Metro- without playing Mario/-vania/Metro-? This is your game.
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Nil
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Reminds me of a time I wasn't alive...
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Dazzer_x
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Very good game
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LordCharliethe42nd
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I LOVE IT ENDLESS FUN AND CHALLENGING
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mimozz
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I really dont remember when I added this game to my library.
One day, I logged in to steam & there it was.
Gave it a shot and wow. Unbelievable.
Most of the games which I spent money for this kind of platformers are suck compared to this game.
When I saw the "you have to win the game 2", I didnt think twice, what? I didnt think once already, I just bought it.
This game is that kind of beautifulism.
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turntechJackson
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Possibly one of the best freeware games out there. I don't know why this isn't in everyonea steam library.
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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
18 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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7 of 7 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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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
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Reminds me of a time I wasn't alive...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Possibly one of the best freeware games out there. I don't know why this isn't in everyonea steam library.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Mixed feeling simulator I hate you developer I love you developer

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