You Have to Win the Game is a free exploration platformer with a retro 1980s PC aesthetic.
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Very Positive (4,426 reviews) - 93% of the 4,426 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
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
I don't normally play old-school platformers, but i stumbled across this one and had to give it a go. It was detemined to destroy ego, but it makes you feel like a god passing hard rooms. Completly free, worth a go if your up for it.

Two thumbs up!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Fun little platformer with the die and repeat style of gameplay. You can hit savepoints almost every screen change since it does have some difficult spots to get through. You can find powerups as you traverse the map that will unlock colored tiles that were invisible before, dumble jump, and sticky hands which lets you climb the walls. You can also try and collect 100% of the money that is laying around.

I didn't complete the game myself since I decided to check out the cat DLC that it has and it saved over my first game. After that I didn't feel like playing it anymore. It is fun though and worth a play. Won't hurt either since it's free.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
We played the Super Mario Bros to save Princess Peach from Bowser.
We played the Mega Man series to save the world from Dr.Wily's notoriety.
We played Castlevania to kill Dracula.
We played Metroid to retrieve the parasitic Metroid organism from the space pirates.

But in this nostalgia-emitting platforming game, we play this game because we have to win it. You have to win the game!

The game starts of in a room where the player are given chances to learn the simple controls, walk and jump. From there on, as you collects more equipment, your walk and jump won't be the same as before. The game will challenge your platforming skill and your patience as you explore numerous rooms each with a different obstacles to overcome. As some room features a nerve-wracking obstacles, players get to hone their platforming skills as they jump over spikes and enemies. Unlike some of your usual platforming, you can't kill the enemies. This contributes the game to only make it more challenging.

I find it quite disappointing somehow that the game doesn't contain any background music during my gameplay. The music in the trailer sounded really good. Chiptunes aside, the graphics are just beautiful. When was the last time you played a game that has a calming graphics where it doesn't burn your eyes to look at? The simple colors used in this game really pleases me, and especially that hard mode. The first normal play you're underground of some sort, managed to complete it, challenge yourself for a harder run as you witness an outstanding retro forest.

I'm not going to talk more about it since the game itself is free. You can download this game, and experience the retro feeling by yourself. Its not unfairly hard, its just challenging.

7.5/10

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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Insanity!

Would lose my mind again, If I ever find it.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
This is the most fun and frustrating experience i've ever had with a videogame.
10/10
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