You Have to Win the Game is a free exploration platformer with a retro 1980s PC aesthetic.
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Very Positive (54 reviews) - 88% of the 54 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,717 reviews) - 92% of the 4,717 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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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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Zipur
11.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
You Have to Win the Game is a 2D platoformer game, based on exploration and parkour.

The purpose is to explore all rooms and find all money bags, having to go through hell to do so. The game is really hard, it might be some type of rage-game in my opinion. Nevertheless, there are many mysteries to explore, and in the end you will have to solve the grand mystery.

Pros:
  • Retro
  • Hardcore Parkour
  • Exploration
  • Free

Cons:
  • Hard, really (really) hard

Oh, and you should know that you can change the game into multi color mode in the menu!
Settings > Game > 16-bit Color

SPOILER (you might want to know)
To get the last money bag you have to lose the game, and re-aquire all your powers. It's in the right corner of the room where you lose the game.
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SuperGhostCake
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
It's free, why not try it?
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JAlex2010picu
0.7 hrs
Posted: September 21
This game has a charm to it. Even though I died alot (like ALOT) this is the kinda game that doesnt make you rage for some reason. It has this feel of adventuring the unknown, and just getting around. Though it doesnt quite have a clear objective, it seems like a lot of the game's charm comes from that characteristic. The game is fun, pleasant, and definetly deserves to be checked out.
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Doctor Phil
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 17
The game is hard and if that is your thing play it, otherwise find another game.
P.S I ♥♥♥♥ing suck at the game so maybe that's why I didn't like it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
42 of 53 people (79%) found this review helpful
52 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Ragequited. Totally worth it.
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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
2 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Oldschool Jump & Run for free
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
483 of 535 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2014
Exactly what it says on the tin, it's a free tricky retro platformer. Will not disappoint.

Oh and you can play as a cat.
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