You Have to Win the Game is a free exploration platformer with a retro 1980s PC aesthetic.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,297 reviews) - 93% of the 4,297 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
47 of 55 people (85%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
I'm not a great fan of platformers, but this game is just AWESOME!
It looks like very old game and this is 100% old-school.
Old-school graphics.
Old school sound.
Old-school difficulty level.
But don't think that there is nothing fresh here. There are so many fresh ideas. This game surprises you all the time.
And you know what? This is free!

VERDICT:
You Have to Play This Game!
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
Great game, nice simple platformer although I think some of those moneybags are hidden rather cruelly.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
This started like "meh, free game to try, probably some crap".
Then BOOM
Retronostalgic ultimate facepunch. Great ascetic graphic, addictive gameplay style and, what can I say - it's awesome.

If you (just like me) love playing retro-styled platform games, this one is for you. Launch, give this game few minutes and you will be wondering "how this is going to end"?

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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
It's going to be one of THOSE games. The near-impossible to beat ones. Oh boy.
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