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 (95 reviews) - 95% of the 95 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,560 reviews) - 93% of the 4,560 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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Very Positive (95 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (4,560 reviews)
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Accrely
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Disclaimer: As the game is free, I'll have a hard time to say any bad things about the value per dollar.

The game is a great little platformer, introducing many new mechanics to platforming I had never thought about before. It's fairly short, I have played about half of the game in my hour of fairly slow play. The length is not anything since I got the game for free. It's great fun and I recommend it to anyone looking to kill a short afternoon/evening by some good retro fun.

Pros:
Free!
Great retro aesthetic
Interesing mechanics

Cons:
No music (Not really a problem for me since I can listen to my own in the background, which I usually do anyway)
A bit short (Not really a dealbreaker of any kind since the game is free.)
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Shadowhumper
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I can only say this game is FUN!
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XHaradorkX (Antônio Couto)
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Repetitive and Boring... At least it's free, so, you might enjoy it, who knows. I didn't, but you should give it a try and see for yourself.
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HAX1L
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Wonderful game ! almost couldnt stop, wanted to finish in 1 go !

Recommended game, if you have time, defiantly try this game !
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Iamabrawler
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I really enjoyed this game. Took me a while to find everything and see the end, but it was pretty great. It's a really hard game though, and you often need to think outside the box to find where to go. Not to mention the many traps that are so difficult to avoid...

I do recommend this if you want a challenging platform game. Try to avoid using guides if possible, if you want the game to keep the difficulty it's meant to have.
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I'm Colin not John
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I love this game but hate my life.
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Adol Christin
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Best free game on Steam IMO.
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Sergetoos
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Pretty Good
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The Uniporn
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
In this game you don't have to stick to one path, but you can choose the direction in which you want to go. You are only limited by your abilities and some terrain elements that can be used once you reach certain objects. This will end up with you running in all directions, all the time as you have no map. I didn't find the game terrible but I can't say that this is a good game either. Did I mention the soundtrack and the story? No? Well, it has none of these.

Rating: double jump out of this game.

Recommendation: you can pass on this one.

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-俄羅斯🐱
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 10 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Excellent game. I got all the way to the end but sadly did not win. It was quite challenging, engaging, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a challenging, deep, beautiful free game.
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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
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
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Very fun rage prone game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Pretty great game, and it's free. What else could you ask for?
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
The goal is simple, well, to win the game, and it's hard to win the game.
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