How to Win is an anarchic adventure/gaming experiment where players decide the rules. Whatever you decide, that’s what happens next in our story. No matter what chaos it creates. Play through all 5 chapters of Season 1, then send us your ideas for Season 2!
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Positive (19) - 84% of the 19 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 30, 2021

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“An ambitious and original experience... very well-written, and unrestricted by stereotypical notions about gamers.”
Indie Hive

“A cleverly subversive pantomime that plays with the conventions of gaming and theatre.”
Exeunt Magazine

“How to Win is a game that deals with… uhh, **** how do I explain this. ****.”
Indie Gamer Team

About This Game

How to Win is an anarchic adventure/gaming experiment where anyone who plays can decide the rules of the world, and which direction our story goes.

In the summer of 2020, multi-award winning interactive theatre company Hidden Track teamed with indie game dev Cael O'Sullivan for their first ever gaming experiment. We asked our players what the rules of our game should be, and if they could imagine a world in which everyone could win.
We were given hundreds of suggestions and ideas, and we put the best ones to a public vote.

Whatever they decided, WHATEVER it was, that was the world we made next.

Winning suggestions included:

  • Make the Most Money in the World
  • Invest all our money in a potato-based pyramid scheme.
  • Slay the Billionaire Dragon
  • Brand new character: The Great Elephant of the North
  • Brand new character: A monster drawn by a 5-year-old
  • stealth ninja style
  • Take over the media and spread propaganda.
  • Run away and join the circus.

The result was… chaos.

Now, all 5 chapters of Season 1 have been compiled and remastered on Steam, along with new functionality and brand new content.
Explore the world we made, find out how it ended, then tell us what to do different.
Whatever you decide, that’s what happens next.

Commissioned by Harrogate Theatres and HOME, Manchester.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game contains political themes, including discussions of racism and transphobia, and statistics on suicide, abuse and police violence.

The game also contains reference to cigarettes and alcohol.

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9/OpenGL 4.1 capable GPU or better, PixelShader v3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS *: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2.0GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL ES 2.0 hardware driver support (AMD Catalyst 10.9+, nVidia 358.50+), PixelShader v4.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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