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!

For the first time, this DRM-free build now includes a more difficult remixed campaign and Playable Cat DLC*, previously exclusive to the Steam version.

*Not actually DLC. It's just part of the game. That's the joke.

Release date May 06, 2012
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
(40 total ratings)
AuthorJ. Kyle Pittman
Tags2D, Cats, cga, Controller, Difficult, Exploration, gamepad, Open World
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Xbox controller, Gamepad (any), Joystick
AccessibilityConfigurable controls
LinksSteam, Twitter

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