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You Have to Win the Game
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Dec 15, 2012 @ 9:12pm
Jan 26, 2016 @ 7:40pm

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Release date and Playable Cat DLC*
YHtWtG has been Greenlit!
Release date: May 2012
You Have to Win the Game is an exploration platformer with a retro 1980s PC aesthetic.

This game is free and available for download at

Required system specs:
Windows (XP SP2 or better)
D3D9 SM2 GPU or better
Popular Discussions View All (1)
Jul 4, 2014 @ 3:04pm
Good game
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SquishyKitty May 16, 2014 @ 1:41pm 
Hey Dude, Just want to say i really dig your game, downloaded it last night and been jamming it, really brings back 19's games which were really cool, similar to: Cyril Cyberpunk, Hocus Pocus, Jazz Jack Rabbit, Cosmo Cosmetic Adventures etc, the real cool games :) keep up the good work :) Will carry in playing tomorrow :)
lexder Mar 26, 2014 @ 10:38pm 
voted some time ago, waiting for it!
Abominator Mar 24, 2014 @ 1:18pm 
Congrats, i might finally find the last bag now!
Fujijimo Mar 20, 2014 @ 8:29am 
They finally Greenlit it! I thought it would be Greenlit a long time ago. I've really wanted this game.
~ɭครչɭ๏~ Mar 19, 2014 @ 2:48pm 
Do I sniff a bit of Jet Set Willy?
J. Kyle Pittman  [author] Mar 11, 2014 @ 7:43am 
lavose: I've been thinking about revising the ending for a number of reasons, mostly because it assumes the player has a US keyboard layout, which was a bad design oversight on my part.

My goal with this Greenlight has not been to release a significantly updated version (and emphatically not to *sell* an updated version), but simply to put the same free game on Steam. That puts me in an interesting position. I don't want to spend too much time and money retooling this game when I could be working on newer, more salable games instead, but I also want my work to represent me and my company in the best possible light, so I'm incentivized to maintain and improve past releases.

So I guess the answer is, I don't yet know for sure what changes I will be making, but it is on my mind. I have no immediate plans to alter the story or ending, but I will be adding a "Master Quest" remixed campaign as I've mentioned maybe one or two other things I haven't talked about yet. :)
lavose Mar 10, 2014 @ 4:37pm 
I played and beat this game a long while ago, and while the gameplay was decently fun, It really had no redeemable ending or story to tie it all together... that and a very stange mechanic for reaching the end.
In bringing this to Greenlight, are these two topics something that will be addressed and worked on or just left as is?
rawr XD Feb 16, 2014 @ 7:27pm 
This one is like cake. You can stick it into your computer.
Merim Feb 16, 2014 @ 4:12pm 
I usually show favors in classic games, bring back so many memories. Especially the ones that are free, alot of people would love to try some free classics for ones right? Looking forward to play it after it successfully gets in!
Bit_ Feb 6, 2014 @ 6:25pm 
Parece un mod de VVVVVV, interesante.