Minor Key Games
Based in Frisco, TX and Novato, CA

Release date:
May 6, 2012

PC / Mac / Linux


Regular Price:



You Have to Win the Game is an exploration platformer with a retro 1980s PC aesthetic.


You Have to Win the Game began development in late 2011 following a few failed attempts at larger projects. Inspired by the elegant simplicity of VVVVVV, Kyle set out to make a game that would call back to his origins as a programmer in the late 80s and early 90s. Released for free in Spring 2012, You Have to Win the Game was an immediate success, being downloaded tens of thousands of times. In 2014, YHtWtG was re-released on Steam with new exclusive content. A sequel, Super Win the Game, followed in late 2014.


  • 100% free!
  • Four-color CGA graphics!
  • Open-ended platforming exploration!
  • Irritating monotone PC speaker synthesis!
  • You can play as a cat!


Trailer YouTube


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Awards & Recognition

  • "#1, Top 10 Free Platformer Games of 2012" IndieGames.com
  • "#2, Best of 2012: Indie Platform" JayIsGames
  • "Best of 2012: Platformers" FreeIndieGame.es

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Development postmortem and look to the future at gamasutra.com.

About Minor Key Games

Minor Key Games is an independent game development team founded by twin brothers David Pittman and J. Kyle Pittman.

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You Have to Win the Game Credits

J. Kyle Pittman

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