You Have To Win The Game


What choice do I have?

Falling somewhere between Meat Boy and VVVVVV, YHtWtG is an exploration platformer very obviously inspired by The Olden Days. You get thrown into it with no map and no instruction on what your aim is (other than- Win The Game) and off you go, into the labyrinth.

Well, an hour in and I’m still not really sure what I’m meant to be doing. It feels like I’m going in circles at this point, and although I’ve picked up some upgrades (double jump and wall jump among others) I’m at a loss as to where I haven’t explored yet. I’m sure it’s one exit on a screen I’ve long forgotten about, but it’s frustrating to have no idea where to go next.

Along the way I’ve been given hints to a “secret word” and a “secret symbol” via writing on the walls of the dungeon, but I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with either of these, either. I realise this obfuscation is a deliberate homage to retro games that would do the same thing, but there’s a reason we stopped doing it.

Fin or Bin:

Frustratingly, it’s a Fin, but only because the completion counter says I’m at 83% and I have to win the game.


Found out that to get 100%, I have to deliberately “lose” the game and start the whole thing over. Found out by doing it about 15 minutes after posting this. I’m not here for artificial inflation of a game’s runtime like that, so I Binned it.

(Steam link (it’s free!))