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You Have to Win the Game   [2012]

You Have to Win the Game Released by :

Release Date :
28 December 2012

Type :
C64 Game

Released At :
the Ultimate Meeting 2012

Achievements :
Mixed Game Competition at the Ultimate Meeting 2012 :  #1

User rating:**********  9.8/10 (40 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  9.8/10 (17 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Kabuto of Avatar, Latency
Music .... Pirate Hearts
Graphics .... Pirate Hearts
Idea .... Pirate Hearts

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User Comment
Submitted by Frostbyte on 5 September 2022
Found out about this game last weekend, one of the all time best for C64 IMHO. Engaging gameplay with top notch playability.
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Submitted by Holy Moses on 6 September 2015
10/10, absolutly!!! I´m addicted!!! That´s rare!!!
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Submitted by Nobody on 14 January 2015
Any chances for the new ´Super Win The Game´??

PLEASE!!!!!!! :)
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Submitted by Roysterini on 13 November 2014
Just come across this via a post on LEMON. Bloody brilliant!
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Submitted by Jammer on 25 February 2014
How could I miss it?! Splendid! Love CGA pallette, sprites and controls. Great ideas, great gameplay balance! Sheer perfection!
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 4 January 2014
Best game of the year. Absolutely stunning!
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Submitted by fenz on 30 October 2013
Wow, how did I miss this one. What a great port. 10/10
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Submitted by Toggle on 2 January 2013
Fantastic game :-)

You have to visit every room and collect all the money bags and hearts. There's a money bag in the room with the "wrong ending" so you have to complete the game twice to get 100% (but you don't need to collect everything twice, only the boots, the gloves and both auras).
Maybe you missed some of the better hidden money bags (like the one on the tree on the very first screen, or the one by the pond in the underground)? That's what happened to me at first.
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Submitted by Korodny on 1 January 2013
Brilliant conversion, thanks a lot!

Does anybody know how to win with a score of 100%? Is there anything else you have to do besides visit all the rooms, collect all the money bags and do the special magic in the "Speak now.." room?
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Submitted by Joe on 1 January 2013
Conversion or not, but it's a lovely game nonetheless. Stylish, beautiful animations and colors, clever and too difficult :)
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Submitted by Kabuto on 1 January 2013
Thanks for your nice comments! There will be a new version sooner or later, featuring NTSC compatibility (physics adjusted to feel the same despite the higher frame rate) and fire button jumping. Please PM me (preferably with snapshot) if you experience a crash/major bug so I can fix things. (I had a crash every 4 hours or so on the C64 set up at TuM for everyone to play on; no idea whether it's a hardware or software fault yet)
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Submitted by morphfrog on 31 December 2012
Really great! Tested this yesterday and got stuck at once , great work!
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Submitted by DeeKay on 30 December 2012
Can't wait to play this, this looks very fun and like a worthy successor to classics like Montezuma's Revenge or even Rick Dangerous. Well deserved winner, even looking at him play was great entertainment and the crowd was really drawn in, applauding, cheering and oooh-ing all the time! ;-)
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Submitted by Poison on 30 December 2012
95% :) Even if it is hardcore at the end, I really enjoyed it and couldn't stop playing. Addictive. Thank you!
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Submitted by Mr. SID on 30 December 2012
Excellent work! Very playable, and a really accurate conversion! I just wish the sfx would update while the screen redraws...
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Submitted by chatGPZ on 30 December 2012
very nice suprise - my favourite release from tuM =)
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Submitted by Cargo on 30 December 2012
10. 83% first time. I lost(?) plenty hours. Many thanks! It's a perfect work! :)
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Submitted by fx on 29 December 2012
Wow! I'd say this is one of the best games for the C64! Very good port!
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Submitted by Ksubi on 29 December 2012
Wonderful game Kabuto!!
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Submitted by St0rmfr0nt on 29 December 2012
I gave it a try and I like it!
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Submitted by Lobogris on 29 December 2012
Very cool, it has transported my mind to that weird days of old PC Gaming, I like the style (it's original for a c64 game) the game is really nice. Good work!

P.s.: Yeah! I have to win this game sooner or later ;)
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Submitted by Matt on 29 December 2012
Fabulous conversion!
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Submitted by Akira on 29 December 2012
This is awesome! Looks really cool, love the design. If any criticism, I would have really updated/worked more on sound and maybe even add a little 1 channel tune :)

OH you `can jump to a BASIC prompt when you press <- ... what for?
User Comment
Submitted by Yogibear on 28 December 2012
Neat game!
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Submitted by Karoshier on 28 December 2012
Very nice and addictive. You have to stop playing the game.
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Submitted by Twoflower on 28 December 2012

EDIT: Let me rephrase this. This game is pure awesomeness. This is - hands down - one of the best titles released on this platform in many years (only Prince of Persia was better, but then - i'm biased!) An incredible accomplishment to adapt this wonderful platformer to the C64. I can't remember the last time I felt this enthusiastic about playing a new title on the real breadbin. Thanks.
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Submitted by Skate on 28 December 2012
fun to play game. nice convertion + cute console screen.
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Submitted by hedning on 28 December 2012
Awesome! Good work!
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Submitted by Sixx on 28 December 2012
Excellent conversion. Thumbs up!
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Submitted by CreaMD on 28 December 2012
very addictive. Like it.
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Submitted by dink on 28 December 2012
awesome, another new game! This one is actually pretty damn good, too! Looks like I'll be busy tonight playing it, thanks Kabuto :)
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Submitted by nomistake on 28 December 2012
nice game! the controls are great. i got to 52% but some screens are quite a challenge.
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Submitted by E$G on 28 December 2012
really smooth game ... great work!
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Submitted by Shine on 28 December 2012
crashs with CCS64 3.9 :( ... works fine with WVice 2.4 :)
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Submitted by Zyron on 28 December 2012
This is really cool! Straight 10 from me.
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