yhtwtg_2.pngWhen not working on AAA titles at Gearbox Studios, J. Kyle Pittman apparently has the time to make gems such as You Have to Win the Game. It is "an exploration platformer with a retro 1980s PC aesthetic," describes Pittman on his Pirate Hearts blog, with stage and player upgrades littered around the world. I found the upgrades are guarded by some interesting "bosses." The game just went complete on the TIGSource forum and is available on Windows for download.

Pittman shares in the in-game "about" section that You Have to Win the Game is a nod to his youth, when he started learning programming in the early 80s, and to current games like VVVVVV and Super Meat Boy. (The executable may say it is malicious. The developer says on reddit that "Chrome was giving them warnings about it. Apparently it's just because Google hasn't scanned it yet.")