You've likely spent quite a bit of your life walking, running, and jumping. Since you initially learned how as a child, these motions have all been second nature and usually don't even require any thought. But what if you needed to walk, run, or jump without using your legs which you've spent your life mastering? Well, that's where QWOP for iOS [$1.99] comes in.

QWOP, originally named after the keys used to control the runner in the free Flash game, actually seems much more complicated on the iPhone. You need to tilt your device to control your balance, and two virtual joysticks control the positioning of your legs. Your first ten minutes with the game you will likely do nothing but fall flat on your face. However, after a little practice, you'll get in to the rhythm and be at least making a few baby steps forward.

After you run 10 meters, you unlock the hurdles, the long jump, the steeplechase, and the 50km walk. Actually getting to 10 meters, however, is easier said than done. Check out how silly this all looks in action:

The learning curve in QWOP is astronomical, but what's so amusing about the game is just how simple it all actually is. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other. If you manage to master the game, you can compete in all kinds of Open Feint powered leaderboards. If all you do is face plant over and over, well, you'll be greeted by funny headlines regarding what a failure you are.

I wouldn't call QWOP a "must-have" by any means, unless you're the kind of person who collects the oddities of the App Store and has a dedicated folder on your device for Enviro-Bear 2010 [99¢] and other similar crazy games. In which case, you need QWOP.

  • osujxu

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmcMG4uxiHk

    played the heck out of the flash version, because it was just so impossible to beat. this review of the flash should give you a good understanding of the game and it's also really humorous

    • E_Domina

      I just saw that video not so long ago also. All that guy's videos are pretty funny.

    • E_Domina

      I just saw that video not so long ago also. All that guy's videos are pretty funny.

  • Art Vandelay

    Between this game and a root canal..........I'll go with the root canal.

    • Munch_an_apple_pie

      Well actually root canal is more expensive =/

  • Anonymous

    My comment was up for two minutes then deleted?

    You fucking assholes have really jumped the shark.

  • Adams Immersive

    This kid seems to have it down!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r1H8AGhyYk

    (Am I hearing a musical clone of Chariots of Fire in the background?)

  • geodius

    are you serious? do you want people to start throwing their brand new iphones off the window?? i nearly destroyed my keyboard playing the flash version....

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  • sdsd

    1.99? YGBFKM ...

  • Joel

    ive played it so much it's burned marks on my iPad screen - be wary of this anyone who wants to play THE BEST FUCKIN GAME EVER YEAHHHHH