Say, have you heard about this whole “planking” business? I’ve just become aware of it in the past few weeks myself, but planking is the latest ridiculous thing that is sweeping the internet. It involves lying face down on an object, stiff as a board with your arms at your sides, like a plank, and then being photographed in the act. The stranger the location you perform your plank, the better. For example here is some folks planking in a tree, or some Apple employees planking inside of an Apple Retail store. But be careful, you don’t want to end up like the man who fell to his death planking on a seventh story balcony railing.

So yeah, planking. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I totally don’t see the appeal. Thousands of other people do see the appeal, however, and if you yourself are a planker you’ll soon be able to get your plank on while on the go in the upcoming game Plank’d. Not being a fan of the whole planking phenomenon, I wasn’t immediately interested in having a game version. But after actually trying the game, I’ve found that it’s completely absurd and actually a ton of fun.

You can try out the game for yourself on the Plank’d website for free, just make sure you have the Unity browser plug-in installed. Basically, you get to control one of three characters using an awkward physics system as you try to lie flat on practically any object you can see. This includes cars, street signs, mail boxes, old ladies, and more. You earn points based on how well you hold your plank, and can string multiple planks together for combos. It’s the sort of thing that’s so strange that I can’t help but like it.

Plank’d is only available as a web version currently, but an iOS version is coming “very soon” according to developer N3V Games. There’s a thread in our forums for discussing Plank’d, and we’ll keep an eye out for this one to hit the App Store soon.

  • TimH

    what a stupid idea... I had to laugh as I saw the "granny plank" tho :)

  • Anonymous

    No you're absolutely right, there is no appeal. Perhaps you're supposed to suffer the injurt first, then your damaged and weakened state of mind will allow you to see the previously non-existent humour in all of this.

  • henderson101

    Planking is a rehash of Extreme Lying Down and is old, old, old news in Europe.

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      F*cking Brill. Another mystery solved. Now, onto the rules of Cricket, shall we?

  • http://jrichec74.myopenid.com/ John Richardson

    Normally I can understand the latest Internet-spread fad, even if I don't enjoy it, but this one is totally baffling to me.  What is the appeal?  Is there supposed to be some humor in it?  I don't get it ... I'm suspecting that maybe some people are trying to emulate a "flash mob" trend but don't have the intelligence to think up something creative.

  • Rage

    The craze itself is very stupid; but the game is pretty fun. A bit of light hearted 8 bit pixel humor.