By: Derek Yu

On: November 10th, 2008


I’m not sure I could explain, in words, what Benzido’s Qwop is about any better than the above screenshot can. This must be what it’s like for a baby to try and walk!

TIGdb: Entry for Qwop

  • Pyrrhon

    7.9 Meters! Strange game, can’t say it was alot of fun but at least it was fascinating.

  • ElTipejoLoco

    I epileptic-thrusted myself forward to gain any significant distance. Probably not the way it was meant to be played, but I ran backwards most of the time that I managed a realistic looking sprint.

    Funny as heck either way.

  • fartron

    i accidently the whole olympics

  • Baba Yaga

    This is awesome! I got to 12 meters.

  • Turgid

    Amusing as hell, but frustrating when I couldn’t find any consistent kind of pattern that works. I had some success with using one leg to drag myself along, but that only worked for a few meters at most.

    Realistic sprint? I wish. XD

    Still pretty interesting, makes you think how complicated the coordination of our muscles for basic movements really is. Easy when your brain does it for you, hard as hell to do deliberately.

  • falsion

    All I have to say is, this game is hilarious.

  • h311diver

    Can’t figure out how to do a backflip…

  • Seth

    my biggest gripe about this game is that the guys ankles are so weak. If they weren’t I have this guy sprinting down the track like Michael Johnson

  • falsion

    I figured this game out, I can actually run in the game… then eventually trip over but I got 20 meters out of this (and counting).

    When the game starts hold W and O.

    Wait for the runner’s front foot to hit the ground and pivot slightly forward.

    As soon as that happens, hold Q and P immediatley.

    Now as soon as his foot hits the ground (just as it hits the ground, period, the angle doesnt matter here, unlike the first step) HOLD W and O ASAP!

    Now rinse and repeat. Each time the front foot hits the ground alternate between holding W and O then Q and P. It takes a while to get the rhythm down, but once you have it, you’ll be sprinting along the track in no time.

  • falsion

    err, btw after holding W and O on that last step, yes, you would then hold Q and P.

    Just keep alternating between the two as the front foot hits the ground. Keep practicing with that, and you’ll get the hang of it.

  • Benzido

    Thanks for the post, Derek! To everyone else, yes you can run like a normal person with some practice. Check youtube for some example videos.

  • Septagon

    What a great idea! I love the way he flops around like a jellyfish at the beginning, before you learn to use the controls. Yet once you begin to get the idea, there’s still a fair amount of strategy to it.

    30.1 M!

    The thing I hate about most Browser games is that though many of them have good ideas behind them, but they almost always feel rushed. They tend to suffer from technical flaws, uneven polish, ads, and not being full screen… No matter how good a browser game is, I usually end up struggling not to feel it’s insincere for some reason.

    QWOP is pretty neat, though. I wish someone would make a more polished version.

  • Nikica

    falsion way works for me, got 17.1 meters, ok gtg play it.

  • Benzido

    Septagon: it’s not insincere, it’s just a smaller commitment. Publication costs are zero, and revenues are zero, so it doesn’t make sense to polish them for two years before putting them out there. I think of them as sketches.

  • Seth

    “To everyone else, yes you can run like a normal person with some practice.”

    maybe somewhat resembling a normal person, but really not at all like a normal person

  • Neo1493

    well that washard/fun/stupid my best so far is 19.4 meters its fun to try and do stuff like backflips and jumps but the guy runs like a drunk even with practice

  • Shih Tzu

    Oh man, this is the most fun since Sumotori Dreams.

  • SlyShy

    Well, I just beat it. I feel like I just won the special Olympics.


  • ngajoe

    I swear, I will never take walking for granted again.

  • hamster

    I actualy made it to the end by bouncing on one knee. I moved the caves to full extension in one way then wiggled the hips back and forth untill I got a little forward momentum. It took me 15 minuts.

  • HandCraftedRadio

    Anyone else keep trying to do a backflip?

  • null

    Yeah, the trick just seems to be alternating between holding W and O then Q and P every time the front foot hits the ground. I managed to get about 19 meters. I give up now.

  • Bleagle

    Haha, imagine seeing this at tv. Millions of ppl watching this guy crawling and jumping over the ground. First he “qwops” into the wrong direction, hitting a white box. When trying to get forward he suddenly does a half backspin, his head bangs into the ground and he passes away.

  • Bleagle
  • Greg

    Qwop is fricken hilliarious, zomg, crying laughing

  • Fuzz

    51.8 metres! I got that from holding P the whole time, while tapping Q and then holding and releasing W. The 50 metre mark stopped me, though.

  • namuol

    hilarious indeed, but nothing beats Sumotori Dreams (yet).

  • Benzido

    You guys who are inching along will never get more than 100.0m

  • falsion

    OMG, I just thought of something. Qwop for Indie Brawl! He would be the best character ever!

    I mean, seriously. He could flop over and land on people and do partial front and backflips that result in him landing head first and headbutting people. He would be amazing.

  • Jian

    I managed 23.9m with an actual real run before I tripped on my toes again.

  • Skf

    52.9 mtrs.

  • Fuzz

    I got 100.6 metres! http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc163/a_random_dude/qwophighscore.jpg
    I’m not quite sure how I got past the 50 meter mark. I think I kind of pushed it out of the way.

  • Fuzz

    Sorry, that link didn’t work. This is the link: http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc163/a_random_dude/qwophighscore.jpg

  • toastie

    this is now Kotaku exclusive

  • robolee

    I got a good run to 10m

  • madgarden

    I’ve managed to run 70 metres. When I get to the hurdle, I just flying kick it and keep going, heh.

  • fatron

    i accidentally a butt fag

  • grrrrrr

    Maybe someone should leave a better message bc whenever I hit w and o then q and p my damn guy backflips