Hailing from a prosperous country in the scandinavian alps, QWOP is a local sporting hero with zero talent. If you thought that Eric the Eel was a loveable competitor, wait until you get a load of this guy – he stumbles around the arena with the balance of an inebriated baby. Go QWOP!
Two years after his underdog success on iOS, QWOP has crawled over the finishing line and is ready to race again on Android. Not that his running skills have improved much in that time – he still spasms around the track with the lack of coordination that was so enjoyable the first time.
Controlling QWOP should be simple; two sticks for each leg and a tilting function for leaning back and forth. But spend five minutes trying to unlock it’s secret and you may find you’ve travelled further backwards than forwards. He falls repeatedly on his hands, his head and his backside, but it’s as hilarious to watch as it is frustrating to play. Each botched attempt comes with an accompanying newspaper front page to add to the spectacle, with tongue in cheek headlines such as ‘QWOP overpaid?’ and ‘Bolt beware’.
There are a number of different events to try – from hurdles to steeplechase – but if you can get as far as actually reaching an obstacle then you’ve done better than us. However, it’s the extreme difficulty of this game that makes those rare moments when QWOP does find some semblance of rhythm all the more enjoyable. If we have any complaints, it’s that this is essentially the exact same game that was released for iPhones two years ago – but it feels good to catch up with QWOP, still hopelessly limping his way around but persevering nonetheless.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Same old QWOP, always falling. But if you missed it the first time then the Android version delivers the same enjoyment as the iOS original. This is a must-play app – but only if you don’t mind hitting the deck. Again, and again, and again.