Born To Run: QWOP

The sax solo in born to run is just awesome

We haven’t posted about QWOP yet, have we? It’s the webgame that’s turned up in most of my game related conversations for the last few week or so, so it’s probably best we give it at least a nod. Its a running game, with direct control of thighs and calves, and is the most ill-conceived attempt to directly simulate human experience since Trespasser’s sinister floating limb. Brrr. In a real way, it’s this year’s Sumotori Dreams. And a couple of videos beneath the cut…

How it’s done:

How you’ll be doing it:

So – how far have you got, people?


  1. emdeehay says:

    6.8 Metres… many retries… got -0.5 and -0.8 on a few of the first ones… ouch.

    • badbrad says:

      i got 50.1 on my 5th try, i just spasmed until i got to the 50m hurdle, i couldnt get over it

    • Rozza says:

      I’ve completed it!

      The way to do it is hold down W and P and press Q and O alternately. It’s a struggle to get over the hurdle but when you do you’re home free.

  2. shinygerbil says:

    My furthest has been about 40 metres. :<

  3. Super Bladesman says:

    I managed 1.5m… Most attempts have gone backwards :(

  4. cullnean says:

    2 meters :)

  5. cHeal says:

    3m on my second attempt, haven’t managed more than 1m since except in the wrong direction!

  6. Bobsy says:

    2 metres so far. Oh bugger me.

  7. Nero says:

    First try -1.4m, best effort so far 1.9m. Not quite easy now is it.

  8. Ben Abraham says:

    2.3m and I feel like a bloody PRO!

    • satan says:

      lol u are a pro its hard the furthest ive got is 19.5 but only once

  9. James T says:

    *sigh*, my sinister floating limb alienates people too.

  10. futage says:

    Ahahahaha. That is so great.

  11. davidAlpha says:

    15m running and then I faceplanted myself.

  12. emdeehay says:

    New low: -3M

    link to

    Darn wall, stopped my unprogress.

  13. Colthor says:

    21m by accidentally falling onto his knees and then shuffling along. Couldn’t do it again.

    Much easier to go backwards, but there’s a wall in the way!

  14. Ian says:


    I understand how running works even less than I thought.

  15. Nighthood says:

    My record is 25m, but my friend got past 100! o_O

  16. El Stevo says:

    I worked out a good technique for going backwards.

    But forwards my best is 0.8m.

  17. Corion says:

    32.8 meters.

    My strategy (tips):
    1. Tap O gently to place your back (back being, away from the camera, or left foot) foot just in front of your front foot (right foot).

    2. Then alternate pressing P+Q and W+O. Repeat until you fall.

    Once you get the timing down it gets pretty easy. Gradually you’ll learn to compensate for “very small” mistakes, but the game will ALWAYS punish you for even just “small” mistakes. My biggest problem is that my ankle always seems to collapse in unrealistic ways and plow me into the ground.

  18. Sum0 says:

    Quop – video gaming personality of the year?

  19. Corion says:


    Play this in the background of another window:

    link to

    It’s the running song! It totally helps me play.

  20. Sum0 says:

    …runner-up, his brother Qwop

  21. pauleyc says:

    An amazing 9.4 metres.

    Although my progress reminds me of Donald O’Connor from this clip, starting from the 2:45 mark.

  22. Corion says:

    “Although my progress reminds me of Donald O’Connor from this clip, starting from the 2:45 mark.”

    You mean you got QWOP to run up the wall to the left, do a backflip, and land perfectly? That’s incredible!

  23. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    I inched along the ground to about 19m before I got a little too cocky and tried to stand up and do a spot of actual running.

    The Cricket game on the same site is a brilliant time-waster too, although not quite so hilarious.

  24. pauleyc says:


    Sort of. The wall was imaginary, the landing a mess but the backflip worked.

  25. Ian says:

    I’ve played that “Little Master” cricket game before, and played it a lot. I love it even if the ball has a tendency to hit the ground and stay there just out of reach.

  26. Dizet Sma says:

    Liked the cricket game better – a score > 1 is always a morale booster!

  27. Smurfy says:

    I beat it by dragging my left leg along the ground for over ten minutes. The hurdle at 50 meters took some effort to get over, but I did it by sort of hopping. Managed to jump 0 meters in the sandbox as well!

  28. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    @ Corion: Chariots of Fire does actually kick in if you start running properly, either that or I’ve started mentally soundtracking games. Which would be a little worrying.

    @ Ian: Yeah, it can be a little glitchy at times. The wicket has a tendency to fall of its accord and I’ve had balls which stop dead in mid-air. Great fun nonetheless.

  29. Trnck says:

    Quickpost this image to Myspace, Digg, Facebook, and others!

  30. Dizet Sma says:

    Actually, the two games should be combined – running for a quick single might prove to be ‘challenging’, though.

  31. Trnck says:

    sorry for the wrong link
    link to

  32. MetalCircus says:

    I finished it!

  33. Ian says:

    Another thing that irks me in that cricket game is when you smack the ball and it’s arrowing toward the ‘4’ area, only for another to be bowled and send the ball out. -_-

    Of course I don’t moan when it sends the new ball through the 4 and the one I’ve hit into the 6. =D

  34. D says:

    I liked the last of their three games the best, since it contains ninjas (too many).

  35. Rei Onryou says:

    14.2m. I stopped after realising that Firefox was suddenly using 1GB or RAM.

  36. M_the_C says:

    After D posted I went to check out their other games, found the cricket one.

    I hit one ball back only for it to hit the next one coming, and suddenly it dawned on me, the perfect way to improve cricket:

    MultiBall!!! (plus a giant tarantula.)

  37. pirate0r says:

    It’s fun, though what makes it frustrating is that you have no control of the upper torso. What makes walking/running so easy in real life is that you can lean forward or backwards to compensate for a misstep. That said it would be tough trying to coordinate center of mass while pumping those legs to Chariots of Fire.

  38. Zyrusticae says:

    Don’t like it.

    I can’t freaking *jog*. What the hell is that? He just collapses because he’s putting too much weight forward every single time. Running does not work that way! *Rage!*

    But I guess that’s not the point of the game. Meh, not my thing.

  39. MrFake says:

    An impressive -1.5 metres. I don’t count my record of 2.0, since that involved the runner leaping forward and crashing onto his skull, whereas I managed a balletic shuffle-step to reach -1.5.

    I like how it presents the complexity involved in a simple act like running, conveyed by a running simulator that’s nothing like running whatsoever.

    No really, I love that.

  40. Pags says:

    8.9 metres, and then usually my runner’s foot scrapes the ground and there’s no way back from it.

  41. Pags says:

    Ooooh, 16.7 this time. Again, I can usually get a good pattern going but once I make the smallest mistake it’s pretty much game over.

  42. Denton says:

    0.6 metres! I’m about as bad at this as I was at Toribash, though at least here I can sort of understand what it is I’m doing with each key press.

  43. Denton says:

    Ack – thought I had a good rhythm going, keeping Qwop running on his toes. Sadly only lasted for 7.4 metres before the faceplant.

  44. caesarbear says:

    I hate this one. Of all the webgames why did this one get posted and not Auditorium?

  45. The Poisoned Sponge says:

    I managed to finish it by getting down on one knee and spasming my way to the end. Took a hurdle with me all the way to the sand pit too!

  46. Jambamagamba says:

    1.6 metres. I’m getting at least 3 if it takes me all night.

  47. Bob Arctor says:

    Pissing myself here.

  48. Lucky says:

    Two meters. I think I’ll stick with Sumotori, as my petty little brain can’t even begin to understand the controls here.

  49. Orin says:

    This is all I have to say. I was sooooo irritated.

  50. Pace says:

    Without context, without playing the game, that second video is absolutely hysterical. I haven’t laughed that hard in ages.