QWOP Now Frustrating Android Gamers

The running simulation and Internet sensation QWOP has spread to a new platform today. You can download through the Google Play store to your Android device of choice for $0.99.

In QWOP, players take on the role of an athlete of the same name. QWOP is a local hero from "a prosperous country in the Scandinavian Alps." The climate was too cold there for him to train for his championship track race. Players must guide him to an unlikely victory in the championship. They're probably going to fail in the attempt, though.

In most track and field games, you're mashing buttons to make your runner go faster. However, QWOP is a bit different. Players have to control the exact movement of QWOP's body. It's a Herculean effort to make him simply move forward without falling over.

"Control QWOP's legs and arms by moving your thumbs around in the diamonds on the screen," reads the Google Play description. "Move your thumbs in clockwise circles to make him run. Make QWOP lean forward and back by tilting your device. And whatever you do, don't let QWOP's body touch the ground!"

QWOP's body is going to touch the ground a lot. The original Flash version, which just had the limb control buttons, was hard enough. Adding accelerometer controls on top of that is just cruel.

Fortunately, failing is fun in this game. The game employs ragdoll physics so each of his faceplants and tumbles will look distinctly painful. As long as you don't go into the game expecting to do well, you're going to get a lot of entertainment watching our hero topple over. It's like playing Trials but with even more humiliation.

QWOP on Android features five different events: 100m, Hurdles, Long Jump, Steeplechase, and 50km Walk. Google Game Services leaderboards will track the top performers in each event. Again, though, it's best if you go into the game without any goals in mind. Just enjoy yourself at QWOP's expense.

The iPhone version of QWOP was released back in March 2012. You can still find the original, free Flash version of the game here if you're stuck at work at the moment.