GIRP, a Spiritual Successor to QWOP

Published by Ben Alford on March 31, 2011


GIRP is somewhat of a spiritual successor to QWOP, Bennett Foddy’s hit running game where you control the legs of a runner with the Q, W, O and P keys. QWOP, for me, was more of an interesting novelty than something of genuine interest. Mainly because I sucked at it. My mind and, just as importantly, my fingers couldn’t find that rhythm to start running. But even then, it was an awesome game for the goofy tone it took by using these controls. Trying to run in QWOP usually results in absurd movements like backflipping right off the line or just taking a huge step and then twitching until the hurdle.

GIRP retains some of the goofiness of QWOP but refines the gameplay to be, at least for me, actually playable. Instead of running, you are climbing, and instead of controlling individual sections of a limb, you just press one button to pull up in combination with a key that makes you reach for rings. It is simpler than QWOP, yet it isn’t, by any means, an easy game. You will still fumble and flail; and it is nearly as hilarious.

That kinesthetic feeling that I could only imagine before in QWOP is something I can experience in GIRP. Even with the sometimes wonky feeling momentum, hitting a figurative stride in GIRP is hugely satisfying—it really feels like controlling a person in a very physical way. Both QWOP and GIRP are brilliantly subversive of traditional avatar control in games but it is GIRP’s controls that really clicked with me.

[Play GIRP in a browser and if for some reason you have yet to play QWOP, do that too]

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    Wander
    10 years, 1 month ago

    I got up to like....58ish meters? Then the water drowned me while I was still climbing. =/

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    Underdog
    10 years, 1 month ago

    got to 72.4, last jump is THE WORST. only goes up to 75m btw

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    inthenameofharmon
    10 years, 1 month ago

    oh poop, more self esteem down the drain :/

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    VagrantHige
    10 years, 1 month ago

    Played up towards the 200m mark but got stuck in a corner with my free hand facing the outside and got stuck. Not as enjoyable as QWOP but definitely easier to play.

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    Binary-79
    10 years, 1 month ago

    Got up to 41.8 with some death defying letting go of Q and just grabbing K

    It great when you fall and randomly hit a button in the hope he will grab on to something

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    Skittles0520
    10 years, 1 month ago

    got 8m on quop lol not so well on the other...good exercise for the hands though haha

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    Actionreplay
    10 years, 1 month ago

    That K jump is the worst.

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    Hamstallion
    10 years, 1 month ago

    Completed it in 17m 14.3s after numerous attempts
    Took me over half an hour the first time >_>
    There is definitely a very physical feel to this game as I'm writhing in my chair desperate to get to that next ring when the seagull crashes into me ruining my momentum ;_;

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    s1yfox
    10 years, 1 month ago

    this game proves to be successful when you have "sunset heroes"playing in the background

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    SomethingSnappy
    10 years, 1 month ago

    fuck you GIRP

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    Gunner_runner
    10 years, 1 month ago

    What slyfox said sums It up pretty well. Haha

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    acicon
    10 years, 1 month ago

    loud swearing and laughter returned to my office when I shared this with them lol

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    Comradebearjew
    10 years, 1 month ago

    I love this game so much, but it is so hard.

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    mac11z
    9 years, 10 months ago

    just played qwop and i won really hard game but easy when you know how to win =], took a while to figure out how to win but i got there eventually

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    9 years, 6 months ago

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    9 years, 3 months ago

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