Mega GIRP spreads the agony of defeat to your entire body

The good people who attended last May’s Arcade Boat got to experience a different kind of Twister

Constructed by Douglas Wilson and indie game designer Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren, the strikingly familiar game seen above is Mega GIRP, a real-life take on Bennett Foddy’s addictive, phalanx-bone-murdering Flash title

Riffing on the common assessment that GIRP is like “Twister for your fingers”, Wilson imagined extending the simile to the player’s entire body. So wait…that’s pretty much just Twister, right? Wrong. 

In fact, the 4 dance pads used to play the game are not only mapped to all 26 letters (and one menacingly placed “Flex” button), but awkwardly control the game as it is projected on a screen before the player.

Neck stiffness and back pain may ensue. But you have to admit, this is pretty damn cool. 

Lana Polansky