Manual Samuel makes a slapstick comedy about being alive

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Manual Samuel (Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PS4) BY PERFECTLY PARANORMAL Manual Samuel could be described as QWOP (2008) with a story. It’s about a man who is hit by a truck, dies, and is then resurrected to have you controlling all of his bodily functions. While walking, Samuel’s spine may suddenly collapse, requiring you to press the button that snaps it back in place. You must remember to breathe, to blink, and try to aim Samuel’s urine into the toilet bowl. It’s perhaps a crime against…


Multibowl is every competitive two-player game in one, basically

What do Super Mario Kart (1992), Vectorball (1988), and Frogs and Flies (1982) have in common? The answer is that they’re now all the same game. Bennett Foddy’s new experiment, called Multibowl, is a “collage” of these and hundreds of other two-player games, thrown together in quick succession in a reflex-heavy sequence reminiscent of WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (2003). Foddy, who is best known as the creator of the infamous QWOP (2008), teamed up with game maker AP Thompson to create the ultimate 2-player competition, one that will garner the same nostalgic feelings evoked by many games of the 80s and 90s…

Wobble Yoga

Hilarious new game gives yoga the QWOP treatment

Released over the weekend as part of the Ludum Dare game jam, Jenny Jiao Hsia’s Wobble Yoga may be the most honest exercise game you’ve ever played. Well, aside from her other yoga game, that is. There’s no fireball-throwing aerobics instructors here, nor are there any claims that you’ll leave the experience healthier than when you came. Rather, all Wobble Yoga has to offer is a challenge, a keyboard, and shame. The game has you taking on the role of a balding, out-of-shape man as he tries to recreate various totally-not-made-up yoga poses by matching up with a silhouette behind…


The creator of QWOP now wants to mess with your eyes

I can’t trust my eyeballs right now. Just typing this black font onto this white space is steeped in something my body recognizes as danger. I think I see snakes wrestling across the gaps between the words. No, it’s worse than that. Oh god. You might laugh, or you might be outright confused right now, but I can guarantee that in a few minutes you will know what I’m going through. I’ve just played through QWOP (2008) creator Bennett Foddy’s Zebra, which he plainly describes as “another little game.” It is not just another little game. It’s the devil in stripes and…


QWOP goes avant-garde in this silly dancing game

I’ll admit upfront that I’m a terrible dancer. Not the kind of terrible that is actually cute. I’m talking the real, awkward kind of terrible. I blame it on being tall. It’s just not easy to make limbs in these proportions move cohesively the way I’d like them to. Maybe that’s why An Evening of Modern Dance caught my attention—it’s easy to see a bit of myself in its hilariously floundering dancers. An Evening of Modern Dance follows in the tumbling footsteps of QWOP (2008) and Octodad (2010), this time bringing ragdoll physics to the stage. Made for Ludum Dare 32 by…