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How to Beat Qwop, the World's Hardest Game

Updated on August 20, 2012

What is QWOP?

QWOP is a free online flash game. The objective of the game is to run 100 meters, and jump over a single hurdle. Sounds easy, right? In most games, to run forward, you hold down the forward button or joystick, and to jump you press the jump button. Well, it's not so easy in QWOP. This game requires you to control the leg muscles of the runner. There are four buttons in the game: Q, W, O, and P. Q controls the right thigh, W controls the left thigh, O controls the left calf, and P controls the right calf. You have to operate these four muscles to make the runner run without falling, which is pretty hard at first. It might not actually be the hardest game ever, but it is pretty hard, and I think calling it the hardest game ever is fair. You can find the game here:

What Not to Do

Here is a video of a guy who does not know how to play. This is what it will be like if you just try to play without knowing how. This guy cusses a lot, but he is pretty funny. He keeps falling over and over, but half-way into the video he invents a way to scoot along on one leg, but he keeps falling eventually. Then he just keeps falling hilariously slowly, before taking any steps. He gets really funny at around 4:00. I saw the video before, but I found myself laughing a lot. He never gets far, and he just stops after 6 minutes of falling.

What to Do

Big surprise...this video was made by me! Yep, I beat QWOP. And I added some awesome Kirby music. Ok, so here's what to do. I like to start by tapping O, so he leans forward at the start. You have to make him lean forward, or else he will fall backwards when you try to step. But don't lean too far forward, or you will fall that way too. Then I hold Q and P until his leg goes out far enough, and then I let go of everything until his foot his the ground. When his foot hits the ground, I hold W and O until he steps far enough, then let go, and wait until his foot falls to the ground. Then I keep switching from Q and P to W and O. Luckily, I got over the one hurdle easily, but sometimes it can be really hard. You don't just run over it, sometimes you can get stuck and fall. I got stuck at 1:18. If you are about to fall, it's okay to just stop and take your time to figure out how to get out of it. Don't just panic and try to keep running if you can't. I somehow recovered, and strode to the finish line, where I fell into the sand for an extra .4 meters. It took me three minutes, and I think the world record is 1:12. I don't know how long you have to practice before you can do it that fast, but I know it is definitely not worth it. It's not like being a QWOP champion will get you all the money and women. I have never played the game again after I beat it, because I was pretty sick of it by then. I played it for a total of about 4 hours before I could beat it. If you decide to play it, hopefully my advice can make it take way less time.


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    • Omnivium profile image

      Omnivium 5 years ago

      Thanks for the advice, I added the link.

    • JohnGreasyGamer profile image

      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      This has got to be one of the hardest games I've ever come across, but I wouldn't say it is the "world's" hardest. I think if you understand how to work puppets from strings dangling down and such, you would have a brief idea how the various limbs of the lower body work (in movement, at least). In fact, that's pretty much what this is - controlling a puppet in an environment with a set gravity.

      Voted up, very useful and interesting. Only advice I can give is to put a link for the game here somewhere ^^