Learn to walk, learn to run all over again with QWOP, the iPhone port of the highly entertaining and/or maddening track and field Flash game of 2008. Using a touchscreen to independently control calves and thighs sounds fun, right?
Well, QWOP may not be fun in the traditional sense. It's wacky. It's challenging. But one can make the argument that, as video games go, this is a clumsy control scheme. As QWOP, "the local sporting hero of a prosperous country in the Scandinavian Alps," even crossing the finish line isn't easy. Taking control of QWOP's legs and his sense of balance might test your patience—or even better the patience of your friends when you hand them this thing.
The game's instruction screen offers one hint, saying that to make QWOP run, alternating clockwise rotations on the touchscreen control areas are recommended. Didn't work for me!