Ludum Dare 29 — April 25th-28th Weekend — Theme: Beneath the Surface

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by AtkinsSJ - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Swans look elegant above the water, but beneath the surface they're flapping all over the place!

SWAN QWOP is, as the name suggests, QWOP ( ) but with a swan. Specifically, a swan with one leg.

If you manage to complete it (it is possible - I've managed it myself) then post your time below! :D

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Newt_ says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:47pm

Help, I've fallen and I can't get up!

Rose says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:17pm

Surprisingly fun. I made it as far as knocking the frog into the duck...

praporomsk says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:09pm

hardcore game, I'm not sure if I could get even to the middle of the lake

Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:46pm

The concept is amusing, but I couldn't get anywhere. I guess thats what I signed up for with a QWOP-style game so I can't complain too much though!

mcapraro says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 4:17am

this was a funny game, neat concept!

Crooksister says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:41pm

Does this game even exist? how is this sooo hard.. Is it possible. Yet this is the most enjoyable piece of swan-inspired entertainment since Black Swan. 10/10 would swan again.

lajos says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:07pm

Fun concept, but the controls seem to get stuck. Almost got to the frog though ;)

eowindil says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 4:14pm

Interesting concept, but it's really hard to master the controls.

Phyyl says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 4:23pm

The movement was too slow, and the concept existed already...

madjackmcmad says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 6:57pm

So easy to end up beak down, ass up, laughing in self shame. I made it to the frog exactly once, 5-star audio imo. Good fun!

Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:33pm


Great game, very much in the spirit of Qwop, and even more in the spirit of Clop. Also: great interpretation of theme!

metkis says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 8:39pm

Hah, kinda off-theme, but I think this one is hilarious!

Solifuge says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 10:38pm

Hi, this is Vector from the Victory Garden team! (posting under Solifuge's account)

Ohhhhh man, I thought I had a good thing going and then I ended up making exactly the same pose as in the photo ._.

For what it is, this a really nice execution. The frog added a nice touch.

Hamsternator says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 12:04am

The only complaint I have about this is that you didn't come up with some kind of swan pun when naming this project =)

EpiphanyG says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 5:45am

I suck at QWOP games but this is a brilliant QWOP game. Great work! :)

NoorStudios says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:25pm

It's really tough to be a one legged swan! I usually ended up with derek stuck on his back in the middle of the lake :S cool and different idea though.

AtkinsSJ says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 8:07pm

I'm really glad people are enjoying it. I know it's not a clever or sophisticated game. And you're completely right Hamsternator - what was I thinking?! :D

Jod says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 10:00pm

I got past the frog. I was proud of myself.


mrbungle says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 1:55pm

Great interpretation of the theme, I almost managed a somersault!

Waterman7 says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 4:21pm

Oh no, I got stuck in an infinite loop of ribbit! :D
Nice little fun game, although I didn't see the challenge in staying above the surface as much as not getting stuck in an awkward position...

May 10, 2014 @ 1:25am

Super hard, yet amazing game. I included it in part 18 of my Ludum Dare Compilation video series, if you'd like to take a look :)

Lucariatias says ...
May 19, 2014 @ 5:34pm

Doesn't include the LWJGL natives for OS X, it seems.

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