If you’re frustrated and still calculating your movements to finish the 100-meter race in Bennett Fody’s QWOP, well maybe it’s time to take a breath and try your luck with his ultimate bizarre game: Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy. As expected, he developed the game to look relatively easy and feel like a soothing climbing game with a side-note of philosophy for everyone to enjoy. That’s half true since the objective of the game is as simple as reaching the summit. The catch? Easier said than done.
Ready to start climbing?
This game is frustrating enough that players can’t stop once they’ve started it. Some people just can’t get over with game’s unfair and absurd nature.
Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a popular video game platform that requires grit and patience. The rules are simple. You just have to reach the end of the mountain to beat the game. It won’t be easy though, given the strange design of the mountains. A tribute to Jazzuo’s B-Game classic Sexy Hiking, this brilliant game layout comprises ridges of bizarre, yet familiar objects stacked upon one another.
Unfair and absurd
Meet Diogenes, your game character whose torso sticks out of a cauldron full of water. The real Diogenes was a Greek philosopher who gained notoriety for his unconventional choices of where to sleep, like the inside of a large ceramic jug in the middle of a marketplace. To control his movements and ascend the mountainside, you must swing the Yosemite hammer. Any little misstep or bad swing can see you suffering a hard fall back to a certain point of the game or at worst, the very beginning. Simultaneously, listen up for Foddy's voice, which can be heard spouting commentary about your current situation and even words of encouragement. Feedback may be of little comfort though, as your sanity begins to run dry with the unfair, absurd nature of the game.
Indeed, your character cannot die (unless you happen to drop him in the lake left of the starting area). There are no checkpoints.There is really no strict rule of thumb. It's a bit of a free for all and just plain hoping that you get over that mountain. This game is so frustratingly addictive that players just can’t stop once they have started.It is insanity meets fun meets obsession.
What you see is what you get
Regardless, the game is easy to grasp: if you’re good with the controls, you’ll end up in the next phase of the game. Just figure out the good and bad attributes of your character and soon enough, you’ll be well on your way.
Ending it with a personal touch
After you’ve successfully finished the game, a pop-up question tab will appear. It will ask you if you’re playing the game alone or streaming it online. if you answer yes, you’ll end up in a secret chat room hosted by Foddy. There, you’ll read a personal congratulatory message and even have the chance for a quick chat with the man himself. For those who honestly answer no, you’ll unfortunately end up in the game menu without having access to the room. If you’re still adamant about having that convo, be prepared to play from the beginning.
Where can you run this program?
This game is so popular that it can be played on either your desktop or mobile phone.
Is there a better alternative?
There are many platform video games out there that are waiting to be explored. If you’re finding more relaxed games with the same objective and controls, you can try a classic game like Super Mario Bros. Cited as one of the greatest video games of all time, Super Mario Bros offers a lot more stages with different levels of difficulty and a more complete storyline. Its precise controls has won the praise of critics.
But, if you’re hooked with Getting Over It’s illogical nature, you can try Foddy’s other popular games like QWOP and CLOP, which are simpler by comparison but nonetheless, frustrating as ever. For hardcore fans of the game, try Sexy Hiking, the game’s inspiration for its existence.
Getting Over It is definitely one of the best of its kind. The game’s moral lesson is pretty evident throughout the game: failure is not defined by your fall, but by your unwillingness to try again. The game breaks all expectations and leaves you with an honest experience. The absurdity of it makes the game engaging and its purposely unfair nature fuels players' mad obsession. Careful though, because the joke that gets a few chuckles can leave a bitter aftertaste for the player.
Should you download it?
Only if you’re up for a test of patience, and determination. This game will definitely drive you crazy to your core and can bother you at times. The adrenaline rush that comes with playing it though, will lead you to sweet success. After all, the most appreciated view is that from the summit. If you’re willing to spend some pennies on a game you may never play again after winning, check this out. If you’re more into games with a more established and complicated storyline, unfortunately, you’ll have to look for another game.