Now, we have to confess we haven’t ever attended a yoga class in real life but we’ve heard it’s great exercise and every time we’ve seen it on TV the participants really seem to exude a sense of calm from taking part. Well, after playing Jenny Jiao Hsia’s game Wobble Yoga we definitely had a sheen of perspiration that comes from an intense workout, but we did not appear calmed or relaxed by the experience. Ashamed and deranged, perhaps, but not relaxed.
Created in just 24 hours as part of the Ludum Dare game jam for which the theme was shapeshift, Wobble Yoga has you take control of a balding man who clearly has the Weebles somewhere in his family tree. It’s unclear whether he’s at a yoga class or just punishing himself at home, but it’s your job to help this man mimic the wonderfully named yoga poses that the silhouette behind him is performing.
The game’s chaotic controls are similar to, but more complex than, the classic QWOP running game. In fact they actually really reminded us of playing Octodad. You need to make use of 9 keys in total, each of which controls a section of one of the man’s limbs and once you’ve managed to get him into the right pose, you have to hold it for a few seconds. I warn you now, this is not an easy task.
The man in Wobble Yoga does not do measured deliberate movement well. In fact, he doesn’t really do gravity all that well as every move you make puts you in danger of sending him flying across the screen like a puppet with its strings cut. As hard as it is, Wobble Yoga is enormous fun and it’d be very easy to turn into a local co-op experience with each player controlling a different part of yoga man’s body. We’re seriously impressed a game created in such a short space of time plays so well and is able to hold our attention for so long.
If you want to see how well you can recreate the Freedom Baby Pose, you can play Wobble Yoga for free in your browser here. To be honest, we think this might be a more accurate representation of how a yoga class might go for us than any of the lies on TV.