Wip’N’Kip, (a..k.a. Chick’N’Run), a game by Fourcelabs, is a, well, chicken race. It’s like a horse race, except that the horses are giant wooden chickens that are attached to springs (though these are clearly no spring chickens) and instead of running, rock, and the jockeys are at least as focused on the sheer silliness of the game as they are on winning.

Horse-racing is a very old, very traditional game, that has had centuries to make it into a serious pursuit – one that earns millions of dollars for the riders and owners of the winning horses, and the fortunate few who have bet on them. By taking such a deeply established event and transforming it into a public display of glee-worthy silliness, Fourcelabs follows closely in the steps of New Games, inviting a very different kind of play that is, in its not too subtle way, revolutionary. Hence, producing yet another example of a “newer game.”

Here, from their site, is a video of the game in action.

1 Comment

  1. Lily on July 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    They should have stuff like this in airports. It would be great to have something fun to do while on a layover. I love the silliness of the chicken race. It reminds me of children’s springy playground toys. That might be what contributes to the silliness of it all. Grown-ups have been “too big” for those toys for so long that it could take some encouragement before they were willing to give themselves permission to play on them again. As soon as grown-ups start doing things they’ve been told they are “too big” or “too old” to do, it unleashes a special kind of silliness.

    Love and laughter,

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