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Classic Physics Game: Stair Dismount

Thursday, January 26th, 2006 by Matthew in Physics Games
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Stair Dismount, also known as Porrasturvat, was one of the first ragdoll games to see massive viral propagation. It was just one of those games that you had to paste to your friends. The premise is simple: a ragdoll man is standing unaware at the top of some stairs. As the player you select which limb to hit, the angle, and time the "dismount" to coincide with a fluctuating power meter. As the ragdoll tumbles down the stairs the damage to each limb is tallied. Local and online high score lists show how you stack up against your best records and other players.

There is an addictive element to Stair Dismount‘s simplicity. It’s hard to resist the temptation to fiddle with the angles and power for subsequent attempts. Could you deal more damage with a weaker hit and thus a longer fall? Is it better to slide down the stairs or get the ragdoll tumbling head over heels? I’d be surprised if anyone could play the game just once without playing a second time to see if they could improve their score.

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Stair Dismount was developed by Jetro Lauha for the game development competition at Assembly in 2002 (it took first prize). Stair Dismount was developed in a little over a week and a half by relying heavily on pre-existing libraries: SDL, ODE, FMOD, and Juice for physics modeling. It’s an impressive outcome for such a short development timeframe and certainly one of the classic physics games.

Download Stair Dismount game (2.20 MB) for Windows PC or head on over to the official website for Linux and Mac OS versions.

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  1. Dom said,

    on January 27th, 2006 at 8:04 am

    The sounds made me always lough so much !!! :D :D

  2. tokjos said,

    on January 27th, 2006 at 12:27 pm

    keep up the good work!

  3. Moshboy said,

    on March 24th, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    Interview with Jetro:

  4. Mike Dawdell said,

    on July 24th, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    Dude this game is off the hook it is so much fun to see his head go between his legs.

  5. Kurrus said,

    on October 30th, 2006 at 7:00 am

    LOL, great time with this, its so damn fun.

  6. Jon said,

    on January 27th, 2007 at 8:56 am

    OMFG my new fav game

  7. on February 3rd, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Great game

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