Christina Wolfgram
August 29, 2015 1:09 pm

It has come to our attention that super genius humans have been testing out different ways to play the classic game Hungry Hungry Hippos in a Wizard’s Chess kind of way — as in life-sized and action-packed. This week, an entertainer named Dean-O shared a video of a group of people who’d created a real life Hungry Hippos area out of skateboards, buckets, and tons of brightly colored balls. The video quickly went viral, racking up over a million views in two days. While Dean-O didn’t credit the family who came up with this absolutely brilliant idea, we salute them for their creativity.

The video jumps right into the ring: Four teams race to collect all the balls littered in the grass. Each team consists of one person on wheels and one person pulling their legs – it looks hilariously difficult. Luckily, it doesn’t seem like it would be too hard to put together a Human Hungry Hungry Hippos game of your own. One of the women in the video is gathering balls with a pot – doesn’t get more DIY than that!

 The Internet has been developing Human Hungry Hungry Hippos for some time now. Two other videos show earlier versions of the set-up: in both, the “hippos” are controlled by ropes tied to their skateboards. Understandably, everyone on the floor is wearing a helmet.

In this one, things got pretty gnarly:

While in this one, they used balloons! I’d be terrified to roll over a bunch of them, but it looks comparable to the bouncy balls.

These are so awesome. Fingers crossed someone comes up with IRL Candyland next.

(Images via here, here, here, and here.)