Happy Wheels is a ragdoll physics-based browser game developed and published by Fancy Force. Created by video game designer Jim Bonacci in 2010, the game features several player characters, who use different, sometimes atypical, vehicles to traverse the game’s many levels. The game is best known for its graphic violence and the amount of user-generated content its players produce on a regular basis, with game maps shared on a public server.
Happy Wheels‘ tagline is “Choose your inadequately prepared racer, and ignore severe consequences in your desperate search for victory!” The actual mechanics of gameplay vary because of character choice and level design. Characters can also eject from their vehicles.
The goal of the game also differs depending on the level. In most levels the goal is to reach a finish line or to collect tokens. Many levels feature alternate or nonexistent goals for the player. The game controls are shown just under the main game window making it fairly easy to understand and play. Movement mechanisms primarily include acceleration and tilting controls.
Reviewers have noted that Happy Wheels exhibits graphic violence in its gameplay. For instance, players can be decapitated, shot, or crushed by different obstacles. Loss of limb and animated blood loss are also graphic elements.
Players also have the choice to upload replays of their level attempts, which can then be viewed.
Happy Wheels features a level editor which allows players to create custom levels of their own. It contains a plethora of tools and objects for level building. Users can upload their maps to a public server where they are accessible
Players control a selection of various unique characters, use the arrow keys on keyboard to control the wheels move forward, spacebar to jump, Shift or Ctrl for secondary action, Z to eject yourself and Esc to pause the game.